“The Connecticut News Project, Inc. is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit news organization created to reinvigorate coverage of Connecticut’s state government, public policy and politics. Our primary goal is to ensure that the people of the state are better informed about their government and its activities, so they can more effectively participate in the development of public policy and hold officials accountable for understanding and addressing the state’s needs. We will achieve this goal through original and reliable reporting presented on our website, and distributed through various other platforms and technologies. We will report, analyze, explain, and investigate the activities of state government, reasserting the “watchdog” role of the media. CNP also intends to encourage and facilitate discussion and debate on public policy matters, to create an archive of documents and data about state government and to help train a new generation of journalists.”

http://www.ctmirror.org/news

The Becker-Posner Blog

January 28, 2010

As John Cassidy recently wrote in a January 11, 2010 article in The New Yorker, “Judge Richard A. Posner has been a leading figure in the conservative Chicago School of economics for decades. In September, he came out as a Keynesian. As acts of betrayal go, this was roughly akin to Johnny Damon’s forsaking the Red Sox Nation and joining the Yankees.” Posner shares a blog with Nobel Prize winner Gary Becker where they discuss current issues in economics, law and policy.

http://uchicagolaw.typepad.com/beckerposner/

The U.S. Government Printing Office provides publishing & dissemination services for the official & authentic government publications to Congress, Federal agencies, Federal depository libraries, & the American public. The core mission of Keeping America Informed, dated to 1813 when Congress determined to make information regarding the work of the three branches of Government available to all Americans. They are trying to make all GPO documents available to the public online. Check out their site next time you need federal information.

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/search/home.action

Our Courts is a web-based education project designed to teach students civics and inspire them to be active participants in our democracy. Our Courts is the vision of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who is concerned that students are not getting the information and tools they need for civic participation, and that civics teachers need better materials and support.

http://www.ourcourts.org/default.php

The United States Geological Survey provides some very interesting pages on their website. One of them shows maps with locations of earthquakes around the world within the last 7 days. Earthquakes in the news make this site a great resource as it provides exact locations, rates of magnitude and answers to frequently asked questions.

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/

Politics As Usual

July 16, 2009

The 2008 elections have come and gone, even in Minnesota, finally, but that doesn’t mean politics have slacked off. To follow a plethora of interesting political and social issues nationwide including the what’s what and who’s who, check out Governing.com.

Between February 1971 and July 1973, President Richard Nixon secretly recorded 3,700 hours of his phone calls and meetings across the executive offices. Currently, approximately 2,217 hours of these tapes have been declassified, released, and made available to the public. Nixontapes.org is the only website dedicated solely to the scholarly production and dissemination of digitized Nixon tape audio and transcripts. They have the most complete tape collection in existence–approximately 2,150 hours. They also make available the NARA-created tape logs and time codes, the president’s daily diary, and pertinent information about each conversation that makes your listening experience better and the tape collection more accessible.