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Reagan Dunn votes against reproductive rights as Democrats vow to make abortion care an issue in the 2022 midterms

Excerpt: If you missed the movie “Twister,” watch what Dunn, who is challenging Representative Kim Schrier, says and does on reproductive rights. His mother, the late United States Representative Jennifer Dunn, who retired in 2004, was a Reagan Republican, but pro-choice.
Written by:Joel Connelly
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Elections
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Joe Manchin joins Republicans to defeat Women’s Health Protection Act in U.S. Senate

Excerpt: The bill, known as the Women's Health Protection Act, had been expected to get filibustered. Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer staged the vote anyway to put Republicans on record as opposed to reproductive rights
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Legislative Advocacy
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IRS scraps policy requiring taxpayer consent to facial recognition for online account access

Excerpt: “The Treasury Department has made the smart decision to direct the IRS to transition away from using the controversial ID.me verification service, as I requested earlier today” Oregon's U.S. Senator Ron Wyden said.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Divided Supreme Court lets Texas’ horrifying anti-reproductive rights law stand… again

Excerpt: Five extreme right wing justices, including Trump's three appointees, have sanctioned a new Texas law that sets up a bounty system to punish anyone who tries to exercise reproductive rights for themselves or others.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Tim Eyman says he’s worried about facial recognition. So why won’t he wear a mask?

Excerpt: Throwing on a face covering can help frustrate the very technology that Tim Eyman says is a danger to our personal liberty. But Eyman has likened mask wearing to tyranny.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Zoom Video Conferencing is a privacy and security nightmare. Maybe soon, it won’t be.

Excerpt: Electronic meeting technology provider Zoom is coming under harsh and much needed scrutiny regarding its privacy and security practices.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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NPI’s Gael Tarleton kicks off campaign to become Washington’s next Secretary of State

Excerpt: Incumbent Republican Kim Wyman will have a tough, credible Democratic challenger in 2020.
Written by:Caitlin Harrington
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Documentary Review: “The Great Hack” shows how data insecurity impacts elections

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of The Great Hack, an essential, must-see film breaking down what happened to our democracy in the 2016 presidential election.
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
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U.S. Senate adjourns after failing to take any action to reform or renew the unPatriot Act

Excerpt: Well, that was real­ly some­thing. Just min­utes ago, the Unit­ed States Sen­ate adjourned for an extend­ed Memo­r­i­al Day week­end recess after hav­ing failed to pass any leg­is­la­tion to reform or renew expir­ing pro­vi­sions of the (un)Patriot Act — which means that the Nation­al Secu­ri­ty Agency and Fed­er­al Bureau of Inves­ti­ga­tion will need to start wind­ing […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Roberts Court’s logic: Corporations are people, so they’re entitled to religious liberty

Excerpt: The Roberts Court has done it again. Deter­mined to make the ter­ri­ble impli­ca­tions of the Cor­po­ra­tions Unit­ed and McCutcheon deci­sions look tame by com­par­i­son, the Supreme Court ruled this morn­ing that because it believes cor­po­ra­tions to be peo­ple, an arti­fi­cial for-prof­it enti­ty like Hob­by Lob­by is enti­tled to reli­gious lib­er­ty, and so it does not have […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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In landmark ruling, U.S. Supreme Court bars warrantless searches of mobile phones

Excerpt: Who says there’s no such thing as pri­va­cy in the dig­i­tal age? Not John Roberts’ Supreme Court, which today issued a much-need­ed deci­sion rul­ing that Amer­i­can police forces must gen­er­al­ly obtain a war­rant before they can legal­ly search the mobile phone of some­one they have arrest­ed. Roberts’ major­i­ty opin­ion was signed by every oth­er jus­tice, […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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When are SSL and VPNs not secure? Why, when the NSA wants to spy on you, of course!

Excerpt: With each pass­ing week, it is becom­ing increas­ing­ly clear that for­mer NSA employ­ee Edward Snow­den’s doc­u­ment dump con­sti­tutes the largest and most impor­tant leak in the his­to­ry of the Unit­ed States of America. While Snow­den remains in Rus­sia, news­pa­pers in the West con­tin­ue to sift through the doc­u­ments he leaked, using those as the basis […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Republican Todd Akin’s offensive comments about rape draw widespread condemnation

Excerpt: Yes­ter­day, Mis­souri Repub­li­can Todd Akin, who cur­rent­ly serves in the U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives and is the par­ty’s U.S. Sen­ate nom­i­nee this year, was inter­viewed by St. Louis’ local Fox affil­i­ate about his can­di­da­cy. Dur­ing the inter­view, Akin was asked if he believed that abor­tion should be avail­able to women who are raped. Akin gave […]
Written by:Lorrie Sullivan DeKay
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Healthcare
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Wanted: Women willing to run for office

Excerpt: At a time when women’s repro­duc­tive rights are under attack in state leg­is­la­tures across the coun­try, there might soon be no female Demo­c­ra­t­ic gov­er­nors to push back. The only two such gov­er­nors left in office — Washington’s Chris Gre­goire and North Carolina’s Bev Pur­due — are leav­ing office in 2013, and only one state, New […]
Written by:Kathleen Reynolds
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