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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Rodriquez v. United States

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Drug Trafficking,Supreme Court/courts

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/13-9972

6-3 decision of the Supreme Court that absent reasonable suspicion, prolonged extension of a police traffic stop to allow a dog to sniff for illegal drugs violates the Constitution’s protection against unreasonable seizures.  From the Legal Information Institute of Cornell University

 

Employment Characteristics of Families: 2014

Categories: Children,Labor/Employment,Marriage/Family,Statistics

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/archives/famee_04232015.pdf

In 2014, 8% of U.S. families had an unemployed person, down from 9.6% in 2013.  Provides statistics on employment and unemployment in families by race/ethnicity, by family type, by families with own children, by sex, and by marital status.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

Copyright Protection for Certain Visual Works

Categories: Arts/Humanities,Copyright/Patents

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-24/pdf/2015-09575.pdf

Request for comments from copyright owners and users about how the market for photographs, graphic arts and illustrations is working.  Comments are due by July 23, 2015.  From the U.S. Copyright Office of the Library of Congress

 

Making the U.S. Federal Budget: Process and Hazards

Categories: European Union,Govt Finance,Laws/Regulations

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/BRIE/2015/551318/EPRS_BRI%282015%29551318_EN.pdf

A European view of how the U.S. budgeting process works. From the European Parliament Think Tank

 

Safeguarding Biological Diversity

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Environment,European Union,Natural Resources

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/IDAN/2015/554175/EPRS_IDA%282015%29554175_EN.pdf

Provides an overview of the state of biological diversity in the European Union and globally, including the causes of biodiversity decline and the rationale for protecting it.  Also covers EU achievements and failures in the area of biodiversity.   From the European Parliament Think Tank

 

Trade Promotion Authority (TPA): Frequently Asked Questions

Categories: Congress,Foreign Trade/Investment,Govt Processes/Organization,Laws/Regulations,Presidency,Treaties

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43491.pdf

Explains the basics of trade promotion authority, formerly called fast track, that lays out U.S. trade negotiating objectives, procedures for congressional-executive notification, and expedited legislative procedures under which such bills are considered.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

The Department of Defense Cyber Strategy

Categories: Defense/Military,Headlines,Homeland Security,Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.defense.gov/home/features/2015/0415_cyber-strategy/Final_2015_DoD_CYBER_STRATEGY_for_web.pdf

Guides the development of the Defense Department’s cyber forces and strengthens the cyber defense and deterrence capabilities.  Focuses on three missions: defending DOD systems, defending the U.S. homeland and supporting operational plans.  From the Department of Defense

 

Measuring America: Why We Ask

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Population/Census

http://www.census.gov/library/infographics/why_we_ask.html?eml=gd&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

Infographic that explains what the American Community Survey asks and the uses that are made of the answers.  Covers questions on employment, education, veterans, income, housing, commuting, disability, health insurance, and people.  From the Census Bureau

 

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