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ACLU Sues Federal Government for Granting Millions of Dollars to Religious Groups That Deny Young Women Access to Medical Care

The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Northern California, and the ACLU Foundation of Southern California today filed a lawsuit against the federal government for awarding millions of dollars annually to organizations that fail to provide crucial medical care to unaccompanied immigrant minors. The government authorizes some of these organizations to refuse — on religious grounds — to follow the law that requires access to contraception and abortion, even in cases of rape.

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Immigrants Demand Moratorium on Deportations as Supreme Court Fails to End Partisan Attack on DAPA

In response to the Supreme Court decision in Texas vs US, the case of 26 Republican governors suing to block the deferred action programs announced in November, 2014, immigrant communities across the country are calling on President Obama and DHS to take further action and for his potential successors to take up their call.

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Amnesty International USA: Congressional Sit-in Highlights Need for Urgent Bipartisan Reform

Today’s action on the House floor highlights the need for urgent bipartisan reform to reduce gun violence. In a world where human rights belong to all, no one’s life should be threatened just by walking down the street, going to school or dancing at a nightclub.

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U.S. Settles with Trader Joe's to Reduce Ozone-Depleting & Greenhouse Gas Emissions at Stores

The national grocery store chain Trader Joe’s Company has agreed to reduce emissions of potent greenhouse gases from refrigeration equipment at 453 of its stores under a proposed settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act. Under the settlement, Trader Joe’s will spend an estimated $2 million over the next three years to reduce coolant leaks from refrigerators and other equipment and improve company-wide compliance. The company will also pay a $500,000 civil penalty.

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#TrumpSoPoor: Trump faces humiliating — and hilarious — hammering over cash-strapped campaign
Full story: Raw Story


Despite Orlando Massacre, U.S. Senate Votes Down Commonsense Gun Violence Prevention Legislation

Today, the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, responded to the U.S. Senate voting down two gun violence prevention amendments that would have struck the balance Americans are seeking in our nation’s laws regulating the sale and ownership of guns. The unconscionable vote to stop these gun violence prevention measures comes just a week after 49 LGBTQ and allied people were massacred -- and 53 others were injured -- in an attack on a club in Orlando on Latin night.

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3.2 Million Animals Killed by Federal Wildlife-destruction Program in 2015

The highly secretive arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture known as Wildlife Services killed more than 3.2 million animals during fiscal year 2015, according to new data released by the agency. The total number of wolves, coyotes, bears, mountain lions, beavers, foxes, eagles and other animals killed largely at the behest of the livestock industry and other agribusinesses represents a half-million-animal increase over the 2.7 million animals the agency killed in 2014.

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Montana Rep. Zinke Casts Vote for House Bill Aimed at Privatizing Control of Public Lands

Representative Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) cast a vote for H.R. 2316: Self-Sufficient Community Lands Act. The bill was sponsored by Congressman Raul Labrador, a Republican Congressman from Idaho, and would allow transfer of control of up to four million acres of national forest lands to an advisory group appointed by the individual state’s governor. These advisory councils are to be comprised of county officials and extractive industries, and these councils would have complete control over how these transferred lands are managed.

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Following Tragic Anti-LGBTQ Attack in Orlando, HRC Endorses Common-Sense Gun Violence Prevention Policy Measures

Today, the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest civil rights organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people, made a significant policy announcement in the aftermath of last Sunday’s hate-fueled attack in Orlando targeting the LGBTQ community at Pulse nightclub’s Latin night.

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After Orlando Shooting, Focus on ISIS and Terrorism Distracts From Real Issues, UB Queer History Expert Says

In the aftermath of the shooting rampage in a gay nightclub in Orlando, the dialogue has focused around terrorism, ISIS and radicalization. But that is a deliberate misdirection, says Jonathan Katz, University at Buffalo associate professor of visual studies, who was one of the first full-time American academic to be tenured in gay and lesbian studies.

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Violence Policy Center Backgrounder on Sig Sauer MCX Assault Rifle Used in the Orlando Mass Shooting

The Violence Policy Center (VPC) today released a new 13- page report on the Sig Sauer MCX assault rifle used in the mass shooting in Orlando on Sunday.

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Huge win for the Internet, as U.S. Court of Appeals upholds hard-won Net Neutrality rules

In a huge win for Internet users, a top U.S. federal court upheld some of the strongest Net Neutrality rules in the world. The long-awaited decision, handed out by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday morning, continues the FCC’s prohibition of Internet slow lanes and sends a strong signal to Canada and the European Union, which are each currently reviewing their own Net Neutrality rules.

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HRC Statement on Tragic Shooting at Orlando Nightclub Serving LGBTQ Community

Today, the Human Rights Campaign -- the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization -- responded to media reports of a mass shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The club serves the area’s LGBTQ community and law enforcement are reporting the attack as an act of domestic terror that has claimed the lives of 50 people and injured at least 53 others. HRC has lowered its flag to half mast.

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House of Representatives Votes to Delay Lifesaving Ozone Standard, Gut Clean Air Act

Today, the Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives continued its attacks on our bedrock environmental laws and safeguards by passing H.R. 4775, the misleadingly-named “Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2015.” If signed into law, this legislation would actually delay by 8 years implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recently-finalized strengthening of the smog, or ground-level ozone, standard. EPA’s update to the smog standard was already long-overdue and, when fully implemented, will help drive down dangerous air pollution that threatens the health of all Americans. These protections are particularly important to the health of sensitive populations like children, seniors and people with breathing ailments like asthma.

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WATCH: Meryl Streep pulls off epic Trump impersonation with a fat suit and orange makeup
Full story: Raw Story


More than 450 groups called on members of Congress to commit to vote against the toxic Trans-Pacific Partnership

Today, in the largest display of opposition to the environmental impacts of two pending trade deals, more than 450 groups called on members of Congress to commit to vote against the toxic Trans-Pacific Partnership and to demand changes to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

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Hillary Clinton National Security Address, June 2, 2016 in San Diego (VIDEO)

Hillary Clinton: "He is not just unprepared; he is temperamentally unfit to hold an office that requires knowledge, stability and immense responsibility. This is not someone who should ever have the nuclear codes because it's not hard to imagine Donald Trump leading us into a war just because somebody got under his very thin skin."

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Testimonials for Fraudulent Trump University Are—You Guessed It—Scams Themselves
Full story: AlterNet

Us Against Them: Trump’s Ethnocentrism Will Bring Voters to the Polls, Pro and Con

Ethnocentrism is carrying Donald Trump to the Republican nomination for president, although it may condemn him to defeat in the November election, says Vanderbilt University political scientist Cindy D. Kam.

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America’s Lack of Female President ‘Exceptional’ From Global Perspective

It’s high time the United States elected the first woman president, and Hillary Clinton’s ability to handle global and domestic issues makes her most qualified to do the job, according to a new book edited by Dinesh Sharma, associate research professor at the Institute for Global Cultural Studies, Binghamton University, State University of New York.

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AAI, FWW and NFU Urge the U.S. Department of Justice to Challenge the Dow-DuPont Merger

In a letter sent today to the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Renata Hesse, the American Antitrust Institute (AAI), Food & Water Watch (FWW) and National Farmers Union (NFU) urged the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division to challenge the proposed merger of Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont Co.

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New survey shows that only one-third of older Americans feel financially prepared for retirement

About a third of Americans age 50 or older expect to outlive their retirement savings, according to a recent survey by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. A majority of older Americans have multiple retirement income sources, but over half say they feel more anxious than secure about the amount of savings they have set aside for retirement. A third of those who are still working are not currently saving for their retirement, and many have financial obligations that make saving a challenge.

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Attacks against Federal Range and Forest Workers on Rise

Assaults against national forest and rangeland employees and facilities rose sharply last year, according to figures released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Reported incidents nearly doubled (87% increase) on rangelands overseen by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and increased by more than half (60%) on national forests.

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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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