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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Executive Discretion as to Immigration: Legal Overview

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

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



Categories: Headlines,Science/Technology

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


Review of State Spending: 2014 Update

Categories: Govt Finance,Headlines,Prices/Inflation,Virginia Issues

Latest annual report on the growth of Virginia state government spending over the past ten years. From the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission


Computer and Internet Use in the United States: 2013

Categories: Headlines,Population/Census,Statistics,Telecommunications/Internet

Provides household and individual level information on computer use and Internet access in the U.S.  Estimates that 78% of people in U.S. households had a high-speed Internet connection in 2013 but finds differences in speed of access by demographic characteristics.  From the Census Bureau


U.S. and China Announce Important New Actions to Reduce Carbon Pollution

Categories: China,Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Presidency,Science/Technology

Presents a summary of actions announced by China and the U.S. to control carbon emissions in the post 2020 period.  From the White House


Model Year 2015 Fuel Economy Guide

Categories: Energy,Environment,Headlines,Statistics,Transportation

Provides mileage figures and estimated annual fuel costs from federal testing for makes and models of vehicles.  From the Energy Department and the Environmental Protection Agency


Crime in the United States 2013

Categories: Crime/Justice,Headlines,Statistics

Violent crime decreased by 4.4% in 2013, while property crimes decreased by 4.1%.  Presents crime statistics from more than 18,000 city, county, state, university and tribal sources.  From the Federal Bureau of Investigation


Climate Change and Dead Zones

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Natural Resources,Science/Technology

Investigates the relationship between global warming and oxygen-depleted dead zones in estuaries and coastal zones.  The Chesapeake Bay has been particularly affected by the emergence of such dead zones.  From the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute


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