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Our Precarious Democracy Extreme Polarization and Alienation in Our Politics

“As Independence Day approaches, more than one in four Americans are so alienated from their government that they believe it may “soon be necessary to take up arms” against it, according to a new poll released Thursday by the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics (IOP). That startling finding, which comes in the midst of congressional hearings into the January 6th insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, was just one of several reflections of the dangerous level of estrangement many Americans feel from each other and our democratic institutions. The survey of 1,000 registered voters, conducted last month by Republican pollster Neil Newhouse and Democratic pollster Joel Benenson with input from students at the IOP, was designed to probe polarization and its relationship to the news sources upon which Americans rely in a fractionated media environment. The portrait that it paints reveals not only the growing divides we have witnessed in recent years but strong sentiments that the majority of media outlets contribute to these divisions by intentionally misleading their audiences to promote a political point of view..

About three-quarters (73 percent) of voters who identify themselves as Republican agree that “Democrats are generally bullies who want to impose their political beliefs on those who disagree.” An almost identical percentage of Democrats (74 percent) express that view of Republicans. A similarly lopsided majority of each party holds that members of the other are “generally untruthful and are pushing disinformation…Fully half say they have friends or relatives “who have changed because of the media they consume.” And in today’s media environment, where Americans can choose from a plethora of sources for news and information, a majority of Americans (50 percent) believe that when they have political differences, it is less caused by “honest disagreement” than that those who disagree are “misinformed because of where they get their information.”…

Modern, user-friendly Patent Center to fully replace legacy Public PAIR system this summer

USPTO: “Beginning August 1, 2022, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) Patent Center system—available to the public since 2017—will fully replace the legacy Public Patent Application Information Retrieval (Public PAIR) tool for the electronic filing and management of patent applications. The Public PAIR tool, first launched in the early 2000s, will be officially retired on July… Continue Reading

Where Is the U.S. Economy Headed: Soft Landing, Hard Landing, or Stagflation?

CRS Insight – Where Is the U.S. Economy Headed: Soft Landing, Hard Landing, or Stagflation?, June 28, 2022 : “The Economic Recovery So Far – The recovery from the 2020 recession was rapid through the first half of 2021, but the transition to moderate, sustainable economic growth has been choppy, with negative growth in the… Continue Reading

HHS – Know Your Rights: Reproductive Health Care

This is a new website via Health and Human Services – ReproductiveRights.gov: “Reproductive health care, including access to birth control and safe and legal abortion care, is an essential part of your health and well-being. While Roe v. Wade was overturned, abortion remains legal in many states, and other reproductive health care services remain protected… Continue Reading

Here’s every word from the sixth Jan. 6 committee hearing on its investigation

NPR: Below, read the full transcript from the June 28 hearing of the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack. The transcript was produced by CQ. [sipped] BENNIE THOMPSON: The Select Committee to investigate the January 6th attack on the United States Capitol will be in order. Without objection, the chair is authorized… Continue Reading

Federal Workforce Statistics Sources: OPM and OMB

CRS – Federal Workforce Statistics Sources: OPM and OMB – Updated June 28, 2022: “This report describes online tools, reports, and data compilations created by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) that contain statistics about federal employees and the federal workforce. The report also describes key characteristics… Continue Reading

The case against the Supreme Court of the United States

Vox Commentary – “The Court was the midwife of Jim Crow, the right hand of union busters, the dead hand of the Confederacy, and now is one of the chief architects of America’s democratic decline. By Ian Millhiser: Alito’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization may literally be the worst-kept secret in the… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Sara Jacobs – we need to protect reproductive health data

Sara Jacobs: “On June 24, 2022 “the Supreme Court of the United States released their decision in Dobbs v. Jackson, finding there is no constitutional right to an abortion and effectively overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade decision from 1973. “This decision is outrageous and has dangerous and far-reaching implications for Americans’ right to privacy… Continue Reading

With Roe overturned, updated ABA Legal Fact Check explores doctrine of legal precedent

“With the decision today by the U.S. Supreme Court overturning the landmark abortion decision of Roe v. Wade, the posted ABA Legal Fact Check has been revised to reflect the developments to assist reporters and the public to better understand the legal principle of stare decisis, or legal precedent, and how it came to be.… Continue Reading

Who will be most impacted by rising temperatures in California?

New online mapping tool helps the state prepare for extreme heat: “Last summer was the hottest in California’s history. And as this summer kicks off, we’re bracing for more record-breaking temperatures. Heat is the deadliest effect of climate change in California. While it affects everyone, it disproportionately impacts low-income residents and communities of color.  “Heat… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, June 26, 2022

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, June 26, 2022 – Privacy and cybersecurity issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly… Continue Reading

What the data says about abortion in the U.S.

“Pew Research Center has conducted many surveys about abortion over the years, providing a lens into Americans’ views on whether the procedure should be legal, among a host of other questions. In our most recent survey, 61% of U.S. adults say abortion should be legal all or most of the time, while 37% say it should… Continue Reading