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what3words – free online map service uses unique 3 word address

“Addressing the world – what3words is a really simple way to talk about location. We have divided the world into a grid of 3m x 3m squares and assigned each one a unique 3 word address. It means anyone can accurately find any location and share it more quickly, easily and with less ambiguity than… Continue Reading

Mass Shootings in the US, Gun Reform Law, Gun Control Facts

1. The Washington Post: The Math of Mass Shootings. 2. The Guardian: 1,516 mass shootings in 1,735 days: America’s gun crisis-in one chart. 3. USA Today: A Timeline of U.S. Mass Killings. 4. Shootingtracker – An ongoing online project chronicling every mass shooting on U.S. soil. 5. Mother Jones Investigation: U.S. Mass Shootings from 1982-2017. 6. Vox: Gun… Continue Reading

CRS – Ethics Pledges and Other Executive Branch Appointee Restrictions Since 1993

CRS report via FAS – Ethics Pledges and Other Executive Branch Appointee Restrictions Since 1993: Historical Perspective, Current Practices, and Options for Change, Jacob R. Straus, Specialist on the Congress. September 29, 2017. “On January 28, 2017, President Donald Trump issued Executive Order (E.O.)13770 on ethics and lobbying. E.O. 13770 created an ethics pledge for… Continue Reading

CRS – Abortion: Judicial History and Legislative Response

CRS report via FAS – Abortion: Judicial History and Legislative Response, Jon O. Shimabukuro, Legislative Attorney. September 29, 2017. “In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court concluded in Roe v. Wade that the U.S. Constitution protects a woman’s decision to terminate her pregnancy. In Doe v. Bolton, a companion decision, the Court found that a state… Continue Reading

NYT – How Computers Turned Gerrymandering Into a Science

New York Times Sunday Review – “About as many Democrats live in Wisconsin as Republicans do. But you wouldn’t know it from the Wisconsin State Assembly, where Republicans hold 65 percent of the seats, a bigger majority than Republican legislators enjoy in conservative states like Texas and Kentucky. The United States Supreme Court is trying… Continue Reading

Survey – Ready or Not: Artificial Intelligence and Corporate Legal Departments

“Lawyers have long been characterized as technology Luddites who are slow to change and wary of innovation. For corporate counsel, though, this stereotype may be fading. According to the results of a new Thomson Reuters report, “Ready or Not: Artificial Intelligence and Corporate Legal Departments“, corporate counsel believe they are tech savvy but acknowledge that… Continue Reading

Revised Treatment of Transgender Employment Discrimination Claims Under Title VII of Civil Rights Act of 1964

October 4, 2017 MEMORANDUM TO: UNITED STATES ATTORNEYS, HEADS OF DEPARTMENT COMPONENTS, FROM: THE ATTORNEY GENERAL [Sessions]: “Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it unlawful for employers to discriminate in the employment of an individual “because of such individual’s…sex.” 42 U.S.C. 2000e-2(a) (prohibiting discrimination by private employers and by state and… Continue Reading

The Partisan Divide on Political Values Grows Even Wider

Pew – Sharp shifts among Democrats on aid to needy, race, immigration “The divisions between Republicans and Democrats on fundamental political values – on government, race, immigration, national security, environmental protection and other areas – reached record levels during Barack Obama’s presidency. In Donald Trump’s first year as president, these gaps have grown even larger.… Continue Reading

Wrongful Convictions and DNA Exonerations: Understanding the Role of Forensic Science

National Institute of Justice – Wrongful Convictions and DNA Exonerations: Understanding the Role of Forensic Science – A review of erroneous convictions that involved forensic science can help identify critical lessons for forensic scientists as they perform testing, interpret results, render conclusions, and testify in court. By Gerald M. LaPorte “One of the greatest tragedies… Continue Reading

UN – Scanned copies of Statistical Yearbooks from 1948 – 2016

Digitization Team of the Dag Hammarskjöld Library, United Nations Department of Public Information “The scanned copies of Statistical Yearbooks are available in this section back to the first issue from 1948. Over the past 60 years or more, while the Yearbook has remained a consistent reference book for statistical tables produced by international organisations, much… Continue Reading

CRS – Executive Branch Reorganization

Executive Branch Reorganization, August 3, 2017 R44909 “The federal bureaucracy of the present day is the product of more than two centuries of legislative and administrative actions by successive generations of elected and appointed officials. As such, the diverse organizations and processes of the federal government are a consequence of the influence and decisions of… Continue Reading

FOIA request yields DOJ opinions blocking appointment of presidential relatives

Politico: “…The Justice Department has released a series of recently overruled legal memos concluding that presidents cannot appoint their relatives to the White House staff or presidential commissions, even to unpaid posts. In January, a career Justice Department official essentially declared the earlier opinions erroneous or obsolete, clearing the way for President Donald Trump’s son-in-law,… Continue Reading