Latino Voters and the 2014 Midterm Elections

On October 17, 2014, in Politics, by editor2

Pew Research Hispanic Trends Center. October 16, 2014.

A record 25.2 million Latinos are eligible to vote in the 2014 midterms, or 11% of eligible voters nationwide. But in many states with close races this year, Latinos make up a smaller share of eligible voters. [Note: contains copyrighted material] [PDF format, 50 pages]

Congressional Research Service. October 7, 2014.

This report provides an overview of the statutory framework, key players, infrastructure, resources, tools, and operations associated with enforcement and compliance of the major pollution control laws and regulations administered by EPA. It also outlines the roles of federal (including regional offices) and state regulators, as well as the regulated community. Understanding the many facets of how all federal pollution control laws are enforced, and the responsible parties involved, can be challenging. Enforcement of the considerable body of these laws involves a complex framework and organizational setting. [PDF format, 56 pages].

Urban Institute. October 8, 2014.

A key policy concern is how to best help low-income individuals gain the skills and credentials they need to find a well-paying job. However, low-income parents in particular may face certain barriers, such as access to reliable child care. This brief uses nationally-representative data to examine the education and training participation of low-income parents and understand their personal and family characteristics, both for those who do and do not engage in education and training. It discusses implications for workforce development and child care policy and programs to better support these parents as they balance school, work and family responsibilities. [Note: contains copyrighted material]. [PDF format, 17 pages].

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Killer Apps in the Gigabit Age

On October 10, 2014, in Science & Technology, by editor1

Pew Research Internet Project. October 9, 2014.

The age of gigabit connectivity is dawning and will advance in coming years. The only question is how quickly it might become widespread. A gigabit connection can deliver 1,000 megabits of information per second (Mbps). Globally, cloud service provider Akamai reports that the average global connection speed in quarter one of 2014 was 3.9 Mbps, with South Korea reporting the highest average connection speed, 23.6 Mbps and the U.S. at 10.5 Mbps. In some respects, gigabit connectivity is not a new development. The U.S. scientific community has been using hyper-fast networks for several years, changing the pace of data sharing and enabling levels of collaboration in scientific disciplines that were unimaginable a generation ago. [Note: contains copyrighted material]. [PDF format, 55 pages].

Global Health Engagement

On October 10, 2014, in Global Issues, Health, by editor1

Center for Strategic & International Studies. October 8, 2014.

President Obama recently announced that the Department of Defense (DoD) would deploy 3,000 troops to lead a major expansion of the U.S. response to Ebola. This campaign will amplify efforts that already include the largest international response by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in its history, numerous other U.S. agencies, and a large coalition of international partners assisting the affected nations. [Note: contains copyrighted material]. [PDF format, 20 pages].