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Prospects for Iraq’s Stability: A Challenging Road Ahead

Categories: Defense/Military,Foreign Affairs,Headlines,Iraq

An unclassified summary of the main points of the latest National Intelligence Estimate on the situation in Iraq. Finds that the growing polarization of Iraqi society, the weakness of the security forces, and the ready recourse to violence are now at a point where progress must be made in the coming 12 to 18 months or the overall security situation will continue to deteriorate at rates comparable to the last half of 2006. Also finds that the term civil war accurately describes key elements of the Iraqi conflict. From the Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Retirement Savings: How Much Will Workers Have When They Retire?

Categories: Retirement/Social Security

Reviews important trends in retirement accounts, including the move from defined benefit pensions to defined contribution plans for American workers. Also offers data on coverage and participation rates in retirement accounts and total value of typical accounts. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by Open

Chinese Views: Breaking the Stalemate on the Korean Peninsula

Categories: China,Korea,Nuclear Arms

Analyzes changes in Chinese attitudes toward North Korea following the Korean nuclear tests of 2006. From the U.S. Institute of Peace.

Prevalence of Overweight Among Children and Adolescents: United States, 2003-2004

Categories: Children,Health/Medical,Youth

Reports that an estimated 17% of children and adolescents aged 2-19 are overweight. Also offers data on recent trends. From the National Center for Health Statistics.

Maternal Mortality and Related Concepts

Categories: Births/Deaths,Health/Medical,Statistics

Presents data on deaths of pregnant or recently pregnant women in the U.S. Also discusses efforts to improve the monitoring and recording of deaths related to pregnancy. From the National Center for Health Statistics.

National Study of Child Care for Low Income Families

Categories: Children,Marriage/Family,Welfare/Social Services

Subtitled Care in the Home: A Description of Family Child Care and the Experiences of the Families and Children Who Use It. Focuses on child care for families emerging from welfare dependence, the work patterns of the family, characteristics of home-based child care, and the relationshiop between the families and the child care provider. From the Adminstration for Children and Families

Subsidies Enforcement Annual Report to Congress

Categories: China,Foreign Trade/Investment

Describes federal agency efforts to oppose trade subsidies by foreign countries with special focus on China. From the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the Department of Commerce

Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis: Summary for Policymakers

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,United Nations,Weather/Disasters

Latest report from the international group of 2,500 scientists from 130 countries on climate change. Reports that human activities, especially the burning of fossil fuels, are very likely responsible for global warming over the past 50 years, Foresees temperatures rising by 3-7 degrees Fahrenheit in the current century and increased global warming even if all greenhouse gas and aerosol emissions were kept constant at year 2000 levels. From the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

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