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Guidance for Tax-Exempt Social Welfare Organizations on Candidate-related Political Activities

Categories: Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Taxes!documentDetail;D=IRS-2013-0038-0001

Provides summary, background, and explanation of provisions of proposed regulations dealing with political activity and promotion of social welfare by organizations seeking tax-exempt status.  From


Treasury, IRS Issue Proposed Guidance for Tax-Exempt Social Welfare Organizations

Categories: Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Taxes,-IRS-Will-Issue-Proposed-Guidance-for-Tax-Exempt-Social-Welfare-Organizations

Press release from the Internal Revenue Service on proposed regulations which stipulate that the promotion of social welfare does not include “candidate-related political activity.”  Also seeks comments on what proportion of a 501(c )(4) organization’s activities must promote social welfare.  IRS officials were criticized earlier in the year for ordering closer tax scrutiny of organizations with words like “tea party” and “progressive” in their names. From the IRS


Project Tycho: Data for Health

Categories: Headlines,Health/Medical,History,Statistics,Telecommunications/Internet


Features a digital database of infectious-disease cases on a weekly basis from surveillance reports between 1888 and 2013.  One result: an assessment that the introduction of vaccines helped prevent 100 million cases of serious childhood diseases. Also available at the website.   From the University of Pittsburgh and the Department of Health and Human Services


CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report, United States, 2013

Categories: Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Income/Poverty,Statistics

Describes how race, sex, socioeconomic status, and geographic location affect life expectancy and other key health outcomes.  From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


2012 Hate Crime Statistics

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Disability,Statistics

Provides information about the 5,000+ crimes in the U.S. during 2012 that were motivated by a bias toward a particular race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity/national origin, or disability.  From the Federal Bureau of Investigation