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Contingent Election of the President and Vice President by Congress

CRS report via FAS – Contingent Election of the President and Vice President by Congress: Perspectives and Contemporary Analysis, Thomas H. Neale, Specialist in American National Government, November 3, 2016. The 12th Amendment to the Constitution requires that presidential and vice presidential candidates gain “a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed” in order… Continue Reading

Recent State Election Law Challenges: In Brief

CRS report via FAS – Recent State Election Law Challenges: In Brief. L. Paige Whitaker, Legislative Attorney. November 2, 2016. During the final months and weeks leading up to the November 8, 2016, presidential election, courts across the country have ruled in numerous challenges to state election laws. For example, there have been recent court… Continue Reading

CRS – Recent State Election Law Challenges: In Brief

Via FAS – this CRS report – Recent State Election Law Challenges: In Brief, L. Paige Whitaker, Legislative Attorney. November 2, 2016. “During the final months and weeks leading up to the November 8, 2016, presidential election, courts across the country have ruled in numerous challenges to state election laws. For example, there have been… Continue Reading

CRS – Conflicts of Interest and the Presidency

CRS Reports & Analysis Legal Sidebar Conflicts of Interest and the Presidency, 10/14/2016 – “Does federal law require the President to relinquish control of his or her business interests? Federal regulation of financial conflicts of interest is aimed at preventing opportunities for officials to personally benefit from influence they may have in their official capacity.… Continue Reading

CBO’s Role in the Congressional Budget Process

Presentation by Megan Carroll, an analyst for CBO’s Budget Analysis Division, at the Budget Formulation and Execution Line of Business’s Fall Forum., November 1, 2016: “Since 1975, CBO has produced nonpartisan analyses of budgetary and economic issues to support the Congressional budget process. Each year, the agency’s economists and budget analysts produce dozens of reports… Continue Reading

National Security Archive – CIA Releases Controversial Bay of Pigs History

“The CIA today released the long-contested Volume V of its official history of the Bay of Pigs invasion, which it had successfully concealed until now by claiming that it was a “draft” and could be withheld from the public under the FOIA’s “deliberative process” privilege. The National Security Archive fought the agency for years in… Continue Reading

Fry v. Napoleon Community Schools

NPR – A Girl And Her Service Dog Head To The Supreme Court – “Ehlena Fry was born with cerebral palsy, a condition that significantly limited her motor skills but not her cognitive ability. So when she was 5, her pediatrician recommended that her parents get a service dog to help her become more independent.… Continue Reading

Report – Partisan Political Activities and Federal Workers: Questions in the 2016 Election

CRS Reports & Analysis Legal Sidebar – Partisan Political Activities and Federal Workers: Questions in the 2016 Election, 10/20/16 “As Election Day nears, interest in the Hatch Act’s regulation of government employees’ political activities peaks, with a number of issues raising congressional interest. Are federal officials permitted to appear with candidates for partisan political election… Continue Reading

Finding the Public Domain – The Copyright Review Management System

Issue Brief – Finding the Public Domain – The Copyright Review Management System, Melissa Levine, Lead Copyright Officer, University of Michigan, Ithaka S+R. October 26, 2016. “The public domain is the ultimate open access. It is key to the bargain of copyright. Rather simplistically, in order to incentivize authors to produce works, the public, through… Continue Reading

Legal Processes for Contesting the Results of a Presidential Election

CRS report via FAS – Legal Processes for Contesting the Results of a Presidential Election, Jack Maskell, Legislative Attorney, October 24, 2016. “Questions occasionally surface regarding potential voting fraud or election irregularities in presidential elections. (See, for example, Sean Sullivan and Philip Rucker, “Trump’s Claim of ‘Rigged’ Vote Stirs Fears of Trouble,” Washington Post, October… Continue Reading

EveryCRSReport.com is making 8,255 CRS reports available to the general public

“Congressional Research Service reports are the best way for anyone to quickly get up to speed on major political issues without having to worry about spin — from the same source Congress uses. CRS is Congress’ think tank, and its reports are relied upon by academics, businesses, judges, policy advocates, students, librarians, journalists, and policymakers… Continue Reading