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Research Roundup: How long would a job-market recovery take?, Recession and Recovery, The State of America's Children 2008, The

How long would a job-market recovery take? - One year into the recession and the U.S. economy has already lost nearly 2 million jobs, according to this Economic Policy Institute Snapshot.  Evidence comparing the pattern of that job decline to recent recessions indicates that employment levels will likely not fully recover until mid-2010 or beyond.

Recession and Recovery - The Urban Institute has produced six issue briefs detailing how Americans have fared during and after downturns since the 1970s, what might be ahead, and how government programs aid those in distress.  They stress the key roles of unemployment insurance, welfare, food stamps, the earned income tax credit, and public health programs like Medicaid and SCHIP in protecting families during rough economic times.

The State of America's Children 2008 -  In the past year, the number of poor children has increased by nearly 500,000 to 13.3 million, with 5.8 million living in extreme poverty, according to a new report from the Children's Defense Fund.

The Future of the Internet III - The Pew Internet & American Life Project surveys key leaders in the technology world and details among others predictions that by 2020, the mobile device will be the key tool for accessing the Internet, transparency of institutions will increase, divisions of personal time and work time will continue to erode, and the next generation engineering of the network is more likely to take the form of an upgrade of the current architecture than starting over from scratch. 

AALDEF Exit Poll of Over 16,000 Asian-American Voters - A new Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) report out on exit polls done in 11 states with 60 organizations found that Asian Americans across ethnic lines prioritized the economy and jobs in choosing a presidential candidate. Additionally, the findings revealed that 35% of those polled had limited English language proficiency, which points to the need for bilingual ballots and language assistance at the voting booth.