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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Representing Congress: Clifford K. Berryman’s Political Cartoons

Categories: Congress,Education

A free ebook of political cartoons to explore for students what Congress is, how it works (when it does), and what it does. From the National Archives Center for Legislative Archives to Retire

Categories: Congress,Telecommunications/Internet

Agency press release on the retirement of the website which will be replaced by   The Thomas site was launched in 1995 to cover the work of Congress but lacks modern features which Internet users expect. From the Library of Congress


Goldwater-Nichols at 30: Defense Reform and Issues for Congress

Categories: Defense/Military,Govt Finance

Discusses reform proposals to make the Defense Department more agile while retaining its current strength to meet a variety of national security challenges.  Focuses on three “first-order” questions.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


San Francisco and Travis, Texas Lead Nation in Employment Growth Among Large Counties

Categories: Labor/Employment,Population/Census,Statistics

Agency press release which identifies the leading U.S. counties for employment growth during 2014.  Four of the leading counties were in California.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Characteristics of Minimum Wage Workers 2015

Categories: Income/Poverty,Labor/Employment,Statistics

Offers statistics on the number and percentage of workers at or below the federal minimum wage, plus their demographic, social, and geographic characteristics.  Virginia was one of four southern states with the highest percentage of hourly paid workers at or below the federal minimum wage.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics


2016 Special 301 Report

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Foreign Trade/Investment,Headlines,Property Rights,Treaties

Annual U.S.publication on the global state of intellectual property rights protection and enforcement.  Discusses areas of progress and countries, such as China, placed on the Watch List because of trade secret theft, online piracy, and counterfeiting.  From the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative


Self-employment in the United States

Categories: Labor/Employment,Statistics

Examines recent trends in self-employment by various demographic and socioeconomic characteristics.  Estimates that 10.1% of all U.S. workers were self-employed in 2015.  Includes both the unincorporated and the incorporated self-employed.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Declines in Triplet and Higher-order Multiple Births in the United States, 1988-2014

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

Explores the recent (since 1998) downturn in triplet and higher-order births by maternal demographic factors.   From the National Center for Health Statistics


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