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White House Blocks OGE’s Ability to Enforce Ethics Rules

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 08:30
Common Cause

The White House move to block the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) from collecting waivers granted by Trump Administration nominees to work in fields where they recently lobbied is an outrage and part of a disturbing pattern. OGE was created in the wake of the Watergate scandal to monitor ethics compliance, but the Trump Administration is denying it the ability to do so.

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Veterans Oppose Trump Policies, Wars; Rally at Lincoln Memorial; March to White House

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 07:51
Veterans for PeaceOn Tuesday, May 30, at 11:00 am, veterans and supporters will mass at the Lincoln Memorial. Speakers include Veterans For Peace President Barry Ladendorf, Rev. Lennox Yearwood, David Swanson, Medea Benjamin, Chris Hedges, Brian Becker, Col. Ann Wright, Mara Verhayden Hilliard, Michael McPhearson, and Matt Hoh.
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Berlin and Beijing United on Climate in the Age of Trump

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 05:23
Greenpeace

German Environmental Minister Barbara Hendricks and Chinese Special Climate Envoy Xie Zhenhua jointly held a press conference at the opening of the Petersberg Climate Dialogue, where the two ministers stressed the importance of implementing the Paris commitments and urged the US to stay in the Paris Climate Agreement.

Karsten Smid of Greenpeace Germany said:

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Statement from Diane Yentel, President and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, on President Trump’s 2018 Budget

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 09:56
National Low Income Housing Coalition

President Trump’s 2018 budget – leaked earlier today – reflects a cruel indifference to the millions of low income seniors, people with disabilities, families with children, veterans, and other vulnerable people who are struggling to keep a roof over their heads. Mr.

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Gwich’in Leaders Launch "Protect our Homelands"

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 09:01
Sierra Club

Members of the Gwich’in Nation, who have relied on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for survival for millennia, are traveling from the Arctic across the desert Southwest to raise the alarm about urgent threats facing the Arctic Refuge. The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is one of the world’s last untouched wild places. Now, much like public lands across the Southwest, it’s facing the greatest threats in decades.

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FCC Ignores Growing Evidence of Fraud, Moves Ahead With Plan to Slash Net Neutrality Protections

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 10:31
Fight for the Future

Today, the FCC voted to move ahead with its plan to slash net neutrality protections, despite overwhelming public outcry and growing evidence of serious fraud by net neutrality opponents.

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Trump’s NAFTA “Re-Do” Threatens People and the Planet

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 10:27
Friends of the Earth

The Trump Administration submitted notice to Congress today that it intends to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico, according to reports.

Bill Waren, Friends of the Earth’s senior trade analyst, issued the following response:

Donald Trump built his campaign by demonizing the North American Free Trade Agreement, which he called “the worst deal ever,” and by making assurances that he could rework trade deals to protect the American people. Now he plans to give another hand out to corporations through renegotiating NAFTA.

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Trump's FCC Advances Scheme to Gut Open-Internet Protections and End Net Neutrality

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 09:21
Free Press

On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines to begin a rulemaking process in order to jettison Title II protections and once again place broadband-access providers under Title I of the Communications Act — a move that would undermine the sound and successful basis for the FCC’s landmark 2015 Open Internet Order.

President Trump’s FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, has said he intends to dismantle the legal framework essential to maintaining Net Neutrality.

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Lawsuit Demands Keystone Pipeline's Route, State Department Contracts

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 08:11
Center for Biological Diversity

The Center for Biological Diversity and Thomas Bachand filed suit today against the U.S. Department of State to obtain information on the route of the Keystone XL Pipeline, as well as contracts and correspondence with private consultants involved.

The State Department is required to make public information about the route of the pipeline and related documents under the Freedom of Information Act.

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Big Oil’s Bernhardt Is Wrong Move for the Department of Interior

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 07:42
Friends of the Earth

The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will hold a hearing this morning on the nomination of former energy lobbyist David Bernhardt to become the Deputy Secretary of the Interior.

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Law Enforcement Calls for Policing Policies That Improve Community Relations

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 07:07
ACLU

More than two dozen current and former law enforcement officers sent a letter to Congress speaking out against bills currently under consideration that would increase incarceration rates and penalties.  The American Civil Liberties Union also sent letters opposing the bills.

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FCC Proposal Would Gut Open Internet

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 07:05
Common Cause

I've never heard such a bunch of spurious arguments, distorted history, and just plain rubbish as Chairman Pai and his big industry allies have put forth to sustain their totally untenable argument against an open internet. Today's proposal, if approved, will cut the open internet off at the knees. The majority at the Commission has invited a few telecom giants to design and control our communications future and relegates consumers and innovators to passive recipients of what the big boys deign to provide us.

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Nearly 1.1 Million People Call For Impeach Investigation of the President

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 06:41
RootsAction

A petition calling on the United States House of Representatives to start an impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump has garnered nearly 1.1 million signatures.  Launched on Inauguration Day and led by two public interest organizations – Free Speech For People and RootsAction.org – ImpeachDonaldTrumpNow.org is calling on Congress to start this investigation based on the President’s direct and ongoing violations of the two anti-corruption provisions of the U.S.

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ACLU Files to Get Comey’s Memo on Trump Conversation

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 12:10
ACLU

The American Civil Liberties Union today filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Justice Department and FBI seeking the memo by former FBI Director James Comey describing his February meeting with President Trump in which Trump reportedly asked Comey to drop the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and his ties to Russia. The request also covers any other documents related to communications between Trump and Comey.

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Trump Resistance Movement Sets Sights on McDonald’s, Joining Fight for $15 in Massive March on Fast-Food Giant’s Shareholders Meeting

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 11:58
Fight for $15

On the heels of mass demonstrations against President Trump’s policies that have drawn hundreds of thousands of Americans into the streets, leaders of the Trump resistance movement will converge in Chicago May 23 with thousands of workers in the Fight for $15 for a “March on McDonald’s” that is expected to be the biggest-ever protest to hit the fast-food giant.

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ACLU Files Lawsuit Challenging Pensacola Panhandling Ordinance

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 11:57
ACLU

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida has today filed a lawsuit challenging an ordinance passed last week by the Pensacola City Council which would prohibit individuals from asking for donations in much of downtown Pensacola. The lawsuit filed today in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida states that the anti-panhandling ordinance, set to go into effect on Thursday, May 18, violates the free speech and due process rights of those who would be impacted by the law.

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Trump Resistance Movement Sets Sights on McDonald’s, Joining Fight for $15 in Massive March on Fast-Food Giant’s Shareholders Meeting

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 11:45
Fight for $15

On the heels of mass demonstrations against President Trump’s policies that have drawn hundreds of thousands of Americans into the streets, leaders of the Trump resistance movement will converge in Chicago May 23 with thousands of workers in the Fight for $15 for a “March on McDonald’s” that is expected to be the biggest-ever protest to hit the fast-food giant.

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NIAC Responds to President Trump’s Renewal of Sanction Waivers for Iran

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 09:02
National Iranian-American Council

Trita Parsi, President of the National Iranian American Council, issued the following statement regarding the President's expected renewal of sanctions waivers pursuant to U.S. obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA):

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150 Groups Urge Senate to Reject 'Walking Conflict of Interest' Bernhardt for Top Interior Post

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 08:44
Center for Biological Diversity

One-hundred and fifty conservation groups sent a letter today urging U.S. senators to oppose the nomination of energy lobbyist David Bernhardt as top deputy in the Interior Department, citing his efforts to enrich corporations at the expense of the environment. 

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