Human Rights

Ignoring Threat of Rising Seas, Trump Eliminates Flood Risk Standards

Common Dreams - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 16:48
Jessica Corbett, staff writer

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that reportedly eliminates flood-risk standards for federally funded public infrastructure projects—in a purported effort to expedite the approval process for projects such as highways and bridges, as part of his $1 trillion infrastructure plan that's been criticized for its reliance on private developers.

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Can Campaign Funds Pay for a Criminal Defense Lawyer? Maybe.

Brennan Center - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 16:22
Can Campaign Funds Pay for a Criminal Defense Lawyer? Maybe.Ciara Torres-SpelliscyAugust 15, 2017

Trump’s 2020 campaign has spent $50,000 on Donald Jr.’s defense lawyer. Is that a proper use of campaign money? The answer could have many implications for Donald Jr.

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Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Quad Caucus Demand Immediate Removal of Steve Bannon, Sebastian Gorka and Stephen Miller from White House

Common Dreams - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 15:41
Congresswoman Barbara Lee

Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee and leadership of the Congressional Quad-Caucus – which is composed of chairs of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) and the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) – sent a letter to President Donald Trump calling for the immediate removal of Steve Bannon, Sebastian Gorka and Stephen Miller from the White House. Bannon, Gorka and Miller serve as senior advisors to the President.

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Coalition Challenges Water Pollution Permit for Montanore Mine

Common Dreams - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 15:37

A coalition of conservation groups took legal action today to protect clean water and native trout on wild public lands in northwest Montana’s Cabinet Mountains from pollution threatened by development of a massive copper and silver mine.

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Scott Pruitt Is Turning the EPA into the KGB

Common Dreams - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 15:02
Alex Formuzis

Scott Pruitt, polluters’ puppet and head of the Environmental Protection Agency, knows most Americans are strongly opposed to his anti-public health, anti-kids, anti-science agenda. That’s why he does all he can to hide it.

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#DefendDACA: Nationwide Rallies Demand Protection for Young Immigrants

Common Dreams - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 14:44
Julia Conley, staff writer

Immigrant rights advocates are staging protests in at least 40 cities across the country Tuesday, calling on lawmakers to uphold the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, ahead of a fast-approaching deadline that could mean an end to the Obama-era law.

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Court Stops Expansion of Country’s Largest Proposed Underground Coal Mine Over Climate Impacts

Common Dreams - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 14:41
Sierra Club

In a rebuff to the Trump administration’s decision to ignore climate change in federal decision-making, a U.S. District Court judge on Monday invalidated a proposed expansion of Signal Peak Energy’s Bull Mountain mine because its climate impacts were not adequately considered.

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As CEOs Abandon Trump’s Manufacturing Council Over Lackluster Repudiation of White Supremacists, Over 26,000 Demand Ford, GM, IBM, JPMorgan Chase and Other CEOs Follow Their Lead

Common Dreams - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 14:22

Over 26,000 people have signed a petition by consumer watchdog group SumofUs, demanding CEOs on President Trump’s business councils to resign from their posts advising the president. The petition comes  after news yesterday that Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, and Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank announced their resignations from Trump’s manufacturing council over Trump’s failure to adequately repudiate white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, VA this past weekend.

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Charlottesville Is An Urgent Call for Voting Rights

Common Dreams - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 14:07
Libero Della Piana

Saturday night I arrived in Virginia as the conscience of the country and world turned toward the state. Earlier that day, hundreds of organized white supremacists gathered for a “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville in the mountainous Western part of the state, home to the University of Virginia.

That morning, a mob of neo-Nazis, Klansmen, and young white men armed with sticks, pipes, shields, helmets, pepper spray and smoke bombs turned violent as they paraded through the normally quiet college town, clashing with counterprotesters and randomly beating Black bystanders.

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Fine Lines: Partisan Gerrymandering and the Two Party State

Brennan Center - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 13:56
Fine Lines: Partisan Gerrymandering and the Two Party StateTuesday, August 15, 2017 - 2:00pmMedia Source: Harvard Political ReviewFine Lines: Partisan Gerrymandering and the Two Party State
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Ahead of Charlottesville, Trump Cut Funds for Group Fighting White Supremacy

Common Dreams - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 13:37
Jessica Corbett, staff writer

A few weeks before Heather Heyer was murdered and many others were injured after a coalition of hate groups gathered violently in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Trump administration—under guidance from trusted aides such as Katharine Gorka—revoked a $400,000 federal grant from a U.S. nonprofit dedicated to rehabilitating former white supremacists and other extremists.

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White Supremacist Chaos In Charlottesville Is Just the Beginning

Common Dreams - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 13:30
Adele M. Stan

Arriving in downtown Charlottesville about a half-hour before the scheduled noon start time for the Unite the Right rally on Saturday, it was clear that violence was inevitable. I rode past a throng of men with semiautomatic rifles slung across their backs, and a group of left-wing counterprotesters bearing sticks and clubs.

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Mike German on MSNBC Hardball

Brennan Center - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 13:20
Mike German on MSNBC HardballAugust 15, 2017 Liberty & National Security

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How Trump Could Start Correcting His Ugly History On Race

Brennan Center - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 12:29
How Trump Could Start Correcting His Ugly History On RaceTuesday, August 15, 2017 - 12:30pmMedia Source: CNNHow Trump Could Start Correcting His Ugly History On Race
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Making America Hate Again

Common Dreams - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 12:25
Robert Reich

Two days late, Donald Trump has finally condemned violent white supremacists. He was pushed into it by a storm of outrage at his initial failure to do so in the wake of deadly violence to Charlottesville, Virginia.

But it’s too little, too late. Trump’s unwillingness to denounce hateful violence has been part of his political strategy from the start.

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Net Neutrality Activists Launch Crowdfunded Billboards Targeting Key Members Of Congress During August Recess

Common Dreams - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 12:04
Fight for the Future

Today digital rights organization Fight for the Future unleashed a series of crowdfunded billboards targeting lawmakers who support FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s efforts to repeal the country’s net neutrality rules.

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Morning Cybersecurity: Groups Weigh In On Cellphone Privacy

Brennan Center - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 11:06
Morning Cybersecurity: Groups Weigh In On Cellphone PrivacyTuesday, August 15, 2017 - 11:00amMedia Source: PoliticoMorning Cybersecurity: Groups Weigh In On Cellphone Privacy
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The 16 Year War in Afghanistan – Headlines Tell the Story

Common Dreams - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 10:59
Ralph Nader

Since 2001 the US has been at War in Afghanistan – the longest war in US history. Headlines concisely tell the story of this cruel boomeranging quagmire of human violence and misery. Below are some newspaper headlines from 2010 to the present to show that a militarized foreign policy without Congress’s constitutional duties and steadfast public engagement will drift on, costing our soldiers’ lives and limbs, nearly three-quarters of a trillion taxpayer dollars, hundreds of thousands of Afghani lives and millions of refugees, with no end in sight.

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When All the World’s a War...

Common Dreams - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 10:44
Rebecca Gordon

Since September 11, 2001, the United States has been fighting a “war on terror.” Real soldiers have been deployed to distant lands; real cluster bombs and white phosphorus have been used; real cruise missiles have been launched; the first MOAB, the largest non-nuclear bomb in the U.S. arsenal, has been dropped; and real cities have been reduced to rubble.

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Hate Groups' Core Changed Little Over The Years, Ex-FBI Agent Says

Brennan Center - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 10:38
Hate Groups' Core Changed Little Over The Years, Ex-FBI Agent SaysTuesday, August 15, 2017 - 10:30amMedia Source: WNYCHate Groups' Core Changed Little Over The Years, Ex-FBI Agent Says
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