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Hillary Clinton Outlines Dangers of Trump’s Divisive “Alt-Right” Candidacy in Reno

August 25, 2016 – At a speech in Reno on Thursday, Hillary Clinton highlighted Donald Trump and his advisors’ embrace of a hate movement – the disturbing “alt-right” political philosophy.  This “alt-right” brand is embracing extremism and presenting a dystopian view of America, Clinton said, which should concern all Americans regardless of party. Clinton argued […]

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National Park Service Left With Centennial Hangover

Washington, DC August 24, 2016 – When the hoopla from this week’s centennial fades, the National Park Service will find itself an institution in deepening trouble. Record visitation not only masks but also aggravates a spiral sucking our system of nation parks downward, according to indicators highlighted by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Much […]

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Groups Deliver Petition Urging Obama Administration to Cancel Gulf Drilling Lease Sale

Washington, DC August 24, 2016 – This morning, leading national environmental organizations delivered nearly 200,000 petition signatures to the Obama Administration to call for the cancelation of today’s fossil fuel auction in the Gulf in the wake of unprecedented flooding in central and southwestern Louisiana. The devastating flooding is among the most severe weather disasters […]

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U.S. Department of Labor Issues Regulations Ensuring Federal Contractors Comply with LGBTQ Non-Discrimination Protections

WASHINGTON August 24, 2016 – Today, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued final regulations implementing President Obama’s executive order on Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces. Among its provisions, the regulations will help to ensure companies contracting with the federal government comply with non-discrimination protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The Human Rights […]

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What’s ailing the ACA: Insurers or Congress?

August 24, 2016 – Since the Affordable Care Act – or what many call Obamacare – has been labeled a failure since the day it started, according to some political types, it’s difficult to know if the recent defections by large insurance companies are really a death knell or just growing pains. Aetna dropped a […]

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Tribal gathering faces aggressive state repression and media manipulation

August 23, 2016 – The historic gathering of tribes from across the continent in opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline continues in the face of aggressive state repression and media manipulation.  Last Friday, Governor Dalrymple declared a State of Emergency in order to make additional state resources available to “manage public safety risks associated with […]

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District Court Issues Injunction against Guidance Protecting Transgender Students

FORT WORTH, TX, Aug. 22, 2016 – A U.S. District Court judge today issued a preliminary injunction against the federal government’s guidance to public school districts regarding their legal responsibility to allow transgender students to use the same restrooms as other students. The ruling came in the multi-state lawsuit, Texas v. United States. Five civil […]

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New Report: Internet Voting Threatens Ballot Secrecy

Aug. 22, 2016 – Casting a secret ballot in the upcoming election might not be so secret or secure depending on where – and how – you vote, according to a new report, The Secret Ballot at Risk: Recommendations for Protecting Democracy. The report was coauthored by three leading organizations focused on voting technology, the […]

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A review of key states with Voter ID laws found no voter impersonation

Aug. 22, 2016 – This report is part of a project on voting rights in America produced by the Carnegie-Knight News21 program. Politicians and voting rights advocates continue to clash over whether photo ID and other voting requirements are needed to prevent voter fraud, but a News21 analysis and recent court rulings show little evidence that such fraud is […]

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Environment America launches nationwide effort to protect Grand Canyon from toxic mining

PHOENIX, AZ, Sept. 21, 2016 – As the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service approaches, Environment America announced a nationwide campaign calling on President Obama to stop new uranium mining by creating a new National Monument surrounding America’s most iconic national park: the Grand Canyon. 40+ organizers have descended on nine cities in Arizona, […]

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Federal Assistance to Louisiana Flood Survivors Tops $56 Million

WASHINGTON, DC, Aug. 20, 2016 – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today more than $56 million dollars has been approved in federal support within the first week of the president’s major disaster declaration for the State of Louisiana. FEMA approved more than $39 million to help survivors with temporary rental assistance, essential home […]

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Additional area of active Zika transmission identified in Miami Beach

August 19, 2016 – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been working with Florida health officials on investigating cases of locally transmitted Zika virus. An additional area of active Zika transmission has been identified in a section of Miami Beach, in addition to the area of active Zika transmission near Wynwood. The […]

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2017 NBA All-Star Game Moved to New Orleans Due to North Carolina’s Anti-LGBTQ HB2 Law

WASHINGTON, August 19, 2016 – Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, responded to a report from the Associated Press that the National Basketball Association (NBA) is moving the 2017 All-Star Game to New Orleans, Louisiana — a city with explicit LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination […]

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Scientific American Takes A Stand Against Trump’s “Lack Of Respect For Science”

Aug. 18, 2016 – In a rare move, Scientific American’s editorial board has taken a stand against GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s “antiscience” views, including his denial of man-made climate change and pledge to eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency. Trump “has repeatedly and resoundingly demonstrated a disregard, if not outright contempt, for science,” wrote the […]

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DOJ Announcement Places Little Known Immigrant Incarceration in Spotlight, Should Prompt Further Action from the White House

August 18, 2016 – The announcement today by the Department of Justice that it will not renew private prison contracts due to the disproportionate abuse and danger in those facilities, brings to light and should prompt further action within the criminal justice and immigrant detention systems. It isn’t made immediately obvious that all but one […]

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Court Orders Release of Graphic Photos of Arizona Border Patrol Detention Facilities and Damning Expert Witness Testimony

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 18, 2016 — Today, groups made public damning evidence, including expert testimony and video stills illustrating the deplorable and unconstitutional conditions detained individuals are subjected to in Border Patrol custody in the agency’s Tucson Sector. The court rejected the Border Patrol’s effort to conceal evidence of inhumane and abusive detention practices from […]

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