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Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2016

March 5, 2017

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Secretary’s Preface Promoting human rights and democratic governance is a core element of U.S. foreign policy. These values form an essential foundation of stable, secure, and functioning societies. Standing up for human rights and democracy is not just a moral imperative but is in the best interests of the United States in making the world […]

“arriving high in the saddle on Tonto, an Irish sport horse…”

March 2, 2017

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On his first day on the job, the new Interior Department secretary, Ryan Zinke, proved he knows how to make an entrance: arriving high in the saddle on Tonto, an Irish sport horse. Mounted police escorted him a few blocks through Washington. Mr. Zinke, a fifth-generation Montanan who now oversees the country’s 500 million acres […]

Democrats Call For Attorney General Sessions To Resign

March 2, 2017

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March 2, 20175:08 AM ET Heard on Morning Edition Democratic leaders want Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign after news reports that he met with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. twice last year. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Attorney General Jeff Sessions is defending his meetings with a Russian diplomat The Washington Post reports Sessions met twice […]

Garrett introduces legislation to remove marijuana from controlled substances list

March 2, 2017

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February 27, 2017 Press Release WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today 5th District Congressman Tom Garrett introduced legislation aimed at federally decriminalizing marijuana. The short title for this legislation is cited as the "Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017." If passed, this bill would take marijuana off the federal controlled substances list – joining other industries […]

Trump Just Made The Biggest Sale Of Drilling Rights On Federal Land In 4 Years

February 19, 2017

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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) made its largest lease sale in four years, marking the start of President Donald Trump’s plans to expand drilling on federal lands. BLM sold drilling rights on 278 parcels of public land for $129.3 million. Bids ranged from $2 per acre to $16,500 per acre. The land sold was […]

Finicum family, Bureau of Land Management still tangling a year after fatal standoff

February 4, 2017

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  Widow fights for grazing rights A year after her husband Robert “LaVoy” Finicum was fatally shot by police after a standoff near Burns, Oregon, his widow Jeanette is continuing her fight against the Bureau of Land Management over grazing rights for the family’s cattle herds. … more >   By Valerie Richardson – The […]

New bill would sell off 3 million acres of public lands

January 28, 2017

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The Wilderness Society The Wilderness Society’s mission is to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places. yesterday Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz wants to sell off 3.3 million acres of public lands, the latest step in a plan to seize Our Wild. Photo credit: Michael Jolley, flickr. New bill would sell off […]

Privacy and Civil Liberties at CIA (as updated 1/18/2017)

January 19, 2017

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  The CIA of the U.S. has released information on the updated rules and regulations concerning collection of data and investigation of U.S. Citizens as of 1/18/2017. The published information is available on their new website, “Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties”. This is the first time that this information has been readily available to […]