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Paper – European Citizenship after Brexit

Mindus, Patricia, European Citizenship after Brexit (September 29, 2016). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2842500

“This paper investigates European citizenship after Brexit, in light of the functionalist theory of citizenship. No matter its shape, Brexit will impact significantly on what has been labelled as ‘one of the major achievements of EU integration’: citizenship of the Union. For the first time an automatic and collective lapse of status is observed – a form of involuntary loss of citizenship en masse, ex lege, for EU citizens of exclusively British nationality that, however, does not create statelessness and is likely to be tolerated under international law. This loss of citizenship is connected to a reduction of rights, affecting not solely the former Union citizens but also current Union citizens, such as second country nationals in the United Kingdom and their family members. The paper comes in six sections. The first section sets the problem of legal uncertainty afflicting second country nationals in the United Kingdom and British citizens turning from expats to post-European third country nationals. The second section explains why a theoretically informed inquiry is needed. The third section describes the theory and delineates three ways in which it applies to Brexit. These three directions of inquiry are developed in the following sections. The fourth section focuses on the intention of Union citizenship: Which rights can be frozen? The fifth section determines the extension of Union citizenship: Who gets to withdraw the status? The key finding is that while Member States are in principle free to revoke the status of Union citizen, former Member States are not unbounded in stripping Union citizens of their acquired territorial rights. In the final section some conclusions as to the nature of Union citizenship are drawn. Policy-suggestions are summed up in a table at the end.”

Class Action suit against Wells Fargo filed in Utah

ABCNews.com – “Three Utah residents have filed what may be the first class-action lawsuit brought by customers against Wells Fargo in the ongoing fallout over allegations that more than 2 million bank accounts or credit cards were opened or applied for without customers’ knowledge or permission. Wells Fargo declined to comment on the suit which… Continue Reading

OPM Announces 2016 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey Results

“The US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) today released agency-level results from the 2016 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS). The 2016 FEVS was administered to 407,789 employees representing 80 (38 large / 42 small) Federal agencies. These results provided through UnlockTalent.gov contain scores for two major indices — Employee Engagement and Global Job Satisfaction across… Continue Reading

Paper – Examining the costs and causes of cyber incidents

Examining the costs and causes of cyber incidents, Sasha Romanosky, Journal of Cybersecurity, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cybsec/tyw001. First published online: 25 August 2016. “In 2013, the US President signed an executive order designed to help secure the nation’s critical infrastructure from cyberattacks. As part of that order, he directed the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST)… Continue Reading

Kaiser – How Much Has Medicare Spent on the EpiPen Since 2007?

Kaiser Data Note: “The latest example of high and rising prescription drug prices to attract significant media and public attention relates to the EpiPen, an auto-injector containing the drug epinephrine which is used to reverse the effects of severe allergic reactions. Since Mylan acquired the EpiPen from Merck in 2007, the company has increased the… Continue Reading

The Atlantic – What Congress Is Actually Good at

Michelle Cottle is a contributing editor at The Atlantic: “Because while some of Congress’s flashier oversight crusades reek of politics, the committees are in many ways doing the Lord’s work. It’s just that no one hears much about the not-so-sexy, not-so-partisan probes that actually seek to improve government. “No doubt there have been some abuses… Continue Reading

Federal Reserve issues FOMC statement September 21 2016

Release Date: September 21, 2016: “Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in July indicates that the labor market has continued to strengthen and growth of economic activity has picked up from the modest pace seen in the first half of this year. Although the unemployment rate is little changed in recent months,… Continue Reading

World University Rankings 2016-2017 results announced

News release: “The University of Oxford has become the first UK university to top the Times Higher Education World University Rankings in the 12-year history of the table. It knocks the five-time leader, the California Institute of Technology, into second place in the World University Rankings 2016-2017. World University Rankings 2016-2017: Standing still is not… Continue Reading

CRS – Nanotechnology: A Policy Primer

Nanotechnology: A Policy Primer. John F. Sargent Jr., Specialist in Science and Technology Policy. September 15, 2016. “Nanoscale science, engineering, and technology—commonly referred to collectively as “nanotechnology”—is believed by many to offer extraordinary economic and societal benefits. Congress has demonstrated continuing support for nanotechnology and has directed its attention particularly to three topics that may… Continue Reading

Pride and Prejudice in U.S. Trade

Cao, Lan, Pride and Prejudice in U.S. Trade (September 19, 2016). 7 Notre Dame J. Int’l & Comp. Law (2016 Forthcoming). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2840911 “Trade has become a highly contentious issue in the United States, as major Presidential candidates line up to denounce trade as “fraudulent” and “disastrous for the American worker.”… Continue Reading

Pew – US Unauthorized Immigrant Population Level Since 2009

“The U.S. unauthorized immigrant population – 11.1 million in 2014 – has stabilized since the end of the Great Recession, as the number from Mexico declined but the total from other regions of the world increased, according to new Pew Research Center estimates based on government data. Among world regions, the number of unauthorized immigrants… Continue Reading

Pew – Digital Readiness Gaps

Pew – September 20, 2016: “For many years concerns about “digital divides” centered primarily on whether people had access to digital technologies. Now, those worried about these issues also focus on the degree to which people succeed or struggle when they use technology to try to navigate their environments, solve problems, and make decisions. A… Continue Reading