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Robert E. Scott: TPP Agreement Will Be Bad For Workers in the U.S. and Other Member Countries

The TPP, which is an agreement to manage trade and investment on behalf of large corporations, will put downward pressure on wages of workers in the United States, and will likely lead to growing trade deficits and job displacement. Both outsourcing and the growing use of parts from non-TPP countries will lead to rising imports, increasing trade deficits and job losses in the United States. Meanwhile, core issues like currency manipulation and abusive labor practices in Malaysia, Mexico, Vietnam, and Brunei are addressed only in weak side agreements, or agreements that cannot be enforced for at least five years, if at all.

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Wayne Pacelle: BLM Plan for Mega-Gather of Wild Horse Herds Is Budget Buster

The Bureau of Land Management has proposed a round-up and removal of approximately 1,705 horses from Wyoming’s Red Desert Complex– nearly two-thirds of the total number of horses the agency removed from public lands across 10 states for all of last year. If this massive operation occurs, it would result not only in a bad outcome for horses, but it would deplete Wyoming of half its wild horses and American taxpayers of as much as $78 million in holding costs over the lifespan of nearly 2,000 animals who are about to lose their freedom.

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Mary Meg McCarthy: Greater Accountability Needed in Implementation of New Customs and Border Protection Standards

Today U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the border enforcement agency within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), released long-awaited national standards governing the treatment of all individuals in its custody. In light of years of human rights complaints showing the harm individuals, including children, face when CBP is allowed to operate without oversight, the agency should make every effort necessary to ensure it upholds the full intent of the new standards.

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Frank Rich: The Importance of Donald Trump
Full story: New York Magazine

Amanda Marcotte: This is why the gun nuts win: An Oregon sheriff’s nutty conspiracy theories explains the GOP’s impotence
Full story: Salon.com

Health Gap: Obama's USTR Wins Big for Big Pharma in the Trans Pacific Partnership Deal

Big Pharma will secretly love the TPP outcomes of longer, broader, and stronger intellectual property monopolies, but will cry crocodile tears that Obama's USTR did not bring all the bacon home - yet. Late stages of TTP negotiations concluded this morning in Atlanta focused significantly on monopoly protections on biologics' regulatory data where industry wanted 12 years of ironclad protections but only achieved five years of hard protection and another three years of soft protection. And industry lost its efforts to outlaw patent opposition procedures and to make it easier to gain patents on minor tweaks of known medicines. But, the USTR delivered big time for the obscenely profitable multinational pharmaceutical industry, which achieved patent term extensions to compensate for regulatory and patenting delays, mandatory patents of new uses of known medicines, data-related monopolies on both small molecule medicines and biologics, opportunities to prevent registration of generics and bio-similars if patent rights are asserted, and enhanced enforcement powers, including investor-state-dispute-settlement before prior arbiters whenever Pharma's expectations of profits from their IP "investments" are frustrated.

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Jim Hightower: Carly Fiorina Proves You Don’t Want a CEO for a President

In 1992, independent candidate Ross Perot chose Admiral James Stockdale, a complete unknown, as his presidential running mate. In his first debate, the VP candidate began by asking two good questions: “Who am I? Why am I here?”

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Feinstein Statement on Oregon Shooting

Roseburg today joined a growing fraternity of heartbroken cities. Students brutally murdered in Columbine, Newtown, Isla Vista and Blacksburg. Theatergoers shot to death in Aurora. Churchgoers killed in Charleston. And public servants gunned down in Tucson, Fort Hood and Washington.

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Robert Reich: Donald Trump Proves What’s Wrong with Bankruptcy Laws in America

On the opening day of Trump Plaza in Atlantic City in 1984, Donald Trump stood in a dark topcoat on the casino floor celebrating his new investment as the “finest building in the city and possibly the nation.”

Thirty years later, the Trump Plaza folded, leaving some 1,000 employees without jobs. Trump, meanwhile, was on Twitter claiming he had “nothing to do with Atlantic City,” and praising himself for his “great timing” in getting out of the investment.

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Cecile Richards: Planned Parenthood: Averted Government Shutdown Will Protect Women’s Access to Care

Despite months of political posturing and threats to shut down the government over the health care Planned Parenthood provides each year to 2.7 million people, both chambers of Congress voted to avert a government shutdown --- hours before the deadline.

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Wayne Pacelle: Court Blocks Whale Imports – May Have Closed Chapter on Ugly Era

Yesterday, Judge Amy Totenberg of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia upheld the National Marine Fisheries Service’s denial of an import permit application for 18 wild-caught beluga whales for the Georgia Aquarium, SeaWorld facilities, and two other aquaria. We and others had been pressing the agency to reject this application since we learned about it in 2012, and The HSUS also filed an amicus curiae brief in the case.

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Raul A. Reyes: The last thing this country needs is another man of inherited wealth and power lecturing the rest of us about mooching

The Republican Party has struggled for years to attract more voters of color. In a recent campaign appearance, candidate Jeb Bush offered yet another useful case study of how not to do it.

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Emily Schwartz Greco: Francis Gets Served the House Specialty

With his gentle grace, disarming humility, and penchant for saying “God bless America” like he means it, Pope Francis appeared to sweep Washington off its feet. Cheering throngs accompanied his every move. The powerful and powerless alike made a fuss.

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Kenneth Roth: Assad the Solution? Not As He Attacks Civilians

The need to negotiate with leaders as unsavory as Syria’s Bashar al-Assad is an unfortunate reality of diplomacy. But western leaders should be careful not to confuse that necessity with the idea promoted by Russia that the Syrian crisis can be resolved only if Assad stays in power. Nor should they believe that Assad’s ongoing rule is the only way to prevent the collapse of the Syrian state and protect Syria’s diverse communities.

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Robert Reich: Why we must end upward pre-distributions to the rich

You often hear inequality has widened because globalization and technological change have made most people less competitive, while making the best educated more competitive.

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Steve Kretzmann: So long Shell, don’t hit an iceberg on your way out.

This is a great day for the Arctic, the climate, and for everyone around the world that has worked so hard to protect them. From First Nations and communities on the front lines of climate change in Alaska, to Kayaktavists in Seattle and Portland – this chapter has a happy ending in no small part thanks to people power.

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Cindy Shogan: Shell Shocked: Shell announces an end to its Arctic adventure

Shell Oil Company has announced that after seven years and $7 billion in investment, its Arctic drilling campaign has come up dry. The current open-water season for drilling into the hydrocarbon zone that began on July 15 ends today.

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Pablo Alvarado: There is still time for Boehner to do the right thing for immigrants

Speaker Boehner has an unprecedented opportunity. He should heed the Pope's call for an end to the polarizing, divisive politics of fear, scapegoating, and stagnation. The deportation of millions of people, the incarceration of refugee families, and dehumanization of immigrants is wrong. Both Congress and the Obama Administration have been complicit in perpetuating sinful injustices that threaten to irreparably damage cherished national institutions and values. For too long, Congress has been held hostage by a nativist, vigilante wing of the Republican Party, with many Democrats seeking to take advantage from a worsening status quo. Nobody knows this better than Speaker Boehner.

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Dahlia Lithwick: Carly Fiorina's Lies about Planned Parenthood Are Appalling
Full story: Slate.com

Hoyer Statement on the Resignation of Speaker Boehner

"During the nearly five years of his speakership and throughout his twenty-five years in Congress, John Boehner has been a true gentleman and a consistent advocate for the enduring American principle that hard work ought to lead to opportunity. He has never forgotten his roots as the son of Cincinnati small business owners, learning the value of honest work at a young age clearing tables and sweeping floors. Speaker Boehner brought this same ethic to public service, first as an Ohio State Representative, then as a Congressman, and later as the leader of his party in the House. All of us who have served with him have appreciated his straightforward manner, his friendship, and his deep love of country.

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Margaret Winter: Is This the Beginning of the End for Solitary Confinement in the United States?

Solitary confinement is a cruel and all too usual punishment in our country today. But there’s big change in the air.

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Elaine Shannon: How Two Dogged Clean Air Sleuths Exposed Massive VW Deceit

If you’re looking for environmental heroes – and who isn’t – take a look at mine: Peter Mock, Europe managing director of the obscure but well-informed International Council on Clean Transportation, and John German, a senior fellow at the council.

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Robert Reich: Why Big Tech May Be Getting Too Big

Conservatives and liberals interminably debate the merits of “the free market” versus “the government.” Which one you trust more delineates the main ideological divide in America.

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Natalie Shure: Here’s what people around the world think of America after Trump’s bewildering rise
Full story: Raw Story

Kathleen Turner: The Real Target of the Planned Parenthood Attacks

In the first two Republican presidential debates, the candidates slugged it out over who hated Planned Parenthood the most.

Virtually every hopeful promised to defund the organization. Some of them, including Senator Ted Cruz, are vowing to force the issue — even if it means shutting down the federal government.

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Ole Solvang: Cluster bombs fall and US looks away

“I know what that is!” an 8-year-old exclaimed as he interrupted us explaining recently what cluster munitions are to people displaced by the war in Yemen. “They are big bombs that break up into many smaller bombs in the air.”

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Clara Long: The Other Refugee Crisis, from Central America to the U.S.

While the news is full of reports about the crisis of migrants and asylum seekers from the Middle East, Africa, and Asia arriving in Europe, the plight of Central Americans desperate to escape violence and poverty by fleeing to the U.S., remains an under-told story.

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Robert Reich: Why the Republican Assault on Planned Parenthood is Morally Wrong and Economically Stupid

The Republican assault on Planned Parenthood is filled with lies and distortions, and may even lead to a government shutdown.

The only thing we can say for sure about it is it’s already harming women’s health.

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Karen Remley: American Academy of Pediatrics Corrects False Statements Made at GOP Debate about Vaccines

The American Academy of Pediatrics would like to correct false statements made during the Republican presidential debate last night regarding vaccin​es. Claims that vaccines are linked to autism, or are unsafe when administered according to the recommended schedule, have been disproven by a robust body of medical literature. It is dangerous to public health to suggest otherwise.

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Matt Hildreth: Trump’s Immigration Plan Would Require 211 Buses And 20,747 Planes Carrying 20,000 Immigrants Daily

Donald Trump has a plan to remove 11 million people from the United States in 18 months. If his plan were successful, it would be one of the worst global humanitarian atrocities in recent history:

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