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U.S. Prisons Are Bursting at the Seams, and More From CRS

The U.S. federal prison population has been growing steadily for decades, and it now exceeds the capacity of the prison system to properly house and maintain it, according to an updated report from the Congressional Research Service on the Bureau of Prisons [BOP]. “The number of inmates under the BOP’s jurisdiction has increased nearly eight-fold […]

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Constitutional Challenges to NSA Collection, and More from CRS

New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that Congress has withheld from online public distribution include the following. Overview of Constitutional Challenges to NSA Collection Activities and Recent Developments, April 1, 2014 Reform of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Courts: A Brief Overview, March 31, 2014 The Debate Over Selected Presidential Assistants and Advisors: […]

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US-Vietnam Nuclear Cooperation, 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. U.S.-Vietnam Nuclear Cooperation Agreement: Issues for Congress, March 24, 2014 Ukraine: Current Issues and U.S. Policy, March 24, 2014 Central Asia: Regional Developments and Implications for U.S. Interests, March 21, 2014 Major U.S. Arms […]

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Did CIA Violate the Constitution’s Speech or Debate Clause?

The Central Intelligence Agency may have violated the Speech or Debate clause of the U.S. Constitution by performing an unauthorized search of Senate Intelligence Committee computers, according to an analysis by the Congressional Research Service. The Speech or Debate clause (in Article I, Section 6, Clause 1 of the Constitution) generally immunizes members of Congress […]

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Climate Change Legislation, and More from CRS

New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that Congress has withheld from online public distribution include the following. Climate Change Legislation in the 113th Congress, March 12, 2014 Cars, Trucks, and Climate: EPA Regulation of Greenhouse Gases from Mobile Sources, March 13, 2014 Canadian Oil Sands: Life-Cycle Assessments of Greenhouse Gas Emissions, March […]

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Russian Security Issues and US Interests, and More from CRS

New or updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that Congress has withheld from online public access include the following. Russian Political, Economic, and Security Issues and U.S. Interests, March 5, 2014 China Naval Modernization: Implications for U.S. Navy Capabilities — Background and Issues for Congress, February 28, 2014 Direct Overt U.S. Aid Appropriations for […]

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Disclosure of FISA Court Opinions: Legal Issues (CRS)

Could Congress legally compel the executive branch to disclose classified opinions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court?  Maybe not, a new analysis from the Congressional Research Service concludes. The CRS report — entitled “Disclosure of FISA Court Opinions: Select Legal Issues” — has little to do with FISA Court opinions in particular. It is an […]

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Drought in the US, and More from CRS

New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that Congress has withheld from online public distribution include the following. Drought in the United States: Causes and Current Understanding, February 26, 2014 The 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) and Defense Strategy: Issues for Congress, February 24, 2014 FY2014 National Defense Authorization Act: Selected Military Personnel […]

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Options for US Nuclear Weapon Pit Production (CRS)

A major new report from the Congressional Research Service examines the infrastructure for producing the plutonium “pits” that are used in US nuclear weapons, and the feasibility of sharply increasing the rate of pit production. The CRS report does not deal with whether or why that is a sensible goal, but instead probes deeply into […]

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U.S. Military Casualty Statistics, and More from CRS

Last week the Congressional Research Service published updated U.S. military casualty statistics for post-9/11 operations in Iraq and Afghanistan through January 2014. There have been 4,410 U.S. military deaths in Operation Iraqi Freedom and 2,299 U.S. military deaths in Operation Enduring Freedom to date. While overall fatality figures are already made available on Department of […]

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