Losing Our Civil Rights Legacy in the Fine Print

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By Ceilidh Gao, National Employment Law Project In times of political crisis, we often look to the victories of the Civil Rights Movement for reassurance and inspiration. Those iconic images of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the March on Washington from our grade school history books serve as...
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U.S. Consumer Watchdog Recommends Ban on Toxic Flame Retardants in Products, Protects Children’s Health

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By Sonya Lunder, Environmental Working Group In a victory for children’s environmental health, the Consumer Product Safety Commission voted 3 to 2 today to grant an NGO petition to remove an entire class of toxic flame retardant chemicals from consumer goods, including children’s...
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Bringing Down the House: A Hostile Takeover of Science-Based Policymaking by Trump Appointees

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By Andrew Rosenberg, Union of Concerned Scientists The Trump administration is slowly filling positions below the cabinet officer level in the “mission agencies” of the federal government (e.g., EPA, NOAA , Interior, DOE, etc. whose job it is to implement a specific set of statutory mandates)....
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Thousands of USDA Research Jobs Stalled During Hiring Freeze

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By Alexander Rony, Sierra Club Newly-released government documents suggest that the federal hiring freeze thwarted up to approximately 1,800 agricultural research jobs earlier this year. These numbers were gathered from lists of U.S. Department of Agriculture job vacancies released to the...
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Small Streams and Wetlands Vital to Flood Protection

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By Rebecca Long, American Rivers Wetlands and small streams are the first line of defense for communities facing hurricanes and severe storms. Coastal wetlands physically slow down storms by impeding their path to land and minimizing their full force, while freshwater wetlands and headwater...
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