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Social Media in the House of Representatives: Frequently Asked Questions

CRS – Social Media in the House of Representatives: Frequently Asked Questions – Jacob R. Straus, Analyst on the Congress; Matthew E. Glassman, Analyst on the Congress. April 2, 2015. “Recently, the number of Member offices adopting social media as an official communications tool has increased. With the increased use of social media accounts forContinue Reading

S. 766, Driver Privacy Act of 2015

CBO – “S. 766 would establish that any data collected by event data recorders (EDRs) in motor vehicles are the property of the owner or lessee of the vehicle and would set broad conditions under which such data could be retrieved by others for purposes such as judicial proceedings, investigations, and traffic safety research. TheContinue Reading

Congress and the Federal Reserve: Independence and accountability

Congress and the Federal Reserve: Independence and accountability. Sarah Binder, George Washington University, Brookings Institution; Mark Spindel, Potomac River Capital, LLC. Forthcoming in Jenkins, Jeffrey and Eric Patashnik, Eds. Congress and Policy Making in the 21st Century (Cambridge University Press). Draft February 2015. “The recent global financial crisis reveals limits of central bank independence. InContinue Reading

A Deep Dive Into Party Affiliation

Pew Report – “Democrats hold advantages in party identification among blacks, Asians, Hispanics, well-educated adults and Millennials. Republicans have leads among whites – particularly white men, those with less education and evangelical Protestants – as well as members of the Silent Generation. A new analysis of long-term trends in party affiliation among the public providesContinue Reading

Terrorism Risk Insurance Program

Insurance Information Institute – Terrorism Risk Insurance Program – Renewed and Restructured – April 2015. “Since its initial enactment in 2002 the terrorism risk insurance program has been revised and extended three times. The most recent extension—the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2015 (TRIPRA)—ensures its continuation until December 31, 2020. On January 8,Continue Reading

Brookings Essay – Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Terrorists

The Big Snoop – The divergent views of four respected experts help frame the debate over the future of the NSA in the Snowden Era – Stuart Taylor, Jr.:  “With the approach of the first anniversary of the most copious and sensational leakage of intelligence secrets in history, the consequences of his actions continue toContinue Reading

Pew – Campaign 2016: Modest Interest, High Stakes

“The 2016 presidential campaign has gotten off to a slow start with voters. A majority of registered voters (58%) say they have given at least some thought to candidates who may run for president in 2016, but that is 10 points lower than at a comparable point in the 2008 campaign – the last timeContinue Reading

The United Kingdom: Background and Relations with the United States

CRS – The United Kingdom: Background and Relations with the United States, Derek E. Mix, Analyst in European Affairs. March 27, 2015. “Many U.S. officials and Members of Congress view the United Kingdom (UK) as the United States’ closest and most reliable ally. This perception stems from a combination of factors, including a sense ofContinue Reading

Eyes in the Sky: The Domestic Use of Unmanned Aerial Systems, House Judiciary Committee

Eyes in the Sky: The Domestic Use of Unmanned Aerial Systems, House Judiciary Committee, May 17, 2013. Serial No. 113–40. “The United States remains at the forefront of technological progress. Every day we hear of some advancement in communications or computer technology that promses vast improvements in our daily lives. We have become a muchContinue Reading

Homeland Security Appropriations: FY2015 Action in the 114th Congress

CRS – Homeland Security Appropriations: FY2015 Action in the 114th Congress, William L. Painter, Analyst in Emergency Management and Homeland Security Policy. March 16, 2015. “This report provides a brief outline of the FY2015 annual appropriations measure for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its enactment by the 114th Congress. It serves as aContinue Reading

Consumer Watchdog Welcomes Senate Probe of FTC’s Google Antitrust Investigation

News release: “Consumer Watchdog today welcomed plans by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) to examine the Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust investigation of Google that was closed in 2013 without a lawsuit. After the Wall Street Journal earlier this month published portions of a 2012 FTC report recommending the Commission prosecute Google, Consumer Watchdog urged Chairman LeeContinue Reading

Senate Select Committee on Ethics: A Brief History of Its Evolution and Jurisdiction

Senate Select Committee on Ethics: A Brief History of Its Evolution and Jurisdiction, Jacob R. Straus, Analyst on the Congress. January 13, 2015. “The United States Constitution provides each House of Congress with the sole authority to establish rules and punish and expel Members. From 1789 to 1964, the Senate dealt individually with cases ofContinue Reading