Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Iraq - Testimonies Before Congress

Iraq has been a hot topic in Congress during January 2007 as recorded in the Congressional Record. On Jan. 11 Representative Foxx spoke in support of President Bush's plan for Iraq. On the same day McDermott expressed concerns about the PSA (Production Sharing Agreements) American oil companies are pursuing in Iraq. On Jan. 17 sixteen Congressmen introduced H.R. 508. If enacted, among other things, the bill would require a complete withdrawal of U.S. troops and government contractors within six months of enactment. On Jan. 16 Representative Chet Edwards submitted to the Congressional Record the observations of a young Army officer who recently served in Iraq. On Jan. 18 members of the House of Representatives introduced by Congresswoman Waters recounted the reasons they originally voted to authorize military force in Iraq. On Jan.22 the Democratic Blue Dog Coalition spoke about providing cost accountability for Operation Iraqi Freedom. Finally, on Jan. 30 Senator Bond spoke about introducing the National Defense Enhancement and National Guard Empowerment Act to recognize the Guard's contribution to our country's stability. (If any of the above links do not work, try them again in a few minutes.)

Friday, January 26, 2007

NATO to Increase Assistance to Afghanistan

Earlier today, in Brussels, NATO Foreign Ministers agreed to increase support in Afghanistan. The meeting agenda is available together with some audio and video coverage. Other relevant documents/sites include:

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Troop expansion in Iraq

On Wednesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved a non-binding resolution opposing President Bush's decision to send 21,500 additional troops to Iraq. The President announced his plan in his address to the nation on January 10 and discussed it in the State of the Union address on Tuesday. The Senate Armed Services Committee today heard testimony from Dr. William J. Perry, Ambassador Dennis B. Ross, and General John M. Keane on the current situation in Iraq and the President's plan for an increased military presence.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

EPA Staff Responds to ALA Participants

As reported by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer on January 22, 2007, EPA staff faced tough questioning from librarians attending the Seattle ALA Midwinter Meeting about the closing of several EPA libraries. The newspaper article also refers to a CRS (Congressional Research Service) report updated Jan. 3, 2007, "Restructuring EPA's Libraries: Background and Issues for Congress."

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Jan. 15, 2007, the 21st anniversary of the Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday, thousands of people across the country are choosing to honor his memory by participating in service projects in their communities. For more information about the man who inspired this dedication, access The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute site. The site contains audio excerpts of his sermons and speeches, a biography, an encyclopedia, a document inventory, and information about purchasing compilations of his papers. Dr. King's biography and speeches are also available through the American Memory Project of the Library of Congress.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Hurricane Katrina Update

The Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and the United States Senate have now made available an update about Hurricane Katrina entitled Hurricane Katrina: A Nation Still Unprepared.

Supreme Court rules in patent case

On January 9, 2007, the Supreme Court announced their decision in the Medimmune, Inc. v. Genentech, Inc. case. This case involved the issue of whether or not those who enter into licensing agreements with patent holders can challenge the validity of the patent in court. In the 8-1 decision, the Court decided that they could, maintaining that by entering into licensing agreements or paying royalties to a patent holder one did not thereby forfeit the right to challenge that patent in court.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Identity Theft Task Force

The Identity Theft Task Force established by President Bush in May 2006 is seeking public comment about its interim recommendations and has posted a summary of the issues. The summary ends with directions for submitting comments either electronically or by mail by Friday, January 19, 2007.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Former President Gerald R. Ford - Funeral and Biographical Information

Former President Gerald R. Ford passed away on December 26. See for information about the funeral and for biographical information about President Ford. Other links include the Gerald R. Ford Memorial hosted by the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum and coverage of the funeral on CNN. To view tributes, speeches and related links, access the White House. To read the public papers of Gerald R. Ford, browse or search the University of Michigan's The Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States. Browse under "G" for Gerald or search using "Gerald R. Ford." For pictures of President Ford and Mrs. Ford during his presidency, see the Gerald R. and Betty Ford section of the Time Line of Presidents and First Ladies maintained by the Library of Congress. Ford was the 38th President of the United States.