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Daily Archives: August 30, 2017

Washington Monthly Annual Rankings Measure What Colleges Do For Their Country

Kevin Carey – The Washington Monthly: “…Instead of rewarding colleges for the number of applications they reject, we give them credit for enrolling unusually large numbers of low-income and first-generation students. Instead of assuming that the most expensive schools are also the best, we recognize universities that produce research, train the next generation of scientists and PhDs, and instill their graduates with an ethos of public service. Our rankings are meant to be more than just a guide for potential students. An educated, enlightened society is a better society, for everyone. We all have a stake in how well our colleges succeed. To that end, we’ve called for colleges to release much more information about themselves—in particular, how much their students learn. And we’ve seen leaders of both parties, at the highest levels of government, respond. Not long after our first rankings were published, George W. Bush’s education secretary, Margaret Spellings, issued a high-profile report calling for colleges to release more information about how well undergraduates are educated, and be accountable for the results…”

Roll Call’s 2018 Election Guide

“Your road map to the state-by-state battles that will decide the balance of power in Washington. Inside Elections with Nathan Gonzales/Roll Call ratings are categorized to reflect the degree to which one party or the other is projected to win and do not reflect the closeness of the contest.” Continue Reading

These are the roads that are closed in Houston due to Hurricane Harvey

Thanks to the outstanding work, expertise, and a remarkable history of outreach, support and knowledge sharing, via NewsLib, the Houston Chron posted a crowdsourced map of flooded streets and neighborhoods – updated regularly. The digital version of the Houston Chronicle shows an inundated neighborhood. Please also see – and via FEMA – the National… Continue Reading

Bureau of Justice Statistics Arrest Data Analysis Tool

Bureau of Justice Statistics Arrest Data  Analysis Tool: “This dynamic data analysis tool allows you to generate tables and figures of arrest data from 1980 onward. You can view national arrest estimates, customized either by age and sex or by age group and race, for many offenses. This tool also enables you to view data… Continue Reading

China’s Economic Rise: History, Trends, Challenges, and Implications for the US

China’s Economic Rise: History, Trends, Challenges, and Implications for the United States, Wayne M. Morrison, Specialist in Asian Trade and Finance. August 26, 2017. [via FAS] “Prior to the initiation of economic reforms and trade liberalization 36 years ago, China maintained policies that kept the economy very poor, stagnant, centrally-controlled, vastly inefficient, and relatively isolated… Continue Reading

CRS – Presidential Pardons: Frequently Asked Questions – Along with news updates

Presidential Pardons: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), CRS Legal Sidebar, 8/28/2017: “…The Framers did not debate this question at the Convention, and it unclear whether they considered whether the pardon power could be applied in this manner. No President has attempted to pardon himself…Accordingly, this is an unsettled constitutional question, unlikely to be resolved unless a… Continue Reading

GPO issues digital release of Federal Register for 1980s

“The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) and the National Archives’ Office of the Federal Register (OFR) digitally release historic issues of the Federal Register from 1980-1989. The complete collection of issues of the Federal Registers from 1980 to present is now available digitally on GPO’s govinfo. – This project is digitizing a total of 14,587… Continue Reading