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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Sea-Level Rise and U.S. Coasts: Science and Policy Considerations

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Natural Resources,Science/Technology

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44632.pdf

Although the extent and pace of future sea-level rise remains uncertain, the phenomenon is expected to contribute to floods, erosion, saltwater intrusion into coastal freshwaters, and changes in coastal terrestrial and estuarine ecosystems.  Considers the causes, the effects on U.S. coasts, and the policy questions for Congress.   From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

United States Reinstates Trade Preference Benefits for Burma Following Review of Eligibility Criteria

Categories: Burma,Foreign Affairs,Foreign Trade/Investment,Labor/Employment

https://ustr.gov/about-us/policy-offices/press-office/press-releases/2016/september/united-states-reinstates-trade

Press release explaining the reasons for suspending Burma’s benefits under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) in 1989 and the resumption of benefits after reforms of worker rights by the new regime led by Aung San Suu Kyi.  From the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

 

Earnings and Employment Data for Workers Covered under Social Security and Medicare, by State and County, 2013

Categories: Income/Poverty,Medicare/Medicaid,Retirement/Social Security,Statistics,Taxes

https://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/eedata_sc/2013/eedata_sc13.pdf

Shows by sex and age the number of employees and self-employed persons, the amount of their taxable earnings, and the amount they paid in Social Security and Medicare contributions.  From the Social Security Administration

 

U. S. Leadership and the Challenge of State Fragility

Categories: Conflict Resolution,Democracy/Peace,Foreign Affairs

http://www.usip.org/sites/default/files/US-Leadership-and-the-Challenge-of-State-Fragility.pdf

Calls for four principles of engagement to guide U.S. responses to the challenge of fragile states and the regional problems they create.   From the United States Institute of Peace

 

Fact Sheet: Obama Administration Announces Release of New Scorecard Data

Categories: Education-Higher,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/fact-sheet-obama-administration-announces-release-new-scorecard-data

Press release on the status of the College Scorecard, first released last year to provide information about cost, debt, completion rates, and post-college earnings of graduates for each college and university.  Adds 1700 data points for 7,000 institutions, including 2014-15 graduation rates, and earnings information from the 2013 tax year.  From the Education Department

 

Presidential Determination: Major Drug Transit or Major Illicit Drug Producing Countries for Fiscal Year 2017

Categories: Crime/Justice,Drug Trafficking

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/09/12/presidential-determination-major-drug-transit-or-major-illicit-drug

Designates countries involved with drug trafficking or drug producing regardless of the efforts made by the government to curtail such activity.  Also covers challenges represented by heroin use, opium poppy cultivation, and cocaine/coca cultivation.  From the White House

 

Ad Data

Categories: Advertising/Marketing,Elections/Campaigns

https://www.opensecrets.org/ad-data/

Contains filings on ad buys by political organizations submitted to the Federal Communications Commission by broadcasting organizations around the country. Allows the public to track each station’s contracts and filings as they pertain to candidates, super PACS, and related groups running political and issue ads.  From the FCC and OpenSecrets.org

 

The Financial CHOICE Act: Policy Issues

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Financial Crisis/Markets,Laws/Regulations

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44631.pdf

Highlights major proposals included in a bill designed to modify or repeal changes to financial policies and regulatory structure brought about by the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

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