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Rachel Laser: AU denounces Ryan Walters’ Christian Nationalist plan to require Oklahoma public schools to teach the Bible

June 27, 2024 - Americans United for Separation of Church and State President and CEO Rachel Laser issued the following statement in response to Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction Ryan Walters’ announcement today he will require Oklahoma public schools to use the Bible in instruction: Public schools are not Sunday schools. Oklahoma Superintendent Ryan Walters […]

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Reproductive Freedom for All Statement on Supreme Court Decision on Emergency Abortion Care Case

Washington, DC, June 27, 2024 — Today, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in Idaho v. United States, a case to determine if states can deny pregnant people emergency abortion care. This case is centered around the Emergency Medical Treatment And Labor Act (EMTALA). This federal law ensures people can access emergency medical care, even […]

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CREW statement on Trump guilty verdict

Washington — Following Donald Trump’s conviction on 34 felony counts of falsifying business records, Noah Bookbinder, President of CREW and former federal corruption prosecutor, released the following statement: “The conviction of a former leader is a sad day for the country, but today’s conviction is also a historic win for accountability, and affirms that Donald […]

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Kyle K. Moore and Adewale A. Maye: The free market won’t solve our nationwide housing affordability problem

Access to affordable housing is integral to economic security, and homeownership is often a precondition for economic mobility. Sadly, the prospect of homeownership remains increasingly elusive for potential homebuyers due to high home prices and interest rates. Prospective Black buyers face additional obstacles, including the burden of student loan debt and discrimination in mortgage lending. The rising […]

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Brie Sparkman Binder: Granting Trump total immunity would make America a global outlier

After leaving office, former President Trump landed himself in a league of his own, as the only former president in United States history to be criminally indicted. At last count, he has been charged with 88 criminal offenses in four different criminal cases. Those include United States of America v. Donald J. Trump, where he is charged with […]

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Michael Waldman: The Danger of Deepfakes to Democracy

March 26, 2024 - You’re read­ing The Brief­ing, Michael Wald­­­­­man’s weekly news­­­­­­­­­let­ter. Click here to receive it in your inbox. There’s something scary online involving Kari Lake — and it’s not what you might expect. The nonprofit journalism site Arizona Agenda has a minute-long video from the TV news anchor turned GOP candidate, praising the site’s work . . . […]

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Michael Waldman: Mass Purges Are the New Voter Suppression

The United States still has one of the world’s most decentralized voter registration systems. We want voter rolls to be up-to-date and accurate. People move, die, change party identification, and so on. But election deniers exploit cracks in the county-by-county system. They challenge legitimate registrations, launch mass purges, and seek to weed the voter rolls […]

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Jeremy Ben-Ami, J Street: What President Biden should say in the State of the Union Address

March 4, 2024 - On Thursday night, President Biden will deliver the 2024 State of the Union. Undoubtedly, the catastrophic war in Gaza that has followed the horrific October 7 Hamas attack will be front and center. The following is an open letter to the President regarding his consequential speech. Dear President Biden, I hope you […]

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Jewish Voice for Peace | Rafah: The penultimate step in Israel’s march of genocide.

February 14, 2024 - On Sunday, while 100 million Americans were watching the kickoff of the Super Bowl, Israel took the opportunity to unleash the next stage in its genocide of Palestinians. Air strikes over Rafah killed at least 67 Palestinians, while Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered soldiers to prepare for a ground entry into […]

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Svante Myrick: This Black History Month, Fight for the Freedom to Learn

February 7, 2024 - A little over a year ago, the College Board unveiled its long-awaited draft AP African American Studies curriculum. What happened next was sad — and all too predictable. Florida officials, led by Gov. Ron DeSantis, howled. They claimed the course “lacks educational value” and violated state laws against teaching about race and […]

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IfNotNow Statement on International Court of Justice initial ruling

January 26, 2024 - In response to the International Court of Justice's initial ruling that stated that there is a risk of genocide in Israel's assault on Gaza, and issuing six preliminary orders for Israel, IfNotNow national spokesperson Eva Borgwardt released the following statement: “Today’s historic decision by the ICJ makes it clear: Israel must end […]

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Gabriella Cantor: Election deniers and talking heads have spent three years trying to rewrite insurrection history. It’s not working.

January 5, 2025 - Last December, nearly three years after the January 6th insurrection, House Speaker Mike Johnson announced that he would be publicly releasing security footage of the mob that breached the Capitol. That could have been a positive step towards transparency—if Johnson hadn’t hired personnel to blur the faces of those who participated in the […]

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Annie Laurie Gaylor: The pernicious Alliance Defending Freedom is anything but

January 3, 2024 - The name of the well-heeled Christian nationalist entity “Alliance Defending Freedom” is a textbook example of what George Orwell dubbed “doublespeak.” Defending freedom? Ha! ADF is a dyed-in-the-wool extremist Christian nationalist outfit whose stated mission is to “keep the doors open for the Gospel by advocating for religious liberty, the sanctity […]

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Planned Parenthood on Supreme Court Agreeing to Hear Mifepristone Case

WASHINGTON D.C. — Today, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it would hear arguments in Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine et al v. U.S. Food and Drug Administration et al. This case centers around the anti-abortion movement’s effort to end FDA’s approval of mifepristone — a safe, effective medication. Mifepristone has been FDA-approved for more than 23 […]

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Mitchell Zimmerman: Repeating the Year 2000 Disaster? New “Third” Party Choices Might Elect Donald Trump

November 20, 2023 - Many Americans are unhappy about the likely 2024 choice being offered them for president – Joe Biden versus Donald Trump. But two third party alternatives surfaced recently: Jill Stein of the Green Party and West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, who appears to be seeking the “No Labels Party” nomination. They join […]

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