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Franking Privilege: Mass Mailings and Mass Communications in the House, 1997-2014

Franking Privilege: Mass Mailings and Mass Communications in the House, 1997-2014

Date: May 6, 2015
Creator: Glassman, Matthew E.
Description: This report provides an analysis of House Member mass mailings (1997-2008, 2012-2014) and mass communications (2009-2014). Despite significant reductions in congressional mail postage costs over the past 25 years, critics continue to raise concerns about the franking privilege.
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U.S.-China Nuclear Cooperation Agreement

U.S.-China Nuclear Cooperation Agreement

Date: May 6, 2015
Creator: Holt, Mark & Nikitin, Mary Beth D.
Description: This report discusses renewal of the peaceful nuclear cooperation agreement between the United States and the People's Republic of China (PRC). The discussion in this report focuses on congressional roles in crafting and carrying out the agreement. Such agreements are subject to Section 123 of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 as amended (AEA, P.L. 95-242, 42 U.S.C. 2011 et seq.) and commonly are called "123 agreements.
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Fact Sheet: Selected Highlights of H.R. 1735, the National Defense Authorization Act for FY2016

Fact Sheet: Selected Highlights of H.R. 1735, the National Defense Authorization Act for FY2016

Date: May 5, 2015
Creator: Towell, Pat
Description: This report includes a fact sheet based on the draft bill and committee report (H.Rept. 114-102) and is designed as a time-urgent product offering Members the best available information about the bill pending publication of a CRS report on the FY2016 Defense Authorization and Appropriations legislation.
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The Future of Internet Governance: Should the U.S. Relinquish Its Authority Over ICANN?

The Future of Internet Governance: Should the U.S. Relinquish Its Authority Over ICANN?

Date: May 5, 2015
Creator: Kruger, Lennard G.
Description: The report provides background information on Domain Name System and the role of the U.S. government. This report discusses the U.S. government limited authority over the Internet's domain name system, primarily through the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions contract between the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).
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International Investment Agreements (IIAs): Frequently Asked Questions

International Investment Agreements (IIAs): Frequently Asked Questions

Date: May 5, 2015
Creator: Weiss, Martin A.; Akhtar, Shayerah Ilias; Murrill, Brandon J. & Shedd, Daniel T.
Description: This report answers frequently asked questions about international investment agreements (IIAs) made between the United States and other countries. Questions are categorized in three main areas: background and context; U.S. international investment agreements; and investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS).
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Iran's Foreign Policy

Iran's Foreign Policy

Date: May 5, 2015
Creator: Katzman, Kenneth
Description: This report provides an overview of Iran's foreign policy, which has been a subject of numerous congressional hearings and of sanctions and other legislation for many years. The report analyzes Iranian foreign policy as a whole and by region. The regional analysis discusses those countries where Iranian policy is of U.S. concern. The report also makes reference to Iran's efforts to utilize its ties to various countries to try to mitigate the effects of U.S. sanctions.
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International Air Service Controversies: Frequently Asked Questions

International Air Service Controversies: Frequently Asked Questions

Date: May 4, 2015
Creator: Tang, Rachel Y.
Description: This report addresses some of the most frequently asked questions related to on-going controversies related to international "open skies" agreements.
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Major U.S. Arms Sales and Grants to Pakistan Since 2001

Major U.S. Arms Sales and Grants to Pakistan Since 2001

Date: May 4, 2015
Creator: Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service.
Description: This report discusses the U.S. arms sales and grants to Pakistan since 2001 that have included numerous items useful for counterterrorism and counterinsurgency operations.
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Tesla's Home Battery--An Electricity Storage Breakthrough?

Tesla's Home Battery--An Electricity Storage Breakthrough?

Date: May 4, 2015
Creator: Campbell, Richard J. & Parfomak, Paul W.
Description: Cost-effective electricity storage has long been a kind of "Holy Grail" for the electric power sector. This report briefly discusses potential innovations in electricity storage.
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Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress

Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress

Date: May 1, 2015
Creator: O'Rourke, Ronald
Description: This report provides an in-depth overview of Arctic-related issues for Congress and refers readers to more in-depth CRS reports on specific relevant topics.
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