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How Much Do Congressional Staffers Earn?

There are two reports recently issued from CRS: one for the House and one for the Senate. Titles range from press secretary to caseworker to scheduler; median salaries are given with comparisons to previous years included. Numerous tables add to the efficacy of these documents.


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What is Socialism?

With the 2020 presidential campaign already in full swing, the term “socialism” has been bandied about by both sides of the political spectrum. This piece from the Brookings Institution¬†explains the development of this ideology and its incorporation into current affairs. It also offers an examination of this movement in the governments of the United Kingdom and Germany. A much lengthier treatment of this term can be found here courtesy of the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

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Who is Running for President in 2020?

As far as can be tabulated – everyone is. With Joe Biden stepping into the ring this morning, there are at least 22 confirmed candidates. This feature from The New York Times serves as a handy guide for this crowded field. For more information, please go to this Ballotpedia site to see the more than 600 individuals who have filed with the FEC to run for president; this page also offers up a host of salient reference points.

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2018 Population Estimates for Counties Released

The Census Bureau has just made available the 2018 population estimates for every county in the country. To review these figures and find out if the population has increased or decreased over the years since 2010,  come here.

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Women in Congress: Statistics and Serving History

There have been 365 women elected to Congress since 1917. These two 2019 reports from CRS will provide apposite information: Women in Congress: Statistics and Brief Overview and Women in Congress, 1917-2019; the latter report details committee memberships in its 120 pages. See on what committees AOC is serving. Additional biographical information can be garnered from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.


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United Nations Digital Library

As of this writing, over 950,000 records are included in this database consisting of speeches, reports, meeting records, documents, resolutions, and all the other bureaucratic paperwork associated with such a vast organization. The material can be filtered by UN body as well as by year; an advanced search screen provides even more options.

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Full Text of Governor Murphy’s 2020 Budget Address

You can find it here. In it, he mentions a $5M increase for TAG and an $2.5M increase for EOF. He also states “And, our budget looks to a new way to help our four-year public colleges and universities. We propose $20 million in new formula-driven aid, based on what is needed to ensure the best outcomes for all students and reflect the diversity of our state.”

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