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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Tobacco Sales to Youth: FFY 2011 Annual Synar Reports

Categories: Smoking/Tobacco,Statistics,Youth

Reports that the national weighted average rate of tobacco sales to minors in 2011 was 8.5%, the smallest retailer violation rate in the history of the Synar program.  From the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration


Treatment Strategies for Women with Coronary Artery Disease

Categories: Health/Medical,Women

Assesses the comparative effectiveness of major treatment options for coronary artery disease in women.  Though CAD is the leading cause of death for women in the U.S., most treatment studies to date have primarily enrolled men.  From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


An America Built to Last: President Obama’s Agenda and the Hispanic Community

Categories: Business/Economics,Hispanics,Immigration/Migration,Labor/Employment

Discusses job creation, the economy, and immigration with an eye toward attracting Hispanic voters.  From the White House


Worker Displacement: 2009-2011

Categories: Labor/Employment,Statistics

Reports that 6.1 million workers were displaced from jobs they had held for at least 3 years.  This was lower than the number displaced during 2007-2009.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Presidential Claims of Executive Privilege: History, Law, Practice, and Recent Developments

Categories: Congress,Govt Processes/Organization,History,Presidency,Supreme Court/courts

Reviews judicial cases involving the question of executive communications privilege, what presidential documents it can be applied to, and recent claims of executive privilege in the Operation Fast and Furious guns case.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Congress’s Contempt Power and the Enforcement of Congressional Subpoenas: Law, History, Practice, and Procedure

Categories: Congress,Crime/Justice,Govt Processes/Organization,History,Laws/Regulations

This report examines the source and limits of the contempt power, reviews the historical development of the early case law, outlines the statutory and common law basis for Congress’s contempt power, and analyzes procedures associated with inherent contempt, criminal contempt, and the civil enforcement of subpoenas.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


An Overview of the “Patent Trolls” Debate

Categories: Business/Economics,Copyright/Patents,Laws/Regulations

Examines the problems raised by companies that buy and assert patents to win settlements from companies pursuing independent research of a similar kind.  Also looks at their effect on innovation, examines the reason for the rise in patent litigation, and explores legislative options available to Congress.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists