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Transporting Crude Oil by Rail: State and Federal Action

Transporting Crude Oil by Rail: State and Federal Action
Source: National Conference of State Legislatures

Technological advances such as hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling are driving the increase in oil and natural gas extraction and allowing access to shale resources in Canada and the U.S.

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Washington's Marijuana Legalization Grows Knowledge, Not Just Pot

Washington’s Marijuana Legalization Grows Knowledge, Not Just Pot
Source: Brookings Institution

Voters in Washington state decided in November 2012 to legalize marijuana in their state, inspired by a campaign that emphasized minimizing the drug’s social costs and tightly controlling the legal recreational market.

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Transgender Service: The Next Social Domino for the Army

Transgender Service: The Next Social Domino for the Army (PDF)
Source: Military Law Review

“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) was repealed on September 20, 2011. As a result, lesbian, gay, and bisexual servicemembers can now serve openly and are no longer subject to administrative separation based on homosexual acts, homosexual statements, marriage, or attempts to marry a person of the same biological sex.

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Recalibrating Justice: A Review of 2013 State Sentencing and Corrections Trends

Recalibrating Justice: A Review of 2013 State Sentencing and Corrections Trends
Source: Vera Institute

In 2013, 35 states passed at least 85 bills to change some aspect of how their criminal justice systems address sentencing and corrections.

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The US Crime Puzzle: A Comparative Perspective on US Crime & Punishment

The US Crime Puzzle: A Comparative Perspective on US Crime & Punishment
Source: Social Science Research Network

I generate out-of-sample predictions of US crime and incarceration rates from cross-country regressions.

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Social media freedom in Turkey

Social media freedom in Turkey
Source: European Parliamentary Research Service

After a two-month ban, the Turkish government restored access to the video-sharing website YouTube in June 2014.

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EU -- Organic production and labelling of organic products

Organic production and labelling of organic products
Source: European Parliamentary Research Service

This note seeks to provide an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission’s Impact Assessment (IA) accompanying the above proposal which was adopted on 24 March 2014.

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