Pope Benedict XVI: Apostolic Journey to the United States 2008 http://www.uspapalvisit.org/
Website for the April 2008 papal visit to the United States. Features a brief biography of Pope Benedict XVI, a list of his travels outside of Italy back to 2005, details about beatifications and canonizations, links to key writings, and details about his itinerary in Washington, D.C. (April 15-17) and New York City (April 18-20). Also includes video clips and a blog. From the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
Contemporary Global Anti-Semitism: A Report Provided to the United States Congress http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/102406.htm
This 2008 report “is provided to the U.S. Congress to further assess contemporary anti-Semitism by exploring anti-Semitic themes and practices. [It] is meant to be used as a resource for increasing understanding of and informing public discourse.” Dedicated to the memory of Congressman Tom Lantos, the report focuses on definitions of anti-Semitism, anti-Semitic incidents and discourse, government-sponsored anti-Semitism, and similar themes. From the U.S. Department of State.
Truth in Immigration http://www.truthinimmigration.org/
This website was created to refute “legal and factual inaccuracies about immigrants and Latinos,” specifically those that are “disseminated and promoted in the media, the public messaging of anti-immigration organizations, and political campaigns.” Features a list of myths and responses, updates, and links to related sites. From the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF).
Dropouts, Completers and Graduation Rate Reports http://nces.ed.gov/ccd/pub_dropouts.asp
“These reports present the number and percentage of students dropping out and completing public school (among states that reported dropouts and completers).” Data covers dropout and completion rates by age, sex, race/ethnicity, family income, recency of immigration, region, and other factors. Reports go back to 1994. From the National Center for Education Statistics.
The Tax Gap http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=158619,00.html
“Find resources on this page pertaining to the tax gap — the difference between the amount of tax that taxpayers should pay and the amount that is paid voluntarily and on time.” Includes studies and statistics, and fact sheets (going back to 2006) on tax gap topics such as filing past-due returns, avoiding penalties, and reporting specific types of income. From the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
What Is the Tax Gap? http://www.urban.org/publications/1001112.html
This 2007 paper “addresses issues related to measurement of the tax gap — the difference between tax liability under the current Federal tax law and taxes paid. [It] discusses how the tax gap is defined, reviews the main components of the tax gap, and describes how the IRS estimates it, as well as some of the major methodological issues in and weaknesses of current estimates.” Includes links to related research. From the nonpartisan Urban Institute.
Hot Politics http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/hotpolitics/
Companion website to a 2008 PBS Frontline documentary that looks at the factors behind “the [failure of the] executive branch of the U.S. government … to join in climate change agreements adopted by much of the rest of the world.” Features investigative reports, a timeline of scientific and political developments concerning global warming, interviews, readings and links, a teacher’s guide, and more.
Fight Global Warming http://fightglobalwarming.com/
Website for an Environmental Defense Fund campaign designed as a “wake-up call” about global warming, “the most serious environmental challenge of our time.” Includes discussions of the dangers of global warming (such as health concerns, extreme weather, and economic impacts) and the science of global warming (such as pollution and improving energy consumption), an energy calculator, and tips for what you can do at home and on the road.
What $1.2 Trillion Can Buy http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/17/business/17leonhardt.html
This January 2007 article evaluates the cost of Iraq War in terms of “what you could buy with the money.” Includes a graphic comparing the annual cost of the war to the cost of other potential government programs such as universal health care and universal preschool. Also includes links to related materials about the economics of the Iraq War. From The New York Times.
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