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December 21, 2012

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The Senate will consider the conference report to the defense authorization bill. The Senate also will resume consideration of the Superstorm Sandy supplemental aid bill. It also might take up a measure to extend expiring provisions of a surveillance law, commonly known as FISA. The House is not in session. 

Media 

  

Geopolitics of the Arctic. The Center for Strategic and International Studies recently released a course through iTunes U. The course provides an in-depth examination of geopolitical and geo-economic dynamics of the Arctic region, with attention to the U.S. strategic interests in the Arctic and the Russian economic development and security strategies in the region. The course material consists of a series of reports, events, and multimedia tools produced by the CSIS Europe Program on a wide range of topics including security challenges, international cooperation, economic drivers, and environmental concerns. A link to the iTunes U course is available here. 

 

Young Young to Remain Chair of House Subcommittee. Alaska Rep. Don Young will continue to serve as chairman of a U.S. House subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs. Young, in a statement, said the panel intends to conduct "vigorous oversight" of the U.S. Interior Department, as well as promote natural resource development by tribes. The subcommittee falls within the House Natural Resources Committee, on which Young will also continue to serve during the next Congress. Young's spokesman says the Republican also will remain on the House Transportation Committee. Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

   

NunatuKavut Suspends Caribou Hunting. Another aboriginal group is taking steps to preserve the George River caribou herd in Labrador. The NunatuKavut Community Council (NCC), formerly known as the Labrador M