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Hundreds of Writers Including Stephen King and Amy Tan Pen Open Letter Against Donald Trump

Because, as writers, we are particularly aware of the many ways that language can be abused in the name of power;

Because we believe that any democracy worthy of the name rests on pluralism, welcomes principled disagreement, and achieves consensus through reasoned debate;

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Rep. Gutiérrez: Hanen Wants To Dox 100,000 Immigrants For “Every Two-Bit Vigilante And Twitter Troll To Read”

ep. Luis Gutiérrez slammed the recent frenzied dictates of Judge Andrew Hanen, who has outrageously ordered the federal government turn over the names and addresses of 100,000 DACA recipients.

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Zika Crisis Exposes Long-Standing Neglect of Women’s Reproductive Health Needs in Latin America and the U.S.

In Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as in the United States, the Zika epidemic has exposed the often hostile policy, programmatic and legal environment women face on issues surrounding pregnancy, argues a new analysis in the Guttmacher Policy Review. This long-standing failure by policymakers to prioritize women’s health and autonomy has left women—especially those who are poor—more vulnerable to the potential consequences of Zika than they would otherwise be.

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US Govt to “Exclude” 3/4 of Drone Strikes from Civilian Casualty Numbers

The Obama administration is set to “exclude Pakistan” from its publication of total casualties resulting from covert drone strikes, according to a report in the Washington Post.

If accurate, this would mean that as many as 72% of known covert drone strikes would be excluded from the tally, along with 84% of recorded casualties, according to figures from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

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Report details 166 near misses for nuclear disasters across the United States

Following the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, Greenpeace USA today released a new report on the 166 near misses at U.S. nuclear power plants over the past decade. Of the incidents identified in Nuclear Near Misses: A Decade of Accident Precursors at U.S. Nuclear Plants, 10 are considered by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to be important precursors to a meltdown.

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Lawsuit Tackles National Bison Range Giveaway Legislation

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has not done the environmental analysis required by law before sponsoring legislation to turn the National Bison Range over to local tribes, according to a federal lawsuit filed today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The suit aims to force FWS to ascertain potential impacts before proceeding any further with the first major surrender of a national wildlife refuge in American history.

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Some Northwest Elected Officials, Candidates Embrace Extremist ‘Patriot’ Agenda on Federal Lands -- and Many Fail

In the wake of the Malheur standoff, antigovernment radicals are aiming to swell the ranks of far-right elected officials who are already promoting 'county supremacy,' but a number of them lost their elections this past week.

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EFF Asks Court to Reverse Chelsea Manning’s Conviction for Violating Federal Anti-Hacking Law

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) asked a U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals Wednesday to overturn Chelsea Manning’s conviction for violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), arguing that the law is intended to punish people for breaking into computers systems—something Manning didn’t do.

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CEOs Paid 335 Times Average Rank-and-File Worker; Outsourcing Results in Even Higher Inequality

CEO pay for major U.S. companies continues to soar as income inequality and outsourcing of good-paying American jobs increases. Outsourcing has become a hot presidential election topic with candidates calling out corporations who say they need to save money by sending jobs overseas. Meanwhile, according to the new AFL-CIO Executive PayWatch, the average CEO of an S&P 500 company made $12.4 million per year in 2015 – 335 times more money than the average rank-and-file worker.

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At NRA Annual Meeting in Louisville, Gun Industry and NRA Work Hand-in-Glove to Target Children as Young as Grade School Age

The gun industry’s latest marketing push, targeting children as young as grade school age, will be on full display this weekend at the firearms industry trade show that accompanies the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting beginning this Friday in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Forest Service and Partners Gear Up for Significant 2016 Wildfire Season

Climate change has led to fire seasons that are, on average, 78 days longer than they were in 1970 and, on average, the number of acres burned each year has doubled since 1980. As a result, the Forest Service's firefighting budget is regularly exhausted before the end of the wildfire season, forcing the Forest Service to abandon critical restoration and capital improvement projects in order to suppress extreme fires.

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Report: Coal Execs Pocketed Windfall While Driving Companies Into the Ground

As America’s largest coal producers were driving their coal companies into the ground through bad investments and overproduction, their CEOs pocketed outrageous bonuses while laying off hundreds of workers, according to a new report (PDF) released today by Public Citizen. All told, bonuses and money spent on bankruptcy lawyers by the four companies – Alpha Natural Resources, Arch Coal, Cloud Peak Energy and Peabody Energy – topped out at nearly a quarter of a billion dollars.

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Seth Meyers: Phony spokesman story shows Trump is a liar and a clown — and possibly out of his mind
Full story: Raw Story


Lambda Legal and ACLU Ask Court to Block Enforcement of North Carolina’s Anti-Transgender Law

The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of North Carolina, and Lambda Legal today asked a federal court to order an immediate halt to enforcement of a North Carolina law that targets transgender people for discrimination in single-sex facilities.

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Supreme Court Non-Decision Could Leave Many Women Without Secure Access To Birth Control, Says Americans United

The U.S. Supreme Court today took a pass on dealing with the important question of access to birth control, an action that could leave tens of thousands of women in limbo, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

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Pfizer blocks drug sales to American executioners

The world's second largest pharmaceutical firm has today officially withdrawn from the lethal injection drug trade, imposing strict distribution controls to prevent its drugs reaching execution chambers across the USA.

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Obama Administration Finalizes Safeguards Against Oil & Gas Industry Climate Pollution

Today, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the first nationwide safeguards limiting dangerous methane pollution from new and modified sources in the oil and gas industry. Oil and gas operations are the largest industrial source of methane, a greenhouse gas that is 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide in the short term. These standards are projected to reduce the equivalent of 11 million metric tons of carbon pollution by 2025 and save Americans a net of $170 million in costs related to methane pollution. By issuing a standard for new and modified sources, EPA sets the stage to begin work on a rule to curb emissions from existing oil and gas operations.

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Alberta Wildfire Offers Further Proof that a Warming Climate, Not Forest Management, is Behind Worsening Fires in the West

As the summer wildfire season approaches in the Rocky Mountains, Westerners are looking north to the alarming wildfire that has scorched nearly 900 square miles in Alberta. The photographs and videos of the massive wildfire are another stark reminder that wildfires are becoming bigger, hotter, and less predictable.

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Study Calls On Obama to Withdraw Bush-Era Legal Memo That Allows Faith-based Charities to Discriminate

The Obama administration has roundly criticized states such as North Carolina and Mississippi for passing laws that allow discrimination in the name of religious freedom. But at the same time, the administration has left in place a 2007 memo from the Bush White House that allows religious charities with federal contracts to discriminate in hiring for federally funded programs.

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AAA Foundation Research Shows Setting Legal Limits for Marijuana and Driving Causes Concerns

Fatal crashes involving drivers who recently used marijuana doubled after Washington State legalized the drug, according to the latest research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. This raises serious concerns about marijuana-impaired driving and enforcement, especially when recent research indicates that legal limits for marijuana and driving are arbitrary and unsupported by science.

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Study shows one in three U.S. manufacturing workers on public aid

Just over a third of non-supervisory manufacturing production workers in the United States and half of the nation’s manufacturing workers hired through temporary agencies rely on at least one public assistance program to support themselves or their families, according to research by the University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Labor Research and Education.

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U.S. Department of Justice Announces Lawsuit Against North Carolina Gov. McCrory

Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and Equality NC issued the following statements in response to the announcement by Attorney General Loretta Lynch that the U.S. Department of Justice has filed a lawsuitagainst North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, the state’s Department of Public Safety, and the University of North Carolina and Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina. The U.S. Department of Justice also requested the judge prohibit the state from enforcing HB2 in regards to discriminating against transgender people.

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Assault on Abortion Access Increasingly Ensnares Family Planning Services and Providers

State lawmakers’ ongoing policy attacks on abortion services and providers hurt not just women seeking abortion care, argues a new commentary published in the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH). Increasingly, these attacks also negatively impact women’s access to contraceptive counseling and supplies and the ability of the nation’s family planning safety net to deliver this critical care.

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Private prison corporations tell shareholders that family detention centers drove increase in revenue

Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and GEO Group reported their first quarter earnings for 2016 on their conference calls for shareholders on Thursday May 5 and Thursday April 28, respectively.

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ACLU Sues to Challenge Unconstitutional Anti-LGBT Mississippi Law

The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Mississippi today filed a lawsuit to challenge an anti-LGBT law passed this spring that allows public officials and businesses to refuse to serve gay and transgender individuals.

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Bob Barker Watchdog Boat Releases Groundbreaking Video of Secret Cormorant Slaughter

An international animal protection watchdog group today released groundbreaking, unprecedented and never-seen-before graphic videos – including dramatic drone images - exposing the work of a "notorious" and secretive government agency that is slaughtering thousands of native cormorants on the Columbia River off the coast of Washington and Oregon.

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Panhandling and Pandering in our National Parks

In a quiet but far-reaching move, the National Park Service is poised to begin aggressively seeking corporate sponsorship for park projects and using agency personnel as fundraisers, according to a critical analysis released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The plan will give corporate donors expanded naming rights, use of National Park symbols in advertising and much greater influence over park managers and National Park Service (NPS) decisions.

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U.S. officials react to Panama Papers disclosures with get-tough proposals

In the wake of the public firestorm sparked by the Panama Papers scandal, the Obama administration unveiled a series of new proposals today that would crack down on offshore secrecy and illicit financial transactions.

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U.S. District Court Sides With Wild Salmon and Communities; Feds’ Columbia/Snake River Salmon Plan Again Found Illegal

The U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon today invalidated the federal government’s 2014 Columbia Basin salmon biological opinion (salmon plan or BiOp). Judge Michael Simon ruled that this latest plan—like each of its four predecessors—violates the federal Endangered Species Act and additionally the National Environmental Policy Act.

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New Report Reveals 1 in 6 U.S. Hospital Beds Are in Catholic Facilities That Prohibit Essential Health Care for Women

The American Civil Liberties Union and MergerWatch today released reports that reveal that one in six hospital beds in the United States is in a facility that complies with the Catholic Directives that prohibit a range of health care services even when a woman’s life or health is in jeopardy. In some states, more than 40 percent of all hospital beds are in a Catholic facility, leaving entire regions without any option for certain reproductive health care. The ACLU’s report shares firsthand accounts from patients who have been denied appropriate care at Catholic hospitals, from health care providers forbidden from providing critical care because of the Directives, and from physicians at secular hospitals who have treated very sick women after they were turned away from a Catholic facility.

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