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Earl Gregg Swem Library

The Year in Trade 2014: Operation of the Trade Agreements Program …

Categories: Foreign Trade/Investment,Laws/Regulations,Statistics,Treaties,United Nations

http://www.usitc.gov/publications/332/pub4543.pdf

Latest in a series of annual reports presented to Congress on trade policy and all activities relating to the administration of international trade agreements.  The country continued to run a deficit on trade in goods and a surplus on trade in services.  From the U.S. International Trade Commission

 

State and Local “Sanctuary” Policies Limiting Participation in Immigration Enforcement

Categories: Federal State Relations,Immigration/Migration,Laws/Regulations

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/homesec/R43457.pdf

Discusses legal issues related to state and local measures that limit law enforcement cooperation with federal immigration authorities and the various types of measures adopted or considered by states and localities.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Cybersecurity: Legislation, Hearings, and Executive Branch Documents

Categories: Homeland Security,Laws/Regulations,Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43317.pdf

A roundup of recent legislation, hearings, and executive directives relating to cybersecurity issues over the past few years.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Digest of United States Practice in International Law 2014

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Foreign Affairs,Laws/Regulations,Treaties

http://www.state.gov/s/l/2014/index.htm

Provides a historical record of key legal developments involving U.S. foreign policy during 2014.  From the State Department

 

Presidential Policy Directive: Hostage Recovery Activities

Categories: Laws/Regulations,Terrorism

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/06/24/presidential-policy-directive-hostage-recovery-activities

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

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/14-46

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

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/13-1314

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

http://www.gao.gov/assets/680/670997.pdf

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

 

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