Human Rights

Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing: House Bills to Fund Infrastructure Incentivize Tax Dodging for Biggest Multinational Corporations

Common Dreams - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 17:53

Rep. John Delaney (D-MD-6) introduced two infrastructure funding bills (H.R. 1669 and H.R. 1670) yesterday which would further incentivize corporate tax dodging, reward the biggest multinational corporations for stashing their profits in offshore tax havens, and replace one system riddled with tax loopholes with another.

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Here Are the 50 GOP Senators Who Just Sacrificed Your #BroadbandPrivacy to Corporate Profits

Common Dreams - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 16:45
Jon Queally, staff writer

Privacy and consumer advocates—and a seemingly endless chorus of Internet users—were expressing outrage on Thursday after the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate passed a bill that will allow powerful media corporations to collect personal data of internet users without their consent and sell that information to the "highest bidder" for profit.

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Grassroots Resistance Credited as Republicans Forced to Postpone AHCA Vote

Common Dreams - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 16:14
Lauren McCauley, staff writer

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'The Fight is Not Over,' Groups Vow, as State Dept Poised to Approve Keystone XL

Common Dreams - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 15:53
Nika Knight, staff writer

The State Department will announce its approval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, unnamed government sources told the Associated Press, after President Donald Trump ordered the department to reopen its review of the pipeline.

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Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil

Common Dreams - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 15:25
Michael Winship

There was so much smoke being blown in Washington on Wednesday you could probably see it from the International Space Station.

And it all seemed to come from a single polluter: Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), chair of the House Intelligence Committee. His pants were burning from one end of Pennsylvania Avenue to the other.

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FoE Statement on Imminent Approval of Keystone XL Pipeline

Common Dreams - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 15:20
Friends of the Earth

Before Monday, State Department undersecretary for political affairs Tom Shannon is expected to sign the cross-border permit allowing the Keystone XL oil pipeline to move forward, according to news reports.
Friends of the Earth President Erich Pica issued the following statement in response to the State Department decision:

For almost a decade, Americans have fought to stop the dirty Keystone XL pipeline from polluting their air and water. We banded together to turn this pipeline into a leadership test on climate change and Trump flunked the exam.

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The Bipartisan Effort against Campaigns for Corporate Responsibility

Common Dreams - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 15:19
Stephen Zunes

The Trump Administration’s efforts to legitimize the Israeli occupation and illegal settlements in the Israeli-occupied territories has received surprising bipartisan support. A series of bills passed or under consideration in Washington and in state capitols seeks to punish companies, religious denominations, academic associations, and other entities which support the use of boycotts, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) to challenge the occupation of Palestinian land.

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People For the American Way: Democrats Should Reject Bad “Deal” on Gorsuch

Common Dreams - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 15:13
People For the American Way (PFAW)

In response to media reports that some Senate Democrats are looking to cut a deal that would allow Donald Trump’s nominee Neil Gorsuch to be confirmed to the Supreme Court, People For the American Way Executive Vice President Marge Baker issued the following statement.

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Congress Must Investigate Collusion Between Monsanto and the EPA. Now.

Common Dreams - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 15:03
Katherine Paul

“I have cancer, and I don’t want these serious issues in HED [EPA’s Health Effects Division] to go unaddressed before I go to my grave. I have done my duty.”

It’s been four years since Marion Copley, a 30-year EPA toxicologist, wrote those words to her then-colleague, Jess Rowland, accusing him of conniving with Monsanto to bury the agency’s own hard scientific evidence that it is “essentially certain” that glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller, causes cancer.

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Unprecedented Opposition as Senate Votes to Approve David Friedman as Ambassador to Israel

Common Dreams - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 14:49
Jewish Voice for Peace

Following the vote to approve David Friedman as the next U.S. ambassador to Israel, Jewish Voice for Peace issued this statement from government affairs manager Rabbi Joseph Berman: 

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BREAKING: Senate Votes to Gut Broadband Privacy Rules

Common Dreams - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 14:46
Fight for the Future

Today, the U.S. Senate voted to use the Congressional Review Act to gut the FCC’s broadband privacy rules that prevent Internet Service Providers like COmcast and Verizon from selling their customer’s personal information to advertisers without permission.

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The Big Lie Behind Trump’s Education Budget

Common Dreams - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 14:46
Jeff Bryant

Public school supporters are angry at President Trump’s budget proposal, which plans to cut funding to the Department of Education by 13 percent – taking that department’s outlay down to the level it was

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ACLU Comment on Senate Vote to Allow Internet Providers to Sell Consumer Data

Common Dreams - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 14:44

The Senate voted today to pass a resolution that would overturn a Federal Communications Commission rule that requires internet service providers to get customers’ permission before they sell sensitive consumer data, such as browsing history.

Passage of the resolution by Congress could prevent the FCC from issuing rules that are substantially the same in the future.  ACLU Legislative Counsel Neema Singh Guliani issued the following statement: 

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Approval of Disastrous Keystone XL Pipeline Imminent

Common Dreams - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 14:42
Center for Biological Diversity

In a reversal of yet another Obama administration environmental action, reports surfaced today that the Trump administration will approve the Keystone XL pipeline by Monday. The State Department, now headed by former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, will apparently grant a permit for the pipeline.

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Latest WikiLeak Dump Shows CIA Hacking iPhones Since 2008

Common Dreams - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 13:11
Lauren McCauley, staff writer

On the tails of its damning CIA hacking bombshell, WikiLeaks on Thursday published another trove of documents outlining how the spy agency has been uploading secret software to Apple devices dating back to 2008.

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Growing a Spine? Schumer Sets Stage for Gorsuch Filibuster

Common Dreams - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 12:43
Nika Knight, staff writer

After weeks of outcry and public calls for Senate Democrats to "grow a spine" and filibuster President Donald Trump's right-wing Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, Democrats finally appear to be listening.

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Why Big Insurance Adores the American Health Care Act

Common Dreams - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 12:40
Wendell Potter

There’s been a lot of talk about just who was hurt and helped by Obamacare and who will profit or be imperiled by the next phase of health care legislation. Yet health insurance executives have been curiously silent about the House GOP plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.

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GOP 'Callousness' on Full Display as Trump and Ryan Push for AHCA Passage

Common Dreams - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 11:45
Lauren McCauley, staff writer

House Speaker Paul Ryan and President Donald Trump appear to be testing just how cruel their healthcare plan must be to win enough Republican support to pass Thursday's House vote.

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RESIST DAY #63: What You Can Do Today

Common Dreams - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 11:09
Common Dreams staff

Resistance in your community, across the country, and around the globe

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"Embodiment of Greed": Sanders, Warren Rail Against Trump's SEC Pick

Common Dreams - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 10:51
Nika Knight, staff writer

Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) rallied against President Donald Trump's nominee to head the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Wall Street lawyer Jay Clayton, alongside other progressive leaders late Wednesday.

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