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Climate Change Denial: The Toxic Ten

Climate change denial, as described by a recent report published by the Center for Countering Digital Hate, “obfuscates the truth by overwhelming us with claims and questions designed in bad faith to confuse the debate so action is delayed.” Furthermore, the Center for Countering Digital Hate has calculated that the...

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Racial and Ethnic Disparity in State Prisons

The Sentencing Project has recently released the following report, Color of Justice: Racial and Ethnic Disparity in State Prisons. This study examines the racial disparities that exist for Black and Latinx Americans in state prisons across the country, and provides recommendations for criminal justice reform. In total, Black Americans are...

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Updated Assessment on COVID-19 Origins

The President of the United States has requested that the Intelligence Community (IC) update their “previous judgments” on the origins of COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019]. According to this assessment, “All agencies assess that two hypotheses are plausible: natural exposure to an infected animal and a laboratory-associated incident.” The IC states...

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FBI Updates 2020 Hate Crime Data

This week, the Federal Bureau of Investigation released updated 2020 Hate Crime Statistics as part of its Uniform Crime Reporting Program. “[M]odifications were made to Ohio’s hate crime data in the FBI’s database following the release. In turn, these updates affected the national hate crime totals. The updated 2020 data, submitted by 15,138...

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White House Climate Change Priorities: Foreign Policy and National Security

The impacts of global climate change are evident in nearly every region of the world. These impacts disrupt important aspects of society, including public health, food distribution, and water supply. Wildfires are becoming more frequent, and the world is suffering extraordinary levels of drought. Furthermore, the effects of climate change...

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FBI 2020 Data on Law Enforcement Officers Killed & Assaulted

The Federal Bureau of Investigations’ (FBI) Uniform Crime Reporting Program (UCR) recently released 2020 statistics for the Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) portion of their Law Enforcement Data Explorer. Data for 2020 shows a total of 60,105 law enforcement officers assaulted while performing their duties; an increase of 4,071 from the 56,034...

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Biden Administration Releases Roadmap for a Climate-Resilient Economy

In May 2021, President Biden signed Executive Order 14030: Climate-Related Financial Risk.  In support of this order, the Biden Administration has published A Roadmap to Build a Climate-Resilient Economy, showcasing a government-wide effort to implement necessary actions to mitigate climate change and its effects on the economy.  The report aims...

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Global Catastrophic Risks 2021

The Global Challenges Foundation has released Global Catastrophic Risks 2021: Navigating the Complex Intersections, its fifth annual report on global risks.  This report focuses “on the complex interconnectedness between different risks and the need to build more holistic global approaches to tackle them.”  Several subject matter experts have convened to...