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NASA, NOAA Find 2014 Warmest Year in Modern Record

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Science/Technology,Statistics,Weather/Disasters

http://www.nasa.gov/press/2015/january/nasa-determines-2014-warmest-year-in-modern-record/index.html#.VLlfqWOa-JY

2014 was the warmest to date and 9 of the 10 warmest years on record have occurred since 2000.  Argues the warming trend increases the importance of climate study and the impacts of human activity.  From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 

Military’s Impact on State Economies

Categories: Defense/Military,Govt Finance,Statistics,Virginia Issues

http://www.ncsl.org/research/military-and-veterans-affairs/military-s-impact-on-state-economies.aspx

 

Covers snapshots of 20 states which have recently completed studies of federal military spending in their state.  Virginia leads the 20 with $59 billion in federal military spending, higher than Texas or Florida, also covered in the study.  Virginia study done by JLARC in June 2014.  From the National Conference of State Legislatures

 

Unauthorized Appropriations and Expiring Authorizations

Categories: Congress,Govt Finance,Govt Processes/Organization,Laws/Regulations

http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/attachments/49871-UAEA_House.pdf

Identifies authorizations of appropriations that have already expired or will expire this year.  Includes the number and name of the public law containing the last authorization, the last year the authorization was in effect, and the amount authorized in that year.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

How Changes in Immigration Policy Might Affect the Federal Budget

Categories: Govt Finance,Immigration/Migration,Taxes,Welfare/Social Services

http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/attachments/49868-Immigration.pdf

Covers the demographic and labor force characteristics of immigrants and how proposals to change the immigration system would affect the federal budget through benefits and taxes related to noncitizens.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

Fact Sheet: U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Department of the Treasury Announcement of Regulatory Amendments to the Cuba Sanctions

Categories: Cuba,Foreign Trade/Investment,Headlines,Recreation/Travel

http://www.commerce.gov/news/fact-sheets/2015/01/15/fact-sheet-us-department-commerce-and-us-department-treasury-announcemen

Describes the revised Cuban Assets Control Regulations and Export Administration Regulations which implement the changes toward Cuba announced by President Obama in December 2014.  The changes relate to travel to and trade with Cuba, financial services and more.  From the Commerce Department

 

Hospitalizations for Patients Aged 85 and Over in the United States, 2000-2010

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

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db182.pdf

The number of adults aged 85+ in the U.S. rose by 31% from 2000 to 2010.  With such growth expected to continue, the very elderly are likely to account for an increasing share of hospital utilization and cost.  This report compares hospitalizations and their cause  for adults 85+ with those aged 65-74 and 75-84.  From the National Center for Health Statistics

 

Births: Final Data for 2013

Categories: Births/Deaths,Health/Medical,Marriage/Family,Statistics,Women

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr64/nvsr64_01.pdf

Presents data on births including details about maternal age, live-birth order, race and Hispanic origin, marital status, attendant at birth, method of delivery, period of gestation, birthweight, and plurality.  From the National Center for Health Statistics

 

A Review of the Department of Homeland Security’s Missions and Performance

Categories: Homeland Security

http://www.hsgac.senate.gov/download/?id=B92B8382-DBCE-403C-A08A-727F89C2BC9B

Report by a retiring member of Congress (Tom Coburn) which reviews each of the five main missions of the DHS, assesses where it is falling short with each, and offer recommendations for improvement.  From the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

 

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