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Compilation of Primary Sources on the Impeachment of President Trump

This handy collection –The Impeachment Papers A Compendium of Documents Related to the Impeachment of President Donald J. Trump– contains many of the major sources widely quoted in the press with regards to the impeachment process. Here are dozens of CRS reports on this most historic, constitutionally-mandated procedure.

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Watch the Senate Impeachment Trial Live

It is on C-Span where it will be permanently archived along with a searchable transcript of the proceedings. Unfortunately, what C-SPAN is allowed to show is limited due to press restrictions put in place by the Senate.

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Under What Rules Does the Senate Operate Impeachment Trials?

There are a set of rules – 26 in total -under which the Senate carries out its mandate for an impeachment trial. A more understandable explanation for the process is found here; you can also find an informative primer at this site.

 

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What Will the Supreme Court Be Hearing This Term?

As this is the first Monday of October, that means there is a new year beginning for the Supreme Court today. There are numerous, contentious issues before the Court; here is a rundown of the major cases. This posting from NPR should also be perused to gain insights into what could very will be a very political year for a body that strives to be apolitical. The best place to find information on the cases before the Court is found at SCOTUSblog.

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New Jersey Laws Effective January 1, 2019

From smoking bans on beaches to new taxes on ride-hailing services, here is a list of 18 new laws for New Jersey. For a national sampling of laws going into effect in other states, please direct yourself to this MarketWatch site.

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Online Primary Sources for American History: Supreme Court Nomination Hearings

This Senate Committee on the Judiciary page has complete transcripts of all the hearings back to 1971 with the notable exception of Robert Bork, who, while nominated, was rejected by the committee; his hearings are here. And while official transcripts are not yet available for the Brett Kavanaugh hearings (that could take a couple of years), here are videos of the proceedings.

Numerous blog entries with multitudinous links can be perused for additional information.

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Online Primary Sources for American History: The Nomination Hearings of Clarence Thomas

With the heated controversy over the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, it might do well to refresh our collective memories and re-visit an eerily similar process – the hearings on Clarence Thomas; videos of the hearings are also available. Here is an overview of this contentious hearing.

For those unfamiliar with the Supreme Court nomination process, many CRS reports provide ample elucidation.

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Pending NJ Legislation Mandating Colleges List All Their Fees

Sticker shock just does not relate to tuition; fees can comprise a substantial part of college expenses. (Consult 10 Surprising College Fees You May Have To Pay) The problem is fees are not always made public until one registers. To help combat this practice and provide greater transparency, A3625 would require colleges to develop written policies concerning all fees: “For each mandatory student fee the documentation shall include, at a minimum, the purpose of the student fee, the criteria used to determine its rate, the projected mandatory fee revenue, and the appropriate use of the revenue;…”(2) NJ Spotlight, as always, provides an informative review of this situation.

 

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Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s Writings/Opinions

Thanks to this CRS guide, we have online access to many of his publications. And this CRS publication “…provides tabular listings of 306 cases in which Judge Kavanaugh authored a majority, concurring, or dissenting opinions.”

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Recent/Updated CRS Reports on Supreme Court Nominations

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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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Upcoming Cases Before the Supreme Court, October 2017 Term

This October 2017 term appears to be one full of important cases that will resonate down the years: cell phone privacy, district re-mapping, civil rights and free speech, etc. This CRS report –  Supreme Court October Term 2017: A Preview of Select Cases, September 19, 2017 – discusses the importance of four major cases and provides copious notes on these highlighted items as well as providing a table listing all the cases already approved. Another site with extensive coverage of this upcoming term is ScotusBlog, a real go-to site for me.

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Recent U.S.Documents in the News

There have been more than a few important documents released of late. Among them: the Senate’s version of  the health care bill or its actual title – Better Care Reconcilitation Act of 2017; the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis of this bill; and the Supreme Court’s per curiam decision on President Trump’s travel ban. SCOTUSblog has an excellent round-up of commentary on this ruling.

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Who Is Robert Mueller, Special Counsel to the FBI?

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U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Special Education Students

In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court has ruled that school districts MUST make sure that those students not integrated into a “regular” classroom environment have opportunities to advance beyond the bare minimal standards of support:

“When all is said and done, a student offered an educational program providing “merely more than de minimis” progress from year to year can hardly be said to have been offered an education at all. For children with disabilities, receiving instruction that aims so low would be tantamount to “sitting idly . . . awaiting the time when they were old enough to ‘drop out.’” (14) Read the full opinion here.

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Live – First Day of Confirmation Hearings For Supreme Court Nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch

The ever-reliable C-SPAN will cover these hearings day by day, gavel to gavel. He is appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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The Opinions of Supreme Court Justice Nominee Neil Gorsuch

As is pointed out in the CRS publication, Judge Gorsuch has authored more than 800 opinions in his tenure on the U.S. Court of Appeals. This aforementioned report lists what are considered essential cases he has reviewed and written on, ranging from administrative law to constitutional law; links are provided to the individual cases. A good biographical overview, coupled with an analysis of his judicial record, can be found at SCOTUSblog.

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Refugee Laws From Around the World

Refugee Law and Policy in Selected Countries (March 2016) from the Law Library of Congress examines relevant statutes and policies from some twenty-three countries. Links to country-specific laws and regulations are given, and a current bibliography of works is appended as well.

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Judge Garland’s Responses to Senate Judiciary Committee’s Questionnaire

Here is the copy of the completed 141 page survey returned to the Judiciary Committee; it is a preliminary step in the confirmation process.

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Annotated Listing of Judge Merrick Garland’s Opinions

This CRS report lists the 350 opinions Judge Merrick has written  – majority, concurring, dissenting – and provides a brief non-partisan annotation. They are presented in reverse chronological order and include the citation, his role, and a broad subject category. This additional report from CRS examines his stand on the Second Amendment – What, If Anything, Has Judge Garland Said About the Second Amendment and Guns?

 

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