Humanitarian Activists Convicted

Four female humanitarian activists are facing jail time for leaving food and water in the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge for migrants.

The four women left gallons of water and cans of beans scattered throughout the refuge for immigrants making the oftentimes deadly crossing into the United States.

All four activists have been convicted of entering the refuge without a permit, and one activist, Ms. Hoffman, was also convicted of operating a vehicle inside the refuge; all face up to six months in prison and a $500 fine.

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A Petty Game

Nancy Pelosi urged the president to write his State of the Union due to security concerns; he cancelled her delegation’s flight to NATO and Afghanistan.

What began as a legitimate national security concern has spiraled into yet another petty game for the president, who is already holding hundreds of thousands of Americans’ paychecks hostage over a project that won’t fix a problem that doesn’t exist.

And, in the process, the president revealed a previously undisclosed destination for the delegation — Afghanistan — repeating the same potentially fatal blunder he committed on his last-minute visit to the troops in December.

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The Mortgage is Due

First Nations and indigenous peoples are being disproportionately affected by the shutdown due to their dependence on a host of government agencies and services which have been compromised.

From federally funded medical programs to food delivery services, Native communities are facing a dire lack of resources and support as we edge nearer to a full month of partially-functioning government.

In addition to critical services and products such as healthcare and food, streets in certain communities have gone unplowed for weeks, leaving people to try and dig themselves out or face the risk of being snowed in at home.

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Judges Block Administration’s Birth Control Policy

Federal judges in California and Pennsylvania have prevented new regulations surrounding employer-supplied birth control from taking effect nationwide.

The administration’s rule changes would expand the ability of employers to deny contraceptive coverage for employees on religious grounds.

A California federal judge ruled against the policy yesterday, blocking the policy from taking effect in 13 states and Washington, D.C.

Today, a Pennsylvania judge added on to that ruling, effectively blocking the policy from taking effect nationwide.

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Senate Democrats Block SR1 Again

Yesterday, Senate Democrats blocked SR1 for the second time, which contains the controversial Combating BDS Act, and which infringes on First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and peaceful protest, including boycotts.

Only four Senate Democrats voted to pass the bill, including Doug Jones, Kyrsten Sinema, Bob Menéndez, and Joe Manchin. If you live in Alabama, Arizona, New Jersey or West Virginia, please consider calling your senators and asking them to stand up for your First Amendment rights and focus on reopening the government rather than penalizing peaceful protesters.

Another Judicial Battle

After Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg missed oral arguments for the first time in her career, Republicans began gearing up for a new judicial battle.

The 85-year-old justice missed oral arguments for the first time in her 25-year tenure on the bench as she recovers from surgery removing cancerous nodules from her lungs.

Ginsberg is a three-time cancer survivor, and Republicans have taken her absence as a signal to begin preparations for nominating a new justice.

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Trump’s Shutdown Address

The president addressed the nation last night on the 18th day of the government shutdown and continued to place the blame on Democrats.

UPDATED 1/11/2019 04:23 PM PST: Rather than declaring a national emergency to raid defense funds, the president actually plans on dipping into funds set aside for disaster relief in California, Puerto Rico, and Texas to pay for his wall.

Trump spoke as 800,000 federal workers have been furloughed or forced to work without pay for more than two weeks, including important security officials like TSA agents, the Coast Guard, and federal fire fighters.

The current shutdown is now second only to the 21-day closure that occurred under the Clinton administration beginning December 1995.

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House Democrats Hit Hard and Fast

Democrats have introduced a new House bill to restore voting rights to millions, expose dark money in politics, resurrect the Voting Rights Act, and more.

Democrats regained the majority in the House last week with the most diverse group of representatives in U.S. history.

Proving that they don’t just talk the talk, House Democrats are walking the walk with the For the People Act, the first bill introduced by the new majority.

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Trump Requests a Meeting Amidst Shutdown Crisis

As the government shutdown enters its second week and the chaos ramps up, the president has requested a bipartisan meeting with lawmakers.

TSA agents are working the holiday travel rush without pay and visitors at national parks are being forced to defecate in the roads as the shutdown over border wall funding continues.

In the first display of cooperation in weeks, the president is calling for a bipartisan meeting with lawmakers to discuss a solution.

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Democrats Attempt to End Shutdown

House Democrats are working to bring legislation to the floor that would extend current budgetary spending for border security through February 8.

The proposed legislation would consist of two bills, one extending the funding of the Department of Homeland Security and the other would encompass all six expired spending bills to provide full funding through the end of the fiscal year.

If passed, border security funding would stay at the current $1.3 billion as opposed to the $5 billion demanded by the president.

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