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After Speaker Ryan Pulls GOP ‘Slash and Burn’ Health Bill, Doctors Group Urges Passage of a Single-Payer Health Plan

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 14:23
Physicians for a National Health Program

Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), a nonprofit research and education organization of 20,000 physicians, medical students and health professionals, responded to House Speaker Paul Ryan’s decision to cancel a scheduled vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) today. With the AHCA dead on arrival, PNHP urges Congress to instead pass H.R.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: "Trump's a Climate Emergency, Cuomo Show Some Urgency"

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 13:20
NY Renews

President Trump just approved the Keystone XL pipeline, a dangerous and destructive project that threatens our climate and communities.  New Yorkers will unite tonight against Trump’s agenda on the environment, which runs counter to public health, justice, and science. We are calling on Governor Cuomo and other New York elected officials to step up in this moment of crisis, stand up to Trump’s climate denialism, and lead the country with bold action.

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Watchdog Groups Challenge White House Counsel Over Terms of Arrangement to Permit White House Role for Ivanka Trump

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 08:54
Democracy 21

Democracy 21, joined by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Government (CREW) and the Campaign Legal Center, sent a letter today to White House Counsel Donald McGahn, challenging the arrangement approved by the Counsel’s office regarding Ivanka Trump’s role in the White House.

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Fight for $15, Movement for Black Lives to Join Forces in Nationwide Protest to Fight Racism, Raise Pay

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 07:29
Fight for $15

The Fight for $15 and the Movement for Black Lives will take to the streets nationwide April 4 – the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination – in a two-dozen-city “Fight Racism, Raise Pay” protest.

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With Approval of Keystone XL Pipeline, Trump Moves America Backwards

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 07:06
Food & Water Watch

“Given all the foolish, antiquated policy and rhetoric we’ve already seen from this administration on energy and climate, we’re angered but not surprised by the decision to pursue Keystone XL. There’s no doubt that, should this pipeline come to fruition, the fight to ward off the most serious consequences of global climate change will have suffered a grave setback. After all, Canadian tar sands oil is one of the most environmentally degrading forms of energy known to man. That Mr.

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House Rejects Puerto Rico Healthcare Amendment

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 07:05
Jubilee USA Network

The House Rules Committee rejected an amendment that would‎ allocate Medicaid funding to Puerto Rico at an equal level to US states.‎ Medicaid in Puerto Rico is currently funded under a 'block grant' that will run out this year. When it runs out, the island will receive a set amount of funding that is expected to cover less than one-third of Puerto Rico's Medicaid-related expenses. Medicaid reform was a key element of the recommendations made last year by the bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Economic Growth in Puerto Rico.

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Trump Approves Disastrous Keystone XL Pipeline

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 06:22
Center for Biological Diversity

Following an Executive Order signed by President Trump in January, the U.S. State Department approved the Keystone XL pipeline today. In approving the pipeline, the State Department ignored its own previous environmental analyses concluding the pipeline would be a disaster for the climate and is not in the national interest.

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Trump Administration Tries to Fast-Track Keystone XL Pipe Dream

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 06:08

The following is a statement from Earthjustice Vice President of Litigation for Climate and Energy Abigail Dillen in response to the Trump administration’s announcement that it is granting permit to the controversial and much-criticized Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline:

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Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing: House Bills to Fund Infrastructure Incentivize Tax Dodging for Biggest Multinational Corporations

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 14:53

Rep. John Delaney (D-MD-6) introduced two infrastructure funding bills (H.R. 1669 and H.R. 1670) yesterday which would further incentivize corporate tax dodging, reward the biggest multinational corporations for stashing their profits in offshore tax havens, and replace one system riddled with tax loopholes with another.

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FoE Statement on Imminent Approval of Keystone XL Pipeline

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 12:20
Friends of the Earth

Before Monday, State Department undersecretary for political affairs Tom Shannon is expected to sign the cross-border permit allowing the Keystone XL oil pipeline to move forward, according to news reports.
Friends of the Earth President Erich Pica issued the following statement in response to the State Department decision:

For almost a decade, Americans have fought to stop the dirty Keystone XL pipeline from polluting their air and water. We banded together to turn this pipeline into a leadership test on climate change and Trump flunked the exam.

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People For the American Way: Democrats Should Reject Bad “Deal” on Gorsuch

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 12:13
People For the American Way (PFAW)

In response to media reports that some Senate Democrats are looking to cut a deal that would allow Donald Trump’s nominee Neil Gorsuch to be confirmed to the Supreme Court, People For the American Way Executive Vice President Marge Baker issued the following statement.

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Unprecedented Opposition as Senate Votes to Approve David Friedman as Ambassador to Israel

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 11:49
Jewish Voice for Peace

Following the vote to approve David Friedman as the next U.S. ambassador to Israel, Jewish Voice for Peace issued this statement from government affairs manager Rabbi Joseph Berman: 

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BREAKING: Senate Votes to Gut Broadband Privacy Rules

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 11:46
Fight for the Future

Today, the U.S. Senate voted to use the Congressional Review Act to gut the FCC’s broadband privacy rules that prevent Internet Service Providers like COmcast and Verizon from selling their customer’s personal information to advertisers without permission.

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ACLU Comment on Senate Vote to Allow Internet Providers to Sell Consumer Data

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 11:44

The Senate voted today to pass a resolution that would overturn a Federal Communications Commission rule that requires internet service providers to get customers’ permission before they sell sensitive consumer data, such as browsing history.

Passage of the resolution by Congress could prevent the FCC from issuing rules that are substantially the same in the future.  ACLU Legislative Counsel Neema Singh Guliani issued the following statement: 

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Approval of Disastrous Keystone XL Pipeline Imminent

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 11:42
Center for Biological Diversity

In a reversal of yet another Obama administration environmental action, reports surfaced today that the Trump administration will approve the Keystone XL pipeline by Monday. The State Department, now headed by former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, will apparently grant a permit for the pipeline.

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Immigrant Food Factory Workers Threatened with Mass Termination Choose Resistance

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 11:30

Workers, elected officials and community supporters rallied outside Tom Cat Bakery Wednesday to protest the threatened mass firing of dozens of immigrant workers following a Department of Homeland Security investigation. As members of a non-profit organization called Brandworkers, the workers decided to stand united and call for resistance from around the country.

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NEW REPORT: Global Coal Plant Development Freefall Sparks Renewed Hope On Climate Goals

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 11:24
Sierra Club

On the heels of the 250th coal-fired power plant retiring in the United States yesterday, the Sierra Club, Greenpeace, and CoalSwarm have released their third annual survey of the global coal plant pipeline, Boom and Bust 2017: Tracking The Global Coal Plant Pipeline.

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Report: Two Months Into Presidency, Two Months of Broken Promises

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 10:54
Public Citizen

President Donald Trump has failed to keep his pledge to “drain the swamp,” instead turning over the government to lobbyists and big donors and enriching his own bottom line, a new report released today by Public Citizen and Every Voice shows.

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Records Sought on Possible EPA, State Collusion to Gut Wetlands Protections

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 10:10
Center for Biological Diversity

The Center for Biological Diversity today requested U.S. Environmental Protection Agency public records after the agency admitted it has begun closed-door meetings with states and “stakeholders” to develop a weakened regulatory framework for protecting wetlands under the Clean Water Act.

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ACLU of Northern California Files Claims Against Customs And Border Protection for Sexual Assault

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 10:09

The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California today filed two claims with the federal government on behalf of two sisters who were sexually assaulted by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer. The sisters — one an adult and the other a minor — continue to suffer severe emotional distress as a result of the assault.

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