A Look at U.S. Arms Sales to Middle East, & More from CRS

Posted on October 17, 2017

Some restrictions on U.S. arms sales to human rights violators in the Middle East have recently been relaxed by the Trump Administration, a new report from the Congressional Research Service noted. “In early 2016, Bahrain submitted a request to purchas …

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White House Directive Spawns Confusion

Posted on October 16, 2017

Updated below Four months after President Trump issued his National Security Presidential Memorandum 5 on US policy towards Cuba and ordered it to be published in the Federal Register, that has still not been accomplished. The Memorandum, posted on the …

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What is an Act of War in Cyberspace?

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What constitutes an act of war in the cyber domain? It’s a question that officials have wrestled with for some time without being able to provide a clear-cut answer. But in newly-published responses to questions from the Senate Armed Services Committee …

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Last JFK Assassination Records May Be Released Soon

Posted on October 11, 2017

The nominal deadline for release of the last remaining records concerning the assassination of President Kennedy under the terms of the JFK Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 is October 26, 2017. Agencies have an opportunity to request postpo …

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US Global Health Spending in Dispute, & More from CRS

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The Trump Administration budget request proposes a substantial cut to US spending on global health programs, as described in a new report from the Congressional Research Service. But Congress appears poised to provide at least some of the funds that th …

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Army Operations: The New Operational Environment

Posted on October 9, 2017

Other nations, including current and potential adversaries, possess military capabilities that now match or exceed those of the United States, according to a new US Army doctrinal publication. “Today’s operational environment presents threats to the Ar …

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Enhanced Vetting of Foreign Nationals, & More from CRS

Posted on October 4, 2017

New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service include the following. President Trump’s Proclamation on Enhanced Vetting of Foreign Nationals from Designated Countries, CRS Insight, September 29, 2017 Diversity, Inclusion, and Equal Op …

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The Power to Exclude Aliens, & More from CRS

Posted on October 2, 2017

The U.S. Constitution does not mention immigration. But the Supreme Court has held that Congress has essentially complete (“plenary”) power to regulate immigration and that the executive branch has broad authority to enforce laws concerning alien entry …

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Defense Bill Requires Declassification of Toxic Releases

Posted on September 28, 2017

In an unusual assertion of congressional authority over national security classification policy, the Senate adopted a provision that would require the Secretary of Defense to declassify certain classified documents regarding military exposures to toxic …

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Congressional Research Service Podcasts

Posted on September 27, 2017

For those who like to receive their government policy information and analysis in audio format (I don’t), the Congressional Research Service has launched a new series of podcasts. The first ones, produced by the CRS Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade D …

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2017 Supreme Court Term: A Preview, & More from CRS

Posted on September 25, 2017

The October 2016 term of the US Supreme Court was widely seen as “diminished both with regard to volume and content” compared to prior years. But the upcoming term is likely to be different. “With the Court already accepting over 30 cases, many of whic …

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Censuring a President, & More from CRS

Posted on September 18, 2017

Last month, a resolution (H.Res. 496) was introduced in the House of Representatives to “condemn and censure” President Trump for “his inadequate response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.” No action has been taken on the resolution, which …

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