Just What the Doctor Didn’t Order: More Media Consolidation

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By Amy Kroin, Editor, Free Press Breathe in and breathe out, take a seat and brace yourself for a real shocker: The National Association of Broadcasters is once again supporting a plan to allow more media consolidation. The powerful lobbying group and trade association representing dominant...
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Americans for Financial Reform Response to American Action Forum Study on Costs of Dodd-Frank Act

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By Marcus Stanley, Policy Director, Americans for Financial Reform | Download PDF The American Action Forum has released a study claiming that the Dodd-Frank Act will reduce total U.S. economic output by $895 billion between 2016 and 2025.(1) But the study has multiple significant flaws. These...
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Net Neutrality Rules Face Threats in Congress and the Courts

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By Candace Clement, Internet Campaign Director, Free Press With a little over a month to go before the FCC’s historic Net Neutrality rules take effect, the cable and phone companies and their lobbyists are working every angle they can think of to destroy the open Internet. There are multiple...
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Notes from the Chemical Safety Board Public Meeting

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By Carli Jensen, Toxics Program Coordinator, U.S. PIRG Yesterday, I attended a public meeting of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, or “CSB,” and this meeting couldn’t have come at a better time. The EPA has announced that they will begin working on a rule to make dangerous chemical facilities...
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Protecting Our Drinking Water Sources

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By Karen Hobbs, Senior Policy Analyst, Natural Resources Defense Council Sometime within the next month, your Senator and Representative will likely have to vote on whether to block an important initiative aimed at protecting the drinking water sources for 1 in 3 Americans. Do you know which...
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A Dirty Dozen: Twelve Reasons to Reject New Anti-Clean Water Legislation

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By Jon Devine, Senior Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council Recently, a number of Senators, led by Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), introduced a bill to kill the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers’ Clean Water Rule, a commonsense initiative to restore...
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Added Sugar on the Nutrition Facts Label: Public Comments to the FDA Show Big Food Is Sour on Science

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By Deborah Bailin, Democracy Analyst, Center for Science & Democracy, Union of Concerned Scientists In new research UCS released this week, an analysis of comments submitted to the FDA on its proposed rule to label added sugar shows a stark difference between supporters and opponents....
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Reid is Slowing Down Fast Track in the Senate

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By Teamster Power, Teamsters Corporate elites everywhere received some bad news last night when Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced he would not allow the chamber to move forward with consideration of fast track trade legislation until other more time-sensitive measures are...
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Sea Level Rise, Growing Flood Risks, and the Need for a Strong Federal Flood Risk Standard

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By Rachel Cleetus, Senior Climate Economist, Union of Concerned Scientists On January 30, 2015, President Obama issued an executive order to strengthen the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard (FFRMS) and create an extensive stakeholder process for implementing it. Tomorrow is the comment...
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Another Step Toward Fair Pay: Reforming Overtime Pay Protections

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By Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security, National Women’s Law Center Today, Secretary of Labor Tom Perez announced that the Department of Labor has drafted a rule to reform overtime pay protections. Along with raising the minimum wage—which would rise to $12 an hour...
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The State of the Air is…Depressing

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By Brian Willis, Media Team Member, Sierra Club American Lung Association 2015 State of the Air Report – Key Findings Nearly 138.5 million people—almost 44 percent of the nation—STILL live where pollution levels too often make the air too dangerous to breathe, but thanks to stronger...
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Your Handy Guide to Attacks on How the Endangered Species Act Uses Science

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By Michael Halpern, Program Manager, Center for Science and Democracy, Union of Concerned Scientists Gut the science. That’s how this Congress intends to undermine our nation’s environmental and public health laws. Most of the action over the past few years has been in the House, bu...
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