Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

Iraq: Regional Perspectives and U.S. Policy

Categories: Asia,Iraq

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/mideast/RL33793.pdf

Argues for the importance of understanding the perspective of neighboring countries toward Iraq as a condition of developing U.S. policy. Provides information about the current perspectives and policies of Iraq’s neighbors, analyzes potential regional responses to continued insurgency and violence in Iraq, and reviews U.S. policy options. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists.

Understanding Stagflation and the Risk of its Recurrence

Categories: Business/Economics

http://assets.opencrs.com/rpts/RL34428_20080331.pdf

Stagflation describes an economy that is characterized by high rates of inflation and unemployment. This report describes the conditions that prevailed in the 1970s when the term was coined, whether conditions are similar today, and what policymakers might be able to do to prevent conditions from getting worse. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by OpenCRS.org.

Crawford v. Marion County Election Board

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Supreme Court/courts

http://laws.findlaw.com/us/000/07-21

6-3 Supreme Court decision that states may require voters to present government-issued photo identification as a condition of voting without violating their constitutional rights. From Findlaw .com

Presidential Claims of Executive Privilege: History, Law, Practice and Recent Developments

Categories: Presidency,Supreme Court/courts

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/secrecy/RL30319.pdf

Reviews judicial cases involving the question of executive communications privilege, what presidential papers and communications it can be applied to, and recent claims of executive privilege. Also includes an appendix reviewing claims of executive privilege in all administrations since John Kennedy. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists.

Desalination: A National Perspective

Categories: Environment,Natural Resources,Science/Technology

http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12184

Recent advances in technology have made removing salt from seawater and groundwater a realistic option for increasing water supplies in some parts of the U.S. This report says further research is needed to lower costs and protect the environment. From the National Research Council.

Antivirals for Pandemic Influenza: Guidance on Developing a Distribution and Dispensing Program

Categories: Health/Medical

http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12170

Argues that federal and state health officials need to establish a set of priorities outlining the order in which different groups of people should receive antiviral drugs. The scheme chosen should be flexible enough to adjust for different circumstances, including how quickly the virus spreads, which popularion groups are most severely affected, and how readily it responds to drugs. From the Institute of Medicine.