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House moves forward rules to ease constraints to sell federal lands

Washington Post: “House Republicans on Tuesday changed the way Congress calculates the cost of transferring federal lands to the states and other entities, a move that will make it easier for members of the new Congress to cede federal control of public lands. The provision, included as part as a larger rules package the House approved… Continue Reading

Legislative History of “Repeal and Replacement” of the Obamacare: Overview

This guide as created and is maintained by experts at the The Legal Research Center, Drexel School of Law. “The election of 2016 saw the GOP obtain control of the presidency and retain control of both chambers of Congress.  This created an opportunity for Republicans to “repeal and replace” the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA),… Continue Reading

Paper – The legal macroscope: Experimenting with visual legal analytics

The legal macroscope: Experimenting with visual legal analytics, Nicola Lettieri, Antonio Altamura, Delfina Malandrino First Published December 28, 2016. “This work presents Knowlex, a web application designed for visualization, exploration, and analysis of legal documents coming from different sources. Understanding the legal framework relating to a given issue often requires the analysis of complex legal… Continue Reading

CRS – Nuclear Cooperation with Other Countries: A Primer

Nuclear Cooperation with Other Countries: A Primer. Paul K. Kerr, Analyst in Nonproliferation; Mary Beth D. Nikitin, Specialist in Nonproliferation. December 6, 2016. “In order for the United States to engage in significant civilian nuclear cooperation with other states, it must conclude a framework agreement that meets specific requirements under Section 123 of the Atomic… Continue Reading

EFF on Shadow Internet Regulations

EFF – “Shadow Regulations are voluntary agreements between companies (sometimes described as codes, principles, standards, or guidelines) to regulate your use of the Internet, often without your knowledge. Shadow Regulation has become increasingly popular after the monumental failure of restrictive Internet laws such as ACTA, SOPA and PIPA. This is because Shadow Regulation can involve… Continue Reading

Implications of Partial Repeal of the ACA through Reconciliation

In Brief – Implications of Partial Repeal of the ACA through Reconciliation, Linda J. Blumberg, Matthew Buettgens, John Holahan. Urban Institute, December 6, 2016. “Congress is now considering partial repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through the budget reconciliation process. Since only components of the law with federal budget implications can be changed through… Continue Reading

Paper – Spatiality of Environmental Law

Baaner, Lasse and Hvingel, Line Træholt, Spatiality of Environmental Law (2015). Journal for European Environmental & Planning Law, 2015. Available for download at SSRN: “Digital society challenges the traditional perception of legal sources. The use of maps as a basis for public administration dates far back, but e-Government’s use of digital maps that include… Continue Reading

West Virginia Univ. – New database to track millions of public policies

“Policymakers, researchers and journalists alike will soon have access to roughly 4.2 million state government decisions in a single database. West Virginia University political science researcher, William Franko, a professor in the Rockefeller School of Politics and Policy, is part of a research team collecting every legislative bill, executive rule and judicial decision across all 50 states,… Continue Reading

CRS Insight – Restrictions on Lobbying the Government: Current Policy and Proposed Changes

Via FAS – Restrictions on Lobbying the Government: Current Policy and Proposed Changes, December 15, 2016 (IN10625). Jacob R. Straus, Specialist on the Congress “During the 2016 presidential campaign, President-elect Donald Trump proposed a series of ethics measures, including several lobbying-related provisions. They are:extending “cooling off” periods on lobbying the government for five years after… Continue Reading

Terrorism Financing Task Force Releases Results of Two-Year Investigation

“The House Financial Services Committee’s Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing on Tuesday released a bipartisan report of its 12 month long probe into the threat terror financing poses to the U.S. financial system…“For the last two years, the Task Force has been examining ways to improve the federal government’s approach to combatting the flow… Continue Reading

GovExec – Bios of the Trump Cabinet

Government Executive: Meet the Trump Cabinet – Few presidential transitions have been as fraught with uncertainty as the one associated with the incoming Trump Administration. While candidate Donald Trump pledged to repeal the Affordable Care Act, deport millions of undocumented immigrants, build a wall across the Southwest border with Mexico, renegotiate trade deals and redefine… Continue Reading

US election 2016: How to download county-level results data

Simon Rogers – “If open data means anything, it applies to elections. But yet here we are, a week after the results, and open data around the results is hard to find. It matters because having that data allows us to understand the results better, and what they say about America today. It also means that… Continue Reading