“In 2011, 46.2 million people were counted as poor in the United States, the same number as in 2010 and the largest number of persons counted as poor in the measure’s 53-year recorded history,” according to a timely new report from the Congressional Research Service. See Poverty in the United States: 2011, September 13, 2012.
Other new and newly updated CRS reports that have not been made publicly available include the following.
Intelligence Authorization Legislation: Status and Challenges, updated September 18, 2012
Latin America and the Caribbean: Fact Sheet on Leaders and Elections, updated September 17, 2012
Phi Beta Iota: The juxtaposition of a report from the Congressional Research Service (CRS) on poverty in America – a hot issue being kept under wraps at this time – with a report on the intelligence authorization bill by two experienced analysts new to the account (Richard Best finally retired and Al Cumin is on assigment elsewhere), is encouraging. In the latter instance, Richard F. Grimmett (CRS International Security analyst) and Rebecca S. Lange (an Air Force Fellow) demonstrate intelligence with integrity in tackling the militarization of intelligence and the excessive focus of intelligence on defense targets to the exclusion of all others (Whole of Government).