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Foe of Endangered Species, Public Lands Nominated for Deputy Interior Secretary

6 hours 37 min ago
Center for Biological Diversity

Industry lobbyist David Bernhardt has been nominated for deputy secretary at the Department of the Interior, where he would directly oversee management of more than 1,600 endangered species and millions of acres of public lands.

Over the past 20 years, Bernhardt has taken full advantage of the revolving door between industry and government — including a stint as Interior’s top lawyer under the George W. Bush administration — and the law firm of Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber and Schreck, where he represented big agriculture, oil and gas, and mining companies.

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CREW Releases 100 Day Trump Ethics Report, Timeline

7 hours 41 min ago
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington

The first 100 days of the Trump administration brought conflicts of interest and ethical and legal problems on a massive scale not seen since at least President Nixon—and perhaps ever, according to a new report just released by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).

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Trump Signs Executive Order Expanding Offshore Drilling, Puts Communities at Risk

9 hours 19 min ago

Ahead of the Peoples Climate March and nearly 7 years to the day since the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster, the Trump administration issued an executive order today directing federal agencies to revise the 5-year-plan for offshore drilling previously approved by the Obama administration. The order could expose the Atlantic, the Pacific, and Arctic coasts, which are excluded from the current plan, to future drilling.

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Sierra Club: Offshore Drilling Off the Atlantic Coast “Will Ensure a Disaster”

9 hours 20 min ago
Sierra Club

Donald Trump today directed the Department of the Interior to review the 2017-2022 Outer Continental Oil and Gas leasing program, and will seek to undo President Barack Obama’s permanent protection for the Arctic and Atlantic oceans, threatening Virginia coastal economies and communities.

Drilling off Virginia’s coasts will present an immediate threat to coastal communities and wildlife while posing a long term one as it contributes to climate change.

In response Kate Addleson, Director of the Sierra Club Virginia Chapter

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Trump's First 100 Days Marked by Secret Strikes and Civilian Deaths

9 hours 32 min ago

Commenting on President Trump's first 100 days in office, Kate Higham, Assassinations Project Lead at human rights organization Reprieve said:  

“President Trump has used his first 100 days in office to ramp up a failed, Obama-era policy of secret strikes around the world. Trump could have reversed this disastrous policy - instead, he has ramped it up, killing innocent children in countries like Yemen.

"The US assassination programme is illegal and unconstitutional - it is the death penalty without trial, on a global scale. 

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Fossil Fuel Resisters to March on Washington, Across Nation

9 hours 34 min ago
Center for Biological Diversity

The Center for Biological Diversity’s staff and members will join the Peoples Climate March in Washington, D.C. and across the nation on Saturday in united resistance to Trump’s attacks on the climate during his first 100 days in office.

The Center will co-lead the Fossil Fuel Resistance Bloc in Washington and will spearhead and join sister marches in Los Angeles, Oakland, Flagstaff, Denver, St. Petersburg, Portland, Tucson and other cities.

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Hundreds of Thousands To Join National “Day Without Immigrants” May Day Strike

10 hours 19 min ago
Movimiento Cosecha

Hundreds of thousands of immigrant workers, students and families join the national strike billed as a “day without immigrants” to demonstrate that the country depends on the labor of immigrants and working class people of color.  Immigrant rights groups, worker centers and unions come together for what organizers expect to be the largest national strike since the  Mega  Marches of 2006.

The Cosecha Movement is planning strikes and marches in over 40 cities across the country, along with mass student walkouts and escalated actions.

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Trump’s EPA Solicits Ideas on How Polluters Can Attack Water Protections

10 hours 21 min ago
Environmental Working Group (EWG)

The Trump administration is holding a meeting next week to look for ways to let polluters dump more toxic contaminants into the nation’s drinking water. Americans who want clean water can also try to speak up, but the opportunity for public input is severely restricted.

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Reports of Shaking and Convulsions During Kenneth Williams’ Execution Must Be Investigated

11 hours 28 min ago

At 11:05 pm CT, the state of Arkansas executed Kenneth Williams by lethal injection. Says Rita Sklar, executive director of the ACLU of Arkansas:

“Reports that Kenneth Williams coughed, convulsed, and lurched during his execution raise serious questions about whether the state, in its rush to use up its supply of midazolam before it expired, has violated the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment. Mr. Williams’ execution must be reviewed to investigate the witnesses’ accounts and determine whether the state tortured Mr. Williams before killing him.

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Trump’s First 100 Days are Marred by an Aggressive Anti-Worker Agenda

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 11:13
Economic Policy Institute

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In a new report, EPI experts examine President Trump’s actions in his first 100 days analyzes their impact on the nation’s working people and on our economy.

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Puerto Rico Oversight Board Meets as Bankruptcy Deadline Approaches

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 08:16
Jubilee USA Network

Puerto Rico's oversight board meets on April 28th in New York and could authorize a bankruptcy process for the debt ridden island.

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100% Clean Energy Bill Launched by Senators and Movement Leaders

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 08:15

Ahead of the Peoples Climate March, Senator Jeff Merkley, Senator Bernie Sanders, and Senator Ed Markey stood beside movement leaders to introduce legislation that will completely phase out fossil fuel use by 2050. The “100 by ‘50 Act” outlines a bold plan to support workers and to prioritize low-income communities while replacing oil, coal and gas with clean energy sources like wind and solar.

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition: Trump’s First 100 Days Marked by Utter Contempt for Civil Rights

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 07:03
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the upcoming “first 100 days” of the administration of President Donald J. Trump:

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Trump’s First 100 Days: A Disaster for the Planet and Our Families’ Health

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 06:52
Environment America

In his first 100 days, President Trump has taken dozens of actions that threaten clean air, clean water, our families’ health, and  treasured places from the Arctic Ocean to the Everglades. (Read our in-depth analysis of Trump’s first 100 days here.)

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ACLU Releases Report on Trump’s 100 Days

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 06:51

The American Civil Liberties Union today released a report on the civil rights and civil liberties record of the first 100 days of the Trump administration. These include the unconstitutional Muslim ban, the failed Affordable Care Act repeal, and the repeated attacks on LGBT rights. The organization also published a day-by-day accounting of the administration’s “100 Days of Failure.”

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ACLU Statement on Ann Coulter Speech

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 18:28

Following news that Ann Coulter cancelled her appearance at the University of California, Berkeley, American Civil Liberties Union National Legal Director David Cole had this reaction:

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'Medicare for All' Bill Reaches a Record-Breaking 104 Co-Sponsors in Congress

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 14:48
Physicians for a National Health Program

Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), a group of 21,000 physicians, medical students and health professionals, announced today that H.R. 676, the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act has reached a record number of co-sponsors in the House of Representatives, now totalling 104.

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The Trump, Mnuchin and Cohn Tax Plan: Goldman Sachs Populism At Its Worst

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 11:42
Public Citizen

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn appeared at a White House press briefing today to outline President Donald Trump’s tax plan.

Public Citizen president Robert Weissman said:

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Trump Takes First Step Toward Dismantling 1 Billion Acres of National Monuments

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 09:54
Center for Biological Diversity

President Trump today launched a new attack on 27 national monuments around the country — more than 1 billion acres of natural and cultural wonders on public lands and oceans that have been protected by presidents of both political parties.

Trump’s executive order directs the Department of the Interior to review the designation of every monument larger than 100,000 acres protected since 1996. The initiative is widely expected to trigger dramatic changes in protections or boundaries for monuments to accommodate special interests like coal, oil, gas and logging industries.

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