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New Government Report: Options for Changing the Tax Treatment of Charitable Giving

Options for Changing the Tax Treatment of Charitable Giving

by Athipat Muthitacharoen
Paperback, 38 pages, 2011, $20.00
ISBN: 1437986648

The deductibility of charitable donations has been a feature of the U.S. individual income tax almost as long as the modern income tax has been in existence. Nevertheless, concerns about the cost, equity, and efficiency of the deduction have prompted many proposals to change the tax treatment of charitable contributions. This report examines patterns of individual charitable giving and analyzes how options for changing the tax treatment of such giving might affect the overall level of donations, the costs to the federal government, and the distribution of tax benefits by income group. Tables and figures. This is a print on demand edition of an important, hard-to-find publication.

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June 6, 2011 at 10:23 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: African American Members of the United States Congress

African American Members of the United States Congress: 1870-2009

by Jennifer Manning, Colleen Shogan
Paperback, 63 pages, 2010, $25.00
ISBN: 1437929044

Contents: (1) Introduction: Historical Overview of African Americans in Congress; African American Firsts in Congress; Length of Service; How African Americans Enter Congress; (2) African American Members in Leadership Positions; (3) Congressional Black Caucus: Martin Luther King Jr. Day; Ending Apartheid in South Africa; Humanitarian Aid to Haiti; (4) Tables and Data; (5) Alphabetical Listing of African American Members, Selected Biographical Information, and Committee Assignments During Their Tenure in Office. Charts and tables.

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May 3, 2011 at 8:15 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Congressional Gold Medals, 1776-2010

Congressional Gold Medals, 1776-2010

by Stephen W. Stathis
Paperback, 33 pages, 2009, $20.00
ISBN: 1437929060

This is a print on demand edition of a hard to find publication. Contents: (1) Practices Adopted During the American Revolution: First Medals Were Struck in Paris; (2) Recipients in the 19th Century: War of 1812; Mexican War; Congress Broadens the Scope of Its Gold Medal; (3) Recipients in the 20th and 21st Century: Actors, Artists, Authors, Entertainers, and Musicians; Aeronautical and Space Pioneers; Antarctic Explorers; Acclaimed Lifesavers; Distinguished Military Personnel; Notables in Agriculture, Science and Medicine; Awards for Public Service, Athletic Prowess, Civil Rights Activism, and Humanitarian Contributions; (4) Foreign Recipients; (5) Design and Casting of Gold Medals; (6) Legislative Procedures: Procedures in the 111th Congress; Bills to Change Procedures or Criteria. List of Congressional Gold Medals, 1776-2009.

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April 26, 2011 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Access to Broadband Networks

Access to Broadband Networks: The Net Neutrality Debate

by Angele A. Gilroy
Paperback, 17 pages, 2011, $20.00
ISBN: 1437984541

As congressional policymakers continue to debate telecommunications reform, a major point of contention is the question of whether action is needed to ensure unfettered access to the Internet. The move to place restrictions on the owners of the networks that compose and provide access to the Internet, to ensure equal access and non-discriminatory treatment, is referred to as “net neutrality.”A major focus in the debate is concern over whether it is necessary for policymakers to take steps to ensure access to the Internet for content, services, and applications providers, as well as consumers, what these steps should be.

Contents of this report: Introduction; FCC Activity; Industry Initiatives; Network Management; The Policy Debate; Congressional Activity.

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April 26, 2011 at 7:59 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: No-Fly Zones (NFZ)

No-Fly Zones (NFZ): Strategic, Operational, and Legal Considerations for Congress

by Jeremiah Gertler
Paperback, 19 pages, 2011, $20.00
ISBN: 1437983537

What constitutes international “authorization” for the establishment of a NFZ? The concept of authorization is typically considered to be linked to the ideas of both “legality” and “legitimacy.” Express authorization from the U.N. Security Council provides the clearest legal basis for imposing a NFZ. Contents of this report: Strategy; International Authorization; Congressional Authorization; Operations; Costs; The Case of Libya: Congressional Action; Admin. Perspectives; International Steps Regarding NFZ: U.N. Authorization; Other Organizations and Governments; Operational Considerations: The Nature and Density of Adversary Air Defenses; The Quantity and Quality of Adversary Air Assets; Geography; Concept of Operations. This is a print on demand report.

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March 29, 2011 at 12:10 pm Leave a comment

New Government Report: Declarations of War (DoW) and Authorizations for the Use of Military Force

Declarations of War (DoW) and Authorizations for the Use of Military Force: Historical Background and Legal Implications

by Jennifer K. Elsea, Richard F. Grimmett
Paperback, 107 pages, 2011, $35.00
ISBN: 1437983545

From the Washington Admin. to the present, Congress and the Pres. have enacted 11 separate formal DoW against foreign nations in five different wars. This report provides historical background on the enactment of DoW and authorizations for the use of force and analyzes their legal effects under international and U.S. domestic law. It also sets forth their texts in two appendices. The report includes an extensive listing and summary of statutes that are triggered by a DoW, a declaration of national emergency, and/or the existence of a state of war. Also includes a summary of the congressional procedures applicable to the enactment of a DoW or authorization for the use of force and to measures under the War Powers Resolution. This is a print on demand report.

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March 29, 2011 at 12:07 pm Leave a comment

New Government Report: Chemical Facility Security

Chemical Facility Security: Issues and Options for the 112th Congress

by Dana A. Shea
Paperback, 25 pages, 2011, $20.00
ISBN: 1437983278

The Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) regulates chemical facilities for security purposes. The 111th Congress extended this authority through March 4, 2011, and debated the scope and details of reauthorization. Some Members of Congress supported an extension of the existing authority. Other Members called for revision and more extensive codification of chemical facility security regulatory provisions. There are questions regarding the current law’s effectiveness in reducing chemical facility risk and the sufficiency of federal funding for chemical facility security. Contents of this report: Introduction; Overview of Statute and Regulation; Implementation; Policy Issues; Policy Options; Congressional Action. Tables. This is a print on demand report.

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March 29, 2011 at 12:05 pm Leave a comment

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