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Don't Think of a Clean River

It's mystifying, but the debate over the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to restore Clean Water Act protections to 60 percent of the nation's rivers and streams has centered mostly on ditches. That played out last week in Congress, when the House passed a bill, H.R. Show More Summary

EFF Urges Congress To Protect Privacy In The Cloud

Despite its misleading name, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 made it legal for the U.S. government to obtain citizens’ email without a warrant or probable cause. Now the Electronic Frontier Foundation and 70 other civil liberties organizations, public interest groups, and companies are trying to get it revised. Show More Summary

CFPB Forced Arbitration Study To Go Foward As Consumer Survey Approved

Great news Monday. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau can finally continue a crucial study on the effects of forced arbitration on consumers. Under the Dodd Frank Act, the CFPB has to complete a study as to whether the use of forced arbitration clauses by lenders is harmful to consumers. If the Bureau finds that forced […]

Congress vs. EPA’s Clean Water Act

I’m trying to understand what’s going on with the bill the House passed on Tuesday to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from doing what it proposed to do last April: define its ability to protect bodies of water in the United States against agricultural pollution. Specifically, the EPA proposes that under the Clean Water […]

House GOP: Destroying “big government” is more important than clean water for Americans

Amid panic over federal overreach, the House voted to restrict critical Clean Water Act protections

House Charts Common-Sense Course for EPA and States to Work Together on Clean Water

Yesterday evening, the House passed H.R. 5078, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act, introduced by Rep.Read the Rest...

Restoring Clean Water Act Protections Upstream

The EPA is now accepting comments on a proposed rule that will restore Clean Water Act protections for nearly 20 million acres of wetlands, two million miles of streams, and the drinking water for 117 million Americans.

Don't Let Misinformation Prevail Over Clean Water

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on a bill known as H.R. 5078, "Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act of 2014." This bill threatens to muddy the waters for America's wetlands and undermine...Show More Summary

Access to care among young adults increases after health insurance expansion

Bottom Line: Health insurance coverage increased, as expected, among 19- to 25-year-olds after the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) allowed them to remain on their parents' insurance longer but there were no significant...Show More Summary

Can Being a 'Public Benefit Corporation' Pay Off for Your Company?

The concept of ultra vires has generally protected corporate directors from shareholder lawsuits on the ground that the corporation acted outside the scope of its authority. But what if a corporation wants to spend extra money ensuring that, for example, its supply chain is conflict-free? It's probably cheaper to employ......

REPORT: Peacekeepers Sexually Exploited And Abused Women And Girls In Somalia

An alarming Human Rights Watch report details acts of sexual violence by African troops who are meant to protect the very women and girls they're abusing. The post REPORT: Peacekeepers Sexually Exploited And Abused Women And Girls In Somalia appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Secure Your Internets with Web Security Everywhere

[Arcadia Labs] has created a great little device in Web Security Everywhere, a semifinalist in The Hackaday Prize. At the center of it all is UnJailPi, a Raspberry Pi device which can act as a secure router between a protected network...Show More Summary

Congress Must Act to Prevent Extinction of Valuable Conservation Stamp

Each year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provides funding appropriated by act of Congress for targeted international conservation projects to protect several of our most iconic and endangered species: Asian and African elephants, tigers, rhinos, great apes, and marine turtles. Show More Summary

Preserve Our Democracy: Protect Voters' Rights

As a nation, we've come a long way since voting was reserved for landholding white men. But if we don't act now, new threats to voting rights could reverse that progress -- and threaten the vitality of our democracy. Though slow andShow More Summary

California’s “Monopoly Protection Act”, AB 2145, Is Dead

Originally Published in the ECOreport California’s monopoly utilities failed in what many perceive as their latest attempt to squash community choice aggregates. Assemblyman Steven Bradford could not find a senator willing to sponsor...Show More Summary

Clownfish that inspired Finding Nemo closer to Endangered Species Act Protection

Species threatened by global warming, ocean acidification, aquarium trade SAN FRANCISCO— The National Marine Fisheries Service announced today that the orange clownfish — a species popularized for a generation of children by the movie Finding Nemo — may warrant protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act because of threats from global warming and ocean acidification. […]

Keeping Our Arctic Wilderness Wild

Fifty years ago, the battle to create the magnificent Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in far northeastern Alaska inspired Congress to approve America's Wilderness Act, the law that has since protected millions of acres of some of our nation's most iconic and cherished wild places. The Arctic Refuge is, simply put, astonishing. Show More Summary

Keep Our Wilderness Wild & Off Wi-Fi

The Wilderness Act—enacted to, essentially, protect our national forests and parks from modernity—turns 50 today. So go wander in celebration (but leave your phone at home).

Gun Rights And Public Sex: Well-Dressed Permit Holder Fires On Couple Who Interrupted Alley Sex Act

Can your gun rights under the Second Amendment be used to protect your right to receive oral sex in a public alleyway? That’s the debate sure to be ignited following an incident in Seattle, Washington, last week, in which a distinguished,...Show More Summary

Ireland’s Abortion Law Fails Yet Another Woman

It was only a matter of time. It’s been nearly two years since news of Savita Halappanavar’s death broke. It’s been eight months since the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act was brought into force. The law outlines the labyrinthine process a woman would have to follow in order to get an abortion. It’s been 12 years since the last abortion referendum and 22... Read More

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