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Groups Appeal Seattle Judge’s Decision Allowing Shell To Use the City As Arctic Drilling Homeport

Today, a group of Seattle-area environmental groups and the Sierra Club appealed a King County Superior Court Judge’s July ruling which said the Port of Seattle did not need to conduct an environmental review before allowing the Terminal 5 at the Port of Seattle to be used as a home port by Shell Oil’s Arctic drilling fleet. Additionally, the appeal challenges the Superior Court’s decision that turning Terminal 5 into a homeport for Shell’s Arctic drilling rigs was the same use as the previous container shipping terminal.

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70+ Organizations Implore Congress to Support Iran Agreement

Today, over 70 national organizations, representing tens of millions of Americans from across the spectrum of community institutions, are imploring Congress to support of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action — known as the “Iran deal.” For the first time in recent memory, organizations of all stripes have written to Congress to advance a common message: Support a diplomatic path forward on one of the most pressing foreign policy challenges of our time.

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73 Prominent International Relations Scholars Say Iran Deal Will Help Stabilize Middle East

73 prominent International Relations and Middle East scholars have issued a letter in support of the Iran deal, arguing that it is a “strong and positive step toward stabilizing the Middle East,” and that a potential Congressional rejection of the agreement would further destabilize the region and “reignite Washington and Tehran’s gravitation towards a military confrontation.”

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Detailed Undercover Investigation Reveals Tennessee Walking Horse Abuse at Top Training Barn, with Big-Name, Previously Cited Trainers Continuing Their Illegal Conduct

For the second time in four years, an undercover investigator with The Humane Society of the United States has documented trainers and grooms cruelly “soring” Tennessee walking horses to create an exaggerated and unnatural gait known as the “big lick.” This time, the investigation focused on ThorSport Farm in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, which is well-known and highly regarded within the big lick show world. Our investigation documented that several horses slated to compete in this year’s Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration have been illegally sored, which could give them an advantage at the industry’s high-profile showcase event starting Wednesday in Shelbyville, Tennessee.

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Updated Family Budget Calculator Shows What it Takes to Get By in 618 Communities

Today, the Economic Policy Institute released an update its signature Family Budget Calculator, which shows what’s required for families to attain a secure yet modest standard of living in 618 communities throughout the country. The update contains new data through 2014 and includes budgets for ten family types including, for the first time, adults without children.

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IFJ condemns 'shock horror' killing of US journalist and cameraman during TV live interview in Virginia

The International Federation of Journalists condemned today’s shooting attack in the US State of Virginia in which journalist Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward, both working for CBS affiliate WDBJ7 TV station, were killed by a gunman during a live interview from a shopping center in Moneta (Virginia).

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Mikahail Gorbachev: US Military an 'Insurmountable Obstacle to a Nuclear-Free World'
Full story: Der Spiegel Germany


Everglades Python Hunt Would Set Terrible Precedent

Everglades National Park’s announced plan to allow hunters to scour the park for pythons is misguided and likely illegal, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The plan is not expected to reduce the population of the invasive constrictors inside the park at all, but instead is admittedly being done as a gimmick to attract public attention.

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Out of Control: The Systemic Disenfranchisement of African American and Latino Communities Through School Takeovers

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. As advocates fight to preserve and strengthen the Act itself, The Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools today released a new report detailing how communities of color across the country are facing a different attack on minority enfranchisement: instead of barriers to the ballot box, local elected governance is being dissolved altogether.

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In Effort to Stifle Dissent, St. Louis County Charges At Least 100 Protesters One Year Later

In a surprise move, just before the statute of limitations was about to expire, St. Louis County Counselor Peter Krane filed charges last week against at least 100 people who were arrested a year ago peacefully protesting the murder of Michael Brown outside of the Ferguson Police Department.

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“It’s all fun and games until the mass roundups begin”

As Donald Trump rises in the polls, conservative commentators are becoming alarmed, and not just about his impact on the 2016 race. They are growing concerned that his ultra-nationalism and xenophobia threaten conservative ideals and American exceptionalism.

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Officials Confirm Three Firefighter Fatalities

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest (OWNF) and Washington Department of Natural Resources (WA DNR) officials are deeply saddened to confirm the fatalities of three U.S. Forest Service firefighters from the OWNF this afternoon.

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Sec. Clinton still Doesn’t get the Central American child refugee crisis, says United We Dream

During an event in Las Vegas yesterday, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke to reporters on several issues, including immigration, and attempted to clarify her previous response to the child refugee crisis in which she suggested the children fleeing violence in Central America be deported immediately.

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New York Times Profiles Undocumented Trump Hotel Worker in Real Life “David vs. Goliath” Story

As the negative coverage surrounding Donald Trump’s inflammatory immigration policy paper continues to spill out, Liz Robbins of the New York Times lifts up a critical, yet missing, voice in the current debate.

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Chelsea Manning Punished for Possessing Expired Toothpaste and LGBT Reading Material

A closed disciplinary board at the military correctional facility at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, last night found Chelsea Manning guilty of four charges, including possessing prohibited material and disrespecting a prison officer.

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Climate Study: Ending New Federal Fossil Fuel Leases Would Keep 450 Billion Tons of Carbon Pollution in Ground

Ending new fossil fuel leasing on lands and offshore areas controlled by the U.S. government would keep up to 450 billion tons of greenhouse gases from polluting the atmosphere, according to a first-of-its-kind analysis by EcoShift on behalf of the Center for Biological Diversity and Friends of the Earth released today.

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More than 50 journalism groups again urge President Obama to stop excessive controls on public information

Fifty-three journalism and open government groups today called on President Barack Obama – yet again – to stop practices in federal agencies that prevent important information from getting to the public.


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Call it Out: RNC Quietly Passes Anti-LGBT Resolution

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, released the following statement after media reports that the Republican National Committee (RNC) passed an anti-LGBT resolution in support of the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA). Going far beyond protecting the rights established in the First Amendment, this anti-LGBT legislation would undermine the rule of law and promote taxpayer-funded discrimination.

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Privacy-invasive tracking headers a global trend, new report finds

Do you trust your carrier when you sign up for a new mobile phone? You may not realize that when you check a box on the application form you may be enrolling in an invasive tracking program that you cannot control — one that could potentially expose you to surveillance by governments or exploitation by criminals.

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Shell’s Arctic Ocean drilling reaches new depths

When President Obama visits the Arctic this month, he must face the communities he is sacrificing to Shell’s profits. As the brave climbers and kayaktivists that blocked the Fennica demonstrated, the fight to protect the Arctic Ocean is not over until President Obama hears the message, loud and clear: the only path to a safe climate future is to leave Arctic Ocean oil and gas in the ground.

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Federal Agency Fails to Protect Water and Air Quality from Massive Coal Mine Expansion in Montana

Today, Montana conservation groups were forced to take legal action to protect water and air quality from a massive expansion at the Bull Mountains coal mine near Roundup. Earlier this year the federal government approved a 100-million-ton expansion at the mine, setting it up to become the largest underground coal mine in the country, with only cursory environmental review. Expansion of the mine will increase air and water pollution, threaten the livelihood of nearby ranchers, and exacerbate climate change. Nearly all of the coal will travel by rail through Montana communities and eventually be burned overseas.

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Al Roker Talks Climate Change, Calls Sen. Jim Inhofe 'A Moron'
Full story: Huffington Post


Immigrant Children Without Attorneys are Still Being Ordered Deported

It would seem to be a simple matter of conscience that no child should ever stand before a judge without having an attorney as an advocate. Younger children in particular may not even understand the significance of their day in court or how a judge’s ruling can profoundly impact the rest of their lives. Nowhere is this truer than in the case of children who have fled gang violence and grinding poverty in Central American nations, and for whom a deportation order issued by a U.S. immigration judge could mean the difference between life and death. Unfortunately, U.S. policies regarding “unaccompanied minors” are not governed by conscience.

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NSA Spying Relies on AT&T’s ‘Extreme Willingness to Help’
Full story: Pro Publica


Police More Likely to Be Killed on Duty in States with High Gun Ownership

Camden and Newark, New Jersey, are perceived as two of the most violent cities in the nation, yet New Jersey’s police officers are among the least likely to get shot on the job. Montana, with its serene landscapes and national parks, has among the highest homicide rates for law enforcement officers. Why?

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Lawsuit: Florida is Breaking the Law By Refusing To Acknowledge Married Same-Sex Couples As Parents on Birth Certificates

Just days ago, Cathy Pareto and Karla Arguello—the first same-sex couple to be married in Florida—celebrated the birth of their twin son and daughter. But the couple’s joy was soon mixed with fear and frustration when the hospital denied Cathy the right to add her name to the children’s birth certificates.

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Leading Consumer Groups Asks Obama to Veto DARK Act, Honor Campaign Pledge to Label GMOs

The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) today called on President Obama to veto any federal bill, including any version of H.R. 1599 which was recently passed by the U.S. House, that would preempt state or federal laws requiring labels on foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

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America’s Youth File Landmark Climate Lawsuit Against U.S. Government and President

Today, on International Youth Day, 21 young people from across the United States filed a landmark constitutional climate change lawsuit against the federal government in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. Also acting as a Plaintiff is world-renown climate scientist Dr. James E. Hansen, serving as guardian for future generations and for his granddaughter, and Earth Guardians, representing young citizen beneficiaries of the public trust. The Complaint asserts that, in causing climate change, the federal government has violated the youngest generation’s constitutional rights to life, liberty, property, and has failed to protect essential public trust resources.

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Toxic mine waste spill into Animas River symptom of larger problem

A toxic mining waste spill near Durango, Colorado spewed 3 million gallons of contaminated wastewater from the Gold King mine near Silverton into the Animas River last Wednesday.

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250 Scientists Unite to Call for Tighter Ivory Controls on World Elephant Day

On the eve of World Elephant Day Wednesday, August 12, a group of 250 scientists from varying disciplines and organizations around the world sent a letter to President Barack Obama calling for the closure of the commercial ivory trade in the United States.

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