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Grandma Drone Protester Remanded to Jail for 6 Months

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 10:08
The Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars

On January 12, the National Day of Action to Stop Killer Drones, grandmother and drone resister Mary Anne Grady Flores learned that she is to go back to jail for six months starting Tuesday, January 19. She is to report to the Dewitt Town Court (5400 Butternut Drive, East Syracuse, NY) at 5pm to be remanded to Jamesville Correctional Facility, East Syracuse NY.

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New Coal Announcement Lays Groundwork to Keep More Fossil Fuels In the Ground

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 10:05
350.org

The Obama Administration announced today a moratorium on the sale of new federal coal leases and a broad environmental review of fossil fuel development on public lands. The moves spell the end of the coal industry in the United States and lay the groundwork to keep more fossil fuels in the ground.

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Govt Must Clarify Whether UK Personnel are Under Saudi Orders

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 10:03
Reprieve

UK personnel are working in a Saudi Arabian “control centre” assisting with targeting as part of a bombing campaign in Yemen, which has been accused of attacks which “may amount to a war crime” by the UN Secretary General.

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Nurses Converge in Nevada To Canvass for Bernie Sanders

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 09:19
National Nurses United

This weekend, registered nurses from across the country will join Nevada nurses in Las Vegas to canvass for Bernie Sanders, National Nurses United (NNU) announced today.

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Clinton Doubling Down on False Healthcare Statements about Sanders

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 08:54
Institute for Public Accuracy (IPA)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Thursday night on MSNBC claimed regarding Sen. Bernie Sanders’ healthcare proposals: “The bulk of what he is advocating for is a single payer health care system, which would probably cost about $15 trillion.

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Obama Administration Announces Time-Out On Federal Coal Leasing

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 08:19
Earthjustice

The Obama administration today announced it would halt new leases for coal mining on public lands as it undergoes a thorough review of its current federal leasing program. The move is a significant one: public lands supply roughly 40 percent of all U.S. coal production.

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Statement in Support of Planned Parenthood Lawsuit

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 12:36
National Abortion Federation

Today, with our full support, our partners at Planned Parenthood filed a federal lawsuit against the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), BioMax Procurement Services, David Daleiden, Troy Newman, and others, seeking to hold them accountable at law for their dangerous smear campaign against providers of abortion care.  The National Abortion Federation (NAF) filed a laws

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Is Flint Water Also Causing Legionnaire’s Disease?

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 12:33
Food & Water Watch

“The Flint water crisis reached disturbing new heights this week with revelations that cases of Legionnaires' Disease there have spiked since it switched its water source to the Flint river. There were 87 cases in Genesee County from June 2014 to November 2015, 10 of which resulted in death. According to a national water quality expert, it’s possible that improper treatment of the river’s water is responsible for the outbreak.

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Fossil Fuel Industry Becomes Named Defendant in Youths' Landmark Constitutional Climate Lawsuit

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 08:54
Our Children's Trust

On January 13, 2016, Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin of the federal District Court in Oregon granted defendant status to three trade associations, representing nearly all of the world’s largest fossil fuel companies. The three associations had moved to intervene in the constitutional climate change lawsuit brought by 21 young people from around the country. The newly named trade association defendants are the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (“AFPM”) (representing Exxon Mobil, BP, Shell, Koch Industries, and virtually all other U.S.

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Center for Biological Diversity Statement on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Draft Policy for Prioritizing Protection of Species

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 08:52
Center for Biological Diversity

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today a "draft methodology" for prioritizing status reviews to determine if species warrant Endangered Species Act protection.

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Samir Naji Moqbel Among Ten Guantanamo prisoners Released to Oman

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 08:23
Reprieve

The US has released ten Guantanamo detainees to Oman, including Samir Naji Moqbel – a client of human rights organization Reprieve who was held for 14 years without charge or trial.

Samir was on the first plane of prisoners to Guantánamo, in January 2002. Like the others on the first flight, he was taken to the outdoor pens of Camp X-Ray and subjected to severe physical abuse. He was cleared for release in 2009 with the unanimous agreement of six US federal agencies, including the CIA and the FBI.

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CAIR Reports Apparent Threat to Florida Mosques

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 06:33
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on the FBI and state law enforcement authorities to investigate the desecration and attempted vandalism of a Nebraska mosque as a possible hate crime.

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Groups Challenge Shell’s Latest Attempt to Keep Door Open to Drill in Arctic Ocean

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 13:22
Earthjustice

Earthjustice on behalf of eight conservation groups today filed to intervene in a case before the Interior Board of Land Appeals to defend the Department of Interior’s decision to deny Shell Oil’s request for an extension of the terms of its oil drilling leases in the Arctic Ocean. Without an extension, the leases are due to expire in 2017 and 2020 in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas, respectively.

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House Vote to Kill Iran Deal Puts Politics Above National Interests

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 13:18
National Iranian-American CouncilNIAC Action Executive Director Jamal Abdi issued the following statement after the House of Representatives voted to pass H.R. 3662, which would kill the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the multilateral nuclear accord with Iran. The vote was vacated when over 100 Representatives missed the cutoff. The House is likely to re-vote once it returns from recess on January 26:
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TPP Is Obama’s #1 2016 Priority: Why Only 28 Seconds in the SOTU?

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 10:49
Public Citizen

“Obama only dedicated 28 seconds of his final State of the Union address to the TPP, his self-proclaimed top 2016 priority, but that beat the number of Congress people who stood to cheer for the controversial agreement.

As the cabinet fans out this week to amplify President Obama’s 2016 goals, we will see if they are ginning up support for the pact.

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New Report Finds Over 750,000 Undocumented Central Americans Would Get Relief from Immigration Raids Under Expansion of Temporary Protected Status

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 08:16
The Immigrant Legal Resource Center

Over 750,000 undocumented Central Americans from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras would likely receive temporary protection from the Administration’s recent immigration raids, according to a new report issued today by the San Francisco-based Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC).

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Earthjustice Reacts to the President’s Final State of the Union

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 07:25
Earthjustice

The following is a statement on the President’s State of the Union address from Abigail Dillen, Earthjustice Vice President of Litigation for Climate and Energy:

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Argentina Negotiates Debt Dispute with "Holdout" Hedge Funds

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 07:22
Jubilee USA Network

Argentina's new government begins negotiations in New York with groups that sued the country for more than $1 billion after the country defaulted on its debt in 2001. President Mauricio Macri took office in December and announced his intention to reach a settlement. The investor groups are known as "holdouts" because they refused to participate in Argentina's debt restructuring deals that 92 percent of investors accepted. US courts ruled Argentina could not pay the restructured debt holders unless it paid the holdout funds in full. Argentina refused and defaulted again in July 2014.  

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Obama Sets Up Fight Over Fossil Fuels on Public Lands During State of the Union

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 07:17
350.org

In his final State of the Union, President Obama made the case for clean, renewable energy, and pledged to change the way the US manages fossil fuel development on public lands, a key priority for climate activists.

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Obama Must Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 12:53
350.org

Ahead of this year’s State of the Union, 350.org is looking for President Obama to build on his rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline and outline how he plans to keep more fossil fuels in the ground.

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