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Court Won’t Reconsider Private Prisons’ Appeal

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 11:22
Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)

Last night, the two largest private prison corporations in the U.S. suffered their third defeat in the courts over whether they could keep the details of their government contracts secret. The full Second Circuit Court of Appeals declined to reconsider a decision by a three-judge panel dismissing their appeal as they sought to block the release of government documents about their immigration detention practices.

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New Russian Allegations Arise as Activists Deliver Petitions Nationwide Demanding Independent Commission to Investigate

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 11:20
Common Cause

As news breaks about Trump campaign officials embroiled in the FBI Russian investigation, local Common Cause activists began nationwide delivery of petitions to Members of Congress, urging them to support the formation of an independent commission to investigate the Russian government’s attack on the 2016 election.

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New Russian Allegations Arise as Activists Deliver Petitions Nationwide Demanding Independent Commission to Investigate

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 11:20
Common Cause

As news breaks about Trump campaign officials embroiled in the FBI Russian investigation, local Common Cause activists began nationwide delivery of petitions to Members of Congress, urging them to support the formation of an independent commission to investigate the Russian government’s attack on the 2016 election.

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ACLU Files Lawsuits Demanding Local Documents on Implementation of Trump Muslim Ban

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 09:10
ACLU

American Civil Liberties Union affiliates across the country filed 13 Freedom of Information Act lawsuits today demanding government documents about the on-the-ground implementation of President Trump’s Muslim bans.

The lawsuit seeks records from local offices of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Department of Homeland Security.

The ACLU first sought this information through FOIA requests submitted to CBP on February 2. Since the government has failed to substantively respond, the ACLU is now suing.

 

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ACLU Files Lawsuits Demanding Local Documents on Implementation of Trump Muslim Ban

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 09:10
ACLU

American Civil Liberties Union affiliates across the country filed 13 Freedom of Information Act lawsuits today demanding government documents about the on-the-ground implementation of President Trump’s Muslim bans.

The lawsuit seeks records from local offices of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Department of Homeland Security.

The ACLU first sought this information through FOIA requests submitted to CBP on February 2. Since the government has failed to substantively respond, the ACLU is now suing.

 

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Lawsuit Targets Trump's Border Wall, Enforcement Program

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 08:53
Center for Biological Diversity

The Center for Biological Diversity and Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva, who serves as Ranking Member of the House Committee on Natural Resources, today sued the Trump administration over the proposed border wall and other border security measures, calling on federal agencies to conduct an in-depth investigation of the proposal’s environmental impacts.

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Lawsuit Targets Trump's Border Wall, Enforcement Program

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 08:53
Center for Biological Diversity

The Center for Biological Diversity and Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva, who serves as Ranking Member of the House Committee on Natural Resources, today sued the Trump administration over the proposed border wall and other border security measures, calling on federal agencies to conduct an in-depth investigation of the proposal’s environmental impacts.

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American Oversight and EWG Demand Release of Pruitt Communications with Pesticide Industry

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 08:07
Environmental Working Group (EWG)

American Oversight and the Environmental Working Group today launched a joint investigation into the March 29 decision by the Environmental Protection Agency not to ban the pesticide chlorpyrifos.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt rejected the findings of the agency's own experts as well as the broader scientific community, which had concluded that chlorpyrifos poses a risk of nervous system damage and birth defects in children.

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American Oversight and EWG Demand Release of Pruitt Communications with Pesticide Industry

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 08:07
Environmental Working Group (EWG)

American Oversight and the Environmental Working Group today launched a joint investigation into the March 29 decision by the Environmental Protection Agency not to ban the pesticide chlorpyrifos.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt rejected the findings of the agency's own experts as well as the broader scientific community, which had concluded that chlorpyrifos poses a risk of nervous system damage and birth defects in children.

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Wells Fargo Cross-Selling Mania Appeared to Start in 1998; Report Highlights Need for Breakup Study

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 13:25
Public Citizen

Note: A report issued Monday by the independent directors of the Wells Fargo board found that warning signs about the corporation’s misdeeds dated to 2004. However, Wells Fargo’s cross-selling mania went back at least a decade – possibly as far back as 1998, Public Citizen research shows. Also Monday, Wells Fargo announced that it would claw back $75 million from two senior executives linked to its fake account scandal. Below are statements from two Public Citizen experts.

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Wells Fargo Cross-Selling Mania Appeared to Start in 1998; Report Highlights Need for Breakup Study

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 13:25
Public Citizen

Note: A report issued Monday by the independent directors of the Wells Fargo board found that warning signs about the corporation’s misdeeds dated to 2004. However, Wells Fargo’s cross-selling mania went back at least a decade – possibly as far back as 1998, Public Citizen research shows. Also Monday, Wells Fargo announced that it would claw back $75 million from two senior executives linked to its fake account scandal. Below are statements from two Public Citizen experts.

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UK Allies Among World’s Worst Executioners – Report

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 12:44
Reprieve

UK allies are bucking a trend towards the abolition of the death penalty worldwide, according to new figures.
 
A new Amnesty report has found that there are fewer executions worldwide, and fewer countries using the death penalty. However, the annual study found that far more people than in previous years are being sentenced to death.
 

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UK Allies Among World’s Worst Executioners – Report

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 12:44
Reprieve

UK allies are bucking a trend towards the abolition of the death penalty worldwide, according to new figures.
 
A new Amnesty report has found that there are fewer executions worldwide, and fewer countries using the death penalty. However, the annual study found that far more people than in previous years are being sentenced to death.
 

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ACLU of Florida Statement on Arrests at Jacksonville Anti-War Demonstration

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 12:43
ACLU

On Friday, April 7th five participants were arrested at an anti-war demonstration at Hemming Park in downtown Jacksonville. Videos from the scene show officers throwing multiple people to the ground, and one officer repeatedly punching a man whose arms were restrained.

Responding to the arrests, Kirk Bailey, Political Director of the ACLU of Florida stated:

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ACLU of Florida Statement on Arrests at Jacksonville Anti-War Demonstration

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 12:43
ACLU

On Friday, April 7th five participants were arrested at an anti-war demonstration at Hemming Park in downtown Jacksonville. Videos from the scene show officers throwing multiple people to the ground, and one officer repeatedly punching a man whose arms were restrained.

Responding to the arrests, Kirk Bailey, Political Director of the ACLU of Florida stated:

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Regulations Often Help Working People, While Deregulation Serves Corporate Interests

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 11:08
Economic Policy Institute

In a new fact sheet, EPI Labor Counsel Celine McNicholas and Director of Policy Heidi Shierholz ask the question, “Whose interests are served by repealing existing regulations and curbing future ones?” In light of recent anti-regulation efforts pushed by Congress and the Trump administration, the authors explain that regulations often help working people, while deregulation primarily benefits corporate interests and can have devastating consequences for t

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Regulations Often Help Working People, While Deregulation Serves Corporate Interests

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 11:08
Economic Policy Institute

In a new fact sheet, EPI Labor Counsel Celine McNicholas and Director of Policy Heidi Shierholz ask the question, “Whose interests are served by repealing existing regulations and curbing future ones?” In light of recent anti-regulation efforts pushed by Congress and the Trump administration, the authors explain that regulations often help working people, while deregulation primarily benefits corporate interests and can have devastating consequences for t

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U.S. PIRG Press Release: New Report Shows Victims of Aggressive Tactics From Medical Debt Collectors

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 08:27
US PIRG

A leading consumer group, the U.S. PIRG Education Fund, released the ninth in a series of reports that review complaints to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).  The latest report explores consumer complaints about medical debt, a major source of problems for consumers, since medical debt items on credit reports are often wrong or about the wrong consumer.  The report also demonstrates the need to defend the CFPB from partisan and special interest attacks.

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U.S. PIRG Press Release: New Report Shows Victims of Aggressive Tactics From Medical Debt Collectors

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 08:27
US PIRG

A leading consumer group, the U.S. PIRG Education Fund, released the ninth in a series of reports that review complaints to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).  The latest report explores consumer complaints about medical debt, a major source of problems for consumers, since medical debt items on credit reports are often wrong or about the wrong consumer.  The report also demonstrates the need to defend the CFPB from partisan and special interest attacks.

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Climate Groups Launch Wave of Resistance During Congressional Recess

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 07:20
350.org

Climate, labor, environmental and social justice advocates are teaming up this April Recess to turn up the heat on lawmakers over Trump’s executive orders and his proposed budget, all of which spell disaster for our climate and communities.

Over the coming weeks, people across the country will join town halls and meetings held by Congressional representatives in their home states, urging them to challenge the Trump administration’s destructive, climate-denying agenda.

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