New Additions to AllGov

Date: Monday, May 10, 2010 1:48 AM
Category: Allgov Blogs

AllGov has added several countries to the Nations section. These are:

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Alabama, a Voter ID State, Closes Driver License Offices in Heavily Democratic Counties

Alabama enacted a voter identification law in 2011 and allowed it to take effect after the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act. Now it is closing eight of 10 driver license bureaus in counties with the highest percentages of African-American citizens.   read more

Somalia Ratifies Rights of Children Treaty, Leaving United States as only Holdout

Somalia has finalized its ratification of the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The U.S. is now the world’s only country that has not done ratified this human rights treaty, which promotes and respects the human rights of children. Barack Obama backs the treaty but has not sent it to the U.S. Senate because conservatives oppose it.   read more

Buying Their Way into State Dinner in Honor of Chinese President

At the recent state dinner held in honor of Chinese President Xi Jinping many diners paid $1 million to be on the guest list. The dinner was packed with big-money donors to political campaigns and organizations. The total contributions made since 2007 by that evening’s dinner guests amounted to nearly $19 million.   read more

Percentage of Americans Working or Looking for Work Hits 38-Year Low

The percentage of those working or looking for work is at 62.4%, the lowest since October 1977. The index peaked in 1997 at 67.2%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Participation is even lower among those in their prime earning years, from 25 to 34. That number is now at 80.6%, down from 84% in early 2008.   read more

U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria: Who Is Eric Rubin?

Eric Seth Rubin was nominated Sept. 15, 2015, to be U.S. ambassador to Bulgaria. He joined the Foreign Service in 1985 and showed expertise on Eastern Europe. In 2008 he became deputy chief of the Moscow mission. In 2011, he came back to the U.S. to serve at the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, where he was at the time of his nomination.   read more
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