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New Report Shows Some Insurance Companies Not Covering All Birth Control as Required by ACA

Apr 16, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC, April 16, 2015 – Planned Parenthood said today that there is a need for clarity from the Obama administration to insure all insurance companies are providing women with the full-range of birth control methods without a copay as required by the Affordable Care Act, in light of a new report from the...

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House Toxic Substances Control Act Update Fails to Protect Public Health

Apr 16, 2015

WASHINGTON, April 14, 2015 – EWG opposes the draft legislation put forth by U.S. Reps. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) and Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) to update the federal Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976. The proposal will not keep the public safe from hazardous chemicals, EWG said.

In a hearing today on the bill’s discussion draft before...

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Safety and security of US chemical facilities vulnerable to attack, putting the safety of American citizens at risk

Apr 16, 2015

April 16, 2015 - The slow implementation of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) in the USA as part of homeland security and anti-terrorism measures is leaving chemical plants vulnerable and putting at risk the safety of American citi...

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The U.S. Discovery of Israel’s Secret Nuclear Project

Apr 15, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. April 15, 2015 - The U.S. government first learned of Israel's secret nuclear program at Dimona from an American corporate official talking to U.S. diplomats in Tel Aviv during mid-summer 1960, according to a declassified document published today for the first time by the National Security Archive, the Nuclear Proliferation International History...

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Payoff: How Congress Ensures Private Prison Profit with an Immigrant Detention Quota

Apr 15, 2015

April 15, 2015 - A new Grassroots Leadership report released today, Payoff: How Congress Ensures Private Prison Profit with an Immigrant Detention Quota, documents connections between the rise of for-profit detention of immigrants and increased lobbying to the DHS Appropriations Subcommittee in Congress, which is responsible for the 'bed quota' or mandated minimum number...

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Swarthmore Expert Explains Why Americans Hate Negotiating With Their Enemies

Apr 15, 2015

April 14, 2015 - The reason Americans remain divided on the Iran nuclear deal is a deeply ingrained aversion toward parleying with 'evil' opponents, says Swarthmore College Associate Professor of Political Science Dominic Tierney.

"Americans frequently view face-to-face talks as a prize that the opponent has to earn through good behavior," Tierney says in his...

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Offshore Tax Havens Cost Small Biz $3,244 a Year

Apr 14, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. April 14, 2015– As tax day approaches, it’s important to remember that small businesses end up picking up the tab for offshore tax loopholes used by many large multinational corporations. U.S. PIRG joined Senator Bernie Sanders, Bryan McGannon of the American Sustainable Business Council, and Bob McIntyre of Citizens for Tax...

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Blackwater sentencing – UN experts on mercenaries call for international regulation of private security

Apr 14, 2015

GENEVA, April 14, 2015 - “Justice is served in this case but must be assured globally,” the United Nations Working Group on the use of mercenaries has said today, reiterating its call for global regulation of private military and security companies (PMSCs). “The outsourcing of security to these firms by States creates risks...

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New Data: 2.7 Million Animals Killed by Rogue Federal Wildlife Program in 2014

Apr 14, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC, April 13, 2015— New data from the highly secretive arm of the U.S. Agriculture Department known as Wildlife Services reveals it killed more than 2.7 million animals during fiscal year 2014, including wolves, coyotes, bears, mountain lions, beavers, foxes, eagles and other animals deemed pests by powerful agricultural, livestock and other special...

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Oklahoma Becomes Second State to Criminalize Doctors for Providing Safe and Common Method of Abortion

Apr 14, 2015

April 14, 2015 - Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed a measure into law late yesterday which bans the safest and most commonly used method of ending a pregnancy in the second trimester—a law that could force some women to either undergo additional invasive unnecessary procedures, incur additional costs, delay their care, or even lose...

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