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Amid Historic Marriage Advances, Most States Still Fail to Offer Basic Protections to LGBT Americans

Jan 28, 2014

DENVER, CO, January 28, 2014 — When it comes to marriage for same-sex couples, the past two years have brought some astonishing changes. In 2012 and 2013, 11 additional states extended the freedom to marry, while the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), resulting in federal...

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EMA: Caught Between Climate Change and Congress

Jan 28, 2014

Jan. 27, 2014 - Thanks to climate change, extreme weather disasters have hammered the United States with increasing frequency in recent years—from drought and wildfires to coastal storms and flooding.

It is perhaps surprising, then, that the U.S. agency in charge of preparing for and responding to these disasters, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA),...

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President Obama to Announce Executive Order Raising Federal Contractor Pay to $10.10 per Hour in State of the Union Address

Jan 28, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. Jan. 28, 2014 - President Obama will announce an executive order in his State of the Union address Tuesday night setting a minimum wage rate of $10.10 per hour for employees of federal contractors. The wage standard will apply to all new contracts.

The Executive Order's wage rate mirrors the President's proposal for...

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Over 200 Groups Call on President Obama to Re-Open Investigations into Connection Between Fracking and Water Contamination in Parker County, Texas

Jan 28, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. Jan. 27, 2014 - Pressure on the Obama administration to take decisive action to protect Americans from the public health and environment effects of fracking intensified today as a coalition of concerned organizations called on President Obama and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to re-open investigations into the connection between drilling and...

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USDA Shutters Calf Slaughter Plant in New Jersey in Wake of HSUS Investigation

Jan 28, 2014

SHREWSBURY, NJ, Jan. 27, 2014 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture reacted strongly to a complaint filed by The Humane Society of the United States, ordering Catelli Bros. of Shrewsbury to suspend its operations on Friday for egregious inhumane handling of calves in violation of federal law. The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection...

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New Report Makes the Economic Case for a Clear, Quick Pathway to Citizenship

Jan 27, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. Jan. 27, 2014 - Today, the Center for American Progress released a new report that examines the impact that allowing immigrants to gain full citizenship would have on the economy. The report, titled "The Economic Case for a Clear, Quick Pathway to Citizenship" analyzes not just the U.S. case but also the...

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State of the Climate: 5 Steps President Obama Should Announce to Avert Global Disaster

Jan 27, 2014

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2014 — Following news that 2013 was the fourth-hottest year on record, the Center for Biological Diversity is urging President Barack Obama to announce five bold steps to curb greenhouse gas pollution in Tuesday's State of the Union speech. The president vowed in last year's address to tackle the climate crisis...

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About 20 children per day in U.S. are injured by firearms seriously enough to require hospitalization, and more than 6% die

Jan 27, 2014

Jan. 27, 2014 - About 20 children per day in the United States are injured by firearms seriously enough to require hospitalization, and more than 6% of these children die from their injuries, according to a study by Yale School of Medicine researchers ...

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DREAMers remind Republicans (AND Democrats) on Principles for Immigration Reform

Jan 27, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC, Jan. 24, 2014 - Under the leadership of Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), House Republicans are drafting a set of immigration reform principles to guide them as they debate immigration in 2014.

As those directly affected, we hope the GOP principles are not a political stunt just to stall immigration debate, rather, that they...

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Ruling vastly expands official secrecy on dam failures, chemical spills, other man-made disasters

Jan 24, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC Jan. 24, 2014 - A sweeping new appellate court decision justifies federal agencies withholding substantial public safety information concerning dam failures, chemical spills and other critical events, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The ruling blocked PEER's attempts to force release of the emergency plans in the event of...

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