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270+ Organizations Send Letter Urging President Obama to Offer Temporary Protected Status for Immigrants from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras

Jan 25, 2016

January 25, 2016 - More than 270 organizations sent a letter to President Obama this morning asking his administration to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS), a form of temporary immigration relief, to undocumented immigrants from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras in light of pervasive violence and environmental disasters that prevent them from safely...

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EFF to Court: Accessing Cell Phone Location Records Without A Warrant Violates the Constitution

Jan 25, 2016

Chicago January 25, 2016 - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is urging a federal appeals court in Chicago to rule that police need a warrant to access cell phone location records that can reveal our everyday travels—when we leave home, where we go and whom we visit.

In an amicus brief filed Friday in the...

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Déjà Vu All Over Again: Indiana Sees Extreme Anti-LGBT “Super-RFRA” Advance in Legislature

Jan 25, 2016

WASHINGTON January 25, 2016 - As Yogi Berra famously said, it’s déjà vu all over again. In a stunning development following last year’s divisive and disastrous Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) fight, Indiana lawmakers appear poised to double down on the debacle by considering an even more dangerous and extreme measure this Wednesday. In...

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As States Abandon Juvenile Life Without Parole, U.S. Supreme Court Applies Protections for Juvenile Lifers Retroactively

Jan 25, 2016

Washington, D.C. January 25, 2016 - Today, the U.S. Supreme Court applied its prior invalidation of mandatory life without parole for juveniles (JLWOP) to juveniles whose cases were final when it made its 2012 decision. Today’s decision in Montgomery v. Louisiana comes amid growing questions about JLWOP’s constitutionality. In October, the Phillips Black Project...

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BLM methane rule an important step for NM, nation

Jan 22, 2016

January 22, 2016 - The Bureau of Land Management today released for public comment a proposed rule to rein in out-of-control methane waste on federal lands by the oil and gas industry. BLM is required to minimize the waste of publicly owned resources like methane, and we applaud the agency for taking a proactive...

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Government funds nearly two-thirds of U.S. health care costs: American Journal of Public Health study

Jan 22, 2016

Jan. 21, 2016 - Contrary to popular perceptions, taxpayers fund 64 percent of U.S. health care, more public dollars per capita than the citizens of other nations – including those with universal health programs

Tax-funded expenditures accounted for 64.3 percent of U.S. health spending – about $1.9 trillion – in 2013, according to new data...

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Oregon Governor and Newspaper Demand End to Refuge Occupation

Jan 22, 2016

January 22, 2016 - Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is expressing anger and frustration over federal handling of the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge by a group of armed antigovernment extremists and militia members.

At a press conference Wednesday, the governor said federal officials “have told to her to limit her public comments...

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43 Years Later, U.S. Supreme Court Called on to Defend Right Recognized in Roe v. Wade

Jan 22, 2016

January 22, 2016 - On the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade--the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision recognizing a woman’s constitutional right to abortion--the Center for Reproductive Rights is calling on the court to overturn two provisions of a Texas sham law designed to cut off access to that right for millions of women...

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Doctors group welcomes national debate on ‘Medicare for All’

Jan 22, 2016

Jan. 22, 2016 - The national debate on single-payer health reform, or "Medicare for All," that has emerged in the course of the presidential primaries is a welcome development. But unfortunately a number of misrepresentations about single-payer national health insurance – and the prospects for its attainment – have crept into the dialogue and...

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Obama administration moves to suppress Gitmo force-feeding footage

Jan 22, 2016

Jan. 21, 2016 - The U.S. Government has moved to suppress footage of a Guantanamo detainee being force-fed, appealing against a US federal judge’s order to release the tapes.

Solicitor General Donald Verrilli filed the appeal today, January 21st, just one day before the seven year anniversary of President Obama’s signing of the Executive Order...

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