Human Rights

"Trump's Lies": The Collected Works

Common Dreams - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 11:09
Common Dreams staff

In an effort to make sure that people do not become "numb" to the constant lies told by President of the United States Donald Trump, the New York Times has now published, in one convenient place, "nearly every outright lie he has told publicly since taking the oath of office."

Compiled by the newspaper's David Leonhardt and Stuart A. Thompson, the catalog was published online Friday and will appear in print over the weekend.

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A Tale Of (At Least) Two Gerrymanders

Brennan Center - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 16:55
A Tale Of (At Least) Two GerrymandersThursday, June 22, 2017 - 4:45pmMedia Source: New York Law JournalA Tale Of (At Least) Two Gerrymanders
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Supreme Court Says Bad Legal Advice Shouldn’t Get You Deported

Brennan Center - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 16:52
Supreme Court Says Bad Legal Advice Shouldn’t Get You DeportedFriday, June 23, 2017 - 4:45pmMedia Source: ViceSupreme Court Says Bad Legal Advice Shouldn’t Get You Deported
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Strike Down the Mutant Gerrymanders

Brennan Center - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 16:48
Strike Down the Mutant GerrymandersFriday, June 23, 2017 - 4:45pmMedia Source: U.S. News & World Report Strike Down the Mutant Gerrymanders
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Jettisoning 'Best Available Science,' Trump Admin. Tosses Out Federal Protections for Yellowstone's Grizzlies

Common Dreams - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 16:42
Andrea Germanos, staff writer

The Trump administration announced Thursday that the Yellowstone grizzly bear population is losing its endangered species protections—a decision conservation groups say is "flawed and premature" and could make the iconic species the target of trophy hunters.

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Too Hot for Heller: First So-Called "Moderate" Republican Cracks on Senate Trumpcare Plan

Common Dreams - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 16:34
Jon Queally, staff writer

"This bill... is simply not the answer."

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Federal Judicial Selection, State Court Diversity, and Costly Campaigns: The Fair Courts E-lert

Brennan Center - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 15:39
Federal Judicial Selection, State Court Diversity, and Costly Campaigns: The Fair Courts E-lertJune 23, 2017

Our latest Fair Courts E-Lert highlights an interest group support for a judicial nominee, a new report with guidance on collecting judicial diversity data, and more.

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UN Expert Touts Universal Basic Income as "Bold and Imaginative Solution' to Poverty

Common Dreams - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 15:38
Andrea Germanos, staff writer

Amplifying the call for a universal basic income, a United Nations expert has presented a report describing the idea as "a bold and imaginative solution" at a time of growing economic insecurity.

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Activist Says Voter Suppression Is A 'Greater Threat To U.S. Democracy Than Russian Election Tampering'

Brennan Center - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 14:55
Activist Says Voter Suppression Is A 'Greater Threat To U.S. Democracy Than Russian Election Tampering'Friday, June 23, 2017 - 2:45pmMedia Source: The Washington PostActivist Says Voter Suppression Is A 'Greater Threat To U.S. Democracy Than Russian Election' Tampering.
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Major Defense Contractors On Panel That Will Direct Billion-Dollar Defense Decisions

Brennan Center - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 14:51
Major Defense Contractors On Panel That Will Direct Billion-Dollar Defense DecisionsThursday, June 22, 2017 - 11:45amMedia Source: International Business Times Major Defense Contractors On Panel That Will Direct Billion-Dollar Defense Decisions
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Despite Trump’s Own Ethics Rules, Dozens of Former Lobbyists Appear to Work in the Administration on Issues on Which They Lobbied

Common Dreams - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 14:47
Public Citizen

In what appears to be a breach of Trump’s own ethics rules, dozens of former lobbyists who serve in the Trump administration handle the same specific issues on which they lobbied within the past two years, a new Public Citizen report shows.

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What If Jon Ossoff Campaigned On Message For Medicare For All?

Common Dreams - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 14:37
Kevin Gosztola

When Jon Ossoff launched his campaign for the Georgia congressional seat formerly held by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, Democrats mobilized to bolster his candidacy because they believed he could win. Yet, Ossoff’s failure to beat Republican Karen Handel has not produced the kind of reflection that should follow the outcome that occurred in one of the most expensive congressional races in history.

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Common Cause Praises Senate Intelligence Committee Investigation into Russian Cyber Attacks on US Elections; Urges Action to Prepare for Future Threats

Common Dreams - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 14:35
Common Cause

Today, Common Cause praised the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence for its investigation into the Russian government’s cyber attacks on the U.S. election infrastructure and urged the Committee to make recommendations which would safeguard the United States from future attacks.

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FERC Repeats Failure on Mountain Valley Pipeline Review

Common Dreams - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 14:27
Oil Change International

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today released its Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Mountain Valley Pipeline, a controversial 303-mile pipeline that would carry 2 billion cubic feet of fracked gas per day from West Virginia through Virginia.

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Senate Health Bill Would Revamp Medicaid, Alter ACA Guarantees, Cut Premium Support

Common Dreams - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 14:26
Julie Rovner

Republicans in the U.S. Senate on Thursday unveiled a bill that would dramatically transform the nation’s Medicaid program, make significant changes to the federal health law’s tax credits that help lower-income people buy insurance and allow states to water down changes to some of the law’s coverage guarantees.


The bill also repeals the tax mechanism that funded the Affordable Care Act’s benefits, resulting in hundreds of billions of dollars in tax cuts for the wealthy and health care industry.


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Senate Republicans Unveil Dangerous Health Care Bill Which Robs Millions of Health Care, Withholds Abortion Coverage for Virtually All Women in the United States

Common Dreams - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 14:14
Center for Reproductive Rights

Senate Republicans today unveiled their health care bill that dismantles the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and pushes health care out of reach for millions of people.

In addition to gutting women’s access to basic health care services like birth control and cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood and guaranteed coverage of maternity care, the bill also strips women of their private insurance coverage for abortion care. 

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Four Neighboring Countries Demand That Qatar Shut Down Al-Jazeera

Common Dreams - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 14:14
Juan Cole

In a bid completely to return the Middle East to the old system of strict government media censorship, four countries have demanded that Qatar close down the Aljazeera television channel.

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NARAL on GOP Plan to Take Away Healthcare From Millions of America

Common Dreams - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 14:08
NARAL Pro-Choice America

After weeks of negotiating in secret, today Republican senators released their plan to leave millions of Americans uninsured and to take away the health protections that families count on. NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue issued the following statement in response:

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ACLU Demands Details on U.S. Involvement in Torture at Secret UAE Prison Network

Common Dreams - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 13:41

The American Civil Liberties Union today filed a Freedom of Information Act request asking the U.S. government to turn over all records relating to interrogations at a network of secret prisons in Yemen where — as reported this week by The Associated Press — detainees are being tortured.

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