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The Federal Communications Commission: Current Structure and Its Role in the Changing Telecommunications Landscape

The Federal Communications Commission: Current Structure and Its Role in the Changing Telecommunications Landscape

Date: March 16, 2015
Creator: Figliola, Patricia Moloney
Description: This report discusses current issues regarding the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which is an independent federal agency charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable. The mission of the FCC is to ensure that the American people have available--at reasonable cost and without discrimination--rapid, efficient, nation- and world-wide communication services, whether by radio, television, wire, satellite, or cable.
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International Drug Control Policy: Background and U.S. Responses

International Drug Control Policy: Background and U.S. Responses

Date: March 16, 2015
Creator: Rosen, Liana W.
Description: The global illegal drug trade represents a multi-dimensional challenge that has implications for U.S. national interests as well as the international community. This report discusses U.S. international policy frameworks and approaches in response to the issue.
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Conducting Foreign Relations Without Authority: The Logan Act

Conducting Foreign Relations Without Authority: The Logan Act

Date: March 11, 2015
Creator: Seitzinger, Michael V.
Description: This report discusses the Logan Act, which was intended to prohibit United States citizens without authority from interfering in relations between the United States and foreign governments. There has been renewed interest in the Logan Act in 2015 as the result of a letter signed by 47 U.S. Senators to Iran suggesting that negotiations about a nuclear deal between the President and the Iranian leadership would be an executive agreement that another President or Congress would be able to abrogate.
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Iran: Interim Nuclear Agreement and Talks on a Comprehensive Accord

Iran: Interim Nuclear Agreement and Talks on a Comprehensive Accord

Date: March 9, 2015
Creator: Katzman, Kenneth; Kerr, Paul K.; Nikitin, Mary Beth D. & Garcia, Michael J.
Description: This report discusses the nuclear agreement talks between Iran and the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, China, and Germany--collectively known as the P5+1, which finalized an interim agreement ("Joint Plan of Action," JPA) requiring Iran to freeze many aspects of its nuclear program in exchange for relief from some international sanctions.
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Many Aspects of the Affordable Care Act Would Not Be Affected by King v. Burwell

Many Aspects of the Affordable Care Act Would Not Be Affected by King v. Burwell

Date: March 3, 2015
Creator: Barry, Matthew B.
Description: This report briefly discusses the possible effects of the King v. Burwell case on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) law. The case examines whether or not the ACA allows the IRS to make premium tax credits available to residents of states that decline to establish health insurance exchanges.
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Freedom of Information Act Legislation in the 114th Congress: Issue Summary and Side-by- Side Analysis

Freedom of Information Act Legislation in the 114th Congress: Issue Summary and Side-by- Side Analysis

Date: February 26, 2015
Creator: Richardson, Daniel J. & Ginsberg, Wendy
Description: This report provides an overview of two The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) bills in the 114th Congress, S. 337 and H.R. 653, and provides analysis of certain FOIA-related provisions within each.
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The President's Immigration Accountability Executive Action of November 20, 2014: Overview and Issues

The President's Immigration Accountability Executive Action of November 20, 2014: Overview and Issues

Date: February 24, 2015
Creator: Kandel, William A.; Bjelopera, Jerome P.; Bruno, Andorra & Siskin, Alison
Description: This report discusses President Obama Immigration Accountability Executive Action which would revise some U.S. immigration policies and initiate several programs, including a revised border security policy for the Southwest border.
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The President's Immigration Accountability Executive Action of November 20, 2014: Overview and Issues

The President's Immigration Accountability Executive Action of November 20, 2014: Overview and Issues

Date: February 24, 2015
Creator: Kandel, William A.; Bjelopera, Jerome P.; Bruno, Andorra & Siskin, Alison
Description: This report discusses President Obama's Immigration Accountability Executive Action which revises some U.S. immigration policies and initiates several programs, including a revised border security policy for the Southwest border.
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ESEA Reauthorization Proposals in the 114th Congress: Selected Key Issues

ESEA Reauthorization Proposals in the 114th Congress: Selected Key Issues

Date: February 23, 2015
Creator: Skinner, Rebecca R. & Kuenzi, Jeffrey J.
Description: This report examines major features of H.R. 5 with respect to current law. It begins by discussing the approach that H.R. 5 takes toward reshaping the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) in key areas. Next, the report considers the ESEA by title and part to examine how the ESEA would be reconfigured under H.R. 5, followed by an examination of proposed program authorizations included in H.R. 5.
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Number of African American Judges Reaches All-Time High; Do Issues Remain?

Number of African American Judges Reaches All-Time High; Do Issues Remain?

Date: February 23, 2015
Creator: McMillion, Barry J.
Description: This report provides historical and statistical information related to the appointment of African Americans as U.S. circuit and district court judges. Such information addresses ongoing congressional interest in the demographic characteristics of lower federal court judges.
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