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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Retirement Security: Challenges for Those Claiming Social Security Benefits Early and New Health Coverage Options

Categories: Health Insurance,Labor/Employment,Retirement/Social Security

Examines demographic and occupational characteristic of those who claim Social Security benefits early, retirement income of early claimers compared to those who delay and how the Affordable Care Act changes health coverage options for early claimers.  From the Government Accountability Office


Veterans’ Medical Care: FY2015 Appropriations

Categories: Govt Finance,Health/Medical,Veterans

This report focuses on the Veterans’ Health Administration, one of three operating units for delivering benefits to veterans in the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.  Outlines the president’s request for funding for FY2015 and what Congress has done about it since introduction in March 2014. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Iran: State Leads an Interagency Process to Determine Whether to Impose Sanctions under Section 5(b) of the Iran Sanctions Act

Categories: Arms Control,Govt Processes/Organization,Iran,Nuclear Arms

Describes the process that the State Department and other relevant federal agencies follow to determine whether to impose sanctions on Iran for its nuclear activities including criteria used and the role of the Office of Counterproliferation.  From the Government Accountability Office


Hall v. Florida

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Disability,Headlines,Supreme Court/courts


5-4 Supreme Court decision that state laws that set IQ test scores as a boundary line for determining whether inmates are or are not intellectually disabled and eligible for execution are unconstitutional.  Virginia is among a few states that set 70 as the score for making such a determination.  The court ruled in 2002 that executing the mentally retarded was cruel and unusual punishment.  From the Cornell University Law School Legal Information Institute