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CRS Report: 'California Drought - Hydrological and Regulatory Water Supply Issues'

8 hours agoUtilities / Water : WaterWired

Great way to begin September with another timely Congressional Research Service (CRS) report, California Drought: Hydrological and Regulatory Water Supply Issues by Betsy A. Cody, Peter Folger, and Cynthia Brown. I was hoping to see Betsy on her trip west but we missed connections. Good news: she'll be ascending to...

$60 Per Aborted Baby, Planned Parenthood Tells Congressional Investigators; That's Illegal, Critics Say

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards admitted to Congress on Thursday that a Planned Parenthood clinic involved in fetal tissue research currently sells aborted baby body parts for $60 per baby, which the producer of the series of Planned Parenthood sting videos claims is a violation the law.

The “Cadillac Tax,” Congress 101, and More from CRS

Several new reports from the Congressional Research Service examine the implications of the 40% excise tax on high-cost employer-sponsored health care coverage, known as the “Cadillac tax,” that will take effect in 2018. Excise Tax on...Show More Summary

U.S. Strategy against ISIS is Incoherent

A recent report by the Congressional Research Service found that the strategy was haphazard at best.

Hard Data on Mass Shooting Incidents

(John Hinderaker) About two weeks ago, the Congressional Research Service published a paper titled “Mass Murder with Firearms: Incidents and Victims, 1999-2013.” The primary author is William Krouse, a specialist in domestic security and crime policy. Show More Summary

Countering the Islamic State, and More from CRS

Some 60 nations and partner organizations have made commitments to help counter the Islamic State with military forces or resources, according to a new report from the Congressional Research Service. But coalition efforts suffer from a lack of coherence, CRS said. Show More Summary

CRS Report: 'U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Water Resource Authorizations, Appropriations, and Activities'

2 weeks agoUtilities / Water : WaterWired

You know how much I love Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports, especially those related to water, the environment, and related issues. Some of the smartest kids on the block write them: Betsy A. Cody (Oregon's own 'Gresham Girl' whom I hope to see in a week or so), Nicole T....

CRS: The Federal Tax Treatment Of Married Same-Sex Couples

Congressional Research Service, The Federal Tax Treatment of Married Same-Sex Couples (R43157) (July 30, 2015): This report provides an overview of the federal tax treatment of same-sex married couples, with a focus on the federal income tax. Estate tax issues are also discussed. The administration of federal tax laws for...

Mass Shootings Becoming More Prevalent, CRS Finds

Mass murder involving firearms has become more prevalent in the United States over recent decades, according to data presented in a new report from the Congressional Research Service. In the 1970s, there was an average of 1.1 such mass homicide incidents per year, with 5.5 victims murdered and 2.0 wounded per incident. Show More Summary

China’s Stock Market Volatility, and More from CRS

Noteworthy new and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that Congress has withheld from online public distribution include the following. China’s Recent Stock Market Volatility: What Are the Implications?, CRS Insights,...Show More Summary

US, Russia Should Have Diplomatic Dialogue on INF Treaty - CRS

Congressional Research Service Nuclear Weapons Policy Specialist Amy Woolf claims that the United States and Russia should have diplomatic discussions to solve their concerns regarding alleged violations of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces INF Treaty.

US Trade Embargo on Cuba to Remain Through 2016 Election - Analyst

The US trade embargo on Cuba will probably not be lifted at least for 18 months until after the next presidential and congressional elections, Cuban Research Institute Director Jorge Duany told Sputnik.

Why We Still Need Fetal Tissue Research

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Two sting videos that claim to implicate Planned Parenthood in the illegal practice to selling fetal tissue for a profit prompted a Congressional investigation of the organization. But it doesn’t mean that research on fetal tissue is wrong. Or that it should be stopped. The first video released in mid-July that was secretly made by…

The Dark Web, and More from CRS

A new report from the Congressional Research Service introduces the “Dark Web” and its implications for law enforcement and security. “The Dark Web is a general term that describes hidden Internet sites that users cannot access without using special software. Show More Summary

Congress quietly renewed a ban on gun-violence research

A congressional ban on gun violence research backed by the National Rifle Association (NRA) has been extended in the aftermath of the Charleston church shooting that left 9 people dead. As Public Radio International (PRI) reported recently,...Show More Summary

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, and More from CRS

New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service include the following. The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative: Lessons Learned and Issues for Congress, updated July 2, 2015 Acquisition Reform in House- and Senate-Passed Versions of the FY2016 National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. Show More Summary

Congressional Briefing to Explore Biological Sex Differences' Impact on Medical Research

The Endocrine Society and Society for Women's Health Research (SWHR(r)) are co-sponsoring a Congressional briefing on July 10 to examine the need to include more female subjects in preclinical and clinical biomedical research - a move that could revolutionize medical research and scientific discovery.

Criminal Justice Reform, and More from CRS

“The number of people incarcerated in the United States has increased dramatically over the past three decades,” a new report from the Congressional Research Service observes, from around 419,000 inmates in 1983 to about 1.5 million inmates in 2013. Show More Summary

Contrasting Views on Public Release of CRS Reports

Last year, the Congressional Research Service produced more than 1,000 new reports and more than 2,500 updates of previous reports for the use of Congress, according to the latest CRS annual report. Those figures do not include “approximately 62,000 requests for custom analysis and research” for individual members or Committees. Show More Summary

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