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Border Security: Analysis of Vulnerabilities Identified by Frontline Agents

Categories: Congress,Govt Personnel,Homeland Security,Science/Technology

https://www.hsgac.senate.gov/download/border-security_-analysis-of-vulnerabilities-identified-by-frontline-agents

Committee staff report analyzing information collected from frontline Customs and Border Protection agents on southwest border vulnerabilities and how to correct them.  Calls for better technology, more personnel, and improved equipment as highest priorities rather than a border wall.  From the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee minority staff.

 

Reinstatement of a Citizenship Question on the 2020 Decennial Census Questionnaire

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Population/Census

https://www.commerce.gov/sites/commerce.gov/files/2018-03-26_2.pdf

Lays out the reasons why the Secretary of Commerce has decided to add a controversial question about citizenship to the 2020 Census.  Cites need to prevent voting fraud as justification for risking reduced Census response rate.  From the U.S. Department of Commerce.

 

Military Service by Transgender Individuals

Categories: Defense/Military,Headlines,Sex Issues

https://media.defense.gov/2018/Mar/23/2001894037/-1/-1/0/MILITARY-SERVICE-BY-TRANSGENDER-INDIVIDUALS.PDF

Report from a panel of experts which partially reinstates the ban on transgendered individuals serving in the U.S. military. Finds “substantial risk” associated with military service by individuals suffering from gender dysphoria and also bans military service for those “who require or have undergone gender transition.”  From the Defense Department

 

The Distribution of Household Income, 2014

https://www.cbo.gov/system/files/115th-congress-2017-2018/reports/53597-distribution-household-income-2014.pdf

Provides a stark picture of income inequality in the U.S. where, in 2014, the lowest fifth had average annual income of about $19,000 and the highest fifth had $281,000.  Also discusses trends in income inequality and how federal programs, especially the Affordable Care Act, and taxes affected the distribution of income in 2014.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

Bump-Stock-Type Devices: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Categories: Guns,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

https://www.justice.gov/file/1046006/download

Text of proposed rule that would define “bump-stock devices” as machineguns and make it illegal for any person to transfer or possess such a device according to the Gun Control Act of 1968.  Current possessors of such devices would be required to surrender, destroy, or make them inoperable upon the effective date of the rule.  From the Justice Department

 

Attorney General Sessions Announces Regulation Effectively Banning Bump Stocks

Categories: Guns,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/attorney-general-sessions-announces-regulation-effectively-banning-bump-stocks

Statement of the attorney general upon the announcement of the proposed rulemaking that would ban the use or possession of bump-stock devices.  From the Justice Department

 

End of Term Web Archive: U.S. Federal Web Domain at Presidential Transitions

Categories: Govt Information,History,Presidency

http://eotarchive.cdlib.org/index.html

Now covering presidential transitions from 2008, 2012, and 2016 covering some 50,000 records.  Hosted by the California Digital Library and the Internet Archive

 

James Buchanan and Harriet Lane Johnston Papers

Categories: History,Presidency

https://www.loc.gov/collections/james-buchanan-and-harriet-lane-johnston-papers/about-this-collection

The digitized papers of Buchanan, representative and senator from Pennsylvania, secretary of state and 15th president and those of his niece who served as his White House hostess, cover the period 1825 to 1887.  From the Library of Congress

 

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