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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Presidential Policy Directive: Hostage Recovery Activities

Categories: Laws/Regulations,Terrorism

Redefines U.S. government policy relating to recovery of hostages held abroad.  From the White House.


Michigan v. EPA

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

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


Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona

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

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


Bank Regulation: Lessons Learned and a Framework for Monitoring Emerging Risks and Regulatory Response

Categories: Business/Economics,Financial Crisis/Markets,Laws/Regulations

Blames weakness in federal oversight of banks for past financial crises which cost federal insurance funds over $165 billion.  Discusses lessons learned from past crises and offers a plan for improving future regulatory oversight.  From the Government Accountability Office


Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015

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

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


Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Headlines,Housing/Homelessness,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

5-4 Supreme Court decision that the 1968 Fair Housing Act provides broad protection against housing discrimination and segregation.  The decision allows for so-called “disparate impact” claims against lending practices and housing policy that may promote housing segregation without overt intent.  The case involved the distribution of tax credits for low-income housing.  From the Legal Information Institute of the Cornell University Law School


King v. Burwell

Categories: Federal State Relations,Headlines,Health Insurance,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

6-3 Supreme Court decision that upholds a key provision of the Affordable Care Act by agreeing that subsidies for health insurance policies purchased through the ACA–created exchanges should be available to all, whether the exchange is run by the state or the federal government.

From the Legal Information Institute of the Cornell University Law School


Overview of Health Insurance Exchanges

Categories: Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

Provides an overview of the various components of the health insurance exchanges, including how exchanges are structured, consumer and financial assistance available, the range of plans offered, and the implications of the King v. Burwell Supreme Court case for the exchanges.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


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