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Continued Bipartisan Support for Expanded Background Checks on Gun Sales

“Two years after the failure of Senate legislation to expand background checks on gun purchases, the public continues to overwhelmingly support making private gun sales and sales at gun shows subject to background checks. Currently, 85% of Americans – including large majorities of Democrats (88%) and Republicans (79%) – favor expanded background checks, little changedContinue Reading

Census Data Used For Comprehensive Visualization of Segregation in American Cities

Wired – “This is the most comprehensive map of race in America ever created [by Dustin Cable at University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service]. White people are shown with blue dots; African-Americans with green; Asians with red; and Latinos with orange, with all other race categories from the Census represented by brown.Continue Reading

World Bank Opens Online Archives Holdings

Elisa Liberatori Prati – World Bank – “In April 2015, as part of its commitment to transparency and openness, the World Bank Group launched its Archives Holdings website. This is a state-of-the-art platform, which maximizes the public’s online access to a vast amount of original primary source material in the custody of the Archives. CreatedContinue Reading

Housing Tax and Transfer Programs Decrease Inequality

Gregory Acs and Paul Johnson, Urban Institute. August 18, 2015: “We examine the relationships between housing subsidies, the mortgage interest and real estate tax deductions, and income inequality and find that housing subsidies to low-income families reduce income inequality while the mortgage interest and real estate tax deductions increase it. On net, the distribution ofContinue Reading

Study identifies organ toxicity from weed killer in drinking water

Brian Bienkowski – Environmental Health News: Scientists report worrisome changes to liver and kidney genes in rats, adding to evidence that a popular herbicide may be toxic – Long-term exposure to tiny amounts of Roundup – thousands of times lower than what is permitted in U.S. drinking water—may lead to serious problems in the liverContinue Reading

Barclays UK Prosperity Map – new research that uses factors including average annual pay, business survival rates, the percentage of households

“A Prosperity Index score has been calculated by Opinium for each UK city and region, helping to explain the data on millionaire numbers calculated by Wealth-X. The index uses third party figures on the factors listed below: Factors used in regional Prosperity Index score: Median household wealth GDP per capita Unemployment rate Average weekly householdContinue Reading

Federal Response to Hurricane Katrina Reconsidered 10 Years Later

Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government – Federal Response to Hurricane Katrina Reconsidered 10 Years Later By Marc Landy: “From 2006 through 2008, the Rockefeller Institute partnered with the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana to conduct a regional analysis of the recovery from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. The InstituteContinue Reading

National, State, and Selected Local Area Vaccination Coverage Among Children Aged 19–35 Months United States 2014

CDC  MMWR August 28, 2015 / 64(33);889-896 – “Since 1994, the National Immunization Survey (NIS) has monitored vaccination coverage among U.S. children aged 19–35 months. This report presents national, regional, state, and selected local area vaccination coverage estimates for children born from January 2011 through May 2013, based on data from the 2014 NIS.”

Global dollar credit and carry trades: a firm-level analysis

Bank for International Settlements – Global dollar credit and carry trades: a firm-level analysis by Valentina Bruno and Hyun Song Shin, Working Papers No 510 August 2015. “We conduct a firm-level analysis of borrowing in US dollars by non-financial corporates from outside the United States. The dataset combines bond issuance data with firm-level financial information.Continue Reading

Essay – A Normal Nuclear Pakistan

A Normal Nuclear Pakistan, by Toby Dalton and Michael Krepon, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2015. “This essay addresses the following questions: Where does Pakistan belong in the evolving global nuclear order? Will it always be an outlier, unable to join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) because it tested nuclear devices after the treaty enteredContinue Reading

Americans’ Views on Mobile Etiquette

August 26, 2015, Americans’ Views on Mobile Etiquette ‘Always on’ mobile connectivity poses new challenges for users about when to be present with those nearby or engaged with others on their screens. By Lee Rainie and Kathryn Zickuhr “Cellphones and smartphones have become a mainstay in the lives of many Americans, and this has introducedContinue Reading

Income and Earnings Estimates: First Quarter 2013

“Using the two later waves (14 and 15) from the 2008 Survey of Income and Program Participation panel, this table package presents income and earnings estimates at the individual, family and household level for the first quarter (January, February and March) 2013. Estimates are provided by selected demographic characteristics, such as gender, race/ethnicity, age, marital status andContinue Reading