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Children’s Health Insurance Program: Effects on Coverage and Access, and Considerations for Extending Funding

http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/668768.pdf

CHIP is a joint federal-state program that provides health insurance for over 8 million children.  As Congress decides whether to extend program funding, this report assesses the program’s effect on children’s health care coverage and key issues for Congress to consider.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

Asylum Trends 2014

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Immigration/Migration,Statistics,United Nations

http://www.unhcr.org/551128679.html

Documents an alarming rise in the number of individual seeking asylum during 2014.  Summarizes patterns and trends in the number of individual asylum claims processed in Europe and selected non-European countries.  From the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

 

CFPB Considers Proposal to End Payday Debt Traps

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Financial Crisis/Markets,Laws/Regulations

http://www.consumerfinance.gov/newsroom/cfpb-considers-proposal-to-end-payday-debt-traps/

Agency press release about plans to develop regulations that protect consumers against predatory lending practices.  From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

 

National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Headlines,Health/Medical,Presidency

https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/national_action_plan_for_combating_antibotic-resistant_bacteria.pdf

Proposes a national campaign built around five goals to respond to the rise of drug-resistant bacteria.  Claims the campaign will reduce the incidence of MRSA, CRE, and Clostridium Difficile and eliminate the use of antibiotics for growth promotion in food animals.  From the White House

 

Recent Developments in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs)

Categories: Arab,Great Britain,Israel,Middle East Conflict

http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/RP15-18.pdf

Reviews developments over recent months including the breakdown of U.S-brokered peace talks, the Hamas-Israel conflict of 2014, the current status of the Palestinian territories, and the 2014 ceasefire agreement which calls for indirect talks between Hamas, the Palestinian Authority, and Israel.   House of Commons Library Research Paper 15/18