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Committee Should Reject Legislation That Opens the Door to Industry Promotion of Medicines and Medical Devices for Unapproved Uses, Groups Tell Congress

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 13:32
Public Citizen

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee should reject two bills that would undermine regulatory standards for ensuring that drugs and medical devices are safe and effective for each marketed use, Public Citizen and 12 other groups said in a letter sent to committee members today.

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Trump’s Interior Secretary Attended Oil Industry Meeting at Trump’s DC Hotel

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 13:22
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke had a busy day on March 23, at least according to his official Twitter account.

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Trump’s Water Infrastructure Plans in Two Words: Higher Rates

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 11:39
Food & Water Watch

As President Trump prepares to promote his plans to privatize much of our nation’s infrastructure, Food & Water Watch is urging Congress to approve only plans that would keep these critical systems publicly controlled. Private financing and operation of infrastructure, particularly water, has been shown to be more expensive and less reliable than when these systems are controlled by public entities.

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Trump Officials Push for Atlantic Oil Exploration Using Harmful Seismic Blasting

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 09:26
Center for Biological Diversity

The Trump administration today issued draft authorizations to five companies to search for oil off the Atlantic Coast — from Florida to Delaware — using loud seismic airgun blasts that hurt whales, dolphins and other animals. The exploration activities are the first step to opening the Atlantic to new oil drilling.

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Trump Administration Gets One Step Closer to Approving Seismic Airgun Blasting off East Coast

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 09:21

Today, the Trump administration issued draft Incidental Harassment Authorizations (IHAs) for seismic airgun blasting in the Atlantic Ocean, an extremely loud and dangerous process used to search for oil and gas deposits deep below the ocean’s surface.

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Supreme Court to Hear First Cell Phone Location Data Case

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 07:20

The Supreme Court today agreed to hear a landmark case on whether the government needs a warrant to access a person’s cell phone location history. The American Civil Liberties Union is co-counsel in the case, Carpenter v. United States.

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Dakota Access Pipeline is Officially Operational

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 12:46
Indigenous Environment Network

Yesterday, June 1st, Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), the parent company of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) announced that  DAPL is officially fully operational.

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Fri, 06/02/2017 - 12:40

New documents from the New York State Attorney General show that while now Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was CEO of ExxonMobil, the company actively misled shareholders about climate risk and deleted “untold numbers” of documents related to climate change, including many of Tillerson’s own personal emails he sent under his “Wayne Tracker” alias.

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ACLU Statement on Trump Administration Effort to Bury CIA Torture Report

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 12:29

The Trump administration is having at least two federal agencies give their copies of the Senate’s CIA torture report back to the Senate, according to a report by The New York Times.

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Greenpeace Responds NY AG allegations that Exxon Uses Different Internal/External Numbers

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 10:46

In response to news that New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has alleged that ExxonMobil used differing estimates for the cost of carbon to mislead investors, and that employees destroyed documents and deleted crucial emails, Greenpeace Climate Liability Project Lead Naomi Ages said: 

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California Senate Says ‘Yes’ to Guaranteed Healthcare for All

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 08:04
National Nurses United

With a critical vote from the California State Senate today, the universal healthcare train is moving forward in California.

On a 23 to 14 vote, the California Senate put their stamp of approval on SB 562, a Medicare for all-type/single payer bill that would bring the dream of guaranteeing health care to all Californians—without the devastating out of pocket costs that force millions to skip needed care even if they are already paying premiums to insurance companies.

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With Trump Out of Paris, the Road Ahead is Up to Us

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 13:02

President Donald Trump announced from the White House Rose Garden that the U.S would exit the Paris Climate Agreement for the alleged “well being of the United States and its people.”

In response, Executive Director May Boeve issued the following statement:

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Sierra Club on Trump’s Paris Withdrawal: "One of the Most Ignorant and Dangerous" Actions of Any President

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 12:26
Sierra Club

Today, Donald Trump announced he intends to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement. According to the terms of the Agreement, no country can begin the withdrawal process until three years after the Agreement enters into force and the withdrawal would not take effect for one year after that date. The Agreement, which entered into force on November 4, 2016, has been signed by every nation on earth except war-torn Syria and Nicaragua, which would like it to be even stronger.

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U.S. Exit from Paris Agreement will Accelerate Climate Crisis

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 12:18
Friends of the Earth

In a highly dramatized Rose Garden event, Donald Trump today announced that the U.S. will begin the process of leaving the Paris climate agreement.    

Erich Pica, President of Friends of the Earth, U.S., issued the following statement:    

Today, Donald Trump turned the fate of the planet into a reality T.V. show hosted live from the White House Rose Garden. Trump’s grand reveal surprised no one; once again, he elevated Big Oil over our environment and the well-being of humanity.    

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President Trump Has Got it Exactly Backwards

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 12:16
Environment America

Today, President Trump abandoned the United States’ commitment to reducing pollution under the Paris Climate Agreement. This action increases the risks that the world will face from global warming – including dirtier air, water and food shortages, spreading disease, increasingly extreme weather, and loss of land mass to flooding.

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Over 22,000 Urge Media: 'Stop Ignoring Pence's Culpability'

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 11:49

 More than 22,000 people have signed a petition urging major U.S. media to stop ignoring Mike Pence's culpability.

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Illinois Minimum Wage Vote is a Victory for Workers and the Economy

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 11:46
Patriotic Millionaires

This morning, following the Illinois General Assembly's passage of a bill to gradually raise the state minimum wage to $15/hour, the Chair of the Patriotic Millionaires Morris Pearl, former managing director at BlackRock Inc., issued the following statement:    

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ACLU Challenges Unconstitutional Debtors’ Prison Practices in South Carolina County

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 11:36

In the latest pushback against modern-day debtors’ prisons, the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of South Carolina, and Terrell Marshall Law Group PLLC filed a class-action lawsuit today challenging the illegal arrest and incarceration of poor people in Lexington County, South Carolina. Victims are arrested on warrants and incarcerated when they cannot afford to pay fines for traffic and other misdemeanor offenses. They remain in jail for weeks to months without seeing a judge, having a court hearing, or receiving help from a lawyer. 

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Lawsuit Seeks Documents From Trump EPA's Closed-door Polluter Meetings

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 10:42
Center for Biological Diversity

The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Trump administration today for public records of closed-door meetings between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, states and industry groups over weakening wetlands protections under the Clean Water Act.

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With US Withdrawal, Countries Must Leave Trump Behind, Move Forward

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 07:20
Corporate Accountability International

Statement from CAI president Kelle Louaillier

“This decision will have far-reaching implications for people, the planet and the future of the Paris Agreement. But, a U.S. withdrawal would not mean the U.S. government will walk away.  In fact, this move would almost guarantee that the Trump administration will exploit the rules of the Paris Agreement, which allow the U.S. to stay at the table for the next four years, to continue to undermine and block climate progress.

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