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Loretta Lynch Finally Confirmed as First Black Female Attorney General

Lynch waited ten times longer to be confirmed than the average attorney general nominee, according to the Congressional Research Service, and longer than all but two nominees in history. Image: C-Span/Youtube The post Loretta Lynch Finally Confirmed as First Black Female Attorney General appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Cybersecurity and Information Sharing, and More from CRS

New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service include the following. Cybersecurity and Information Sharing: Comparison of H.R. 1560 and H.R. 1731, April 20, 2015 FY2016 Appropriations for the Department of Justice (DOJ),...Show More Summary

Islamic State Financing, and More from CRS

Noteworthy new and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that have been withheld from public distribution include the following. Islamic State Financing and U.S. Policy Approaches, April 10, 2015 2001 AuthorizationShow More Summary

Too Poor to File (for Bankruptcy)

A Congressional overhaul of U.S. bankruptcy law may be keeping financially struggling people out of bankruptcy court, but it hasn’t kept them from going broke, researchers have found.

Corker: tweaks of bill to review Iran deal will pass committee with strong bipartisan support

Iran's not-yet-online research and development reactor near Arak. Sen. Bob Corker told Bloomberg TV Tuesday morning that negotiations with top Democrats over the weekend have ensured that a bill calling for congressional review of an...Show More Summary

Higher Ed Roundup: Week of August 11 - August 15

President Bush Quietly Signs Higher Education Act Into Law No Need for Additional Loan Changes for Now, Congressional Research Service Says Massachusetts Calls Off Plan To Rescue Lender ACT Exam's Popularity Increases   President Bush...Show More Summary

Railroad-Related Fatalities, and More from CRS

The leading cause of railroad-related deaths is not collisions or derailments, but trespassing, explains a neatly argued new issue brief from the Congressional Research Service. See Rail Safety Efforts Miss Leading Cause of Fatalities, CRS Insights, April 2, 2015. Show More Summary

A Friendly Reminder That Pass Through Businesses Exist

Every once in a while we see blog posts from other tax research organizations, or even congressional offices, puzzled over the low collection of corporate taxes relative to GDP or relative to other tax revenues. Today we have another...Show More Summary

Changes in the Arctic, and More from CRS

The policy implications of changing climatic conditions in the Arctic region, and specifically the record loss of ice cover, are explored in a newly updated report from the Congressional Research Service. See Changes in the Arctic, March 17, 2015. Show More Summary

FOIA Reform Legislation, and More from CRS

Two companion bills pending in the House and Senate would amend the Freedom of Information Act “for the purpose of increasing public access,” a new analysis of the legislation from the Congressional Research Service explains. Among other...Show More Summary

Refugee Admissions and Resettlement, and More from CRS

Newly updated publications from the Congressional Research Service that Congress has withheld from online public distribution include the following. Refugee Admissions and Resettlement Policy, February 18, 2015 U.S. Tsunami Program:Show More Summary

Adapting to Climate Change, and More from CRS

A new report from the Congressional Research Service describes government agency plans to anticipate and adapt to the effects of climate change, as required by a 2013 executive order.   The first step is a vulnerability assessment. For...Show More Summary

CRS on DoD Procurement Programs

Newly updated reports from the Congressional Research Service on various Department of Defense procurement programs and related issues include the following. Navy Force Structure and Shipbuilding Plans: Background and Issues for Congress,...Show More Summary

Republican Co-Chair Of The R&D Caucus Only Likes Certain Research

last monthNews : Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- Rep. John Culberson, the new Republican co-chair of the Congressional Research and Development Caucus, doesn't necessarily value all research, especially not research that informs lawmakers about the American public. The...Show More Summary

Congressional Testimony: Immigration Reforms Needed to Protect Skilled American Workers

Testimony of EPI Research Associate and Associate Professor of Public Policy at Howard University Ron Hira before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on “Immigration Reforms Needed to Protect Skilled American Workers,” Dirksen Senate Office Building, March 17, 2015. I want to thank Chairman …

Tuesday Morning Update: Baseline Updates- Policy Issues; Animal Research; Trade; Iowa Ag Summit; and, the Ag Economy

Baseline Updates- Policy Issues On Monday, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its updated baseline Budget Projections for 2015 to 2025. A brief overview of CBO’s January baseline projections can be found here. Also on Monday, the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) released its latest baseline-briefing book. Show More Summary

CRS Report: Medical Device Tax Burden Falls On Consumers

The Congressional Research Service recently released a report on the Medical Device Tax in the Affordable Care Act. It fairly enumerated most of the critiques of the tax, which are wide-ranging and substantial. (Here was ours.) It also...Show More Summary

Some Empirics Regarding Right to Work Laws

Wages in right to work states are lower than those others. After controlling for various factors, the gap remains. Empirical Analysis of Wage Gap The Congressional Research Service summarizes the empirical literature in this 2012 report. A recent empirical analysis using micro data from the Current Population Survey is by Gould and Shierholz (2011). Figure […]

Congressional Pro-Choice Bill Would Expand Obamacare’s Women’s Health Gains

The 21st Century Women’s Health Act includes several provisions to both expand reproductive health-care access and improve research and public awareness on the topic. Image: Shutterstock The post Congressional Pro-Choice Bill Would Expand Obamacare’s Women’s Health Gains appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Fossil fuel industry caught taking a page out of the tobacco playbook

2 months agoNews : The Raw Story

Last week, Willie Soon was caught failing to disclose conflicts of interest in his climate research and congressional testimony after having received over $1.2 million in funding from fossil fuel companies. This revelation raised alarms in Congress, with Rep. Grijalva sending letters to the...

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