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    As Corporate Power Threatens Americans' Right to Water, Groups Offer UN Body List of Issues to Raise With US

    When it comes to ensuring the human right to clean water, the United States has a long way to go. That’s the thrust of a new letter (pdf) to the United Nations Human Rights Committee as the body gets ready to review how the U.S. is faring in its implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, a treaty seen as part of the “International Bill of Human Rights.” “Since the U.N. recognized the human right to water in 2010, things have not become substantially better for people struggling in the U.S. with unsafe water, high bills, or the effects of industrial pollution from fracking and factory farms,”…

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    Red Bull to give Verstappen lowdown on Honda before Sochi

    Red Bull says it will fill in Max Verstappen before next week’s Russian Grand Prix on the steps Honda is taking to improve the reliability of its engine following the Dutchman’s two successive DNFs. Verstappen was sidelined early on by an engine problem at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza and was then hit with another power unit issue at the start of last weekend’s Tuscan Grand Prix that ultimately led to the collision that caused his demise from the race. At Mugello, the Red Bull charger, stranded in the gravel trap on the opening lap of the race, vented his frustration over the radio, saying: “This is what you…

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    Bronx and Banco brings rebirth to New York Fashion Week

    Bronx and Banco was one of the few brands that presented a physical show during New York Fashion Week. Natalie De-Banco, the founder and the designer of the brand, was inspired by the idea of the rebirth of the world and showcased the continuous expansion of Bronx and Banco’s ready-to-wear offerings. The brand, which was long seen as more of an evening wear and cocktail dress brand, is continuing to push into more daywear offerings. The theme for this season’s collection was titled The Retreat, which was fitting given the island vacation inspiration for the collection. Head wrap scarves, bandeau tops, and cutout dresses all became the primary essence of…

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    Measure making it easier to prosecute police for deadly force on Washington ballot

    Voters in Washington state will decide this November whether to make it easier to prosecute police and law enforcement officers for improperly using deadly force after the state Supreme Court this week ruled against an effort to derail the initiative. The measure, which gathered enough signatures to make this year’s ballot, would create what supporters call a “good faith test” to determine whether the use of deadly force by law enforcement officers is justified. ADVERTISEMENTThe test would use both objective and subjective means to determine if any reasonable law enforcement officer would have used deadly force in the same circumstances, and whether the officer intended to use deadly force in good faith. Any use…

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    Poll: Arizona Senate race in dead heat

    Arizona’s Senate race is in a dead heat, with Rep. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyGOP senators introduce resolution opposing calls to defund the police No evidence of unauthorized data transfers by top Chinese drone manufacturer: study Senate Democratic campaign arm launches online hub ahead of November MORE (R) narrowly leading Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D) by 1 point, according to a new poll. A Gravis Marketing poll found McSally ahead of Sinema 49 to 48 percent, a lead within the survey’s 3.3-point margin of error. Three percent of voters are still undecided. Monday’s survey is the first one this year where McSally, who recently won a competitive three-way primary, is polling slightly ahead…

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    Cook moves status of 6 House races as general election sprint begins

    The Cook Political Report on Wednesday changed the status of six House races.  In the race for Florida’s 18th District, Rep. Brian MastBrian Jeffrey MastHouse Republicans push back against proxy voting GOP lawmakers consider returning to DC despite coronavirus shutdown GOP congressman gets round of applause for remarks praising American strength MORE’s (R) chances of holding onto his seat are improving, according to the election handicapper, which moved it from the “Lean Republican” column to “Likely Republican.” Likewise, the race to replace retiring Rep. Ileana Ros-LehtinenIleana Carmen Ros-LehtinenTechNet hires Hispanic communications director Bottom line Women are refusing to take the backseat in politics, especially Latinas MORE (R) in Florida’s 27th District…

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    As Survivors Nationwide Express Gratitude for Ford's 'Courage,' Power of Her Testimony Declared 'Disaster for Republicans'

    Women across the country expressed gratitude on Thursday as they watched Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testify publicly that U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her years ago. Dr. Ford’s testimony came in front of 11 Republican senators, all men, on the Senate Judiciary Committee who have pledged to push through a vote on Kavanaugh regardless of her claims while hiding behind an outside female prosecutor they hired to question her. With the hearing ongoing, the National Organization for Women (NOW) was among the groups and individuals demonstrating on Capitol Hill in support of Ford: A number of Democratic senators also applauded Ford for coming forward with her…

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    Judge Upholds Landmark Monsanto Verdict, But Slashes Punitive Damages by $211 Million

    A judge in California on Monday upheld a landmark verdict in a case brought by a terminal cancer patient who successfully argued his illness resulted from his exposure to Monsanto’s weedkiller RoundUp, but slashed the damages the agrochemical giant was originally required to pay from $289 million down to just $78 million and said she would order a retrial if former groundskeeper Dewayne “Lee” Johnson rejects the payout. “The evidence presented to this jury was, quite frankly, overwhelming… We are happy the jury’s voice was acknowledged by the Court, even if slightly muted.” —Johnson’s team Jurors had come forward to demand that San Francisco Superior Court Judge Suzanne Bolanos respect…

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    Ire Aimed at Trump and Kushner for Not Pressing Saudi Prince Over Missing Post Journalist Believed Murdered

    The Saudi-born Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi has been missing for over a week—with reports strongly indicating he was murdered last week by a ‘hit team’ sent by the government of Saudi Arabia while inside the country’s consulate in Istanbul, Turkey—but critics from across the political spectrum say the Trump administration still has not used its close ties to the ruling Royal Family, and especially with Crown Prince Mohammad bin Sulman (MbS), to get anywhere nearer the truth of what happened to Khashoggi or hold the Saudis feet to the fire over the possible assassination of a U.S. resident and journalist. In an op-ed in the Post on Wednesday, Khashoggi’s…

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    Progressives Rally on Election Day to Ensure Overwhelming Turnout Thwarts GOP's Voter Suppression Playbook

    It’s Election Day in the United States—the first national opportunity for voters in the country to voice their collective position about the governance of President Donald Trump and the Republican Party that has ruled the White House and both chambers of Congress for nearly two years. With the stakes so high, and voter turnout seen as the dynamic which could flip Congress and allow Democrats to place a legislative check on the president going forward, progressive organizations nationwide are urging people to go to the polls in massive numbers while also making sure that GOP efforts to suppress voters are thwarted at every turn. Groups like the ACLU, the NAACP,…