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EFF Launches Updated Know Your Rights Guide

“If the police come knocking at your door, the constitution offers you some protection. But the constitution is just a piece of paper—if you don’t know how to assert your rights. And even if you do assert your rights…what happens next? That answer may seem complicated, but protecting yourself is simple if you know yourContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Changing Crude Oil Markets, Federal Paid Admin Leave, Food Safety

CHANGING CRUDE OIL MARKETS: Allowing Exports Could Reduce Consumer Fuel Prices, and the Size of the Strategic Reserves Should Be Reexamined, GAO-14-807: Published: Sep 30, 2014. Publicly Released: Oct 20, 2014. FEDERAL PAID ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE: Additional Guidance Needed to Improve OPM Data, GAO-15-79: Published: Oct 17, 2014. Publicly Released: Oct 20, 2014. FOOD SAFETY: USDA Needs to Strengthen Its Approach toContinue Reading

How Initiatives to Reduce Fraud in Federal Health Care Programs Affect the Budget

“Observers often cite fraud as an important contributor to high health care spending, particularly in federal programs. This report describes how CBO estimates the budgetary effects of legislative proposals to reduce fraud in Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and how those estimates are used in the Congressional budget process. What Is Fraud? ForContinue Reading

Lawsuits by Retired NFL Players Cause Jump in Trademark Filings

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse: “The latest available data from the federal courts show that during September 2014 the government reported 705 new trademark lawsuits. This number is up 145 percent over the previous month and up 32.2 percent from a year ago. Most of the increase appears to be due to cases filed by retiredContinue Reading

Global Economic Prospects: Commodity Markets Outlook, October 2014

Baffes, John. 2014. Global Economic Prospects: Commodity Markets Outlook, October 2014. World Bank Group, Washington, DC. © World Bank. “Commodity prices are expected to remain weak for the remainder of 2014 and, perhaps through much of 2015. Crude oil has seen one of the sharpest declines, down more than 20 percent to $83/barrel (bbl) onContinue Reading

Ebola crisis in West Africa brings hightened focus to need for vaccine

WSJ – Ebola Vaccine Push Ramps Up – After Years of Delay, Researchers Rush to Field Test a Shot to Prevent the Disease “The world had little interest in Ebola in 1997, which is why cell biologist Nancy J. Sullivan thought she might be able to make a mark. Today, if the scientific world is to haveContinue Reading

The Role of Interbank Relationships and Liquidity Needs

Craig, Ben R. and Fecht, Falko and Tumer-Alkan, Gunseli, The Role of Interbank Relationships and Liquidity Needs (October 17, 2014). FRB of Cleveland Policy Discussion Paper No. 14-21. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2511334 “In this paper, we focus on the interconnectedness of banks and the price they pay for liquidity. We assess how the concentration of creditContinue Reading

Returning to the Nest: Debt and Parental Co-Residence Among Young Adults

Dettling, Lisa J. and Hsu, Joanne W., Returning to the Nest: Debt and Parental Co-Residence Among Young Adults (September 2, 2014). FEDS Working Paper No. 2014-80. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2511411 “This paper examines the relationship between a young adults’ debt burden and the decision to co-reside with a parent. Using a quarterly panel ofContinue Reading

Beyond Fairness: The Place of Moral Foundations Theory in Mediation and Negotiation

Hyman, Jonathan M., Beyond Fairness: The Place of Moral Foundations Theory in Mediation and Negotiation (October 9, 2014). Nevada Law Journal, Vol. 15, Forthcoming; Rutgers School of Law-Newark Research Paper No. 150. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2511414 “Intuitive moral judgments pervade mediation and negotiation but are not well understood or managed. People usually experienceContinue Reading

Female self-employment in the United States: an update to 2012

BLS Monthly Labor Review – October 2014: “This article uses data from the Current Population Survey to examine changes in the demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of self-employed women over the 1993–2012 period. The analysis suggests that these female workers, who represented about one-third of all self-employed individuals in 2012, have weathered recessions relatively well andContinue Reading

Risk Taking, Liquidity, and Shadow Banking: Curbing Excess While Promoting Growth

A Report by the IMF Monetary and Capital Markets Department on Market Developments and Issues, October 2014:  “The October 2014 Global Financial Stability Report (GFSR) finds that six years after the start of the crisis, the global economic recovery continues to rely heavily on accommodative monetary policies in advanced economies. Monetary accommodation remains critical in supportingContinue Reading

Understand the Cost of Cyber Security Crime

HP Report – Cyber Crime Costs Continue to Grow: “Cyber crimes are growing more common, more costly, and taking longer to resolve. Those are among the findings of the fifth annualCost of Cyber Crime Study conducted by the respected Ponemon Institute on behalf of HP Enterprise Security. The 2014 global study of U.S.-based companies, which spannedContinue Reading