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People For the American Way Calls On RNC To Cancel Trip Funded By Hate Group

People For the American Way President Michael Keegan sent a letter to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus today urging him to cancel a trip for dozens of RNC members organized by “Christian Nation” advocate David Lane and funded by the extreme right-wing American Family Association.

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6 to 10 million gallons of BP oil from 2010 spill lies buried in the sediment on the Gulf floor

After 200 million gallons of crude oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010, the government and BP cleanup crews mysteriously had trouble locating all of it.

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Consumer Packaging and Environment: Report Finds Few Leaders and Many Laggards in Fast Food, Beverage, and Consumer Goods Industries

While plastic packaging is the fastest growing form of packaging in the U.S. in large part due to the popularity of fast food and consumer beverages, only 14 percent of it is recycled. That contributes to an overall waste of $11.4 billion in potential recycling revenue every year, according to a new report examining packaging used by fast food, beverage, and consumer goods/grocery companies. The report, issued today by As You Sow and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), reviews the packaging practices of 47 fast food/quick service restaurant (QSR) chains, beverage companies, and consumer good/grocery companies, and highlights leaders and laggards in the field.

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Obama's Climate Plan Could Threaten U.S. Forests
Full story: Politico

Senate bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline: How they voted

Question: On the Cloture Motion (Upon Reconsideration Motion to Invoke Cloture on S.1 )

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Environmental, Landowner Groups Respond to Senate Vote on Keystone XL

This afternoon, the Senate voted to support a foreign oil corporation at the expense of American interests by passing legislation that would force approval of the controversial Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, which would threaten land and water along its route and have a disastrous impact on carbon emissions and climate change.

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Ex-DHS Secretaries to GOP: Don't Hold Up Funding for Homeland Security Over Immigration Ideology

All three former Secretaries of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), including two Republicans, are calling on Republicans to stop insisting that homeland security funding be tied to the GOP’s ideological battle against the President's immigration actions.

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PFAW: American Family Association Fires Bryan Fischer, Can't Hide Its Extremism Or His Connection To The GOP

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow reported last night that the American Family Association (AFA) has fired its longtime spokesman, Bryan Fischer, from his position as the organization’s director of issues analysis. However, AFA reportedly plans to keep Fischer as the host of a daily program on its radio network.

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Congress rejects Senator Murkowski's effort to release wilderness nationwide and in Alaska

Today’s vote in the Senate just reaffirms what we all know: the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and its sensitive Coastal Plain should be managed as wilderness.

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Zombie Debt: How the CFPB Can Help Consumers Fight Time-Barred Debts

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) should prohibit debt collectors from collecting zombie debt, concludes a new report by the National Consumer Law Center. “Consumers don’t understand that just a $25 payment can leave them vulnerable to lawsuits on a debt that was too old to collect in court,” says National Consumer Law Center attorney April Kuehnhoff and co-author of Zombie Debt: What the CFPB Should Do about Attempts to Collect Old Debt. “To prevent debt collectors from using unfair, deceptive, and abusive practices to collect ancient debt, the CFPB should ban all efforts to collect zombie debt.”

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Opening Statement of Attorney General-Designate Loretta E. Lynch at U.S. Senate Confirmation Hearing

Attorney General-Designate Loretta E. Lynch released the following statement today at the opening of the U.S. Senate confirmation hearing:

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Koch Caucus Now the First Stop on Road to the White House

The Koch network’s announcement that it plans to spend upwards of $900 million on the 2016 elections is a clarion call for citizen action to rescue our democracy, Common Cause President Miles Rapoport said Tuesday.

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One in Five Children Receive Food Stamps, Census Bureau Reports

The number of children receiving food stamps remains higher than it was before the start of the Great Recession in 2007, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s annual Families and Living Arrangements table package released today.

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Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore Urges Governor to Ignore Federal Marriage Equality Ruling

In a letter dated January 27th and obtained by AL.com, Roy S. Moore, Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court wrote to Governor Robert Bentley to express his outrage over recent rulings striking down the state’s ban on marriage equality.

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Southern Environmental Law Center Calls for Protection of Southeast Coasts from Offshore Drilling

Today the U.S. Department of the Interior released a draft five-year plan that would make the Mid- and South Atlantic coasts available to oil and gas leasing starting in 2017. This represents a significant shift in federal policy, as there have never been any producing oil or gas wells drilled off the ecologically rich coastlines of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. Offshore drilling would threaten the economic livelihood of the coastal communities that rely on healthy waters and clean beaches to support local tourism and fishing industries. It would also damage barrier islands and marsh ecosystems, as well as sensitive wetlands that provide drinking water and hurricane protection to nearby communities.

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Top violators among fracking companies range from Chesapeake and Cabot to smaller firms

From Fortune 500 companies like Cabot Oil, to fly-by-night operators, to firms like Chevron who tout their clean records -- virtually all types of fracking outfits are prone to breaking rules intended to protect the environment and public health, a new report says. The analysis of Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industry over a four-year period found that the top offenders, representing a diversity of companies, averaged more than an environmental violation every day.

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Ruptured Yellowstone Oil Pipeline Was Built With Faulty Welding in 1950s

This article has been updated on Jan. 22 at 7:00 PM to reflect new information about the pipeline segment that failed.

The aging Poplar Pipeline that spilled oil into the Yellowstone River in Montana on Saturday was built with pipe made using faulty welding techniques, and its owner has had a series of spills on the line. These two factors put the pipeline at a higher risk for problems.

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Conservation Groups, Native Organizations Celebrate Wilderness Recommendation for the Arctic Refuge

In a significant moment for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, today the Obama administration became the first in history to make a Wilderness recommendation for the Refuge’s Coastal Plain as part of its preferred alternative in its final Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Wilderness Review.

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Eight Ways Oklahoma Lawmakers are Attacking LGBT People and Their Families

Today, HRC, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), and Freedom Oklahoma strongly condemned eight shocking anti-equality bills filed in the Oklahoma legislature. Submitted moments before the filing deadline, these appalling bills viciously target LGBT families and young people across the state.

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Senator Inhofe clears humans of climate change using the Bible
Full story: Grist Magazine


Report: Seedy Business: What Big Food Is Hiding with It's Slick PR Campaign on GMOs

U.S. Right to Know – a new nonprofit organization — released a new report today on Big Food’s PR campaign to defend GMOs: how it manipulated the media, public opinion and politics with sleazy tactics, bought science and PR spin.

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U.S. House Passes Bill to Deny Millions of Women Reproductive Health Care Coverage

After canceling a vote originally planned for today on an unconstitutional federal abortion ban following loud opposition over the bill’s cruel, narrow exceptions, the U.S. House of Representatives instead voted on and passed a bill that would deny insurance coverage of abortion care for millions of women who rely on federal insurance plans and state marketplaces.

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Natural Deception: Conned by the World Congress of Families

Ahead of this year's World Congress of Families conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, Political Research Associates (PRA) has just released its latest research report: Natural Deception: Conned by the World Congress of Families.

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Center for Reproductive Rights: War on Women Is Over, If You Want It

On the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the historic decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that recognized a woman's constitutional right to abortion, the Center for Reproductive Rights has launched a new campaign, “War on Women Is Over! If You Want It,” to educate and activate individuals on the profound threats to women’s freedom.

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Mexican Migrant Children: Forgotten at the Border (VIDEO)

Today WOLA releases the results of an investigation into the treatment of unaccompanied Mexican migrant children detained at the U.S.-Mexico border. Every year, the U.S. Border Patrol apprehends approximately 15,000 unaccompanied Mexican kids. According to a UNHCR report, nearly 60 percent of Mexican children reference violence as a reason for leaving. Yet, less than five percent get a chance to make their case before an immigration judge to determine whether they have a valid claim for protection in the United States.

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McDonald’s Workers File Major Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit Against Fast-Food Giant

McDonald’s workers who were fired last year after being told, “There are too many black people [working] in the store,” filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the company Thursday alleging a widespread pattern of racial and sexual discrimination and harassment at three stores in Virginia.

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Nebraska Landowners Urge Sen. McConnell to Vote Against Eminent Domain for Private Gain in Keystone XL Bill

Yesterday, a group of farmers and ranchers whose land would be put at risk by the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urging him to vote for an amendment to proposed legislation to force approval of the pipeline that would make it clear that TransCanada, a private, foreign company, cannot use eminent domain to take land from unwilling landowners for their pipeline.

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NARAL Reaction To House GOP Abandoning 20-Week Abortion Ban Bill

NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue released the following statement following press reports that the House has abandoned efforts to pass a 20-week abortion ban this week:

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The Trouble with the Fake Net Neutrality Bills

On Wednesday, the House and Senate Commerce Committees will discuss companion bills introduced by Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.).

The two members of Congress proposed the legislation in advance of an anticipated Net Neutrality ruling by the Federal Communications Commission, which is expected to reclassify Internet access under Title II of the Communications Act in a vote next month.

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Feinstein Response to Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr's (R-N.C.) Call for Return of Senate Torture Report

Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement in response to press reports that Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) is asking the executive branch to return copies of the committee’s report on the CIA detention and interrogation program:

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