Lauren McCauley, staff writer

Lauren McCauley is a staff writer for Common Dreams.

Articles by this author

News
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 3:45pm
As Spying Foes Look to 'Sunset' Patriot Act, White House Turns up the Pressure
With key provisions of the Patriot Act set to expire at the end of the month and congressional in-fighting over the legality of government surveillance continuing to rage, the National Security Agency (NSA) will reportedly begin "winding down" bulk surveillance operations this weekend. "After May...
Read more
News
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 1:15pm
In Step with Texas, Oklahoma Poised to Outlaw Local Drilling Bans
Despite mounting scientific evidence that fracking is increasing seismic activity in the state, Oklahoma legislators are poised to pass legislation preventing municipalities from passing local bans on drilling operations. Senate Bill 468 would overturn an 80-year-old statute and explicitly...
Read more
News
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 11:45am
Mattress in Tow, Columbia University Alleged Rape Victim Graduates
Columbia University student Emma Sulkowicz on Tuesday walked across the stage and accepted her graduation diploma with a mattress in tow. Since the beginning of the school year, Sulkowicz has lugged her dorm mattress all over the Manhattan campus to protest Columbia's alleged dismissal of her rape...
Read more
News
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 9:00am
Fossil Fuel Titan Spins Ebola Crisis for Corporate Gain
The world's largest privately-held coal company has been exposed capitalizing off the Ebola crisis in West Africa—a move public health officials called "ludicrous" and "opportunistic." A Guardian exposé reveals that Peabody Coal's new public relations campaign—which aims to brand the iconic...
Read more
News
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 4:00pm
In Victory for Growing Workers Movement, LA Passes $15 Minimum Wage
The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly to approve a $15 an hour minimum wage, becoming the largest U.S. city to adopt a living wage. The ordinance would boost the $9 an hour base wage to $15 by 2020 for as many as 800,000 workers. Los Angeles now joins Chicago, San Francisco,...
Read more
News
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 1:30pm
Media and Police Response to Waco Biker 'Brawl' Spurs Critique
Sunday's biker gang shootout in Waco, Texas—which left 9 dead, 18 injured, and over 190 arrested—and the media storm that followed have highlighted a prevalent bias both in policing and reporting on such incidents. The incident reportedly involved five rival motorcycle gangs, which began fighting...
Read more
News
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 11:30am
'The Bees Can't Wait': White House Plan to Save Pollinators Falls Short, Say Experts
Faced with the growing crisis of declining bee populations, the White House on Tuesday released its strategy for improving pollinator health. Almost immediately, experts decried the plan, saying it "misses the mark" by refusing to acknowledge the overwhelming role that pesticides play in driving...
Read more
News
Monday, May 18, 2015 - 4:00pm
Warren Hits Back Hard on 'Broken Promises' of Corporate Trade Pacts
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) took decisive aim at President Barack Obama's pending global trade pacts on Monday with the release of a new report, which argues that—despite pledges to the contrary—so-called "free trade" agreements have a record of undermining workers rights. The 15-page staff...
Read more
News
Monday, May 18, 2015 - 2:45pm
'Not For Sale': Foregoing $1 Billion Payout, First Nations Tribe Rejects LNG Project
Placing the well-being of the Earth above monetary interests, the Lax Kw’alaams First Nations tribe in British Columbia has rejected a $1 billion offer and voted against a proposed liquid natural gas (LNG) terminal. In the third and definitive vote on the Pacific Northwest (PNW) LNG project last...
Read more
News
Monday, May 18, 2015 - 12:15pm
Ignoring Businesses, Baltimore Shuts Off Water to 1,600 Homes
Despite the millions owed by commercial properties in overdue water payments, the city of Baltimore has strictly targeted its residents and in the past 6 weeks has shut off the water supply to more than 1,600 households, reporting reveals. According to an investigation by the Baltimore Sun , since...
Read more

Pages