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Profiting From Immigrants: Bail Bond Company Charges $420 A Month For A GPS Ankle Bracelet

Libre By Nexus, a Virginia-based bail bond company, has discovered a new way to profit off the misery of immigrants detained by ICE.

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MSF denounces blatant breach of international humanitarian law

In the last week, as fighting swept through the city, 400 patients were treated at the hospital. Since its opening in 2011, tens of thousands of wounded civilians and combatants from all sides of the conflict have been triaged and treated by MSF. On the night of the bombing, MSF staff working in the hospital heard what was later confirmed to be a US army plane circle around multiple times, releasing its bombs on the same building within the hospital compound at each pass. The building targeted was the one housing the intensive care unit, emergency rooms and physiotherapy ward. Surrounding buildings in the compound were left largely untouched.

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Democratic Members of Benghazi Committee to release witness interview transcripts

Today, all five Democratic Members of the Select Committee on Benghazi sent a letter informing Chairman Trey Gowdy that they plan to begin releasing witness interview transcripts, starting with the interview of former State Department Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills, in order to correct the public record after numerous inaccurate Republican leaks.

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BP could nab giant tax break from $20.8 billion Deepwater settlement

Although the text of the settlement specifically forbids the deduction of civil penalties, there is some potential for BP to claim a sizable tax deduction on much of the remaining restoration costs.

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Court: EPA Failed to Protect U.S. Waters From Aquatic Invasive Species

In a 3-0 decision that has ramifications for waters across the country — from Long Island Sound to the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico to San Francisco Bay — the U.S. Court of Appeals’ 2nd Circuit today ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency failed its responsibility under the Clean Water Act to protect U.S. waters from aquatic invasive species introduced by ship’s ballast water discharge. Ballast water invaders cost citizens, businesses, industry and municipalities billions of dollars per year due to damages and control costs.

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Carly Fiorina’s first political campaign had a surprising problem: Money
Full story: Washington Post

Afghanistan: MSF response to U.S. government

Today the U.S. government has admitted that it was their airstrike that hit our hospital in Kunduz and killed 22 patients and MSF staff.

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Immigrants play increasing role in US science and engineering workforce

From 2003 to 2013, the number of scientists and engineers residing in the U.S. rose from 21.6 million to 29 million. An important factor in that increase: over the same time period, the number of immigrant scientists and engineers went from 3.4 million to 5.2 million.

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The U.S. cuts an ugly deal on Trans Pacific trade agreement

Today in Atlanta, Georgia the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries reached agreement on the Trans Pacific Partnership, a sweeping trade deal that, if adopted, would stymie environmental regulation and ramp up U.S. exports of climate-destroying fossil fuels.

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Planned Parenthood Marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month by Highlighting Breast Cancer Screenings

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Planned Parenthood is making sure that women across the country are aware that Planned Parenthood health centers provide education about breast cancer risk factors, clinical breast exams that can detect abnormalities and referrals for diagnostic services – including mammograms.

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Kevin McCarthy, speaker-apparent, exposes GOP Benghazi committee ploy (VIDEO)

Rachel Maddow helps viewers get to know Republican House Majority Leader and expected next-Speaker of the House, Kevin McCarthy, and reports on the political damage he has done to his own party with his admission that the House Select Committee on Benghazi is a political device for attacking Hillary Clinton to hurt her chances for the presidency in 2016.

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Alabama to stop issuing driver’s licenses in counties with 75% black registered voters
Full story: Raw Story

A Flaring Shame: New report exposes hidden fracking subsidy

A new, peer-reviewed, report from Friends of the Earth brings to light one of Big Oil’s most overlooked subsidies: royalty-free flaring on public and tribal lands.

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Video: Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood, Appears on Rachel Maddow

President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Cecile Richards, appeared on the Rachel Maddow show last, after testifying in front of the Government Oversight and Reform Committee for nearly five hours.

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U.S. is further from commercial-scale offshore wind deployment today than it was in 2005

University of Delaware faculty from the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE), the College of Engineering and the Alfred Lerner School of Business and Economics say that the U.S. has fallen behind in offshore wind power.

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Conservation Groups Applaud Rep. Huffman Legislation to End Arctic Offshore Oil Drilling

Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) today introduced the Stop Arctic Ocean Drilling Act in the U.S. House of Representatives to prohibit oil and gas leasing in federal waters off the coast of Alaska. This important legislation comes following Shell Oil’s revelation that after seven years and $7 billion in investment, its Arctic drilling campaign has come up dry. Today’s announcement sends a clear message to the Obama administration and the American public that it’s time to look forward and protect the Arctic for our children and our climate future.

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92 Members of Congress Tell President Obama to Reject Attacks on the Endangered Species Act

Today 92 members of Congress, led by Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva (D – Ariz.), sent a letter to President Barack Obama expressing concern over the record number of anti-Endangered Species Act provisions in House and Senate appropriations bills to fund the Interior Department and other federal agencies for the upcoming fiscal year (2016). The letter calls on the president to ensure that all these damaging attacks on the Endangered Species Act—which would block federal protections for gray wolves, greater sage grouse, lesser prairie chicken, and numerous other species—are removed from final legislation to fund the federal government.

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Shell’s Arctic drilling gamble ends with a loss

September 28 marks the end of the oil and gas drilling season in the Arctic Ocean, and an end to Shell’s exploration. Shell Oil, which broke ground on its first exploration well this year on July 30, today announced that it will cease its Arctic operations for the foreseeable future. In an official statement, Shell reported that indications of oil and gas were found, but were not “sufficient to warrant further exploration.” Under Shell’s federally-approved exploration plan, all rigs and support vessels must leave the Chukchi Sea by late October.

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How EPA Facilitates Auto Emission Fraud

In the wake of Volkswagen’s emissions cheating scandal, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency still clings to the questionable testing methods that enabled the fraud, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). At the same time, the agency is not using actual on-the-road “in-use” data it collects from diesel vehicles to monitor emissions or efficiency.

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Conservative politicians are introducing bills that promote teaching climate science as controversial
Full story: Smithsonian Magazine

Meet the Republicans in Congress who don't believe climate change is real
Full story: The Guardian UK

On Immigration, Pope Shows Way for Ohio’s Boehner, Kasich, and DeWine

This morning, Pope Francis addressed Congress where he, once again, reminded Washington about the human dimensions of the immigration debate. Standing in front of Republican leaders who blocked a comprehensive immigration reform bill and continue to demagogue immigrants and their families, the contrast between the Pope’s message and that of Republicans in and outside Washington could not be more clear.

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U.S. Rejects Calls by U.N. Reproductive Rights Council to End Harmful Restrictions on Reproductive Rights

This week the United States government rejected recommendations from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Norway, and Belgium urging the Obama administration to implement the Helms Amendment correctly—preventing women worldwide from accessing safe, legal reproductive care.

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Lawsuit Challenges U.S. Refusal to Disclose Information on Crude Oil Exports

Conservation groups sued the Obama administration today for refusing to release information about recent crude oil export authorizations. Despite a longstanding congressional ban on most such exports, U.S. crude oil exports skyrocketed from 44,000 barrels per day in 2009 to 351,000 barrels per day in 2014.

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HRC Calls on New York Attorney General to Investigate Turing Pharmaceuticals’ Exploitative Price Gouging

Today, the Human Rights Campaign, (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization sent a letter to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman asking him to investigate recent actions by New York-based Turing Pharmaceuticals to increase the price of the drug Daraprim (pyrimethamine) by 5000 percent.

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350 Action Responds to Clinton Statement on Keystone XL

“Make no mistake: today is clear proof that social movements move politics. Thanks to thousands of dedicated activists around the country who spent years putting their bodies on the line to protect our climate, we’ve taken a top-tier presidential candidate’s ‘inclination to approve’ Keystone XL, and turned it into yet another call for rejection. Her position on Keystone should set an important precedent for her policies going forward: we cannot afford to approve projects that make climate change worse.

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Matson Shipping Agrees to Stop Sending its Old U.S. Ships to the "Killing Beaches" of South Asia

Following an alarm raised by the environmental justice organization Basel Action Network (BAN), the shipping company, Matson, Inc. (MATX) agreed to prohibit scrapping its vessels on the beaches of India, Bangladesh and Pakistan in the future. While the decision does not address the HORIZON TRADER – an old Matson vessel now on its way to India, it is significant, as 23 vessels in the Matson fleet will require scrapping in the next few years.

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Senate Rejects Unpopular 20-Week Abortion Ban Opposed by Leading Medical Groups

The Senate today rejected H.R. 36 — a bill that would have banned all abortions at 20 weeks post-fertilization with extremely limited exceptions — blocking the bill by a vote of 54-42.

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Obama Administration Refuses Protection for West's Iconic Sage Grouse

The Obama administration today refused to provide Endangered Species Act protection to greater sage grouse — an iconic bird of the American West threatened with extinction by fossil fuel development, livestock grazing, off-road vehicles and other human impacts. Today’s decision instead relies on half-measures and generally weak management plans that disregard recommendations from federal and other scientists about the most important ways to keep sage grouse safe from harm and return to healthy, sustainable populations.

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New, forward-thinking report addresses environmental research, education , says National Science Foundation

The nation is at an environmental crossroads, states a report released today by the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education (AC-ERE): America's Future: Environmental Research and Education for a Thriving Century: A 10-year Outlook.

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