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

Govdocs headlines - 12 October 2017 - 3:10pm

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

Govdocs headlines - 12 October 2017 - 3:02pm

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/650723/RDAweb.pdf

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

 

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Federal Law Protections for Religious Liberty

Govdocs headlines - 12 October 2017 - 2:47pm

https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/1001891/download?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

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

 

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

Govdocs headlines - 12 October 2017 - 2:45pm

https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2017-21851.pdf

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

 

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Must Love Dogs: Journal of a Neglected Bulldog

SLSC Blog - 11 October 2017 - 10:00am

You may recall from our first series blog post that the Special Collections Research Center holds the second largest collection of books on dogs in the United States.

Today’s blog post highlights one of our many titles, Journal of a Neglected Bulldog by Barbara Blair, published in 1911 by George W. Jacobs & Co. of Philadelphia.

Front Cover, The Journal of a Neglected Bulldog

The Nov. 25, 1911 issue of The Publisher’s Weekly states that “In this book the ‘author’ – a most observant bulldog – relates some of his experiences, comments upon life as he sees it, moralizes upon the human weaknesses and frailties revealed in mankind, and incidentally exposes the love affairs of his master and a certain young lady named Mildred.”  The bulldog – Little Slam – even dedicates the book to “Cats I have Chased.”

Dedication Page

The book also features several illustrations by Eugene A. Furman.

Illustration Illustration2 Inside Illustration and Title Page

If you’re curious to know how the book ends, it is available to read anytime the Special Collections Research Center is open.

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

Govdocs headlines - 6 October 2017 - 8:12am

https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/auditreports/2017reports/201710054fr.pdf

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.

 

 

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Mapping the Georgian world: Panel Discussion, 9 Oct

King's College London Feed - 1 October 2017 - 9:35am

The Georgian Papers Programme is pleased to invite you to: Mapping the Georgian world: global power & maps in the reign of George III Monday 9th October at 6:30-8:00pm Edmund J Safra Lecture Theatre, Strand Campus, King’s College London Free admission to all, but registration required via Eventbrite  The Hanoverian British monarchy presided over a … Continue reading "Mapping the Georgian world: Panel Discussion, 9 Oct"

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

Govdocs headlines - 29 September 2017 - 8:58am

https://www.federalreserve.gov/econres/notes/feds-notes/recent-trends-in-wealth-holding-by-race-and-ethnicity-evidence-from-the-survey-of-consumer-finances-20170927.htm

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

 

 

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Mourning Lincoln

SLSC Blog - 27 September 2017 - 10:00am

In reviewing boxes labeled as “unprocessed ephemera,” a colleague and I came across something really cool.  It is a tiny image of Abraham Lincoln framed in copper.

Lincoln Image

The donor of this item, Mr. L. Muse, sent a letter to the Lincoln Memorial in 1960, inquiring about the piece, stating it was included in a collection of papers belonging to the wife of General George McClellan.

Lincoln Letter 1 Lincoln Letter 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The letter was answered by James T. Hickey, Curator of the Lincoln Collection at the Illinois State Historical Library.  He replied that based on Muse’s description, it was probably part of a mourning badge, worn during Lincoln’s funeral.  Mourning badges consisted of a small, framed image of the President that was attached to black ribbons and worn either pinned or as an armband. While our framed image is missing its ribbon, it remains in excellent condition.

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Get ready! National #AskAnArchivistDay is Next Week!

SLSC Blog - 27 September 2017 - 10:00am

Have you ever wished you could have all of your archives-related questions answered by an archivist? Well you’re in luck! October 4, 2017 is national Ask an Archivist Day, sponsored by the Society of American Archivists. Our University Archivist, Kim Sims, will be ready to respond to your questions! Just add @SwemSCRC and #AskAnArchivist to your tweet on October 4. We can’t wait to hear what you’re wondering!

SAA’s Ask an Archivist Day logo, 2017

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The “Hit-and-Miss” of Research at the Royal Archives

King's College London Feed - 27 September 2017 - 9:57am

By Tom Murray, King’s Undergraduate Research Fellow, King’s College London I undertook my King’s Undergraduate Research Fellowship (KURF) in the summer after my final year at KCL. Indeed, my first trip to the Royal Archives at Windsor Castle for KURF took place just days after receiving my degree results, including my dissertation grade. As such, … Continue reading "The “Hit-and-Miss” of Research at the Royal Archives"

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

Govdocs headlines - 26 September 2017 - 8:02am

https://www.cbo.gov/system/files/115th-congress-2017-2018/costestimate/53126-health.pdf

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

 

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Crime in the United States 2016

Govdocs headlines - 26 September 2017 - 8:01am

https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2016/crime-in-the-u.s.-2016/

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

 

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

Govdocs headlines - 21 September 2017 - 3:02pm

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

 

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

Govdocs headlines - 21 September 2017 - 2:56pm

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

 

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The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2017

Govdocs headlines - 21 September 2017 - 2:25pm

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

 

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Attorney General Sessions Delivers Remarks on DACA

Govdocs headlines - 14 September 2017 - 2:55pm

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

 

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Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2016

Govdocs headlines - 14 September 2017 - 2:12pm

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

 

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Income and Poverty in the United States: 2016

Govdocs headlines - 14 September 2017 - 2:09pm

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

 

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The National Flood Insurance Program: Financial Soundness and Affordability

Govdocs headlines - 14 September 2017 - 2:02pm

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

 

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