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Thompson & Cheney Statement on Decision in RNC Litigation

Bolton, MS & Wilson, WY, May 3, 2022—Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) and Vice Chair Liz Cheney (R-WY) today made the following statement on last night’s decision in the DC District Court in the Republican National Committee’s lawsuit against the Select Committee: “This decision is an important ruling for democracy and the rule of law. […]

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Alarmed by Declining EPA Enforcement, 55 Environmental Groups Urge Senate to Confirm Long-Delayed EPA Enforcement Chief

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Alarmed by a sharp decline in EPA enforcement, 55 environmental groups and 144 EPA alumni urged the Senate to expedite the long-delayed confirmation of a veteran environmental crime prosecutor as EPA’s chief of enforcement.  David M. Uhlmann, a law professor at the University of Michigan and former chief environmental crimes prosecutor at […]

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Statement by Vice President Kamala Harris

The United States Supreme Court has now confirmed that the draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade is genuine. Roe ensures a woman’s right to choose to have an abortion. It also, at its root, protects the fundamental right to privacy. What is clear is that opponents of Roe want to punish women and […]

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LGBTQ+ Lawmakers in 19 States Have or Will Introduce Laws to Protect Trans Kids from Civil and Criminal Penalties When Seeking Gender-Affirming Care

SACRAMENTO, May 3, 2022 – Equality California, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), LGBTQ Victory Institute and Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California today announced the national, queer-led rollout of trans refuge state legislation in 16 states. In response to recent executive and legislative action in states like Alabama and Texas, these trans refuge laws will shield […]

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Leaked Supreme Court Opinion Overturning Abortion Rights Foretells The Religious Extremist Assault On Our Democracy

May 3, 2022 – Americans United for Separation of Church and State President and CEO Rachel Laser issued the following statement in response to reports of a leaked Supreme Court opinion written by Justice Alito and joined by Justices Thomas, Kavanaugh, Gorsuch and Barrett that would overturnRoe v. Wade: Justice Alito’s draft opinion makes clear […]

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Planned Parenthood on Supreme Court Leak: Our Worst Fears Confirmed, Supreme Court Appears Poised to Overturn Roe

Washington, D.C. — Tonight, Politico released a leaked draft majority opinion in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case that eliminates the constitutional right to abortion established nearly 50 years ago in Roe v. Wade. In it, Justice Samuel Alito writes “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start” and “we hold that Roe and […]

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Select Committee Requests Information From Additional Members of Congress

Bolton, MS & Wilson, WY, May 1, 2022—Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) and Vice Chair Liz Cheney (R-WY) today announced that the Select Committee has requested cooperation from three additional members of the House of Representatives to provide information for the committee’s investigation into the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol and its causes. […]

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Obscene high Q1 profits from Exxon, Chevron underscore need for Congressional action on a windfall profits tax

WASHINGTON, DC, April 29, 2022 — Today, U.S. oil majors ExxonMobil and Chevron announced Q1 2022 financials, revealing staggeringly high profits for both companies at a time when fuel prices are hurting working families at the pump.  Exxon reported over $5 billion in profits despite an impairment of over $3 billion following its belated exit from […]

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Humanists Celebrate National Day of Reason Resolution Introduced in the US House of Representatives

Washington, DC, April 29, 2022 – Today, Representative Jamie Raskin (MD-8) and Representative Jared Huffman (CA-2) introduced a resolution to recognize May 4th, 2022 as a “National Day of Reason.” The resolution is co-sponsored by fellow Congressional Freethought Caucus members Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC), Representative Hank Johnson (GA-4), Representative Mark Pocan (WI-2), Representative Pramila Jayapal […]

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Environmental Groups Take Postal Service to Court for Scheme to Buy Massively Polluting Mail Trucks

San Francisco, CA — Today, Earthjustice, CleanAirNow KC, the Sierra Club, and the Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit in the Northern District of California challenging the US Postal Service’s decision to replace the vast majority of its delivery fleet with polluting and fuel-guzzling combustion mail trucks. The Postal Service’s analysis was deeply flawed […]

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More than half of transgender students in higher education report poor mental health

A new study from the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law conducted in collaboration with the Point Foundation, the nation’s largest LGBTQ scholarship fund, finds there are an estimated 218,000 known transgender students ages 18 to 40 in the U.S. More than half (55%) of transgender people say that their mental health was not […]

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New Anti-Voter Law Creates Barriers to Voting for Florida Communities

Caren Short, senior supervising attorney for Voting Rights with the Southern Poverty Law Center and Michelle Kanter Cohen, policy director and senior counsel with Fair Elections Center, released the following statements on Florida’s SB 524, which was signed into law last night by Governor Ron DeSantis:  “The decision in our case makes clear that the state […]

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ACLU Report: Dozens of Sheriffs Partnering on Federal Immigration Enforcement Have Records of Racism, Abuse, and Violence

WASHINGTON, April 27, 2022 — The American Civil Liberties Union released a new research report today on Immigrations and Customs Enforcement’s 287(g) program, which delegates federal immigration enforcement authority to local and state law enforcement agencies and which expanded five fold under the Trump administration. The report, License to Abuse, is the first in-depth and comprehensive […]

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American Oversight Sues for Records of Trump Administration’s Attempted Saudi Nuclear Deal

Washington, DC, April 27, 2022 – Today, nonpartisan watchdog group American Oversight sued the CIA and State Department for failing to release records related to efforts to share nuclear technology with Saudi Arabia during the Trump administration. Statement from Melanie Sloan, Senior Advisor at American Oversight “Future historians inevitably will debate whether the ‘Trump Doctrine’ was driven by corruption […]

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Biden Launches Process for Protecting Mature, Old-Growth Forests on Federal Lands

SEATTLE, April 22, 2022— President Joe Biden will issue an executive order today that directs federal agencies to conduct an inventory of mature and old-growth forests on America’s federal lands so that policies can be adopted to protect them. The administration framed the move as a key strategy to store carbon and address climate change. […]

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White House NEPA Phase One Final Rule: Important first step, next phase crucial

Today, in a necessary first step, the Biden administration’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) finalized Phase One rulemaking for the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), restoring some protections removed by the previous administration.   However, many important provisions of the original 1978 regulations that were eliminated in 2020 are not included in today’s rulemaking. In […]

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New analysis shows which US utilities are pushing back hardest on climate policy

Almost half of the 25 largest investor-owned utilities in the United States are actively pushing back against Paris-aligned climate policy according to a new report from climate think tank InfluenceMap, which indicates there is a clear correlation between these companies and a lack of meaningful climate legislation at a state level. The research shows just […]