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U.S. Citizens Kidnapped by the Islamic State

Categories: Crime/Justice,Laws/Regulations,Terrorism

Examines whether U.S. policy relating to kidnapped citizens and demands for ransom should be re-examined following the deaths of several hostages at the hands of Islamic extremists. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Anthem Data Breach: How Safe is Health Information Under HIPAA?

Examines whether the security standards required by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act are sufficient to protect sensitive patient health information in the wake of the Anthem incident.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Copyright and the Music Marketplace: A Report of the Register of Copyrights

Categories: Arts/Humanities,Copyright/Patents,Laws/Regulations,Property Rights

Identifies the shortcomings of the current methods of licensing music in the U.S. and offers an in-depth analysis of the law and industry practices, as well as a series of balanced recommendations to improve the music marketplace.  From the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress


Recalibrating Regulation of Colleges and Universities: Report of the Task Force on Federal Regulation of Higher Education

Categories: Crime/Justice,Education-Higher,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

Report of a task force of higher education officials on what they regard as excessive federal red tape involving financial standards, campus crime reports, distance education programs, financial aid eligibility, and the accreditation process. From the Task Force, posted by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.


FCC Adopts Strong, Sustainable Rules to Protect the Open Internet

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Telecommunications/Internet

Press release which provides details about the rules adopted to regulate Internet providers in the same manner as public utilities.  Claims these rules, successor to previous attempts struck down by the courts, are guided by three principles: that U.S. broadband networks will be fast, fair, and open.  From the Federal Communications Commission


Estimated Impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on Employment and Economic Output in 2014

Categories: Business/Economics,Govt Finance,Labor/Employment,Laws/Regulations

Latest update on the impact of ARRA on the U.S. economy.  Asserts that the effects of ARRA on output peaked in the first half of 2010 and have diminished since.  Finds that employment increased during 2014 by between 0.1 million and 0.3 million full-time equivalent jobs.  From the Congressional Budget Office


Recommendations Concerning the Legalization of Medical Marijuana in Virginia

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Crime/Justice,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations,Virginia Issues$file/RD91.pdf

Recommends that the Governor direct the Virginia Substance Abuse Services Council to continue its study of medical marijuana and of legalization or decriminalization of marijuana and the social, public safety, legal, and economic effects.  Calls for final report to be submitted by December 1, 2015.  From the Substance Abuse Services Council


State of Texas v. United States of America

Categories: Headlines,Homeland Security,Immigration/Migration,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

Text of ruling by Judge Andrew Hanen of the Federal District Court for the Southern District of Texas issuing an injunction preventing the implementation of the Obama Administration’s plan to provide legal presence for four million undocumented immigrants.  Pages 101-123  Posted by Justia


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