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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World Economic Outlook April 2014

April 11, 2014

World Economic Outlook (WEO) Recovery Strengthens, Remains Uneven April 2014 “Global activity has broadly strengthened and is expected to improve further in 2014–15, according to the April 2014 WEO, with much of the impetus for growth coming from advanced economies. Although downside risks have diminished overall, lower-than-expected inflation poses risks for advanced economies, there is increased financial […]

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IRS misses XP deadline, pays Microsoft millions for patches

April 11, 2014

ComputerWorld: “The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) acknowledged this week that it missed the April 8 cut-off for Windows XP support, and will be paying Microsoft millions for an extra year of security patches. Microsoft terminated Windows XP support on Tuesday when it shipped the final public patches for the nearly-13-year-old operating system. Without patches for vulnerabilities […]

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Hispanic Americans in Congress 1822-2012

April 11, 2014

“On September 30, 1822, Joseph M. Hernández began his service in Congress as Florida’s first Territorial Delegate, pioneering Hispanic-American representation in the American republic. Like other Hispanic Americans in the federal legislature during the 1800s, Hernández advanced from the periphery of the Union to hold a brief term in an office whose core duties were more diplomatic […]

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Policy Center: New Recommendations to Streamline U.S. Financial Regulatory Structure

April 11, 2014

“The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) today published a new report through its Regulatory Architecture Task Force with recommendations to make better sense of the fragmented U.S. financial regulatory system. The report is authored by the task force’s co-chairs Richard H. Neiman, former New York State Superintendent of Banks and member of the congressional Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) oversight panel; and Mark Olson, former […]

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FTC, DOJ Issue Antitrust Policy Statement on Sharing Cybersecurity Information

April 11, 2014

“The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice today issued a policy statement on the sharing of cyber-security information that makes clear that properly designed cyber threat information sharing is not likely to raise antitrust concerns and can help secure the nation’s networks of information and resources. The policy statement provides the agencies’ analytical framework for […]

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The Future of Libraries – 7 Questions Librarians Need to Answer

April 10, 2014

“Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project, runs through the seven questions libraries need to address as they consider future services and their role for their patrons and communities, at the Texas Library Association’s Annual Conference. He describes how project research about the changing role of technology in people’s lives affects the kinds […]

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ICE Deportation Data by Gender, Age, and Country of Citizenship

April 10, 2014

“An individual deported by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in fiscal year 2013 was most likely to be a Mexican male about 30 years old, according to examination of the latest available agency records obtained from ICE by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University under the Freedom of Information Act. However, the number […]

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The World Bank – Ending Extreme Poverty

April 10, 2014

Prosperity for All: Ending Extreme Poverty, April 10, 2014 “By 2010, global extreme poverty had declined to 17.7 percent, leaving still more than 1.2 billion people confined to live on less than $1.25 a day. In 1990, an estimated 1.9 billion people (or 36 percent of the world’s population) were living in extreme poverty. To stay on […]

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