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Religious Freedom Law, Heavily Relied on by Justice Dept. to Fight State Anti-Muslim Actions, May be Ignored by Trump’s Attorney General

Civil rights advocates see a growing wave of intolerance that has been amplified by the victory of Trump. Experts on religious freedom worry Trump’s inauguration leaves the future of the religious freedom law in doubt. The man he has nominated to lead the Justice Dept, Sen. Jeff Sessions, has endorsed Trump’s call for a temporary ban on Muslim immigration. As the nation’s chief law enforcement officer, Sessions might be less sympathetic to pursuing investigations involving Muslim rights.   read more

California County Fights Chevron and School District to Defend Voter-Approved Law Limiting Oil Production

The San Ardo Field is the 46th largest oil field in the U.S. The oil is “heavy” and has the consistency of ketchup, but by injecting steam it is heated and extracted more easily. Chevron is the largest operator on the site, producing about 11,000 barrels of oil per day. Measure Z, presented to voters as a ban on fracking and risky oil operations to protect the region’s water, passed with 56% approval on Nov. 8. It prohibits fracking and other procedures deemed a danger to groundwater.   read more

U.S. Justice Dept. Sues Michigan City for Religious Discrimination in Rejecting Mosque Application

The Justice Dept civil rights division based its lawsuit on a law meant to prohibit religious discrimination and prevent unjustified burdens on people exercising their religion. Vanita Gupta, the civil rights division's chief, said they would continue to “aggressively protect” the rights of communities to live, pray and worship. “We have definitely seen a spike in these cases, in problems when it comes to minority religions,” Azzam Elder, lead lawyer for the community center, said Friday.   read more

Surge in Drug-Affected Newborns Driven by Rising Rural-Area Female Opioid Use

The rates correspond with women's use of opioid drugs during pregnancy. This includes use or misuse of oxycodone and other prescription opioid painkillers, and use of illegal narcotics. Newborns whose mothers use these drugs during pregnancy are at risk for seizures, excessive crying, problems with breathing, sleeping and feeding and other withdrawal symptoms. Treatment sometimes includes methadone and babies may need to be hospitalized for weeks or months.   read more

Nebraska’s Discriminatory Justice System Has Left 10% of State’s Children with a Parent in “Debtors’ Prison”

“One in 10 children in Nebraska have a parent who is behind bars,” according to the report. Coincidentally, or not, “One in 10 Nebraskans are people of color,” the study notes. However, “More than five in 10 Nebraskans in jail pretrial are people of color. Before they even get to trial, Nebraska defendants charged with nonviolent offenses spend an average of 48 days behind bars. This research shows a clear and disturbing overrepresentation of people of color behind bars in Nebraska as well.”   read more

Increase in Sexual Misconduct and Reprisal Allegations against Top Army Officials

They represent some of the more serious misconduct concerns faced by the military. And they underscore the fact that transgressions are occurring in the higher ranks. Sexual misconduct — which includes assault, harassment and improper affairs — and professional retaliation have long been identified by the Pentagon. Reprisal is the "number one allegation" that the inspector general's office investigates. "This is very concerning," said the memo sent last month to top Army leaders.   read more

Powers of New N. Carolina Governor Slashed by Republican Legislature Before He Takes Office

“We’re talking about changing the rules at the last minute,” Hughes said. Dallas Woodhouse, the Republican official, eventually fled into the building, where lawmakers from his party introduced a flurry of bills during a surprise special session this week to undermine Cooper by stripping him of his ability to make key appointments to state and local boards and mandating, for the first time, legislative approval of his Cabinet. “They will see me in court,” Cooper warned.   read more

Louisiana Judge Rejects LGBT Protections Ordered by Governor

The judge blocked an executive order offering protections to LGBT employees in state government as unconstitutional. Judge Hernandez ruled that Gov. Edwards acted outside the scope of his authority when he created the anti-discrimination law. “We continue to believe that discrimination is not a Louisiana value and that we are best served as a state when employment decisions are based solely on an individual’s qualifications and job performance,” the governor said   read more

Energy Department Refuses to Surrender Employee Names for Trump “Hit List” Purge

An Energy Dept official called the 74 questions a hit list and said Trump's team appeared to be going after top scientists and employees working on the Iran nuclear deal and climate change. Some questions left DOE workers "unsettled," and others could cast doubt on Trump's commitment to scientific independence — a fundamental tenet at the agency. Democrats called the questionairre a modern-day political witch hunt that could have a chilling impact on federal workers.   read more

EPA Concludes Drinking Water is contaminated by Fracking, Which Trump Vows to Unleash

The report, the largest and most comprehensive of its kind to date on the effects of fracking on water supply, comes as President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to expand fracking and roll back existing regulations on the process. His choice to run the EPA, Scott Pruitt, attorney general from Oklahoma, has built his career on fighting EPA regulations on energy exploration. He now faces scientific findings that urge caution in an energy sector that Trump wants to untether.   read more

Gov. Christie Targets New Jersey Newspapers’ Life Blood with Bill to Kill Longstanding Public Notice Rule

Gov. Christie has made no secret of his disdain for the news media. The bill would eliminate requirement for public notices, which could cost already-strapped newspapers millions in ad revenue. “It’s a broadside against a free press, nothing more, nothing less,” said Assemblyman Wisniewsk. “I think it’s revenge.” Legal notices are a longstanding tradition in America, dating back more than 200 years.   read more

Lawsuit Seeks Expedited Release of Records on FBI’s “Pivotal” Role in Presidential Election

The lawsuit "seeks public disclosure of specified government records to make sense of the pivotal role of the FBI, as well as of other agencies, in perhaps the most controversial presidential election in modern U.S. history.” It notes that several people have credited the FBI, which claims to be apolitical, with swinging the election in Donald Trump’s favor. The suit comes on the heels of CIA accusations that Russia interfered with the U.S. election to sway it in favor of Trump.   read more

Rick Perry, Who Promised to Get Rid of U.S. Dept. of Energy, is Chosen by Trump to Run It

Perry was a harsh critic of Trump, even calling the billionaire businessman a "cancer to conservatism," but later endorsed him. Perry has been a vocal skeptic on climate change and is likely to shift the department away from renewable energy and toward oil and other fossil fuels. Sierra Club's Michael Brune called it "an insult to our functioning democracy. Putting Perry in charge of the Department of Energy is the perfect way to ensure the agency fails at everything it is charged to do."   read more

Programs to Help Undocumented Immigrants Obtain Drivers Licenses Could Aid Trump Deportation Efforts

With the incoming Trump administration seemingly committed to deporting undocumented individuals, there is worry among immigration advocates that the identifying data collected as part of these driver license programs could be used by federal authorities looking to send people back to their home countries. ICE might have to rely on its subpoena power. Even then, states could refuse to provide the information, thereby forcing the federal government to sue for the driver data.   read more

U.S. Teens Slipping in Math Proficiency, Stagnant in Science and Reading

American students have a math problem. "We're losing ground — a troubling prospect when, in today's knowledge-based economy, the best jobs can go anywhere in the world," said Education Secretary John B. King Jr. The PISA study is the latest to document that American students are underperforming their peers in several Asian nations. "Everything is just going down," said Peggy Carr, acting commissioner at the National Center for Education Statistics.   read more

Killing of Truck Safety Rules by GOP Lawmakers Portends Broad Rollback of Transportation Safety Regulations

Republican lawmakers effectively blocked Obama safety rules aimed at keeping tired truckers off the highway. But there's more coming down the road. American Trucking is pledging to come back next month, when Republicans are in control, and try to block state laws that require additional rest breaks for truckers beyond what federal rules require. The group says there should be one national rule on work hours for interstate truckers and that the extra breaks aren't necessary for safety.   read more
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Religious Freedom Law, Heavily Relied on by Justice Dept. to Fight State Anti-Muslim Actions, May be Ignored by Trump’s Attorney General

Civil rights advocates see a growing wave of intolerance that has been amplified by the victory of Trump. Experts on religious freedom worry Trump’s inauguration leaves the future of the religious freedom law in doubt. The man he has nominated to lead the Justice Dept, Sen. Jeff Sessions, has endorsed Trump’s call for a temporary ban on Muslim immigration. As the nation’s chief law enforcement officer, Sessions might be less sympathetic to pursuing investigations involving Muslim rights.   read more

California County Fights Chevron and School District to Defend Voter-Approved Law Limiting Oil Production

The San Ardo Field is the 46th largest oil field in the U.S. The oil is “heavy” and has the consistency of ketchup, but by injecting steam it is heated and extracted more easily. Chevron is the largest operator on the site, producing about 11,000 barrels of oil per day. Measure Z, presented to voters as a ban on fracking and risky oil operations to protect the region’s water, passed with 56% approval on Nov. 8. It prohibits fracking and other procedures deemed a danger to groundwater.   read more

U.S. Justice Dept. Sues Michigan City for Religious Discrimination in Rejecting Mosque Application

The Justice Dept civil rights division based its lawsuit on a law meant to prohibit religious discrimination and prevent unjustified burdens on people exercising their religion. Vanita Gupta, the civil rights division's chief, said they would continue to “aggressively protect” the rights of communities to live, pray and worship. “We have definitely seen a spike in these cases, in problems when it comes to minority religions,” Azzam Elder, lead lawyer for the community center, said Friday.   read more

Surge in Drug-Affected Newborns Driven by Rising Rural-Area Female Opioid Use

The rates correspond with women's use of opioid drugs during pregnancy. This includes use or misuse of oxycodone and other prescription opioid painkillers, and use of illegal narcotics. Newborns whose mothers use these drugs during pregnancy are at risk for seizures, excessive crying, problems with breathing, sleeping and feeding and other withdrawal symptoms. Treatment sometimes includes methadone and babies may need to be hospitalized for weeks or months.   read more

Nebraska’s Discriminatory Justice System Has Left 10% of State’s Children with a Parent in “Debtors’ Prison”

“One in 10 children in Nebraska have a parent who is behind bars,” according to the report. Coincidentally, or not, “One in 10 Nebraskans are people of color,” the study notes. However, “More than five in 10 Nebraskans in jail pretrial are people of color. Before they even get to trial, Nebraska defendants charged with nonviolent offenses spend an average of 48 days behind bars. This research shows a clear and disturbing overrepresentation of people of color behind bars in Nebraska as well.”   read more

Increase in Sexual Misconduct and Reprisal Allegations against Top Army Officials

They represent some of the more serious misconduct concerns faced by the military. And they underscore the fact that transgressions are occurring in the higher ranks. Sexual misconduct — which includes assault, harassment and improper affairs — and professional retaliation have long been identified by the Pentagon. Reprisal is the "number one allegation" that the inspector general's office investigates. "This is very concerning," said the memo sent last month to top Army leaders.   read more

Powers of New N. Carolina Governor Slashed by Republican Legislature Before He Takes Office

“We’re talking about changing the rules at the last minute,” Hughes said. Dallas Woodhouse, the Republican official, eventually fled into the building, where lawmakers from his party introduced a flurry of bills during a surprise special session this week to undermine Cooper by stripping him of his ability to make key appointments to state and local boards and mandating, for the first time, legislative approval of his Cabinet. “They will see me in court,” Cooper warned.   read more

Louisiana Judge Rejects LGBT Protections Ordered by Governor

The judge blocked an executive order offering protections to LGBT employees in state government as unconstitutional. Judge Hernandez ruled that Gov. Edwards acted outside the scope of his authority when he created the anti-discrimination law. “We continue to believe that discrimination is not a Louisiana value and that we are best served as a state when employment decisions are based solely on an individual’s qualifications and job performance,” the governor said   read more

Energy Department Refuses to Surrender Employee Names for Trump “Hit List” Purge

An Energy Dept official called the 74 questions a hit list and said Trump's team appeared to be going after top scientists and employees working on the Iran nuclear deal and climate change. Some questions left DOE workers "unsettled," and others could cast doubt on Trump's commitment to scientific independence — a fundamental tenet at the agency. Democrats called the questionairre a modern-day political witch hunt that could have a chilling impact on federal workers.   read more

EPA Concludes Drinking Water is contaminated by Fracking, Which Trump Vows to Unleash

The report, the largest and most comprehensive of its kind to date on the effects of fracking on water supply, comes as President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to expand fracking and roll back existing regulations on the process. His choice to run the EPA, Scott Pruitt, attorney general from Oklahoma, has built his career on fighting EPA regulations on energy exploration. He now faces scientific findings that urge caution in an energy sector that Trump wants to untether.   read more

Gov. Christie Targets New Jersey Newspapers’ Life Blood with Bill to Kill Longstanding Public Notice Rule

Gov. Christie has made no secret of his disdain for the news media. The bill would eliminate requirement for public notices, which could cost already-strapped newspapers millions in ad revenue. “It’s a broadside against a free press, nothing more, nothing less,” said Assemblyman Wisniewsk. “I think it’s revenge.” Legal notices are a longstanding tradition in America, dating back more than 200 years.   read more

Lawsuit Seeks Expedited Release of Records on FBI’s “Pivotal” Role in Presidential Election

The lawsuit "seeks public disclosure of specified government records to make sense of the pivotal role of the FBI, as well as of other agencies, in perhaps the most controversial presidential election in modern U.S. history.” It notes that several people have credited the FBI, which claims to be apolitical, with swinging the election in Donald Trump’s favor. The suit comes on the heels of CIA accusations that Russia interfered with the U.S. election to sway it in favor of Trump.   read more

Rick Perry, Who Promised to Get Rid of U.S. Dept. of Energy, is Chosen by Trump to Run It

Perry was a harsh critic of Trump, even calling the billionaire businessman a "cancer to conservatism," but later endorsed him. Perry has been a vocal skeptic on climate change and is likely to shift the department away from renewable energy and toward oil and other fossil fuels. Sierra Club's Michael Brune called it "an insult to our functioning democracy. Putting Perry in charge of the Department of Energy is the perfect way to ensure the agency fails at everything it is charged to do."   read more

Programs to Help Undocumented Immigrants Obtain Drivers Licenses Could Aid Trump Deportation Efforts

With the incoming Trump administration seemingly committed to deporting undocumented individuals, there is worry among immigration advocates that the identifying data collected as part of these driver license programs could be used by federal authorities looking to send people back to their home countries. ICE might have to rely on its subpoena power. Even then, states could refuse to provide the information, thereby forcing the federal government to sue for the driver data.   read more

U.S. Teens Slipping in Math Proficiency, Stagnant in Science and Reading

American students have a math problem. "We're losing ground — a troubling prospect when, in today's knowledge-based economy, the best jobs can go anywhere in the world," said Education Secretary John B. King Jr. The PISA study is the latest to document that American students are underperforming their peers in several Asian nations. "Everything is just going down," said Peggy Carr, acting commissioner at the National Center for Education Statistics.   read more

Killing of Truck Safety Rules by GOP Lawmakers Portends Broad Rollback of Transportation Safety Regulations

Republican lawmakers effectively blocked Obama safety rules aimed at keeping tired truckers off the highway. But there's more coming down the road. American Trucking is pledging to come back next month, when Republicans are in control, and try to block state laws that require additional rest breaks for truckers beyond what federal rules require. The group says there should be one national rule on work hours for interstate truckers and that the extra breaks aren't necessary for safety.   read more
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