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Progress has been made in reducing rates of violence in US but overall numbers remain high

Aug 4, 2015

Aug. 4, 2015 - Even though homicide and assault rates have decreased in the U.S. in recent years, the number of these and other types of violent acts remains high, according to a report in the August 4 issue of JAMA, a violence/human rights theme issue...

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U.S. Senate Defeats Harmful Measure Stripping Planned Parenthood of All Federal Funding

Aug 3, 2015

Aug. 3, 2015—Pro-choice Senators blocked attempts to advance a measure today which would have stripped Planned Parenthood of all federal funding dedicated to providing basic health care services, including cancer screenings and contraception, to millions of low-income women, men, and young people.

The measure—S. 1881—was introduced by Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) last week shortly after...

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Grijalva, Team of City Leaders Hail Release of Clean Power Plan as Republicans Continue Refusing to Acknowledge Basic Climate Facts

Aug 3, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC, Aug. 3, 2015 - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva and a team of major-city mayors today hailed the release of the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan rule to reduce climate-warming emissions nationwide over the next several decades.

The Republican majority on the Natural Resources Committee has held several hearings this year in which...

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Group Launches Major Digital Ad Campaign Urging Republican AGs to ‘Stop Putting Polluters Over People’

Aug 3, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC, Aug. 3, 2015 - Today, pro-environment group Americans United for Change announced a major digital ad campaign pushing the Republican Attorneys General Association to ‘Stop Putting Polluters Over People’ with relentless legal challenges to the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan on behalf of the Koch brothers and other oil interests. During this...

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Ranking Member Grijalva Presses Fish and Wildlife Service to List Threatened African Lions, Requests Hearing on Bill to Save Big Cats

Jul 31, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC, July 30, 2015 - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva today asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) in a letter signed by 49 other House Democrats to finalize its long-awaited listing of African lions as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act. The agency, which proposed the listing more than a year...

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Gang Violence Forcing Thousands to Flee in El Salvador

Jul 31, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC, July 30, 2015 – The El Salvador government refuses to formally acknowledge that the country’s rampant gang violence is forcing people to flee their homes, leaving thousands of Salvadorans who are in desperate need of safety and support to seek protection in neighboring countries. This is just one of the findings in...

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New Study Shows Feds Slashed Sage Grouse Protections in New Plans

Jul 31, 2015

LARAMIE, WY, July 30, 2015 – A new report released today by WildEarth Guardians reveals that agencies shrank sage grouse Priority Habitat boundaries in their recently proposed sage grouse plan amendments by huge margins. The report, titled The Shrinking Geography of Sage Grouse Conservation, features rangewide Geographic Information System (GIS) data analysis on the...

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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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