Pollsters testing public opinion on the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate are finding that opinions vary depending on how the issue is presented. Opposition runs as high as 63% to as low as 31% when the question is worded differently.
Terrorism is an "unprecedented threat" but countries should not use counter-terrorism polices to stifle human rights, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned. Counter-terrorism policies "are being used, to suppress peaceful protests and legitimate opposition movements; to shut down debate; to target and detain human rights defenders; and to stigmatize minorities," he said.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres encouraged Zimbabwe residents to resolve their political differences peacefully after reports that President Robert Mugabe was placed under house arrest. Guterres said the UN was continuing to support Zimbabwe's efforts to consolidate democratic governance.
The United Nations is advising Japan to apologize and compensate thousands of women who were forced to work in World War II brothels, among 218 non-binding recommendations from a UN Human Rights Council working group. Japan officials said they will look into the issue.
As the global climate talks closed, the Trump administration was nearly alone in promoting coal and gas energy. Although the US plans to exit the Paris climate accord, "we remain open to the possibility of rejoining at a later date under terms more favorable to the American people," State Department official Judith Garber said at the talks.
The United Nations General Assembly's Third Committee is calling on Myanmar to end military operations against Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine state. Its draft text, approved Thursday, also asks Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to appoint a special envoy on Myanmar.
The Rockefeller Foundation, the Open Society Foundations and the Ford Foundation are donating $5 million to Hurricane Maria relief efforts in Puerto Rico. The money will also go toward an advisory board of up to 25 members to help guide rebuilding efforts.
The House voted 227-205 Thursday to advance its tax legislation, which includes a repeal of both the Johnson Amendment and the estate tax. The Senate has yet to vote on its version, which would not repeal the Johnson Amendment and would not completely repeal the estate tax.
Innovation and changes in giving patterns across the nonprofit sector are resulting in a new era focused on "engagement" rather than "giving," writes Brandolon Barnett, senior director at Global Impact. Nonprofits should get involved in a "broader ecosystem of social impact" and be willing to invest in and support productive risk-taking, he writes.
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