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Earl Gregg Swem Library

State of Global Partnerships Report

Categories: Foreign Affairs

http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/224308.pdf

Describes new and ongoing partnerships that the State Department has developed as a tool for solving major problems such as recovery from disaster (Philippines), accelerating entrepreneurship (sub-Saharan Africa), and fostering exchanges (Japan).  From the State Department

 

McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

http://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/12-536

 

5-4 Supreme Court decision that strikes down total campaign contribution limits on individuals during a two year election cycle.  Individuals had been limited to a total of $48,600 in direct contributions to candidates, plus $74,600 to political parties and committees. Individual giving is still restricted to $2,600 per candidate for both primary and general elections.  From the Cornell University Law School Legal Information Institute

 

Whaling in the Antarctic (Australia v. Japan…)

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Arctic/Antarctic,Australia,Environment,Headlines,Japan,Treaties,United Nations

http://www.icj-cij.org/docket/files/148/18136.pdf

 

Decision of the International Court of Justice that Japanese whaling activities in the Antarctic is a commercial whaling venture that is a violation of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling.  Japan claims it is a scientific research program.  From the International Court of Justice

 

The Path to Prosperity: Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Resolution

Categories: Business/Economics,Govt Finance,Headlines,Taxes

http://budget.house.gov/uploadedfiles/fy15_blueprint.pdf

Budget proposal of Paul Ryan from the Republican-controlled House of Representatives which calls for cutting federal spending by $5 trillion over the next 10 years.  From the House Budget Committee

 

Total Passengers on U.S. Airlines and Foreign Airlines Serving the U.S. Increased 1.3% in 2013 from 2012

Categories: Statistics,Transportation

http://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/sites/rita.dot.gov.bts/files/bts13_14.pdf

Annual report with preliminary data including top airlines for domestic and international passengers and top airports for domestic and international flights.  From the Bureau of Transportation Statistics

 

Caterpillar’s Offshore Tax Strategy

Categories: Business/Economics,Headlines,Taxes

http://www.hsgac.senate.gov/download/?id=78D9F40A-1773-4331-B929-0856FAF332AE

Congressional committee report which reveals how one corporation used tax loopholes to shift profits overseas and avoid paying U.S. taxes.  From the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs

 

Employer-Sponsored Benefits Extended to Domestic Partners

Categories: Health Insurance,Labor/Employment,Marriage/Family,Retirement/Social Security,Statistics

http://www.bls.gov/opub/btn/volume-3/employer-sponsored-benefits-extended-to-domestic-partners.htm

Looks at the frequency with which health and defined-benefit plans are available to unmarried opposite-sex and unmarried same-sex partners.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

Budgetary and Economic Outcomes Under Paths for Federal Revenues and Noninterest Spending Specified by Chairman Ryan, April 2014

Categories: Business/Economics,Govt Finance,Statistics,Taxes

http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/attachments/45211-RyanAnalysis-b.pdf

Projections for federal budgets, deficits, and the economy under a proposal from the Republican chairman of the House Budget Committee.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

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