Policy & Advocacy
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7/25/2017

About half of American jobs are at risk of being replaced by automation in the coming years, especially those in low-wage industries, according to a paper from Ball State University's Center for Business and Economic Research. A quarter of jobs could be moved overseas, and those jobs are more evenly distributed among different levels of income.

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CNBC
7/25/2017

The National Archives made more than 400 documents related to the CIA and FBI's investigation into President John F. Kennedy's assassination available to the public. The previously unreleased materials include audio files of Yuri Nosenko, a former KGB officer who claimed to be in charge of the file on Lee Harvey Oswald when Oswald was in the Soviet Union.

7/25/2017

A Florida appellate court overturned a trial court's ruling that prohibited condo resident Howard Fox from posting negative commentary about the Hamptons at MetroWest Condominium Association, as well as its board members, residents and employees. The appellate court ruled that the lower court erred by not "conducting a proper constitutional inquiry" into Fox's postings.

7/25/2017

Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., introduced a bill that would enable HOAs, condo associations and other common-interest communities to more easily receive Federal Emergency Management Agency funds after disasters. "Storms treat everyone the same no matter what type of neighborhood you choose to live in, so why shouldn't there be fairness in terms of FEMA [reimbursement]?" he said.

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7/25/2017

A federal judge has blocked Justice Department restrictions that barred nonprofits from providing certain legal services to immigrants facing deportation unless they were formally representing the person in court. Under the preliminary injunction, nonprofits can continue preparing motions and other documents for immigrants who represent themselves.

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Justice Department
7/25/2017

Internet Archive, one of the eight semifinalists in the MacArthur Foundation's 100&Change competition, would use the $100 million in winnings to help digitize more than 4 million important books, making them accessible to the public and helping libraries save money. Founder and digital librarian Brewster Kahle said the goal is to create a modern-day, digital "Library of Alexandria" that houses all published works, including books, music, software and videos.

7/25/2017

Volunteerism in New York City and across the US has increased since last November's election. VolunteerMatch said activity on its website increased 7% in June year-over-year, with many people taking an interest in nonprofits dealing with political issues.

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VolunteerMatch
7/25/2017

Youth Catalytics has been dealt an abrupt funding cut by the Trump administration, which ended planned grants for a nationwide teen pregnancy prevention program. It has sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services arguing that the cuts violate the law because they were not authorized by Congress. Meanwhile, the nonprofit, which provides training and other help to groups that work with at-risk youth, had to cancel training sessions and other services.

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Vermont Public Radio
7/25/2017

More than 2,000 people showed up for Remote Area Medical's free three-day pop-up clinic in the southwest Virginia region of Appalachia last weekend for basic medical services. Observers say the outpouring highlights that fact that millions of people are uninsured or lack enough insurance to cover basic medical care.

7/25/2017

The Central Florida Foundation, Clean the World, Downtown CREDO and other partners have introduced an accelerator to help regional startups dealing with economic and social issues. Under the Central Florida Social Enterprise Accelerator, up to eight teams will receive six months of training and mentorship, then compete for a minimum investment of $25,000.