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CPJ deeply disturbed by police raid on Kansas newspaper

The Committee to Protect Journalists said on Saturday that it was deeply troubled by Friday’s police raid on a local U.S. newspaper office. Media organizations reported that police officers in Marion County, Kansas, took computers and phones — including personal cell phones — from the Marion County Record newspaper and the homes of its personnel. Reports said that a […]

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Sweeping Constitutional Win for Held v. State of Montana Youth Plaintiffs

Helena, MT—In an historic first, Judge Kathy Seeley in the First Judicial District Court of Montana ruled wholly in favor of the 16 youth plaintiffs in Held v. State of Montana, declaring that the state of Montana violated the youth’s constitutional rights, including their rights to equal protection, dignity, liberty, health and safety, and public […]

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Another Summer, Another COVID-19 Surge

LOS ANGELES, August 10, 2023 – This summer, like every summer since COVID-19 arrived on the scene, the U.S. is experiencing a spike in infections and hospitalizations. Only this time, there’s good news: The number of infections hasn’t increased as much as in past summers. Plus, most people with COVID-19 are reporting mild symptoms, and […]

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Court upholds Interior’s authority to suspend oil and gas leases in the Arctic Refuge

ANCHORAGE (AK)— A U.S. District Court dismissed all claims made by the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority and the State of Alaska in a lawsuit attempting to force the Department of the Interior to move forward an illegal drilling program on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Trustees for Alaska intervened […]

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Military aircraft equipped with Modular Airborne Firefighting Systems (MAFFS) mobilized to assist with wildfire suppression efforts

Boise, Idaho – The USDA Forest Service is activating two Department of Defense C-130 aircraft equipped with MAFFS to assist with increased fire activity in several western states. The aircraft, from the 153rd Airlift Wing, Wyoming Air National Guard, from Cheyenne, Wyoming and the 302nd Airlift Wing, Air Force Reserve Command, Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado, will join […]

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Iowa School District Removes Classic Novels—ie Catcher in the Rye– to Meet “Age Appropriate” Book Mandate

NEW YORK — PEN America organized an open letter today to an Iowa school district calling on district leaders to reverse an order to remove nearly 400 book titles if they are found in district classrooms. The list includes classic novels like J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye and Joseph Heller’s Catch-22, along with new prize-winning books. Urbandale Community […]

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The EATS Act could jeopardize over a thousand public health, safety, and welfare laws says new report from Harvard

July 26, 2023 – A new report analyzing the “Ending Agricultural Trade Suppression Act” (“EATS Act”) and its potential widespread consequences was released today (July 26, 2023) by the Brooks McCormick Jr. Animal Law & Policy Program at Harvard Law School. Harvard’s 48-page report reveals that the likely negative impacts of the EATS Act could range far more widely […]

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DOJ Files Complaint Against the State of Texas for Illegally Placing Floating Buoy Barrier in the Rio Grande

The Justice Department filed a civil complaint against the State of Texas because the state has built a floating barrier, consisting of buoys strung together, in the Rio Grande River without the federal authorization that is legally required under the Rivers and Harbors Act.  The complaint seeks to enjoin the building of the barrier and […]

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Padilla Urges OSHA to Implement Federal Heat Protections for Workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. July 25, 2023 — Yesterday, amidst record-breaking temperatures across the country, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), along with Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Representatives Greg Casar (TX-35), Judy Chu (CA-28), Sylvia Garcia (TX-29), Raúl Grijalva (AZ-07), and Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03), led one-hundred and twelve members of Congress in […]

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Community Groups, Residents, and Advocates Speak in Court and Submit Statement to EPA Regarding Jackson Water Crisis

Jackson, MS, July 21, 2023  – Along with two days of testimony before a federal court last week, several Jackson-based community groups and residents submitted a Community Statement to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding the city’s water crisis. They also shared the statement with the judge during last week’s hearing in United States v. City of Jackson. Judge […]

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401(k) Funds Funnel Billions into Nuclear Weapons, Cluster Munitions, and Other Controversial Weapons

BERKELEY, CA, JULY 18, 2023—A new analysis from As You Sow has found that the largest U.S. mutual fund managers, responsible for funds found across thousands of corporate 401(k) plans, have significant investments in nuclear and other controversial weapons like white phosphorus and cluster bombs. The UN Secretary-General António Guterres recently stated that the world […]

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CDT Applauds Bipartisan Reintroduction of Fourth Amendment Is Not For Sale Act

WASHINGTON, July 18, 2023) – The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) applauds the reintroduction of the Fourth Amendment Is Not for Sale Act in the U.S. House of Representatives with a bipartisan set of cosponsors. The bill, which CDT has endorsed and which is listed to be marked up on Wednesday in the House Judiciary Committee, […]

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Civil Rights and Legal Advocates File Lawsuit Against Florida’s Anti-Immigrant Law SB 1718

WASHINGTON, July 17, 2023 – Today, legal organizations, including the Southern Poverty Law Center, American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Florida, Americans for Immigrant Justice and American Immigration Council, filed a federal lawsuit challenging Florida’s new anti-immigrant law, Senate Bill 1718. The lawsuit focuses on the provisions outlined in Section 10 of the law, which criminalizes the […]

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Smith Statement on House Passage of FY24 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)

WASHINGTON, D.C.July 14, 2023 – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.), Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, today issued the following statement after passage of H.R. 2670, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24), passed in the House of Representatives on a vote of 219-210. “For over 60 years, the NDAA […]

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What is the difference between nationalism and patriotism?

What is the difference between nationalism and patriotism? Donald Trump, left, and Harry Truman: Two former presidents who had different ideas about nationalism and patriotism. The Conversation, with images from Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-NC Joshua Holzer, Westminster College During his presidency, Donald Trump said, “We’re putting America first … we’re taking care of ourselves for a […]

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System to Report Online Abuse is “Deeply Flawed” at Every Level. Report Shows How to Fix It

NEW YORK, June 29, 2023 – Millions of social media users face harmful harassment, intimidation, and threats to their free expression online but encounter a “deeply flawed” reporting system that fails at every level to safeguard them and hold abusers to account, according to a new report by global nonprofits PEN America and Meedan. In exposing these […]

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