AllGov New Feature

Date: Monday, May 11, 2009 2:55 AM
Category: Allgov Blogs

Thanks to the hard work of 17 UCLA students, AllGov is now providing agency- and nation- specific news links. Examples include the CIA, China and the United States Marshals Service. Go to the “News” module, click on “more” in the upper right corner, and then click on any headline.

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At Present Rate of Progress, Equal Pay for Women Predicted in 170 Years

Of the economic divide, the report says that "at the current rate of change, and given the widening economic gender gap since last year, it will not be closed for another 170 years." The widest gap between the sexes, according to the survey, is in political empowerment. No country has fully closed its overall gender gap, but those in the top five, which includes Rwanda, have closed more than 80% of theirs. The U.S. placed 45th in the index, down from 28th in 2015. Yemen comes in last.   read more

Change in U.S. Search Warrant Rules Seen as Expanding FBI Power to Hack into Nation’s Computers

The amendment goes into effect on Dec. 1 unless Congress steps in to stop it. Google and civil liberties groups have argued that it grants the government overly broad powers to hack into computers across the country, with potentially unintended consequences. Civil liberties advocates said the change would magnify the Justice Dept's investigatory powers because of the interconnected nature of the internet and increasingly large number of internet-connected devices.   read more

Watchdog Groups Decry Energy Dept. Plan for Massive Above-Ground Nuclear Waste Storage

The Dept. of Energy wants to clear away two football fields of desert in New Mexico to store containers of radioactive waste coming from around the country. Designed to withstand the force of tornadoes and seismic events, they would store packaged waste on an open concrete pad covering more than 2 acres. Despite assurances of the robustness of the concrete containers, critics of the plan said Thursday they are asking for the department's request to be withdrawn or rejected by state regulators.   read more

Most Americans Believe Their Vote Won’t Count

Fully 57% of all Americans, and nearly two-thirds of independents, agreed that “politics and elections are controlled by people with money and by big corporations,” so it does not matter if they vote. At 66%, young people are among the most likely to feel pessimistic about the worth of their vote. “This goes along with a lot of what we know about millennials, that they distrust institutions in general,” Jones said. “But it doesn’t bode well for civic participation going forward.”   read more

Majority of U.S. Students Lag in Science; Girls and Minorities Make Modest Gains

Science teacher Susan German says she engages her class with hands-on projects. In one, her students had to build a water treatment facility. They tested their designs and made adjustments for any leaks, but German says it's not just the science she's trying to teach. "While they're acting like scientists and engineers, it's the bigger, broader thinking skills that I'm after, because regardless of what you want to do in this world, critical thinking skills are important," she said.   read more
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