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Earl Gregg Swem Library

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

 

Executive Orders: Issuance, Modification, and Revocation

Categories: Congress,Laws/Regulations,Presidency

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RS20846.pdf

Discusses the nature and purpose of these instruments, the authority behind them, and the response of Congress and the courts to their issuance.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Congress’s Contempt Power and the Enforcement of Congressional Subpoenas: Law, History, Practice, and Procedure

Categories: Congress,Govt Processes/Organization,Laws/Regulations

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL34097.pdf

 

Examines the source of the contempt power, reviews the historical development of the case law, and analyzes the procedures associated with inherent contempt, criminal contempt, and the civil enforcement of subpoenas.  Also discusses two recent information-access disputes and limitations on the contempt power. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Author’s Guild: Amazon was Google’s Target

Categories: Congress,Copyright/Patents,Libraries/Museums,Supreme Court/courts

http://www.authorsguild.org/general/authors-guild-amazon-was-googles-target/

 

Press release from Author’s Guild in announcing an appeal of the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals decision against their copyright infringement suit against Google.  Also calls upon Congress to create a National Digital Library, available on every campus and in every community, to display  full pages, not snippets, for out-of-print books.  From the Authors Guild

 

The Debate over Selected Presidential Assistants and Advisors: Appointment, Accountability, and Congressional Oversight

Categories: Congress,Govt Processes/Organization,Laws/Regulations,Presidency

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R40856.pdf

Provides background information and selected views on the role of some of these appointees.  Also discusses constitutional concerns that have been raised about presidential advisors and reviews the Congressional oversight process.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

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