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Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill Committee Stage Report

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Great Britain,Marriage/Family,Religion/Ethics,Sex Issues

http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/RP13-22.pdf

Reports the progress through the second  reading of the bill that would introduce civil marriage for same sex couples in Great Britain.  House of Commons Library Research Paper 13/22

 

Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Supreme Court/courts

http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/pdf/11-697.pdf

6-3 Supreme Court decision on whether copyright protection extends to goods purchased abroad and re-sold in the U.S.  The court reversed the lower court and ruled against the publisher. The case involved textbooks purchased abroad and re-sold in the U.S. at prices that undercut the publisher’s price.  From the Cornell University Law School Legal Information Institute

 

Analysis of the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013

Categories: Laws/Regulations,Weather/Disasters

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R42991.pdf

Analyzes the Hurricane Sandy relief act including the manner in which provisions of the legislation are designed to improve the quality of disaster assistance provided by the federal government.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

An Overview of the Housing Finance System in the United States

Categories: Financial Crisis/Markets,Housing/Homelessness

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R42995.pdf

Describes the differences between the primary and secondary markets, provides an overview of how the housing finance system works, and provides context  for housing finance-related policy issues that Congress might choose to consider. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Changes to Senate Procedures in the 113th Congress Affecting the Operation of Cloture (S.Res. 15 and S. Res. 16)

Categories: Congress,Govt Processes/Organization

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R42996.pdf

Describes two changes to Senate rules, one involving standing orders, the other standing rules, which affect the process for considering nominations and legislation especially with regard to filibusters and cloture.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

The Budget Control Act, Sequestration, and the Foreign Affairs Budget: Background and Possible Impacts

Categories: Foreign Affairs,Foreign Assistance,Govt Finance,Laws/Regulations

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R42994.pdf

Discusses the effect of the Budget Control Act of 2011 and the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 on State Department operations, foreign aid programs, and the ability to protect Americans and promote U.S. interests overseas.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Approaches for Scaling Back the Defense Department’s Budget Plans

Categories: Defense/Military,Govt Finance

http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/attachments/43997_Defense_Budget.pdf

Examines four broad options for modifying the Defense Department’s  spending plans to align projected costs with the available funding under the current budget caps.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

Total Factor Productivity Growth in Historical Perspective

Categories: Business/Economics,Health/Medical,History,Labor/Employment

http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/attachments/44002_TFP_Growth_03-18-2013.pdf

Reviews the broad contours of total factor productivity growth in the U.S. economy since 1870 highlighting the contribution of various technological innovations to the growth of different sectors of the economy.  Also notes the correlation between productivity growth and improvements in life expectancy and discusses the potential for productivity growth in the future.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

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