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Internet Activists Will Fight Team Cable’s Puppet FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and Defend Net Neutrality

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 10:39
Fight for the Future

Several media outlets report that Ajit Pai, former Verizon lawyer and new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will announce his plan to ignore the voices of nearly 4 million people and slash the Title II based net neutrality protections that prevent Internet Service Providers from discriminating against, censoring, or slowing down websites.

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The Flint Water Crisis: Three Years Too Long

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 10:31
Progress Michigan

Today marks the three-year anniversary of the switch to the Flint River as a water source, which was part of bottom-line focused emergency management that contributed to the Flint Water Crisis. For three years, little has been done for the residents of Flint, who continue to struggle without access to clean, safe, and affordable water, because of callous indifference from the state’s elected officials.

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The Financial “CHOICE” Act is a “Cruel Choice” for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau & Consumers, Including Students

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 10:29

This week, House Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling (TX) will hold a Wednesday hearing on his so-called Financial Choice Act 2.0.  The bill leaves consumers and our economy even more vulnerable to Wall Street's recklessness than before the '08 crisis by taking aim at all of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act’s protections caused by unfair bank practices abetted by regulatory failures.

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Senate Judiciary Committee must carefully assess Delrahim in light of potential agribusiness mergers

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 10:28
Friends of the Earth

Tomorrow the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a confirmation hearing for Makan Delrahim, Trump’s nominee for Assistant Attorney General of the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division. The DOJ’s Antitrust Division reviews and makes decisions on corporate mergers, and as an Assistant Attorney General Delrahim will be the ultimate decider on the proposed merger of giant agrichemical companies Monsanto Company and Bayer AG.

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Puerto Rico Religious Leaders Call for Bankruptcy Ahead of "Vulture Fund" Deadline

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 07:26
Jubilee USA Network

Before May, protections expire that shelter Puerto Rico from debt lawsuits and predatory financial groups popularly known as "vulture" funds. The Catholic Archbishop of San Juan and Puerto Rico's Bible Society head are calling on the island's governor and oversight board to immediately activate a bankruptcy process designed by Congress.

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New Report Reveals Trump Is Not Punishing Corporations that Offshore American Jobs, but Awarding Them New Government Contracts

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 07:25
Public Citizen

Despite President Donald Trump’s campaign promises to punish firms that offshore American jobs, the flow of federal contract awards to major offshorers has continued unabated since Trump’s inauguration, according to a new report released today by Good Jobs Nation and Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch. The report, titled “Trump’s First 100 Days: Federal Contracting with Corporate Offshorers Continues,” reveals that a majority of the largest U.S. government contractors ship jobs overseas.

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FCC Chairman Pai Abandoning Diversity Advisory Committee: Statement of Michael Copps

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 12:03
Common Cause

It is unnecessary and harmful for Chairman Pai to replace the FCC's Diversity Advisory Committee, which for years drew on the expertise of diversity experts to generate valuable and vetted proposals to advance important diversity initiatives. Commission leadership from both parties too-often ignored that committee's proposals. But instead of reconstituting that committee and finally acting on its many extant recommendations, Chairman Pai has chosen to ignore it and create a new committee which will take months or longer to organize, meet, and come up with proposals.

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Industrial Sludge Has No Place in America’s Drinking Water, Trump Trying to Make it Commonplace

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 11:56
Sierra Club

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals put a hold on a polluter backed case against the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) clean water protections that limited toxic wastewater discharges from coal plants. The hold comes after a slew of motions from Donald Trump’s EPA Administrator seeking to pause litigation on important clean air and water protections in order to “review” them, which is widely seen by public health advocates, environmental organizations, and environmental justice groups as a ploy to weaken or scrap them.

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House Oversight Committee’s Request of Trump Documents Encouraging but America Needs More

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 11:44
Common Cause

The House Oversight Committee has requested information from President Trump’s lawyer concerning the “implementation and timing of the Trump Organization’s announced plans to donate profits of foreign government payments to the U.S. Treasury.” The U.S.

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Trump’s First 100 Days: A Wholesale Corporate Takeover of Government

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 11:41
Public Citizen

A day-by-day review of President Donald Trump’s administration so far shows that virtually every day has been marked by a new, extraordinary grant of power to corporate interests and the enrichment of Trump’s private businesses, a Public Citizen report shows.

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Almost 60 Organizations Call on Disney to Stop Funding the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 11:28
Public Citizen

The Walt Disney Company should join other Fortune 500 companies, such as Apple, Pacific Gas & Electric and CVS, that have stopped funding the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for political, policy and moral reasons, almost 60 non-profits wrote in a letter to Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger today. The groups commend Disney for its public commitments to action on climate change and for refusing to depict casual tobacco use in most of its Disney-branded films.

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Supreme Court Refuses to Hear ACLU Lawsuit Seeking Release of Full Senate Report on CIA Torture

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 08:19

The Supreme Court announced today that it will not consider the American Civil Liberties Union’s Freedom of Information Act lawsuit to make public the Senate’s full report on the CIA’s Bush-era detention and torture program.

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Trump Financial Law Executive Orders Signal Salad Days for Wall Street

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 13:34
Public Citizen

According to materials supplied by the White House to the press, President Donald Trump issued three executive orders today: one on the Financial Stability Oversight Council, one on a section of Wall Street reform law that empowers the government to take over large, failed financial institutions and one on measures that stop companies from evading taxes.

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Dallas Community Will Rally Against EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt at Earth Day Texas

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 12:48
Sierra Club

On Friday, April 21, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt will appear after a legal symposium to give remarks at Earth Day Texas. Community members will rally near the event to remind Pruitt that Dallas residents deserve clean air and remind attendees that the Trump administration’s anti-immigrant policies are hurtful to Texas families and their health.

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Exxon Denied Waiver From Russia Sanctions: Greenpeace Response

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 12:39

In response to the Treasury Department’s denial of Exxon’s filing for a waiver to work in Russia despite United States sanctions, Greenpeace USA Spokesperson Cassady Craighill said,

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Civil Rights Groups File Brief with Florida Supreme Court in Support of State Attorney Ayala’s Opposition to Death Penalty

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 11:29

A group of civil rights and civil liberties groups have filed an amicus brief with the Florida Supreme Court in support of Florida State Attorney Aramis Ayala in her lawsuit challenging Gov. Rick Scott’s decision to remove 23 capital felony cases from her office as a result of her decision not to seek the death penalty. The brief is joined by The American Civil Liberties (ACLU) of Florida, the nationwide ACLU, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF), the Sentencing Project, and Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (FADP).

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Public Records Sought on Dow’s Efforts to Pressure Trump Administration Over Pesticides, Endangered Species

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 09:18
Center for Biological Diversity

The Center for Biological Diversity submitted Freedom of Information Act requests this week seeking public records from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Commerce to illuminate reports about how Dow Chemical is pressuring the Trump administration to abandon efforts to protect endangered species from pesticides. 

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Detroit Needs Affordable Water, Not More Shutoffs

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 08:56
Food & Water Watch

“Nearly three years after it started an aggressive plan to shut off water service to households that are delinquent on their water bills, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department is at it again. This week it announced it would once again deny service to people who cannot afford their water service. This is absolutely unacceptable, but a sad and unavoidable reality when federal funding for community water systems declines.

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Arkansas Kills Prisoner in First of Horrific Spate of Executions

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 07:56
Amnesty International - USA

Arkansas executed Ledell Lee today, the first of four prisoners scheduled to be executed before the state’s supply of lethal injections expires at the end of the month. This was the first execution in the state since 2005. Lee’s final appeals had requested DNA testing that could potentially prove his innocence, but those appeals were denied.

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Federal Communications Commission Votes Push Monopolist Agenda

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 10:33
Common Cause

Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to entrench monopoly in broadcasting and business broadband. The FCC majority eliminated price restraints on Business Data Services (BDS), allowing incumbent carriers to charge exorbitant rates on small businesses across the country. In a separate proceeding, the same majority voted to reinstate a legal loophole that broadcasters exploit to monopolize ever more of the airwaves.

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