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Vast Majority of Americans Would Likely Lose From GOP's Tax Bills, If GOP Use Spending Cuts to Pay for Them
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 -- The Center on Budget & Policy Priorities issued the following news release:

The House- and Senate-passed Republican tax bills would directly hurt millions of low- and middle-income families by raising their taxes, delivering token or no Child Tax Credit increases, and (in the Senate's case) leaving millions more uninsured. But that may be just the start of the harm. Paying for their $1.5 trillion in tax cuts that go overwhelmingly to the wealthy and profitable corporations could leave most low- and middle-income families worse off, a new Tax Policy Center (TPC) analysis shows:

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Prettyman Re-Elected Treasurer of Ohio Farm Bureau
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Dec. 8 -- The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation issued the following news release:

Cy Prettyman of New Bloomington was re-elected treasurer of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation on Dec. 8 during the group's 99th annual meeting. This is his second full term as treasurer, the third-highest elected office in the state's largest general farm organization. Prettyman was elected to the board of trustees in 2012 and represents members in his district that encompasses Crawford, Marion, Morrow and Richland counties.

Prettyman raises corn, soybeans and beef cattle with his family and is a sales ... Show Full Article

On Jan. 9, 2018, the Newseum Will Host 'The Power Shift Summit'
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 -- The Newseum issued the following news release:

On Jan. 9, 2018, the Newseum will convene "The Power Shift Summit," a high-level gathering of invited leaders across journalism and the media industry that will focus on sexual misconduct in newsrooms and how to create meaningful and sustainable change.

Beginning at 9:30 a.m. ET, the summit will feature three major discussions that will engage participants in solutions-based conversation about what newsrooms and media organizations are doing now to deal with emerging cases, and what systemic changes are needed for the future.

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Notorious Abuser's Efforts to Possess Elephant in Florida Prompt PETA Action
DAVENPORT, Florida, Dec. 8 -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals issued the following news release:

Notorious elephant exhibitor Hugo Liebel is embroiled in a legal battle with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to be allowed to possess Nosey the elephant in his home state of Florida, and PETA is seeking to weigh in supporting the FWC, which denied Liebel's captive-wildlife permit in June. He appealed the denial, and the case is pending--which is why PETA has prepared documentation outlining his chronic failure to provide itinerary information and is moving to ... Show Full Article

IRI Issues Third Quarter 2017 Annuity Sales Report
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 -- The Insured Retirement Institute issued the following news release:

The Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) today announced final third-quarter sales results for the U.S. annuity industry, based on data reported by Beacon Research and Morningstar, Inc. Industry-wide annuity sales in the third quarter of 2017 totaled $43.7 billion, a 13.3 percent drop from sales of $50.4 billion during the second quarter of 2017, and a 14.8 percent decline from sales of $51.3 billion in the third quarter of 2016.

According to Beacon Research, fixed annuity sales during the third quarter of ... Show Full Article

Environmental Groups Challenge Virginia's Unlawful Approval of Fracked Gas Pipeline
RICHMOND, Virginia, Dec. 8 -- The Chesapeake Climate Action Network issued the following news release:

Today, a coalition of environmental groups filed a petition for review with the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to overturn Virginia's unlawful approval of the fracked gas Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP). Attorneys with Appalachian Mountain Advocates filed the litigation on behalf of the Sierra Club, Appalachian Voices, the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and Wild Virginia.

Today's action comes just a day after the Virginia State Water Control Board issued a certificate ... Show Full Article

63,000 People Join PETA President in Calling for Ban on Elephant Rides in India
DELHI, India, Dec. 8 -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals issued the following news release:

Today, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India founder Ingrid Newkirk met with India's union minister of tourism, K.J. Alphons, and delivered more than 63,000 signatures from people around the globe requesting a ban on elephant rides. The digitally signed appeals followed a video that emerged last week of an elephant used in the tourist trade being beaten so hard that his leg broke, as did the canes used for the beating. Earlier this week, PETA India supporters wearing elephant ... Show Full Article