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Hot Spots With Highest Growth in Immigration Court Backlog Inbox

“The county in the country with the fastest growing number of residents with pending cases before the Immigration Court was Mecklenburg County (Charlotte) in North Carolina. Pending cases there shot up by 34 percent between May and December 2017. Coming in second with a growth rate of 30 percent over this same period was Loudoun… Continue Reading

CRS – Membership of the 115th Congress: A Profile

Membership of the 115th Congress: A Profile February 10, 2017 – January 17, 2018 R44762 “This report presents a profile of the membership of the 115th Congress (2017-2018) as of January 3, 2018. Statistical information is included on selected characteristics of Members, including data on party affiliation, average age, occupation, education, length of congressional service,… Continue Reading

US News – Is America Great Again? Data Say No

Three years of Best Countries survey results show an unmistakable trend that should alarm Americans. “Among the many things that helped define the 2016 U.S. presidential election, one slogan still rings strong: “Make America Great Again.” The Donald Trump campaign set out to regain the status that the United States had supposedly lost because of… Continue Reading

CDC reports on impact of 2017-2018 Influenza Season

“Synopsis: – During week 2 (January 7-13, 2018), influenza activity increased in the United States. Viral Surveillance: The most frequently identified influenza virus subtype reported by public health laboratories during week 2 was influenza A(H3). The percentage of respiratory specimens testing positive for influenza in clinical laboratories increased. Pneumonia and Influenza Mortality: The proportion of… Continue Reading

Access to the Justices’ Papers: A Better Balance

deMaine, Susan David, Access to the Justices’ Papers: A Better Balance (January 11, 2018). 110 Law Library Journal (2018 Forthcoming). Available at SSRN: – “With the exception of official court records, the papers generated by the Supreme Court justices in their work for the Court are and have always been considered private property. As a… Continue Reading

Internet Firearm Sales: ATF Enforcement Efforts and Outcomes of GAO Covert Testing

Internet Firearm Sales: ATF Enforcement Efforts and Outcomes of GAO Covert Testing, GAO-18-24: Published: Nov 21, 2017. Publicly Released: Dec 21, 2017. “The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is responsible for investigating criminal and regulatory violations of firearms statutes and regulations that govern firearms transactions, including sales that are facilitated by the… Continue Reading

Nearly all members of National Park Service advisory panel resign in frustration

Washington Post – “More than three-quarters of the members of a federally chartered board advising the National Park Service have quit out of frustration that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke had refused to meet with them or convene a single meeting last year. The resignation of 10 out of 12 National Park System Advisory Board members… Continue Reading

Educational Attainment in the United States: 2017

“For the first time in U.S. history, 90 percent of the population age 25 and older have completed high school. This is according to new Educational Attainment data released today from the U.S. Census Bureau. “In 1940, less than half of the population age 25 and older had a high school diploma. Over the years… Continue Reading

Research Report: Constellation’s Futurist Framework (PESTEL)

“The World Economic Forum (WEF) kicks off January 23rd to 26th in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. This year’s theme is about “Creating a Shared Future In A Fractured World”. From the program notes for this year’s event, WEF sees the following: At the close of the 20th century, the presumption was that greater economic interdependence among countries,… Continue Reading

NOAA: 2017 was 3rd warmest year on record for the globe

NOAA, NASA scientists confirm Earth’s long-term warming trend continues – “…The average temperature across the globe in 2017 was 1.51 degrees F above the 20th century average of 57 degrees F. 2017 marks the 41st consecutive year (since 1977) with global land and ocean temperatures at least nominally above the 20th-century average. The six warmest years… Continue Reading

House Intel Committee Releases Glenn Simpson Testimony Transcripts

“The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence today voted to publish the transcripts of testimony provided to the committee by Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson. The November 8 transcript is available here and the November 14 transcript is available here.” See also Feinstein: American People Deserve Opportunity to Read Glenn Simpson, Fusion GPS Transcript Continue Reading