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Senate Moves USA Freedom Act Forward, But Patriot Act Section 215 Will Expire

Jun 1, 2015

WASHINGTON, May 31, 2015 — In a special Sunday session, the Senate surpassed the 60 votes necessary to end debate on the USA Freedom Act, a bill to amend the Patriot Act’s Section 215 and other surveillance authorities.

Section 215 will likely expire at midnight, as Senate rules require additional time before there can be...

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Interior Department authorizes sale of 10.2 billion tons of federal coal, undermining President Obama’s climate plan

May 29, 2015

May 29, 2015 - Today the Interior Department released the Regional Management Plan (RMP) for the Buffalo Field office in Wyoming, which establishes the Bureau of Land Management’s priorities in the Powder River Basin, the nation’s largest coal field.

The Buffalo RMP authorizes the leasing and mining of 10.2 billion tons of coal with 28...

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New analysis finds 1.6 million barrels per day planned tar sands expansion on life support

May 29, 2015

May 29, 2015 - New analysis from Oil Change International has found that over 1.6 million barrels per day of planned expansion in tar sands production is currently delayed or ‘on-hold’ as industry struggles to identify a profitable path forward for 39 projects.

“The case for the tar sands is crumbling,” said Hannah McKinnon, Senior...

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Majority of Congress Failed to Take Action on Corporate Accountability in 2014

May 29, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC, May 28, 2015 - The majority of the U.S. Congress took no action at all in 2014 in favor of holding corporations accountable and reining in corporate power – scoring a zero on the newly released Corporate Accountability Coalition (CAC) Congressional Report Card. Covering the Second Session of the 113th Congress, the...

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Congress Punts for 33rd Time in Six Years on Federal Transportation Spending, then Leaves Town

May 29, 2015

May 28, 2015 - With Congress having just passed another short-term transportation patch to extend current transportation law until the end of July, members left town on recess. The new patch marks the 33rd time in the last six years that Congress has relied upon a short-term extension of prior legislation for transportation funding,...

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EPA Proposes Ban on Some Toxic Pesticide Spraying While Bees at Work

May 29, 2015

WASHINGTON, May 28, 2015 - The Environmental Protection Agency proposed a new rule today creating temporary pesticide-free zones when specific plants are in bloom and commercial honeybees are being trucked in to pollinate large croplands. The rule will apply to nearly all insecticides, including neonicotinoids, but would only address pesticide-spraying on specific properties where...

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With Controversy Over Secret Trade Deal Rising, 10 Public Interest Groups Call for Release of Emails Between Top Trade Negotiator and Wall Street

May 29, 2015

WASHINGTON, May 28, 2015 - Today, 10 organizations representing more than 10 million Americans called on U.S. Trade Representative -- USTR -- Michael Froman to publicly release all records of communication between himself and representatives of the ten largest U.S. financial institutions -- including his former employer Citigroup -- while he has served in...

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights statement on Death penalty abolition in Nebraska

May 29, 2015

May 29, 2015 - We welcome the abolition of the death penalty in the state of Nebraska on Wednesday, making it the nineteenth state in the US to have done so. Nebraska has not executed any inmates since 1997. The number of people executed each year, and the size of the population on death...

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Robert Redford and Groups Urge Support for Federal Legislation to Protect America’s Horses from Slaughter

May 28, 2015
Robert Redford and Groups Urge Support for Federal Legislation to Protect America’s Horses from Slaughter

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Who’s Making Sure the Power Stays On?

May 28, 2015
Who’s Making Sure the Power Stays On?

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