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The Politics of Group Targeting in Presidential Campaign Advertisements: A Preliminary Investigation

Rhodes, Jesse H. and Johnson, Kaylee, The Politics of Group Targeting in Presidential Campaign Advertisements: A Preliminary Investigation (February 5, 2015). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2560998 “This paper develops a theory of the frequency and tone of group appeals in presidential campaign advertisements. Using data from the 2008 presidential election campaign, it provides aContinue Reading

Poverty in the United States: 2013

CRS Report – Poverty in the United States: 2013. Thomas Gabe, Specialist in Social Policy, January 29, 2015. “In 2013, 45.3 million people were counted as poor in the United States under the official poverty measure—a number statistically unchanged from the 46.5 million people estimated as poor in 2012. The poverty rate, or percent ofContinue Reading

Bitcoin: Questions, Answers, and Analysis of Legal Issues

CRS – Bitcoin: Questions, Answers, and Analysis of Legal Issues. Craig K. Elwell, Specialist in Macroeconomic Policy; Maureen Murphy, Legislative Attorney; Michael V. Seitzinger, Legislative Attorney, January 28, 2015 “Bitcoin first appeared in January 2009, the creation of a computer programmer using the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto. His invention is an open-source (its controlling computer codeContinue Reading

Legislation Email Alerts on Congress.gov

News release via Andrew Weber – Moving from a 20-year-old system to our new, modern Congress.gov platform has many advantages. One of these is that, starting today, email alerts are available on Congress.gov.  There are three different types of alerts in this initial release: Member of Congress, legislation, and the Congressional Record.  Bill and memberContinue Reading

U.S. Solar Photovoltaic Manufacturing: Industry Trends, Global Competition

U.S. Solar Photovoltaic Manufacturing: Industry Trends, Global Competition, Federal Support. Michaela D. Platzer, Specialist in Industrial, Organization and Business. January 27, 2015. “Every President since Richard Nixon has sought to increase U.S. energy supply diversity. Job creation and the development of a domestic renewable energy manufacturing base have joined national security and environmental concerns asContinue Reading

Fiscal Year 2016 Budget of the United States Government

“Issued by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the Budget of the United States Government is a collection of documents that contains the budget message of the President, information about the President’s budget proposals for a given fiscal year, and other budgetary publications that have been issued throughout the fiscal year. Other related andContinue Reading

Judicial Capacity and Executive Power

Coan, Andrew and Bullard, Nicholas, Judicial Capacity and Executive Power (January 30, 2015). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2558177 “The budget of the United States executive branch is roughly 500 times greater than that of the judicial branch. The executive workforce is more than 50 times greater. How do these enormous disparities affect the practicalContinue Reading

Surveying American Attitudes toward Climate Change and Clean Energy

“Resources for the Future has teamed up with Stanford University to conduct an in-depth survey of American perceptions of climate change and energy policies. The most recent poll was released in January 2015 in partnership with The New York Times. The survey asked respondents questions on a range of topics, including: How serious a problemContinue Reading

Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction 26th Quarterly Report to Congress

Neil Gordon – Investigator, POGO: “This week, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) released its 26th Quarterly Report to Congress. The last quarter saw great accomplishments in Afghanistan, as well as a disturbing reminder of our government’s obsession with secrecy. The final three months of 2014 marked a milestone in Afghanistan, with NATOContinue Reading

Privacy Board Renews Call for President Obama to End Bulk Collection

EPIC – “The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board released a report on prior recommendations regarding the NSA’s domestic and global surveillance programs. The Board stated that the Obama Administration has failed to end the domestic telephone collection program. The Board stated, “the Administration can end the bulk telephone records program at any time, withoutContinue Reading

Hearing Before the Senate On Protecting America from Cyber Attacks: The Importance of Information Sharing

CDT – “Greg Nojeim’s testimony for the January 28th hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee on Protecting America from Cyber Attacks. He will explain how Congress can embrace cybersecurity information sharing policies with appropriate authorities and safeguards that enhance both privacy and security, first describing the cybersecurity threat then identifying different approachesContinue Reading

Testimony on the Budget and Economic Outlook: 2015 to 2025

CBO Report, January 27, 2015 Testimony before the Committee on the Budget, U.S. House of Representatives “This statement summarizes CBO’s new baseline budget projections and economic forecast, which cover the period from 2015 to 2025. Those estimates were released in the report titled The Budget and Economic Outlook: 2015 to 2025. The federal budget deficit,Continue Reading