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Earl Gregg Swem Library

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

 

U.S. Foreign Assistance to Latin America and the Caribbean: Recent Trends and FY2015 Appropriations

Categories: Congress,Foreign Assistance,Govt Finance,Latin America

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R43577.pdf

Provides details about the foreign assistance request for Latin America and issues for Congressional consideration.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

The “1033 Program,” Department of Defense Support to Law Enforcement

Categories: Congress,Crime/Justice,Defense/Military,Drug Trafficking,Homeland Security,Terrorism

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/R43701.pdf

Describes the background of the 1033 Program, by which the Department of Defense transferred surplus equipment to local law enforcement agencies for counter-drug and counter-terrorism activities, and congressional reporting requirements. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning

Categories: Congress,Headlines,Presidency,Supreme Court/courts

http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/pdf/12-1281.pdf

Unanimous decision of the Supreme Court which limits the power of the president to make appointments when he determines the Senate is in recess.  At issue were appointments made to the National Labor Relations Board when the Senate was in pro forma sessions, designed to prevent such appointments.. From the Cornell University Law School Legal Information Institute

 

The European Parliament

Categories: Congress,Elections/Campaigns,European Union

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RS21998.pdf

In view of May 2014 elections for the Parliament, this report discusses its role and organization, its growing influence over European affairs, and relations between Parliament and the U.S. Congress. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

2013-2014 Official Congressional Directory

Categories: Congress,Govt Personnel

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CDIR-2014-02-18/pdf/CDIR-2014-02-18.pdf

Members of the 113th Congress by state, committees, subcommittees, officers and officials of the Congress and more.  From the Government Printing Office’s FDsys.

 

Trade Promotion Authority (TPA): Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

Covers what is TPA, why is it necessary, what are trade negotiating objectives, what requirements are imposed on presidential actions, and more.   From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

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