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Earl Gregg Swem Library

The President’s Daily Brief: Delivering Intelligence to Nixon and Ford

Categories: Govt Information,Headlines,History,Presidency,Spying/Intelligence

Booklet which describes the documents and the PDB process.  Issued on the occasion of the release of about 2,500 formerly classified PDBs from the administrations of Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.  From the Central Intelligence Agency


President’s Daily Brief: 1969-1977

Categories: Govt Information,Headlines,History,Presidency,Spying/Intelligence

The texts of about 2,500 formerly classified daily briefings for Presidents Nixon and Ford from CIA officials.  Features day-by-day intelligence on national security issues and concerns.  From the Central Intelligence Agency Freedom of Information Electronic Reading Room


Procedures for Approving Direct Action Against Terrorist Targets Located Outside the United States and Areas of Active Hostilities

Categories: Defense/Military,Headlines,Presidency,Science/Technology,Terrorism

18 page document dating from 2013, declassified under court order in August 2016, that sets out the role of the president in approving the use of drones or other weapons to target terrorist suspects overseas.  The guidelines also provide rules for targeting U.S. citizens abroad, guidance on what to do with captured terrorist suspects, and a preference for capture options over lethal action against terrorists.  From the Justice Department’s Office of Information Policy FOIA Library


Martin Van Buren Papers, 1787-1910

Categories: History,Libraries/Museums,Presidency

Contains more than 6,000 items with most material relating to his service as a U.S. senator from New York, secretary of state and vice-president in the Jackson Administration, and his own presidency (1837-1841).  From the Library of Congress


U.S. District Court Vacancies: Overview and Comparative Analysis

Categories: Presidency,Supreme Court/courts

Examines historical data on the number of federal district court vacancies that existed at the beginning of the terms of the last three presidents and also the number on June 1st of their eighth year in office.  While vacancies decreased from first day in office to June 1st of last year for the Clinton and Bush administrations, they increased by 71% in the Obama administration.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


President Obama on the Tragic Shooting in Orlando

Categories: Crime/Justice,Guns,Headlines,Presidency

Contains excerpts and full statement of the president on the shooting massacre in Orlando.  From the White House


We the People: Your Voice in the White House

Categories: Presidency

A revised, more mobile friendly version of the site where you can start a petition on issues that matter to you.  Threshold for response is still 100,000 signatures.  From the White House


Contested Presidential Nominating Conventions: Brief Background and Questions

Categories: Presidency

Covers selected questions about possible contested political party conventions including how might convention rules affect a contest.  Neither party has required multiple ballots since the 1952 Democratic and the 1948 Republican Conventions.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


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