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New York Times Publication of Trump’s 1995 Tax Records Underlines High End Audit Challenge

SYRACUSE, NY, Oct. 3, 2016 – This weekend, The New York Times published the tax returns that Donald Trump had filed with New York, New Jersey and Connecticut where the Republican candidate for president claimed nearly a billion dollar business loss for that year. Although the Times said the experts it had consulted did not […]

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New York Attorney General’s Office Issues Notice Of Violation Directing Trump Foundation To Cease And Desist New York Solicitations

NEW YORK – On Friday, September 30, the Office of New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued a Notice of Violation to the Donald J. Trump Foundation (“Trump Foundation”) and directed the entity to cease and desist from soliciting contributions in New York. The notice states that the Trump Foundation “is in violation of […]

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Immigration Detainers are Unlawful, Federal Court Rules

CHICAGO (October 3, 2016) – The federal district court of the Northern District of Illinois has invalidated the federal government’s practice of issuing detainers against people in law enforcement custody, ruling that the practice exceeds the government’s limited warrantless arrest authority under federal immigration laws. The decision, issued Friday evening, will nullify thousands of detainers […]

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Western Attorneys General Throw Cold Water on Legal Case Against American Public Lands

DENVER, Colo. October 3, 2016 – The Associated Press reported that the Western Conference of Attorneys General has issued an analysis rejecting claims made by leading opponents of U.S. public lands that the U.S. government has no right to hold national forests, wildlife refuges, national monuments, and other public lands in trust for all Americans. […]

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With Rehearing Denied in US v. Texas, What Now?

Washington, DC October 3, 2016 – The news that the U.S. Supreme Court has denied a rehearing petition in the U.S. v Texas immigration case should focus attention on a pressing legal question: why has Texas Judge Andrew Hanen been able to issue a nationwide hold on DAPA and DACA+? There’s a strong case to […]

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Americans United Applauds Ala. Chief Justice Roy Moore’s Suspension For Defying Marriage Equality Ruling

October 3, 2016 – Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore is rightly suspended without pay for the remainder of his term, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. In a decision issued just one day after Moore’s ethics trial, the Alabama Court of the Judiciary punished the state’s top jurist for his attempts to […]

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As the Hyde Amendment Turns Forty, Center for Reproductive Rights Continues to Call for Repeal

Sept. 30, 2016 – Just three months after successfully challenging a sweeping Texas law designed to shut down most of the state’s abortion clinics with medically unnecessary restrictions, the Center for Reproductive Rights is calling for repeal of the Hyde Amendment and all bans on insurance coverage for abortion.  Today marks 40 years since passage […]

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Anti-Defamation League Adds “Pepe the Frog” Meme, Used by Anti-Semites and Racists, to Online Hate Symbols Database

NEW YORK, NY, Sept. 27, 2016 – The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today identified “Pepe the Frog,” a cartoon character used by haters on social media to suggest racist, anti-Semitic or other bigoted notions, as a hate symbol.  It has been added it to ADL’s online “Hate on Display” database. Also referred to as the “sad […]

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EPA Caught Tossing Enforcement Files into Recycling Bin

WASHINGTON, DC, Sept. 28, 2016 – A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency office was throwing away files of active and closed enforcement cases, according to a report from the agency’s Office of Inspector General (IG) released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).  Despite a finding of criminal handling of official records and a referral […]

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Hundreds Rally Against Dakota Access Pipeline Outside President Obama’s Final Tribal Nations Summit

Washington, DC September 27, 2016 – In solidarity with the Dakota Access resistance camps at Standing Rock, hundreds gathered outside President Obama’s final White House Tribal Nations Conference yesterday for a rally opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline. The rally was held on the steps of the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium and was organized by the […]

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New HFA Ad On Trump’s Failure to Release Tax Returns, Hiding His Russian Business Dealings

Sept. 25, 2016 – Hillary for America is airing a new television ad which links Donald Trump’s unprecedented refusal to release his tax returns to the growing concerns about his financial conflicts of interests especially with Russia. Trump has failed to disclose the most basic information expected from presidential candidates and the latest revelations about his […]

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House Judiciary Subcommittee Holds Hearing Targeting Low-Income Women’s Access to Safe, Legal Abortion

Sept. 23, 2016 – Despite facing a host of other issues related to access to critical health care services, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice earlier today held a hearing which focused on two measures further restricting access to safe and legal abortion care. Specifically, the hearing—which was chaired by Congressman […]

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National Academy of Sciences Study Confirms Immigrants Benefit America

Sept. 22, 2016 – A massive new immigration study from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and a must read piece from Bloomberg’seditorial board offer fresh reminders that Donald Trump and his nativist allies are flat wrong on the core question of whether immigration and immigrants are good for America. In a New York Times piece titled, “Immigrants Aren’t Taking […]

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Farmworker Advocates Call For Suspension of Highly Toxic Pesticide

WASHINGTON, DC, Sept. 22, 2016 – United Farm Workers, labor, and community health groups from Florida to California petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to immediately suspend hundreds of uses of chlorpyrifos, an acutely toxic pesticide that harms workers and their family members. “We are seeking an immediate and total chlorpyrifos ban because farmworkers […]