Lauren McCauley, staff writer

Lauren McCauley is a staff writer for Common Dreams.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 1:15pm
As TTIP Falters, Campaigners Warn Against Democracy-Wrecking Sister Deals
The contentious Euro-American trade pact—the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership ( TTIP )—may finally be at death's door, but campaigners are warning that recent pronouncements of its demise are merely a "tactical retreat" in order to save two lesser-known and equally "toxic" sister...
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Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 9:45am
Dakota Access Opposition Ramps Up in Iowa After Judge Rejects Restraining Order
Update 12:22pm EDT: An Indigenous activist in North Dakota on Wednesday halted pipeline construction after locking himself to heavy machinery. According to reporting on the scene, police have ordered protesters to stay 100 yards away while they worked to free the man. Non-Violent Direct Action...
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Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 12:15pm
Austerity-Mad Red States Received More Federal Aid
Governments of Republican-leaning states are seemingly always banging the drum of austerity : decreasing corporate taxes, slashing spending, and cutting programs. But red states' ideology and their preferences at the voting booth are not reflected in their state budgets, as a new study found that...
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Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 10:00am
Police Still Not Reporting Deaths in Custody and New DOJ Rule Won't Help: Groups
The question of "How many Americans are actually killed in police custody?" is one that, unfortunately, does not have a readily available answer. With increased attention on police killings in recent years, it has become clear that such fatalities are often not tracked and misreported, forcing news...
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Monday, August 29, 2016 - 3:15pm
'The Mother of All Risks': Insurance Giants Call on G20 to Stop Bankrolling Fossil Fuels
Warning that climate change amounts to the "mother of all risks," three of the world's biggest insurance companies this week are demanding that G20 countries stop bankrolling the fossil fuels industry. Multi-national insurance giants Aviva, Aegon, and Amlin, which together manage $1.2tn in assets,...
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Monday, August 29, 2016 - 12:30pm
Sanders Will Campaign for Dems, But Won't Give Party Coveted Email List
Update 5:00pm EDT: In an email to supporters on Monday, Bernie Sanders highlighted four hotly-contested races that he says will likely determine the Senate majority: Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Ohio and Nevada. "The Koch brothers know this. That is why they are spending tens of millions of dollars...
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Monday, August 29, 2016 - 9:45am
What Landslide? New Polling Shows Clinton and Trump Still Neck and Neck
With just over two months to go, pundits have all but called the results of the 2016 presidential election. But despite the never-ending torrent of bigotry and obfuscation streaming from the mouth (and fingers) of the Republican candidate, new polling shows that Donald Trump is still neck and neck with rival Hillary Clinton.
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 12:30pm
Critics Say French Burkini Bans Employ Language of Human Rights to Limit Human Rights
So-called 'burkini bans' in France have come under fierce criticism after images surfaced this week of police in Nice surrounding and forcing a Muslim woman to remove some of her clothes. A burkini, or burquini, is a full-body swimsuit "intended to accord with Islamic traditions of modest dress,"...
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 9:45am
'Our Revolution' Kick-Off Signals New Phase for Movement Sanders Built
With the goal of carrying the progressive vision far past Election Day, Bernie Sanders and his supporters Wednesday evening are formally launching the next phase of the political revolution. Our Revolution is officially kicking off at 9pm EDT, when Sanders will address the tens of thousands...
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Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 3:30pm
Held 14 Years Without Charge, CIA Torture 'Guinea Pig' Abu Zubaydah Asks for Freedom
After 14 years of being held without charge, Guantánamo prisoner Abu Zubaydah, who was subject to brutal torture and is known as the "guinea pig" for the Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) "enhanced interrogation program," made his first appearance on Tuesday before the Periodic Review Board and...
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