The United States Is Fighting How Many Wars?

By: Monday May 6, 2013 4:07 pm

With neoconservatives and neoliberals amplifying calls for US military intervention in Syria, it is worthwhile to take a moment and consider all the places in the world, where the US currently has forces engaged in daily operations.

Secrecy, the reality that a substantial portion of US military or espionage operations with troops are likely happening covertly, may mean it is impossible to truly get a complete picture of where America is projecting power and targeting and killing people. But, Linda J. Bilmes and Michael D. Intriligator, ask in a recent paper, “How many wars is the US fighting today?”


Congressional Research Service Outlines Possible Administration Responses to State Marijuana Legalization

By: Thursday April 11, 2013 1:00 pm

After more than five months since the voters in Colorado and Washington State legalized marijuana there still has been no official decision from the Obama administration on how they plan to handle the federal-state conflict. A new Congressional Research Service report outlines what the administration’s options are.

CBO Joins CRS in Finding Almost No Economic Impact From Letting High-End Bush-Era Tax Rates Expire

By: Thursday November 8, 2012 3:13 pm

You may remember that, last week, Republicans forced the Congressional Research Service (basically Congress’ think tank) to take down a study that analyzed 65 years of individual tax rates and found no correlation between lower taxes on the rich and economic growth. This just did not compute with the GOP, so they had to suppress the facts.

Now the Congressional Budget Office has come out with an analysis of the fiscal slope measures, and guess what? They found the exact same thing.

Interview:’s Will Potter on Transformation of Dissent into a Domestic Terrorism Threat

By: Wednesday October 10, 2012 12:58 pm

A report from the Congressional Research Service was recently released and it looked at how law enforcement had been cracking down on animal rights and environmental activists. It highlighted how the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act is used against activists.

Something Fishy: CRS Report Downplays Fukushima’s Effect on US Marine Environment

By: Saturday April 7, 2012 11:30 am

Late Thursday, the United States Coast Guard reported that they had successfully scuttled the Ryou-Un Maru, the Japanese “Ghost Ship” that had drifted into US waters after being torn from its moorings by the tsunami that followed the Tohoku earthquake over a year ago. The 200-foot fishing trawler, which was reportedly headed for scrap before it was swept away, was seen as potentially dangerous as it drifted near busy shipping lanes.

Coincidentally, the “disappearing” of the Ghost Ship came during the same week the Congressional Research Service (CRS) released its report on the effects of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster on the US marine environment, and, frankly, the metaphor couldn’t be more perfect.

House GOP Proud to Pay for Four Months of War with Big Spending Cuts at Home

By: Thursday February 17, 2011 2:10 pm

The $61 billion saved by severely cutting many domestic programs will end up being enough to pay for just barely more than four months of the almost decade-long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Your Tax Dollars Bought Those Tanks on Streets of Egypt

By: Friday January 28, 2011 4:40 pm

With protest continuing in Egypt against President Hosni Mubarak despite a curfew, the government has ordered the army to help put down the protest.

According to Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Eqypt’s total military expenditures in 2009 was $3.6 billion. Mubarak’s administration has been one of largest recipients of American military support ever, receiving $1.3 billion in military assistance every year. It is likely that much of the equipment the Egyptian army is using now to help put down the protests likely came from America and was paid for by American tax dollars.

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