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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Town of Greece v. Galloway

Categories: Headlines,Religion/Ethics,Supreme Court/courts

5-4 Supreme Court decision that legislative bodies may begin their meetings with prayers without violating the constitutional prohibition against an establishment of religion, even if the prayers are predominantly of one religion.  From the Cornell University Law School Legal Information Institute


EPA v. EME Homer City Generation

Categories: Energy,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

6-2 Supreme Court decision that the Environmental Protection Agency has the authority to regulate power plant emissions that cross state lines.  Upholds a 2011 EPA rule that protects east coast states from pollution originating in the Midwest.  From the Cornell University Law School Legal Information Institute


Iran’s Nuclear Program: Tehran’s Compliance with International Obligations

Categories: Arms Control,Iran,Nuclear Arms,United Nations

Provides a brief overview of Iran’s nuclear program and describes the legal basis for the actions taken by the International Atomic Energy Agency and the UN Security Council to restrict the program to peaceful purposes.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists



Multilateral Development Banks: How the United States Makes and Implements Policy

Categories: Foreign Affairs,Foreign Assistance

Explains how Congress and the administration share power in shaping policy toward development banks.  Also identifies ways by which Congress can shape U.S. policy and influence the activities of the banks.   From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Applications Made to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court During Calendar Year 2013

Categories: Spying/Intelligence,Supreme Court/courts

The government made 1655 applications to FISC during 2013  and 1588 requesting authority for electronic surveillance.  None were rejected by the court.  From the Department of Justice, posted by the Federation of American Scientists.


Transparency in the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Stockpile: Fact Sheet

Categories: Nuclear Arms,Statistics

Provides information on the number of U.S. nuclear warheads in the strategic stockpile from the 1940s to 2013.  Also reports on the pace of reducing the stockpile.  From the State Department



Working the Land with 10 Acres: Small Acreage Farming in the United States

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Income/Poverty,Statistics

Examines small acre farms that gross at least $10,000 annually, including production strategy, types of products grown or raised, household income, and financial performance.  From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture


Explaining the 30-Year Shift in Consumer Expenditures from Commodities to Services, 1982-2012

Categories: Business/Economics,Statistics

Examines shifts in consumer expenditures over time as measured by various indicators and the trend toward a services-centered economy.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics


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