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Poetic Justice: Grand Jury Investigating Planned Parenthood Indicts Anti-Abortion Activists Instead

A Texas grand jury tasked with investigating Planned Parenthood wrapped up on Monday by issuing several indictments — not to the women’s healthcare provider, but to two of the anti-abortion activists who prompted the investigation in the first place. The Harris County District Attorney’s office in Houston, Texas, announced late Monday that Planned Parenthood had … Continue reading

Most Americans Want Safer Guns – So Why Is The Gun Lobby Getting In The Way?

The majority of Americans are in favor of making safety-enhancing design changes to firearms, according to a new study released by the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. The findings, which are consistent with other recent survey results, reflect the growing national interest in using technology to reduce the toll of gun violence, … Continue reading

STUDY: The World’s Oceans Will Contain More Plastic Than Fish By 2050

The world’s oceans could soon be home to more plastic than fish, according to a jarring new report from the World Economic Forum and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. The report, released Tuesday, warns that if we keep producing (and failing to properly dispose of) plastics at current rates, plastic waste in the ocean will outweigh fish pound for … Continue reading

Gun Deaths Have Now Surpassed Motor Vehicle Deaths In 21 States (And Counting)

Gun deaths surpassed motor vehicle deaths in 21 states plus the District of Columbia in 2014, according to a new analysis of U.S. mortality data. The Violence Policy Center, a non-partisan gun violence research group, has found in past reports that traffic fatalities have been steadily falling due to effective regulation, such as safety prevention … Continue reading

Planned Parenthood Just Filed A Major Lawsuit Over Deceptive Undercover Videos

Planned Parenthood filed a federal lawsuit on Thursday against the anti-abortion activists that produced a series of heavily edited, deceptive undercover videos of the family planning provider’s staffers talking about fetal tissue donations.  The civil suit accuses the defendants — the anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress and a fake fetal tissue procurement company called … Continue reading

President Obama’s New Year’s Resolution To Tackle Gun Violence

President Obama made fighting gun violence his chief resolution for 2016 in a New Year’s Day address, calling it a major piece of “unfinished business” for his White House administration. The President said Friday that he would meet with Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Monday, his first day back at work after the year-end break, … Continue reading

President Obama Will Announce New Executive Action On Guns In 2016

President Barack Obama will ring in the New Year by taking executive action to expand background checks on gun sales, according to media reports citing people familiar with White House proposals and planning. The action, which will likely come sometime before Obama makes his final State of the Union address to Congress on Jan. 12, is … Continue reading

No, Syrian Refugees Aren’t Going To Bring A ‘Flesh-Eating Disease’ Into America

Already ravaged by years of violent conflict and terrorism, the people of Syria are now also battling against an outbreak of leishmaniasis, a parasitic disease that has taken hold across large swaths of the war-torn country. Making this desperate situation even worse, conservative media outlets like Breitbart News have pounced upon the opportunity to stir … Continue reading

25 Truly Shocking Statistics About Children And Guns In America

This week marked the third anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where a 20-year-old gunman armed with three semi-automatic weapons opened fire on the morning of Dec. 14, 2012, murdering 20 children and six teachers as they sat in their classrooms. In the aftermath of this unthinkable tragedy, public support for stricter … Continue reading

#COP21: Here Are The Key Points To Know About The Paris Climate Agreement

Representatives from 196 nations made a historic pact Saturday, agreeing to adopt green energy sources, cut down on climate change emissions and limit the rise of global temperatures — while also cooperating to help on another cope with the impact of unavoidable climate change. The final draft of the agreement, which was released to the … Continue reading

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