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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Remarks by the President at the National Defense University on U.S. Counterterrorism Strategy

Categories: Defense/Military,Headlines,Homeland Security,Presidency,Terrorism

Speech during which the president defended U.S. actions in counterterrorism including the use of drone strikes against targeted terrorists.  From the White House



Annual Report of the Librarian of Congress: For the Fiscal Year Ending September 30, 2012

Categories: Libraries/Museums,Statistics

A record of the library’s accomplishments over the past year plus 14 pages of statistics on library operations.  From the Library of Congress


Global Monitoring Report 2013: Rural-Urban Dynamics and the Millennium Development Goals

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,United Nations,Urban Issues

Examines rural-urban disparities in the achievement of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals, and how urbanization, if managed well, can contribute to the attainment of these goals.  From the World Bank


Electric Grid Vulnerability: Industry Responses Reveal Security Gaps

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

Report authored by two Democratic Congressmen on the cyber threat to the U.S. electrical grid.  Calls for the government to create an entity with authority to protect the grid against cyber attack or geomagnetic storms.  From the U.S. House of Representatives


1 in 5 Parents Think What They Say Has Little Influence on Their Child’s Substance Use

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Children,Marriage/Family,Youth


Reports on survey of parents and their feelings about whether they can influence their children to shun drugs.  From the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration


U.S. Broadband Availability: June 2010-June 2012: A Broadband Brief

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Statistics,Telecommunications/Internet

Covers current availability speeds, changes in availability during the two year period, and disparities between rural and urban access.  Also identifies states with best access and percentage of counties with access to various speeds.  From the National Telecommunications and Information Administration


NOAA Predicts Active 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Environment,Weather/Disasters

Predicts a 70% chance there will be 13 to 20 named storms of which 3 to 6 could become major hurricanes with winds of 111 mph or higher.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Trends in Amphibian Occupancy in the United States

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Environment,Headlines,Natural Resources

Reports results of research on U.S. habitats which revealed that amphibians such as frogs, toads, and salamanders are declining more rapidly than previously realized.  At current rates of decline, the species are expected to disappear from half of their habitats in 6-20 years.   From the Public Library of Science and the U.S. Geological Survey


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