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Earl Gregg Swem Library

K-12 Education: Federal Funding for and Characteristics of Public Schools with Extended Learning Time

Categories: Children,Education

Examines various education programs that can be used to support extended learning time for K-12 students and current required learning time in public schools. From the Government Accountability Office


Can States and Localities Bar the Resettlement of Syria Refugees Within Their Jurisdictions?

Categories: Federal State Relations,Immigration/Migration,Laws/Regulations,Syria

Explains how states “appear to have some discretion” as to their participation in refugee resettlement programs. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


The Islamic State–Frequently Asked Questions: Threats, Global Implications, and U.S. Policy Responses

Categories: Arab,European Union,Homeland Security,Iraq,Syria,Terrorism

Covers where the IS came from and how it operates, U.S. and European policy responses to the threat, implications for Iraq and Syria, and refugee considerations. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Changes in Medicare Spending per Beneficiary by Age

Categories: Govt Finance,Health Insurance,Medicare/Medicaid,Statistics

Estimates spending per beneficiary for the elderly population enrolled in the traditional fee-for-service Medicare program between 1999 and 2012. Finds that spending per beneficiary grew faster for older beneficiaries than for younger ones. From the Congressional Budget Office


Legal Aspects of Unmanned Systems: Part 2: Lethal Autonomous Weapons

Categories: Defense/Military,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology

Examines legal questions relating to the use of weapon systems that, once activated, select and engage targets on their own. Follows an earlier examination of legal concerns about safety, security, privacy, and property rights relating to the use of drones in civilian settings. From the Law Library of Congress


Prevalence of Obesity Among Adults and Youth: United States, 2011-2014

Categories: Food/Nutrition,Headlines,Health/Medical,Statistics,Youth

This report provides the most recent national data on obesity prevalence by sex, age, race, and Hispanic origin for the 2011 to 2014 period. The prevalence of obesity in adults was just over 36% and in youth 17%. From the National Center for Health Statistics


United States Secret Service: An Agency in Crisis

Categories: Govt Finance,Govt Personnel,Govt/Business Scandals,Headlines,Homeland Security,Presidency

Examines problems in Secret Service presidential protection services with a focus on four incidents occurring over the past 5 years. Finds continuing serious deficiencies in White House protection and offers recommendations for improvement. From the House Committee on Government Oversight and Reform


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