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Monthly Archives: January 2019

Baker’s Dozen: 13 Policy Areas that Require Congressional Action

POGO:

  1. Promoting Ethics and Addressing Corruption
  2. Improving Transparency and Accountability in US Immigration Detention and Exploring Alternatives
  3. Placing Proper Checks and Limits on Invasive Surveillance
  4. Slowing the Federal Revolving Door
  5. Smarter National Security Spending and Policy
  6. Reprioritize and Revitalize Work of Federal Inspectors General
  7. Commonsense Contracting Reforms to Protect the Taxpayer
  8. Ensuring Good Stewardship of Publicly Owned Land
  9. Improving Protections for Whistleblowers and Fortifying Their Outlets of Relief
  10. Making Open Government the Default Operating Standard
  11. Reforming Government Operations to Maximize Transparency and Accountability
  12. Defending Democratic Institutions
  13. Reforming Congress

Teaching Legal Research and Writing Fall 2018 issue available online

Via Mary Whisner – Perspectives Teaching Legal Research and Writing Vol. 26, No. 2 Fall 2018 – Download Complete Issue Table of Contents – you can download each article directly: Finding Your Muse by Professor Abigail L. Perdue A Structural Approach to Case Synthesis, Fact Application, and Persuasive Framing of the Law By Professors Lara… Continue Reading

Multifaceted project investigates human influence on the state, dynamic and future of the Earth

“an•thro•po•cene (n) The proposed current geological epoch, in which humans are the primary cause of permanent planetary change. We have reached an unprecedented moment in planetary history. Humans now arguably change the Earth and its processes more than all other natural forces combined. Climate change, extinctions, invasive species, technofossils, anthroturbation, terraforming of land, and redirection of water… Continue Reading

Get your snowstorm smarts on: 8 forecast tools to use this winter

NOAA: “We’ve got 8 winter weather forecast tools you can tinker with on your mobile device or computer. Use them regularly to see where, when and how much snow, ice and wind is predicted…” Continue Reading

One Lawyer, One Day, 194 Felony Cases

The New York Times – “High-level felonies carry sentences of 10 years or more and should each get 70 hours of legal attention, according to a workload study. For Mr. Talaska, that’s more than two years of full-time work. Mid-level felonies require 41 hours each.A few of Mr. Talaska’s clients faced life without parole. Such… Continue Reading

Huawei Is Blocked in U.S., But Its Chips Power Cameras Everywhere

Bloomberg [paywall – alternate free article via Gadget Hours]: “Pelco, a California-based security camera maker, set lofty sales targets last year for a model with sharper video resolution and other cutting-edge features. That was until Congress derailed its plans. In August, updated legislation barred the U.S. military and government from buying tech gear from firms… Continue Reading

An early look at the 2020 electorate

Pew Research Center: “The 2020 U.S. presidential election is rapidly coming into view – and so is the electorate that will determine its outcome. While demographic changes unfold slowly, it’s already clear that the 2020 electorate will be unique in several ways. Nonwhites will account for a third of eligible voters – their largest share… Continue Reading

Humanics – A Way to robot-proof your career

BBC: To prepare for a future where AI will likely disrupt entire industries, some say we’ll have to rethink how we educate future generations – “Estimates about how much of the workforce could be automated vary from about 9% to 47%. The consultancy McKinsey estimates up to 800 million workers globally could be displaced by… Continue Reading

Public’s 2019 Priorities: Economy, Health Care, Education and Security

Pew – The U.S. Public’s 2019 Policy Priorities: – Growing share sees ‘great deal of difference’ between the parties: “At the outset of Donald Trump’s third year in office, the public’s to-do list for the president and the 116th Congress spans domains with the economy, health care costs, education and preventing terrorism all cited as… Continue Reading

26.3 billion robocalls made to U.S. mobile phones in 2018

Robocall Radar – Spam Trends: 2018 Report “Unsolicited robocalls are the #1 source of consumer complaints to the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission. Hiya analyzes more than 11 billion incoming mobile calls per month globally and then leverages its proprietary rule-based algorithm to identify these calls for consumers. Hiya’s Robocall Radar is calculated… Continue Reading

How Students Engage with News: Five Takeaways for Educators, Journalists, and Librarians

Preferred citation: ​Alison J. Head, John Wihbey, P. Takis Metaxas, Margy MacMillan, and Dan Cohen, “How Students Engage with News: Five Takeaways for Educators, Journalists, and Librarians,” Project Information Literacy Research Institute. (October 16, 2018). “The News Study research report presents findings about how a sample of U.S. college students gather information and engage with… Continue Reading

Gendered Languages May Play a Role in Limiting Women’s Opportunities

World Bank: “In many developing countries, women face significant barriers to their equal participation in society. While some of these barriers are easy to see, a new line of research is uncovering a surprising and less obvious possibility: the very structure of certain languages may shape gender norms in a way that limits women’s opportunities…At… Continue Reading