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Status of the Social Security and Medicare Programs: A Summary of the 2018 Annual Reports

https://www.ssa.gov/OACT/TRSUM/tr18summary.pdf

20+ page summary of the key findings on the current financial status of the Medicare and Social Security Trust Funds.  The two programs amounted to 42% of federal program expenditures in FY2017 and both programs are expected to experience cost growth in excess of GDP growth due to aging of the population.  From the Social Security Administration

 

Fact Sheet: Social Security and Medicare Trustees Report

https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/sm0405

Summarizes the annual financial review of Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds.  Recent policy changes will result in less funding for the Part A Medicare Hospital Fund which will be insolvent by 2026  Social Security is solvent until 2034 under current policies.  Includes links to full text of the Medicare and Social Security reports.  From the Treasury Department

 

Report of the Federal Judiciary Workplace Conduct Working Group to the Judicial Conference of the United States

Categories: Govt Personnel,Headlines,Sex Issues,Supreme Court/courts

http://www.uscourts.gov/file/document/report-federal-judiciary-workplace-conduct-working-group

Text of the report ordered by Chief Justice John Roberts to examine safeguards for protecting court employees from inappropriate conduct in the judicial workplace.  The report was commissioned after news accounts of inappropriate conduct, especially sexual misconduct, toward employees by judges.  From the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts

 

 

Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Religion/Ethics,Supreme Court/courts

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/16-111

Divided Supreme Court ruling that Colorado’s antidiscrimination laws violated a baker’s free exercise of religion.  Baker Jack Phillips, proprietor of the cakeshop, refused on religious grounds, to bake a cake for the wedding of a gay couple.  From the Legal Information Institute of the Cornell University Law School

 

International Religious Freedom Report for 2017

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Foreign Affairs,Headlines,Religion/Ethics

https://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/irf/religiousfreedom/index.htm

Annual report on how the U.S. views the performance of other countries in permitting freedom of religious practice.  Includes sections on government respect and societal respect for religious freedom. From the Department of State

 

U.S. Decision to Cease Implementing the Iran Nuclear Agreement

Categories: Arms Control,European Union,Headlines,Iran,Nuclear Arms,Treaties

https://www.everycrsreport.com/files/20180509_R44942_cc7e7c0820a7cae76cf8345f8d55bc9f1a5e9bfd.pdf

Analyzes the U.S. pullout from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action treaty with Iran, the reasons given by the president, and the potential implications including the willingness of other nations to engage in treaty negotiations with the U.S.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by EveryCRSReport.com

 

Active Shooter Incidents in the United States in 2016 and 2017

Categories: Crime/Justice,Guns,Headlines,Statistics,Terrorism

https://www.fbi.gov/file-repository/active-shooter-incidents-us-2016-2017.pdf

Provides information about the 50 shootings in 2016 and 2017 which the FBI has designated as active shooter incidents.  Defines an “active shooter” as one or more individuals actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area.  From the Federal Bureau of Investigation

 

Federal Subsidies for Health Insurance Coverage for People Under Age 65: 2018 to 2028

Categories: Govt Finance,Headlines,Health Insurance,Medicare/Medicaid,Statistics,Welfare/Social Services

https://www.cbo.gov/system/files/115th-congress-2017-2018/reports/53826-healthinsurancecoverage.pdf

Estimates that the federal subsidies, taxes, and penalties associated with health insurance coverage for people under age 65 will result in a net subsidy from the federal government of $685 billion in 2018.  This cost includes the cost of preferential tax treatment for work-related insurance coverage, the cost of Medicaid and Medicare for those under 65, and government payments for other kinds of health insurance such as the marketplaces established by the Affordable Care Act.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

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