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Full Text Transcript and Video of President Trump’s Helsinki Press Conference

I am a firm believer in accessing the original (primary) source at all times; here is both a full-length video and an unedited transcript of this event. Reactions to President Trump’s statements can also be read/viewed.


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Recent/Updated CRS Reports on Supreme Court Nominations

If you want to know where the talking heads and wonks get a lot of their information, please look at these reports:

President’s Selection of a Nominee for a Supreme Court: An Overview; Supreme Court Nominations, 1789 to 2017: Actions by the Senate, the Judiciary Committee, and the President; Supreme Court Appointment Process: President’s Selection of a Nominee; and Supreme Court Nominations Not Confirmed, 1789 to the Present;President Trump Nominates Judge Brett Kavanaugh: Initial Observations,

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U.S. Immigration Policy

With all the confusing and contradictory pronouncements emanating from Washington, it would do all of us well to read A Primer on U.S. Immigration Policy from CRS. Reliable, verifiable data on immigration to this country can be found at Frequently Requested Statistics on Immigrants and Immigration in the United States.

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Was There Russian Interference in U.S. Elections?

The intelligence community was tasked with this investigation, and in January 2017, a declassified version of its report – Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections– was made public.  The classified version of this ICA (Intelligence Community Assessment) was given to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence for review; its report was recently published. Some of the conclusions reached:

“Russian efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election represent the most recent expression of Moscow’s longstanding desire to undermine the U.S.-led liberal democratic order, but these activities demonstrated a significant escalation in directness, level of activity, and scope of effort compared to previous operations1.

  • The Committee found that this judgment was supported by the evidence presented in the ICA. Since its publication, further details have come to light that bolster the assessment.
  • The ICA pointed to initial evidence of Russian activities against multiple U.S. state or local electoral boards. Since the ICA was published, the Committee has learned more about Russian attempts to infiltrate state election infrastructure, as outlined in the findings and recommendations the Committee issued in March 2018.”(4)


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Cryptocurrency Regulations

Of late, cryptocurrency has been a topic that one cannot avoid. The Law Library of Congress has issued a survey of how various countries oversee this exchange medium. A brief overview with links to enabling legislation and commentaries are provided for each entry; more detailed examinations of selected countries are found at its Regulation of Cryptocurrency in Selected Jurisdictions.

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Who’s on President Trump’s List of Supreme Court Candidates?

This piece from The Washington Post provides the answer; the Free Law Project also supplies relevant information.

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What Is the GDPR?

This recently enacted EU directive could have a major impact on your online interactions. Of late, there have been many questions raised over privacy and data ownership, and this Come here to find out more info; this EU site also offers additional information on this law.  This CRS report is also helpful – Data, Social Media, and Users: Can We All Get Along?; the European Parliament Think Tank has issued numerous papers on this legislation and its impact on both providers and users. Another excellent source is from the Law Library of the Library of Congress – Personal Data Protection and the EU GDPR – that points the way to other useful links. There are even implications for libraries in how they record, store, and disseminate records such as circulation transactions or online reference conversations.

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