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Water Protector Legal Collective Files Suit for Excessive Force against Peaceful Protesters

CANNON BALL, ND November 28, 2016 – Today, the Water Protector Legal Collective (WPLC-formerly Red Owl), an initiative of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG), filed suit in US District Court against Morton County, Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirschmeier, and other law enforcement agencies for using excessive force against peaceful Water Protectors on the night of […]

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State legislators in 18 states drawing congressional boundaries to favor GOP in 2018

November 26, 2016 – The result of the presidential election may have taken some people by surprise, but the fact that Republicans retained control of the House of Representatives was completely predictable. Republicans would have retained the House almost regardless of who voters supported for president, barring an improbable landslide. As we argue in our […]

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Medicare beneficiaries face high out-of-pocket costs for cancer treatment

November 23, 2016 – Beneficiaries of Medicare who develop cancer and don’t have supplemental health insurance incur out-of-pocket expenditures for their treatments averaging one-quarter of their income with some paying as high as 63 percent, according to results of a survey-based study published Nov. 23 in JAMA Oncology. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School […]

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Analysis: Trump’s infrastructure plan not a simple public-private partnership, and won’t lead to much new investment

Nov. 22, 2016 – President-elect Donald Trump has indicated that one of his first priorities will be a plan to boost infrastructure investment. Normally, this would be welcome news for those of us who have been arguing for years that increased public investment—including but not limited to infrastructure investments—should be a top-tier economic priority. Further, […]

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Ed. Sec. King Sends Letter to States Calling for End to Corporal Punishment in Schools

Nov. 22, 2016 – U.S. Education Secretary John B. King Jr. sent a letter today urging state leaders to end the use of corporal punishment in schools, a practice repeatedly linked to harmful short-term and long-term outcomes for students. “Our schools are bound by a sacred trust to safeguard the well-being, safety, and extraordinary potential […]

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Reminders Why Palin Would be a Terrible Interior Secretary

Washington, DC November 22, 2016 – With Sarah Palin’s name being floated as a potential Secretary of the Interior in a Trump administration, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) points to her record as Alaska Governor as cause for concern. Her fervid fossil-fuel advocacy, leading “Drill, Baby, Drill” cheers in the months leading up to […]

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WI Federal Court Strikes Down Partisan Gerrymander, Adopts Groundbreaking Legal Standard

WASHINGTON, DC, Nov. 21, 2016 – A three-judge panel in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin today struck down Wisconsin’s state assembly district map, which is one of the most extreme partisan gerrymanders in the United States in the post-2010 cycle. With this decision, plaintiffs have successfully alleged and proven that […]

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House, Senate Leaders Urged to Strengthen Congressional Ethics Rules for 115th Congress

WASHINGTON, Nov. 21, 2016 – Today, a coalition of watchdog groups and congressional scholars urged House and Senate leaders from both parties to strengthen ethics rules and address known weaknesses in current rules. The package of proposed reforms cover travel, conflicts of interest, campaign activities by members and staff while Congress is meeting, the revolving […]

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Non-violent Water Protectors attacked with tear gas, water canons, mace, rubber bullets, sound cannons in ND

CANNON BALL, ND, Nov 21, 2016 – On November 20th at approximately 6PM CST over 100 Water Protectors from the Oceti Sakowin and Sacred Stone Camps mobilized to a nearby bridge to remove a barricade that was built by the Morton County Sheriff’s Department and the State of North Dakota. This barricade, built after law […]

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U.S. Court of Appeals Says Local Governments Can Prohibit GE Crops

Honolulu November 21, 2016 – Friday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued its decisions on whether federal and Hawai‘i state laws preempt Hawai‘i counties’ authority to regulate genetically engineered (GE) crops and pesticide use. Of significance to state and local communities throughout the United States, the Ninth Circuit ruled that […]

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Voters’ grades for how Trump conducted himself during campaign the lowest for any winning candidate in 28 years

WASHINGTON, D.C. Nov. 21, 2016 – For most voters, the 2016 presidential campaign was one to forget. In a new national survey by Pew Research Center, evaluations of the way that the winning candidate, the parties, the press and the pollsters conducted themselves during the campaign are all far more negative than after any election […]