Judge Grants Torture Victims Their First Chance to Pursue Justice

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A CIVIL SUIT against the architects of the CIA’s torture program, psychologists James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, will be allowed to proceed, a federal judge in Spokane, Washington, decided on Friday. District Judge Justin Quackenbush denied the pair’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit launched against them on behalf of three victims, one dead, of the brutal tactics they designed. “This is amazing, this is unprecedented,” Steven Watt, a senior staff attorney for the American Civil … MORE

Stonewalled by NSA, Members of Congress Ask Really Basic Question Again

A BIPARTISAN GROUP of lawmakers is none too happy that the executive branch is asking them to reauthorize two key surveillance programs next year without answering the single most important question about them. The programs, authorized under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, are called PRISM and Upstream. PRISM collects hundreds of millions of internet communications of “targeted individuals” from providers such as Facebook, Yahoo, and Skype. Upstream takes communications straight from the major U.S. internet … MORE

Health Care Industry Moves Swiftly to Stop Colorado’s “Single Payer” Ballot Measure

The campaign in Colorado to create the nation’s first state-based “single payer” health insurance system, providing universal coverage and replacing insurance premiums with higher taxes, has barely begun. But business interests in Colorado are not taking anything for granted, and many of the largest lobbying groups around the country and in the state are raising funds to defeat Amendment 69, the single-payer ballot question going before voters this November. The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers, a national trade group, … MORE

Anti-Refugee Bill Sets Off Church-State Debate in South Carolina

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A South Carolina bill that would create a registry of refugees and would hold their sponsors liable for any crimes they commit has sparked a debate over religious liberty in South Carolina. The bill, which would require all recently resettled refugees to register with local law enforcement, would also hold each refugee’s sponsors liable if he or she commits a violent crime or an act of terrorism. “We are protecting South Carolina citizens’ safety,” State … MORE

Why World Leaders Are Terrified of Water Shortages

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This story was originally published by Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Subscribe to the podcast and learn more at revealnews.org. Secret conversations between American diplomats show how a growing water crisis in the Middle East destabilized the region, helping spark civil wars in Syria and Yemen, and how those water shortages are spreading to the United States. Classified US cables reviewed by … MORE

Teens Are Having Uneducated Sex

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It’s 2016, and teens are receiving less formal sex education than ever before—and young women and rural teens are especially underserved. A new study from the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive health and sexuality think tank, shows that from 2011 to 2013, 43 percent of adolescent females and 57 percent of adolescent males were not instructed on how to use contraception before they had sex for the first time. During those years, only 60 percent of … MORE

Clinton, Sanders Will Sue Arizona Over Botched Election

The Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign will file a lawsuit against the state of Arizona on Friday, according to the Washington Post, the latest fallout from the botched March 22 election in which thousands of voters in the state’s biggest county were forced to wait hours to cast their ballots. According to the Post, the suit will focus on Maricopa County, home to roughly 2 million registered voters. Many voters experienced hourslong wait … MORE

Bruce Springsteen to North Carolina: No Rock for You

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Add Bruce Springsteen to the growing list of people who are not fans of North Carolina’s new anti-LGBT law. On Friday, just two days before a scheduled show in Greensboro, North Carolina, the Boss announced that he was canceling his appearance in a gesture of protest against the legislation. “Some things are more important than a rock show and [the] fight against prejudice and bigotry—which is happening as I write—is one of them,” the rock … MORE

Obama Just Shut Down Pfizer’s Attempt To Avoid Paying Taxes

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The Treasury Department just grew some cojones and clamped down on companies who want to move their “headquarters” to other countries. This was sparked by a deal that the drug company Pfizer had made to move their company to Ireland to avoid paying taxes here. The outcry from the public was so great that the Obama administration took notice and acted. The outrage over large corporations moving so much of their business — and tax … MORE

Inside the green schools revolution

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How can we design better, ‘living’ classrooms, places that will not only improve the lives of teachers and students, but also have less of an impact on the environment? Bryn Nelson goes back to school to find out.   It begins with a girl from Oregon. She is eight years old, and crying. At the edge of suburbia, her grandfather’s woods with her favourite climbing trees and ‘green sky’ trees for reading are being clear-cut … MORE