The President’s Climate Action Plan

The President’s Climate Action Plan. Executive Office of the President, The White House. June 2013.

The plan has three pillars – 1) Cut carbon pollution in America; 2) Prepare America for the impacts of climate change; 3) Lead global efforts to combat global climate change and prepare for its impacts.

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Inflation and the Real Minimum Wage: A Fact Sheet

Inflation and the Real Minimum Wage: A Fact Sheet. Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress. Craig K. Elwell. June 21, 2013.

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938 established the hourly minimum wage rate at 25 cents for covered workers. Since then, it has been raised 22 separate times, in part to keep up with rising prices. Most recently, in July 2009, it was increased to $7.25 an hour. Because there have been some extended periods between these adjustments while inflation generally has increased, the real value (purchasing power) of the minimum wage has decreased substantially over time.

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Global Markets, Global Citizens, and Global Governance in the 21st Century

Global Markets, Global Citizens, and Global Governance in the 21st Century. Center for Global Development. Nancy Birdsall et al. June 24, 2013.

The politics, rules, and institutions of cooperation among nations have not kept up with the demands from global citizens for changes in the global political order. Whether norms and policies can make the global politics of managing the global economy more effective, more legitimate, and more responsive to the needs of the bottom half of the world’s population, for whom life remains harsh, remains to be seen. There is some cause for optimism, however: citizens everywhere are becoming more aware of and active in seeking changes in the global norms and rules that could make the global system and the global economy fairer, in processes if not outcomes, and less environmentally harmful. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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Climate Change and Financial Instability Seen as Top Global Threats

Climate Change and Financial Instability Seen as Top Global Threats. Pew Global Attitudes Project. June 24, 2013.

Publics around the world are concerned about the effect of global climate change and international financial instability, with majorities in many of the nations surveyed saying these are major threats to their countries. But Islamic extremism is also a serious concern, particularly in the United States, Europe and sub-Saharan Africa. In contrast, relatively few consider American or Chinese power and influence a major threat to their countries. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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The Measure of America 2013-2014

The Measure of America 2013-2014. Social Science Research Council. Kristen Lewis and Sarah Burd-Sharps. June 2013.

Measure of America series measures well-being in three vital areas, health, education, and earnings, that shape the opportunities available to us and enable people to invest in their families and live to their full potential. It contains American Human Development Index ranking for the 50 U.S. states, the 25 largest metropolitan areas, and racial and ethnic groups within those states and metro areas. It also looks at changes in well-being in states since 2000 and in metro areas before and after the Great Recession. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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Majority Views NSA Phone Tracking as Acceptable Anti-terror Tactic: Public Says Investigate Terrorism, Even If It Intrudes on Privacy

Majority Views NSA Phone Tracking as Acceptable Anti-terror Tactic: Public Says Investigate Terrorism, Even If It Intrudes on Privacy. Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. June 10, 2013.

A majority of Americans – 56% – say the National Security Agency’s (NSA) program tracking the telephone records of millions of Americans is an acceptable way for the government to investigate terrorism, though a substantial minority – 41% – say it is unacceptable. And while the public is more evenly divided over the government’s monitoring of email and other online activities to prevent possible terrorism, these views are largely unchanged since 2002, shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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Data to Live By: Understanding the Social Media + Technology Landscape

Data to Live By: Understanding the Social Media + Technology Landscape. Pew Internet & American Life Project. Mary Madden. June 12, 2013.

New technologies and social media have had a major impact on the way we communicate and live life. Mary Madden delivered the keynote address for the Lawlor Symposium’s summer seminar, sharing “data to live by” to aid in understanding this new social media and technology landscape. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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