• The Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations and Issues for Congress

    …, the TPP potentially could eliminate tariff and nontariff barriers to trade and investment among the parties and could serve as a template for a future trade pact among APEC members and potentially other countries. Congress has a direct interest in the negotiations, both through influencing U.S. negotiating positions with the executive branch, and by considering legislation to implement any resulting agreement.” …

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  • Investigative Report – Why Mass Shootings Keep Happening

    … “SINCE SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, according to the START terrorism database, there have been twenty lethal terrorist attacks in the United States, resulting in the deaths of forty-six people. There have been, at most, a handful of assassinations. According to the FBI, from 2001 to 2011, there have been nearly 250 mass shootings, defined as the death…

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    … of unilateral amendments to this Act, ordered by President Obama’s Administration, which could be the subject of a challenge, and there are a number of changes that are already being litigated, including King v. Burwell, which has been accepted by the Supreme Court for review. The House’s complaint, however, focuses on the Administration’s usurpation not only…

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  • Options for Reducing the Deficit: 2015 to 2024

    … “The Congress faces an array of policy choices as it confronts the prospect of large annual budget deficits and further increases in the already-large government debt that are projected to occur in coming decades under current law. To help inform lawmakers about the budgetary implications of changing federal policies, CBO periodically issues…

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  • House Holds Hearings On Religious Accommodation In Military

    … Yesterday, the Military Personnel Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee held a hearing on Religious Accommodations in the Armed Services. The full texts of the prepared statements of five witnesses, plus statements submitted for the record by a member of Congress and ten advocacy organizations, are available at the Committee's website. …

    Howard Friedman/ Religion Clause- 2 readers -
  • Demystifying Dodd-Frank: 12 Ways it Reforms the Financial System

    … and simple primer that makes the law accessible. This complexity is not just an obstacle to understanding Dodd-Frank and explaining it to voters who are skeptical of both Wall Street and Congress, but an impediment to appreciating it. Dodd-Frank attempts to strike a balance between preventing dangerous behavior in finance without discouraging the wide…

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  • 2014 Federal Insurance Office Annual Report on the Insurance Industry

    … “The Report begins with an overview of the insurance industry that presents and analyzes the financial performance and condition of the key U.S. insurance industry sectors, i.e., the life and health (L/H) sector and the property and casualty (P/C) sector. The industry financial overview also includes analysis of insurance industry capital…

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  • Audit Faults State Dept’s Kabul Embassy Security Management

    … Via POGO: “A federal audit has found problems with the State Department’s oversight of security at the U.S. embassy in Afghanistan. The audit, issued November 3, showed that, years after the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and long after Washington policymakers pledged to bolster protection for diplomats in danger zones…

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