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Lowey, Democrats Demand Trump Rescind Unconstitutional Executive Order

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Lowey Joined House and Senate Democrats on the Steps of the Supreme Court to Demand Trump Reverse His Illegal Refugee Policy Washington, DC –Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey (D-NY), Ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, today joined Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and her House and Senate Democratic colleagues on the steps of the Supreme Court of the United States to demand President Donald Trump rescind his unconstitutional executive order banning refugees based on their religion. “Donald Trump has never had a boss before. Well, now he has 350 million of them, and our voices will…

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Full Text of President Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration

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PROTECTING THE NATION FROM FOREIGN TERRORIST ENTRY INTO THE UNITED STATES By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq., and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, and to protect the American people from terrorist attacks by foreign nationals admitted to the United States, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. Purpose. The visa-issuance process plays a crucial role in detecting individuals with terrorist ties and stopping them from entering the United States. Perhaps in…

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Former FBI Employee Sentenced In Manhattan Federal Court To 24 Months In Prison For Acting As An Agent Of China

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Kun Shan Chun, a/k/a “Joey Chun,” Provided Sensitive FBI Information to the Chinese Government Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Mary B. McCord, Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security, and William F. Sweeney Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), announced that KUN SHAN CHUN, a/k/a “Joey Chun,” was sentenced to serve 24 months in prison and pay a $10,000 fine based on his conviction for acting in the United States as an agent of the People’s Republic of China (“China”), without providing…

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Teens Report Onslaught of Bullying During Divisive Election

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In a survey of 50,000 teens, some 70 percent reported abusive behavior across months of a notably angry presidential campaign. by A.C. Thompson ProPublica, Jan. 24, 2017 A new national survey of more than 50,000 teens charts a surge in abusive and hateful behavior among young people since the beginning of the presidential election campaign. “Our biggest takeaway was that 70 percent of all respondents had witnessed bullying, hate speech or harassment since the 2016 election,” said Allison Turner, assistant press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign, a prominent LGBT advocacy group that conducted the survey. HRC polled a large,…

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Lowey Introduces HER Act to Permanently Repeal Global Gag Rule

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Over 100 Cosponsors in House Demand Effective Foreign Aid Policy That Stops Attack on Vulnerable Women   Washington, DC – Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey (D-Rockland/Westchester, Ranking Member of the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, today introduced the Global Health, Empowerment, and Rights (HER) Act, which would permanently repeal the ill-conceived, anti-woman Global Gag Rule, in response to President Donald Trump’s executive order reinstating the policy.   “President Trump said he would put ‘America First’ in his Inaugural Address. He can’t do that by marginalizing women around the world,” said Lowey. “Reinstating the dangerous and arbitrary Global Gag Rule is…

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Echoes of Hillary’s Past as Emails Put Her on Defensive

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Hillary Clinton’s defense of her use of personal emails while she was secretary of state triggers memories of the “pink press conference” during the Whitewater investigation. by Jeff Gerth ProPublica This story was co-published with Politico Magazine and has been adapted and excerpted from the book “Her Way: The Hopes and Ambitions of Hillary Rodham Clinton,” by Jeff Gerth and Don Van Natta Jr. When Hillary Clinton stood before reporters Tuesday to explain her use of personal e-mails while Secretary of State, you could hear the echoes of past appearances where she was forced on the defensive. In Clinton lore,…

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Heroin-Related Deaths Have Quadrupled in America

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New federal data reports bad news for America's heroin problem Heroin-related deaths nearly tripled in the U.S. within just three years and quadrupled in 13, according to new federal data. The new report from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) shows that from 2000 to 2013, drug-poisoning deaths involving heroin increased fourfold, from 0.7 deaths per 100,000 people to 2.7 deaths per 100,000 people. The rate was about four times higher among men than among women in 2013. Heroin-related drug-poisoning deaths have increased in all age groups, races and ethnic groups, the data show. Every region…

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Behind Supreme Court’s Obamacare Case, A Secretive Society’s Hidden Hand

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The Supreme Court has no shortage of potentially precedent-shattering cases on its docket this term. But the one the justices are hearing tomorrow, King v. Burwell, could be the most consequential. King focuses on the issue of whether low-income people who get insurance under the Affordable Care Act’s federal exchanges are entitled to tax subsidies. Much has been said (and written) about what could happen if the justices rule “no”: Millions of people in as many as 37 states could lose their health coverage. The political earthquake could be cataclysmic.[coupon couponid="3100" coupon_align="cctor_alignright" name="Back to School Special Computer Tune-up and Diagnostic…

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Lowey Statement on Israeli Prime Minister’s Speech to a Joint Session of Congress

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WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey (Westchester/Rockland), the Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee, today released the following statement on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to a Joint Session of Congress: “Prime Minister Netanyahu made a powerful presentation to Members of Congress regarding the threat of a nuclear Iran. “I share the Prime Minister’s concerns regarding the P5+1 negotiations. The ultimate outcome needs to verifiably prevent the regime from ever acquiring nuclear weapons. The United States and Israel must jointly confront the Iranian challenge.”

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When a Wildlife Rehab Center Regulates Charter Schools: Inside the Wild World of Charter Regulation

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Charter school “authorizers” are charged with making sure schools can be trusted with kids and with public money. Problem is, many lack the tools to do the job. by Marian Wang ProPublica Nestled in the woods of central Minnesota, near a large lake, is a nature sanctuary called the Audubon Center of the North Woods. The nonprofit rehabilitates birds. It hosts retreats and conferences. It’s home to a North American porcupine named Spike as well as several birds of prey, frogs, and snakes used to educate the center’s visitors. It’s also Minnesota’s largest regulator of charter schools, overseeing 32 of…

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