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Congressional Research Service Report on Taxing Legal Marijuana

If you want insight into how Congress might eventually treat marijuana when it is finally legalized at the federal level, you should read this new Congressional Research Service report on possible options for taxing cannabis. The service...Show More Summary

Internships in the Federal Government, and More from CRS

New products from the Congressional Research Service obtained by Secrecy News include the following. Intelligence Authorization Legislation for FY2014 and FY2015: Provisions, Status, Intelligence Community Framework, November 20, 2014 U.S. Show More Summary

Scientific Basis of EPA Actions, and More from CRS

Noteworthy new products from the Congressional Research Service that Congress has withheld from online public distribution include the following. U.S. Trade Concepts, Performance, and Policy: Frequently Asked Questions, November 17,Show More Summary

Executive Discretion in Immigration, and More from CRS

New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that Congress has withheld from public distribution include the following. Executive Discretion as to Immigration: Legal Overview, November 10, 2014 FEMA’s Disaster Declaration...Show More Summary

House and Senate Staff Pay, and More from CRS

New and updated publications from the Congressional Research Service that Congress has withheld from online public access include the following. Staff Pay Levels for Selected Positions in House Member Offices, 2009-2013, November 3,Show More Summary

Intelligence Whistleblower Protections, and More from CRS

New publications from the Congressional Research Service that Congress has withheld from online public distribution include the following. Intelligence Whistleblower Protections: In Brief, October 23, 2014 Sexual Violence at Institutions...Show More Summary

Hatch’s Excuse to Repeal the Medical Device Excise Tax

I recently noted a report by Jane G. Gravelle and Sean Lowry of the Congressional Research Service: A July 2014 report issued by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) found that the number of medical device excise...Show More Summary

Anti-science Republicans want politics, not experts, to determine how research gets funded

last weekNews : The Raw Story

Congressional Republicans are targeting specific researchers and the grants that fund their work in a politically motivated attempt to stifle scientific inquiry. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, tasks staffers to find examples of “waste”...

Congress Sure Loves Taking Uber

A new report suggests congressional employees are spending a growing chunk of their budgets on Uber. Uber is cozying up to Congress. A new report by Hamilton Place Strategies, a policy research firm that has worked with candidates like President George W. Show More Summary

The Congressional GOP sharpens its knives to attack scientific research

Nothing is easier, if you're a political philistine playing to an audience of anti-intellectual rubes, than to ridicule scientific research projects by caricature.

Same votes, different voting districts would alter election results in NC: Math study bolsters call for non-partisan redistricting reform

Researchers have developed a mathematical model that shows how changes in congressional voting districts affect election outcomes. Focusing on the last election, they show the outcome of the 2012 US House of Representatives elections...Show More Summary

Nonpartisan report finds no legal basis for GOP lawsuit against Obama

Republicans have for months been vowing to sue President Obama for his alleged lawlessness, yet a lawsuit has never materialized. That may well be because a nonpartisan report from the Congressional Research Service concluded last month that such a lawsuit would have no legal merit, according to Washington Monthly. Show More Summary

Now Congressional Republicans Are Digging Through Scientists' Grant Proposals

When scientists across the country need money for research projects, one place they often turn is the National Science Foundation. The NSF is an independent federal agency with an annual budget of about $7 billion, which it doles out...Show More Summary

GAO report confirms that strict photo ID laws reduce voter turnout of minorities and young people

The congressional research arm has confirmed what foes of strict photo voter ID laws have been saying for several years: The laws tend to harm voter turnout overall and particularly turnout of minorities and youth. Young people, blacks,...Show More Summary

Far-right groups to campaign against three impure Republican candidates

2 months agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

Oregon Senate candidate Monica Wehby Three Republican congressional candidates are being targeted by the far right for their support for marriage equality and abortion rights: The National Organization for Marriage, Family Research Council...Show More Summary

ICYMI – Sunday Show Congressional Guests by the Numbers

2 months agoIndustries / Media : FishbowlDC

The New York Times Friday offered analysis of American University research of appearances made by Senators and Representatives on the Sunday morning talk shows. It demonstrated that conservatives are more prevalent, comprising 57% of...Show More Summary

CRS Report: 'Pesticide Use and Water Quality - Are the Laws Complementary or in Conflict?'

3 months agoUtilities / Water : WaterWired

Another timely report from the Congressional Research Service (CRS): Pesticide Use and Water Quality: Are the Laws Complementary or in Conflict? by Claudia Copeland (August 2014). Download CRS_Pesticide_Use_and_Water_Quality_Laws Summary...Show More Summary

CRS: Congress Added 439 New Crimes Between 2008 to 2013

3 months agoNews : Jonathan Turley

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) has issued a report that informed Congress that it has created 439 new criminal offenses between 2008 and 2013. This staggering figure gives a glimpse into the rapid criminalization of America where there are, by some estimates, around 4,500 federal offenses alone and tens of thousands of more on the […]

New research debunks the family myth as primary reason for gender gap in politics

Female candidates for elected office do as well as male candidates in terms of raising money and winning votes, so why do women only occupy 19 percent of congressional seats and approximately 25 percent of statewide offices and holdShow More Summary

JOHN FUND: Don’t Impeach Obama, Censure Him. The Congressional Research Service has identified a…

JOHN FUND: Don’t Impeach Obama, Censure Him. The Congressional Research Service has identified a number of historical precedents in which the Senate or the House has adopted a resolution of censure or disapproval of a president or other executive or judicial officers. Indeed, in 1998, Democratic senator Dianne Feinstein and 37 co-sponsors introduced a joint [...]

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