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BEA International Trade and Investment Country Facts

“A new data tool–International Trade and Investment Country Facts Application–on the Bureau of Economic Analysis website gives users a snapshot of statistics on trade and investment between the United States and another country by simply clicking on a world map. These fast facts at your fingertips can include: Total exports, imports and trade balance between… Continue Reading

Australia’s central bank takes ‘responsibilty’ for note typo

Reuters – “Millions of A$50 ($35) banknotes in Australia have an embarrassing typographical error that was overlooked by the country’s central bank before they were printed and circulated. The goof first became known on Thursday when a listener on radio outlet Triple M sent the station a magnified photo of the Reserve Bank of Australia’s… Continue Reading

Maryland and Virginia are among nation’s best states

US News Best States Rankings – Measuring outcomes for citizens using more than 70 metrics – “Some states shine in health care. Some soar in education. Some excel in both – or in much more. The Best States ranking of U.S. states draws on thousands of data points to measure how well states are performing for… Continue Reading

Trump’s Lawyers Argue Congress Has Little Power To Investigate A Sitting President’s Personal Affairs

BuzzFeedNews – “As President Donald Trump fights investigations by the Democrat-controlled House on multiple fronts, a court hearing Tuesday highlighted his strategy to fend off inquiries into his personal business affairs. Trump so far is challenging congressional subpoenas for financial records — both personal and from the Trump Organization — in federal courts in Washington,… Continue Reading

United States Congress Creates AI Task Force

“Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, announced the creation of a Task Force on Artificial Intelligence chaired by Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL).  “I am excited to Chair the Financial Services Committee’s Task Force on Artificial Intelligence and I thank Chairwoman Waters for her foresight in creating this important… Continue Reading

Americans See Advantages and Challenges in Country’s Growing Racial and Ethnic Diversity

“As the United States becomes more racially and ethnically diverse, and as companies from Wall Street to Silicon Valley grapple with how to build workforces that reflect these changing demographics, Americans have a complicated, even contradictory, set of views about the impact of diversity and the best way to achieve it. Most say it’s a… Continue Reading

CRS – The Yield Curve and Predicting Recessions

EveryCRSReport.com – The Yield Curve and Predicting Recessions. April 11, 2019 IN11098. “Economists and financial markets closely monitor interest rates in hopes of gleaning information about the path of the economy. One measure of particular interest is the “yield curve.” Recently, the yield curve associated with U.S. Treasuries inverted. This Insight discusses possible explanations for… Continue Reading

NYT obtained 10 yrs of previously unrevealed figures from Trump’s federal income-tax returns – 1985 to 1994

“The New York Times has obtained 10 years of previously unrevealed figures from Donald Trump’s federal income-tax returns – from 1985 to 1994. Trump ran up $1.2 billion in core business losses in the decade we examined…” Decade in the Red: Trump Tax Figures Show Over $1 Billion in Losses – By the time his… Continue Reading

Human Rights Watch World Report 2019

“World Report 2019 is Human Rights Watch’s 29th annual review of human rights practices around the globe. It summarizes key human rights issues in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide, drawing on events from late 2017 through November 2018. In his keynote essay, “World’s Autocrats Face Rising Resistance,” Human Rights Watch Executive Director Kenneth… Continue Reading

New Rules On E-Evidence Could Streamline Criminal Investigations in the EU

Center for Data Innovation – “Law enforcement authorities have a problem: Evidence from crimes is often digital, such as emails or documents in the cloud, but investigators cannot easily access data stored in another country. While this issue is global, it is particularly acute within the EU. According to the European Commission, nearly two-thirds of… Continue Reading

Deloitte, MIT, and Datawheel Launch New ‘Viz Builder’ in Data USA 3.0

Deloitte – Data USA’s 3.0 includes additional data sets, now capable of generating more than 2.5 million data visualizations. ” Today Deloitte, MIT, and Datawheel released the third major update to Data USA, a data visualization platform with more than 400,000 monthly visits. This third update includes a “Viz Builder” tool, which allows users to… Continue Reading