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Obama Goes Big: Expansion of Papah?naumoku?kea Marine National Monument Makes It The World's Largest Marine Protected Area

Hawai?i is now home to the largest marine protected area on the planet. Again. Today, White House officials announced that President is acting upon the proposed expansion to the Papah?naumoku?kea Marine National Monument. The expansion has been a hot button issue in the islands since its proposal in January. Show More Summary

Keeping The Animal Welfare Act On The Job Of Animal Protection

During these times of political conflict and division, one issue that draws bipartisan and nearly universal support is animal welfare. For decades, the efforts of animal welfare advocates to fight animal cruelty and suffering have been...Show More Summary

Happy 100th Birthday NPS!

On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the act creating the National Park Service, a new federal bureau in the Department of the Interior responsible for protecting the 35 national parks and monuments then managed by the...Show More Summary

Is Turkey’s incursion Into Syria About Islamic State, or About the Kurds?

3 days agoNews : Truthdig

By Juan Cole / Informed Comment A spokesman of the Kurdish YPG or People’s Protection Units, Reidar Khalil, said that the Turkish military incursion into Syria constituted a naked act of aggression and intervention into the internal affairs of Syria.

Protecting those most vulnerable to chemical exposures: How will the EPA decide who gets protected under the new TSCA?

The newly passed Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act requires the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to protect those most vulnerable to chemical exposures. Exactly who it will protect and how the EPA will interpret this requirement remains to be seen.

Tyra Banks Will Be Co-Teaching a Stanford MBA Class on Personal Branding 

Bright, shining diamond and media personality nonpareil Tyra Banks will be taking her act to Stanford Business School, co-teaching a brief class on “creating and protecting a personal brand.” Let’s hope every one of those MBA students is forced to start every session by yelling “TYRA CLASS.” Read more...

No protection for Indy Camp under Articles 10 and 11

Petition of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body for an Order under Section 46 of the Court of Session Act 1988 [2016] CSOH 113 – read the judgment here The Court of Session recently ruled in favour of the eviction of the Indy Camp outside Edinburgh Parliament. Background Since November 2015, the foot of Arthur’s Seat […]

US Awards $2.6Mln Contract for Development of Zika Antibody Test

ASPR Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority Acting Director Richard Hatchet said that identifying Zika cases more quickly helps people take steps to avoid additional transmission that much sooner, which helps protect pregnant women and others at risk of Zika infection.

Improving TSCA: The job’s not done yet and new rules are key to protecting public health

While the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act for the 21st Century was signed into law with considerable fanfare, the job of improving U.S. chemicals policy in is far from complete. During two EPA stakeholder meetings this month, we heard a familiar script fom the chemical industry.

Flyways Waterfowl Museum in Baraboo, Wisconsin

Since 1934 the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has administrated the Duck Stamp Act, an FDR initiative that has worked for 80 years to protect wetlands and migratory bird habitat. Since 2013, a small museum in Baraboo, Wisconsin has been...Show More Summary

Yet Another Installment of ObamaCare “Good News”

Well, we have more “good news” about that wonderful Federal law called the      Patently Pathetic Accumulated Conglomerate of Asininity         Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, AKA “ObamaCare”. I’ve written before about issues...Show More Summary

Proposed Intimate Privacy Protection Act

Billed as a federal remedy for so-called revenge porn, the proposed Intimate Privacy Protection Act is hailed by Peter Thiel in Monday’s New York Times as a “step in the right direction.” For contrasting views, compare Mark Bennett at Defending People and Scott Greenfield (“poorly drafted and ill-conceived”). Show More Summary

Protect and Preserve International Cultural Property Act

This is what US dug-up antiquities dealers have been opposing all along, the Protect and Preserve International Cultural Property Act (PL 114-151),........can anyone figure out why?This concerns a report of the US Government Accountability Office, to whom are the dealers accountable?

Lawmakers act to protect those who rescue animals from hot cars

Essential Politics: Ban on the release of body camera video showing officer's death clears Senate, actors may keep their age a secret on job websites Aug. 15, 2016, 4:59 p.m. Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. Here's what we're watching: A...

“U.S. judge blocks Texas law on election interpreters”

Austin American-Statesman: A federal judge Friday blocked Texas from enforcing a state law that limits the availability of interpreters in polling places, ruling that it violates protections guaranteed by the U.S. Voting Rights Act. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert … Continue reading ?

“How the Voting Rights Act Could Be a Path to Police Reform”

Brentin Mock: For the Leadership Conference, which represents more than 200 organizations dedicated to protecting the rights of people of color, that means Congress needs to pass long-idling bills including the End Racial Profiling Act, the Law Enforcement Trust and … Continue reading ?

Is Obesity a Protected Disability Under the ADA?

As America's waistline has gotten bigger, so too have the number of lawsuits that have asked the very important question: is obesity a qualifying disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act? Well, the short answer is no, but the more lawyerly answer is "yes, practically." Below we get into the......

Many endangered species face long waits for protection

The Endangered Species Act was enacted by Congress in 1973 to protect species threatened with extinction. To receive protection, a species must first be listed as endangered or threatened. A two-year timeline for the process was established in 1982 by a Congressional amendment to the ESA. Show More Summary

Medicaid expansion did not increase emergency department use

Researchers have found that the expansion of Medicaid insurance coverage in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act did not increase hospital emergency department visits, as was widely predicted by policymakers and researcher...

Anti-Choice Group Files Lawsuit Over Newly Signed Law That Protects Illinois Patients

The policy, which is an amendment to the Illinois Health Care Right of Conscience Act, requires physicians and medical facilities to provide patients with a list of abortion providers and other medical services when requested in cases...Show More Summary

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