CRS Titles Listed in New Annual Report

The Congressional Research Service prepared 1,197 new reports and publications last year, as well as 2,471 updates of previous reports. The new reports were identified by title and number in an internal version of the CRS annual report for fiscal year 2016 that has not been previously made public. Among the notable 2016 reports listed […]

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State Department Press Briefings Go Dark

Updated below Core practices of open government are eroding in the Trump Administration, with new limitations on the ability of the press to effectively question officials on U.S. foreign policy. The problem is starkly illustrated by comparing the press briefing schedules of the State Department for May 2016 and May 2017. In May 2016, the […]

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Net Neutrality, and More from CRS

New and updated publications from the Congressional Research Service include the following. Net Neutrality: Back to the Future, CRS Legal Sidebar, May 30, 2017 East Asia’s Foreign Exchange Rate Policies, updated May 26, 2017 U.S. Carbon Dioxide Emissions Trends and Projections: Role of the Clean Power Plan and Other Factors, updated May 31, 2017 Respirable […]

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The Fifth Amendment in Congressional Investigations

Individuals have a broad right to refuse to testify before Congress by invoking the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, the Congressional Research Service explained last week. “Even a witness who denies any criminal wrongdoing can refuse to answer questions on the basis that he might be ‘ensnared by ambiguous circumstances’.” On the other hand, the […]

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Legality of Presidential Disclosures, Continued

“There is no basis” for suggesting that President Trump’s disclosure of classified intelligence to Russian officials was illegal, wrote Morton Halperin this week. To the contrary, “senior U.S. government officials in conversations with foreign officials decide on a daily basis to provide them with information that is properly classified and that will remain classified,” wrote […]

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Latest Nuclear Weapon Declassifications

The fact that a particular nuclear weapon has (or does not have) a “dial-a-yield capability” enabling the selection of a desired explosive yield was declassified earlier this year, in a joint decision of the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy. Last year, the Department of Energy also declassified the thickness of the “getter […]

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Science & Tech Issues in Congress, & More from CRS

New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service include the following. Science and Technology Issues in the 115th Congress, updated May 23, 2017 U.S.-South Korea Relations, updated May 23, 2017 Australia, CRS In Focus, May 12, 2017 The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), updated May 24, 2017 Paid Family Leave in the United […]

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Bethe, Oppenheimer and Teller: Their Accomplishments

In 1959, physicists Hans Bethe, J. Robert Oppenheimer and Edward Teller were candidates to receive the Enrico Fermi Award for contributions to the development of atomic energy. In a newly discovered letter written in June 1959, Los Alamos physicist Norris Bradbury provided his evaluation of the achievements of each of the three eminent scientists. His […]

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More Troops for Afghanistan?, and More from CRS

The possibility that more U.S. troops will be deployed to Afghanistan, a move that is reportedly under consideration by the Trump Administration, was critically examined by the Congressional Research Service in a new report. One source of uncertainty concerns the shifting U.S. strategy in the region. “Since the post-9/11 invasion of Afghanistan, the United States […]

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