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Real Personal Income for States and Metropolitan Areas, 2007-2011

Categories: Business/Economics,Income/Poverty,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

Reports on personal income by states and metropolitan areas as adjusted for by regional price parities.  Allows for the comparison of personal income across regions and time periods.  From the Bureau of Economic Analysis


Persons With a Disability: Labor Force Characteristics: 2012

Categories: Disability,Labor/Employment,Statistics

In 2012 17.8% of persons with a disability were employed.  The employment-population ratio was 63.9% for those without a disability.  Also covers the demographic characteristics of those with a disability.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Housing Discrimination Against Racial and Ethnic Minorities 2012

Categories: African Americans,Asian Americans,Civil/Human Rights,Hispanics,Housing/Homelessness,Statistics

Presents findings from the fourth study of housing discrimination in America.  Covers 28 metro areas to measure the frequency and forms of discrimination experienced by black, Hispanic, and Asian renters and home buyers.  From the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Urban Institute


Peugh v. United States

Categories: Crime/Justice,Supreme Court/courts

5-4 Supreme Court decision that tougher sentencing guidelines, enacted after a crime is committed, can’t be used to justify a tougher sentence.  From the Legal Information Institute of Cornell University


Federal Debt and the Statutory Limit, June 2013

Categories: Financial Crisis/Markets,Govt Finance

Short discussion of the so-called debt ceiling including the current debt limit, the debt subject to limit, extraordinary measures used to stave off the debt limit, and what happens if the debt limit is reached.  From the Congressional Budget Office


The Role of Islamic Law in Tunisia’s Constitution and Legislation Post-Arab Spring

Categories: Africa,Arab,Religion/Ethics,Women

Examines the debate during the Arab Spring uprisings between religious and secular groups over the role of Islamic law in the drafting of a new constitution for Tunisia, especially with regard to the legal rights of women and the prohibition of  blasphemy in the penal code.  From the Law Library of Congress


Moldova: Background and U.S. Policy

Categories: Crime/Justice,East Europe,European Union,NATO,Russia,Ukraine


Describes the current situation of Moldova, Europe’s poorest country, but one that is strategically located between NATO and EU member Romania and the Ukraine.  The U.S. has welcomed free elections but expressed concern about the level of crime and human trafficking.   From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Homelessness: Targeted Federal Programs and Recent Legislation

Categories: Housing/Homelessness,Laws/Regulations

Describes the different types of federal programs whose purpose is to assist the homeless, the recipients who are targeted for aid, and recent legislation enacted or proposed.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


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