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 Decade: 2000-2009
 Year: 2003
 Collection: Congressional Research Service Reports
The Social Security Protection Act of 2003 (H.R. 743)

The Social Security Protection Act of 2003 (H.R. 743)

Date: December 12, 2003
Creator: Nuschler, Dawn
Description: None
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East Central Europe: Status of International Criminal Court (ICC) Exemption Agreements and U.S. Military Assistance

East Central Europe: Status of International Criminal Court (ICC) Exemption Agreements and U.S. Military Assistance

Date: November 25, 2003
Creator: Kim, Julie
Description: In a broad effort to obtain U.S. exemptions from International Criminal Court (ICC) jurisdiction, the Bush Administration has sought to conclude bilateral agreements worldwide that would prohibit the transfer of U.S. citizens to the ICC. The European Union has strongly promoted the ICC and is opposed to the U.S.- proposed agreements. This report addresses twelve countries of east central Europe affected by the U.S. and European policies – Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovakia, and Slovenia – and the status of their varied approaches to the transatlantic disagreement over the ICC.
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Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, H.R. 1036, S. 659, S. 1805, S. 1806, 108th Congress: Legal Analysis

Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, H.R. 1036, S. 659, S. 1805, S. 1806, 108th Congress: Legal Analysis

Date: November 17, 2003
Creator: Cohen, Henry
Description: None
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The Use of Blind Trusts by Federal Officials

The Use of Blind Trusts by Federal Officials

Date: October 31, 2003
Creator: Maskell, Jack
Description: None
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Judicial Nomination Statistics: U.S. District and Circuit Courts, 1945-1976

Judicial Nomination Statistics: U.S. District and Circuit Courts, 1945-1976

Date: October 22, 2003
Creator: Sollenberger, Mitchel A
Description: None
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Genetically Engineered Soybeans: Acceptance and Intellectual Property Rights Issues in South America

Genetically Engineered Soybeans: Acceptance and Intellectual Property Rights Issues in South America

Date: October 17, 2003
Creator: Schnepf, Randy
Description: None
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Drug Control: International Policy and Approaches

Drug Control: International Policy and Approaches

Date: October 16, 2003
Creator: Perl, Raphael F
Description: Over the past decade, worldwide production of illicit drugs has risen dramatically: opium and marijuana production has roughly doubled and coca production tripled. Street prices of cocaine and heroin have fallen significantly in the past 20 years, reflecting increased availability. Despite apparent national political resolve to deal with the drug problem, inherent contradictions regularly appear between U.S. anti-drug policy and other national policy goals and concerns. The mix of competing domestic and international pressures and priorities has produced an ongoing series of disputes within and between the legislative and executive branches concerning U.S. international drug policy. One contentious issue has been the Congressionally-mandated certification process, an instrument designed to induce specified drug-exporting countries to prioritize or pay more attention to the fight against narcotics businesses.
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Child Pornography: Constitutional Principles and Federal Statutes

Child Pornography: Constitutional Principles and Federal Statutes

Date: October 15, 2003
Creator: Cohen, Henry
Description: The Child Pornography Prevention Act of 1996, P.L. 104-208, 110 Stat. 3009- 26, added a definition of “child pornography” that include visual depictions of what appears to be a minor engaging in explicit sexual conduct, even if no actual minor was used in producing the depiction. On April 16, 2002, in Ashcroft v. Free Speech Coalition, the Supreme Court held this provision unconstitutional to the extent that it prohibited pictures that were not produced with actual minors. (This case is discussed under “Section 2256,” below.) In response to Ashcroft, bills were introduced in the House and Senate that would continue to ban some child pornography that was produced without an actual minor; on June 25, 2002, the House passed one such bill: H.R. 4623, 107th Congress.
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Comparing Quota Buyout Payments for Peanuts and Tobacco

Comparing Quota Buyout Payments for Peanuts and Tobacco

Date: October 14, 2003
Creator: Womach, Jasper
Description: The purpose of this analysis is to provide a generally consistent comparison of the benefits provided to peanut quota holders and producers and proposed benefits concerning tobacco. It is not the intention of this analysis to attempt to determine the appropriate size of these buyout payments.
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Welfare Reform: An Issue Overview

Welfare Reform: An Issue Overview

Date: October 14, 2003
Creator: Burke, Vee
Description: None
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