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Governor McDonnell Announces $31 Million in Higher Education Budget Amendments

Categories: Education-Higher,Govt Finance,Virginia Issues

Press release which details highlights of the governor’s budget amendments relating to higher education including amendments of nearly $8 million to support efforts to graduate more students and more STEM-H majors.  From the Governor’s Office


Dodd-Frank Act: Agencies’ Efforts to Analyze and Coordinate Their Rules

Categories: Financial Crisis/Markets,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

The Dodd-Frank Act authorizes the issuance of hundreds of rules to reform the financial services industry.  This report examines the analyses performed by agencies in issuing the rules, the consultation that occurred among agencies to avoid duplication of rules, and what is known about the impact of the Dodd-Frank Act rules.  From the Government Accountability Office


Judicial Activity Concerning Enemy Combatant Detainees: Major Court Rulings

Categories: Crime/Justice,Supreme Court/courts,Terrorism

Discusses major judicial opinions concerning suspected enemy belligerents detained in the conflict with Al Qaeda and the Taliban, including all relevant Supreme Court decisions and notable circuit court opinions.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Financing the U.S. Trade Deficit

Categories: Financial Crisis/Markets,Foreign Trade/Investment

This report provides an overview of the U.S. balance of payments, an explanation of the broader role of capital flows in the U.S. economy, an explanation of how the country finances a trade deficit and the implications for the country of large inflows of capital from abroad. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the U.S. Department of State Foreign Press Center


India-U.S. Security Relations: Current Engagement

Categories: Defense/Military,Foreign Affairs,India,Spying/Intelligence,Terrorism

This report reviews the major facets of U.S.-India security relations with a focus on military contacts, counterterrorism and intelligence cooperation, and defense trade.  It also discusses obstacles to greater cooperation.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the U.S. Department of State Foreign Press Center


The Economics of Higher Education

Categories: Education-Higher,Income/Poverty,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

In the wake of growing concerns about the cost and affordability of higher education, this report discusses the current state of higher education, the substantial evidence that higher education attainment results in higher earnings, the importance of education for intergenerational mobility, and the role that financial aid plays in mitigating the cost of higher education.  From the Treasury and Education Departments


The Civil War Begins: Opening Clashes 1861

Categories: Defense/Military,History,Virginia Issues

The first of a series of campaign pamphlets on the American Civil War, this one covers the opening year of the war from Fort Sumter to Bull Run.  From the Center of Military History of the U.S. Army


Governor McDonnell Announces School Safety Task Force and Initiatives

Categories: Children,Education,Education-Higher,Guns,Virginia Issues

Announces state plan to review school safety at all levels in Virginia in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy.  Also focuses on identifying needed resources to ensure safety of all students.  From the Office of the Governor