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New twist in Republican war on climate science is unbelievable

The US politician heading a key congressional science committee has hit a new low in his campaign against global warming research, says Phil Plait

Congressional Rants

The congressional House Science Committee is supposed to conduct objective oversight on the merits of research possibly impacting domestic and/or foreign policy. So much for expectations. The committee's controlling Republican majority has frequently chosen a different track. Show More Summary

Islamic State: Frequently Asked Questions, & More from CRS

New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that were issued last week — but withheld from public release — include the following. The Islamic State — Frequently Asked Questions: Threats, Global Implications, and U.S. Show More Summary

Congressional climate change skeptic threatens to subpoena commerce secretary to get NOAA documents

House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Tex.) opened another front in his war with federal climate researchers on Wednesday, saying a groundbreaking global warming study was “rushed to publication” over the objections of numerous scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Show More Summary

Tools for Deterring Terrorist Travel (CRS)

A new report issued by the Congressional Research Service describes the various procedures that the U.S. government can use “to prevent individuals from traveling to, from, or within the United States to commit acts of terrorism.” See Legal Tools to Deter Travel by Suspected Terrorists: A Brief Primer, CRS Legal Sidebar, November 16, 2015. Show More Summary

US Air Force Nearing Completion of Plans for Road and Rail Mobile Nuclear Missiles

The Air Force is nearing completion of plans for the next generation land-based strategic nuclear missiles that could be deployed on difficult-to-locate mobile launchers or in tunnels.According to an updated Congressional Research Service...Show More Summary

Federal R&D Funding, and More from CRS

New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that have been withheld from broad public distribution include the following. Federal Research and Development Funding: FY2016, November 10, 2015 The Speaker of the House:...Show More Summary

Wounded Warrior: Making Prosthetics Better for All Amputees

According to the Congressional Research Service, more than 1600 United States soldiers have lost limbs on the battlefield since 2001. The wounded warrior you’re about to meet says he feels like one of the lucky ones. After being gravely wounded and suffering an above-knee amputation, he was able to return to active duty. Now retired, […]

Where taxpayers pay ($100 million a year) but interest groups benefit

Amid controversy over the secrecy surrounding the Congressional Research Service, Kevin Kosar, a veteran of that congressional think tank, urges that the public be given direct access to its reports. It seemed like a silly question, but as the new guy, I was obliged to ask: “Can I e-mail a copy of my report to […]

U.S. Strategic Nuclear Forces, and More from CRS

New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that have been withheld from broad public distribution include the following. U.S. Strategic Nuclear Forces: Background, Developments, and Issues, updated November 3, 2015...Show More Summary

American Meteorological Society criticizes congressional NOAA witch-hunt

The American Meteorological Society has weighed in on the clash between House Republicans and NOAA, arguing in favor of the research group's work.

A confidential arm of Congress gets more secretive

The Congressional Research Service is the respected in-house think tank for lawmakers, who are encouraged to request research on areas of public policy that range from environmental protection to immigration. CRS, as it’s known, employs more than 400 analysts who are experts in their fields, “providing Congress with the vital analytical support it needs to […]

Electing the Speaker of the House, and More from CRS

Procedures for electing a new Speaker of the House of Representatives are outlined in a new report from the Congressional Research Service. See Electing the Speaker of the House of Representatives: Frequently Asked Questions, October 23, 2015. Show More Summary

GOP-led Science Committee subpoenas climate researchers

Congressional oversight can be a great thing, but by any fair measure, the House Science Committee's antics are attempts at harassment, not accountability.

At CRS, Confidentiality is an End in Itself

The ability of Congressional Research Service analysts to support congressional deliberations is substantially enabled by (if not entirely predicated on) the confidentiality with which requests from individual Members of Congress and the CRS responses to those requests are handled. Show More Summary

A Reporter’s Privilege Workaround, and More from CRS

New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service include the following. Privilege Against Self-Incrimination Supplements Journalist Privilege, CRS Legal Sidebar, October 20, 2015 Supreme Court Appointment Process: President’s...Show More Summary

CRS Report: 'Civilian Nuclear Waste Disposal' and More!

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Oh, boy! Another timely report from the Congressional Research Service: Civilian Nuclear Waste Disposal by Mark Holt. Download CRS_Civilian_Nuclear_Waste_Disposal I've got some suggestions for related reading just below the summary. Summary Management of civilian radioactive waste has posed difficult issues for Congress since the beginning of the nuclear power industry...

This Week In Techdirt History: October 11th - 17th

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Five Years Ago This week in 2010, the ACTA saga continued. We noted how the text cleverly upgraded non-commercial filesharing to criminal infringement, while Senator Wyden asked the Congressional Research Service to look into how much ACTA would impact US law (and KEI stepped up to highlight some of the inevitable conflicts themselves). Show More Summary

CRS Report: 'EPA Policies Concerning Integrated Planning and Affordability of Water Infrastructure'

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Here is a brief (8 pages) but helpful report from the Congressional Research Service: EPA Policies Concerning Integrated Planning and Affordability of Water Infrastructure by Claudia Copeland. Download CRS_EPA_Policies_Water_Infrastructure Summary For several years, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been working with states and cities to develop and implement new...

The Internet of Things, and More from CRS

New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service include the following. The Internet of Things: Frequently Asked Questions, October 13, 2015 Colombian Peace Talks Breakthrough: A Possible End-Game?, CRS Insight, October...Show More Summary

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