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Daily Archives: November 1, 2017

America’s Most and Least Popular Senators

Along with President Donald Trump’s declining support across the country, approval ratings for nearly all senators went down in their home states during the third quarter. The period overlapped with several unsuccessful Republican-led attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. According to Morning Consult’s latest Senator Approval Rankings – compiled from a poll of 255,120 registered voters in 50 states from July 1 to Sept. 30 – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is yet again America’s least popular senator. Meanwhile, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) remains America’s most popular senator. Full methodology available here.”

Reports – Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction

SIGAR released its thirty-seventh Quarterly Report to Congress, highlighting lessons from America’s 15-year experience in Afghanistan, at a time of a new U.S. security commitment requiring the Afghan government take strong action against corruption. SIGAR released its second lessons learned report examining how the U.S. government developed and executed programs to build, train, advise, and… Continue Reading

Approaches for Managing the Costs of U.S. Nuclear Forces, 2017 to 2046

“To continue to field a nuclear force roughly the same size as it is today, the United States plans to modernize virtually every element of that force over the coming decades. CBO estimates that the most recent detailed plans for nuclear forces, which were incorporated in the Obama Administration’s 2017 budget request, would cost $1.2… Continue Reading

CRS Report – Tracking Federal Awards: USAspending.gov and Other Data Sources

Tracking Federal Awards: USAspending.gov and Other Data Sources, Jennifer Teefy, Senior Research Librarian. October 24, 2017. “USAspending.gov, available a http://www.USAspending.gov, is a government source for data on federal awards by state, congressional district (CD), county, and zip code. The awards data in USAspending.gov is provided by federal agencies and represent contracts, grants, loans, and other… Continue Reading

Senate Intel Cmte Hearing – Social Media Influence in the 2016 U.S. Elections

Axios – What Facebook, Google and Twitter told the Senate Intel committee Axios – “Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee released examples of Facebook ads paid for by Russian actors during this afternoon’s hearing with Facebook, Google and Twitter. Ads were displayed in the hearing room to drive home their concern about foreign governments “weaponizing”… Continue Reading

Data – Google and Facebook now have direct influence over 70% of internet traffic

Do you use Google all the time – at work, on your personal and work mobile devices, tablets, and home/work laptops? This article by André Staltz, The Web began dying in 2014, here’s how, was published on October 30, 2017 and the data he references may surprise you, or not. “Before the year 2014, there… Continue Reading

ADP National Employment Report: Private Sector Employment Increased by 235,000 Jobs in October

Marketwired: “Private sector employment increased by 235,000 jobs from September to October according to the October ADP National Employment Report®. Broadly distributed to the public each month, free of charge, the ADP National Employment Report is produced by the ADP Research Institute® in collaboration with Moody’s Analytics. The report, which is derived from ADP’s actual… Continue Reading

StoryCorps Archive speaks in the voices of 400,000 people

“The StoryCorps Archive comprises one of the largest collections of human voices, featuring more than 400,000 individuals sharing their stories. In our beta launch, only interviews recorded using the StoryCorps App are searchable on this site. All interviews are preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.” Continue Reading

Report from President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis

Dated November 1, 2017 this report is clearly watermarked on every page with the word DRAFT, but the White House announced today that this is the commission’s final report: “The President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis has submitted its final report, recommending how the Federal Government can address the drug addiction… Continue Reading

Politico commentary – The Supreme Court Has An Ethics Problem

Politico Magazine -Elizabeth Warren: “A few days before the Supreme Court returned from its summer break, Justice Neil Gorsuch, the court’s newest member, attended a luncheon at the Trump International Hotel, where he was to give the keynote address. The location of the speech attracted the attention of dozens of protesters and a number of… Continue Reading