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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Mexico’s Pena Nieto Administration: Priorities and Key Issues in U.S.-Mexican Relations

Categories: Foreign Affairs,Homeland Security,Immigration/Migration,Mexico

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R42917.pdf

Examines the reform policies announced by the Mexican government and the key issue of immigration and border security for the U.S.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

 

International Drug Control Policy: Background and U.S. Responses

Categories: Drug Trafficking,Treaties

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RL34543.pdf

Looks at differences of opinion between U.S. officials and other members of the international community about reevaluating current prohibitionist-oriented drug policies and turning toward legalizing or decriminalizing certain drugs.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Reauthorizing the Office of National Drug Control Policy: Issues for Consideration

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Crime/Justice,Drug Trafficking,Govt Finance

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R41535.pdf

Covers the mission of the Office and issues related to reauthorizing its work including the status of the war on drugs, performance measures for drug control programs, and the size of its budget.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Financing Natural Catastrophe Exposure: Issues and Options for Improving Risk Transfer Markets

Categories: Climate Change,Financial Crisis/Markets,Govt Finance,Weather/Disasters

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43182.pdf

Discusses the increasing risk of exposure to property losses, especially in coastal areas vulnerable to the effects of climate change, and the debate about whether the federal government should continue to play a role in risk transfer markets to ensure the affordability of homeowner’s insurance for all residents.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

The Affordable Care Act and Small Business: Economic Issues

Categories: Business/Economics,Health Insurance,Laws/Regulations

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43181.pdf

Summarizes the three ACA provisions most relevant to small businesses, analyzes the effects of these provisions on small businesses, and presents several approaches that could respond to concerns associated with these provisions, especially the so-called employer mandate. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Changing the Federal Reserve’s Mandate: An Economic Analysis

Categories: Business/Economics,Financial Crisis/Markets,Govt Finance,Prices/Inflation

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R41656.pdf

Discusses whether the Federal Reserve should have multiple policy goals or focus entirely on price stability, even to the point of establishing a specific numerical inflation target.  Discusses the arguments for and against such a proposal as well as implementation issues surrounding an inflation target.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Differentials in the Concentration in the Level of Health Expenditures Across Population Subgroups in the U.S., 2010

Categories: Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

http://meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_files/publications/st421/stat421.pdf

Medical care expenses continue to be concentrated in a relatively small slice of the community population.  In 2010, the top 1% of persons with health care expenses accounted for 21.4% of total health care expenditures with an annual mean expenditure of $87,500.  This report examines health expenses by age, race, sex, insurance status, chronic condition, and income.  From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

 

Pathway to National Dialog in Sudan

Categories: Africa,Democracy/Peace,Sudan

http://www.usip.org/sites/default/files/PB155.pdf

Charts a path toward peace for Sudan following the loss of South Sudan.  From the United States Institute of Peace

 

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