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The Global Leader Ideology dataset

Center for Data Innovation: “Bastian Herre, a researcher at the U.K.-based nonprofit Our World in Data, has released a dataset of the economic ideologies of political leaders. The dataset lists the political leaders of 182 countries every year from 1945 to 2020 and classifies their economic ideology as leftist, centrist, rightist, or non-ideological. According to the dataset, leaders of democratic countries are more likely to have either leftist or rightist ideologies, whereas dictators are more likely to hold the full range of economic ideologies.”  Get the data.

Supreme Court overturns OSHA mandate, affects 2/3 of all US workers

Poynter – Al Tompkins: “The quick version of the story is this: A majority of Supreme Court justices ruled that if Congress wishes for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to be able to require private-sector workers to be vaccinated or undergo testing, then Congress should say so in legislation. Short of that, the court… Continue Reading

Home Ownership More Affordable Than Renting in Majority of U.S. Housing Markets

“ATTOM, curator of the nation’s premier property database, today released its 2022 Rental Affordability Report, which shows that owning a median-priced home is more affordable than the average rent on a three-bedroom property in 666, or 58 percent, of the 1,154 U.S. counties analyzed for the report. That means major home ownership expenses consume a… Continue Reading

Browsing: Russ Kick Collection

The Black Vault: “These records were provided by the family of anthologist and transparency activist Russ Kick, from his papers, facilitated by the generous assistance of Dr. Susan Maret. This is not a complete collection set of his papers, but rather, a selection of items sent to The Black Vault for digital preservation. Biography –… Continue Reading

New Series of CRS Reports on Constitutional Analysis adds additional reports

Follow up to previous posting – New Series of CRS Reports on Constitutional Analysis, The Modes of Constitutional Analysis Parts 1-5 have expanded to include Parts 6-8. The Modes of Constitutional Analysis: Moral Reasoning and the National Ethos (Part 6), Brandon J. Murrill, Jan 13, 2022 The Modes of Constitutional Analysis: Structuralism (Part 7), Brandon… Continue Reading

The true cost of Amazon’s low prices

Vox/Recode: “On the heels of yet another year of record sales, Amazon is dealing with a couple of unwelcome updates in the new year. The Senate Judiciary Committee has announced it will soon be marking up the American Innovation and Choice Online Act, an antitrust bill targeting Amazon and other Big Tech companies. This follows… Continue Reading

The Overreach of Limits on “Legal Advice”

Yale Law Journal, Vol 131, 2021-22. The Overreach of Limits on “Legal Advice” 03 Jan 2022 Lauren Sudeall: “Nonlawyers, including court personnel, are typically prohibited from providing legal advice. But definitions of “legal advice” are unnecessarily broad, creating confusion, disadvantaging self-represented litigants, and possibly raising due-process concerns. This Essay argues for a narrower, more explicit… Continue Reading

Is your mask real or fake? CDC issues warnings on counterfeit N95, KN95 masks

ABC7News: “As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is considering updating its mask guidance due to the spread of the omicron variant, scammers online are selling counterfeit N95 and KN95 masks. The CDC says as people decide to upgrade their cloth masks to masks with a level of higher protection, like KN95 and… Continue Reading

Leader of Oath Keepers and 10 Other Individuals Indicted in Federal Court

DOJ: Seditious Conspiracy and Other Offenses Related to U.S. Capitol Breach – Eight Others Facing Charges in Two Related Cases – “A federal grand jury in the District of Columbia returned an indictment yesterday, which was unsealed today [Download U.S v. Crowl et al.; Download U.S. v. Rhodes et al.; Download U.S. v. Walden] charging… Continue Reading

Energy Department to announce Clean Energy Corps, hire 1,000 staffers to work on climate change

Washington Post: “…“It’s truly a remarkable time to be at the Department of Energy as we set off to implement the historic $62 billion in clean energy investments from the President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law,” said Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm. “The launch of our Clean Energy Corps is the latest definitive step along our path… Continue Reading

US government urges organizations to prepare for Russian-sponsored cyber threats

Tech Republic: “Cyberattacks sponsored by hostile nation-states are always a major concern, for governments and organizations. Using advanced and sophisticated tactics, these types of attacks can inflict serious and widespread damage, as we’ve already seen in such incidents as the SolarWinds exploit. As such, organizations need to be vigilant for such attacks and make sure… Continue Reading

GPO ACHIEVES NINE BILLION RETRIEVALS OF GOVERNMENT INFORMATION

WASHINGTON – “The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) achieved the milestone of nine billion retrievals of Government information since the agency started publishing information online in 1994. Today, govinfo, as the online, trusted digital repository is known, serves as the one-stop site for authentic, published Government information. GPO’s site, www.govinfo.gov, which has been touted as… Continue Reading