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AU To 7th Circuit: Religious Employers Are Not Above The Law; Catholic School Wrong To Fire Guidance Counselor Shelly Fitzgerald For Marrying A Woman

January 27, 2023 – Americans United for Separation of Church and State urged a federal appeals court to recognize that religious employers are not above the law and allow to proceed the civil rights lawsuit of Shelly Fitzgerald, a high school guidance counselor fired by Roncalli High School and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis […]

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Federal Bill Ensuring Medicaid Coverage for Abortion Introduced in U.S. House

January 27, 2023 – The EACH Act was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Representatives Barbara Lee, Diana DeGette, Jan Schakowsky, and Ayanna Pressley. This bill would guarantee that people using Medicaid have coverage for abortion services. Statement from Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights: “Even before the Supreme Court […]

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Menendez, Ocasio Cortex, Booker, Luján, Padilla, Casar & Grijalva Urge Reversal of Title 42 Expansion and Proposed Asylum Transit Ban

WASHINGTON, D.C. January 26, 2023 – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J) and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.-14), alongside Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Sen. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Rep. Greg Casar (D-Texas-35), and Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.-07), today led a bicameral group of nearly 80 lawmakers urging President Joe Biden to reverse his administration’s expansion of […]

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Biden-Harris Administration Finalizes Protections for Tongass National Forest

WASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 2023 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today finalized protections for the Tongass National Forest in Alaska, the world’s largest intact temperate rainforest. USDA’s final rule, announced today, repeals the 2020 Alaska Roadless Rule and restores longstanding roadless protections to 9.37 million acres of roadless areas that support the ecological, economic and […]

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FDA Can Curtail Antibiotic Crisis by Ending Misuse in Livestock Animals, Say Health Advocate Groups in New Lawsuit

WASHINGTON, D.C. January 24, 2023 – To protect the safety of consumers, meat processing workers and farming communities, a coalition of public health advocacy groups have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and its Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM), challenging their refusal to phase out unnecessary uses of antibiotics in […]

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Former Special Agent In Charge Of The New York FBI Counterintelligence Division Charged With Violating U.S. Sanctions On Russia

January 23, 2023 – Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Michael J. Driscoll, Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), announced the unsealing of a five-count Indictment charging CHARLES MCGONIGAL and SERGEY SHESTAKOV with violating and conspiring […]

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President Biden: A Proclamation on 50th Anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Decision

Fifty years ago, on January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court issued its landmark 7–2 decision in Roe v. Wade, protecting a woman’s constitutional right to choose.  This case reaffirmed basic principles of equality, reinforced the fundamental right to privacy, and resolved that women in this country could control their own destinies — making deeply personal decisions […]

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NETWORK Lobby Catholic Social Justice Releases 2022 Congressional Scorecard

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice reflects on the great progress – and deep frustration – of the second session of the 117th Congress with the release of NETWORK’s 2022 Congressional Voting Record. This annual scorecard reflects how often Members of Congress voted in accordance with the principles of the Catholic Social […]

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1 in 10 minors seeking abortions must pursue court approval, many are denied

January 18, 2023 – Twenty-two states, including Colorado, that have not banned abortion still do require those under age 18 to involve their parents before terminating a pregnancy. Their only other option: to seek approval from a judge via a process called judicial bypass. New University of Colorado research published Jan. 12 in the American Journal […]

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20,000 premature US deaths caused by human-ignited fires each year

January 17, 2023 – Over 80% of premature deaths caused by small smoke particles in the United States result directly from human-ignited fires. This is the outcome of a study published in IOP Publishing’s journal Environmental Research Letters. The new study, led by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, analyses the impact of smoke particles on air […]

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Jewish Voice for Peace statement on Israeli military’s killing of five Palestinians in two days

January 13, 2023 – Over the last two days, Israeli forces invaded multiple cities and villages across the occupied West Bank, killing five Palestinians and arresting dozens, including children. The new Israeli government — the most extremist, supremacist government in Israel’s history — is rapidly accelerating the rate of its brutal attacks against Palestinians. During […]

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NASA Says 2022 Fifth Warmest Year on Record, Warming Trend Continues

Earth’s average surface temperature in 2022 tied with 2015 as the fifth warmest on record, according to an analysis by NASA. Continuing the planet’s long-term warming trend, global temperatures in 2022 were 1.6 degrees Fahrenheit (0.89 degrees Celsius) above the average for NASA’s baseline period (1951-1980), scientists from NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) […]

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ExxonMobil’s own global warming projections predicted climate warming, quantitative analysis shows

January 12, 2023 – Since the late 1970s and early 1980s, climate models used internally by ExxonMobil’s own scientists accurately projected and skillfully modeled global warming due to fossil fuel burning and produced results that were consistent with independent academic and government climate models at the time, according to a new Review. Although it has […]

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New Legislation Prioritizes Emergency Preparedness to Help Farm Animals and Taxpayers

Washington, DC, January 10, 2023 —The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and the Humane Farming Association commend today’s introduction of the Emergency and Disaster Preparedness for Farm Animals Act led by Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN). This legislation would enhance the welfare of America’s farm animals by ensuring that producers take appropriate measures to protect livestock from […]

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Preliminary Injunction Blocking Florida Anti-Protest Law Remains in Effect as Federal Appeals Court Seeks Guidance From Florida Supreme Court

January 10, 2023 – Today, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals left in place an injunction against Florida’s anti-protest law, otherwise known as H.B. 1, while inviting the Florida Supreme Court to express its views on the law’s proper interpretation.  A federal trial court had previously issued a preliminary injunction blocking Governor DeSantis and certain […]

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Evidence About Effects of Gun Policies Grows and Supports Laws Intended to Restrict Child Access to Guns

January 10, 2023 – There is now supportive evidence that child-access-prevention laws reduce firearm homicides and self-injuries among youth, and that shall-issue concealed-carry laws and stand-your-ground laws increase levels of firearm violence, according to a new RAND Corporation report. The findings are part of a new report updating RAND’s Science of Gun Policy research synthesis, which reviewed the […]

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Biden Administration Expands Legal Pathways with Parole Strategy but Deeply Erodes U.S. Commitment to Asylum Protection

Washington, DC, January 5, 2023 – The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) responded to the announcement from President Biden today expanding Title 42 and humanitarian parole programs for migrants from Nicaragua, Cuba, and Haiti. The program is modeled after the Venezuela Parole Program announced in October and provides a legal pathway for some migrants from […]

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When American democracy is weakened, faith in the U.S. as an ally falters

January 4, 2022 – A new study finds that foreign interference in an American election can reduce faith abroad in the United States as an effective and trustworthy ally, suggesting that Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election had some international ramifications. The results are published in the European Journal of International Relations. “Much of the literature […]

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Climate risk insurance can effectively mitigate economic losses

January 5, 2023 – Global warming is expected to lead to an accumulation of particularly intense hurricanes in the United States. This may substantially increase the economic losses caused by these storms. Better insurance could effectively mitigate the climate change-induced increase in economic losses. This is shown in a new study by the Potsdam Institute […]

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