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Earl Gregg Swem Library

A Guide to China’s Upcoming Leadership Transitions

Categories: China

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R42786.pdf

Serves as a guide for Congress to the Chinese leadership transitions and previews some of the challenges facing China’s new leaders, including growing demands for political reform, revising foreign policy, and determining the appropriate role for the state in the Chinese economy.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

India-U.S. Security Relations: Current Engagement

Categories: Asia,Defense/Military,Foreign Trade/Investment,India,Spying/Intelligence,Terrorism

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R42823.pdf

Reviews the major facets of U.S.-India  security relations with a focus on military-to-military contacts, counterterrorism and intelligence cooperation, and defense trade.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Autonomy in Weapon Systems

Categories: Arms Control,Defense/Military

http://www.fas.org/irp/doddir/dod/d3000_09.pdf

New Defense directive regarding the use of autonomous weapons, those that, once launched, can select and engage targets without further human intervention.  The guidelines are intended to minimize the probability and consequences of failures that could lead to unintended engagements.  From the Defense Department, posted by the Federation of American Scientists.

 

The Endangered Species Act: A Primer

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Environment,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources

http://www.nationalaglawcenter.org/assets/crs/RL31654.pdf

Describes the major features and controversies of the ESA as background for consideration of possible amendments in the 113th Congress.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by National Agricultural Law Center

 

Medical Loss Ratio Requirements Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA): Issues for Congress

Categories: Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations

http://assets.opencrs.com/rpts/R42735_20120918.pdf

Discusses the rules created by the Affordable Care Act that relate to the proportion of health care premium dollars that are spent on medical benefits as opposed to insurance company overhead or profits.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by OpenCRS.com

 

Medicaid: A Primer

Categories: Federal State Relations,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid

http://assets.opencrs.com/rpts/RL33202_20120718.pdf

Describes the basic elements of Medicaid, including the federal rules governing who is eligible, what services are covered, how the program is financed,  how beneficiaries share in the costs, how providers are paid, and the role of special waivers.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by OpenCRS.com

 

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Among Adults, United States, 2011

Categories: Health/Medical,Statistics

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6146a2.htm?s_cid=mm6146a2_w

Reports on demographic characteristics and regional differences in the prevalence of COPD.  From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

Energy Drink Consumption and Its Association with Sleep Problems Among U.S. Service Members on a Combat Deployment, Afghanistan, 2010

Categories: Afghanistan,Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Defense/Military,Health/Medical,Statistics

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6144a3.htm?s_cid=mm6144a3_x

Reports results of an investigation into the amount of energy drinks consumed by troops and the effects on their mission performance.   From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

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