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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Congressional Redistricting Law: Background and Recent Court Rulings

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Federal State Relations,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44798.pdf

Analyzes key Supreme Court   and lower court decisions on (1) the constitutional requirement of population equality among districts, (2) the intersection between the Voting Rights Act and the Equal Protection Clause, (3) the issue of partisan gerrymandering, and (4) the constitutionality of state ballot initiatives which call for redistricting by independent commissions.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

2016 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

https://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/hrrpt/2016/

Annual report on U.S. view of human rights conditions in 199 other countries.  Click on regions of the world from left frame.  From the State Department

 

Bethune-Hill v. Virginia State Board of Elections

Categories: African Americans,Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts,Virginia Issues

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/15-680

Near unanimous decision of the Supreme Court that sends a Virginia redistricting case back to the lower court to reconsider whether the legislative district lines were drawn to harm African American voters.  The court ruled that the three judge panel of the lower court had not applied the right standards in deciding the lines were constitutional.  From the Cornell University Law School Legal Information Institute

 

Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent U.S. Elections

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Presidency,Russia,Spying/Intelligence,Telecommunications/Internet

https://www.dni.gov/files/documents/ICA_2017_01.pdf

The declassified version of the U.S. intelligence community’s assessment of Russian efforts to interfere with the U.S. presidential election, including their use of cyber tools and media campaigns to influence U.S. public opinion.  From the Office of the Director of National Intelligence

 

The Administration’s Response to Russia: What You Need to Know

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Presidency,Russia,Spying/Intelligence,Telecommunications/Internet

https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2016/12/29/presidents-response-russias-actions-during-2016-election-what-you-need-know

Press release which summarizes actions taken by the Obama Administration in response to Russian harassment and interference in the U.S. presidential election.  Includes links to executive orders, U.S. sanctions against Russia, and various agency actions.  From the White House

 

Grizzly Steppe: Russian Malicious Cyber Activity

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Presidency,Russia,Spying/Intelligence,Telecommunications/Internet

https://www.us-cert.gov/sites/default/files/publications/JAR_16-20296A_GRIZZLY%20STEPPE-2016-1229.pdf

Provides technical details about the tools and infrastructure used by Russian civilian and military intelligence services to compromise and exploit networks associated with the U.S. presidential election as well as a range of U.S. government, political, and private sector entities.  A joint analysis report of the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

 

Contingent Election of the President and Vice President by Congress: Perspectives and Contemporary Analysis

Categories: Congress,Elections/Campaigns,History,Presidency

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R40504.pdf

Describes what would happen (and what has happened twice in the past) if no presidential candidate won a majority of the electoral votes and the role of the House and Senate in such cases. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

We are Americans First

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Presidency

https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2016/11/09/president-obama-speaks-results-election

Remarks of President Obama on the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.  From the White House

 

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