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The National Football League’s Attempt to Influence Funding Decisions at the National Institutes of Health

Categories: Athletics/Exercise,Govt Procurement,Headlines,Health/Medical,Lobbying,Mental Health

https://democrats-energycommerce.house.gov/sites/democrats.energycommerce.house.gov/files/Democratic%20Staff%20Report%20on%20NFL%20NIH%20Investigation%205.23.2016.pdf

Reports on the outcome of an investigation by Democratic Congressional staff members on alleged interference by the National Football League in attempting to influence the selection of research applicants for federal brain research funding.  From the Minority Staff of the House Energy and Commerce Committee

 

Foster v. Chatman

Categories: Crime/Justice,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/14-8349

7-1 decision of the Supreme Court which overturned the murder conviction of Timothy Foster because prosecutors kept black candidates off the jury through improper means.  From the Legal Information Institute of the Cornell University Law School

 

Library of Congress to Cancel the Subject Heading “Illegal Aliens”

Categories: Congress,Headlines,Immigration/Migration,Libraries/Museums

https://www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/illegal-aliens-decision.pdf

Explains the reasons that the Library of Congress had decided to cancel a subject heading and replace it with the heading “Noncitizens.”  The proposed change provoked a letter of complaint from several Republican members of Congress. From the Library of Congress

 

Zubik v. Burwell

Categories: Headlines,Health Insurance,Laws/Regulations,Religion/Ethics,Supreme Court/courts

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/14-1418

Compromise decision that employees of certain nonprofits could receive contraceptive coverage with their health insurance plans without burdening the employers’ exercise of religion. The church organizations had objected to provisions of federal law that required them to submit petitions expressing their opposition to providing contraceptive coverage. The cases return to the Appeals Courts to resolve any outstanding issues.  From the Legal Information Institute of the Cornell University Law School

 

Wittman v. Personhuballah

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

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/14-1504

Unanimous Supreme Court decision which dismissed the Republican Congressmen’s appeal due to their lack of standing and affirmed the District Court decision that the original redistricting plan was unconstitutional.  None of the three Representatives appealing the lower court decision resided in or represented Congressional District 3. From the Legal Information Institute of the Cornell University Law School

 

Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students

Categories: Children,Civil/Human Rights,Education,Education-Higher,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Sex Issues,Youth

http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/letters/colleague-201605-title-ix-transgender.pdf

Letter of guidance sent to public schools and colleges directing them to provide transgender students with access to bathrooms and locker rooms that match their chosen gender identity.  The letter summarizes school obligations toward transgender students under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and how the federal government will evaluate a school’s compliance with those obligations.  The letter begins on p. 2 following a Notice of Language Assistance.  From the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department and the Office for Civil Rights of the U. S. Department of Education.

 

Examples of Policies and Emerging Practices for Supporting Transgender Students

Categories: Children,Civil/Human Rights,Education,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Sex Issues,Youth

http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oese/oshs/emergingpractices.pdf

Covers information on student transitions, privacy and confidentiality, sex-segregated activities and facilities, and additional practices to support transgender students.  Also contains a bibliography of federal resources on transgender students.  From the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education

 

U.S. Departments of Justice and Education Release Joint Guidance to Help Schools Ensure the Civil Rights of Transgender Students

Categories: Children,Civil/Human Rights,Education,Education-Higher,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Sex Issues,Youth

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/us-departments-justice-and-education-release-joint-guidance-help-schools-ensure-civil-rights

Press release explaining the meaning of the letter of guidance sent to public schools and colleges about treatment of transgender students.  .  From the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department and the Office for Civil Rights of the U. S. Department of Education.

 

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