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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Campaign Contribution Limits: Selected Questions About McCutcheon and Policy Issues for Congress

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

Offers an analysis of major policy issues and possible Congressional responses to the Supreme Court’s April 2014 McCutcheon decision which struck down aggregate limits on campaign contributions.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Updated Budget Projections: 2014 to 2024

Categories: Govt Finance,Headlines,Statistics,Taxes

Predicts that if the current laws governing taxes and spending do not change, the budget deficit in fiscal year 2014 will be $492 billion or 2.8% of GDP, a third less than the shortfall in FY2013.  From the Congressional Budget Office


Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Science/Technology,United Nations


The third of three working group reports which form the Fifth Assessment Report on climate change.  Asserts that global emissions of greenhouse gases grew more quickly between 2000 and 2010 than in each of the three previous decades and that only major institutional and technological change can limit the increase in global mean temperature to two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.  From the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change


Intelligence Committee Votes to Declassify Portions of CIA Study

Describes the vote of the Senate Intelligence Committee to authorize public release of the 500 page Executive Summary with findings and conclusions of the five year study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program.  Also contains statements of Committee Chair Feinstein on the importance of the vote.  Posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data: Physician and Other Supplier

Categories: Headlines,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid,Statistics

Data set with information on services and procedures provided to Medicare beneficiaries by physicians and other healthcare professionals.  Also has information on payment (allowed amount and Medicare payment) and submitted charges organized by provider ID number and place of service.  From the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services


Historic Release of Data Gives Consumers Unprecedented Transparency on the Medical Services Physicians Provide and How Much They are Paid

Categories: Headlines,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid,Statistics

Press release announcing availability of information on services and procedures provided by physicians under the Medicare program and Medicare payment compared to submitted charges by provider.  Includes links to physician dataset.  From the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services


Management Alert: Contract File Management Deficiencies

Categories: Govt Finance,Govt/Business Scandals,Headlines

Announcement that financial audits of State Department accounts exposed vulnerabilities in the management of contract files that could expose the department to financial losses of up to $6 billion. Calls for creation of improved tracking system.  From the Office of the Inspector General of the State Department


NASA Space Assets Detect Ocean Inside Saturn Moon

Categories: Headlines,Science/Technology

Describes how Cassini spacecraft and Deep Space Network uncovered evidence that Saturn’s moon Enceladus harbors an underground ocean of liquid water and possibly extraterrestrial microbes.  From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration


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