CRS Previews Public Release of its Reports

Posted on June 22, 2018

The Congressional Research Service said this week that it will begin publishing some of its non-confidential reports on a publicly accessible congressional website by September 18, as required by the Consolidated Appropriations Act that was signed into …


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Superiority in Cyberspace Will Remain Elusive

Posted on June 20, 2018

Military planners should not anticipate that the United States will ever dominate cyberspace, the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a new doctrinal publication. The kind of supremacy that might be achievable in other domains is not a realistic option in cy …


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Secrecy About Secrecy: The State Secrets Privilege

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The Justice Department has not reported to Congress on the government’s use of the state secrets privilege since 2011, the Department acknowledged this week, contrary to a policy promising regular reporting on the subject. In a 2009 statement of policy …


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Laws on Aliens at the Border, and More from CRS

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“The situation at the border and U.S. immigration authorities’ response to it has prompted significant attention and, in some cases, confusion regarding the governing laws and policies,” the Congressional Research Service said with some understatement …


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DHS Moves to Protect US Against Threats from Canada

Posted on June 12, 2018

With exquisitely strange timing, the Department of Homeland Security today unveiled a “Northern Border Strategy” to protect the United States against threats originating in Canada. The new Trump Administration strategy acknowledges that “the Northern B …


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The Opioid Epidemic, and More from CRS

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The annual number of drug overdose deaths in the United States involving opioids has more than quadrupled since 1999, a new report from the Congressional Research Service notes. “CDC estimates that in 2016, more than 63,000 people died from a drug over …


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National Declassification Center Seeks Director

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The National Declassification Center at the National Archives is looking for a director to help implement its declassification agenda. The National Declassification Center was established by President Obama’s 2009 executive order 13526 “to streamline d …


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Reading DoD Reports to Congress

Posted on June 4, 2018

The U.S. Department of Defense spent $11.3 billion on purchases abroad in 2015, including $1.6 billion worth of goods or services from the United Arab Emirates, according to a newly released DoD report to Congress. The majority of foreign purchases by …


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Iran Asks US Supreme Court to Help Protect Its Assets

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Iran’s central bank has filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court seeking to overturn a lower court ruling that would have transferred Iranian funds to the U.S. and made them potentially available for awards to victims of terrorism. At issue is the …


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Withdrawal from Iran Nuclear Deal: A Legal Analysis

Posted on May 25, 2018

The US is no longer complying with the Iran nuclear deal and is poised to re-impose some previously lifted sanctions on Iran and its trading partners. But the legal basis for that action is a bit murky and contested. A new analysis from the Congression …


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DoD: North Korea is Committed to its Nuclear Forces

Posted on May 22, 2018

“Pyongyang portrays nuclear weapons as its most effective way to deter the threat from the United States,” the Department of Defense says in a newly disclosed report to Congress on North Korean security policy. “North Korea’s primary strategic goal is …


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False Statements and Perjury, and More from CRS

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“Lying, or making a false statement, is a federal crime under a number of circumstances,” a newly updated report from the Congressional Research Service instructs. “It is a federal crime to make a material false statement in a matter within the jurisdi …


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