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Daily Archives: October 16, 2013

Constitution Annotated – Online and Searchable

“The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation (popularly known as the Constitution Annotated) contains legal analysis and interpretation of the United States Constitution, based primarily on Supreme Court case law. This regularly updated resource is especially useful when researching the constitutional implications of a specific issue or topic. The Featured Topics and Cases page highlights recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions that demonstrate pivotal interpretations of the Constitution’s provisions.” The complete PDF version, which is large and loads slowly, is here.

The Index and Tables From the Constitution Annotated

Residential Segregation by Income, 1970-2009

Via US2010 project of the Russell Sage Foundation and Brown University - Residential Segregation by Income, 1970-2009.  Kendra Bischoff, Cornell University and Sean F. Reardon, Stanford University “Every city or metropolitan area in the U.S. has higher- and lower-income neighborhoods. The extent to which these neighborhoods differ in their average socioeconomic status, however,  varies considerably. Moreover, this socioeconomic residential sorting hasContinue Reading

Fitch Places United States’ ‘AAA’ on Rating Watch Negative

Fitch Ratings has placed the United States of America’s (U.S.) ‘AAA’ Long-term foreign and local currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDRs) on Rating Watch Negative (RWN). “The ratings of all outstanding U.S. sovereign debt securities have also been placed on RWN, as has the U.S. Short-term foreign currency rating of ‘F1+’. The Outlook on the Long-termContinue Reading

Federal Reserve Board – Beige Book – October 16, 2013

Summary of Commentary on Current Economic Conditions by Federal Reserve District: “Prepared at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and based on information collected on or before October 7, 2013. This document summarizes comments received from business and other contacts outside the Federal Reserve and is not a commentary on the views of Federal ReserveContinue Reading

Report – Investigating Agribusiness

Olive Oil: The Green Gold Rush, a new report from the Investigative Reporting Project Italy (IRPI), explores “food fraud” in the Mediterranean olive oil industry. It highlights fraud in the way olive oil is produced, distributed and marketed, exposing consumers to the industry’s gross manipulation of a regional commodity.”

Analysis Provides State-by-State Estimates of Poor Uninsured Adults Who Fall Into the “Coverage Gap” Under the Affordable Care Act

“A new analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation provides state-level data showing how many impoverished uninsured adults fall into the Affordable Care Act’s “coverage gap” — those who will be ineligible to enroll in Medicaid and also will not qualify for financial assistance to buy private health insurance in the new marketplaces in states thatContinue Reading

Full Text of the Plan to End the Shutdown and Raise the Debt Ceiling

The Deal to Reopen the Government and Raise the Debt-Ceiling

Report – The Cost of Crisis-Driven Fiscal Policy

“Even as Congressional leaders and the president discuss a potential temporary solution to the current stalemate over the government shutdown and the debt ceiling, the repeated cycle of lurching from crisis to crisis has significant and real costs to the U.S. economy A new report, prepared by Macroeconomic Advisers, LLC for the Peter G. PetersonContinue Reading

Mortgage Market Conditions and Borrower Outcomes

Mortgage Market Conditions and Borrower Outcomes: Evidence from the 2012 HMDA Data and Matched HMDA–Credit Record Data, Neil Bhutta and Glenn B. Canner “This article describes mortgage lending activity in 2012 based on newly available data reported under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act of 1975 (HMDA). In addition, we present the results of a firstContinue Reading

Poll – The New American Center

“An exclusive Esquire-NBC News survey [rendered in a series of infographics that accompany the data for each respective question/answer] shows us that everything we are told about politics in America today—that there is no middle ground between left and right, blue and red, us and them—is wrong. The data, compiled by the Benenson Strategy GroupContinue Reading