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Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Renews Authority to Collect Telephony Metadata

Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Renews Authority to Collect Telephony Metadata – July 19, 2013

“As indicated by a previously classified court order disclosed by the media on June 5, 2013, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court authorization requiring the production of certain telephony metadata under the “business records” provision of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), 50 U.S.C. Section 1861, expires on July 19, 2013. On June 6, 2013, the Director of National Intelligence declassified certain information about this telephony metadata collection program in order to provide the public with a more thorough and balanced understanding of the program. Consistent with his prior declassification decision and in light of the significant and continuing public interest in the telephony metadata collection program, the DNI has decided to declassify and disclose publicly that the Government filed an application with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court seeking renewal of the authority to collect telephony metadata in bulk, and that the Court renewed that authority. The Administration is undertaking a careful and thorough review of whether and to what extent additional information or documents pertaining to this program may be declassified, consistent with the protection of national security.”

Davis Polk: Dodd – Frank Progress Report, July 15, 2013

Dodd-Frank Progress Report Generated using the Davis Polk Regulatory Tracker™. July 15, 2013 – “As of July 15, 2013, a total of 279 Dodd-Frank rulemaking requirement deadlines have passed. This is 70.1% of the 398 total rulemaking requirements, and 99.6% of the 280 rulemaking requirements with specified deadlines. Of these 279 passed deadlines, 172 (61.6%)… Continue Reading

Computer and Internet Use in the United States: Population Characteristics

Computer and Internet Use in the United States: Population Characteristics – by Tom File, May 2013, Census Bureau “In 2011, more Americans connected to the Internet than ever before, although differences continued to exist between those with use and those without. Just as with differences in use, variation in the ways that people were connecting… Continue Reading

CFPB – Financial literacy annual report

“Improving financial literacy requires more than simply providing consumers with more information. Being able to manage one’s financial life and make the financial decisions that will serve one’s life goals requires a combination of knowledge, skills, and action. For that reason, we’re pursuing a strategy that focuses on identifying how, where, when, and through whom… Continue Reading

The Economic Value of a Law Degree

The Economic Value of a Law Degree. Michael Simkovic,Seton Hall Law School; Harvard Law School, John M. Olin Center for Law and Economics; Frank McIntyre, Rutgers Business School Newark and New Brunswick. April 13, 2013. A powerpoint presentation version of this article is available. “Legal academics and journalists have marshaled statistics purporting to show that enrolling… Continue Reading

International Food Security Assessment, 2013-2023

International Food Security Assessment, 2013-2023 by Birgit Meade and Stacey Rosen– International Agriculture and Trade Outlook No. (GFA-24) 56 pp, June 2013 “Food insecurity in the 76 low- and middle-income countries examined in this report is expected to remain virtually unchanged between 2012 and 2013. By 2023, however, the number of food-insecure people is projected… Continue Reading

Capital is Back: Wealth-Income Ratios in Rich Countries 1700-2010

Capital is Back:Wealth-Income Ratios in Rich Countries 1700-2010, Thomas Piketty, Paris School of Economics; Gabriel Zucman, Paris School of Economics, July 4, 2013. “How do aggregate wealth-to-income ratios evolve in the long run and why? We address this question using 1970-2010 national balance sheets recently compiled in the top eight developed economies. For the U.S., U.K., Germany, and France, we are able… Continue Reading