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Race Disparity Audit: Summary Findings from the Ethnicity Facts and Figures Website

Uses a collection of data to examine how people of different backgrounds and ethnic groups are treated in England in such areas as health, education, employment, housing, and the criminal justice system.  This report gives an overview of the first set of findings.  From the Cabinet Office


Federal Law Protections for Religious Liberty

Categories: Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Religion/Ethics

Controversial policy statement offering guidance for federal agencies from the Attorney General on interpreting religious liberty protections in federal law.  Offers 20 principles including “the freedom of religion extends to persons and organizations”, and “includes the right to act or abstain from action in accordance with one’s religious beliefs.”  From the Justice Department


Religious Exemptions and Accommodations for Coverage of Certain Preventive Services Under the Affordable Care Act

Categories: Abortion/Contraception,Headlines,Health Insurance,Laws/Regulations,Religion/Ethics,Sex Issues,Women

Interim final regulations involving contraception coverage requirements which would expand the number and type of organizations that can claim religious objections to providing women with contraceptive coverage as part of their health insurance plans.  From the Federal Register and the Health and Human Services Department


Review of Selected Criteria Used to Identify Tax-Exempt Applications for Review

Categories: Charity/Nonprofits,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Taxes

Provides a historical account of how tax officials selected criteria such as names of organizations to investigate whether their applications for ax-exempt status were justified.  A previous 2013 audit report launched a firestorm of criticism that organizations were targeted if they had terms like “patriot” or “tea party” in their names.  This follow-up report reveals that liberal organizations with terms like “progressive” were subjected to the same scrutiny.  From the Office of the Inspector General of the Tax Administration Division of the Internal Revenue Service.



Recent Trends in Wealth-Holding by Race and Ethnicity: Evidence from the Survey of Consumer Finances

Categories: African Americans,Headlines,Hispanics,Income/Poverty,Marriage/Family,Statistics

Wealth rose for families in all race and ethnicity groups between 2013 and 2016, but wealth disparities among families of different racial and ethnic groups changed little.  Analyzes trends in total net worth among families of different groups and then types of assets that comprise net worth.  From the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve



Preliminary Analysis of Legislation that would Replace Subsidies for Health Care with Block Grants

Categories: Headlines,Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations,Medicare/Medicaid,Statistics,Taxes

Finds that the latest Republican proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act would reduce the federal budget deficit by at least $133 billion but reduce the number of people with comprehensive health insurance by millions.  Loss of insurance would result from reductions in spending for the block grants, reductions in spending for subsidies, and the repeal of penalties for not having insurance.  From the Congressional Budget Office


Crime in the United States 2016

Categories: Crime/Justice,Headlines,Property Rights,Statistics

Annual report on crime as reported by local and state police units.  Finds that violent crime ticked up and property crime down during 2016.  From the Federal Bureau of Investigation


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

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

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


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