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Documents in the News
On October 6th, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf released the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Homeland Threat Assessment (HTA). This first-of-its-kind report synthesizes threat information across DHS including intelligence and operational components. Some of the key take-aways for this document are:
- Cyber threats to the Homeland from both nation-states and non-state actors will remain acute – and will likely grow;
- China, Russia, and Iran may seek to use cyber capabilities to compromise or disrupt critical infrastructure used to support the 2020 elections and may also use influence measures in an attempt to sway the preferences and perceptions of U.S. voters;
- Ideologically motivated lone offenders and small groups will pose the greatest terrorist threat to the Homeland, with Domestic Violent Extremists presenting the most persistent and lethal threat
Topics in the News
On September 18, 2020, long-serving Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died, once again creating a vacancy on the Supreme Court of the United States, the third opening in the past four years. When the first Supreme Court was established on September 26, 1789, by the Judiciary Act of 1789, there were six justices on the tribunal and served on the court until their death or retirement. Over the years the total count of the justices has changed, anywhere from 6 to 10 justices. On September 26, 2020, President Trump announced the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit to serve as the ninth justice for the court. For some readings concerning nominations of Supreme Court Justices, here is a short bibliography of materials available from government documents.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
By White House proclamation, October has been declared "Breast Cancer Awareness Month".
Each year approximately 200,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with breast cancer, making it the second most common cancer in women. Breast cancer is a disease where abnormal cells in the breast grow uncontrollably and form lumps or tumors. If left untreated the cancer can spread to other parts of the body. Both men and women can have breast cancer, although it is less common in men. Early detection and knowing how to lower your changes of getting breast cancer can help you and your loved ones live healthy lives. For additional information, check-out the following links:
- Breast Cancer from Medline Plus : Information on Diagnosis & Tests, Prevention & Risk Factors, Treatments & Therapies, and other resources.
- Breast Cancer from the CDC : Gives basic information on the disease, statistics, and low-cost screening.
- Breast Cancer Awareness (CDC) : Focuses on what the symptoms are, what are the risk factors, how you can lower your risk, and fast facts about breast cancer.
The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. It was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China late in 2019. It has since spread to almost every continent in the world. Some quick information about this disease can be found at the CDC website:
- What You Need to Know about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- What to Do If You Are Sick with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
For additional resources on infectious diseases, consult our LibGuide -- Gov Docs: Infectious Diseases