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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Free Exercise of Religion by Closely Held Corporations: Implications of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc

Categories: Abortion/Contraception,Health Insurance,Laws/Regulations,Religion/Ethics,Supreme Court/courts

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43654.pdf

Analyzes the Supreme Court’s decision that corporations owned and controlled by a single family could not be required to provide their employees with contraceptive coverage under the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act.  Also examines potential legislative responses and the decision’s effect on employer requirements to offer contraceptive coverage in group health plans.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Report to Congress with Respect to the Proposed Rescission of Cuba’s Designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism

Categories: Cuba,Foreign Affairs,Terrorism

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/04/14/message-congress-report-congress-respect-proposed-rescission-cubas-desig

Brief statement of the President that Cuba has not provided any support for international terrorism in the past 6 months and has provided assurances that it will not support acts of terrorism in the future.  Removes Cuba from list of State Sponsors of Terrorism.  From the White House

 

Papers Relating to Foreign Affairs, Accompanying the Annual Message of the President to the Second Session Thirty-Eighth Congress

Categories: Births/Deaths,Foreign Affairs,Headlines,History,Presidency

http://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1865p4

Also known as Assassination of Abraham Lincoln … Appendix to Diplomatic Correspondence of 1865.  Features documents of condolence and sympathy from various countries on the occasion of the death of the president.  A unique volume in the Foreign Relations series.  From the State Department

 

New Estimates of Personal Taxes in Consumer Expenditure Survey

Categories: Govt Finance,Statistics,Taxes

http://www.bls.gov/spotlight/2015/consumer-expenditures-tax-estimates/pdf/consumer-expenditures-tax-estimates.pdf

Examines new, more accurate data on taxes based on estimates rather than user responses from the Consumer Expenditure Survey.  Finds that federal income taxes account for 77% of all personal taxes paid by households.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

Fragmentation, Overlap, and Duplication: An Evaluation and Management Guide

Categories: Govt Finance,Govt Processes/Organization

http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/669612.pdf

A guide for analysts to identify and evaluate instances of overlapping government functions or duplication among programs.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

2015 Annual Report: Additional Opportunities to Reduce Fragmentation, Overlap, and Duplication and Achieve Other Financial Benefits

Categories: Govt Finance,Govt Processes/Organization

http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/669613.pdf

The fifth report in a series that proposes ways the government can achieve greater efficiencies and tracks progress made on previous recommendations.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

Gulet Mohamed v. Eric Holder

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Homeland Security,Supreme Court/courts,Terrorism,Transportation

http://www.fas.org/sgp/jud/gulet/redress.pdf

Court filing which reveals that the federal government has revised its procedures and now provides information to those denied aircraft boarding because their names are on the No-Fly list.  The filing details the appeals procedures available to such an individual.  From the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

The National Plan for Access to U.S. Government Information

Categories: Govt Information,Libraries/Museums

http://www.fdlp.gov/project-list/national-plan

Describes an ambitious plan for preserving U.S. government information via the Federal Depository Library Program, the Cataloging and Indexing Program, and the Federal Information Preservation Network.  From the Government Publishing Office

 

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