Lauren McCauley, staff writer

Lauren McCauley is a staff writer for Common Dreams.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 12:30pm
A 'Good Start': Obama Moves to Protect Key Alaskan Waters from Drilling
A pristine and ecologically rich region of Alaska will now be protected from any future oil and gas drilling, President Obama announced late Tuesday after signing an executive memorandum to withdraw roughly 32.5 million acres from potential development. Bristol Bay, part of the North Aleutian Basin...
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 9:00am
Reflecting 'Global Surge in Authoritarianism,' 2014 Marks a Brutal Year for Journalists
2014 has been a grim year for journalists. Two leading press freedom groups have released their annual reports on the abuse and imprisonment of journalists around the globe and the evidence paints a world increasingly "barbaric" for those seeking to report on global events. Reflecting what the...
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 2:45pm
NFL Star Refuses to Apologize After Plea for Justice for Police Victims
Cleveland Browns receiver Andrew Hawkins says he should not have to apologize for wearing a T-shirt that called for "Justice for Tamir Rice and John Crawford," two Ohio victims of recent police killings. Hawkins' shirt, which he sported while walking onto the field before Sunday's game against the...
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 11:30am
DOJ Says It Will Subpoena NYT Reporter James Risen
The United States government has confirmed that it will seek limited testimony from New York Times reporter James Risen, according to court documents filed Tuesday, in regards to his relationship with the alleged CIA leaker Jeffery Sterling. Ahead of the official filing, press freedom advocates had...
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Monday, December 15, 2014 - 3:00pm
Advocates of CIA Torture Victims Demand: 'Charge Them, Or Let Them Go'
In the wake of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee's bombshell report last week, advocates for those who were victims of the CIA's brutal torture program have taken up a renewed call: "Charge them or let them go." In a piece published on Monday, Helen Duffy, attorney for Abu Zubaydah, who was...
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Monday, December 15, 2014 - 11:15am
Sandy Hook Families Sue Gunmaker for Selling Weapon with Single Purpose: 'Mass Shootings'
Families of those killed in the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting tragedy are suing the companies that produce and sell the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle, charging that those parties are purposely making and distributing a weapon built to inflict "unparalleled civilian carnage." The suit , filed on...
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Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 1:30pm
Bush 'Intimately Involved' with CIA Torture, says Rove
Former President George W. Bush knew and was "intimately involved" in the CIA's practice of torture, former Bush adviser and Republican strategist Karl Rove confirmed on Fox News Sunday. Despite arguments made in the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee's report that the CIA had not alerted Bush and...
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Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 12:15pm
Wall Street Wins, Democrats Sing as Compromise Spending Bill Passes Senate
After much wrangling and threats of an alleged government shutdown, the U.S. Senate passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill which critics warn contains provisions that favor Wall Street, wealthy donors, the fossil fuel industry, as well as endless war . Voting 56-40 to advance the bill to President...
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Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 9:30am
'A Roadmap to Global Burning': COP20 Closes With Even Weaker Climate Pact
After two weeks of negotiations, the world community has yet again failed to take any meaningful actions to prevent landmark global warming and instead has produced a "roadmap to global burning," leading climate campaigners lamented upon the close of the United Nations COP20 climate talks in Lima,...
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Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 1:45pm
Crippling Dominance of Big Pharma, Indian Judge Blocks Bayer's Drug Monopoly Bid
In a move that advocates are saying is a "momentous" win for public health, an Indian court on Friday rejected a bid from multinational pharmaceutical giant Bayer to block a local generic drug company from mimicking their costly cancer drug. Bayer had attempted to appeal a 2012 decision by India's...
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