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Lambda Legal Commends NBA Decision to Move All-Star Game From North Carolina

Lambda Legal commends the NBA’s regrettable but necessary public stance against North Carolina’s discriminatory law, HB 2. Because the North Carolina legislature left them no choice, the NBA was forced to move the game. Discrimination is expensive and the legislature’s refusal to repeal the law just cost the state tens of millions of dollars.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Settles Lawsuit with ACLU Client Who Endured Invasive Cavity Searches

Today, the ACLU of Texas and the ACLU of New Mexico announced a record settlement in which U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) paid a New Mexico woman $475,000 for illegally subjecting her to vaginal and anal searches after she was detained at the Cordova Bridge point of entry in El Paso.

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Advocates Demand Public Observation of Controversial BLM Wild Horse Sterilization Experiments

Citing the First Amendment, two leading wild horse advocacy organizations have filed a formal request to observe and record controversial surgical procedures to be performed on wild horses at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse Corral Facility in Hines, Oregon.

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GOP Call To Repeal Ban On Church Politicking Is ‘Reckless And Corrosive To Religious Life,’ Says Americans United’s Lynn

The Republican Party platform approved yesterday includes a call for altering federal law to allow houses of worship to jump into partisan politics. This change threatens religious life in America, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

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Gilead Avoided $10 Billion In Taxes On Overpriced Hepatitis C Drugs

Gilead Sciences Inc., a California based pharmaceutical company, has avoided paying $10 billion in taxes by moving its patents to Ireland. This is despite the fact that one of its most profitable drugs was developed with U.S. taxpayer money, according to a new report from Americans for Tax Fairness (ATF).

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Republican National Convention: Scrutiny of Melania Trump’s speech follows plagiarism allegations
Full story: Washington Post


Gunman Who Killed Three Police Officers in Baton Rouge Member of Black Antigovernment 'Sovereign Citizen' Group

The man who killed three Baton Rouge police officers over the weekend was a member of a black antigovernment “sovereign citizen” group whose members believe they are indigenous to the United States and beyond the reach of the federal government.

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‘Midnight Rules’ Take Years to Cross the Finish Line, Public Citizen Report Finds

The case against so-called “midnight regulations” is riddled with holes, according to “Shining a Light on the Midnight Rule Boogeyman,” a new study (PDF) by Public Citizen, which debunks claims that rules finalized near the end of a presidential administration are rushed or sloppily drafted. In fact, regulations completed in the transition periods of the past two administrations were under development longer than average and received more days of review than rules completed at other times, the study shows.

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Harvard Youth Poll Unveils Millennial Agenda for Next President

A new national poll of America’s 18- to 29-year-olds by Harvard’s Institute of Politics (IOP), located at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, finds there is an emerging consensus among young Americans about their generation’s priorities for the next president of the United States.

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Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office: Three officers confirmed dead, three injured

Three law enforcement are confirmed dead, three others injured. One suspect is dead, law enforcement believes two others may be at large. Asking the public if they see anything suspicious please call 911 immediately.

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Details of Private Prison Corporation Immigration Contracts Not Exempt from Freedom of Information Act, Judge Rules

Last night, in a case seeking documents under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regarding the detention bed quota in immigration detention facilities, a federal judge ruled that the details of government contracts with private prison corporations are not exempt from public release under FOIA. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had argued that the contracts were “confidential commercial information” and releasing them would harm the competitive advantage of the private prison companies, claims roundly rejected by the court. At a time when medical neglect and deaths in immigration detention are receiving increasing attention, the Court also rejected the government’s attempts to keep secret the staffing levels of medical and social service personnel.

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Newt Gingrich: "We should frankly test every person here who is of a Muslim background and if they believe in sharia they should be deported”
Full story: The Guardian


Terrible Interior Budget Bill Filled with Extinction Riders Advances in House

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed its Fiscal Year 2017 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Act laden with dozens of riders that undermine fundamental protections for our air, land, water and wildlife. A number of new anti-wildlife and anti-lands riders were added on the House floor.

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Congress Moves to Reduce Risk of Midair Collisions Posed by Drones

Congress today sent to President Obama legislation to address the growing safety threat posed by thousands of drones entering the nation’s airspace.

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Local groups and the ACLU of Louisiana Sue Baton Rouge Police for First Amendment Violations at Alton Sterling Protest

Local organizing groups and the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana filed a lawsuit today against the Baton Rouge Police Department for violating the First Amendment rights of demonstrators who were protesting peacefully against the killing of Alton Sterling. The case is co-counseled by Sima Atri, staff attorney at the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice and cooperating counsel Ron Wilson on behalf of on behalf of Black Youth Project 100 and the Louisiana chapter of the National Lawyers Guild.

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Study identifies 'book deserts' -- poor neighborhoods lacking children's books -- across country

A study led by NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development finds a startling scarcity of children's books in low-income neighborhoods in Detroit, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles.

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How the Federal Government limits valid scientific research on Cannabis sativa

The use of medical marijuana for millions of patients suffering from a wide range of health conditions and the subsequent therapeutic benefits has long been documented. Twenty-three states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam, have determined that Cannabis sativa (a.k.a. marijuana) can benefit patients suffering from a wide range of conditions, including cancer, epilepsy, chronic pain, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Americans think national parks are worth US$92 billion, but we don’t fund them accordingly

One of the quirks of government accounting is that our nation’s most valuable assets – from aircraft carriers to interstate highways – don’t appear on any national balance sheet. In part this is because it is hard to put a value on them. How can we calculate the worth of the Washington Monument? And yet, without such a yardstick, it is hard to calibrate just how much money we should spend to maintain and replenish these precious assets over long periods of time.

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Report: Pharmaceutical Industry Funding Influences Lawmakers in Contentious Medicare Part B Reform Battle

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives who sided with the pharmaceutical industry in an ongoing lobbying fight over Medicare reforms received 82 percent more in campaign contributions for the 2016 election cycle than members who did not side with the industry, according to a new Public Citizen report.

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Dallas PD: Investigative Update Regarding the Deadly Attack on Police Officers

The deceased suspect has been identified as Micah Johnson, B/M/25. The suspect has no criminal history. Information provided through the course of the investigation, indicates that the suspect was an Army veteran and others have identified him as a loner.

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Dallas: President Obama: "We are horrified over these events"

Last night, law enforcement officers in Dallas, Texas who were keeping people safe during a peaceful protest were targeted and attacked. This morning, President Obama offered a statement on these tragic attacks and made it clear that we as a nation stand united with the people and the police department in Dallas.

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Wealthier Americans now receive much more health care than middle class or poor, reversing a 50-year trend: Harvard study

Inequality in the use of health care has increased dramatically in recent years, with wealthier Americans, who tend to be healthier, now consuming the most care, according to a study published today [Wednesday, July 6] in the July issue of Health Affairs.

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Discharged, Then Discarded: ACLU Report Details How U.S. Has Failed Deported Veterans

The federal government’s failure to help naturalize immigrants serving in the U.S. military has led to the deportation of untold numbers of veterans, all of whom were entitled to become citizens because of their service, according to a report released today by the ACLU of California.

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U.S. Releases Official Casualty Numbers and New Executive Order on “Targeted Killing”

The Obama administration today released statistics revealing how many people it believes it has killed since 2009 in drone and other airstrikes “away from areas of active hostilities,” including the number of civilians. It also issued an Executive Order providing for the regular disclosure of similar information in the future.

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Handouts to Manufacturers Will Not Curb Opioid Abuse Epidemic

A provision tucked into a U.S. House of Representatives bill to address opioid addiction is nothing but an expensive handout to the pharmaceutical industry that will do little to address the epidemic, Public Citizen said in a letter to Congress.

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Senate Committee Rejects Global Gag Rule, Amendment Restores International Family Planning Dollars

The Senate Appropriations Committee today advanced a bipartisan amendment to permanently repeal “the global gag rule” as well as restore funding for international family planning programs into the bill, including the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

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In Consensus Letter to U.S. Policymakers, 31 Top Scientific Societies Speak with One Voice on Global Climate Change

In a consensus letter to U.S. policymakers, a partnership of 31 leading nonpartisan scientific societies today reaffirmed the reality of human-caused climate change, noting that greenhouse gas emissions “must be substantially reduced” to minimize negative impacts on the global economy, natural resources, and human health.

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U.S. charity loophole enabled trading of 1,300 endangered animals granted by the Fish & Wildlife Service
Full story: Planet Ark


NCLR Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Decision Upholding Abortion Rights

Today the U.S. Supreme Court struck down two restrictions on abortion enacted by the State of Texas in 2013 that would have shut down three quarters of the clinics in the nation’s second-largest state. The 5-3 decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, upholding the constitutional rights of Texas women, will allow the remaining clinics in the state to keep their doors open and clear a path for other clinics to open or reopen to meet the needs of those who need abortion care across the state.

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