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JFK Assassination Records, 2017 Additional Documents Release

Categories: Govt Information,Headlines,History,Laws/Regulations,Presidency

https://www.archives.gov/research/jfk/2017-release

Covers the release of nearly 3,000 additional documents, mostly from the CIA and FBI, related to the assassination of President John Kennedy.  The release was mandated by the JFK Assassination Records Collection Act.  A few additional documents are scheduled to be released next spring.  From the National Archives and Records Administration

 

Environmental Protection Agency Final Report on Review of Agency Actions that Potentially Burden the Safe, Efficient Development of Domestic Energy Resources …

Categories: Energy,Laws/Regulations,Presidency

http://usenvironmentalprotectionagency.cmail19.com/t/d-l-uibdil-alydlulij-r/

Responds to Trump’s Executive Order 13783 to explain how the EPA is curbing regulatory burdens in order to promote energy production and growth.  From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

Congressional Record Bound Edition

Categories: Congress,Govt Information,History,Laws/Regulations

https://www.govinfo.gov/app/collection/crecb/155_crecb

Adds the years 1911-1921 to the coverage online of the final or permanent edition of the Congressional Record.  From the GovInfo site of the Government Publishing Office

 

The Nation’s Retirement System: A Comprehensive Re-evaluation is Needed to Better Promote Future Retirement Security

Categories: Elderly,Laws/Regulations,Retirement/Social Security

http://www.gao.gov/assets/690/687797.pdf

Examines the challenges to retirement security posed by disappearing pensions.  Draws on recommendations from a panel of experts who see the need for a new evaluation of the American retirement system.  Includes selected federal legislation shaping retirement, and retirement systems in selected countries.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

Administrator Pruitt Issues Directive to End EPA “Sue and Settle.”

Categories: Environment,Laws/Regulations

https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/administrator-pruitt-issues-directive-end-epa-sue-settle

News release about agency directive to end what has been called “regulation through litigation” when environmental groups sue and then settle with EPA by means of agreements or consent decrees.  The changes would allow states or regulated entities affected by the settlements to play a greater role in the process.   Includes links to the text of the directive.  From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

EPA … Proposes Repeal of “Clean Power Plan”

Categories: Business/Economics,Energy,Environment,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations

https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-takes-another-step-advance-president-trumps-america-first-strategy-proposes-repeal

Agency press release about proposed regulations to repeal Obama administration rules requiring power plants to reduce carbon emissions.  The new proposals cite reduced compliance costs, energy independence, and revised analyses of environmental, health, and economic effects for promoting the repeal.  From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

President Donald J. Trump’s Letter to House and Senate Leaders and Immigration Principles and Policies

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/10/08/president-donald-j-trumps-letter-house-and-senate-leaders-immigration

Controversial proposal by the Trump Administration to reform immigration policies including building a southwestern border wall, removing unaccompanied alien children, closing “loopholes” in asylum procedures and hiring additional immigration judges to reduce the backlog of pending cases, and punishing so-called sanctuary cities by withholding federal grants.  From the White House

 

Federal Law Protections for Religious Liberty

Categories: Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Religion/Ethics

https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/1001891/download?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

Controversial policy statement offering guidance for federal agencies from the Attorney General on interpreting religious liberty protections in federal law.  Offers 20 principles including “the freedom of religion extends to persons and organizations”, and “includes the right to act or abstain from action in accordance with one’s religious beliefs.”  From the Justice Department

 

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