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Pew: Republicans Disagree With You, and They Disagree Indignantly

Good 'ol Pew Research. They do some intriguing work sometimes. Today they released "Partisan Conflict and Congressional Outreach," which analyzed 200,000 press releases and Facebook posts from members of Congress using "methods fromShow More Summary

ICYMI: Poll: Trump approval rating sinks, once-a-decade storm to hit Los Angeles, Trump faces backlash over Congressional Black Caucus remark

Poll: Trump's approval rating sinks below 40 percent President Donald Trump's approval rating has fallen to 39 percent, according to a poll released Thursday. The new Pew Research Center poll shows that Trump's rating is historically... Show More Summary

Congressional critics do check presidential power — by leading public opinion

Abraham Lincoln said that “public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed.” But in a polarized polity, can public opinion ever check presidential power? Our research suggests that it can. But Congress has an important role in jump-starting this popular constraint. Right now, institutional checks are weak The […]

Scientists across the US are scrambling to save government research in ‘Data Rescue’ events

Groups are downloading and archiving government data out of fear the Trump administration might delete it. Some sites have already undergone changes. A Congressional caucus and the New York Attorney General's office are also starting...Show More Summary

REVEALED: Forcing Mexico to pay for Trump’s wall could actually send more migrants into US

2 weeks agoNews : The Raw Story

A Congressional Research Service report obtained by the Daily Beast shows that forcing Mexico to pay for President Donald Trump’s wall might result in pulling funding from programs that police the border on the other side. Trump claimed that if Mexico didn’t pay for his wall that he...

CRS 1) Dakota Access Pipeline: Siting Controversy; 2) Keystone XL Pipeline Revival

3 weeks agoUtilities / Water : WaterWired

Just when you thought it was safe to go outside, these tw projects are once again lurking about. The Congressional Research Service is on top of things with these two brief reports. 1) Dakota Access Pipeline: Siting Controversy by Paul W. Parfomak (CRS Insight) Click on the above title to...

The United States’ Ground Combat Systems Could Soon Be Surpassed By The Russians And The Chinese

The U.S. Army’s ground combat systems could soon be surpassed by the technologies being developed by nations such as China and Russia, a report by a nonpartisan Congressional Research Service shows, Business Insider reports. There have been several cancelled billion-dollar plans to modernize the army’s ground combat systems over the last decade. Show More Summary

Designating the Muslim Brotherhood a “terrorist organization” puts academic researchers at risk

There is a hidden danger for academics and journalists lurking within congressional legislation introduced by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) to designate the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. Most of the discussion has focused onShow More Summary

CBO: The GOP's Obamacare repeal could leave 27 million people without health insurance and cause premiums to skyrocket

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the nonpartisan office within the legislature that provides research on the impact of possible policies, said in a report on Tuesday that the partial repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), better...Show More Summary

CRS Report: 'Clean Power Plan: Legal Background and Pending Litigation in West Virginia v. EPA'

last monthUtilities / Water : WaterWired

A year ago I might have let this report pass without posting it. But given the impending change in government I felt otherwise. This Congressional Research Service (CRS) report, dated 10 January 2017, titled Clean Power Plan: Legal Background and Pending Litigation in West Virginia v. EPA, is authored by...

Fantasy politics over fetal-tissue research

last monthAcademics : Nature

A US congressional investigation has distorted the truth about research that uses human fetal tissue — and sets a troubling precedent.

Congressional Research Service: Pentagon R&D Spending Declined over Last Decade

Mike Fabey Security, Will this hurt the U.S. Military's dominance on the battlefield?  There has been both positive and negative news for Pentagon IT and telecom services in recent contracting years, according to a recently releasedShow More Summary

CRS Report: EPA and the Army Corps' Rule to Define 'Waters of the United States'

2 months agoUtilities / Water : WaterWired

An auspicious start to my second ten years. Here is the first (of many, no doubt) 2017 Congressional Research Service report to grace WaterWired this year: EPA and the Army Corps’ Rule to Define “Waters of the United States” by Claudia Copeland. The WOTUS discussion will be around a while....

Pausing for thought over arms sales

2 months agoNews : Daily Chart

IN DECEMBER America’s Congressional Research Service (CRS) published its annual study on arms sales worldwide. Deals with developing countries have accounted for about four-fifths of all “arms-transfer agreements” for many years. In 2015 such transactions made up $65bn of the $80bn arms deals done globally.

Congressional Atheists

Unbelief in God is a permanent and inextirpable feature of human life: belief has never claimed one hundred percent of the population at any time in human history. And yet in a new Pew Research Center review, no member of the USA Congress purports to be an atheist. Show More Summary

Will Donald Trump Gut Science at NASA?

The threat of climate change was thrust into the public consciousness in June 1988, when NASA scientist James Hansen told a congressional committee that researchers were now 99 percent certain that humans were warming the planet. "The...Show More Summary

The US and Russia are dominating the global weapons trade

In 2015, arms-transfer agreements reached a total value of $79.9 billion, down from the 2014 total of $89 billion, according to a report from the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service. The US dominated the trade, making agreements...Show More Summary

Findings in tuberous sclerosis complex on the role of inflammation and epilepsy

(US Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs) Dr. Wong focused on ECG treatment in the mice and found that treatment did minimally correct some of the brain tissue abnormalities seen in the mouse model,...Show More Summary

Dr. Sakamoto explains signaling pathways in the pathogenesis of diamond blackfan anemia

(US Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs) The results from this research have shed light on a previously undiscovered link between the well-studied p53 pathway and the lesser known pathways associated with ribosome biogenesis and nucleotide metabolism in DBA. Show More Summary

New approach for cancer prevention in BRCA1 mutation-positive women from Josef Penninger

(US Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs) With his DoD BCRP Innovator Award, Dr. Penninger investigated whether RANKL inhibition could be used to prevent breast cancer in mouse models.

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