Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

Estimated Deficits and Debt Under the … Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Categories: Business/Economics,Govt Finance,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Statistics,Taxes

https://www.cbo.gov/system/files/115th-congress-2017-2018/costestimate/hr1deficitsanddebt.pdf

Estimates that passage of the proposed legislation in its current form would increase federal deficits to $1.7 trillion in the 2018-2027 period and bring the debt figure to 97.1% of GDP.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

2016 Hate Crime Statistics

Categories: African Americans,Arab,Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Disability,Headlines,Religion/Ethics,Sex Issues,Statistics

https://ucr.fbi.gov/hate-crime/2016

Contains details of 5% rise in hate crimes during 2016 compared to the previous year.  Most attacks were directed against Blacks, Jews, Muslims, and LGBT people.  Covers information about the crimes, victims, offenders, and locations.  From the Federal Bureau of Investigation

 

Climate Science Special Report: Fourth National Climate Assessment, Vol. 1

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Science/Technology,Weather/Disasters

https://science2017.globalchange.gov/

The first of two volumes.  States that global temperatures have warmed by 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit since 1901 and it is “extremely likely” that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases, are the dominant cause.  Includes sections on climate models, scenarios, precipitation and temperature changes, extreme storms, sea level rise, and more.  From the U.S. Global Change Research Program.

 

Presidential Memorandum: Combatting the National Drug Demand and Opioid Crisis

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,China,Headlines,Health/Medical,Mexico

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/10/26/presidential-memorandum-heads-executive-departments-and-agencies

Describes the loss of life and other damage caused by addictive drugs and calls upon the Secretary of Health and Human Services to declare a Public Health Emergency.  Cites rise in opioid prescriptions, heroin from Mexico, and fentanyl from China as major culprits.  From the White House

 

JFK Assassination Records, 2017 Additional Documents Release

Categories: Govt Information,Headlines,History,Laws/Regulations,Presidency

https://www.archives.gov/research/jfk/2017-release

Covers the release of nearly 3,000 additional documents, mostly from the CIA and FBI, related to the assassination of President John Kennedy.  The release was mandated by the JFK Assassination Records Collection Act.  A few additional documents are scheduled to be released next spring.  From the National Archives and Records Administration

 

U.S. Withdraws from UNESCO

Categories: Foreign Affairs,Headlines,Israel,United Nations

https://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2017/10/274748.htm

Terse press release announcing the U.S. withdrawal from UNESCO  to take effect on the last day of 2018 and the U.S. intention to remain engaged as a non-member observer state.  The withdrawal decision was based on concerns about financial management, need for reform, and an alleged anti-Israel bias.  From the State Department

 

Prevalence of Obesity Among Adults and Youth: United States, 2015-2016

Categories: Food/Nutrition,Headlines,Health/Medical,Statistics,Youth

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db288.pdf

Provides the most recent national estimates on obesity prevalence by sex, age, race, and Hispanic origin.  The prevalence of obesity among U.S. adults in the period of coverage was 39.8%, while for youth it was 18.5%.  From the National Center for Health Statistics

 

President Donald J. Trump’s Letter to House and Senate Leaders and Immigration Principles and Policies

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/10/08/president-donald-j-trumps-letter-house-and-senate-leaders-immigration

Controversial proposal by the Trump Administration to reform immigration policies including building a southwestern border wall, removing unaccompanied alien children, closing “loopholes” in asylum procedures and hiring additional immigration judges to reduce the backlog of pending cases, and punishing so-called sanctuary cities by withholding federal grants.  From the White House

 

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