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Category: Issue Backgrounder


Cold War Thaw: United States and Cuba

Dec. 17, 2014 Cold War/1962 Selected Primary Resources Press Conferences and News Selected Historical Sources Dec. 17, 2014 On Dec. 17, 2014, President Obama announced dramatic changes to U.S. policy towards Cuba. He and Cuban President Raul Castro had spoken on the phone for over 45 minutes the day before. The announcement coincided with the …Read the Rest

The Department of Justice and Police Departments

Dec. 11, 2014 update: Mayor Jackson speaks to the media about the DOJ report. Attorney General Eric Holder visited Cleveland on Dec. 4, 2014, delivering a 58-page letter with the results of the Department of Justice (DOJ)’s investigation of the Cleveland Police Department (CPD). The DOJ posted the letter, Executive Summary, and Statement of Principles (documents) on its …Read the Rest

Young v. UPS

Overview Young v. UPS Statutes Cases — pre-PDA Cases — post-PDA Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Selected Secondary Sources Overview On Dec. 3, 2014, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Young v. UPS. At issue is if, and when, employers must provide pregnant employees with work accommodations similar to accommodations provided to nonpregnant employees with work limitations. Lyle Denniston of SCOTUSblog …Read the Rest

Islamic State / ISIS / ISIL

Update (Oct. 15, 2014): “Operation Inherent Resolve” (sixty-nation coalition against IS/ISIS/ISIL) A coalition of approximately forty nations (including Arab nations, such as Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, and UAE) is trying to destroy and dismantle the Islamic State (IS) in the Middle East. This is the group alternately referred to as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria …Read the Rest

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