Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

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Debt Limit Impasse: U.S. Treasury’s Description of Extraordinary Measures

On August 2, 2021, the U.S. Department of the Treasury released a report describing the extraordinary measures being implemented “in order to prevent the United States from defaulting on its obligations as Congress deliberated on increasing the debt limit.”  The four measures discussed in detail are the following:  Suspending sales...

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Global Organized Crime Index 2021

The Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime (GI-TOC) has released the first edition of their Global Organized Crime Index, a unique data-driven tool that assesses the levels of organized crime and resilience to organized criminal activity in all 193 United Nations member states. Each country is assigned a criminality score...

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Freedom on the Net 2021

Freedom House has recently released a new report, Freedom on the Net 2021: The Global Drive to Control Big Tech. As a part of their annual Freedom on the Net series, this report provides an overview of the latest developments in online freedom across the globe, and assesses and ranks...

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How to Fight Against Information Manipulation

After observing several attempts to undermine the integrity of election-related information for democracies around the world, the National Democratic Institute, the International Republican Institute, and the Stanford Internet Observatory came together to create a document intended to help societies push back against information manipulation. This playbook, entitled Combating Information Manipulation:...

State of Obesity in the U.S.

Trust for America’s Heath (TFAH) has recently released State of Obesity 2021: Better Policies for a Healthier America, their latest in an annual series that reports overweight and obesity rates for U.S. adults by age, race/ethnicity and state of residence. The report also provides recommendations for obesity-related policies and programs...

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RAND Report on Reducing the Risk of Extremist Activity in the Military

In recent years, news headlines have highlighted the involvement of current or former U.S. military personnel in protest violence; supremacist groups; the January 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol; and other forms of violent extremism spanning different political and ideological spectra. The threat of extremism is not new, but...

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Extreme Heat Threatens Outdoor Workers’ Health and Paychecks

The Union for Concerned Scientists (UCS), a non-profit science advocacy organization, recently released the study – Too Hot to Work: Assessing the Threats Climate Change Poses to Outdoor Workers. This report takes a comprehensive look at extreme temperatures due to climate change and the effects this will have on the...

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Biden Administration COVID-19 Action Plan

When President Biden took office in January 2021, only 2 million American’s had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. With a clear action plan and whole-of-government effort, the U.S. has now successfully vaccinated more than 175 million Americans; 82% of which are seniors. This Administration’s focus has been to make the...

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Terrorist Assets Report 2020

The Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is the lead U.S. government agency responsible for administering economic sanctions designed to combat terrorism. These sanctions entail the blocking of assets in order to target international terrorist organizations and their supporters. OFAC has released its Twenty-ninth Annual Report...

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White House Strategy to Combat Future Biological Threats

The Biden-Harris administration recently released a key strategy document outlining critical actions needed to transform the United States’ “capabilities to respond rapidly and effectively to any future pandemic of high consequence biological threat.” The preparedness and response plan, titled American Pandemic Preparedness: Transforming our Capabilities, identifies the following five pillars...