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CDC Mask Order Remains in Effect and CDC Realigns Travel Health Notice System

Today, CDC is announcing two COVID-19 travel-related updates based on close-monitoring of the COVID-19 landscape in the United States and internationally. CDC continues to monitor the spread of the Omicron variant, especially the BA.2 subvariant that now makes up more than 85% of U.S. cases. Since early April, there have been increases in the 7-day […]

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CFPB charges TransUnion and Senior Executive John Danaher with violating law enforcement order

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is filing a lawsuit against TransUnion, two of its subsidiaries, and longtime executive John Danaher for violating a 2017 law enforcement order. The order was issued to stop the company from engaging in deceptive marketing, regarding its credit scores and other credit-related products. After the […]

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Oceana Analysis Finds U.S. Falls Short on Transparency at Sea

WASHINGTON — Oceana released a new analysis today finding that the United States’ requirements for transparency of fishing vessels fall short of other countries’ requirements, including the European Union. Oceana says this analysis reinforces the need for the U.S. government to expand regulations and require more fishing vessels to use public tracking devices.   Public vessel […]

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Justice Department Announces New Rule to Modernize Firearm Definitions

WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Justice announced that it has submitted to the Federal Register the “Frame or Receiver” Final Rule, which modernizes the definition of a firearm. Once implemented, this rule will clarify that parts kits that are readily convertible to firearms are subject to the same regulations as traditional firearms. These regulatory […]

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Feinstein Applauds Biden Administration’s Ghost Guns Ban

Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ proposed rule that would regulate untraceable firearms known as ghost guns:             “I support the Biden administration’s actions to ban untraceable firearms. Ghost guns have become the weapon of choice for criminals because they provide anonymity for […]

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Democratic Women’s Caucus Leadership Urges White House to Defend Afghan Girls’ Access to Education

Washington, DC – Today, Democratic Women’s Caucus Co-Chairs Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14), Congresswoman Lois Frankel (FL-21), and Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (MI-14), and Vice Chairs Congresswomen Veronica Escobar (TX-16) and Sylvia Garcia (TX-29), sent a letter to President Joe Biden urging him to take action against the Taliban for restricting girls’ access to secondary school, despite […]

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Feinstein Statement on Confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to Supreme Court

Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement after the Senate confirmed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court:             “Throughout the confirmation process, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson showed why President Biden nominated her. She displayed an exceptional legal mind, impeccable integrity and a commitment to impartiality – qualities that will make […]

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New PEN America Report: 1,586 book bans and restrictions in 86 School Districts Across 26 States; Censors Target 1,145 Unique Book Titles

NEW YORK – The literary and free expression organization PEN America today released a new Index of School Book Bans and accompanying report, Banned in the USA, that documents the alarming spike in censorship of books in school districts across the country over the past nine months, with individual books and even whole categories of […]

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Planned Parenthood Files Lawsuit in Michigan to Block 90-Year-Old Felony Abortion Ban and Affirm a State Right to Abortion

LANSING, MI — Today, Planned Parenthood of Michigan and Michigan abortion provider Dr. Sarah Wallett filed a lawsuit to block enforcement of the state’s 90-year-old felony abortion ban under the Michigan Constitution and state civil rights laws. Since Roe v. Wade has guaranteed the right to abortion at the federal level, Michigan’s ban has not […]

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Chairman Menendez Urges UN to Prioritize the Needs of Ukrainian Women and Girls and Address Rising Concerns of Widespread Sexual Violence

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today is calling on the United Nations to take every possible measure to respond to mounting reports of Russia’s systematic use of gender-based violence (GBV) against Ukrainian women and girls and to take immediate action to address the disproportionate impact of […]

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New ICE Guidelines for Its Attorneys Prioritize Prosecutorial Discretion

Washington, D.C. — The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) welcomed the April 3, 2022, memorandum issued by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA) Kerry Doyle intended to direct ICE’s resources to the Administration’s enforcement priorities, reduce backlogs, and ensure a fairer process. The memo is effective April 25, 2022. AILA President […]

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Mississippi River and Climate Change: Duel between deluge and drought will impact more than 25% of US population

HOUSTON,  (April 4, 2022) – A Rice University-led team of climate scientists and engineers is studying how climate change will impact the frequency and severity of flooding on the Mississippi River thanks to a new grant awarded by the National Science Foundation. “The real question motivating our research is: How will climate change alter the frequency […]

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House Lawmakers Approve Legislation to End Federal Marijuana Prohibition

A majority of the US House of Representatives approved the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act, or H.R. 3617, in a floor vote on Friday. The MORE Act removes marijuana from the federal Controlled Substances Act, thereby allowing states to legalize cannabis markets free from federal interference.  The Act also provides for the expungement or […]

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Biden Administration Delivers Major Policy Reforms for Transgender People

WASHINGTON, DC, March 31, 2022 – The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) is celebrating major victories for transgender people today with the announcement by the Biden-Harris administration of major changes by the US State Department, US Transportation Security Administration and the US Social Security Administration. According to the White House, the State Department will […]

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New Census Data Highlights Important Role of Immigration in Countering US Population Decline

More than two-thirds of U.S. counties saw natural decreases in population between 2020 and 2021, according to the latest estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. This means that almost 2,300 counties across the country had more deaths than births, providing further evidence that the United States is growing at its slowest pace in its history. This trend could be […]