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Posted inOp-Ed Responds to U.S. Congress’ Egregious Debt Ceiling Bill “Compromise”

Washington D.C. May 30, 2023— Following weeks of negotiations to avoid reaching the debt “ceiling” of federal spending, US leaders released a debt ceiling bill on Sunday that majorly limits environmental and social programs and fast-tracks the completion of the Mountain Valley Pipeline.  Jeff Ordower,’s North America Director, responded: This debt ceiling bill is […]

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Annie Laurie Gaylor: Bible behind ‘cry out’ rape rule cited in E. Jean Carroll trial

May 9, 2023 – “He raped me whether I screamed or not.” So testified E. Jean Carroll in the civil case she has filed against Donald Trump for defamation and battery about why she didn’t cry out while being raped by him.  What Carroll and others may not realize is that the “cry out” rule […]

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LDF Responds to Announcement of Charges in Near-Fatal Shooting of Ralph Yarl

April 18, 2023 – On Monday, prosecutors in Clay County, Missouri charged 84-year-old Andrew Lester in the near-fatal shooting of Ralph Yarl, a 16-year-old Black child who accidentally rang Lester’s doorbell while trying to pick up his younger siblings. According to law enforcement, preliminary evidence shows that Lester fired on the teen through a glass […]

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Alexis McGill Johnson: Planned Parenthood Responds to SCOTUS Delaying Dangerous Orders in Mifepristone Case

WASHINGTON D.C. April 14, 2023 — Today, the Supreme Court of the United States issued an administrative stay allowing mifepristone’s FDA approval to remain unchanged until Wednesday, April 19 while the Court considers the Department of Justice and Danco’s applications for relief in Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine et al v. U.S. Food and Drug Administration […]

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Kathleen Romig and Luis Nuñez: Social Security Is Not “Bankrupt”

The Social Security trustees will release their annual report on the program’s financial status on Friday, March 31, inevitably followed by alarmist headlines — but don’t be fooled. Although echoed by some policymakers, claims of Social Security’s impending “bankruptcy” are highly misleading and demonstrate misunderstanding, or deliberate misrepresentation, of Social Security’s finances. Even in the unlikely […]

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Craig Aaron: Failure to Stand Up to Industry-Orchestrated Smears Cost FCC and the Nation a True Public Servant

WASHINGTON, March 7, 2023 – Today Gigi Sohn, longtime public-interest advocate and former Federal Communications Commission official, withdrew her name from consideration for the long-vacant commissioner’s seat at the agency after her nomination had been held up for nearly 500 days. The move follows a relentless smear campaign leveled against the nominee by a phalanx […]

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Defund Hate Campaign: After 20 Years of Harm, President Biden and Congress Must Defund ICE and CBP and Invest in Communities

Nationwide, March 1, 2023 – This week, immigration justice advocates and directly impacted communities from across the country are gathering to mark the 20th anniversary since the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) began operations. In those 20 years, the deportation agencies have targeted immigrants, […]

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Dan Farber: When Bad Things Happen to Good Regulations

In their crusade against “wokeness,” congressional Republicans are taking aim at Labor Department rule about pension plan investments. The rule’s transgression is apparently that it makes easier for pension plans to consider how climate-related risks might affect a company’s bottom line. To avoid being woke, the GOP would apparently prefer pension managers to close their […]

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Chad Williams: W.E.B. Du Bois, Black History Month and the importance of African American studies

Scholar-activist W.E.B. DuBois in 1946. Underwood Archives/Getty Images Chad Williams, Brandeis University The opening days of Black History Month 2023 have coincided with controversy about the teaching and broader meaning of African American studies. On Feb. 1, 2023, the College Board released a revised curriculum for its newly developed Advanced Placement African American studies course. […]

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Jessica White and David Meijer: Securing a Vibrant Future for the World’s Public Broadcasters

January 26, 2023 – In the century since the world’s oldest public broadcaster, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), began operating, people around the world have benefited from international public broadcasters that share reliable information. Even with the rise of social media and competing services, their global footprint remains significant. The BBC reached a record 489 million […]

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