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Background on Judge Merrick Garland

Categories: Headlines,Presidency,Supreme Court/courts

Biographical information on President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court to fill the vacancy created by the death of Antonin Scalia. From the White House


Justice Department Announces Resources to Assist State and Local Reform of Fine and Fee Practices

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Headlines,Income/Poverty,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

Announces a package of resources to assist state and local efforts to reform harmful and unlawful practices relating to the assessment of fines and fees, especially upon poor defendants. From the Justice Department


CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, United States, 2016

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Headlines,Health/Medical

Describes new guidelines to primary care providers and others for controlling overuse and abuse of pain control opioid prescription drugs. Covers when to initiate opioids for chronic pain; opioid selection, dosage, duration, and discontinuation; and assessment of risks and harms of opioid use. From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention



2017-2022 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Proposed Program

Categories: Defense/Military,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Transportation,Virginia Issues

Official document announcing the administration plans for off-shore oil exploration over the next five years. Covers Gulf of Mexico, Alaska, and Atlantic regions. Announces removal of Mid- and South-Atlantic areas from program of lease sales due to “strong local opposition, conflicts with other ocean uses, and current market dynamics.” From the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.