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U.S. Cities Go to the Source to Protect Drinking Water

October 27, 2016 – In 2002, a catastrophic wildfire that burned 138,000 acres of forest made Denver’s drinking water supply run black with ash and soil. Cleanup of infrastructure damage, debris and erosion cost more than $25 million, while the fire-ravaged landscape caused increased flooding that wreaked havoc on water infrastructure and roads for years. This catastrophe pushed […]

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Donald Trump Super PAC Illegally Soliciting Money from Chinese National to Influence U.S. Elections

Oct. 27, 2016 – The Campaign Legal Center today filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission based on an undercover investigation conducted by The Telegraph. The British newspaper’s reporting showed how representatives of a super PAC supporting Donald Trump attempting to arrange for a Chinese businessman to illegally contribute $2 million to the super […]

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U.S. Will Fail to Hit Paris Climate Commitments Unless Policymakers Get Beyond ‘Magical Thinking’ About Easy Solutions

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27, 2016 – With the Paris climate agreement coming into force next week, U.S. policymakers will need to get beyond the magical thinking that there are easy solutions to reach the ambitious targets the country has committed to, according to a new report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF). If the […]

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White Supremacist Activity on Internet Spikes When Trump Talks Anti-Immigration

Oct. 27 2016 – The presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump has coincided with a large spike in white supremacist activity on the Internet, with Jewish journalists targeted in particular, according to a Vanderbilt professor. “The Trump campaign has given the white nationalist movement a long-awaited opportunity to spread its message to a […]

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Texas ignores concerns over mandatory burial/ cremation of embryonic and fetal tissue from abortions or miscarriages

Oct. 27, 2016 – The Center for Reproductive Rights today denounced the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) for ignoring thousands of public comments expressing concern over the state’s latest politically motivated attempt to restrict a woman’s right to access safe and legal abortion by requiring mandatory burial or cremation of embryonic and fetal […]

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UN expert group urges USA to abolish the mandatory detention of migrants

WASHINGTON, October 24, 2016 – The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention today called on the Government of the United States of America to abolish the mandatory detention of migrants, especially asylum seekers, from all countries. “Mandatory detention of migrants, especially asylum-seekers, is against international law standards,” the expert panel stressed at the end […]

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Refugees and terrorism: “No evidence of risk” – New report by UN expert on counter-terrorism

NEW YORK (24 October 2016) – “Overly-restrictive migration policies introduced because of terrorism concerns are not justified and may in fact be damaging to state security,” warned the United Nations Special Rapporteur on counter-terrorism and human rights, Ben Emmerson, at the UN General Assembly in New York. Presenting a new report* on the impact of […]

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Lawsuit to Bare Full Range of EPA Radiation Rollback

Washington, DC October 24, 2016 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is illegally withholding the specific effects of its pending plan to dramatically hike permissible radiation exposure in our drinking water, according to a federal lawsuit filed today Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).  While EPA is poised to allow vastly greater radioactive contamination than […]

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3 Men Arrested in Plot to Bomb Kansas Apartment Complex, Mosque Following Presidential Election

Oct. 18, 2016 – Three members of a southwest Kansas militia dubbed the “Crusaders” were arrested Friday on charges stemming from a plot to attack a housing complex that houses a mosque in Garden City, Kan. Editors’ Note: This post has been updated.  Curtis Allen, 49, Gavin Wright, 49, of Liberal, Kan., and Patrick Stein, 47, a resident of a […]

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Half of All American Adults are in a Police Face Recognition Database, New Report Finds

Oct. 18, 2016 – Half of American adults – more than 117 million people – are in a law enforcement face recognition network, according to a report released today by the Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law. The study, The Perpetual Line-Up: Unregulated Police Face Recognition in America finds that one in four […]