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Social Media in Congress: The Impact of Electronic Media on Member Communications

Categories: Congress,Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44509.pdf

Explains how the cost, speed and reach of social media have transformed the way members of Congress communicate with their constituents.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

RSS and Email Alerts

Categories: Congress,Laws/Regulations

https://www.congress.gov/rss?loclr=bloglaw

New additions to the Congress.gov site.  Allows researchers to subscribe to a variety of alerts related to Most-Viewed Bills weekly, bills presented to the president, and bill activity (on a specific bill).  From Congress.gov

 

Library of Congress to Cancel the Subject Heading “Illegal Aliens”

Categories: Congress,Headlines,Immigration/Migration,Libraries/Museums

https://www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/illegal-aliens-decision.pdf

Explains the reasons that the Library of Congress had decided to cancel a subject heading and replace it with the heading “Noncitizens.”  The proposed change provoked a letter of complaint from several Republican members of Congress. From the Library of Congress

 

Internships in Congressional Offices: Frequently Asked Questions

Categories: Congress

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44491.pdf

Covers the role of interns, policies and guidance provided by the House and Senate in regard to interns, factors relating to an individual’s eligibility to serve as an intern, and resources/training opportunities available to interns.   From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Representing Congress: Clifford K. Berryman’s Political Cartoons

Categories: Congress,Education

https://www.archives.gov/legislative/resources/education/congress-represented/ebook.pdf

A free ebook of political cartoons to explore for students what Congress is, how it works (when it does), and what it does. From the National Archives Center for Legislative Archives

 

Thomas.gov to Retire

Categories: Congress,Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2016/16-004.html

Agency press release on the retirement of the website which will be replaced by Congress.gov.   The Thomas site was launched in 1995 to cover the work of Congress but lacks modern features which Internet users expect. From the Library of Congress

 

Bank Markazi v. Peterson

Categories: Congress,Headlines,Iran,Supreme Court/courts,Terrorism

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/14-770

6-2 decision of the Supreme Court on a separation of powers issue that clears the way for American nationals to receive money damages in U.S. courts from state sponsors of terrorism.  Relatives of victims of the 1983 bombing of a Marine Corps barracks in Beirut, blamed on Iran, sought access to frozen Iranian assets in U.S. banks.  At issue was whether Congress had usurped the judicial role by passing legislation relating to a pending case. From the Legal Information Institute of Cornell University

 

The Congressional Budget Office’s Work in 2015: A Report to Congress

Categories: Congress,Govt Finance,Statistics

https://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/114th-congress-2015-2016/reports/51290-CBO_Work_2015.pdf

Describes what the agency was created to do and what it accomplished during the past year including more than 90 analytic reports and working papers.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

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