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OECD Foreign Bribery Report

OECD Foreign Bribery Report – An Analysis of the Crime of Bribery of Foreign Public Officials. December 2, 2014. “This report endeavours to measure, and to describe, transnational corruption based on data from the 427 foreign bribery cases that have been concluded since the entry into force of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention in 1999.”

2014 Livability Index of the 35 best cities for people 35 and under

The Livability Index: The 35 Best U.S. Cities For People 35 and Under  Our semi-exhaustive, largely scientific guide to America’s most livable cities, updated for 2014 “To reach our top 35, we started with the 100 most populous cities in America and used open-source Internet data to measure vital stats like salary and employment rates,Continue Reading

Journalism Partnerships A New Era of Interest

“One recurring theme in the Pew Research Center’s journalism research over the last two years has been that of newsroom collaborations. In its examinations of nonprofit news outlets, newspaper innovations, statehouse reporting and digital startups, The center has encountered news providers teaming up in new ways. Legacy media outlets are looking more than ever for waysContinue Reading

Why U.S. Women Are Leaving Jobs Behind

Why U.S. Women Are Leaving Jobs Behind  By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER and LIZ ALDERMAN “The work force participation of American women has declined, as it has for men. But their situation is often quite different.”

GPO Posts Audio Tape Recording – Post JFK Assassination Air Force One Flight Deck

Audio Tape Recording – Post JFK Assassination Air Force One Flight Deck Recording Side 1 MP3 > Side 2 MP3 >

Gallup – In U.S., Standard of Living Ratings Improving in 2014

News release: “In line with a recent raft of good economic news — including robust gross domestic product growth in the third quarter and November’s strong jobs report — nearly six in 10 Americans said in November that their standard of living was getting better (58%). This is close to the highest monthly value inContinue Reading

New GAO Report – College and Career Readiness, Health Care, Hurricane Sandy, Aviation Securrity

College-and-Career Readiness: States Have Made Progress in Implementing New Standards and Assessments, but Challenges Remain, GAO-15-104R: Published: Dec 12, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2014. Grant Program Consolidations: Lessons Learned and Implications for Congressional Oversight, GAO-15-125: Published: Dec 12, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2014. Grants Management: Programs at HHS and HUD Collect Administrative Cost Information butContinue Reading

CFPB Spotlights Concerns with Medical Debt Collection and Reporting

“…the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a report that found medical debt has a significant impact on consumer credit, as 43 million Americans have overdue medical debt on their credit reports. The CFPB is concerned that the systems for incurring, collecting, and reporting medical debt can create difficult challenges for consumers. To better addressContinue Reading

The Vanishing Male Worker – NYT

The Vanishing Male Worker: How America Fell Behind, by Binyamin Appelbaum: “Working, in America, is in decline. The share of prime-age men – those 25 to 54 years old – who are not working has more than tripled since the late 1960s, to 16 percent…Many men, in particular, have decided that low-wage work will notContinue Reading

The association between exaggeration in health related science news and academic press releases

The association between exaggeration in health related science news and academic press releases: retrospective observational study. BMJ 2014; 349 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g7015 (Published 10 December 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g7015 “Objective To identify the source (press releases or news) of distortions, exaggerations, or changes to the main conclusions drawn from research that could potentially influence a reader’sContinue Reading

Web Index Annual Report 2014

WebIndexReport 2014-15 “Growing inequality is one of the defining challenges of our time. What role can the World Wide Web play in tackling it? Seven out of 10 people live in countries where the gap between rich and poor is greater than it was 30 years ago, according to Oxfam research. In some countries these disparitiesContinue Reading

Revisions to the securitisation framework

“The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision’s revisions to the securitisation framework aim to address a number of shortcomings in the Basel II securitisation framework and to strengthen the capital standards for securitisation exposures held in the banking book. This framework, which will come into effect in January 2018, forms part of the Committee’s broader BaselContinue Reading