November 8, 2014
by William Helbling
The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) on Saturday agreed to organize an intelligence network with participating nations in an effort to combat corruption within the region. APEC acknowledged the necessity of a network between countries because current government corruption "impedes economic ...[read more]
October 4, 2013
by Sarah Steers
At the height of the Great Depression, US President Franklin Roosevelt requested legislation to aid Americans in times of economic need. On August 14, 1935, Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law. The original Act provided benefits to workers upon retirement at age 65, and based the ...[read more]
December 5, 2011
by Cynthia Miley
On December 5, 2005, the UKCivil Partnership Act 2004 took effect, marking the first day that same-sex couples were allowed to apply for a civil partnership ceremony. Nearly 700 couples participated in civil partnership ceremonies on December 22, 2005 after the required 15 day waiting period. ...[read more]
June 22, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On June 22, 2010, the Australian government reinstated its Racial Discrimination Act (RDA) in the Northern Territory after the Senate approved the legislation as part of a Social Security Act. The discrimination laws were suspended by the Northern Territory National Emergency Response Act in 2007 ...[read more]
September 15, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
On September 15, 2009, 90 members of the US House of Representatives introduced the Respect for Marriage Act, legislation that would repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Signed by former president Bill Clinton, DOMA refuses federal marriage benefits to same-sex couples, including social ...[read more]
July 30, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Social Security Act of 1965, establishing Medicare and Medicaid, which provided federal health insurance for poor Americans and those over 65. Learn more about health care in the US from the Social Security Administration... ...[read more]
October 25, 2009
by Steve Czajkowski
US President Barack Obama's Saturday emergency declaration on the H1N1 flu has granted Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius authority under section 1135 of the Social Security Act to allow medical providers to bypass federal regulations when it comes to treat... ...[read more]
October 24, 2009
by Ingrid Burke
Declaration of a National Emergency with respect to the 2009 H1N1 Influenza Pandemic, White House, October 24, 2009. Reported in JURIST's Paper Chase here. Latest commentary available here... ...[read more]
September 16, 2009
by Amelia Mathias
Ninety members of the US House of Representatives introduced a bill Tuesday to repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Signed by former president Bill Clinton, DOMA refuses federal marriage benefits to same-sex couples, including social security, tax laws, and immigration rights, and defi... ...[read more]
August 14, 2009
by JURIST Staff
On August 14, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act, creating unemployment insurance, pension plans for the elderly and "Aid to Dependent Children" (now Aid to Families with Dependent Children- AFDC). Learn more about the origins of social security and view a photo ...[read more]

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