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Hampton Roads 2014 Economic Forecast: Special Report # 22

Categories: Business/Economics,Statistics,Virginia Issues

http://www.hrpdcva.gov/uploads/docs/SR22_2014_Forecast.pdf

Annual forecast on prospects for the Hampton Road’s economy for the coming year.  Calls for an economic growth rate of 1.9% for the region.  From the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission

 

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

Categories: Arab,Civil/Human Rights,Middle East Conflict,Syria

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

Provides an overview of the expanding crisis in Syria, the opposing forces and their internal conflicts, the efforts to remove chemical weapons from the conflict, and the bleak prospects for significant U.S. engagement to promote regional security or humanitarian assistance.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Privacy Protection for Customer Financial Information

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,European Union,Financial Crisis/Markets,Laws/Regulations

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RS20185.pdf

Provides background on federal laws which govern consumer financial information held by financial institutions, the transfer of these functions by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the success of the CFPB in writing rules that protect consumers without increasing unreasonable burdens for financial institutions.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Aereo and FilmOn X: Internet Television Streaming and Copyright Law

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Science/Technology,Supreme Court/courts,Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43359.pdf

Discusses the specifics of recent court cases involving the question of whether the streaming of television programs over the Internet for a monthly fee is a business model that violates existing copyright laws by infringing on public performance rights.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Border Security: Immigration Inspections at Port of Entry

Categories: Homeland Security,Immigration/Migration,Laws/Regulations,Transportation

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/homesec/R43356.pdf

Describes the border inspection system for persons coming into the U.S. by land, air, or sea, the dual goals of facilitating access and preventing dangerous persons from entering, and proposals for improving the system by means of expanded trusted travel programs.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Marine Corps Drawdown, Force Structure Initiatives, and Roles and Missions: Background and Issues for Congress

Categories: Defense/Military,Govt Finance

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/R43355.pdf

Discusses traditional Marine Corps roles and missions, recent reductions in size and their impact on traditional roles, and what future roles should be considered for a smaller force.

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

 

Presidential Policy Directive/PPD 27: United States Conventional Arms Transfer Policy

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Foreign Trade/Investment,Guns,Laws/Regulations,Treaties

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/01/15/presidential-policy-directive-united-states-conventional-arms-transfer-p

Describes the official goals of U.S. conventional arms transfer policy and outlines efforts to exercise restraint over arms sales that might promote instability, international crime, or injury to human rights.  From the White House

 

Verizon v. Federal Communications Commission

Categories: Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts,Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.cadc.uscourts.gov/internet/opinions.nsf/3AF8B4D938CDEEA685257C6000532062/$file/11-1355-1474943.pdf

 

Decision by a three judge panel of the Court of Appeals for the DC District that struck down the so-called net neutrality rules of the FCC that required broadband companies like Verizon to treat all Internet content equally.  The judges ruled that the agency lacked authority to regulate Internet business models.  From the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts

 

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