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Reporters Without Borders USA Calls On Senate To Reverse Unprecedented Restrictions On The Press

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, right, during a recent press conference in Washington, D.C. Courtesy/RSF

RSF News:

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) strongly condemns the restrictions the Senate Sergeant At Arms and the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration are imposing on Capitol Hill reporters during the impeachment trial for President Donald Trump.

RSF calls on the Senate Majority Leader to reverse these rules immediately.

Members of the press covering the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump, which began Jan. 16, are facing new “security measures” in the form


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DOJ Awards $145 Million To Advance Forensic Science

DOJ News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs Thursday awarded grants totaling more than $145 million to fund crime laboratories, decrease DNA backlogs, support basic and applied forensic research, and help law enforcement identify missing persons.

“The Department is committed to improving and investing in forensic science because it plays a vital role in providing indisputable and scientifically based information that protects our communities,” said OJP Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katharine T. Sullivan. “We will continue to


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Just 99 Days To 50th Anniversary Of Earth Day!

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EARTH DAY NETWORK News:

The countdown begins: Today marks 99 days to the 50th anniversary of Earth Day April 22, 2020.

This is a historic year that needs to be a turning point for the planet on everything from climate action to protections for land, water, air and wildlife.

2020 is already off to a tumultuous start, but it’s not too late to make this one the year where we turn it all around.

Ready to get to work? Earth Day Network is pleased to share its expert content to help inform and inspire action around the world. Check out the new website.

We can’t wait to see you—and your actions—


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AG Balderas Supports Effort To Reject Education Department Rule That Fails To Protect Students

Attorney General Hector Balderas

AG News:

SANTA FE — Attorney General Hector Balderas has joined a coalition of states in supporting Congressional efforts to reject a final rule by the U.S. Department of Education that fails to protect students and taxpayers from the misconduct of unscrupulous schools.

In a letter to Congress, the attorneys general supported efforts to reject the U.S. Department of Education’s 2019 Borrower Defense Rule pursuant to a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act.

“New Mexican students trying to make a better life for themselves and their


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Udall Applauds House Passage Of PFAS Action Act

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement Monday on last week’s House passage of the PFAS Action Act:

“The House vote to pass the PFAS Action Act brings communities in New Mexico and across the country one step closer to the relief they long have deserved. While federal agencies drag their feet – families, business owners, farmers, service members and communities continue to suffer from exposure to these hazardous chemicals. The evidence is clear that these chemicals are toxic, and the federal government has a responsibility


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Bandelier Fee Free Martin Luther King Jr. Day

BANDELIER News:

Enjoy Bandelier free of charge on Martin King Luther Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 20.

This Martin Luther King Jr. holiday marks the 25th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates the Civil Rights leader’s life and legacy.

Observed each year on the third Monday in January as “a day on, not a day off,” MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities.   

Visitors are asked to stay on the trails and take good care of this fragile place that belongs to everyone during their visit to Bandelier.


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Spy Museum Responds To Senator Appeal To Modify Exhibit Misrepresenting CIA Torture Program

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. has responded to a request made by U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), all members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, that the museum make changes to its exhibit on the CIA torture program.

In December 2019, the senators sent a letter to Tamara Christian, president and chief operating officer of the International Spy Museum, expressing disappointment over the exhibit’s misrepresentation of the CIA’s torture


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LANL Scientists And International Partners Create 3-D Image Of Heart RNA Structure For First Time

The first 3-D images have been created of an RNA molecule known as ‘Braveheart’ for its role in transforming stem cells into heart cells. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Work could lead to new strategies in regenerative medicine for heart conditions

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory and international partners have created the first 3-D images of a special type of RNA molecule that is critical for stem cell programming and known as the “dark matter” of the genome. 

“As far as we know,” said corresponding author Karissa Sanbonmatsu, “this is the first full 3-D structural study of any


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Former LANL Director Siegfried Hecker To Speak At Alice And Lawry Mann Lecture Saturday, Jan. 11

Dr. Siegfried Hecker during the official CTBTO photostream. Courtesy photo
 
LAHS News:
 
Dr. Siegfried Hecker will give his annual talk on the state of nuclear arms control and world politics, 7 p.m., Jan. 11 at the Alice and Lawry Mann Lecture.
 
Hecker served as the fifth director of Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1986 to 1997, and is now a senior fellow emeritus at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.

He has spoken to a full house each year he has returned to Los Alamos for this event. Come early for the best seating!


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Centers For Disease Control And States Update Number Of Hospitalized E-Cigarette Or Vaping Cases And Deaths

Centers for Disease Control offers updates on EVALI cases. Courtesy image

CDC News:

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has announced that as of Dec. 27, 2019 the number of hospitalized cases or deaths from e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury (EVALI) was 2,561 nationwide.

More specifically, there have been 55 deaths confirmed in 27 state and the District of Columbia.

These states include: Alabama, California, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi,


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