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Emerging “Extreme Heat Belt” will Impact Over 107 Million Americans by 2053

Brooklyn (NY) – First Street Foundation released their peer-reviewed extreme heat model along with the implications highlighted in The Sixth National Risk Assessment: Hazardous Heat. The report identifies the impact of increasing temperatures at a property level, and how the frequency, duration, and intensity of extremely hot days will change over the next 30 years […]

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Attorneys General Bonta and James Lead Multistate Coalition in Amicus Brief Challenging Idaho’s Near Total Ban on Abortion

OAKLAND, August 16, 2022 – California Attorney General Rob Bonta and New York Attorney General Letitia James led a coalition of 21 attorneys general in filing an amicus brief in support of the federal government’s motion for preliminary injunction to stop enforcement of Idaho’s near total ban on abortion. The brief, filed in United States of America v. Idaho, […]

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The teacher pay penalty hit a new high in 2021

August 16, 2022 – The relative teacher weekly wage penalty between teachers and their non-teacher counterparts grew to a record 23.5% in 2021, according to a new Economic Policy Report. This gap in pay, when adjusted for education, experience, and demographic characteristics, has been worsening over time, hurting students in public education by undermining teacher retention […]

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Ethics complaint filed against John Eastman in DC

Washington, D.C. — The States United Democracy Center and Lawyers Defending American Democracy (LDAD) today submitted a bar complaint to the District of Columbia’s Office of Disciplinary Counsel (ODC) requesting that the ODC open an investigation into John Eastman’s assistance in former President Trump’s attempts to discredit and overturn the 2020 election results. The complaint […]

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Added IRS Funding Would Help Ensure High-Income Households, Businesses Pay Their Taxes

August 12, 2022 – The Senate-passed Inflation Reduction Act includes funding to help the IRS shrink the roughly $600 billion annual gap between taxes legally owed and taxes paid — a gap that disproportionately reflects high-income people’s noncompliance with the nation’s tax laws. The funding would raise $204 billion through 2031, for net savings of […]

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Attorney General Merrick Garland on FBI’s Search of former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Home

Attorney General Merrick Garland on FBI’s search of former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home: “I personally approved the decision to seek a search warrant in this matter.” Download the FREE C-SPAN Now App. https://www.c-span.org/c-spanNow/ Discover the C-SPAN Video Library at https://www.c-span.org/quickguide/ C-SPAN: Created by Cable in 1979. Offered as a public service.

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On Senate Floor, Warren Calls for Crackdown on Deceptive and Misleading Practices Used by Many Crisis Pregnancy Centers

Washington, D.C. August 5, 2022 – In case you missed it, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) delivered remarks on the Senate floor about the need to crack down on the deceptive and misleading practices employed by many crisis pregnancy centers. Senator Warren also spoke on the need to bring the Stop Anti-Abortion Disinformation Act, which […]

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Attorney General Garland announces action to protect access to reproductive health care

The Justice Department today filed a lawsuit to protect the rights of patients to access emergency medical care guaranteed by federal law. The suit challenges Idaho Code § 18-622 (§ 18-622), which is set to go into effect on Aug. 25 and imposes a near-total ban on abortion. The complaint seeks a declaratory judgment that § 18-622 […]

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In Response to Abortion Access Crisis, Senate Appropriations Bill Proposes First-Ever $350 Million Federal Abortion Fund

WASHINGTON, July 28, 2022 — Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee, led by Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT), released critical fiscal year 2023 spending bills that make momentous gains for sexual and reproductive health. Alexis McGill Johnson, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, responded with the following quote: “It has been just over a […]

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Thompson, Cheney, Luria, & Kinzinger opening statements at Select Committee Hearing

Remarks as delivered Chairman Thompson: “Good evening. “Earlier this week, I received a positive COVID diagnosis. Per CDC Guideline, I received the initial two shots and all of the boosters. “Thus, so far, I have been blessed to experience very minimum symptoms. “Because I am still quarantined, I cannot participate in person with my colleagues. […]

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Americans United Files Appeal In Case Of Tenn. Couple Denied Foster Care/Adoption Services Because Of Jewish Faith

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today filed an appeal of a Tennessee court ruling that said a Knox County couple has no right to sue after being denied services by a state-funded foster care agency because they are Jewish. Americans United filed a lawsuit in January on behalf of Elizabeth and Gabriel […]

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Thompson & Cheney Statement on the United States Secret Service’s Response to Select Committee Subpoena

Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) and Vice Chair Liz Cheney (R-WY) made the following statement: “The Secret Service has begun producing records to the Select Committee pursuant to the subpoena we issued last week and our investigators are assessing that information. We have concerns about a system migration that we have been told resulted in the […]

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House Passes Bill to Boost Budget of Nation’s Financial Crime Fighters

Washington D.C. July 20, 2022 -Today, the House of Representatives passed a six-bill appropriations package (H.R. 8294) for fiscal year 2023 that includes $210.33 million for the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). FinCEN is the bureau of the Treasury Department responsible for implementing the Corporate Transparency Act to end the abuse of anonymous U.S. shell […]