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New Report from Senators Warren and Whitehouse: Six Month-Review Gives President Trump A Failing Grade on Pledge to 'Drain the Swamp'

Senator Elizabeth WarrenAs President Trump marks his first six months in office, United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Sheldon Whitehouse today released their "Drain the Swamp Report Card" tracking 193 former lobbyists and corporate insiders who have worked for President Trump since his ...

STATEMENT: Tillerson's Exxon Violated Russian Sanctions, Should Step Down

Corporate Accountability InternationalPlease see Corporate Accountability International spokesperson Gigi Kellett's statement below:

BREAKING: ExxonMobil Fined for Violating Ukraine Sanctions, Greenpeace Response

GreenpeaceIn response to the United States Treasury Department's decision to fine ExxonMobil for violating Ukraine-related sanctions, Greenpeace USA Climate Director Kelly Mitchell said,

Trump Administration Sidelines Science in Its First Six Months in Office

Union of Concerned Scientists Six months ago today, Donald Trump took the oath of office as the 45th president of the United States. Since then, numerous actions by his administration and its congressional allies have undermined the vital role science plays in policy decisions, according to a new ...

Top CEOs Took Home 271 times More Than the Typical Worker in 2016

Economic Policy InstituteIn CEO pay remains high relative to the pay of typical workers and high-wage earners, EPI President Lawrence Mishel and research assistant Jessica Schieder examine trends in CEO compensation using two comprehensive measures—tracking the value of both stock options realized ...

TrumpCare is NOT DEAD. This is How We Know.

Indivisible GuideTrumpCare is NOT DEAD. Repeat: TrumpCare is not dead. Far from it. This is starting to look like a kitchen sink strategy from Senate Republicans: use every tactic you have at once, and maybe something will work. It won't—as long as you don't let up. Here's what we think Mitch ...

ACLU Comment on the Introduction of the Pretrial Integrity and Safety Act, a Federal Bail Reform Bill

ACLUU.S. Senators Kamala Harris and Rand Paul today introduced the Pretrial Integrity and Safety Act of 2017. The legislation would take steps toward reforming the injustices of the money bail system that incarcerates people who have not been convicted of a crime because of their inability to pay. ...

NAACP Statement on President's Refusal to Attend Annual Convention

NAACPThe NAACP issued the following statement after President Trump announced that he will not attend the NAACP's 108th Annual Convention in Baltimore, Maryland.

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Comments On the Election Integrity Commission

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under LawKristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, issued the following statement Wednesday at the conclusion of the first meeting of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, a ...

Six Months of Damage: Trump's Corporate Presidency Delivers Benefits to Business, Harms Public

Public CitizenSix months after his inauguration, President Donald Trump's administration has made a mockery of his populist campaign pledges, instead delivering a slew of giveaways to corporate America, with countless more in the works, a new Public Citizen report shows.

NAFTA Renegotiation Objectives Fall Short for Farmers and the Planet

Institute for Agriculture & Trade PolicyMonday's release of the Trump administration's objectives for re-negotiating NAFTA confirm the suspicions of fair trade advocates that President Donald Trump would break his promise to create trade deals that are in the public interest. The negotiating ...

132 Academics and Researchers Call for a Dialogue Between Authorities at the Autonomous University of Honduras-UNAH Campuses and Protesting Students

132 Academics and Researchers132 academics and researchers, specialists in Latin American Studies and Latino/a Studies, signed on to a letter in support of the 27 students who are currently facing charges for student activism at the Autonomous University of Honduras-UNAH campuses. Three of those ...

Congresswoman Lee Blasts Dead of Night Removal of 2001 AUMF Repeal Amendment

Congresswoman Barbara LeeLate last night, Congresswoman Lee's amendment to repeal the 2001 AUMF – which passed with bipartisan support in the House Appropriations Committee – was stripped from the FY2018 Defense, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, Legislative Branch and Energy and Water ...

Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Members of Congress to Hold Press Conference on Dead of Night Removal of 2001 AUMF Repeal Amendment

Congresswoman Barbara LeeCongresswoman Barbara Lee will hold a press conference with Members of Congress and outside organizations today, July 19th following the end of the first vote series, at approximately 2:30 p.m. EST, to denounce the stripping of her bipartisan amendment to repeal the 2001 ...

USDA Receives Near Unanimous Public Rejection of Genetically Engineered Trees

Global Justice Ecology ProjectNew Zealand-owned tree biotechnology company ArborGen faces near unanimous opposition to commercial deregulation of their genetically engineered eucalyptus trees. On 5 July, the US Department of Agriculture received an astounding 280,000 individual comments, as well as ...

Sanders and Conyers to Announce Youth Jobs Bill

Senator Bernie SandersSen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. John Conyers will announce the introduction of the Employ Young Americans Now Act—which would provide $5.5 billion in immediate funding to employ one million young Americans—at a roundtable discussion Wednesday. Who: Sen. Bernie Sanders and ...

U.S. House of Representatives Surrenders Clean Air to Polluters, Ignores the Health of Children and People with Heart Conditions

Sierra ClubToday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the polluter backed Smoggy Skies Act' , marking another attempt by the fossil fuel industry to dismantle the Clean Air Act's science-based health protections. These protections are essential to protecting children with asthma and people with ...

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Continues Fighting For Transparent Proceedings Of Kobach Commission

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under LawKristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, released the following statement Tuesday regarding the decision by a federal judge in a suit brought by the organization against the Presidential ...

RNs to Join DC Actions Wednesday to Press Senate, Stop Bid to Kill ACA, Pass Real Reform: Medicare for All

National Nurses UnitedNational Nurses United members from across the U.S. join actions with other activists Wednesday to press Senate members to halt, once and for all, efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and instead guarantee healthcare for every American by enacting Medicare for all. ...

CAIR Report Shows 2017 on Track to Becoming One of Worst Years Ever for Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes

Council on American-Islamic Relations Yesterday, the Council on American-Islamic Relations , the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization released an update on anti-Muslim incidents in the second quarter of 2017. CAIR's quarterly report indicates that the number of hate crimes ...

House Budget Proposal Lays Groundwork For Drilling In Arctic Refuge

EarthjusticeToday, the House of Representatives unveiled a 2018 fiscal budget proposal that includes instructions to the Natural Resources Committee to identify $5 billion in savings over the next ten years, signaling an effort to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas ...

Proposed Legislation Would Jeopardize Wolves, Undermine Endangered Species Act

EarthjusticeSeveral proposals are moving through the House and Senate this week that threaten imperiled gray wolves and undermine the nation's most important wildlife conservation law, the Endangered Species Act. The following statements are from policy and wildlife experts who are available for ...

ATF Reaction to GOP House Budget

Americans for Tax Fairness"Americans don't want a budget that gives huge tax cuts for millionaires paid for by slashing Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security. Americans would rather invest in public education and infrastructure, such as roads, bridges, and broadband access, instead of cutting ...

FY18 Budget Would Allow Drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Environment AmericaToday, the House of Representatives leadership unveiled its FY' 2018 budget which fails to protect our families health and our natural resources, including language that would instruct the Natural Resources Committee to allow, for the first time ever, drilling in the Arctic ...

House Budget Resolution Sacrifices the Arctic Refuge, Clean Air, and Clean Water for Big Polluter Profits

Sierra ClubToday, the U.S House of Representatives released its Fiscal Year 2018 budget resolution which includes instructions that would allow the House Natural Resources Committee to throw open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for destructive oil drilling via the federal budget process. By ...

350.org on California Legislature Voting for Cap-and-Trade Extension

350.orgToday, international climate campaign 350.org decried the California state legislature's vote to extend the cap-and-trade program. The compromise bill will strip local and state air boards from regulating carbon pollution, and condemn communities adjacent to refineries and other major ...

NAFTA Plan Does Not Describe Promised Transformation of NAFTA to Prioritize Working People

Public CitizenNote: The Trump administration has published a document on its NAFTA renegotiation objectives. Under the 2015 Fast Track law, the administration must publish a detailed and comprehensive summary' of its specific negotiating objectives 30 days before formally beginning trade talks. This ...

Republicans Push Bill to Delay Reducing Ground Level Ozone

Center for Biological DiversityA Republican bill to delay, until 2025, the reduction of dangerous ground level ozone is up for a vote this week in the U.S. House of Representatives. Each year ground-level ozone pollution causes more than 1,000 premature deaths, millions of asthma attacks and ...

Patriotic Millionaires to Governor Rauner: Don't Veto Illinois' Future

Patriotic MillionairesThis morning, in response to Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner's delay in signing two bills, SB 81 and SB 1933, which would raise the Illinois minimum wage to $15 an hour and put in place automatic voter registration in the state respectively, the Patriotic Millionaires ...

CREW to get Mar-a-Lago Visitor Records

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in WashingtonAs part of ongoing litigation brought by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington , the National Security Archive and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, the Department of Homeland Security will turn over ...

Dozens to Risk Arrest to Save Health Care for Millions of Americans

#AllOfUsOn Monday July 17, #AllofUs will be joining members of Our Revolution, Center for Popular Democracy, Democracy Spring, Physicians for a National Health Program, National Nurses United, Progressive Democrats of America, ResistHere, Ultraviolet, and the Working Families Party for a sit-in at ...

PEACE ACTION: Congress Votes Again for Unconstitutional Wars and Pentagon Pork

Peace ActionIn response to the passage of the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act , Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement:

Common Cause Sues to Protect Voters Under Privacy Act

Common CauseThe nonpartisan good government watchdog group Common Cause filed suit today to protect the privacy rights of voters, specifically seeking to prevent the unlawful collection, maintenance, use, dissemination of the sensitive and personal voting data of millions of Americans,' by the ...

The 8 Largest Health Insurance Companies Will Get a $72 Billion Tax Cut From GOP Health Care Repeal Over Next Decade

Americans for Tax FairnessWhile millions of people will lose their health insurance and health coverage as a result of Republican plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act , the nation's 8 largest health insurance corporations will get a tax cut of about $72 billion over the next decade, according ...

Friends of the Earth Seeks Ethics Documents for Key Interior Trump Appointee

Friends of the EarthFriends of the Earth today filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the U.S. Department of the Interior for information on James Cason, Associate Deputy Secretary of DOI. Friends of the Earth is asking DOI to produce any ethics agreements, recusal agreements and ethics ...

ACLU Comment on Trump Election Commission's Course Correction Following Legal Action

ACLUPresident Trump's election commission has begun to meet some of the demands of a federal lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union. The lawsuit charged the commission with failing to comply with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, which is designed to ensure public accountability of ...

Shameful: Republican House Appropriators Vote to Keep Secret Political Money Hidden

Public CitizenNote: This evening, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee marked up the Financial Services and General Government subcommittee appropriations bill and voted against two amendments: 1) one offered by U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz that would have removed a rider in the underlying ...

350.org Opposes Gov. Brown's Cap-and-Trade Plan as Handout to Big Oil'

350.orgToday the international climate campaign 350.org came out in opposition to Governor Brown's plan to extend cap and trade legislation in California, deeming it a handout to Big Oil.'  Local groups affiliated with 350.org across the state also oppose the legislation. Masada Disenhouse, ...

New 11-Country Study: U.S. Health Care System Has Widest Gap Between People With Higher and Lower Incomes

The Commonwealth FundYour level of income defines the health care you receive far more in the United States than in other wealthy nations, according to the Commonwealth Fund's new 11-country report. The study, the only to include survey data to measure and compare patient and physician experiences ...

2017 Social Security Trustees Report Shows That Social Security Continues to Work for America

Social Security WorksAs reporters cover the just-released 2017 Social Security and Medicare Trustees Reports, Social Security Works provides you with this fact sheet that summarizes and puts in context the Social Security report's key findings. This fact sheet updates the figures in the media ...

Patriotic Millionaires on Senate Healthcare Bill: No Better Than the First Time Around

Patriotic MillionairesWashington, DC - This afternoon, following the Senate's release of its revised healthcare bill, the Patriotic Millionaires are disheartened by the continued cruelty of this barely amended bill. In Washington, DC and around the country the Patriotic Millionaires are speaking out ...

Medicare ACOs Won't Tell How They Pay Doctors: American Journal of Public Health Study

Physicians for a National Health ProgramNinety-one percent of the accountable care organizations that provide care to 9 million Medicare enrollees refuse to disclose their physician payment incentives, according to new research published in the American Journal of Public Health.

Conyers: For Failing to Disclose Russia Meetings, Sessions' Security Clearance is in Jeopardy

Congressman John Coyers, Jr.Earlier today, the Department of Justice released a redacted copy of Attorney General Jeff Sessions's application for a security clearance in response to a lawsuit filed by watchdog group American Oversight.  The form asks if Sessions had any contact with a foreign ...

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Disappointed by Senate Judiciary Committee Approval of Bush and Schiff

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human RightsVanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the Senate Judiciary Committee today voted, on a party-line basis, to advance the nominations of John K. Bush to the U.S. ...

Four Out of Five Americans Want Restaurants and Grocers to End Cruel Factory Farming Practices

Mercy for AnimalsA new poll conducted by NRG Research Group shows four out of five Americans want food companies to commit to greatly reducing the suffering of chickens in their supply chains, even if it results in higher prices. The poll surveyed consumers on improving each step of a broiler ...

Message to Betsy DeVos: Take Campus Sexual Assault Seriously

American Federation of TeachersToday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is finally meeting with advocates for campus sexual assault survivors. It's a step forward. But the Department of Education has also taken two giant steps back in the last 24 hours.

Oil Change International Joins California Environmental Justice Groups in Opposition to A.B. 398

Oil Change InternationalTuesday, Governor Brown and California state lawmakers unveiled a new package of bills aimed at extending the state's existing cap and trade program. In response, Stephen Kretzmann, Executive Director of Oil Change International, released the following statement:

Campaigners Warn 'Great Repeal Bill' in UK Could Have fundamental long-term effects on rights, poverty and the environment'

Global Justice NowThe government's 'Great Repeal Bill' could have fundamental long-term effects on rights, poverty and the environment' unless significantly reformed, warn campaign groups Another Europe is Possible and Global Justice Now today. As the bill receives its first reading in the House of ...

NEW REPORT: Trump Could Get Up to a $2.8 Million Annual Tax Cut From GOP Health Plan

Americans for Tax FairnessIn a new study, Americans for Tax Fairness estimates that President Trump could get a personal tax cut of between $1.4 million and $2.8 million a year if  Republicans in Congress repeal a key provision of the Affordable Care Act . The range is due to the income ...

Breaking Antarctic Ice Shelf Could Portend Higher than Expected, Longer Term Contribution to Global Sea Level Rise

Union of Concerned Scientists A section of the Larsen C Ice Shelf, nearly the size of Delaware, broke off today—a natural process that was aided by increasingly warmer ocean temperatures.