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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Tax Revenue in the European Union

Categories: European Union,Financial Crisis/Markets,Statistics,Taxes

http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/cache/ITY_OFFPUB/KS-SF-10-023/EN/KS-SF-10-023-EN.PDF

Describes the impact of the financial crisis and recession on tax revenues in the European Union countries in 2008.  Also discusses trends in tax revenues 1998 to 2008.  From Eurostat.

Use of Contraception in the United States: 1982-2008

Categories: Abortion/Contraception,Headlines,Marriage/Family

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_23/sr23_029.pdf

Presents national estimates of contraceptive use and method choice from interviews with more than 13,000 men and women.  Finds that the leading method of contraception in the U.S. during 2006-2008 was the oral contraceptive pill.  From the National Center for Health Statistics.

The Condition of Education 2010

Categories: Education,Education-Higher,Headlines,Statistics

http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2010028

Presents 49 indicators on the status and condition of education and a special feature on high-poverty schools.  Indicators cover five areas including participation in education, learner outcomes, student effort and educational progress, and the contexts of elementary/secondary, and postsecondary education.  From the National Center for Education Statistics.

The Building Strong Families Project

Categories: Children,Income/Poverty,Marriage/Family

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/strengthen/build_fam/reports/unmarried_parents/15_impact_main_rpt.pdf

Subtitled: Strengthening Unmarried Parents’ Relationships: The Early Impacts of Building Strong Families.  Seeks to improve child well-being through strengthening the relationships of low-income couples through relationship skills education.  Evaluates the merits of eight Building Strong Families projects.  Sponsored by the Administration for Children and Families of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Potential Stafford Act Declarations for the Gulf Coast Oil Spill: Issues for Congress

Categories: Energy,Environment,Homeland Security,Weather/Disasters

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R41234.pdf

Presents the advantages and disadvantanges of invoking the Robert T. Stafford  Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists.

People Crossing Borders: An Analysis of U.S. Border Protection Policies

Categories: Homeland Security,Immigration/Migration

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/homesec/R41237.pdf

Reviews the current border protection framework, how effective it is, and whether there are more effective alternatives.  Organizes alternatives around competing “fortress” or “complex organisms” visions.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists.

The Effects of Automatic Stabilizers on the Federal Budget

Categories: Business/Economics,Govt Finance,Statistics

http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/114xx/doc11471/05-27-AutomaticStabilizers.pdf

Calculates that automatic stabilizers added the equivalent of 1.9% of potential gross domestic product to the deficit.  Automatic stabilizers are the reductions and increases in revenues and outlays  that come about with expansions or contractions of the economy.  From the Congressional Budget Office.

National Security Strategy May 2010

Categories: Homeland Security

http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/rss_viewer/national_security_strategy.pdf

Latest revision to the national security document.  Sections on the strategic approach and advancing our interests, with 19 specific objectives such as defeat Al Qaida and secure cyberspace.  From the White House.

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