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Interior Department Issues Final Determination for Two Federal Acknowledgment Petitioners

Categories: Govt Processes/Organization,Headlines,Native Americans,Virginia Issues

http://www.bia.gov/cs/groups/public/documents/text/idc1-030832.pdf

Press release on federal recognition for the Pamunkey Indian Tribe of Southeastern Virginia.  From the Bureau of Indian Affairs

 

State Department Virtual Reading Room, Clinton Emails

Categories: Foreign Affairs,Govt Information,Headlines

http://foia.state.gov/Search/Results.aspx?collection=Clinton_Email

Latest batch of emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to be released by the Department of State.

 

Michigan v. EPA

Categories: Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/14-46

5 to 4 Supreme Court decision which blocks further implementation of a 2011 EPA regulation under the Clean Air Act designed to control toxic mercury emissions from coal-burning power plants.  The court majority said the EPA failed to consider the costs of pollution control.  From the Legal Information Institute of the Cornell University Law School

 

Glossip v. Gross

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Headlines,Supreme Court/courts

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/14-7955

5 to 4 Supreme Court decision that rejected a challenge to the death penalty brought by death-row inmates in Oklahoma.  The inmates alleged that the use of a sedative called midazolam led to violations of the constitutional prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. From the Legal Information Institute of the Cornell University Law School

 

Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/13-1314

5-4 Supreme Court decision that independent commissions, created within a state and bypassing the state legislature, may draw election district lines.  The case involved an Arizona commission set up by voters to create less partisan redistricting processes than those of the state legislature.  From the Legal Information Institute of the Cornell University Law School

 

Obergefell v. Hodges

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Headlines,Marriage/Family,Sex Issues,Supreme Court/courts

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/14-556

5-4 Supreme Court decision that the Constitution guarantees same-sex couples the right to  marry  wherever they live.  The ruling overthrew restrictions on same sex marriage in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee. From the Legal Information Institute of the Cornell University Law School

 

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2014

Categories: Children,Civil/Human Rights,Headlines,Labor/Employment,Statistics,Terrorism,Women

http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/hrrpt/humanrightsreport/index.htm#wrapper

Annual report on how the U.S. government views the human rights records of other countries.  The 2014 report aims harsh criticism at Iran and non-state terrorist organizations such as ISIL, Boko Haram, and al-Qaeda.  From the State Department

 

Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015

Categories: Foreign Trade/Investment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Presidency,Retirement/Social Security,Taxes

https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/2146

Extends Fast Track Authority to the president through 2018 for reaching trade agreements.  Constitutes Title 1 of legislation that extends exemptions from tax penalties for early withdrawals from retirement accounts to certain federal workers who have reached age 50.  From Congress.gov

 

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