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Presidential Memorandum … on Military Service by Transgender Individuals

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Defense/Military,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Sex Issues

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/08/25/presidential-memorandum-secretary-defense-and-secretary-homeland

Text of the presidential directive that restores the policy barring transgender individuals from serving openly in the U.S. military.  The Obama administration had opened the military to transgender individuals.  The Trump administration rejects the evidence that the presence of such individuals would not hinder military effectiveness or unit cohesion.  From the White House

 

Federal Register 1980-1989

Categories: Govt Information,Laws/Regulations

https://www.govinfo.gov/app/collection/FR

Expands the availability of past issues of the Federal Register through the 1980s.  Issues are now available from the 1980 to the present on the GovInfo site.  From the Government Publishing Office

 

Summary of Draft Report on National Monuments

https://www.doi.gov/sites/doi.gov/files/uploads/monument-report-summary.pdf

Covers findings and recommendations after 120 day review on national monuments as a result of an April 2017 presidential executive order.  Reviews areas visited by Secretary of Interior and also claims to provide much needed change for local communities regarding private property rights, timber harvesting, Tribal uses of land, and public access to public lands.  Few details included in the summary released to the public.  From the Department of the Interior

 

Simplifying Deposit Requirements for Certain Literary Works and Musical Compositions

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

https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-16/pdf/2017-17194.pdf

Proposed regulation change relating to requirements for deposit of printed literary works and musical scores/sheet music.  Basically the change reduces the requirement for deposit from two copies to one, except in certain circumstances.  From the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress

 

The Effects of Terminating Payments for Cost-Sharing Reductions

Categories: Health Insurance,Income/Poverty,Laws/Regulations

https://www.cbo.gov/system/files/115th-congress-2017-2018/reports/53009-costsharingreductions.pdf

Attempts to estimate what would happen to insurance markets if the federal government were to end reimbursement payments to insurers for offering discounts to low-income customers under the Affordable Care Act.  Foresees possible 20% increase in premiums in first year.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

Drugs of Abuse: A DEA Resource Guide, 2017 Edition

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations,Mental Health

https://www.dea.gov/pr/multimedia-library/publications/drug_of_abuse.pdf

Describes the harms and consequences of drug use by explaining a drug’s effects on the mind and body, overdose potential, origin, legal status, and other key facts.  Covers narcotics, depressants, stimulants, hallucinogens, and anabolic steroids.  From the Drug Enforcement Administration

 

FDA Announces Comprehensive Regulatory Plan to Shift Trajectory of Tobacco-Related Disease, Death

Categories: Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations,Smoking/Tobacco

https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm568923.htm

Agency press release about new approach to regulations about tobacco that calls for striking a balance between regulation and encouraging development of innovative tobacco products less dangerous than cigarettes.  From the Food and Drug Administration

 

The Year in Trade 2016: Operation of the Trade Agreements Program

Categories: Brazil,Canada,China,Cuba,European Union,Foreign Trade/Investment,Headlines,Japan,Laws/Regulations,Mexico,Treaties

https://www.usitc.gov/publications/332/pub4711.pdf

Covers activities of the past year related to U.S. trade policies, agreements, and trade laws. Includes information about World Trade Organization dispute settlement decisions, antidumping and intellectual property rights infringement cases, and bilateral trade issues with major U.S. trading partners—the European Union, China, Canada, Mexico, Japan, and Brazil.  From the U.S. International Trade Commission

 

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