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Precision Local and State Government Search

“GovScan searches thousands of local government websites to bring you targeted, precision results.

To begin a state specific search, choose the first letter of the state you would like to search:

Whether you are a government zoning official determining other city zoning regulations, a developer researching available land, or a concerned citizen investigating government issues, GovScan is here to help. Using search technology from Google, we give you a search engine that will only return results from city, county, state and other government websites.”

ODNI Announces Transition to New Telephone Metadata Program

News release: “Beginning Sunday, November 29, the government is prohibited from collecting telephone metadata records in bulk under Section 215, including of both U.S. and non-U.S. persons. And, while under the prior program NSA collected metadata in bulk and sought court approval for individual queries, the USA FREEDOM Act requires that the government must nowContinue Reading


“INFORM is a global, open-source risk assessment for humanitarian crises and disasters. It can support decisions about prevention, preparedness and response…INFORM is the first global, objective and transparent tool for understanding the risk of humanitarian crises. When all those involved in crisis prevention, preparedness and response use a shared risk assessment, they can work moreContinue Reading

Police Use of Force: Rules, Remedies, and Reforms

CRS – Police Use of Force: Rules, Remedies, and Reforms. Richard M. Thompson II, Legislative Attorney. October 30, 2015. “Several high-profile police shootings and other law enforcement-related deaths in the United States have sparked intense protests throughout the country and a fierce debate in Congress concerning the appropriate level of force police officers should wieldContinue Reading

Study – Where Have All the Low-Income Students Gone?

Higher Education Today – “In the upcoming edition of The Presidency, ACE’s Chris Nellum and Terry Hartle discuss a surprising and deeply troubling trend: A steep decline in the percentage of low-income students enrolling in college immediately after graduating from high school. Their article is posted in its entirety below. Since 2008, an intensive nationalContinue Reading

Where are the Best (Corporate) Law Professors Teaching?

Ventoruzzo, Marco, Where are the Best (Corporate) Law Professors Teaching? (November 27, 2015). Bocconi Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2696217; Penn State Law Research Paper. Available for download at SSRN: “Are the best law professors teaching at the best law schools in the United States? And how can the best law schools around theContinue Reading

Batea – The clinical browser data mining project

November 17, 2015 – “DocGraph publicly released Batea, a browser extension that tracks clinical reference URLs visited by medical students when they study. Batea was built by DocGraph with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Medical students across the country are encouraged to download the Batea extension for use on their personal computers.Continue Reading

The Economist identifies the state of financial literary using a simple test

Global financial literacy – The Economist – November 26, 2015 “Suppose you put $100 in a savings account that earns 10% interest each year. After five years how much will you have? That was a question posed in a multiple-choice quiz (completed by 150,000 people in 144 countries) by Standard & Poor’s, a rating agency.Continue Reading

UK Leadership for Libraries Taskforce

UK Gov – Department for Culture, Media and Sport – Corporate report Leadership for Libraries Taskforce: six month progress report April – September 2015. Published 26 November 2015. “The library can be the buzzing heart of a local community, or a peaceful space for quiet reflection; it’s a source of information, entertainment and inspiration; aContinue Reading

Climate Central – Rain Needed to Bust the Drought

“The ongoing California drought…is so entrenched that it’s now well into its fourth year. This drought has repercussions nationwide, particularly in the availability and cost of food. According to the USDA, in 2014 California accounted for 60 percent of the U.S. production for fresh-market vegetables, and 73 percent of processed vegetables.”

UK Bookseller Association and ‘Civilised Saturday’

Via Good – Forget Black Friday—Spend ‘Civilised Saturday’ in an Independent Bookstore Instead by Rafi Schwartz “There is a certain sense of specifically English pride involved in the event, a backlash to what’s perceived as the American vibe of Black Friday, a fairly new addition to the British calendar. “Black Friday appeared quite suddenly in the U.K., and sinceContinue Reading

Application of the Critical-Path Method to Evaluate Insider Risks

Via CIA – Application of the Critical-Path Method to Evaluate Insider Risks, Eric Shaw and Laura Sellers. Studies in Intelligence Vol 59, No. 2 (Extracts, June 2015). “Our purpose in this article is to draw on the most recent and comprehensive empirical studies of insider hostile acts—ranging from formal academic efforts to collections of in-depthContinue Reading