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America in Facts 2024: A Data-Driven Report for Congress

“To create America in Facts 2024, USAFacts interviewed Congressional staff on their topics of interest and the challenges they face when using data. These interviews spanned the House of Representatives and the Senate, included Republicans and Democrats, and identified several topics that we used to inform this report. We hope that members of Congress and their staff can use these metrics and data visualizations as starting points for debates on policy. Explore the findings and interact with the data shared with Congress below. To learn more about these topics, download the report.”

AI, Lawyers, and the Courts

Boyd, Megan, AI, Lawyers, and the Courts (June 18, 2024). Georgia State University College of Law, Legal Studies Research Paper, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4869559 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4869559 “AI is ubiquitous, but many lawyers and judges are rightly uncertain about its utility in law. This article explores generative AI (GenAI) and demonstrates how various GenAI programs,… Continue Reading

Americans’ Views of Government’s Role: Persistent Divisions and Areas of Agreement

Pew – Wide majorities of Biden and Trump supporters oppose cuts to Social Security: “While the economy, immigration and abortion have emerged as major issues in the 2024 election, Joe Biden and Donald Trump also have dramatically different ideas about the size and role of government. These differences reflect decades-old divisions between Democrats and Republicans… Continue Reading

Project 2025, Election 2024, and America’s Future

TIME: “…Project 2025 led by the right-wing think tank the Heritage Foundation, Project 2025 is a presidential transition operation—basically a government-in-waiting if former President Donald Trump returns to office on Jan. 20, 2025. The $22 million effort does not say it is specifically intended for Trump, but that it wants a conservative as the next… Continue Reading

Philadelphia Experiences Biggest Drop in Gun Violence Among Major U.S. Cities

TIME: “Philadelphia has experienced the biggest drop in gun violence among major U.S. cities so far in 2024, according to a new report from a Washington D.C.-based think tank. The Center for American Progress (CAP) released Tuesday its analysis of Gun Violence Archive (GVA) data, which is an online archive of gun violence incidents gathered… Continue Reading

11 steps to keep Meta from stealing your data to train AI

Deborah Copaken: “You only have until June 26, 2024 to say no to Meta taking your personal photos and words and using them to train their generative AI. Here are step-by-step directions for opting out…Facebook has led to all sorts of horrors, including an orange-haired, coup-instigating felon in the White House; Russian interference in our… Continue Reading

South Carolina poised to impose draconian censorship regime on school libraries

Popular Information: “On Tuesday, the South Carolina State Board of Education will impose a centralized and expansive censorship regime on every K-12 school library in the state. The new regulations could result in the banning of most classic works of literature from South Carolina schools — from The Canterbury Tales to Romeo and Juliet to… Continue Reading

“Historical Fanfiction.” The Deceptive, Dangerous Simplicity of Originalism in American Politics

LitHub – Madiba K. Dennie on the Antiquated Conservatism Underpinning the United States’ Highest Courts of Law. “Lawyers don’t often admit this in mixed company, but I’ll let you in on a secret about interpreting the Constitution: there is no one objective way to interpret the Constitution. If there were, what would be the point… Continue Reading

Artificial Intelligence Is Making The Housing Crisis Worse

The Lever: “…Landlords are increasingly turning to private equity-backed artificial intelligence (AI) screening programs to help them select tenants, and resulting cases like Robinson’s are just the tip of the iceberg. The prevalence of incorrect, outdated, or misleading information in such reports is increasing costs and barriers to housing, according to a recent report from… Continue Reading

The Opaque Industry Secretly Inflating Prices for Prescription Drugs

The New York Times [unpaywalled] – Pharmacy benefit managers are driving up drug costs for millions of people, employers and the government. “Americans are paying too much for prescription drugs. It is a common, longstanding complaint. And the culprits seem obvious: Drug companies. Insurers. A dysfunctional federal government. But there is another collection of powerful… Continue Reading