Lauren McCauley, staff writer

Lauren McCauley is a staff writer for Common Dreams.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 11:15am
Beyond Blackwater Massacre, Renewed Concern Over Rise of Mercenary Armies
Following the sentencing of four private security guards convicted in the notorious 2007 massacre of innocent Iraqi civilians, attention has shifted to the growing role such private mercenaries are having on battlefields throughout the world. On Monday, three former employees of Blackwater...
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 8:45am
Seizing on Latest Police Killing, National Protests Declare: 'This Must Stop!'
Seizing on the growing backlash against police brutalization and discriminatory mass incarceration, people across the country on Tuesday took to the streets. With mass demonstrations, sit-ins, and blockades, protesters in 30 cities demanded an end to "business as usual" within the U.S. criminal...
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 1:15pm
As Bills Advance, Will Grassroots Resistance Finally Overcome Fast Track Push?
Signaling that loud grassroots resistance may be working, congressional Democrats are failing to get behind the White House's push for unilateral authority over the secretive 12-nation trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), according to news reports on Tuesday. At issue is whether...
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 9:45am
Impunity, Death, and Blowback: Report Exposes Illegal US Drone War in Yemen
A new investigation into the United States' killer drone campaign in Yemen, published Tuesday, finds that not only does that program fail to conform to protocols established by U.S. President Barack Obama, but that the strikes have in fact led to increased anti-American sentiment and greater...
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Monday, April 13, 2015 - 1:00pm
As Predictable as 'Death and Taxes,' GOP Pushes Billionaire Estate Tax Cut
In another boon for U.S. billionaires, Congressional Republicans are planning to ring in this year's Tax Day with a vote to repeal the federal estate tax. Under the bill ( H.R. 1105 ) offered by Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), estates—no matter how large—would not be taxed, whereas under current law, a...
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Monday, April 13, 2015 - 11:15am
Report: US Taxpayers Bear 'Hidden Cost' of Poverty Wages
Stagnant wages and declining employer-provided benefits mean that low-wage workers in the United States are increasingly reliant on federal and state-run public assistance programs. In fact, U.S. taxpayers pay roughly $153 billion each year to supplement employers who refuse to pay a livable wage,...
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Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 3:30pm
Chevron Whistleblower Leaks 'Smoking Gun' in Case of Ecuadorian Oil Spill
In what is being described as "smoking gun evidence" of Chevron's complete guilt and corruption in the case of an oil spill in the Ecuadorian Amazon, internal videos leaked to an environmental watchdog show company technicians finding and then mocking the extensive oil contamination in areas that...
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Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 2:00pm
Channeling MLK's 'Beloved Community,' Vigils Call for Robin Hood Tax
A broad coalition that includes registered nurses, organized labor, AIDS activists, college students, and clergy members on Wednesday staged vigils outside of Congressional offices across the country calling on lawmakers to pass a 'Robin Hood Tax' in order to reverse the country's "crippling...
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Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 10:45am
Saving Seeds: Farmers Rise Up Against Industry-Backed Laws
For millennia, the practice of saving and exchanging seeds has been fundamental to crop production in farming communities across the globe. Now, faced with a growing push on the part of governments and corporate agribusiness to limit this practice and thus threaten the food sovereignty of millions...
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Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 3:00pm
As Rand Paul Pledges to 'Defeat Washington Machine,' Critics Say He is No Better Than the Rest
With bravado and big ideas, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul on Tuesday announced that he is running for the Republican candidacy in the upcoming 2016 presidential elections. "I have a message, a message that is loud and clear and does not mince words. We have come to take our country back," Paul...
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