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 Decade: 2000-2009
 Year: 2009
 Month: November
 Collection: Congressional Research Service Reports
Afghanistan: Politics, Elections, and Government Performance

Afghanistan: Politics, Elections, and Government Performance

Date: November 30, 2009
Creator: Katzman, Kenneth
Description: This report discusses the current political state of Afghanistan, as well as the Afghan government. This report also discusses Afghanistan's relationship with the United States, particularly U.S. efforts to urge President Hamid Karzai to address corruption within the Afghan government.
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The Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline: Background, Status, and Issues for Congress

The Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline: Background, Status, and Issues for Congress

Date: November 30, 2009
Creator: unknown
Description: None
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Army Future Combat System (FCS) "Spin- Outs" and Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV): Background and Issues for Congress

Army Future Combat System (FCS) "Spin- Outs" and Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV): Background and Issues for Congress

Date: November 30, 2009
Creator: Feickert, Andrew & Jacob Lucas, Nathan
Description: This report discusses the Future Combat System (FCS), which was a multiyear, multibillion dollar program at the heart of the Army's transformation efforts.
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Bypassing Senate Committees: Rule XIV and Unanimous Consent

Bypassing Senate Committees: Rule XIV and Unanimous Consent

Date: November 30, 2009
Creator: unknown
Description: None
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The Copyright Registration Requirement and Federal Court Jurisdiction: A Legal Analysis of Reed Elsevier, Inc. v. Muchnick

The Copyright Registration Requirement and Federal Court Jurisdiction: A Legal Analysis of Reed Elsevier, Inc. v. Muchnick

Date: November 30, 2009
Creator: Yeh, Brian T. & Grunstra, Lydia
Description: This report discusses the legal analysis of the Reed Elsevier, Inc. v. Muchnick, which is currently pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Federal Budget Process Reform in the 111th Congress: A Brief Overview

Federal Budget Process Reform in the 111th Congress: A Brief Overview

Date: November 30, 2009
Creator: unknown
Description: None
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The German Economy and U.S.-German Economic Relations

The German Economy and U.S.-German Economic Relations

Date: November 30, 2009
Creator: Ahearn, Raymond J. & Belkin, Paul
Description: This report first examines Germany's economic performance in historical perspective and assesses some of the domestic factors that may be contributing to Germany's suboptimal performance; the second discusses the reform challenges facing Germany's political leaders; and the third section evaluates a few salient U.S.-German economic policy differences and strains that seem to be influenced by Germany's weakened economic situation.
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Iraq: U.S. Casualties

Iraq: U.S. Casualties

Date: November 30, 2009
Creator: Chesser, Susan G.
Description: This report presents casualty data compiled by the Department of Defense (DOD) as tallied from the agency's press releases.
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Lebanon: Background and U.S. Relations

Lebanon: Background and U.S. Relations

Date: November 30, 2009
Creator: Addis, Casey L.
Description: This report provides an overview of Lebanese politics, recent events in Lebanon, and current issues in U.S.-Lebanon relations.
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An Overview of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Control Policies in Various Countries

An Overview of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Control Policies in Various Countries

Date: November 30, 2009
Creator: Leggett, Jane A.; Lattanzio, Richard K.; Ek, Carl & Parker, Larry
Description: This report summarizes the GHG control policies in effect or under consideration in the European Union (EU) and various other large countries, and offers a brief set of initial observations. It gives particular emphasis to how particular trade sensitive sectors may be treated in the context of each national program.
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Pakistan—Internal Stability and U.S. Response: CRS Experts

Pakistan—Internal Stability and U.S. Response: CRS Experts

Date: November 30, 2009
Creator: unknown
Description: None
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Recruiting and Retention: An Overview of FY2008 and FY2009 Results for Active and Reserve Component Enlisted Personnel

Recruiting and Retention: An Overview of FY2008 and FY2009 Results for Active and Reserve Component Enlisted Personnel

Date: November 30, 2009
Creator: Kapp, Lawrence & Henning, Charles A.
Description: This report provides a brief overview of the recruiting and retention rates for Active and Reserve Component enlisted personnel during FY2008 and FY2009.
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Senate Rule XIV Procedures for Placing Measures Directly on the Senate Calendar

Senate Rule XIV Procedures for Placing Measures Directly on the Senate Calendar

Date: November 30, 2009
Creator: Koempel, Michael L.
Description: When a Senator introduces a bill or joint resolution, the measure is usually referred to committee, pursuant to provisions of Senate Rules XIV, XVII, and XXV. This report describes the Senate Rule XIV, para. 2, which requires that bills and resolutions have three readings before passage, and that they be read twice before being referred to committee.
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Status of the Copenhagen Climate Change Negotiations

Status of the Copenhagen Climate Change Negotiations

Date: November 30, 2009
Creator: unknown
Description: None
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Piracy off the Horn of Africa

Piracy off the Horn of Africa

Date: November 28, 2009
Creator: Ploch, Lauren; Blanchard, Christopher M.; O'Rourke, Ronald; Mason, R. Chuck & King, Rawle O.
Description: This report discusses recent (2008-2009) pirate attacks on vessels, including United States vessels, in the waters off the Horn of Africa. The Horn of Africa is sometimes called the Somali Peninsula and includes the nations of Eritrea, Djibouti, Ethiopia, and Somalia. This report explores reasons behind the increased number of pirate attacks in recent years, as well as what efforts are being taken to combat said attacks, including those by the 111th Congress and President Obama and his Administration.
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Air Force C-17 Aircraft Procurement: Background and Issues for Congress

Air Force C-17 Aircraft Procurement: Background and Issues for Congress

Date: November 27, 2009
Creator: Gertler, Jeremiah
Description: This report provides background information on the C-17 Aircraft program, including previous appropriations, related programs, and issues for Congress. The primary issue for Congress in FY2010 is whether to procure additional C-17s. An additional issue is whether to pass legislation relating to the airlift aircraft force structure. Congress's decisions on these issues could affect DOD capabilities and funding requirements and the U.S. military aircraft industrial base.
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Economic Stimulus: Issues and Policy

Economic Stimulus: Issues and Policy

Date: November 27, 2009
Creator: Gravelle, Jane G.; Hungerford, Thomas L. & Labonte, Marc
Description: This report discusses the passing of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which included tax cut and spending provisions totaling at a cost of $787 billion in an attempt to mitigate the economic fallout of the housing and financial crises on the general economy. The report examines issues surrounding fiscal stimulus such as timeliness, the magnitude of stimulus, long-term effects and previously adopted policies.
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Estate Taxes and Family Businesses: Economic Issues

Estate Taxes and Family Businesses: Economic Issues

Date: November 27, 2009
Creator: unknown
Description: None
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F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Program: Background and Issues for Congress

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Program: Background and Issues for Congress

Date: November 27, 2009
Creator: Gertler, Jeremiah
Description: This report details the Obama Administration's proposed FY2010 defense budget requests for F-35 program funding and outlines the issues that Congress must consider when deciding whether to approve, reject, or modify the administration's funding requests.
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The Google Library Project: Is Digitization for Purposes of Online Indexing Fair Use Under Copyright Law?

The Google Library Project: Is Digitization for Purposes of Online Indexing Fair Use Under Copyright Law?

Date: November 27, 2009
Creator: Manuel, Kate M.
Description: In December 2004, Google announced its Library Project, which was to entail digitizing, indexing, and displaying "snippets" of print books in the collections of five major libraries, among other things. The Library Project was not limited to books in the public domain (e.g., books whose terms of copyright protection had expired), and Google did not seek the permission of copyright holders, in part, because it asserted that its proposed uses were fair uses. Many authors, publishers, and other rights holders disagreed. This report provides background on the Library Project, legal issues raised by digitization and indexing projects, and the status of the litigation over the Library Project.
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Air Force F-22 Fighter Program: Background and Issues for Congress

Air Force F-22 Fighter Program: Background and Issues for Congress

Date: November 25, 2009
Creator: Gertler, Jeremiah J.
Description: This report discusses the Air Force F-22 fighter, also known as the Raptor. The administration wants to end F-22 procurement at 187 aircraft, and the administration's proposed FY2010 budget does not request funding for the procurement of additional F-22s in FY2010. The issue of F-22 procurement has emerged as one of the highest-profile items of debate on the FY2010 defense budget. This report discusses both sides of the debate.
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Air Force Next-Generation Bomber: Background and Issues for Congress

Air Force Next-Generation Bomber: Background and Issues for Congress

Date: November 25, 2009
Creator: Gertler, Jeremiah
Description: This report discusses key issues regarding funding for a next-generation bomber (NGB) program. Congress's decisions on these issues could affect Air Force capabilities and funding requirements, and the U.S. aircraft manufacturing industrial base.
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China's Assistance and Government- Sponsored Investment Activities in Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia

China's Assistance and Government- Sponsored Investment Activities in Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia

Date: November 25, 2009
Creator: Lum, Thomas
Description: This report examines China's foreign assistance and government-supported, often-preferential investment ventures in three regions: Africa, Latin America (Western Hemisphere), and Southeast Asia. These activities often are collectively referred to as "economic assistance" by some analysts and in this report.
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The Federal Budget: Current and Upcoming Issues

The Federal Budget: Current and Upcoming Issues

Date: November 25, 2009
Creator: Austin, D. Andrew & Levit, Mindy R.
Description: This report examines changes to the Federal Budget for Fiscal Years 2008-2010. The report considers the factors that have an effect on various budgetary functions and decisions. The report specifically focuses on the effect of the 2007-2008 financial recession on the budget, but also considers more long-term fiscal issues such as health care for retiring Baby-Boomers.
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