Justice Clarence Thomas Calls for Reconsideration of Landmark Libel Ruling

Big Charities Help Donors Fund Hate Groups ; US Mines Release 50M Gallons of Polluted Water Daily ; and More PIcks

Clarence Thomas, Supreme Court Justice
From the New York Times: "Justice Clarence Thomas on Tuesday called for the Supreme Court to reconsider New York Times v. Sullivan, the landmark 1964 ruling interpreting the First Amendment to make it hard for public officials to prevail in libel suits." Photo credit: US Supreme Court / Wikimedia

US Citizens Arrested With Weapons in Haiti (Dan)

The author writes, “Haitian police arrested a group of foreign nationals, including five Americans, armed with semi-automatic weapons, Haitian newspapers reported on Monday, adding to uncertainty in the impoverished Caribbean country after days of anti-government protests.”

America’s Biggest Charities Are Funneling Millions to Hate Groups From Anonymous Donors (Chris)

From Sludge: “Several charitable gift funds, including the largest charity in the United States, are helping dozens of hate groups raise millions of dollars by giving their donors a way to keep their identities secret.”

Conservationists Spot Living Tortoise Previously Thought to Be Extinct (Chris)

The author writes, An adult female Chelonoidis phantasticus, also known as the Fernandina giant tortoise, was spotted Sunday by a joint expedition of the Galapagos National Park and the U.S.-based Galapagos Conservancy, Ecuador’s Environment Ministry said in a statement.”

Trump’s Border Wall Would Be a Disaster for Endangered Species, Lawsuits Say (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “The proposed border wall championed by President Donald Trump would pose an ecological disaster threatening ‘dozens of sensitive plant and animal species’ … according to a lawsuit filed against the U.S. government by 16 attorneys general, including California Attorney General Xavier Becerra.”

US Mines Release 50M Gallons of Polluted Water Every Day (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “Decades after they were abandoned, some of the most contaminated mining sites in the U.S. continue to dump highly toxic metals and other pollutants into streams and ponds without being treated, poisoning aquatic life and tainting drinking-water sources.”

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