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Dewonkify – Overseas Contingency Operations

Term: Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) Definition: OCO funding is money set aside in the federal budget for expenses connected to overseas operations such as: crisis response, infrastructure and coalition support...more

EU adds 12 individuals (politicians, military and one journalist) to Ukraine sanctions, more sanctions may follow

As a further response to recent developments in Crimea, the EU today added another 12 names to the existing list of individuals in Russia and Crimea subject to a visa ban and asset freeze. These restrictions were published in...more

Africa Update

In This Issue: Leading the News; United States – Africa Relations; North Africa; East Africa; West Africa; Sub-Saharan Africa; and General Africa News. Excerpt from Leading the News - Libya: On...more

The Elevator Speech Overview

The House and Senate were both in session this week. A special election was held Tuesday in Florida’s 13th Congressional District to replace deceased Republican Congressman Bill Young. Both political parties and outside...more

ML Strategies' Washington Outlook for 2014

In This Update: ..1. Introduction ..2. Agriculture ..3. Defense & National Security ..4. Education ..5. Energy & Environment ..6. Financial Services ..7. Foreign Policy ..8. Health Care ..9....more

Capital Thinking: Defense

Executive and Legislative Branch Activity - Budget and the Debt Ceiling - With no congressional consensus on a bill to fund the U.S. federal government for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014, on Tuesday, October 1, the U.S....more

Capital Thinking: Defense

Executive and Legislative Branch Activity - Syria - Last Wednesday, September 4, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, after a hearing and two days of debate held during a congressional recess, passed by a...more

Obama Administration Moves Forward With Export Control Reform

On March 7 and 8, 2013, President Obama took two important steps to further U.S. export control reform. First, the President notified Congress of the proposed transfer of certain items relating to aircraft and gas turbine...more

This Week in Washington - January 25, 2013

In This Issue: - DOMESTIC POLICY MATTERS - Inauguration. After being officially sworn in to a second term at the White House on Sunday, January 20, as prescribed by law, President Barack Obama and Vice...more

Legal Index: Citizenship Under The United States Constitution

This legal index is a guide to citizenship under the United States Constitution since the adoption of the Fourteenth Amendment. Each entry, being a legal topic, is supplemented with legal authority, which is quoted, cited,...more

Senate Armed Services Committee Releases Final Report on Counterfeit Electronic Parts in the Defense Supply Chain

After a year-long investigation that involved the review of more than 100,000 pages of documents submitted by DoD, electronic parts manufacturers, defense contractors and subcontractors, electronic parts testing laboratories...more

This Week in Washington - June 1, 2012

DOMESTIC POLICY MATTERS Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 Appropriations. While the Senate was not in session this week, the House continued work on its FY 2013 appropriations bills. On Thursday, the House Appropriations...more

May 26, 2012 - The Federal Crimes Watch Daily

The Federal Crimes Watch Daily is a daily newspaper that discusses current federal criminal issues written by a federal criminal defense attorney....more

This Week in Washington - May 11, 2012

In This Issue: - DOMESTIC POLICY MATTERS Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 Budget/Appropriations. The House Appropriations Subcommittees on Defense and Military Construction/Veterans Affairs both advanced FY 2013 spending...more

December 21, 2011 - The Federal Crimes Watch Daily

The Federal Crimes Watch Daily is a daily newspaper that discusses current federal criminal issues written by a federal criminal defense attorney....more

December 19, 2011 - The Federal Crimes Watch Daily

The Federal Crimes Watch Daily is a daily newspaper that discusses current federal criminal issues written by a federal criminal defense attorney....more

December 15, 2011 - The Federal Crimes Watch Daily

The Federal Crimes Watch Daily is a daily newspaper that discusses current federal criminal issues written by a federal criminal defense attorney....more

December 1, 2011 - The Federal Crimes Watch Daily

The Federal Crimes Watch Daily is a daily newspaper that discusses current federal criminal issues written by a federal criminal defense attorney....more

Blue vs. Red Notices: Different Purposes, Same Rules

In the previous post, I addressed the issue of a Blue Notice that had been issued by INTERPOL in the name of Ramona Bautista, who is under investigation for a crime alleged to have occurred in the Philippines. Today, the...more

Two State Citizens in every State of the Union

Before the Fourteenth Amendment, one was considered a citizen of a State as well as a citizen of the United States. After the Fourteenth Amendment one changed to being either a citizen of a State OR a citizen of the United...more

The Paradox of Nuclear War Avoidance under Social Contract and Game Theories

In the wake of globalization, talks of a Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty give the world hope that a new era of stabilization is dawning. The citizens of the world are becoming increasingly interested in building a stable...more

Preemption, Assassination, and the War on Terrorism

The purpose of this comment is to provide a legal framework which supports the use of assassination as a preemptive instrument against terrorism. In doing so, this comment will: (1) offer a sensible definition for...more

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