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Earl Gregg Swem Library

The Obama Adminstration’s November 2014 Immigration Initiatives: Questions and Answers

Categories: Govt Processes/Organization,Immigration/Migration,Laws/Regulations,Presidency

Provides discussions for nine frequently-asked questions relating to such topics as the legal authority for the president’s actions, constraints upon executive discretionary authority, and who has “standing” to challenge the initiative.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Executive Discretion as to Immigration: Legal Overview

Categories: Govt Processes/Organization,Headlines,Immigration/Migration,Laws/Regulations,Presidency

Discusses how presidential authority over immigration matters is provided and circumscribed by certain statutory delegations of authority and constitutional considerations.  Also discusses the relationship of these powers to the 2012 presidential initiative known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


U.S. and China Announce Important New Actions to Reduce Carbon Pollution

Categories: China,Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Presidency,Science/Technology

Presents a summary of actions announced by China and the U.S. to control carbon emissions in the post 2020 period.  From the White House


Net Neutrality: President Obama’s Plan for a Free and Open Internet

Categories: Laws/Regulations,Presidency,Telecommunications/Internet

Video and text of the president arguing for a net neutrality approach to the Internet as the Federal Communications Commission considers the creation of new policies.  From the White House


Foreign Relations of the United States, 1977-1980, Volume 1: Foundations of Foreign Policy

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Foreign Affairs,Headlines,History,Presidency

Documents the broad foreign policy foundations and themes of the administration of President Jimmy Carter as it sought to implement a foreign policy emphasizing human rights.  From the State Department


A New Authorization for Use of Military Force Against the Islamic State: Comparison of Current Proposals in Brief

Categories: Arab,Defense/Military,Laws/Regulations,Presidency,Terrorism

Examines current proposals for the use of military force against the Islamic State and compares them with such past proposals as those of post 9/11 in 2001, use of force against Iraq in 2002, and presidential authority under Article II of the Constitution. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Presidential Proclamation: Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument Expansion

Categories: Environment,Natural Resources,Presidency

Designates a wide area of the Pacific Ocean for the largest marine preserve in the world to protect the area from drilling and most fishing.  From the White House


Warren Commission Report

Categories: Crime/Justice,History,Presidency

On the 50th anniversary of the issuance of the Warren Commission Report on the assassination of President John Kennedy, the complete report plus 26 volumes of  commission hearings have been digitized and made available to the public.  From the Federal Digital System of the Government Printing Office


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