Recent CRS Reports – August 24, 2013

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations and Issues for Congress, CRS Report R42694, August 21, 2013 (70-page PDF) International Drug Control Policy: Background and U.S. Responses, CRS Report RL34543, August 13, 2013 (53-page PDF) Membership of the 113th Congress: A Profile, CRS Report R42964, August 5, 2013 (15-page PDF) Egypt in Crisis: Issues for Congress, CRS Report … Read more

Agency Mission (

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms Agency Mission photo credit: IntelFreePress Agency Mission: Term used in section 1105(a)(22) of title 31 of the United States Code, which outlines content requirements for the President’s budget submission to Congress. Section 1105 requires that the President’s budget contain a statement of agency budget authority … Read more

Civil Asset Forfeiture – “Policing for Profit”

  Arresting Your Cash: How Civil Forfeiture Turns Police Into Profiteers   The Washington Post has an interesting report about the huge amount of money that Fairfax County spends to go after gambling. The story cites critics who ask “why law enforcement spends valuable time and money on combating sports gambling.” The answer is obvious … Read more

The Constitution of the United States: Amendment 5 (Fifth Amendment – Trial and Punishment, Compensation for Takings)

The Constitution of the United States: Amendment 5 (Amendments 1-10 are known as the Bill Of Rights) (5th Amendment) Amendment V. (Trial and Punishment, Compensation for Takings) No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising … Read more

The Fifth Amendment – Why you don’t talk to the police without an attorney

In a brilliant pair of videos, Prof. James Duane of the Regent University School of Law and Officer George Bruch of the Virginia Beach Police Department present a forceful case for never, ever, ever speaking to the police without your lawyer present. Ever. Never, never, never. “Law prof and cop agree: never ever ever ever … Read more