The US politician heading a key congressional science committee has hit a new low in his campaign against global warming research, says Phil Plait
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
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
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
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
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
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
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, […]
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 […]
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
The American Meteorological Society has weighed in on the clash between House Republicans and NOAA, arguing in favor of the research group's work.
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 […]
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
Congressional oversight can be a great thing, but by any fair measure, the House Science Committee's antics are attempts at harassment, not accountability.
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
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
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...
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
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...
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