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Options for Reducing the Deficit: 2015 to 2024

Categories: Govt Finance,Headlines,Statistics,Taxes

http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/attachments/49638-BudgetOptions.pdf

Provides estimates of the potential budgetary savings from 79 options that would decrease federal spending or increase federal revenues over the next decade.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

“We Were Strangers Once Too”: The President Announces New Steps on Immigration

Categories: Headlines,Homeland Security,Immigration/Migration,Laws/Regulations

http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/11/20/we-were-strangers-once-too-president-announces-new-steps-immigratio

President Obama’s address to the nation on his plan to reform immigration and prevent deportation of illegal aliens meeting certain conditions.  From the White House

 

The Emissions Gap Report 2014: A UNEP Synthesis Report

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Science/Technology,United Nations

http://www.unep.org/publications/ebooks/emissionsgapreport2014/portals/50268/pdf/EGR2014_LOWRES.pdf

Examines whether the pledges of carbon emissions limitations made by countries are on track to meet the internationally agreed upon 2 degree Centigrade target.  Argue for a halving of all greenhouse gas emissions by mid-century followed by movement toward carbon neutrality and net zero total greenhouse gas emissions by century’s end.  From the UN Environment Programme

 

Keystone XL Pipeline: Overview and Recent Developments

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43787.pdf

Reviews the economic, energy, and environmental controversies surrounding the proposed pipeline project and recent developments involving litigation and permit reviews. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

George Washington National Forest: Revised Land and Resource Management Plan

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Energy,Headlines,Natural Resources,Recreation/Travel,Virginia Issues

http://www.fs.fed.us/gwjeff/core/2014-GWNF-Revised-Forest-Plan-full-document.pdf

Revises the 1993 management plan for the Virginia forest and drew news headlines because of its position on not prohibiting any specific technology for developing energy resources including hydraulic fracturing on forest lands where there are existing valid leases. See also related environmental materials.  From the Forest Service

 

Attorney General’s Advisory Committee on American Indian/Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence: Ending Violence So Children Can Thrive

Categories: Children,Crime/Justice,Headlines,Native Americans

https://edit.justice.gov/sites/default/files/defendingchildhood/pages/attachments/2014/11/18/finalaianreport.pdf

States that American Indian and Alaska Native children experience posttraumatic stress disorder at the same rate as veterans returning from Middle East service; presents recommendations for preventing exposure to violence and mitigating the negative effects of such past exposure.  From the Justice Department

 

Executive Discretion as to Immigration: Legal Overview

Categories: Govt Processes/Organization,Headlines,Immigration/Migration,Laws/Regulations,Presidency

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/homesec/R43782.pdf

Discusses how presidential authority over immigration matters is provided and circumscribed by certain statutory delegations of authority and constitutional considerations.  Also discusses the relationship of these powers to the 2012 presidential initiative known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Rosetta

Categories: Headlines,Science/Technology

http://rosetta.jpl.nasa.gov/

Website for the Rosetta mission which achieved the first landing on a comet in history. From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 

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