2014 Equilar 100 CEO Pay Study

April 13, 2014

“The New York Times recently released its coverage of the Equilar 100 CEO Pay Study, an annual study of CEOs at the 100 largest U.S. publicly-traded companies provided exclusively by Equilar. Over the past eight years, Equilar has been the preferred data provider to The Times for executive compensation information. As part of this collaboration, Equilar provides data on […]

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Incorporating Financial Stability Considerations into a Monetary Policy Framework

April 13, 2014

Federal Reserve Board Governor Jeremy C. Stein At the International Research Forum on Monetary Policy, Washington, D.C. March 21, 2014 [identical remarks at the International Monetary Fund 2014 Spring Meetings on April 13, 2014] “I am going to try to make the case that, all else being equal, monetary policy should be less accommodative–by which I mean that […]

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IPCC: Greenhouse gas emissions accelerate despite reduction efforts

April 13, 2014

News release April 13, 2014: “A new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shows that global emissions of greenhouse gases have risen to unprecedented levels despite a growing number of policies to reduce climate change. Emissions grew more quickly between 2000 and 2010 than in each of the three previous decades.  According to the Working […]

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OPM report: Government strategy on advancing pay equality in federal government

April 13, 2014

U.S. Office of Personnel Management Report - Governmentwide Strategy on Advancing Pay Equality in the Federal Government, April 2014 “Workforce Changes. We found that during the 20-year period from 1992 to 2012, the Federal Government workforce has undergone dramatic demographic changes. For example, there have been large shifts in the distribution of employees by occupational category and education […]

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Investigative Report Highlights Google as Washington Lobbying Powerhouse

April 13, 2014

Tom Hamburger, Matea Gold, Washington Post: “…Google — once a lobbying weakling — has come to master a new method of operating in modern-day Washington, where spending on traditional lobbying is rivaled by other, less visible forms of influence. That system includes financing sympathetic research at universities and think tanks, investing in nonprofit advocacy groups across the political […]

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Financial Institutions Directed to Respond to Hearbleed Attacks

April 12, 2014

Via American Banker: “The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council said Thursday that it expects “financial institutions to incorporate patches on systems and services, applications, and appliances using OpenSSL and upgrade systems as soon as possible to address the vulnerability.” OpenSSL is open-source software that lets web sites encrypt communications with visitors. A vulnerability has been found […]

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Pew – The Growth in Digital Reporting

April 12, 2014

What it Means for Journalism and News Consumers by Mark Jurkowitz: ”At a time when print newsrooms continue to shed jobs, thousands of journalists are now working in the growing world of native digital news—at small non-profits like Charlottesville Tomorrow, big commercial sites like The Huffington Post and other content outlets, like BuzzFeed, that have moved […]

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Guardian – CIA and White House under pressure after Senate torture report leaks

April 12, 2014

The Guardian - A leak of the major findings of a landmark Senate inquiry into the CIA’s post-9/11 torture of terrorism detainees led, on Friday, to intensified pressure on the White House and the CIA to release the inquiry speedily and with a minimum of redactions. The classified study, prepared by the Senate select committee on intelligence, concluded that the […]

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Crude oil reserves at start of 2013 reach highest level since 1976

April 12, 2014

“U.S. crude oil proved reserves rose for the fourth consecutive year in 2012, increasing by 15% to 33 billion barrels, according to the U.S. Crude Oil and Natural Gas Proved Reserves (2012) report released April 10 by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. U.S. crude oil and lease condensate proved reserves were the highest since 1976, and the […]

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GAO Report – Ballistic Missile Defense

April 12, 2014

BALLISTIC MISSILE DEFENSE: Actions Needed to Address Implementation Issues and Estimate Long-Term Costs for European Capabilities, GAO-14-314: Published: Apr 11, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 11, 2014. “The Department of Defense (DOD) met the presidentially announced time frame to deploy initial ballistic missile defense (BMD) capabilities in Europe under the European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA) but did not fully identify and […]

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FTC- Heartbleed May Cause You Some Heartache

April 12, 2014

News release: “If you’re thinking “Heartbleed” sounds serious, you’re right. But it’s not a health condition. It’s a critical flaw in OpenSSL, a popular software program that’s used to secure websites and other services (like VPN and email). If your company relies on OpenSSL to encrypt data, take steps to fix the problem and limit […]

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Center for American Progress – Fixing the Drain on Retirement Savings

April 11, 2014

Fixing the Drain on Retirement Savings - How Retirement Fees Are Straining the Middle Class and What We Can Do about Them, By Jennifer Erickson and David Madland | April 11, 2014 “Less than one in five American workers in private industry has access to defined benefit pension plans. As a result, most Americans’ quality of life during retirement depends on whether […]

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