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A New Authorization for Use of Military Force Against the Islamic State: Issues and Current Proposals

CRS report via FAS – A New Authorization for Use of Military Force Against the Islamic State: Issues and Current Proposals, updated February 21, 2017 – Matthew C. Weed, Specialist in Foreign Policy Legislation, February 21, 2017.

“This report focuses on the several proposals for a new authority for the use of military force [AUMF] specifically targeting the Islamic State made during the 113th and 114th Congresses as well as those made thus far in the 115th Congress. It includes a brief review of existing authorities and AUMFs, as well as a discussion of issues related to various provisions included in existing and proposed AUMFs that both authorize and limit presidential use of military force. Appendices provide a comparative analysis of similar provisions in the numerous AUMFs proposed in the 113th and 114th Congresses…”

Research the Federal Budget. Pick a presidential administration, or select Compare All to view all years

Via InsideGov:  U.S. Federal Budget Collection – includes estimates for Donald Trump Barack Obama Bill Clinton Calvin Coolidge Donald Trump Dwight Eisenhower Franklin D. Roosevelt George H. W. Bush George W. Bush Harry S. Truman Herbert Hoover Jimmy Carter John F. Kennedy Lyndon Johnson Richard Nixon Ronald Reagan Theodore Roosevelt Warren G. Harding William H.… Continue Reading

The Returns to Online Postsecondary Education

Hoxby, Caroline M., The Returns to Online Postsecondary Education (February 2017). NBER Working Paper No. w23193. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2924283 “This study analyzes longitudinal data on nearly every person who engaged in postsecondary education that was wholly or substantially online between 1999 and 2014. It shows how much they and taxpayers paid for the education… Continue Reading

The Economic and Fiscal Consequences of Immigration

National Academies Press: “More than 40 million people living in the United States were born in other countries, and almost an equal number have at least one foreign-born parent. Together, the first generation (foreign-born) and second generation (children of the foreign-born) comprise almost one in four Americans. It comes as little surprise, then, that many… Continue Reading

Understanding the Economic Impact of the H-1B Program on the U.S.

Understanding the Economic Impact of the H-1B Program on the U.S. – John Bound, Gaurav Khanna, Nicolas Morales – NBER Working Paper No. 23153. Issued in February 2017. “Over the 1990s, the share of foreigners entering the US high-skill workforce grew rapidly. This migration potentially had a significant effect on US workers, consumers and firms.… Continue Reading

2016 – Economic, Social and Cultural rights (ESCRs) and the internet

“The 47 country reports gathered here illustrate the link between the internet and economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRs). Some of the topics will be familiar to information and communications technology for development (ICT4D) activists: the right to health, education and culture; the socioeconomic empowerment of women using the internet; the inclusion of rural and indigenous… Continue Reading

10 questions and answers about America’s “Big Government”

Via Brookings – commentary by John DiIulio of the University of Pennsylvania, who ran George W. Bush’s first faith-based office: “The ongoing debate over the Trump administration’s plan to freeze federal hiring has thus far involved arguments and “alternative facts” from those on both sides of the question. This obscures certain hard truths about America’s… Continue Reading

These are the industries attracting the most venture capital

World Economic Forum – “In terms of global venture capital investment, the United States is leading the way-with an estimated $58.8 billion invested across the country in 2015. The chart below shows the top 10 industries that are attracting the most venture capital investment..” Continue Reading

The world as 100 people, glimpsed over 200 years of history

World Economic Forum: “Max Roser, the Oxford economist behind Our World In Data, has devoted his career to spreading a statistically informed view of global development. Chart how things have actually changed over history, he says, and you’ll see that we’ve come a long way. Roser recently released a commentary on the last two centuries.… Continue Reading

comScore Enhances Mobile Video Reporting for YouTube

“comScore just announced the introduction of the reporting of new mobile video metrics for YouTube and its channels, enabling comScore to measure their mobile and multi-platform viewing audiences for the first time. In the following U.S. based infographic, we unlock mobile measurement for YouTube and its channels, and reveal just how massive and fundamental mobile viewing is for today’s… Continue Reading

2017 Index of Global Economic Freedom

“For much of human history, most individuals have lacked economic freedom and opportunity, condemning them to poverty and deprivation. Today, we live in the most prosperous time in human history. Poverty, sicknesses, and ignorance are receding throughout the world, due in large part to the advance of economic freedom. In 2017, the principles of economic… Continue Reading

How would repealing the Affordable Care Act affect health care and jobs in your state?

Economic Policy Institute: “Across the country, 29.8 million people would lose their health insurance if the Affordable Care Act were repealed—more than doubling the number of people without health insurance. And 1.2 million jobs would be lost—not just in health care but across the board…” Continue Reading