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Remarks by President Trump to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly

Categories: Headlines,Iran,Korea,Presidency,Terrorism,United Nations,Venezuela

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/09/19/remarks-president-trump-72nd-session-united-nations-general-assembly

Text of the speech presenting administation views of world issues during the General Debate at the beginning of the UN’s 72nd session.  From the White House

 

Section 108 of Title 17: A Discussion Document of the Register of Copyrights

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Libraries/Museums

https://www.copyright.gov/policy/section108/discussion-document.pdf

Proposed language to update current copyright law which dates from 1976 and allows libraries and archives to reproduce and distribute without permission copyrighted works for purposes of preservation and research.  From the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress

 

The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2017

Categories: Climate Change,Food/Nutrition,Headlines,Statistics,United Nations

http://www.fao.org/3/a-I7695e.pdf

Due to climate change and world conflicts, the number of people affected by food shortages grew in the past year.  815 million people or 11% of the world population were suffering from food shortages according to the annual report on food security.  From the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

 

Attorney General Sessions Delivers Remarks on DACA

Categories: Headlines,Immigration/Migration

https://www.justice.gov/opa/speech/attorney-general-sessions-delivers-remarks-daca

Text of speech by the Attorney General which announces the cessation of the program, created by executive order under President Obama, which allowed illegal immigrants, brought into the country as children, to receive a renewable legal status.  Also presents arguments for opposing the program.  From the Justice Department

 

Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2016

Categories: Headlines,Health Insurance,Medicare/Medicaid,Population/Census,Statistics

https://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2017/demo/p60-260.pdf

The uninsured rate decreased by 0.3% between 2015 and 2016.  The percentage of people without health insurance for the entire year was 8.8% or 28 million.  Also describes the percentage of people covered by private vs government health insurance.  Also covers health insurance by age and race.  From the Census Bureau

 

Income and Poverty in the United States: 2016

Categories: Headlines,Income/Poverty,Population/Census,Statistics

https://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2017/demo/P60-259.pdf

Presents data on income, earnings, income inequality, and poverty in the U.S.  Median household income was $59,039 which surpasses the previous high set in 1999.and represents a 3.2% increase over the 2015 figure.  The official poverty rate was 12.7%.  From the Census Bureau

 

The National Flood Insurance Program: Financial Soundness and Affordability

Categories: Govt Finance,Headlines,Weather/Disasters

https://www.cbo.gov/system/files/115th-congress-2017-2018/reports/53028-nfipreport2.pdf

Examines the financial soundness of the Flood Insurance Program and its affordability for policyholders.  The program, launched in 1968, collected premiums in August 2016 that fell short of the program’s expected costs by $1.4 billion, mostly from policies in coastal counties.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

Presidential Memorandum … on Military Service by Transgender Individuals

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Defense/Military,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Sex Issues

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/08/25/presidential-memorandum-secretary-defense-and-secretary-homeland

Text of the presidential directive that restores the policy barring transgender individuals from serving openly in the U.S. military.  The Obama administration had opened the military to transgender individuals.  The Trump administration rejects the evidence that the presence of such individuals would not hinder military effectiveness or unit cohesion.  From the White House

 

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