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Promoting Human Rights Can Advance Global Development

USAID’s “IMPACTblog”: A ‘Daily’ Struggle for Human Rights Nicole Widdersheim, human rights adviser for USAID’s Center for Democracy, Human Rights and Governance, discusses U.S. efforts to expand human rights, as well as its link to economic development (12/10).

U.S. House Bill Would Authorize Feed The Future Program

Devex: Feed the Future’s moment on Capitol Hill? “As budget talks in the U.S. Congress lurch toward a frenzied conclusion this week, the House could vote as soon as Thursday on a bill that gives staying power to U.S. President Barack Obama’s Feed the Future initiative. If passed, the Global…

U.S. Government Spending Compromise Includes Flat Funding For NIH Research

ScienceInsider: First look: New U.S. spending deal a mixed bag for science “NASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF) appear to be among the winners — relatively speaking — in a spending deal reached Tuesday night by lawmakers in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, with both agencies receiving…

U.S. Hospitals Need More Financial Support To Prepare For Ebola Response

Roll Call: Ebola: Who Bears the Cost of Keeping Us Safe? Kenneth Davis, president and CEO of Mount Sinai Health System, and Kenneth Raske, president and CEO of the Greater New York Hospital Association “The Ebola virus, which has now touched our shores and taken the lives of two victims…

U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency Extending Ebola Capacity Into Sierra Leone, Mali

DoD News: DoD Threat Reduction Agency Builds Anti-Ebola Capacity “The Defense Department agency whose mission is to reduce biological, chemical and other threats to troops worldwide began ramping up its response early in the Ebola outbreak and now, with many partners, is steadily building capabilities in Liberia as it extends…

USAID’s Shah Might Leave Position, Washington Post Reports

Washington Post: USAID head Raj Shah may step down “Rajiv ‘Raj’ Shah, the administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development who coordinated the United States’ international response to the Ebola crisis, is said to be leaving his post, and chatter has it that the announcement could come this week.…

U.S. State Department Releases Report On Progress In Landmine Clearance

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: Clear Land Mines Off the Earth U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry discusses the release of “To Walk the Earth in Safety Report,” which chronicles U.S. progress and efforts to clear landmines and other unexploded ordnance in more than 60 countries (12/8).