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Posted: 18 Jun 2013 12:34 PM PDT

New GAO Testimony Source: Government Accountability Office Transportation Worker Identification Credential: Card Reader Pilot Results Are Unreliable; Security Benefits Should Be Reassessed, by Stephen M. Lord, director, forensic audits and investigative service, before the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, House Committee on Homeland Security. GAO-13-695T, June 18. http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-13-695T Filed under: Government Accountability Office, maritime […]b.gif?host=fulltextreports.com&blog=19913883&post=19974&subd=fulltextreports&ref=&feed=1

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CRS — The Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations and Issues for Congress

Posted: 18 Jun 2013 11:05 AM PDT

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations and Issues for Congress (PDF) Source: Congressional Research Service (via Federation of American Scientists) The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a proposed regional free trade agreement (FTA) being negotiated among the United States, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam. On March 15, 2013, Japanese Prime Minister […]b.gif?host=fulltextreports.com&blog=19913883&post=19972&subd=fulltextreports&ref=&feed=1

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CRS — U.S. Strategic Nuclear Forces: Background, Developments, and Issues

Posted: 18 Jun 2013 11:02 AM PDT

U.S. Strategic Nuclear Forces: Background, Developments, and Issues (PDF) Source: Congressional Research Service (via Federation of American Scientists) During the first Obama Administration, Congress reviewed the 2010 Nuclear Posture Review, the 2012 New START Treaty, and funding plans for the U.S. nuclear enterprise. Specifically, even though the United States plans to reduce the number of […]b.gif?host=fulltextreports.com&blog=19913883&post=19970&subd=fulltextreports&ref=&feed=1

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CRS — Syria’s Chemical Weapons: Issues for Congress

Posted: 18 Jun 2013 10:59 AM PDT

Syria’s Chemical Weapons: Issues for Congress (PDF) Source: Congressional Research Service (via Federation of American Scientists) The use or loss of control of chemical weapons stocks in Syria could have unpredictable consequences for the Syrian population and neighboring countries as well as U.S. allies and forces in the region. Congress may wish to assess the […]b.gif?host=fulltextreports.com&blog=19913883&post=19968&subd=fulltextreports&ref=&feed=1

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CRS — Armed Conflict in Syria: U.S. and International Response

Posted: 18 Jun 2013 10:56 AM PDT

Armed Conflict in Syria: U.S. and International Response (PDF) Source: Congressional Research Service (via Federation of American Scientists) The popular-uprising-turned-armed-rebellion in Syria is in its third year, and seems poised to continue, with the government and a bewildering array of militias locked in a bloody struggle of attrition. The Obama Administration has signaled a pending […]b.gif?host=fulltextreports.com&blog=19913883&post=19966&subd=fulltextreports&ref=&feed=1

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CRS — Terrorism and Transnational Crime: Foreign Policy Issues for Congress

Posted: 18 Jun 2013 09:07 AM PDT

Terrorism and Transnational Crime: Foreign Policy Issues for Congress (PDF) Source: Congressional Research Service (via Federation of American Scientists) This report provides an overview of transnational security issues related to patterns of interaction among international terrorist and crime groups. In addition, the report discusses the U.S. government’s perception of and response to the threat. It […]b.gif?host=fulltextreports.com&blog=19913883&post=19964&subd=fulltextreports&ref=&feed=1

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CRS — The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS)

Posted: 18 Jun 2013 09:04 AM PDT

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) (PDF) Source: Congressional Research Service (via Federation of American Scientists) The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) is comprised of nine members, two ex officio members, and other members as appointed by the President representing major departments and agencies within the federal […]b.gif?host=fulltextreports.com&blog=19913883&post=19962&subd=fulltextreports&ref=&feed=1

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CRS — A Brief Overview of Business Types and Their Tax Treatment

Posted: 18 Jun 2013 09:02 AM PDT

A Brief Overview of Business Types and Their Tax Treatment (PDF) Source: Congressional Research Service (via Federation of American Scientists) In the United States, how a business is taxed at the federal level is partly dependent on how it is organized. The income of subchapter C corporations, also known as “regular” corporations, is taxed once […]b.gif?host=fulltextreports.com&blog=19913883&post=19960&subd=fulltextreports&ref=&feed=1

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CRS — Recess Appointments Made by President Barack Obama

Posted: 18 Jun 2013 08:47 AM PDT

Recess Appointments Made by President Barack Obama (PDF) Source: Congressional Research Service (via Federation of American Scientists) Under the Constitution, the President and the Senate share the power to make appointments to the highest-level politically appointed positions in the federal government. The Constitution also empowers the President unilaterally to make a temporary appointment to such […]b.gif?host=fulltextreports.com&blog=19913883&post=19958&subd=fulltextreports&ref=&feed=1

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CRS — Cuba: U.S. Policy and Issues for the 113th Congress

Posted: 18 Jun 2013 08:18 AM PDT

Cuba: U.S. Policy and Issues for the 113th Congress (PDF) Source: Congressional Research Service (via Federation of American Scientists) Cuba remains a one-party communist state with a poor record on human rights. The country’s political succession in 2006 from the long-ruling Fidel Castro to his brother Raúl was characterized by a remarkable degree of stability. […]b.gif?host=fulltextreports.com&blog=19913883&post=19956&subd=fulltextreports&ref=&feed=1

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CRS — Foreign Assistance to North Korea

Posted: 18 Jun 2013 07:19 AM PDT

Foreign Assistance to North Korea (PDF) Source: Congressional Research Service (via Federation of American Scientists) Between 1995 and 2008, the United States provided North Korea with over $1.3 billion in assistance: slightly more than 50% for food aid and about 40% for energy assistance. Since early 2009, the United States has provided virtually no aid […]b.gif?host=fulltextreports.com&blog=19913883&post=19954&subd=fulltextreports&ref=&feed=1

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CRS — U.S.-Mexican Security Cooperation: the Merida Initiative and Beyond

Posted: 18 Jun 2013 06:58 AM PDT

U.S.-Mexican Security Cooperation: the Merida Initiative and Beyond (PDF) Source: Congressional Research Service (via Federation of American Scientists) Brazen violence perpetrated by drug trafficking organizations and other criminal groups is threatening citizen security and governance in some parts of Mexico, a country with which the United States shares a nearly 2,000 mile border and $500 […]b.gif?host=fulltextreports.com&blog=19913883&post=19952&subd=fulltextreports&ref=&feed=1

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CRS — Israel: Background and U.S. Relations

Posted: 18 Jun 2013 06:52 AM PDT

Israel: Background and U.S. Relations (PDF) Source: Congressional Research Service (via Federation of American Scientists) Since Israel’s founding in 1948, successive U.S. Presidents and many Members of Congress have demonstrated a commitment to Israel’s security and to maintaining close U.S.-Israel defense, diplomatic, and economic cooperation. U.S. and Israeli leaders have developed close relations based on […]b.gif?host=fulltextreports.com&blog=19913883&post=19950&subd=fulltextreports&ref=&feed=1

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CRS — The United States and Europe: Responding to Change in the Middle East and North Africa

Posted: 18 Jun 2013 06:34 AM PDT

The United States and Europe: Responding to Change in the Middle East and North Africa (PDF) Source: Congressional Research Service (via Federation of American Scientists) U.S. and European Responses to Changes in the Middle East and North Africa Over the last two years, many U.S. policymakers, Members of Congress, and their European counterparts have struggled […]b.gif?host=fulltextreports.com&blog=19913883&post=19948&subd=fulltextreports&ref=&feed=1

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