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Sentence for "Valve-Turner" Climate Activist Ken Ward: No More Jail Time

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 08:46
Climate Disobedience Center

Climate activist Ken Ward, the "valve turner" who was arrested and prosecuted for closing the emergency valve on an oil sands pipeline, and who argued in front the jury with considerable success that the urgency of climate change compelled him to act, was sentenced Friday in Skagit County Superior Court in Washington State. His sentence of two days in jail has already been fulfilled.

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Despite Trump’s Own Ethics Rules, Dozens of Former Lobbyists Appear to Work in the Administration on Issues on Which They Lobbied

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 11:47
Public Citizen

In what appears to be a breach of Trump’s own ethics rules, dozens of former lobbyists who serve in the Trump administration handle the same specific issues on which they lobbied within the past two years, a new Public Citizen report shows.

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Common Cause Praises Senate Intelligence Committee Investigation into Russian Cyber Attacks on US Elections; Urges Action to Prepare for Future Threats

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 11:35
Common Cause

Today, Common Cause praised the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence for its investigation into the Russian government’s cyber attacks on the U.S. election infrastructure and urged the Committee to make recommendations which would safeguard the United States from future attacks.

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FERC Repeats Failure on Mountain Valley Pipeline Review

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 11:27
Oil Change International

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today released its Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Mountain Valley Pipeline, a controversial 303-mile pipeline that would carry 2 billion cubic feet of fracked gas per day from West Virginia through Virginia.

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Senate Republicans Unveil Dangerous Health Care Bill Which Robs Millions of Health Care, Withholds Abortion Coverage for Virtually All Women in the United States

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 11:14
Center for Reproductive Rights

Senate Republicans today unveiled their health care bill that dismantles the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and pushes health care out of reach for millions of people.

In addition to gutting women’s access to basic health care services like birth control and cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood and guaranteed coverage of maternity care, the bill also strips women of their private insurance coverage for abortion care. 

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NARAL on GOP Plan to Take Away Healthcare From Millions of America

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 11:08
NARAL Pro-Choice America

After weeks of negotiating in secret, today Republican senators released their plan to leave millions of Americans uninsured and to take away the health protections that families count on. NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue issued the following statement in response:

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ACLU Demands Details on U.S. Involvement in Torture at Secret UAE Prison Network

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 10:41

The American Civil Liberties Union today filed a Freedom of Information Act request asking the U.S. government to turn over all records relating to interrogations at a network of secret prisons in Yemen where — as reported this week by The Associated Press — detainees are being tortured.

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Trump Administration to Strip Yellowstone Grizzlies of Endangered Species Protection

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 08:51
Center for Biological Diversity

The Trump administration today announced plans to strip all Endangered Species Act protections from Yellowstone's grizzly bears, paving the way for trophy hunting in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. 

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Bold Alliance Statement on Issuance of Final Environmental Impact Statement for Proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 08:12
Bold Alliance

In response to today's issuance by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) on the proposed Mountain Valley fracked gas pipeline, Carolyn Reilly, Bold Alliance organizer and affected landowner stated, “this is further evidence of the FERC’s inadequate and abusive process that is solely supported and funded by the very corporations and industries it regulates.

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Press Conference: Senate Trumpcare Plan Harms Women

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 07:44
National Organization for Women (NOW)

National Organization for Women, Feminist Majority, In Her Own Voice, and the National Women's Law Center join together to speak out about how the Senate and House versions of Trumpcare harm women.

Who: Terry O'Neill, President of NOW
Michelle Batchelor, Deputy Director of In Our Own Voice: National Black Women's Reproductive Justice Agenda
Janel George, Director of Federal Reproductive Rights and Health
Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority
Mercy Morganfield, Women's March on Washington

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CREW Sues President Trump Over Presidential Records

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 06:31
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington

President Trump and the Executive Office of the President appear to be violating the Presidential Records Act (PRA) and the Constitution’s requirement that the president “take care” that the laws be faithfully executed through the White House’s use of confidential messaging applications and other problematic practices including its destruction of the president’s tweets, according to a lawsuit filed today by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and the National Security Archive (NSA).

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The Better Care Reconciliation Act will Devastate our Country’s Health

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 06:07
Physcians for Reproductive Health

Today, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), the Senate’s bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), has finally been made public after unprecedented secrecy.

In response, Physicians for Reproductive Health Advocacy Fellow Dr. Diane Horvath-Cosper issued the following statement:

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Indivisible Statement on Senate TrumpCare Bill

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:39
Indivisible Guide

Today, Angel Padilla, policy director at the Indivisible Project, released the following statement on the “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017,” Senate Republicans’ version of TrumpCare.

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Patriotic Millionaires on Senate Health Care Bill: "Morally Bankrupt"

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 10:41
Patriotic Millionaires

This morning, following the Senate's release of its secretive health care bill, the Chair of the Patriotic Millionaires Morris Pearl, former managing director at BlackRock Inc., issued the following statement:

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Senate Version of Trumpcare Would Devastate Communities of Color

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 10:24
The Greenlining Institute

The draft Senate health care bill that surfaced Thursday would be a disaster for Americans of color, health policy experts at The Greenlining Institute said today.

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ACLU Comment on Senate Health Care Bill

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 10:03

Senate Republicans today finally released a discussion draft of their Obamacare repeal bill after weeks of secret internal negotiations.

American Civil Liberties Union National Political Director Faiz Shakir had the following reaction:

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Senate Health Care Bill is not Worthy of this Great Nation

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 08:44
League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters president, Chris Carson today issued the following statement on the "Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017" unveiled by Senate leadership:

The Better Care Reconciliation Act is even worse than the version we saw pass in the House of Representatives and is not worthy of this great nation. The cuts to Medicaid will be massive and will destroy the system that so many Americans rely on. This is a nasty bill that will hurt millions of Americans and we urge Senators to reject it.

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Welcomes Reintroduction of Voting Rights Advancement Act

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 08:29
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the reintroduction of the Voting Rights Advancement Act by Senator Patrick Leahy and Congresswoman Terri Sewell:

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ACLU Statement on Reintroduction of Voting Rights Advancement Act

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 08:21

Congress reintroduced the Voting Rights Advancement Act today. The legislation is meant to strengthen voting rights by responding to the unique, modern-day challenges of voting discrimination, including expanding the federal government’s ability to monitor state election procedures. The bill was reintroduced by lead sponsors Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Ala.) and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.).

Jennifer Bellamy, legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union, said:

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Republican Sens.Targeted with Anti-Trumpcare Billboards

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 08:10
Credo Action

CREDO is placing #ResistTrumpcare billboards in strategic locations near airports in Arizona and Nevada pressuring Sens. Flake and Heller to oppose Trumpcare.

The billboards depict each senator alongside pictures of Donald Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan with the text “Tell Sen. LASTNAME: #ResistTrumpCare. Don’t gut our health care.”

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