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EPA, California Notify Volkswagen of Clean Air Act Violations

News release: “[September 19, 2015], EPA is issuing a notice of violation (NOV) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) to Volkswagen AG, Audi AG, and Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (collectively referred to as Volkswagen). The NOV alleges that four-cylinder Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars from model years 2009-2015 include software that circumvents EPA emissionsContinue Reading

Federal Court Invalidates 11-Year-old FBI gag order on National Security Letter recipient Nicholas Merrill

Calyx Institute: “A federal district court has ordered the FBI to lift an eleven-year- old gag order imposed on Nicholas Merrill [document is redacted] forbidding him from speaking about a National Security Letter (“NSL”) that the FBI served on him in 2004. The ruling marks the first time that an NSL gag order has beenContinue Reading

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS): Commercial Outlook for a New Industry

CRS – Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS): Commercial Outlook for a New Industry. Bill Canis, Specialist in Industrial Organization and Business, September 9, 2015. “Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) — commonly referred to as drones — have become a staple of U.S. military reconnaissance and weapons delivery in overseas war zones such as Afghanistan. Now some newContinue Reading resources on voting, political candidates and parties

“With the 2016 Presidential Election a little over a year away, do you know how to research presidential candidates and their political parties? On The Issues [Every Political Leader on Every Issue] has a complete list of all the current presidential candidates and includes their views on issues important to constituents across the United States.  ForContinue Reading

Pew Survey – Americans believe GMOs unsafe

“The debate over the safety of genetically modified foods has put state lawmakers who favor requiring labeling of these products at odds with counterparts in Congress who oppose it. Americans’ concerns about GM foods are providing the backdrop: A majority of them believe such foods are generally unsafe to eat.The House last month passed aContinue Reading

NH Public Library retracts access to TOR after DHS intervention

techdirt – First Library To Support Tor Anonymous Internet Browsing Effort Stops After DHS Email –  “Since Edward Snowden exposed the extent of online surveillance by the U.S. government, there has been a surge of initiatives to protect users’ privacy. But it hasn’t taken long for one of these efforts — a project to equipContinue Reading

World Bank Group – Women, Business and the Law 2016

News release: “The world’s high-income economies boast wide-ranging laws to promote women’s economic advancement, but more needs to be done to protect them against violence, says the World Bank Group’s Women, Business and the Law 2016 report, released today. Just over half of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) economies have laws thatContinue Reading

Strategic Five-Year Technology Investment Plan for Aviation Security 2015 Report to Congress

Via FedBizOpps: “The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Office of Security Capabilities is presenting the Strategic Five-Year Technology Investment Plan. The Plan was prepared pursuant to a requirement in Section 1611 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (P.L. 107-296), as amended by Section 3 of the Transportation Security Acquisition Reform Act (P.L. 113-245). It presentsContinue Reading

Dietary Supplements Are Not All Safe and Not All Food

Sax, Joanna, Dietary Supplements Are Not All Safe and Not All Food: How the Low Cost of Dietary Supplements Preys on the Consumer (September 1, 2015). American Journal of Law and Medicine, Vol. 41, No. 2&3, 2015. Available for download at SSRN: “Dietary supplements are regulated as food, even though the safety and efficacyContinue Reading

Continued Bipartisan Support for Expanded Background Checks on Gun Sales

“Two years after the failure of Senate legislation to expand background checks on gun purchases, the public continues to overwhelmingly support making private gun sales and sales at gun shows subject to background checks. Currently, 85% of Americans – including large majorities of Democrats (88%) and Republicans (79%) – favor expanded background checks, little changedContinue Reading

Census Data Used For Comprehensive Visualization of Segregation in American Cities

Wired – “This is the most comprehensive map of race in America ever created [by Dustin Cable at University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service]. White people are shown with blue dots; African-Americans with green; Asians with red; and Latinos with orange, with all other race categories from the Census represented by brown.Continue Reading

How Many Employers Could be Affected by the Cadillac Plan Tax?

Kaiser Family Foundation Issue Brief, August 2015: “As fall approaches, we can expect to hear more about how employers are adapting their health plans for 2016 open enrollments. One topic likely to garner a good deal of attention is how the Affordable Care Act’s high-cost plan tax (HCPT), sometimes called the “Cadillac plan” tax, isContinue Reading