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Economist – Democracy Index 2016 – US downgraded to “flawed democracy”

The Economist Intelligence Unit: “According to the 2016 Democracy Index almost one-half of the world’s countries can be considered to be democracies of some sort, but the number of “full democracies” has declined from 20 in 2015 to 19 in 2016. The US has been downgraded from a “full democracy” to a “flawed democracy” because… Continue Reading

CRS – Statutory Interpretation: General Principles and Recent Trends

Statutory Interpretation: General Principles and Recent Trends. March 30, 2006 – September 24, 2014. 97-589. “The exercise of the judicial power of the United States often requires that courts construe statutes to apply them in particular cases and controversies. Judicial interpretation of the meaning of a statute is authoritative in the matter before the court.… Continue Reading

Eight Essays On Sexual Discrimination And Harassment In DC Across Politics, Policy, And The Media

New Republic – Eight Essays On Sexual Discrimination And Harassment In D.C., Across Politics, Policy, And The Media, February 8, 2018. Elizabeth Drew, Ana Marie Cox, Sarah Jones, Eve Fairbanks, Heather Boushey, Ai-jen Poo, Monica Potts, Jill Abramson: “…Last year, a number of congressmen were either forced to resign or got out, taking sudden retirement… Continue Reading

CRS – Resolutions to Censure the President: Procedure and History

Resolutions to Censure the President: Procedure and History, February 1, 2018. “Censure is a reprimand adopted by one or both chambers of Congress against a Member of Congress, President, federal judge, or other government official. While Member censure is a disciplinary measure that is sanctioned by the Constitution (Article 1, Section 5), non-Member censure is… Continue Reading

Federal Employees’ Retirement System: Summary of Recent Trends

CRS Report – Federal Employees’ Retirement System: Summary of Recent Trends. January 23, 2004 – February 2, 2018 This report describes recent trends in the characteristics of annuitants and current employees covered by the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) and the Federal Employees’ Retirement System (FERS) as well as the financial status of the Civil… Continue Reading

CRS – What Causes a Recession?

What Causes a Recession? February 2, 2018 IN10853 “At 104 months, the current economic expansion is already the third longest on record, and it will equal the second longest if it persists until April. This expansion, like all previous ones, will eventually end and be followed by a recession. Few economists are forecasting a recession… Continue Reading

Largest Number Of Scientists In Modern U.S. History Running For Office In 2018

HuffPo: “More than 60 researchers and technologists are running for federal office in 2018 as part of a historic wave of candidates with science backgrounds launching campaigns. At least 200 candidates with previous careers in science, technology, engineering and math announced bids for some of the nation’s roughly 7,000 state legislature seats as of Jan.… Continue Reading

ProgrammableWeb’s Most Interesting APIs in 2017: Entertainment, Lifestyle, and Education

“We continue our look at some of 2017’s most interesting APIs by looking at those from Education, Music, News Services, Movies, eSports, TV, Games, Science, Food, Travel, and other Entertainment subjects.” Examples include: LBRY is a Blockchain -based API for discovering, distributing, and purchasing data. With the LBRY API, anyone may publish a piece of… Continue Reading

NASEM Annotations to 2018 State of the Union and Fact Checks

National Academies of Sciences and Engineering: “Since 2009, we’ve taken the transcript of the State of the Union and added in publications relevant to the President’s speech. It’s our way of spotlighting our work: providing independent, evidence-based research that addresses the wide variety of challenges and goals of our country and beyond. Below, you’ll find… Continue Reading

Banking Law: An Overview of Federal Preemption in the Dual Banking System

CRS report via FAS: Banking Law: An Overview of Federal Preemption in the Dual Banking System, Jay B. Sykes, Legislative Attorney. January 23, 2018. “Banks play a critical role in the United States economy, channeling funds from savers to borrowers and thereby facilitating economic activity. To address the risks of bank failures and excessive risk-taking,… Continue Reading

LC – Virtual Card Catalog Available Online

The following is a guest post by Shawn Gallagher, management and program analyst. “As a child growing up in the 1970s, one of my most prized possessions was a Luke Skywalker action figure. He was the hero of my youth, and I was surprised to learn recently that Luke wasn’t always a Skywalker. He was… Continue Reading

CRS – Membership of the 115th Congress: A Profile

Membership of the 115th Congress: A Profile February 10, 2017 – January 17, 2018 R44762 “This report presents a profile of the membership of the 115th Congress (2017-2018) as of January 3, 2018. Statistical information is included on selected characteristics of Members, including data on party affiliation, average age, occupation, education, length of congressional service,… Continue Reading