Archive for Government

What Is Happening with Brexit?

The deadline for the UK to crash out of the European Union is fast approaching – October 31. The following are links to the numerous publications dealing with this rupture, all issued by the UK Parliament Library:  selection of statements both written and oral made in Parliament; Brexit debates 2019; House of Commons Library site on Brexit; and Brexit reading list – no deal.

The Congressional Research Service has published many reports on Brexit as has the Think Tank of the European Parliament – here are 100 in-depth analyses on this topic as well as a feature entitled What Think Tanks are thinking: Brexit.

For those of you not fully acquainted with Brexit, this BBC piece is a good place to start.

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How Does Impeachment Work?

A brief but informative introduction to this procedure can be consulted here – Impeachment Investigations: Law and Process from CRS. Additional blog entries on impeachment are also available.

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“U.S. Role in the World: Background and Issues for Congress”

This CRS report should be required reading for all interested in where our country is heading now. The bibliography runs many pages and is current through October 2019; in fact the entire bibliography is composed of 2019 citations. Previous editions of this work, with supporting bibliographies, can be found here.

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Resources on Impeachment

For those who would like a brief overview of impeachment, please read The Constitutional Grounds for Impeachment authored by the House Committee on the Judiciary. Other relevant documents by this body include: Impeachment: Selected Materials (1973); Impeachment: Selected Materials on Procedure (1974); and Impeachment: Selected Materials (1998).

The Congressional Research Service has over the years issued numerous materials on the question of impeachment; here are over 100 reports on this topic.

Please remember that process of impeachment is not limited to the office of the president, federal judges are also subject to impeachment. Recent examples of this are: Impeachment of G. Thomas Porteous, Jr., judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana (2010);

To consider possible impeachment of United States District Judge G. Thomas Porteous, Jr. (2010);

Impeachment of Judge Samuel B. Kent (2009); and

Impeaching Manuel L. Real, a judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California, for high crimes and misdemeanors (2006).

 

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The Wealth of Every Member of Congress as of 2018

This listing that came out in 2018 will be re-issued in 2020 before the national elections. There are many filters you can apply to fine tune the results making it easier to find out the net worth of the current crop of presidential hopefuls who are almost all members of Congress. Links to brief biographies are also provided.

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Congressional Russian Investigation Documents

Not only are all the hearings listed at this site – Public Document Clearinghouse: Congressional Russia Investigations – but letters, remarks, subpoenas, press releases, etc are all included so in essence all Congressional documents pertaining to Russian interference are available in one spot.

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Robert Mueller’s Testimony Before Congress

For those who are interested, the two separate hearings will be broadcast on C-SPAN where they will be permanently housed as well as an unofficial (but normally quite accurate) transcript of each session will be made available.

Since election security figures so prominently in his report (redacted version here), there are some worthy sites one should look at:

Campaign and Election Security Policy: Brief Introduction; The Designation of Election Systems as Critical Infrastructure; Election Security: Issues in the 2018 Midterm Elections (CRS)

Elections: Observations on Voting Equipment Use and Replacement (GAO)

SECURING U.S. ELECTION INFRASTRUCTURE AND PROTECTING POLITICAL DISCOURSE (House Committee on Oversight and Reform)

Election Security | Cybersecurity: What Legislators (and Others) Need to Know (NCSL)

Election Security (EFF)

Election Security (NPR)

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