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Blumenauer Bill to Protect Animals from Cruel Traps, Reform USDA’s Wildlife Services Program

WASHINGTON, DC, Sept. 8, 2016 – The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) welcomes the introduction of a new federal bill—spearheaded by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)—that would restrict the use of body-gripping traps on public lands administered by the U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Interior (DOI), as well as prohibit personnel in both departments from setting […]

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Achieving universal broadband: What the FCC can and cannot do

September 8, 2016 – It’s long-accepted common knowledge that high-speed internet access is a key to education, economic growth and even maintaining interpersonal connections. While the internet began as a public venture, in the last 20 years the private sector has provided the public with broadband connectivity. Internet service providers like Comcast and Charter have […]

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‘This is unprecedented’: Intelligence officials scorch Trump for blabbing about classified briefing

On Wednesday night during NBC’s Commander-in-Chief Forum for the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates, Republican nominee Donald Trump attempted to make political hay from his Aug. 17 briefing with intelligence officials. The former reality TV star said that the unspoken message that he got from his briefers was that they didn’t like or agree with […]

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Barbara Boxer Calls For Investigation Of Trump’s Modeling Agency Following Alleged Immigration Violations

Sept. 7, 2016 – Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) has called for an investigation of Donald Trump’s modeling agency following allegations that several models — all non-US citizens — worked in the United States without proper documentation. From Mother Jones: Three former Trump models, all non-US citizens, told Mother Jones they worked for the GOP nominee’s […]

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Election 2016 Controversies: What the Law and Facts Say on Voter Fraud, Election Observers, and Technology

NEW YORK, NY, Sept. 7, 2016 – After recent claims the November election will be “rigged,” some politicians, including Republican nominee Donald Trump, have called on law enforcement and citizen volunteers to monitor polling places, serving as “election observers” to root out fraud. What’s the truth behind these claims? As part of a new “Election […]

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Fossil Fuel Industry Paid for Meetings with GOP Attorneys General to Plan Attack on Clean Power Plan

September 7, 2016 – Fossil fuel giants Murray Energy and Southern Company paid for meetings with Republican attorneys general to discuss their opposition to the Clean Power Plan less than two weeks before the same GOP officials petitioned federal courts to block the Obama administration’s signature climate proposal, according to private emails from state attorneys […]

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Open Letter to President Obama: Halt Construction and Repeal Permits for the Dakota Access Pipeline Project

August 25, 2016 President Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20500 Subject: Halt Construction and Repeal the Army Corps of Engineers Permits for the Dakota Access Pipeline Project Dear President Obama: We write to you because we are deeply concerned by the Army Corps of Engineers’ approval of Dakota Access LLC’s […]

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Zeid warns against populists and demagogues in the U.S. and Europe

THE HAGUE/GENEVA, Sept. 5, 2016 –  In a hard-hitting speech in the Hague on Monday, UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein called for action to confront European and U.S. demagogues who blend a fictional halcyon past  with a classic propagandist mix of half truths and oversimplification, resulting in “the banalization of bigotry” and […]

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Affordable Care Act has improved access to health care, but disparities persist

CORAL GABLES, FL, Sept. 5, 2016 – The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has substantially decreased the number of uninsured Americans and improved access to health care, though insurance affordability and disparities by geography, race/ethnicity, and income persist. In addition, changes brought on by the ACA will no doubt impact state and federal budgets. These are […]

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Report: Center for Migration Studies Refutes Claims that Undocumented Immigration to U.S. Surged in 2014 and 2015

NEW YORK, NY, Aug. 31, 2016 – The Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS) today issued a detailed analysis of immigration to the United States in 2014 and 2015. CMS’s analysis, authored by Robert Warren, CMS’s Senior Visiting Fellow and former director of the Immigration and Naturalization Service’s Statistics Division, is available at […]

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Public Interest Groups to Mylan: Reverse the EpiPen Price Hikes Immediately

PITTSBURGH, PA, Aug. 30, 2016 – Public Citizen, Civic Action and a host of public interest organizations representing consumers, allergy sufferers, doctors and concerned citizens today delivered the signatures of more than 700,000 people around the country calling for Mylan to reverse its EpiPen price hikes. After relentless public outcry over exorbitant price increases, […]

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Southern Poverty Law Center Explainer: The Far-Right Collection of Ideologies Known as the Alt-Right

Aug. 26, 2016 – The Alternative Right, commonly known as the Alt-Right, is a set of far-right ideologies, groups and individuals whose core belief is that “white identity” is under attack by multicultural forces using “political correctness” and “social justice” to undermine white people and “their” civilization. Characterized by heavy use of social media and […]

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What Is The “Alt-Right”? A Guide To The White Nationalist Movement Now Leading Conservative Media

Aug. 26, 2016 – Over the last few months, the so-called “alt-right” has become one of the most prominent factions of the conservative media. The movement’s leading outlet is Breitbart News, whose chairman, Stephen Bannon, has just become the CEO of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. In many ways the “alt-right” is a rebranding of classic […]

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Trump’s Immigration Dance Does Not Add Up to a Policy Pivot

Aug. 26, 2016 – Earlier this week, Frank Sharry argued that Donald Trump was attempting to “cynically repackage a truly radical policy to make it more palatable to suburban white voters rightfully turned off by Trump’s explicit racism and nativism. But the underlying deportation-focused policy doesn’t seem to be evolving alongside the rhetorical tweaks.” Others have argued […]

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