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Special Interests Top Spenders on Supreme Court Political Ads

A study analyzing special-interest funding of this year’s political campaigns has found that pro-business groups are the biggest spenders on television ads for state Supreme Court races across the country.

Grocery Giant Agrees to Pay Workers Backpay

A US District judge has accepted a guilty plea from a California grocery store chain for felony charges of illegally rehiring hundreds of workers that management locked-out during a labor dispute.

L.A. Cops Crack Down on Skid Row as Gentrification Looms

In a move that coincides with rising property values and shirks a federal ruling that slammed Los Angeles's treatment of homeless residents, the LAPD is cracking down on the city's poorest residents.

Scientists Detail Social, Economic Costs of Unbridled Climate Change

A pair of scientists at Tufts University have catalogued the social and economic effects of unabated global climate change.

Pentagon Treats Counter-recruitment Activism as ‘Terrorism’

Documents released last week by the American Civil Liberties Union expose the extent to which the government considers First Amendment-protected activities and civil disobedience a "potential terrorist activity."

Nuke Watchdog Urges New Look at Whistleblower Case

Newly uncovered documents show discrepencies between what managers told two different federal agencies before and after firing an employee who raised safety concerns at Fitzpatrick nuclear plant.

Prisons Sic Attack Dogs on Inmates, Report Finds

Four states authorize the use of attack dogs to intimidate resistant inmates out of prison cells, according to Human Rights Watch, though two of the states have rarely put the policy into the practice.

Federal Energy Leases Could Erode Newly Reinstated ‘Roadless’ Rule

Last month, conservationists celebrated the restoration of federal protections to about 50 million acres of "roadless" public lands. But now, activists in Colorado are warning that an upcoming federal auction for energy-development leases is letting thousands of roadless acres slip through the cracks.

Report downplays voter fraud, highlights systemic problems

A preliminary US Elections Commission report on voter fraud suggests there are few incidents of individual voter fraud in the US, or at least less than some government officials and voting groups claim, while systemic types of fraud and disenfranchisement are significant.

Govt. Report Validates Impropriety Claims over Credit Card Deals

Watchdog groups’ push for accountability in the burgeoning credit card industry has found reinforcement in a report released by the Government Accountability Office this week.

Corporate-friendly Rules Threaten Alaskan Crabbers

A crab fishing program started in 2005 -- ostensibly to stop overfishing and ensure fishermen's safety -- has given fishing rights to corporations, put individual fishermen out of work, and risked the marine ecosystem.

Enviros Say Chemical-Plant Fire May Leave Residents Vulnerable

Residents have returned to their homes after evacuating because of a chemical-plant fire in Apex, North Carolina last Thursday, but Greenpeace warns that more environmental testing is needed. And now a local group is calling for a reduced use of toxic chemicals in general.

'Nanocosmetics' Alarm Safety Advocates

Nanotechnology--the science of tiny, atomic-scale particles--is being hailed as the next frontier in consumer products, but watchdog groups are warning of potential health, safety and environmental risks that they say warrant tighter regulation.

Immigrant Mom Continues Stand Against Family Separation

Two months after she was ordered deported by the Department of Homeland Security, Elvira Arellano, who is still taking sanctuary in a church in Humboldt Park, Chicago, has become a symbol for undocumented parents fighting to stay in the US with their citizen children.

Oil Giant Tries to Shirk Royalty Payments to Indians

A case pending before the US Supreme Court may determine whether the oil industry can cast off millions in debts incurred while exploiting natural resources on Indian lands in the Southwest’s San Juan Basin.

Cali. Gov. Vetoes Farm-Worker Protection Bill

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger last week vetoed a bill meant to give protection to California’s farm workers, a population the state estimates to have topped 1 million.

Internal Audit Suggests EPA Complicit in Environmental Racism

Environmentalists, civil rights advocates and even federal auditors say the US government is ignoring its duty to protect low-income people and people of color from harmful pollution in their communities.

FDA Allows Banned Insecticide in Medicinal Lotions

Public health advocates are questioning why the federal government is continuing to permit the use of a toxic and potentially deadly insecticide contained in shampoos and lotions marketed to treat skin ailments.

Congress Considers Bill Requiring Strict Voter ID Regs

In a move voting-reform advocates say could disenfranchise millions of citizens, the House of Representatives passed a bill last month that would require citizens to present government-issued photo identification to vote, such as a driver’s license. Starting in 2010, that photo ID must also prove citizenship.

Govt. May Allow Industry Raid of National Parks

Long considered natural gems, America’s national parks may soon serve as a different kind of treasure trove.

Feds Find Rocket-fuel Chem More Dangerous Than Reported

Researchers for the Centers for Disease Control released a report Wednesday that found perchlorate – a toxic chemical used to produce rocket fuel – is more dangerous than originally thought.

Housing Watchdogs Call Post-Katrina Ordinance ‘Racist’

Outraged by a controversial local ordinance, civil-rights activists say that although Hurricane Katrina wiped out just about everything in Louisiana’s St. Bernard Parish, a legacy of segregation clings stubbornly to the community’s racial landscape.

Unemployment, Poverty Higher for People with Disabilities

A "dramatic" gap in unemployment and poverty separates people with and without disabilities, according to a new report released by Cornell University in collaboration with the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD).

Restrictions on Nationwide Pollution Permits Upheld

Last week, a federal court overrode an attempt by industry groups to further ease regulations on industrial pollution of water.

Western Leaders Continue to Broker Disputed Data-sharing Program

A controversial personal-data-sharing program for airline passengers was suspended last week, after the United States and the European Union adjourned talks without reaching agreement on a new plan.

Educators Slam Federal Standardization Plans for Higher Ed

A federal commission has recommended further standardization of policies evaluating post-secondary education, sparking concerns that instructors and students will lose out.

Critics Consider Interrogation 'Reform' a Step Backward

While most attention focused on supposedly moderate voices among Senate Republicans, the GOP debate over terror-war detainee policy nixed rights and empowered the administration.

Activists Decry Senate’s Inaction on AIDS-care Funding

The US Senate failed to reauthorize an AIDS-care funding bill before adjourning last week because lawmakers could not decide how to split up the funds among geographic regions. Lawmakers also failed to add money to the pot to accommodate growing needs.

Critics Worry Border Security Bill Skirts Crucial ‘Reforms’

The US Senate passed a bill Friday that would create a 700-mile fence along the country’s 2,000-mile-long Mexican border, and increase both the surveillance of the border and the authority of US customs officials.

Reports Show Economy is Squeezing Most Americans

Government data suggests that for most Americans, there has been no economic recovery, and financial security is fast becoming a fantasy, according to recent analyses by public-interest groups.

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