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NYT – UK to Start Brexit on March 29 by Invoking Article 50

Stephen Castle, The New York Times: “The British government said on Monday that it intended to formally notify the European Union on March 29 of its intention to leave the bloc, putting the country on track to complete a withdrawal by early 2019. David Davis, the cabinet minister responsible for negotiating the exit, said that… Continue Reading

NY Fed – Consumers Seeking Credit Feel Increasingly Discouraged

“The SCE Credit Access Survey queries respondents every four months about their experiences and expectations of applying for and obtaining credit. February results show an increase in the unmet credit demand of U.S. consumers compared with October levels. The proportion of consumers feeling “discouraged” when seeking credit rose. Both application rates and rejection rates declined.… Continue Reading

Federal Reserve Board’s website has a new design

“The Federal Reserve Board’s website has a new design and additional features to improve the experience of visitors seeking information about the Federal Reserve and its actions. Visitors will now find the site easier to view on mobile devices, and restructured navigation menus make information easier to find. The News & Events section now includes… Continue Reading

Memo in CREST shows Agency considered employing semantics to get around ban on destroying damaging material

Muckrock report and documents: “Declassified records recently unearthed in CREST show the CIA waffled on a promise to obey the law in destroying records of Agency’s illegal activities and wrongdoing In 1976, Congresswoman Bella Abzug wrote to CIA Director George H.W. Bush about the existing moratorium on the destruction of CIA files. As the Chairwoman… Continue Reading

Women’s and Men’s Earnings by Occupation From the 2015 American Community Survey

“In honor of Women’s History Month, the U.S. Census Bureau released today a graphic showing median earnings by detailed occupation from the 2015 American Community Survey. The occupation table shows the male-to-female earnings ratio for full-time, year-round workers in the past 12 months. Internet address: www.census.gov/people/io/.” Continue Reading

Antibiotic Resistance: More Information Needed to Oversee Use of Medically Important Drugs in Food Animals

Antibiotic Resistance: More Information Needed to Oversee Use of Medically Important Drugs in Food Animals, GAO-17-192: Published: Mar 2, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 16, 2017. “Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are one of the biggest threats to global health, sickening an estimated 2 million people in the United States each year. There is strong evidence that some resistance… Continue Reading

Federal Telework: Additional Controls Could Strengthen Telework Program Compliance and Data Reporting

Federal Telework: Additional Controls Could Strengthen Telework Program Compliance and Data Reporting, GAO-17-247: Published: Feb 17, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 20, 2017. “How are federal agencies managing their 400,000+ teleworkers? The 4 agencies we reviewed (Ed, GSA, Labor & SEC) generally met the reporting requirements in the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010. However we found… Continue Reading

New on LLRX – President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Casts Doubt on Criminal Forensics

Via LLRX.com – The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) stated in their report – “Among the more than 2.2 million inmates in U.S. prisons and jails, countless may have been convicted using unreliable or fabricated forensic science. The U.S. has an abiding and unfulfilled moral obligation to free citizens who were… Continue Reading

Economist Daily Chart visualizes Trump’s first budget

The Economist Daily Chart by the Data Team – Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ budget would make deep cuts to domestic programmes – Graphic detail “Stephen Bannon, President Donald Trump’s chief strategist, famously promised the “deconstruction of the administrative state”. On March 16th, the Trump administration took its first step toward achieving Mr Bannon’s vision by… Continue Reading

Handful of lawyers now dominate the docket at SCOTUs

“A Reuters examination of nine years of cases shows that 66 of the 17,000 lawyers who petitioned the Supreme Court succeeded at getting their clients’ appeals heard at a remarkable rate. Their appeals were at least six times more likely to be accepted by the court than were all others filed by private lawyers during… Continue Reading

AARP to Alert 38 Million Members How Members of Congress Vote on Health Bill

News release -“AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond released the following statement today in response to the pending vote on the House bill that would create an “Age Tax,” weaken Medicare’s solvency, put at risk seniors’ ability to live independently as they age, and give sweetheart deals to big drug and insurance companies. In a… Continue Reading

Hamilton Project Jobs Gap Calculator

“Each month, The Hamilton Project examines the “jobs gap,” which is the number of jobs that the U.S. economy needs to create in order to return to pre-recession employment levels while also absorbing the people who enter the potential labor force each month. As of February 2017, our nation faces a jobs gap of 500,000 jobs. This… Continue Reading