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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Germany: Elections, The New Government, and Anglo-German Relations

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Foreign Affairs,Germany

A view from the British Parliament. House of Commons Library Research Paper 05/91

Effectiveness and Enforcement of the CAN-SPAM Act: A Report to Congress

Categories: Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology

Finds that the Act has been effective in stimulating the adoption of commercial email best practices by legitimate online marketers and by providing law enforcement authorities with additional tools to use against spammers. Also finds increasing amount of malevolent content in spam messages. From the Federal Trade Commission.

Same-Sex Marriages: Legal Issues

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Marriage/Family

Discusses the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibits federal recognition of same-sex marriages and allows individual states to refuse to recognize such marriages performed in other states. Also discusses the potential legal challenges to the federal law. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the State Department.

A Public Trust at Risk: The Heritage Health Index Report on the State of America’s Collections

Categories: Arts/Humanities,Libraries/Museums

First comprehensive survey to assess the condition and preservation needs of U.S. library and museum collections. Disclosed that 65% of collecting institutions have experienced damage to colleges due to improper storage and 80% do not have an emergency plan. From the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Heritage Preservation.

Crime in the United States: Preliminary Semiannual Report: January-June 2005

Categories: Crime/Justice

Data on crime for the first 6 months of 2005 by local police jurisdictions. Reports slight decline in violent crime in country but increases in violent crime in smaller towns and cities. From the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

A First Look at the Literacy of America’s Adults in the 21st Century

Categories: Education,Statistics

Measures the English literacy of persons 16 and older and compares with 1992 results. Also provides demographic characteristics for the results. From the National Center for Education Statistics.

Fertility of American Women: June 2004

Categories: Health/Medical,Labor/Employment,Population/Census,Statistics

Profiles current fertility patterns of American women by age, race, ethnicity, education, marital status, income, and nativity. Also contains labor force participation data showing fluctuations since 1976 of labor force participation rates by women with infant children. From the Census Bureau.

The National Security Agency Declassified

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Foreign Affairs,Govt Processes/Organization,Homeland Security

Offers background information, policies and authorities of the largest and most secretive of the U.S. intelligence agencies. Provides perspective on the current controversy about domestic spying by NSA conducted without warrant authorization from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court under a secret presidential executive order. From the National Security Archive.

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