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Groups File Legal Challenge to Trump’s ‘One-In, Two-Out’ Executive Order on Regulations

WASHINGTON, D.C. Feb. 8, 2017– Public Citizen, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Communications Workers of America sued the Trump administration today to block an executive order signed by President Donald Trump on Jan. 30 that directs federal agencies to repeal two federal regulations for every new rule they issue. The plaintiffs are […]

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House Committee Votes to Terminate Agency that Protects Voting Machines from Hacking

Feb. 7, 2017 – Today, the House Administration Committee, by a party-line 6-3 vote, approved the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) Termination Act (H.R. 634) and a bill to dissolve the Presidential Election Campaign Fund (H.R. 133). H.R. 634 would eliminate the EAC, an independent government agency that sets security standards for voting machines and functions […]

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Americans United Expresses Disappointment Over Confirmation Of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education

February 7, 2017 – Americans United for Separation of Church and State today expressed disappointment at the Senate’s confirmation of Michigan billionaire Betsy DeVos, a school voucher proponent, as U.S. Secretary of Education. “The leader of our public education system should be an advocate for improving public schools, not dismantling them,” said the Rev. Barry […]

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Lawsuit Filed Against Trump Nominee Scott Pruitt for Denying Access to Polluter Emails

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. Feb. 7, 2017— Days before the full Senate votes on Scott Pruitt’s nomination to head the Environmental Protection Agency, the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), a national investigative watchdog group, alleges in a new lawsuit that as Oklahoma Attorney General Pruitt has violated the Oklahoma Open Records Act for failing to […]

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Amnesty International USA, Coalition Partners Launch Campaign to Fight the Assault on Immigrant, Refugee Rights

WASHINGTON, DC, Feb. 6, 2017 – In response to President Trump’s recent executive orders on immigration and refugees, a coalition of leading human rights, civil rights, legal, and faith-based groups launched a joint initiative today to protect the rights of refugees and immigrants at U.S. borders.  As a first step, they are demanding President Trump […]

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38 Reform Groups Oppose Efforts by House Admin. Committee to Terminate Presidential Public Financing & EAC

February 6, 2017 – In a letter sent today to members of the House Administration Committee, a group of 38 organizations and individuals with expertise in governance issues strongly opposed bills being considered tomorrow by the committee to terminate the Presidential Election Campaign Fund and the Election Assistance Commission (EAC).  (See below for a full […]

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Amicus Groups File Brief to Protect NOAA Climate Scientists

NEW YORK, NY, February 6, 2017 – The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund (CSLDF) has asked the District of Columbia federal District Court to safeguard roughly 8,000 pages of privileged correspondence between nine climate scientists. Under the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Judicial Watch, a conservative group, has sued for emails of scientists employed […]

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Humane Society challenges USDA over mass removal of animal welfare records

Feb. 6, 2017 – There’s an outpouring of anger and mistrust about the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s abrupt decision late last week to delete from its website inspection reports on some 9,000 licensed facilities that use animals, including commercial dog breeding operators, Tennessee walking horse show participants, roadside zoos, animal research labs, and other operations […]

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AG Ferguson obtains court order halting Trump immigration action

SEATTLE February 3, 2017 – A federal judge in Seattle today granted Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s request to immediately halt implementation of President Donald Trump’s Executive Order on immigration nationwide. The Temporary Restraining Order will remain in place until U.S. District Court Senior Judge James L. Robart considers the Attorney General’s lawsuit challenging key provisions […]

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The EPA Has Started to Remove Obama-era Information

February 3, 2017 – The Environmental Protection Agency’s website has begun to transform under the Trump administration. A group of researchers have found what are likely the first steps in a major overhaul of a site that’s been closely watched since President Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20. Federal climate plans created under former President Obama, […]

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Virginia’s case against immigration ban expands from just green card holders to include holders of valid visas

ALEXANDRIA, February 3, 2017 – Virginia’s lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s immigration ban will be moving forward after Judge Leonie M. Brinkema granted Virginia’s motion to intervene in the case to challenge the ban. Virginia’s participation in the case expands the scope of affected individuals to also include visa holders as well as lawful permanent residents (green card […]

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Americans United Files Brief In Washington State Lawsuit Challenging Trump Muslim Ban

Feb. 3, 2017 – President Donald Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order restricting immigration to the United States from several Muslim-majority countries violates religious freedom rights and should be put on hold, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Attorneys with Americans United yesterday filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case, State of Washington […]

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Executive Order to Strip Millions of Middle Class Families of Retirement Savings Protections

Feb. 3, 2017 – Americans for Financial Reform (AFR), American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Better Markets, and Consumer Federation of America (CFA) put out the following statement on President Trump’s Memorandum for the Secretary of Labor regarding the Conflict of Interest (Fiduciary Rule). President Trump continues his streak of throwing middle […]

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Lawsuit Argues Trump Immigration Ban Unlawfully Targets U.S. Residents Seeking Citizenship and Immigration Status

SEATTLE, WA, Feb. 2, 2017 – Civil and immigrant rights groups asked a federal court last night to lift the unconstitutional ban blocking Muslim immigrants lawfully living in the United States from becoming U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and asylees, among other things. The class action lawsuit challenges provisions of President Trump’s January 27 executive order […]

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Trump Executive Order lawsuit: hearing set for Seattle federal court Friday

SEATTLE February 2, 2017 – Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced the filing of an amended complaint in State of Washington v. Trump, the state’s lawsuit challenging key sections of President Trump’s immigration Executive Order as illegal and unconstitutional. The amended complaint filed late Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the Western District […]

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