“In 2009, China overtook the United States to become both the world’s largest producer of and market for motor vehicles,” a new report from the Congressional Research Service notes. That is not altogether bad news. “Every year since 2010, General Motors has sold more cars in China (through exports and its joint ventures there) than [...]Show More Summary
New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that Congress has not made available to the public include the following. The U.S. Science and Engineering Workforce: Recent, Current, and Projected Employment, Wages, and Unemployment, May 6, 2013 Securing U.S. Diplomatic Facilities and Personnel Abroad: Background and Policy Issues, May 7, 2013 Tax Reform in [...]Show More Summary
The latest reports from the Congressional Research Service include the following. The Chained Consumer Price Index: What Is It and Would It Be Appropriate for Cost-of-Living Adjustments?, May 8, 2013 Sequestration at the Federal Aviation...Show More Summary
A new Pew Research survey finds President Obama "continues to hold a substantial advantage over congressional Republicans in public regard. Obama's job approval is back in positive territory at 51%... By comparison, just 22% approveShow More Summary
A relatively unforeseen implosion in housing markets figured prominently in the 2007 meltdown in capital markets and the subsequent downturn in the global economy. This column presents new research on the political geography of subprime lending. Show More Summary
The theory and practice of no-fly zones, including questions of their legal authorization and financial cost, are reviewed in a newly reissued report from the Congressional Research Service. The report does not reference the current conflict in Syria. See No-Fly Zones: Strategic, Operational, and Legal Considerations for Congress, May 3, 2013. Some of the other [...]Show More Summary
The nonpartisan Congressional Research Service has released an important new report that details Barack Obama’s record on nominating judges during his first term. It’s no surprise: Republican obstruction against his selections was unprecedented. For example: President Obama is the only … Continue reading ?
A new report from the Congressional Research Service assesses the economic state of post-revolution Egypt and finds it fairly grim. “After more than two years of social unrest and economic stagnation following the 2011 popular uprising, the government of Egypt is facing serious economic pressures that, if not remedied, could lead to economic collapse and [...]Show More Summary
The international agreements that constitute the infrastructure of international trade and investment are spotlighted in an informative new report from the Congressional Research Service. “In the absence of an overarching multilateral...Show More Summary
The public blames the Obama administration and congressional Republicans equally for the air traffic mess last week, according to a new Pew Research Center poll. The survey, taken April 25-28, found 34 percent thought the GOP was more to blame,...
Afghanistan: the CIA is delivering bags of cash 'to maintain access to Mr. Karzai and his inner circle'. (Thanks Michael.) A US Congressional Research Service report on global internet freedom. (Thanks Fergus.) US Ambassador to Canberra wants Australians to stop pirating Game of Thrones. Show More Summary
The latest updates from the Congressional Research Service include the following. Armed Conflict in Syria: U.S. and International Response, April 22, 2013 Turkey: Background and U.S. Relations, April 23, 2013 Department of Defense Implementation...Show More Summary
An excellent report (dated on Earth Day!) from Peter Folger, Betsy A. Cody, and Nicole T. Carter of the Congressional Research Service: Drought in the United States: Causes and Issues for Congress. This is an update of their July 2012 report. Download CRS Drought in the U.S. - Causes and...
Updated below The New York Times reported last week that the Congressional Research Service had withdrawn a report that found no correlation between reduced tax rates and increased economic growth after some Republican Senators took exception to it. (“Nonpartisan Tax Report Withdrawn After G.O.P. Protest” by Jonathan Weisman, November 1.) But “withdrawn” here means withdrawn [...]Show More Summary
News that the suspected Boston Marathon bombers were of Chechen heritage came as no surprise to those who have studied the ties between the Russian Caucasus and Islamism. In fact, "congressional researchers and foreign policy analysts...Show More Summary
New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that have not been made readily available to the public include the following. United States v. Jones: GPS Monitoring, Property, and Privacy, April 30, 2012 China’s Rare Earth Industry and Export Regime: Economic and Trade Implications for the United States, April 30, 2012 Federal Agency Actions [...]Show More Summary
For reasons that are hard to comprehend, Congress for many years has directed the Congressional Research Service not to make its products directly available to the public. CRS reports naturally vary in quality, originality and breadth of focus. But as a class of documents, they are both interesting and useful. Along with impartial treatments of [...]Show More Summary
Noteworthy new and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service include the following (all pdf). Conventional Arms Transfers to Developing Nations, 2002-2009, September 10, 2010. Iran: U.S. Concerns and Policy Responses, August 20, 2010. Show More Summary
New reports from the Congressional Research Service include the following (pdf): “Al Qaeda and Affiliates: Historical Perspective, Global Presence, and Implications for U.S. Policy,” February 5, 2010. “The Rum Excise Tax Cover-Over: Legislative History and Current Issues,” January 20, 2010. Show More Summary
Noteworthy new reports from the Congressional Research Service include the following (all pdf). “Iraqi Civilian, Police, and Security Forces Casualty Statistics,” September 17, 2009. “Iran’s Nuclear Program: Status,” September 18, 2009. Show More Summary