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January 18, 2015

“This short publication lays out the key strategic priorities for the British Library on its journey to its 50th anniversary and beyond, and sets them in a framework of six purposes which explain, as simply and clearly as we can, the enduring ways in which the public funding we receive helps to deliver tangible public […]

January 17, 2015

“The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued today the “Litigation and Other Legal Matters” booklet of the Comptroller’s Handbook. This revised booklet replaces the booklet of the same title issued in February 2000. The revised booklet provides guidance to examiners assessing a bank’s litigation exposures, associated risks, and risk management practices. The […]
“The start of each new Congress marks the chance to adopt new rules, which cover a wide range of procedural matters, for the next two years. For example, committees and subcommittees may choose to lay out the procedures for issuing subpoenas and taking depositions. The Project On Government Oversight believes that oversight efforts, including investigations, […]
Roger Catlin – When MLK called for people to come to Selma, Detroit’s Carl Benkert arrived with his tape recorder, making the indelible album “Freedom Songs” “Carl Benkert was a successful architectural interior designer from Detroit who had come down South in 1965 with a group of local clergy to take part and bear witness […]
Via EFF – “Advertising network Turn announced today that they will suspend their zombie tracking cookie program. Turn was recently caught using Verizon Wireless’ invasive UIDH header to undelete tracking cookies that web visitors had previously deleted. This unacceptable practice means that users who delete cookies to avoid Turn’s and others’ tracking will continue to […]
Mark J. Mazur – 1/16/2015 – “​Today, the Vice President spoke about the importance of investing in our infrastructure.  These important investments would not add a dime to the deficit — they would be paid for by implementing another priority for the Administration, namely reforming our broken business tax system.  Revenue-neutral business tax reform would […]
FACT SHEET: Administration Takes Steps Forward on Climate Action Plan by Announcing Actions to Cut Methane Emissions – “The Obama Administration is committed to taking responsible steps to address climate change and help ensure a cleaner, more stable environment for future generations. As part of that effort, today, the Administration is announcing a new goal […]
“The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women supports innovative, effective initiatives designed to transform the ways in which people think and act.  This video highlights the work of the UN Trust Fund, the only multilateral grant-making mechanism exclusively devoted to supporting efforts to end violence against women and girls. The UN Trust Fund […]

January 16, 2015

How Google Search Dealt With Mobile – The Never Ending Search by Steven Levy. In-depth reporting and writing about the continuing evolution of Google search from both a tactical and strategic perspective. For consumers, researchers, librarians, lawyers and educators, this is a must read. It takes time, focus and mindfulness to read long articles in […]
December 2014 record warm; Global oceans also record warm for 2014 – “The globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for 2014 was the highest among all years since record keeping began in 1880. The December combined global land and ocean average surface temperature was also the highest on record.”
“During the past two years, the Congress has considered proposals to modify the nation’s immigration system. The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744), passed by the Senate in June 2013, addresses multiple facets of immigration policy, including changes to the existing visa system, improvements in border security and law enforcement, and […]
Southern Education Foundation: A New Majority – Low Income Students Now a Majority In the Nation’s Public Schools, January, 2015. “Low income students are now a majority of the schoolchildren attending the nation’s public schools, according to this research bulletin. The latest data collected from the states by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), show that 51 percent […]
Carl Zimmer, NYT – A team of scientists, in a groundbreaking analysis of data from hundreds of sources, has concluded that humans are on the verge of causing unprecedented damage to the oceans and the animals living in them. “We may be sitting on a precipice of a major extinction event,” said Douglas J. McCauley, an […]
Urban Institute – Linda J. Blumberg, Matthew Buettgens, John Holahan. The Implications of a Supreme Court Finding for the Plaintiff in King vs. Burwell: 8.2 Million More Uninsured and 35% Higher Premiums, January 8, 2015. “The Supreme Court will hear the King v. Burwell case, in which the plaintiff argues that the ACA prohibits payment of premium tax […]
“The Federal Reserve Board and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) today made available the public portions of resolution plans for firms with generally less than $100 billion in qualifying nonbank assets, as required by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act). The Dodd-Frank Act requires that certain banking organizations with total […]

January 15, 2015

“For generations, commentators have worried about the impact of technology on people’s stress. Trains and industrial machinery were seen as noisy disruptors of pastoral village life that put people on edge. Telephones interrupted quiet times in homes. Watches and clocks added to the de-humanizing time pressures on factory workers to be productive. Radio and television […]
“The Federal Leaders Digital Insight Study, conducted by the National Academy of Public Administration (the Academy) in collaboration with ICF, is the inaugural report designed to survey Federal Leaders’ perspectives about the pace with which the government is adopting, applying, and leveraging technological advancements in service to its constituencies. The study found that Federal Leaders believe […]
James R. Clapper – Director of National Intelligence” “On January 17, 2014, the President, through Presidential Policy Directive 28, directed my office to assess “the feasibility of creating software that would allow the Intelligence Community more easily to conduct targeted information acquisition rather than bulk collection.” In order to fulfill this direction, I asked the National Academy […]
“Several months after EPIC filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Central Intelligence Agency, the agency has released the Inspector General’s report on the agency’s surveillance of Congress. The Inspector General launched an investigation after the Senate accused the CIA of improperly accessing the computers of Senate staff who were investigating CIA torture […]
China and Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction and Missiles: Policy Issues. Shirley A. Kan, Specialist in Asian Security Affairs. January 5, 2015. “Congress has long been concerned about whether policy advances the U.S. interest in reducing the role of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and missiles that could deliver them. […]