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New GAO Reports – Climate Change, Specialty Metals

CLIMATE CHANGE: USDA’s Ongoing Efforts Can Be Enhanced with Better Metrics and More Relevant Information for Farmers, GAO-14-755: Published: Sep 16, 2014. Publicly Released: Oct 16, 2014: “In 2012, the United States produced about $395 billion in agricultural commodities, with about half of this revenue from crop sales and half from livestock. According to the Third National ClimateContinue Reading

American Housing Survey: 2013 Detailed Tables

Release Number: CB14-TPS.78: “The first findings from the 2013 American Housing Survey are now available in the form of dozens of detailed tables and a microdata file. The American Housing Survey is conducted biennially and, as in past years, provides current national-level information on a wide range of housing subjects. Topics unique to this surveyContinue Reading

Poverty Rate Declines, Number of Poor Unchanged, Based on Supplemental Measure of Poverty

“The nation’s poverty rate was 15.5 percent in 2013, down from 16.0 percent in 2012, according to the supplemental poverty measure released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. The 2013 rate was higher than the official measure of 14.5 percent, but similarly declined from the corresponding rate in 2012. Meanwhile, 48.7 million were below the povertyContinue Reading

Federal and State Quarantine and Isolation Authority

CRS – Federal and State Quarantine and Isolation Authority, Jared P. Cole, Legislative Attorney. October 9, 2014. “In the wake of increasing fears about the spread of highly contagious diseases, federal, state, and local governments have become increasingly aware of the need for a comprehensive public health response to such events. An effective response could include the quarantine of personsContinue Reading

Al Qaeda-Affiliated Groups: Middle East and Africa

CRS: Al Qaeda-Affiliated Groups: Middle East and Africa, October 10, 2014. “After more than a decade of combating Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the United States now faces an increasingly diverse threat from Al Qaeda affiliates in the Middle East and Africa and from emerging groups that have adopted aspects of Al Qaeda’s ideologyContinue Reading

Emerging and Developing Economies Much More Optimistic than Rich Countries about the Future

Education, Hard Work Considered Keys to Success, but Inequality Still a Challenge “As they continue to struggle with the effects of the Great Recession, publics in advanced economies are pessimistic about the financial prospects for the next generation. Most of those surveyed in richer nations think children in their country will be worse off financially thanContinue Reading

EPIC Obtains New Documents About Lack of Student Privacy Enforcement

“EPIC has obtained new documents from the Department of Education detailing parent and student complaints about the misuse of education records. The Department released the documents in response to an EPIC Freedom of Information Act request. EPIC is expecting to receive more documents about the agency’s enforcement of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.Continue Reading

A Conceptual Framework for the Regulation of Cryptocurrencies

Marian, Omri Y., A Conceptual Framework for the Regulation of Cryptocurrencies (October 14, 2014). University of Chicago Law Review Dialogue, Vol. 81, 2015 Forthcoming. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2509857 “This Essay proposes a conceptual framework for the regulation of transactions involving cryptocurrencies. Cryptocurrencies offer tremendous opportunities for innovation and development, but at the same timeContinue Reading

Federal Reserve Board Beige Book – October 15, 2014

Summary of Commentary on Current Economic Conditions By Federal Reserve District, October 2014 “Reports from the twelve Federal Reserve Districts generally described modest to moderate economic growth at a pace similar to that noted in the previous Beige Book. Moderate growth was reported by the Cleveland, Chicago, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Dallas, and San Francisco Districts,Continue Reading

Rate of Mass Shootings Has Tripled Since 2011, Harvard Research Shows

Via Mother Jones – By Amy P. Cohen, Deborah Azrael, and Matthew Miller “Editor’s note: The authors are scholars from the Harvard School of Public Health and Northeastern University; this article details their independent research, which is based on the mass shootings data Mother Jones has collected and published since 2012. In June, following gun attacks inContinue Reading

A Distant Mirror of Debt, Default, and Relief

Reinhart, Carmen and Trebesch, Christoph, A Distant Mirror of Debt, Default, and Relief (October 2014). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP10195. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2510053 “We take a first pass at quantifying the magnitudes of debt relief achieved through default and restructuring in two distinct samples: 1979-2010, focusing on credit events in emerging markets,Continue Reading

U.S. and U.K. – Key Components for the Resolution of a Global Systemically Important Bank

News release: “The heads of the Treasuries and leading financial regulatory bodies in the United States and United Kingdom today participated in an exercise designed to further the understanding, communication, and cooperation between U.S. and U.K. authorities in the event of the failure and resolution of a global systemically important bank, or G-SIB. The event wasContinue Reading