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Campaign Contribution Limits: Selected Questions About McCutcheon and Policy Issues for Congress

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43334.pdf

Offers an analysis of major policy issues and possible Congressional responses to the Supreme Court’s April 2014 McCutcheon decision which struck down aggregate limits on campaign contributions.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Author’s Guild: Amazon was Google’s Target

Categories: Congress,Copyright/Patents,Libraries,Supreme Court/courts

http://www.authorsguild.org/general/authors-guild-amazon-was-googles-target/

 

Press release from Author’s Guild in announcing an appeal of the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals decision against their copyright infringement suit against Google.  Also calls upon Congress to create a National Digital Library, available on every campus and in every community, to display  full pages, not snippets, for out-of-print books.  From the Authors Guild

 

Reform of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Courts: A Brief Overview

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Privacy,Spying/Intelligence,Supreme Court/courts

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/intel/R43451.pdf

Provides an overview of proposals for reform of the FISC and the legal implications. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

http://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/12-536

 

5-4 Supreme Court decision that strikes down total campaign contribution limits on individuals during a two year election cycle.  Individuals had been limited to a total of $48,600 in direct contributions to candidates, plus $74,600 to political parties and committees. Individual giving is still restricted to $2,600 per candidate for both primary and general elections.  From the Cornell University Law School Legal Information Institute

 

Reform of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Courts: Introducing a Public Advocate

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Homeland Security,Privacy,Spying/Intelligence,Supreme Court/courts

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/intel/R43260.pdf

Examines the proposal that the supersecret FISA court include a public advocate who would represent the civil liberties interests of the general public and challenge the government’s applications for foreign surveillance.   From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

United States v. Castleman

Categories: Crime/Justice,Laws/Regulations,Marriage/Family,Supreme Court/courts

http://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/12-1371

Unanimous Supreme Court decision that affirmed the ban against possession of firearms by anyone convicted of a crime of domestic violence.  At issue was whether the crime of domestic violence involved the use of physical force.  From the Cornell University Law School Legal Information Institute

 

Disclosure of FISA Opinions: Select Legal Issues

Categories: Govt Processes/Organization,Spying/Intelligence,Supreme Court/courts

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/secrecy/R43404.pdf

Considers the competing authorities of the federal and congressional branches of government and whether the congressional branch can compel disclosure of classified opinions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court or otherwise regulate control over national security information.

From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Bostic v. Rainey

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Marriage/Family,Supreme Court/courts,Virginia Issues

http://docs.justia.com/cases/federal/district-courts/virginia/vaedce/2:2013cv00395/297631/136/0.pdf?1392477544

 

Ruling by federal district court judge Arenda Wright Allen that Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.  From Justia.com

 

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