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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Course Credit Accrual and Dropping Out of High School, by Student Characteristics

Categories: Education,Statistics

Examines the number of credits earned by high school students and the relationship between credits earned and dropping out. Examines patterns by school and student characteristics. From the National Center for Education Statistics.

Subprime Mortgages, Foreclosures, and Urban Neighborhoods

Categories: African Americans,Financial Crisis/Markets,Housing/Homelessness

Analyzes the impact of the subprime mortgage crisis on urban neighborhoods in Massachusetts. Shows that much of the subprime lending was concentrated in urban neighborhoods and affected minority homeowners. Argues that subprime lending did not lead to an increase in homeownership by minorities but generated turnover in properties owned by minorities. From the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank.

Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty: Background and Current Developments

Categories: Arms Control,History,Nuclear Arms,Treaties

Covers history and recent developments relating to bans on nuclear testing except for under ground tests. Also covers past negotiations and current provisions of the pending comprehensive treaty and pros and cons. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists.

Homeland Security Intelligence: Perceptions, Statutory Definitions, and Approaches

Categories: Homeland Security,Spying/Intelligence

Provides a conceptual model for how to organize and structure homeland security intelligence efforts, a model which includes state, local, tribal and private officials. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists.

War in Afghanistan: Strategy, Military Operations, and Issues for Congress

Categories: Afghanistan,Defense/Military,History,Terrorism

Provides a short history of the war, analysis of current developments as of January 2009 and future options concerning the war in Afghanistan. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists.

A Federal Chief Technology Officer in the Obama Administration: Options and Issues for Consideration

Categories: Presidency,Science/Technology

Considers the potential scope and duties of a Chief Technology Officer position in the federal government, how it might be established and relate to certain other existing offices, such as the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and issues for consideration by Congress. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists.

The Missing Memos

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Govt Secrecy,Telecommunications/Internet,Terrorism

Lists and provides some information about memos from the Office of Legal Counsel of the Justice Department during the Bush administration. The memos, most of which have not been made public, related to controversial policies on detentions, interrogations, and warrantless wiretapping. From Pro Publica.

Hard Lessons: The Iraq Reconstruction Experience

Categories: Defense/Military,Democracy/Peace,History,Iraq,Public Works

Presents a chronological history of the Iraq reconstruction program from mid-2002 through the fall of 2008 and concludes with lessons learned. Argues that the program failed in its attempt to rebuild the infrastructure of Iraq but succeeded in creating a strong security force. Also argues that the $50 billion program was not riddled with fraud but many dollars were wasted. From the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction.

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