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Elevation of U.S. Cyber Command to a Unified Combatant Command

Categories: Defense/Military,Headlines,Homeland Security,Telecommunications/Internet

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/08/18/presidential-memorandum-secretary-defense

Presidential directive that elevates the Pentagon’s offensive cyber-force to a 10th unified command level, on a par with other main combat commands.  It had been subordinate to Strategic Command, the unit responsible for U.S. missile defenses.  From the White House

 

International Religious Freedom Report for 2016

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

https://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/irf/religiousfreedom/#wrapper

Annual report on the U.S. view of religious freedom in the world and which countries have been responsible for violations of religious freedom.  Separate sections for each country, its religious traditions, and the status of government and societal respect for religious freedom.  From the State Department

 

State of the Climate in 2016

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

http://www.ametsoc.net/sotc2016/StateoftheClimate2016_lowres.pdf

Annual summary of global weather conditions.  Surface temperature and carbon dioxide concentration set new highs during 2016.  From the American Meteorological Society and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

U.S. Global Change Research Program Climate Science Special Report

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

https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/3920195/Final-Draft-of-the-Climate-Science-Special-Report.pdf

The 673 page draft report by scientists from 13 federal agencies on climate change and the role that humans have played in warming the atmosphere. Provides the scientific foundation for the Fourth National Climate Assessment.  Not yet released by the U.S. government; copy made public by the New York Times.  Also available at Stanford University Digital Repository.  From the U.S. Global Change Research Program

 

The Year in Trade 2016: Operation of the Trade Agreements Program

Categories: Brazil,Canada,China,Cuba,European Union,Foreign Trade/Investment,Headlines,Japan,Laws/Regulations,Mexico,Treaties

https://www.usitc.gov/publications/332/pub4711.pdf

Covers activities of the past year related to U.S. trade policies, agreements, and trade laws. Includes information about World Trade Organization dispute settlement decisions, antidumping and intellectual property rights infringement cases, and bilateral trade issues with major U.S. trading partners—the European Union, China, Canada, Mexico, Japan, and Brazil.  From the U.S. International Trade Commission

 

Country Reports on Terrorism 2016

Categories: Crime/Justice,Foreign Affairs,Headlines,Terrorism,WMD

http://www.state.gov/j/ct/rls/crt/2016/index.htm

Annual assessment of trends and events in international terrorism during the past year. Includes country-by-country breakdowns of foreign government counterterrorism cooperation and profiles of designated terrorist organizations.  From the State Department

(crime/justice     foreign affairs     headlines      terrorism     WMD)

2017 Annual Report of the Boards of Trustees of the Federal Hospital Insurance and Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Funds

Categories: Govt Information,Headlines,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid,Statistics

https://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Statistics-Trends-and-Reports/ReportsTrustFunds/Downloads/TR2017.pdf

Annual report on the actuarial status and financial operations of the Medicare Parts A, B, and D programs. Estimated depletion date for the Hospital Insurance Fund (Part A) under current law  is 2029.  The fund which covers Parts B and D is expected to be adequately funded over the next 10 years.  From the Social Security Administration

(govt finance     headlines     health/medical     Medicare/Medicaid     statistics)

The 2017 Annual Report of the Board of Trustees of the Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Federal Disability Insurance Trust Funds

Categories: Disability,Govt Finance,Headlines,Retirement/Social Security,Statistics,Welfare/Social Services

https://www.ssa.gov/oact/tr/2017/tr2017.pdf

Annual report on the actuarial status and financial operations of the Social Security and Disability insurance funds. The trustees expect total income including interest to exceed program expenses only through 2021 and reserves for the combined funds would become depleted by 2034.  From the Social Security Administration

 

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