Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

Geographical Mobility: 2008

Categories: Immigration/Migration,Population/Census,Statistics

Reports that fewer people are moving within the U.S. In 2008 35.2 million people changed residences or 11.9% of the population, the lowest rate since the federal government began tracking the figure in 1948. Press release with link to detailed statistical tables. From the Census Bureau.

World Digital Library

Categories: Arts/Humanities,History,Language,United Nations

Initially a collection of about 1200 documents on cultural history from worldwide sources, modeled on the Library of Congress American Memory site. Documents appear in the original languages but each is accompanied by a brief description of content and significance in each of the site’s seven languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, and Russian. From the United Nations

Arizona v. Gant

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Headlines,Supreme Court/courts

5-4 Supreme Court decision that makes warrantless searches of a vehicle at the time of an arrest unconstitutional unless the arrestee might access the vehicle at the time of the arrest or that it might contain evidence related to the arrest. The case involved a driver who was arrested for driving on a suspended license, then a search of the vehicle turned up cocaine in a jacket pocket. From

Federal Budget Challenges

Categories: Govt Finance,Medicare/Medicaid,Statistics,Taxes

Slide presentation on federal budget projections, debt level, revenues and outlays, effective federal tax rates over time, projected spending on Medicare and Medicaid, and key elements of the buget proposed by President Obama. From the Congressional Budget Office.

Inquiry into the Treatment of Detainees in U.S. Custody

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Govt/Business Scandals,Headlines,Terrorism

Results of a congressional inquiry into treatment of detainees by U.S. authorities. Concludes that senior officials in the U.S. government solicited information on the use of aggressive interrogation techniques, redefined the law to create the appearance of their legality, and authorized their use against detainees. A November 2008 report declassified and released in April 2009. From the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Afghanistan: Key Issues for Congressional Oversight

Categories: Afghanistan

Identifies Afghanistan as an urgent oversight issue for Congress. Reviews previous GAO reports on Afghanistan and underlines current issues. From the Government Accountability Office.