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Former Wells Fargo Employees File $2.6B Lawsuit

Via FindLaw – Alexander Polonsky, et al. v. Wells Fargo, Los Angeles Superior Court, September 22, 2016.

“The lawsuit was filed by two former employees, but seeks compensation for any and all Wells Fargo employees penalized for not meeting sales quotas over the past 10 years. In September, the bank fired over 5,000 employees for opening some two million accounts in customers’ names without their authorization. The lawsuit claims Wells Fargo is punishing lower level employees for policies that came from, and were intended to benefit higher level executives: “Wells Fargo knew that their unreasonable quotas were driving these unethical behaviors that were used to fraudulently increase their stock price and benefit the CEO at the expense of the low-level employees.”

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Pew – Middle East’s Migrant Population More Than Doubles Since 2005

“Between 2005 and 2015, the number of migrants living in the Middle East more than doubled, from about 25 million to around 54 million, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of data from United Nations agencies. Some of this growth was due to individuals and families seeking economic opportunities. But the majority of the… Continue Reading

Electoral Integrity Project

“An independent academic study, the Electoral Integrity Project addresses three questions: *When do elections meet international standards of electoral integrity?   *What happens when elections fail to do so?  *And what can be done to mitigate these problems? Under the direction of Pippa Norris, the research team is based at the University of Sydney and… Continue Reading

American Community Survey Public Use Microdata Sample Files Now Available

“The U.S. Census Bureau released the Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) files from the 2015 American Community Survey 1-year estimates. The PUMS files contain data on approximately 1 percent of the U.S. population and are now available for users to create their own tabulations. The files show population and housing characteristics down to Public Use… Continue Reading

The Effects of Increasing Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s Capital

“In this report, CBO analyzes a policy that would allow Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to increase their capital by reducing their payments to the government and discusses the effects that it would have on the budget and the mortgage market…Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) that help finance the majority of… Continue Reading

Breast Cancer Education: HHS Has Implemented Initiatives Aimed at Young Women

Breast Cancer Education: HHS Has Implemented Initiatives Aimed at Young Women, GAO-17-19: Published: Oct 20, 2016. Publicly Released: Oct 20, 2016. “Young women account for 11% of all new cases of breast cancer in the United States, tend to have worse outcomes than older women, and face unique issues in managing the disease. We looked… Continue Reading

School Enrollment in the United States: 2015

“The updated tables provide information by age, sex, race, Hispanic origin, family income, type of college, employment status, nativity, foreign-born parentage, attendance status (full or part time), type of school (public or private) and vocational course enrollment. They also delve into topics such as nursery school and kindergarten enrollment, the likelihood of enrollment in a… Continue Reading

World Bank Commodity Markets Outlook October 2016

World Bank Raises 2017 Oil Price Forecast – “Most commodity prices continued to rise in the third quarter from their lows in early 2016 . Crude oil prices are forecast to rise to $55 per barrel in 2017 from an average of $43/bbl this year as the market continues to rebalance and OPEC is likely… Continue Reading

CRS – Ocean Dumping Act: A Summary of the Law

Ocean Dumping Act: A Summary of the Law, Claudia Copeland, Specialist in Resources and Environmental Policy. October 18, 2016: “The Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act (MPRSA) has two basic aims: to regulate intentional ocean disposal of materials, and to authorize related research. Permit and enforcement provisions of the law are often referred to as… Continue Reading