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DOJ/OIG Releases Report on Various Actions by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice in Advance of the 2016 Election

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Presidency,Telecommunications/Internet

https://oig.justice.gov/press/2018/2018-06-14.pdf

Press release and report summary of the report of Inspector General Michael Horowitz on events prior to the 2016 presidential election.  From the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Justice

 

A Review of Various Actions by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice in Advance of the 2016 Election

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Presidency,Telecommunications/Internet

https://www.justice.gov/file/1071991/download

The 500 page report of the Inspector General of the Justice Department about the actions of the FBI and Justice Department prior to the 2016 presidential election.  Accuses former FBI Director James Comey of engaging in “ad hoc decision making” in reopening the investigation of Clinton’s emails “even if it meant rejecting longstanding Department policy or practice.”  Offers nine recommendations for remedying problems uncovered by the investigators.  From the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Justice

 

2018 Special 301 Report

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Foreign Trade/Investment,Laws/Regulations,Property Rights,Treaties

https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/files/Press/Reports/2018%20Special%20301.pdf

The annual U.S. review of protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights.  Identifies 12 countries on the priority watch list, including China, Russia, Canada, and India, for insufficient protection of property rights.  From the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

 

 

Withdrawal from International Agreements: Legal Framework, the Paris Agreement, and the Iran Nuclear Agreement

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Iran,Laws/Regulations,Nuclear Energy,Treaties

https://www.everycrsreport.com/files/20180504_R44761_aea5a473b3849e1096be89c61dae7b8e44febe76.pdf

Outlines the legal framework for withdrawal from international agreements under U.S. and international law and applies the procedure to the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action related to Iran’s nuclear program—treaties the Trump Administration has announced its intention to abandon.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Tax Exempt Organization Search

Categories: Laws/Regulations,Taxes

https://www.irs.gov/charities-non-profits/tax-exempt-organization-search

Offers information about the tax-exempt status of an organization.  Replaces the former service known as Select Check.  From the Internal Revenue Service

 

Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute

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

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/16-980

5-4 Supreme Court decision that Ohio was not in violation of federal law by purging inactive voters from their voting rolls.  From the Legal Information Institute of the Cornell University Law School

 

Status of the Social Security and Medicare Programs: A Summary of the 2018 Annual Reports

https://www.ssa.gov/OACT/TRSUM/tr18summary.pdf

20+ page summary of the key findings on the current financial status of the Medicare and Social Security Trust Funds.  The two programs amounted to 42% of federal program expenditures in FY2017 and both programs are expected to experience cost growth in excess of GDP growth due to aging of the population.  From the Social Security Administration

 

Fact Sheet: Social Security and Medicare Trustees Report

https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/sm0405

Summarizes the annual financial review of Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds.  Recent policy changes will result in less funding for the Part A Medicare Hospital Fund which will be insolvent by 2026  Social Security is solvent until 2034 under current policies.  Includes links to full text of the Medicare and Social Security reports.  From the Treasury Department

 

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