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White House – Why Immigration Reform Is Good For Our Economy

White House White Board: Why Immigration Reform Is Good For Our Economy,” narrated by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest

American Banker – Bring Back Glass-Steagall? Which Version?

Slideshow via American Banker (free to non-subscribers) – Bring Back Glass-Steagall? Which Version? See also 80 years on, Glass-Steagall staging a comeback (sub. req’d) Glass-Steagall, reanimated

USDA People’s Gardens Initiative and Interative Maps

“WHAT IS THE PEOPLE’S GARDEN INITIATIVE? Secretary Vilsack began the People’s Garden Initiative – named in honor of President Lincoln’s description of USDA as the “People’s Department” – in 2009 as an effort to challenge employees to create gardens at USDA facilities. It has since grown into a collaborative effort of over 700 local andContinue Reading

Center for an Urban Future – Innovation and the City

Innovation and the City: “New York’s next mayor will need to address a number of critical challenges facing the city. This report spotlights 15 innovative policies from cities across the U.S. and around the globe that could serve as a model.” June 2013

New GAO Reports –

CHEMICAL REGULATION Observations on the Toxic Substances Control Act and EPA Implementation, GAO-13-696T, Jun 13, 2013 EXPORT-IMPORT BANK Recent Growth Underscores Need for Improved Risk Management and Reporting, GAO-13-703T, Jun 13, 2013 FEDERAL JUDICIARY Efforts to Consolidate and Share Services between District and Bankruptcy Clerks’ Offices  GAO-13-531, Jun 13, 2013 FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS Causes and Consequences of Recent Community Bank Failures, GAO-13-704T, Jun 13,Continue Reading

EPA Survey Shows $384 Billion Needed for Drinking Water Infrastructure by 2030

News release: “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released results of a survey showing that $384 billion in improvements are needed for the nation’s drinking water infrastructure through 2030 for systems to continue providing safe drinking water to 297 million Americans. EPA’s fifth Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment identifies investments needed overContinue Reading

EPIC – Congress Begins Investigation of NSA Domestic Surveillance Program

EPIC: “Following the revelation of that the National Security Agency is monitoring domestic communications, members of Congress are initiating new oversight proceedings. The Senate Intelligence Committee will review the program’s legal authority. Members of the House Judiciary Committee wrote to President Obama, saying, “We believe this type of program is far too broad and inconsistentContinue Reading

Report of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic

UN Human Rights Council, June 4, 2013: “The conflict in Syria has reached new levels of brutality. This report documents for the first time the systematic imposition of sieges, the use of chemical agents and forcible displacement. War crimes, crimes against humanity and gross human rights violations continue apace. Referral to justice remains paramount. ThisContinue Reading

Paper – Smart Incentives for the Smart Grid

Smart Incentives for the Smart Grid, Roberta F. Mann, University of Oregon School of Law, June 1, 2013. New Mexico Law Review, Vol. 43, 2013. “Clean, renewable energy from the sun and wind — the green revolution is supposed to change the world. Since 2005, the United States has increased government investment in renewable energyContinue Reading

CDC – Bloodstream infections in ICUs cut by more than 40% in study of over 74,000 patients

News release: “Using germ-killing soap and ointment on all intensive-care unit (ICU) patients can reduce bloodstream infections by up to 44 percent and significantly reduce the presence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in ICUs. A new Department of Health and Human Services-funded study released May 29, 2013 tested three MRSA prevention strategies and found thatContinue Reading

The Ethics of Twitter Research: A Topology of Disciplines, Methods and Ethics Review Boards

Michael Zimmer, PhD: “In the five years since its launch, the social networking and microblogging service Twitter has quickly grown to over 300 million users, generating over 300 millions tweets each day. By providing a simple platform for users to explain “what’s happening” in 140 characters or less, Twitter has become the Internet’s de factoContinue Reading

NBER Study – Were They Prepared for Retirement?

Were They Prepared for Retirement? Financial Status at Advanced Ages in the HRS and AHEAD Cohorts. James M. Poterba, Steven F. Venti, David A. Wise. NBER Working Paper No. 17824, Issued in February 2012 “Many analysts have considered whether households approaching retirement age have accumulated enough assets to be well prepared for retirement. In thisContinue Reading