Lauren McCauley, staff writer

Lauren McCauley is a staff writer for Common Dreams.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 3:45pm
Vermont's Largest City Marks Major Climate Goal
While few local governments have taken any serious steps to address for the pending climate crisis, the city of Burlington, Vermont—home to roughly 42,000 people—now boasts a 100 percent renewable energy supply. Earlier this month, Burlington Electric Department announced the purchase of the 7.4-...
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 10:00am
Officials Warn Ebola Crisis 'Unprecedented in Modern Times'
On Tuesday, President Barack Obama is expected to announce that he will be sending 3,000 U.S. military personnel to Liberia in an attempt to help stem the growing Ebola crisis that has already claimed thousands of lives and decimated entire communities in west Africa. However, public health...
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Monday, September 15, 2014 - 12:30pm
'More Harm Than Good': Congressional NSA Reforms a Sham, say Critics
The current "gutted" version of the U.S.A. Freedom Act (S. 2685) will only serve to legalize government's currently illegal surveillance of innocent civilians, charged a coalition of whistleblowers and civil liberties organizations in a letter published Monday calling on members of Congress to...
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Monday, September 15, 2014 - 11:30am
In Swing to Left, Swedes 'Turn Their Backs' on Austerity
Turning their backs on the prevailing austerity government, Swedish voters on Sunday elected the Social Democrat Party and its head Stefan Löfven to lead the country, allowing the center-left parties to reclaim power in the historically socialist state. The Social Democrat Party, along with the...
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 12:00pm
Putting Job At Risk, Kindergarten Teacher Refuses to Administer Standardized Test
Risking her job and life passion, a kindergarten teacher in Florida is taking a stand against the high-stakes takeover of the public school system by refusing to administer the state-mandated standardized test to her young students. In a letter posted to her personal Facebook page this weekend and...
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 9:30am
Research Shows Frightening Correlation Between Fracking and Rates of Illness
People who live in close proximity to natural gas drilling sites are significantly more likely to report skin and respiratory problems than those who live further away, according to the largest survey to-date of the reported health effects of people exposed to fracking. The study, " Proximity to...
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 12:45pm
Professor Calls His Ouster over Gaza Comments a 'Teaching Moment' for Academic Freedom
A professor of Indigenous studies who has been at the center of controversy over academic freedom at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign spoke publicly on Tuesday for the first time since a job offer at the school was rescinded following remarks he made on Twitter regarding Israel's attack...
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 10:30am
Senate Advances Effort to Overturn Citizens United
In what advocates are calling a boon for "true democracy," the U.S. Senate on Monday voted to advance a constitutional amendment to overturn two recent Supreme Court decisions that have "opened the floodgates" to unlimited election spending from corporations and wealthy individuals. Voting 79-18 to...
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Monday, September 8, 2014 - 12:15pm
Endless War in the Fertile Crescent: How Modern Crises Threaten Ancient Food Supply
The ongoing conflicts raging across the Middle East are putting the Earth's essential food stocks at dire risk, a group of researchers from England's University of Birmingham announced Monday. The scientists, presenting their findings at the British Science Festival in Birmingham, say they have...
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Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 12:45pm
'Internet Slowdown' is Coming, Warn Groups
Calling attention to the widespread disruption that will occur if Internet 'fast lanes' become the norm for wealthy websites, grassroots groups have organized a widespread Internet Slowdown Day on Wednesday to voice their support for net neutrality. A number of the Internet's largest companies...
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