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Monthly Archives: August 2017

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.  https://www.govinfo.gov/app/collection/FR – This project is digitizing a total of 14,587… Continue Reading

Alexander Hamilton Papers Now Online

“The Library of Congress has put the papers of Alexander Hamilton online for the first time in their original format. The Library holds the world’s largest collection of Hamilton papers—approximately 12,000 items concentrated from 1777 until Hamilton’s death in 1804, including letters, legal papers and drafts of speeches and writings, among other items. Now, for… Continue Reading

Legal Services Innovation Index

“This study is part of a pilot project to create an index of legal-service delivery innovation. Phase 1, version 1.0 consists of a Catalog of Law Firm Innovations and a Law Firm Innovation Index, which is based on searches of law firm websites for indicia of innovation. This index is not intended to be a… Continue Reading

Who Falls for Fake News? The Roles of Analytic Thinking, Motivated Reasoning, Political Ideology, and Bullshit Receptivity

Pennycook, Gordon and Rand, David G., Who Falls for Fake News? The Roles of Analytic Thinking, Motivated Reasoning, Political Ideology, and Bullshit Receptivity (August 21, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3023545 “Inaccurate beliefs pose a threat to democracy and fake news represents a particularly egregious and direct avenue by which inaccurate beliefs have been propagated via… Continue Reading

Google – New ways to make trip planning easier and cheaper

Google Blog: “Everyone loves a good deal—especially when it comes to travel. That’s why last year we added tips on how to save money to Google Flights and hotel search on Google. Being flexible on travel dates and where to stay helps save money when planning a trip—so now we’re adding more ways to explore… Continue Reading

Republicans Divided in Views of Trump’s Conduct; Democrats Are Broadly Critical

Pew – “In his first seven months as president, Donald Trump has generally drawn high job approval ratings among Republicans. But a new survey finds that nearly a third of Republicans say they agree with the president on only a few or no issues, while a majority expresses mixed or negative feelings about his conduct… Continue Reading

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Hurricane Response Resources

This site includes critical documents on drinking water, waste management, waste treatment plants, air quality, public water outages, and suspension of law respective to the Texas Administrative Code due to Tropical Depression Harvey disaster response operations. Continue Reading

NYT – Sally Hemings, Thomas Jefferson and the Ways We Talk About Our Past

“It has been 20 years since the historian Annette Gordon-Reed published “Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy,” a book that successfully challenged the prevailing perceptions of both figures. In a piece for The New York Times Book Review, submitted just before the tragic events in Charlottesville, Va., Gordon-Reed reflects on the complexities that… Continue Reading

Interactive web visualization of information about capabilities consequences of missile launches

“MISSILEMAP is an interactive web visualization meant to aid in the understanding of information about the capabilities and consequences of missile launches, in particular nuclear-armed ballistic missiles. It allows for the graphical representation of ranges, great-circle paths, accuracy (Circular Error Probable), blast damage, and probabilities of kill (the chance that a given weapon will put… Continue Reading