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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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Nancy Northup: Statement on the 50th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

January 20, 2023 – Nancy Northup, President and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, issued the following statement in recognition of what would have been the 50th anniversary ofRoev. Wade, the landmark ruling recognizing the constitutional right to abortion. In June 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturnedRoe, clearing the way for states to ban […]

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Morris Pearl: Republicans are Holding the Economy Hostage over the Debt Ceiling

Washington, DC, January 19, 2022 – Today, the United States officially hit its $31.4 trillion debt limit. The Treasury Department will now resort to using “extraordinary measures” over the next few months to prevent an economically catastrophic default. In response, Morris Pearl, the Chair of the Patriotic Millionaires and a former managing director at BlackRock, Inc., released […]

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Steve Wamhoff: GAO Report Confirms: Trump Tax Law Cut Corporate Taxes to Rock Bottom

The tax cuts signed into law by former President Trump at the end of 2017 were a boon for profitable corporations, according to a new report released by the Government Accountability Office. It finds the average effective federal income tax rate paid by large, profitable corporations fell to 9 percent in the first year that the Trump […]

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Congressman Adam Schiff: House Republicans Establish a Select Committee to Investigate Federal Investigations

Washington, D.C. January 10, 2023  – Congressman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) issued the following statement after House Republicans passed a resolution to establish a Select Subcommittee to investigate ongoing federal investigations:   Today, House Republicans voted to form a select subcommittee to investigate deep state conspiracy theories. Make no mistake: This bogus committee is designed to […]

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UCS: Russian Attack on Energy Grid Marks Dangerous New Phase of Invasion, Threatens Nuclear Reactor Safety

WASHINGTON (November 23, 2022)—Relentless Russian air strikes on the Ukrainian electricity sector Wednesday have caused instabilities that forced the disconnection of all fifteen reactors at its four nuclear stations from the grid. Below is a statement by Edwin Lyman, director of nuclear power safety at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS): “Russia’s ruthless attack on […]

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NCLR Responds to Horrific Shooting at Q Club in Colorado Springs

SAN FRANCISCO, CO – The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) has issued the following statement regarding the tragic shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs, CO last night:  “Our hearts ache for the victims of the Club Q shooting in Colorado Springs,” said NCLR Executive Director Imani Rupert-Gordon. “5 lives were stolen, at least 18 […]

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Shailly Gupta Barnes: How low income voters shaped the midterm elections

The midterm elections confirmed that in many ways, we are a nation divided. But maybe not as divided as we seem. Voters may be split on their partisan preferences. But in ballot initiatives, voters across the political spectrum ushered in a wave of significant changes. They hiked the minimum wage in Nebraska, expanded Medicaid in South […]

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