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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Investigative Report on the Terrorist Attacks on U.S. Facilities in Benghazi, Libya, September 11-12, 2012

Categories: Congress,Headlines,Libya,Spying/Intelligence,Terrorism

http://intelligence.house.gov/investigative-report-terrorist-attacks-us-facilities-benghazi-libya-september-11-12-2012

Following a two year investigation, this report serves as the definitive statement of the House of Representatives on the Intelligence Community’s activities before, during, and after the tragic events.  Includes links to 6 appendices in addition to the final report.  From the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

 

International Climate Change Financing: The Green Climate Fund (GCF)

Categories: Climate Change,Congress,Environment,Govt Finance,United Nations

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R41889.pdf

Discusses mechanisms for aiding developing countries in their climate change activities and focuses on the proposed United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Green Climate Fund.  Reviews operational details that would need to be clarified and the role a skeptical Congress might have to play.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

New Member Pictorial Directory: 114th Congress

Categories: Congress

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/GPO-PICTDIR-NEW-114/pdf/GPO-PICTDIR-NEW-114.pdf

Shows pictures of newly elected members to the House of Representatives for the 114th Congress, 2015-2016, and provides information about their education, residence, and occupation.  From the Committee on House Administration

 

Women in National Parliaments: Situation as of 1st October 2014

Categories: Congress,Elections/Campaigns,Women

http://www.ipu.org/wmn-e/classif.htm

Lists 189 countries in descending order by the percentage of women in the lower or single parliamentary house.  The U.S. is tied with San Marino for 85th place.  From the Inter-Parliamentary Union

 

Legislative Research for Congressional Staff: How to Find Documents and Other Resources

Categories: Congress,Govt Information,Laws/Regulations

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43434.pdf?

Serves as a finding aid to sources of information used in legislative research.  Aimed at congressional staffers but useful for all researchers. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Lame Duck Sessions of Congress, 1935-2012

Categories: Congress,Govt Processes/Organization,History

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL33677.pdf

Covers 19 lame duck sessions from 1940 through 2012, including what they are, why they occur, characteristics of such sessions, and a session-by-session review of the major business conducted.   From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Broadcast Television and Radio: Disclosure Requirements for Broadcasted Content

Categories: Advertising/Marketing,Congress,Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/665860.pdf

Describes the disclosure requirements and practices of TV and radio stations that air ads or programming that affect their interests and may be intended to influence Congress and any requirements to air opposing views. Also discloses what is known about the number and market value of such ads aired from 2007 to 2012.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

The Doctrine of Constitutional Avoidance: A Legal Overview

Categories: Congress,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43706.pdf

Explores the various rules that allow a court to avoid a ruling that invalidates a democratically-enacted law and the logic behind those rules.  Also examines how the doctrine of constitutional avoidance has influenced some recent rulings by the Roberts Court, criticisms of the doctrine, and the implications for Congress. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

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