Policy & Advocacy
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12/8/2017

Art Basel Miami Beach, one of the nation's largest weeklong festivals dedicated to contemporary art, is a success once again, despite the effects of Hurricane Irma in September. The city's large arts institutions were spared in the storm, and the Bass Museum and Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami are taking advantage of Art Basel to feature their recent renovations.

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12/8/2017

Nonprofit board members can help their organization achieve its full potential and ensure board effectiveness by asking some critical questions. Whether a nonprofit is experiencing mission creep and how its "theory of change" affects strategy are two important considerations.

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12/8/2017

Maddie Archer, an 18-year-old from Arkansas, founded Under His Wings International and a corresponding children's home last summer after completing a five-week mission trip in Kenya. Archer said the organization, which provides housing for 21 children, focuses on helping children under the age of 3, when development is especially critical.

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12/8/2017

More than 44,000 US military personnel around the world can't be tracked by the Pentagon, according to a report by the Defense Manpower Data Center. The service members are listed in the report as "unknown."

12/8/2017

US embassies in the Middle East increased their security with teams of Marines this week ahead of President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Clashes broke out today in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza, and the UN Security Council held an emergency meeting to address the situation.

12/8/2017

California National Guard troops are mobilizing as wildfires ravage the southern part of the state. Several hundred troops will help with traffic control and other support tasks, and tanker aircraft, helicopters and refueling trucks have been sent to the area.

12/8/2017

About 20 Alabama Army National Guard troops are being deployed to Afghanistan. The Joint Force Headquarters Forward Logistics Team 6 troops will be sent to various locations to help teach and advise Afghan forces.

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12/8/2017

The Defense Department is preparing to accept transgender recruits into the military at the first of the year, but the Justice Department has asked a federal judge to delay her order allowing transgender enlistment while it appeals her decision. The DOJ has requested that US District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly make a decision by Monday.

12/8/2017

The federal government is moving to crack down on lenders that pressure veterans into taking out home loans they don't need. One of the policy changes -- a restriction on how many times a lender can put a mortgage to a particular borrower in a Ginnie Mae-backed bond -- is designed to combat a practice known as churning.

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12/7/2017

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., today announced his plans to leave the Senate following calls for his resignation by his Senate colleagues over allegations of sexual improprieties. Franken, in his second term, said he would resign his seat "in the coming weeks."

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