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CRS – Diversity Immigrants’ Regions and Countries of Origin: Fact Sheet

Diversity Immigrants’ Regions and Countries of Origin: Fact Sheet. Jill H. Wilson, Analyst in Immigration Policy. February 13, 2018. “Ongoing congressional deliberations over whether to maintain, alter, or eliminate the diversity immigrant visa program (also known as the “lottery” or DV program) include an interest in the geographical origins of immigrants who have been admitted through this program. This fact sheet provides data on the regional and national origins of diversity immigrants (DV immigrants) and how they have shifted over time..”

CRS – D.C. Circuit Upholds as Constitutional the Structure of the CFPB

D.C. Circuit Upholds as Constitutional the Structure of the CFPB – Part I. Todd Garvey, Legislative Attorney; Jared P. Cole, Legislative Attorney. February 12, 2018. “The entire U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (D.C. Circuit) issued a potentially important decision on January 31, upholding the structural design of the Consumer Financial… Continue Reading

CRS – Nonstrategic Nuclear Weapons

Nonstrategic Nuclear Weapons, Amy F. Woolf. Specialist in Nuclear Weapons Policy. February 13, 2018. “Recent debates about U.S. nuclear weapons have questioned what role weapons with shorter ranges and lower yields can play in addressing emerging threats in Europe and Asia. These weapons, often referred to as nonstrategic nuclear weapons, have not been limited by… Continue Reading

Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC): Structure and Activities

CRS Report – Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC): Structure and Activities. December 22, 2017 – February 12, 2018 R45052 “The Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) and its Office of Financial Research (OFR) were established by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (P.L. 111-203) to address several potential sources of systemic risk. Some… Continue Reading

10 Data Science Projects You Can Join Today

This post was written as part of a collaboration with data.world, a site for sharing and hosting data. Authors Shannon Peifer and Gabriela Swider are on the data.world team. “Finding the right data can be difficult. And even once you have it, how do you collaborate with others to make sense of it? People work… Continue Reading

Estimating and Projecting Potential Output Using CBO’s Forecasting Growth Model: Working Paper 2018-03

CBO Working Paper – Estimating and Projecting Potential Output Using CBO’s Forecasting Growth Model: Working Paper 2018-03, February 8, 2018. “As part of its responsibility for producing baseline projections of the economy and the federal budget, CBO regularly produces estimates and projections of potential output, a measure of the economy’s fundamental ability to supply goods and… Continue Reading

New budget estimated to keep deficits over $1 trillion mark indefinitely

The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget: “Based on the score from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the budget deal would increase next year’s deficit to roughly $1.2 trillion. Annual budget deficits would remain over $1 trillion indefinitely.” Continue Reading

Report and analysis on modern day redlining in major metro areas

Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting: “In the 1930s, the federal government encouraged lending institutions to deny mortgages to people who lived in neighborhoods with large populations of immigrants and African Americans. The practice became known as redlining because the government drew lines around certain neighborhoods, deeming them “hazardous,” and colored them red. It… Continue Reading

Book captures papers by 30+ legal marketing experts

Via Ron Freidmann: “Stephen McGarry of AILFN publishes an updated book with chapters by 30+ legal market thought leaders covering many timely topics.” Ron’s KM chapter is here. Continue Reading

EFF Report on Law Enforcement Use of Face Recognition Technology

“Face recognition—fast becoming law enforcement’s surveillance tool of choice—is being implemented with little oversight or privacy protections, leading to faulty systems that will disproportionately impact people of color and may implicate innocent people for crimes they didn’t commit, says an Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) report released today. Face recognition is rapidly creeping into modern life,… Continue Reading

Civilians who risk their lives to save strangers, students, colleagues

In towns and cities across our country, Americans are sacrificing their lives during mass shootings at schools, concert venues, in workplaces, in malls and public buildings. These individuals do not stop to think about the consequences of their actions – they react within seconds, using their bodies to shield, protect, and save the lives of… Continue Reading

Where Old, Unreadable Documents Go to Be Understood

Atlas Obscura – A transcriber on the Isle of Man can decipher almost anything. “…Linda Watson’s company, Transcription Services, has a rare specialty—transcribing historical documents that stump average readers. Once, while talking to a client, she found the perfect way to sum up her skills. “We are good at reading the unreadable,” she said. That’s… Continue Reading