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Earl Gregg Swem Library

The Electoral College: How it Works in Contemporary Presidential Elections

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Govt Processes/Organization,Presidency

Explains what the Electoral College is, how it works, and the controversies surrounding its continued existence.  Also discusses plans proposed to reform or abolish it.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the U.S. Department of State Foreign Press Center


Assisted Reproductive Technology Surveillance, United States, 2009

Categories: Births/Deaths,Health/Medical,Statistics

Provides information on the number and types of assisted reproductive technology service reported to federal authorities in 2009, the number of deliveries and babies, adverse outcomes, and the geographic distribution of these procedures.  From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


FTC Leads Joint Law Enforcement Effort Against Companies That Allegedly Made Deceptive “Cardholder Services” Robocalls

Categories: Advertising/Marketing,Consumer Info/Protection,Crime/Justice

Rachel will no longer be calling you from Cardholder Services!  Federal authorities announced the shutdown of 5 companies accused of llegal robocall operations .  From the Federal Trade Commission


Mental Health and the Workplace

Categories: Great Britain,Labor/Employment,Mental Health,Science/Technology

Summarizes how the work place affects mental health and vice versa.  Also examines the barriers to gaining and retaining employment and looks at options for remedying problems through healthcare services.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology


State-Building Challenges in a Post-Revolution Libya

Categories: Conflict Resolution,Libya,Terrorism

Discusses the major challenges facing the new Libyan regime and the importance of preventing it from becoming a failed state.  From the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College


How’s My Waterway?

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Environment,Headlines,Maps/Geography,Natural Resources

New interactive site where you can check on water conditions in nearby rivers, creeks, and other waterways.  Enter a zip code to learn whether waterways have been assessed and, if so, whether they are impaired and what conditions have caused the impairments.  From the Environmental Protection Agency


Household Food Security in the United States in 2011

Categories: Food/Nutrition,Income/Poverty,Statistics,Welfare/Social Services

Reports that 14.9% of U.S. households were food insecure in 2011, and 5.7% of households were so poor that eating patterns were disrupted because the household lacked money for food.  57% of food insecure households participated in federal food and nutrition assistance programs.  From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture


U.S. Drought 2012: Farm and Food Impacts

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Food/Nutrition,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

Updated information on the “most severe and extensive drought in at least 25 years” and its impact on crop and livestock sectors, and ultimately on retail prices.  From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture


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