Lauren McCauley, staff writer

Lauren McCauley is a staff writer for Common Dreams.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 2:00pm
Tar Sands Resistance Blowing Huge Hole in Oil Industry's Bottom Line: Report
The growing tide of tar sands resistance—seen in blockades, tree sits, petitions, education efforts and calls to divest—is having a measurable negative impact on the bottom line of the tar sands industry, according to a new report, prompting researchers to declare that "business as usual for tar...
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 11:00am
Local GMO Fights Smash Records as Monsanto's Millions Bankroll Opposition
As voters in Oregon, California, Hawaii and Colorado prepare to weigh in on whether genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, should be banned or regulated in their states or communities, grassroots campaigns are being overwhelmed by millions that agrochemical and food industry titans are pouring in...
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 4:00pm
Civil Rights Groups Call on Obama to Drop Test-Based 'Accountability' System in Schools
The national turn towards a high-stakes testing-based system of education "is leaving millions of low-income students and students of color behind," charged a coalition of national civil rights groups in a Tuesday letter to President Obama, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Congressional and State...
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 11:30am
Dozens of Vermonters Arrested for Protesting 'Road to Ruin' Energy Policy
Protesting continued government support of fossil fuels, more than 60 demonstrators were arrested in Montpelier, Vermont after staging a sit-in at the State House Monday evening. The civil disobedience action followed a mass rally, dubbed Time's Up, Rise Up! Rally for Climate Justice , during which...
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 8:30am
Investigation Reveals Uptick in 'Snail Mail' Surveillance
Though over a century old, one often overlooked aspect of government surveillance continues to expand and evolve: the tracking of Americans' mail by the U.S. Postal Service. Highlighting a "little-noticed" 2014 audit of the mail system in conjunction with a number of interviews and documents...
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Monday, October 27, 2014 - 11:15am
'Shame on Komen': Protesters Charge 'Pinkwashing' over Fracking-Charity Partnership
"Think before you pink!" chanted dozens of women's health advocates who rallied outside a Pittsburgh Steelers game on Sunday to protest growing partnerships between national breast cancer charity Susan G. Komen and the polluters who are putting women's health at even greater risk. Komen's founder,...
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 11:30am
US Reportedly Airdropped Weapons Into ISIS Hands
Fighters with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (or ISIS) are claiming to have obtained a cache of weapons from the U.S. military after it airdropped bundles of small-arms ammunition and weaponry destined for Kurdish fighters in Kobani. A video reportedly released by ISIS and posted to YouTube on...
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 3:45pm
Dark Money Spending in Key Senate Races 'Shattering' Records: Report
Unknown donors and big-monied, outside groups are pouring record amounts of cash into key Senate races set to determine which political party will take control over the upper house come November's election, according to a new report published Tuesday by the Brennan Center for Justice. The report,...
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 11:30am
Prisoner Gag Law an Attack on Fundamental Free Speech Rights, say Critics
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett on Tuesday signed into law a prisoner gag order that rights groups say is an affront to the First Amendment and a denial of all citizens' right to understand "an area of U.S. life physically removed from public scrutiny." Passed by the Pennsylvania House of...
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Monday, October 20, 2014 - 4:00pm
Clearing Russia from Blame, German Intelligence Says Rebels Downed Flight MH17
Clearing Russia from presumed involvement in the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17, German intelligence officials say they have "unambiguous" evidence that the crash was caused by pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine, Der Spiegel reported Sunday. The information was presented earlier this...
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