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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

http://www.cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Press-releases/2014-Press-releases-items/2014-04-09.html

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

http://oig.state.gov/documents/organization/224580.pdf

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

http://www.nasa.gov/press/2014/april/nasa-space-assets-detect-ocean-inside-saturn-moon/#.Uz7T9Jxntuo

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

 

McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission

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

http://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/12-536

 

5-4 Supreme Court decision that strikes down total campaign contribution limits on individuals during a two year election cycle.  Individuals had been limited to a total of $48,600 in direct contributions to candidates, plus $74,600 to political parties and committees. Individual giving is still restricted to $2,600 per candidate for both primary and general elections.  From the Cornell University Law School Legal Information Institute

 

Whaling in the Antarctic (Australia v. Japan…)

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Arctic/Antarctic,Australia,Environment,Headlines,Japan,Treaties,United Nations

http://www.icj-cij.org/docket/files/148/18136.pdf

 

Decision of the International Court of Justice that Japanese whaling activities in the Antarctic is a commercial whaling venture that is a violation of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling.  Japan claims it is a scientific research program.  From the International Court of Justice

 

The Path to Prosperity: Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Resolution

Categories: Business/Economics,Govt Finance,Headlines,Taxes

http://budget.house.gov/uploadedfiles/fy15_blueprint.pdf

Budget proposal of Paul Ryan from the Republican-controlled House of Representatives which calls for cutting federal spending by $5 trillion over the next 10 years.  From the House Budget Committee

 

Caterpillar’s Offshore Tax Strategy

Categories: Business/Economics,Headlines,Taxes

http://www.hsgac.senate.gov/download/?id=78D9F40A-1773-4331-B929-0856FAF332AE

Congressional committee report which reveals how one corporation used tax loopholes to shift profits overseas and avoid paying U.S. taxes.  From the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs

 

Climate Change 2013: Summary for Policy Makers

Categories: Business/Economics,Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,United Nations

http://www.climatechange2013.org/images/report/WG1AR5_SPM_FINAL.pdf

Describes a range of likely outcomes and effects of climate change to enable policy makers to set priorities in combatting those effects.  From the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

 

 

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