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Patriotic Millionaires Slam Mnuchin/Trump For ‘Selling Out The Country’ On Carried Interest Tax Loophole

6 hours 24 min ago
Patriotic Millionaires

Yesterday in a press event in Louisville, KY alongside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin indicated that the Administration will not close the carried interest loophole for most Wall Street billionaires, including the vast majority of private equity and real estate fund managers.

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Dozens of Marylanders and Elected Officials Gather For Introduction of Urgent 100% Renewable Energy State Bill

6 hours 50 min ago
Food & Water Watch

On Thursday, August 24th, at noon Marylanders will meet in Baltimore’s Federal Hill Park to call for 100% renewable energy by 2035. Delegate Shane Robinson will announce plans to introduce legislation that will move Maryland to 100% clean energy by 2035 by replacing problematic state renewable portfolio standards with clean energy mandates and incentivizing the development of in-state clean energy generation.

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Court Rules FERC Failed to Adequately Review Environmental Impacts of Sabal Trail Pipeline

6 hours 59 min ago
Sierra Club

Today, the U.S. District Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) failed to adequately review the environmental impacts of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of the fracked gas Sabal Trail pipeline, which runs more than 500 miles through Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

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The Time Is Now To Repeal The 2001 Authorization For Use Of Military Force

12 hours 25 min ago
Peace Action

Last night, President Trump announced a “new” strategy for U.S. military operations in Afghanistan. In it, he made clear that the one thing that he won’t be changing is waging ongoing and unending war.

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Congresswoman Barbara Lee: There is No Military Solution in Afghanistan

13 hours 18 min ago
Congresswoman Barbara Lee

Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement in response to President Trump’s announced plan to keep U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

“I am deeply troubled by President Trump’s failure to outline a comprehensive strategy to bring an end to our nation’s longest war. After sixteen years at war, one thing is clear: there is no military solution in Afghanistan. Any lasting peace in Afghanistan must be secured through diplomacy. Further military engagement will only put our brave servicemen and women in harm’s way while doing little to enhance our national security.

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Peace Action: No End in Sight in America’s Longest War

13 hours 23 min ago
Peace Action

In response to President Trump’s announcement that the U.S. will "fight to win" in Afghanistan, alongside reports that Trump has authorized an increase of 4,000 troops in Afghanistan, Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace Action, released the following statement:

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Win Without War: More US Troops to Afghanistan is Not a Strategy for Peace

14 hours 1 min ago
Win Without War

Win Without War Director, Stephen Miles, released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s announcement that he will expand America’s 16-year war in Afghanistan.

President Trump should have listened to candidate Trump. It is long past time to have ended America’s longest war.

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Congresswoman Barbara Lee: There is No Military Solution in Afghanistan

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 20:49
Congresswoman Barbara Lee

Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement in response to President Trump’s announced plan to keep U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

“I am deeply troubled by President Trump’s failure to outline a comprehensive strategy to bring an end to our nation’s longest war. After sixteen years at war, one thing is clear: there is no military solution in Afghanistan. Any lasting peace in Afghanistan must be secured through diplomacy. Further military engagement will only put our brave servicemen and women in harm’s way while doing little to enhance our national security.

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Trump Axes Research into Health Effects of Mountaintop Coal Removal

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 10:43
Sierra Club

Donald Trump late last week instructed the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to cease all work on studying of public health effects of mountaintop removal coal mining - threatening the lives of thousands of people living near mine sites in Appalachia and across the country.

 

 

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Statement By National Low Income Housing Coalition President And CEO Diane Yentel On HUD’s Worst Case Housing Needs Report

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 09:11
National Low Income Housing Coalition

The “Rent Relief Act of 2017,” legislation announced today by U.S. Representative Joe Crowley (D-NY), would provide much-needed resources directly to struggling families and individuals to help them afford to keep a roof over their heads. The refundable tax credit would put more money in the pockets of the lowest income families, at a time when their wages have flatlined and housing costs have skyrocketed.

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USA: Florida Set To Conduct Its First Execution In A Year And A Half

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 08:59
Amnesty International

Ahead of a planned resumption of executions in Florida on 24 August, 18 months after the last one, Amnesty International is issuing a paper on recent developments relating to the death penalty in the US state.

Death in Florida” outlines the state’s response to the January 2016 US Supreme Court decision that Florida’s capital sentencing law was unconstitutional, and the governor’s reaction to a prosecutor’s subsequent decision to reject the death penalty.

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Secret NAFTA Talks Wind Down: People And The Planet Put At Risk

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 08:30
Friends of the Earth

The first round of secret negotiations on a new North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in Washington, D.C. was expected to conclude yesterday, Sunday August 20.

This week, Friends of the Earth released a blog entitled: 10 ways that Trump’s new NAFTA threatens people and the planet.

 

 

Bill Waren, Friends of the Earth senior trade analyst, issued the following statement:

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NAACP Statement on Steve Bannon’s Removal from White House

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 14:19
NAACP

The NAACP, the nation’s oldest social justice organization, released this statement following the removal of Senior White House Strategist and known white supremacist Steve Bannon from President Trump’s administration. 

 

 

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Court Upholds New York State’s Rejection of the Constitution Pipeline

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 12:08
Earthjustice

Today, The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC)’s decision to block a 124-mile natural gas pipeline project from moving forward in New York State, stating the plaintiffs had “no basis.” 

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UltraViolet Statement on the Firing of Steve Bannon

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 11:02
UltraViolet

Statement from Nita Chaudhary, co-founder of UltraViolet, in response to news of Bannon’s firing:

"Good riddance Steve. The larger and more urgent crisis however is that a white supremacist sympathizer is the president of the United States."

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Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Reacts To The Departure Of Steve Bannon From The White House

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 10:57
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, issued the following statement Friday on the departure of White House chief strategist Steve Bannon:

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Civil Society Urges Trade Decision-Makers to Consider the Impacts of NAFTA on Digital Rights

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 09:45
Open Media

As negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) continue in Washington, D.C., more than two dozen civil society organizations from Mexico, Canada and the United States have released a joint statement (English / Español) on transparency, digital rights, and NAFTA.

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Court Decision in Louisiana Voting Rights Case Changes the Course of History for Black Voters for the Better

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 09:33
NAACP Legal Defense Fund

Yesterday, a federal district court ruled in favor of the Terrebonne Parish NAACP and four Black voters, represented by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF), the law firm of Cozen O’Connor, and longtime Louisiana civil rights attorney, Ronald L. Wilson, in an important voting rights case.

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Netherlands Kills 300,000 Hens After Eggs Found Contaminated

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 09:21
Mercy for Animals

More than 17 countries across Europe and in Asia trashed millions of eggs after news broke that the eggs contained fipronil, an insecticide commonly used to kill fleas, lice, mites, and ticks. In the EU it has been banned for use on farms.

Netherlands farmers have already killed more than 300,000 hens. Several million more may be killed at over 150 companies throughout the country.

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Analysis: Nevada National Monuments Targeted by Oil and Gas Speculators

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 08:43
Center for Biological Diversity

Oil and gas speculators have aggressively targeted two Nevada national monuments under threat of elimination by President Trump, an analysis released today by the Center for Biological Diversity reveals.

Federal documents show that speculators blanketed Gold Butte and Basin and Range national monuments with requests to have nearly 640,000 acres offered for oil and gas leasing — and hard-rock mining claims — in the years before they were designated by President Obama.

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