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OECD Health at a Glance 2017

“Health at a Glance 2017 says that all OECD countries have seen life expectancy at birth increase by over 10 years since 1970 to reach an average of 80.6 years. Life expectancy at birth is highest in Japan (83.9 years), and Spain and Switzerland (83 years each), and lowest in Latvia (74.6) and Mexico (75). New… Continue Reading

FBI Releases 2016 Hate Crime Statistics

“Today the FBI released Hate Crime Statistics, 2016, the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program’s latest compilation about bias-motivated incidents throughout the nation. Submitted by 15,254 law enforcement agencies, the 2016 data provide information about the offenses, victims, offenders, and locations of hate crimes. Law enforcement agencies submitted incident reports involving 6,121 criminal incidents and 7,321… Continue Reading

Government Printing, Publications, and Digital Information Management: Issues and Challenges

CRS Report – Government Printing, Publications, and Digital Information Management: Issues and Challenges, November 8, 2017. R45014 “In the past half-century, in government and beyond, information creation, distribution, retention, and preservation activities have transitioned from a tangible, paper-based process to digital processes managed through computerized information technologies. Information is created as a digital object which… Continue Reading

FBI database for gun buyers missing millions of records

FBI database for gun buyers missing millions of records by WaPo’s Devlin Barrett, Sandhya Somashekhar and Alex Horton: “The FBI’s background-check system is missing millions of records of criminal convictions, mental illness diagnoses and other flags that would keep guns out of potentially dangerous hands, a gap that contributed to the shooting deaths of 26… Continue Reading

Department of Defense Casualty Releases – 2017

The men and women of our armed forces who have died in “three wars” –  Iraq, Afghanistan and in other lands where they were deployed to “fight terrorism.” See News Releases are official statements of the Department of Defense. Go to DoD News for more information and for links to other news items. In related… Continue Reading

Department of Homeland Security 2017 Privacy Office Annual Report to Congress

“The work of the DHS Privacy Office supports all five core DHS missions articulated in the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review: (1) prevent terrorism and enhance security; (2) secure our borders; (3) enforce our immigration laws; (4) safeguard cyberspace; and (5) strengthen national preparedness, as well as the important cross-cutting goal to mature and strengthen homeland… Continue Reading

House Tax Plan sneaks under $1.5 Trillion debt limit – Senate releases two page bill summary

Follow up to previous posting – DavisPolk Posts Updated Tax Bill Navigator Tool – and HR 1 – Tax Cuts and Jobs Act 2017 – via Axios: “The latest version of the House tax bill, passed by the Ways and Means Committee this afternoon, meets Senate deficit requirements, according to a Joint Committee on Taxation… Continue Reading

UK environment secretary will back total ban on bee-harming pesticides

theguardian: Research leads environment secretary to overturn government’s previous opposition, making total EU ban much more likely – “The UK will back a total ban on insect-harming pesticides in fields across Europe, the environment secretary, Michael Gove, has revealed. The decision reverses the government’s previous position and is justified by recent new evidence showing neonicotinoids… Continue Reading

DavisPolk Posts Updated Tax Bill Navigator Tool

Tax Reform and Transition Blog: “An updated version of the Tax Bill Navigator is now available, which reflects the draft House bill, including all amendments adopted by the House Ways and Means Committee as of the morning of November 8th, 2017.  You can find the updated Tax Bill Navigator here. We have also generated a PDF comparison… Continue Reading

Abraham Lincoln Papers Now Available in Full Color Online

Library of Congress: “The papers of Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), lawyer, representative from Illinois, and sixteenth president of the United States, contain approximately 40,550 documents dating from 1774 to 1948, although most of the collection spans from the 1850s through Lincoln’s presidency (1861-1865). Roughly half of the collection, more than 20,000 documents, comprising 62,000 images, as… Continue Reading

Brief Preliminary Distributional Analysis of the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”

“The Tax Policy Center has produced preliminary distributional estimates of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act as introduced on November 3, 2017. We find the legislation would reduce taxes on average for all income groups in 2018 and 2027. The largest cuts, in dollars and as a percentage of after-tax income, would accrue to higher-income… Continue Reading

Testimony by Cater Page to House Intel Committee

The Hill: “Carter Page, a former foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, testified behind closed doors before the House Intelligence Committee for nearly eight hours on Thursday [November 2, 2017], revealing previously undisclosed details in the ongoing probes into Russian election meddling. Read Page’s full testimony here:” Continue Reading