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Freedom in the World 2019: Democracy in Retreat

WASHINGTON, DC, Feb. 5, 2019 - Challenges to American democracy are testing the stability of its constitutional system and threatening to undermine political rights...

Senators Introduce Bill to Stop President from Raiding Funds for Border Wall

Washington, Feb. 4, 2019—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and a group of colleagues today introduced legislation to prevent the president from using the National Emergencies...

USCIS Processing Times Get Even Slower Under Trump

Feb. 4, 2019 - The Trump administration has slowed the processing of immigration benefit applications to a crawl, causing needless harm to immigrants, their...

Two-Thirds of Americans Report Hate Incidents Have Intensified Since 2016

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2019 – More than two-thirds of Americans say that hate incidents have intensified during the past two years, according to a...

Government Quietly Increases ICE Detention to 48,000 Beds During the Shutdown

Jan. 31 2019 - Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) drastically expanded its network of immigration jails in the last month by a startling 7...

Statement from Nevada Governor Sisolak on U.S. Dept. of Energy’s secret plutonium shipment

CARSON CITY, NV, Jan. 30, 2019 - Today, Gov. Steve Sisolak released the following statement in response to news that the U.S. Department of...

Mayors and parliamentarians from 40 countries call on Russia and the U.S. to preserve...

Basel, Switzerland, Jan. 30, 2019 - Mayors, parliamentarians, policy experts and civil society representatives from forty countries – mostly Europe and North America –...

Animal Welfare Groups Applaud Federal Legislation to Ban Horse Slaughter

WASHINGTON, D.C. Jan. 30, 2019 — Federal lawmakers introduced legislation today to permanently ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption in the United...

Border State Senators Introduce Legislation to Prevent Trump Admin. From Unilaterally Seizing Private Land...

WASHINGTON, D.C. Jan. 30, 2019 – Today, U.S. Senators Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) introduced the Full Fair and Complete...

US Drops Out of Global Corruption Index Top-20, Scores 4 Points Lower Than 2017

Jan. 29, 2019 - The 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) released today by Transparency International reveals the United States as a key country to...

Watchdog Groups File Objection To Trump Administration’s Unlawful Effort to Change FOIA Rules and...

Washington, DC January 29, 2019 - Today, American Oversight and Democracy Forward submitted a comment objecting to the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) proposed changes...

Harris Joins Colleagues to Reintroduce Bill to Prevent Distorting Census Count with Citizenship Question

WASHINGTON, D.C. Jan. 29, 2019 – Recently, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris joined her colleagues to reintroduce the Every Person Counts Act, legislation that prohibits the...

NABE Survey: 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has not caused business firms to...

Jan. 28, 2019 - The January 2019 NABE Business Conditions Survey report presents the responses of 106 NABE members to a survey on business...

Latest Trump Border Policy Breaks the Law, Again

NEW YORK, NY, Jan. 27, 2019 - Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) denounces the enforcement of a policy, announced on December 20, to return asylum...

CBO: Partial shutdown delayed $18 billion in federal spending lowering projected level of real...

Jan. 28, 2019 - CBO has estimated the effects of the five-week partial shutdown of the government that started on December 22, 2018, and...

CBO Director’s Statement on The Budget and Economic Outlook: 2019 to 2029

January 28, 2019 - This morning I briefed the press about The Budget and Economic Outlook: 2019 to 2029, which the Congressional Budget Office published...

Chairman Schiff Statement on Special Counsel Indictment of Roger Stone

Washington, DC, Jan. 25, 2019 – Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following...

“Tell Us What to FOIA” — Watchdog Asks Federal Workers for Help Uncovering Trump...

Washington, DC January 25, 2019 - Nonpartisan ethics watchdog American Oversight today launched a campaign soliciting tips from federal workers to identify government records...

As Shutdown Puts Families at Risk of Homelessness, Federal Law Protects Children’s School Rights

January 25, 2019, Washington, D.C.) – Over 2.5 million children experience homelessness each year in the U.S., and advocates fear their ranks will increase...

Detained 15-Month-Old Baby Exposes Continued Separation of Families by Trump

PHOENIX, Jan. 24, 2019 — Marisa Franco, Director of Mijente, the national digital and grassroots hub for Latinx and Chicanx organizing, released the following...