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The Posse Comitatus Act and Related Matters: The Use of the Military to Execute Civilian Law

Categories: Defense/Military,Federal State Relations,History,Laws/Regulations

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/R42659.pdf

This report provides an historical analysis of the use of the federal Armed Forces to execute domestic law and the constitutional rationale.  The report then outlines the current application of the Posse Comitatus Act, its statutory exceptions, and the consequences of its violation.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

The Palestinians: Background and U.S. Relations

Categories: Arab,Middle East Conflict,Terrorism

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/mideast/RL34074.pdf

This report covers current issues in U.S.-Palestinian relations, an overview of Palestinian society and politics, and descriptions of key Palestinian individuals and groups.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Armed Conflict in Syria: U.S. and International Response

Categories: Arms Control,Defense/Military,Headlines,Syria,Terrorism

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/mideast/RL33487.pdf

Discusses the current situation in Syria and the problems posed by the fighting including refugee flows, terrorist involvement, breakdowns in arms control, and the available policy options for the U.S.

From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Why Some Fuel-Efficient Vehicles are not Sold Domestically

Categories: Foreign Trade/Investment,Laws/Regulations,Manufacturing,Transportation

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R42666.pdf

Discusses the regionalization of the motor vehicle global market and how customer preferences and vehicle regulations contribute to this diversity.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

JP Morgan Trading Losses: Implications for the Volcker Rule and Other Regulation

Categories: Business/Economics,Financial Crisis/Markets,Laws/Regulations

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R42665.pdf

JP Morgan revealed losses of $2 billion dollars from trades involving financial derivatives in May 2012, just when Congress thought it had solved such problems with stricter regulation. This report discusses the nature of the trades that lost so much money, the federal regulatory agencies involved, and the implications for other large banks and for the U.S.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Crisis in Mali

Categories: Africa,Civil/Human Rights,Foreign Assistance,Terrorism

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R42664.pdf

Reviews the current political and military situation in Mali, the influence of terrorist organizations in the north, and the human rights concerns.  Also discusses U.S. foreign aid  and foreign policy toward Mali.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Health Insurance Exchanges Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Categories: Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R42663.pdf

This report outlines the required minimum functions of exchanges, and explains how exchanges are expected to be established and administered under the health care law.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Pipeline Cybersecurity: Federal Policy

Categories: Energy,Homeland Security,Terrorism

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/homesec/R42660.pdf

Discusses how energy pipelines have cybersecurity issues that are distinct from other critical infrastructure sectors and whether security needs strengthening.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

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