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Category: Issue Backgrounder


Presidential Lawsuits

On June 25, 2014, Speaker of the House John Boehner said that he was going to sue¬†President Obama over excessive use of executive orders and for the President “not faithfully executing the law” with respect to the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) employer mandate. President Obama called it a stunt; House Minority Leader called it a …Read the Rest

Learning about Ebola

Devastating news reports about Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) elicit both compassion and interest in learning more about this disease and the global public health efforts to prevent further infections. The World Health Organization, the International Federation of the Red Cross, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are three good sources of accurate information …Read the Rest

Utility Air Regulatory Group v. E.P.A.

On June 23, 2014, the United States Supreme Court released its decision in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. E.P.A. Lyle Denniston, at SCOTUSblog, reported that the EPA “mostly” won, with a 7 to 2 vote in favor of the agency’s ability “to impose air pollution control strategy on many of the power plants and other …Read the Rest

Ohio’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (S.B. 310)

Update: Governor Kasich signed the bill into law on June 13, 2014, without any additional comments. On June 2, 2014, the U.S. EPA announced its proposal to reduce carbon emissions. On May 29, Jeremy Pelzer wrote a concise article about the major factors of the debate over S.B. 310: both sides said they were trying …Read the Rest

‘Net Neutrality’ in the News

The FCC is scheduled to vote today on a proposal from its Chairman to revise the FCC rules governing the network management practices of “last mile” wired broadband Internet providers — those (primarily cable) companies that provide broadband Internet connections to mainstream end users. The scheduled vote is to approve issuance of a Notice of …Read the Rest

FDA Proposed Rules on Pet and Animal Food Safety

After yet another widespread pet food recall,¬†the FDA has released its proposed animal food safety rules. On October 25, Bloomberg Businessweek reporter Mary Clare Jalonick wrote, The proposed rules would require those who sell pet food and animal feed in the United States, including importers, to follow certain sanitation practices and have detailed food safety …Read the Rest