National Academies Press – Security Monographs

This august body sponsors research, seminars and symposiums on a wide variety of topics from agriculture to transportation. So it should come as no surprise that over 500 books are available in the “Conflict and Security” link. The works range from Building Community Disaster Resilience to Reliability Growth: Enhancing Defense System Reliability, and you have the ability to do keyword searching of this sub-section of the Press as you do in any of the other areas covered, such as climate change (128 books); computers and information technology (281 books); and law and justice (79). The works can be as current as 2017 and usually are supplemented with informative bibliographies  that contain links where available.

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Characteristics of the 115th Congress

This brief CRS report presents a statistical overview of this Congress:

“Statistical information is included on selected characteristics of Members, including data on party affiliation, average age, occupation, education, length of congressional service, religious affiliation, gender, ethnicity, foreign births, and military service.”  (Summary)

Also, consult The Hill’s 115th Congress Will be the Most Racially Diverse in History for more data.



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Jersey City #1 in Diversity

According to WalletHub, Jersey City is the most diverse city in the United States with an overall score of 95.88. You can review the methodology and criteria employed.

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EPA Administrator Pruitt’s Close Relationship With Energy Companies

This cache of over 7000 pages of emails outlines the very close relations EPA Administraor Pruitt had with energy companies while he was Oklahoma Attorney General and fighting federal environmental regulations. These communications between him, his staff, and oil company executives paint a picture that has troubling implications for the future of the environment.

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Compare Plans to Replace The Affordable Care Act

There are several plans extant at the moment; this tool from the Kaiser Family Foundation allows you to see how these plans stack up against the ACA. Here are the talking points that the Republicans are supposed to use at town hall meetings to justify their plans to repeal and replace ACA.

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The Opinions of Supreme Court Justice Nominee Neil Gorsuch

As is pointed out in the CRS publication, Judge Gorsuch has authored more than 800 opinions in his tenure on the U.S. Court of Appeals. This aforementioned report lists what are considered essential cases he has reviewed and written on, ranging from administrative law to constitutional law; links are provided to the individual cases. A good biographical overview, coupled with an analysis of his judicial record, can be found at SCOTUSblog.

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More Species Threatened By Climate Change Than First Thought

According to this article from Nature Climate Change, “Our results suggest that populations of large numbers of threatened species are likely to be already affected by climate change, and that conservation managers, planners and policy makers must take this into account in efforts to safeguard the future of biodiversity.” The percentage of endangered species facing imminent eradication is much higher than first postulated. More efforts need to be expended in the here and now, rather than in future speculation.

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