Lauren McCauley, staff writer

Lauren McCauley is a staff writer for Common Dreams.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 4:00pm
Student Activism Pushes UMass to Become First Major Public University to Divest
University of Massachusetts students—who just over one month ago were arrested for demanding that their school divest from fossil fuels—were validated on Wednesday after it was announced that the school would become the first major public university to pull its direct holdings from polluting...
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Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 12:45pm
After 'Destroying' Canada, Stephen Harper Leaving Politics to 'Make His Fortune'
News that former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper would be leaving politics presumably to "make his fortune" was met with derision and delight from his many critics who say that the conservative MP "destroyed the social fabric of Canada." Harper is expected to resign from federal politics...
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Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 9:30am
Activists and Investors Hold Exxon's Feet to the Fire for Climate Crimes
Update 2:45 PM EDT: Exxon shareholders on Wednesday rejected a resolution that would have forced the oil giant to calculate and report the impact of climate change on its long-term business prospects, as well as other climate-related proposals, in some cases by an "overwhelming majority." DeSmog...
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Monday, May 23, 2016 - 3:30pm
Seizing Chance, Sanders Makes Bold Progressive Picks to Shape DNC Platform
Seizing on the Democratic National Committee's (DNC) reluctant concession allowing him to appoint five members to the committee that writes the party platform, Bernie Sanders on Monday announced a suite of picks that included activists across the progressive sphere. Sanders' appointees to the 15-...
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Monday, May 23, 2016 - 11:45am
Call It a 'Coup': Leaked Transcripts Detail How Elite Orchestrated Overthrow in Brazil
Confirming suspicions that the ouster of Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff is, in fact, a coup designed to eradicate a wide corruption probe, Brazil's largest newspaper on Monday published damning evidence of a "national pact" between a top government official and oil executive. It is unclear how...
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Monday, May 23, 2016 - 9:45am
Should Dems Be Freaking Out? In First, National Polling Average Shows Trump Over Clinton
After weeks of polls showing Donald Trump gaining on Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton's once sizable lead, for the first time on Monday, Real Clear Politics recorded the New York billionaire ahead in the national polling average. For the period between May 13-19, the presumptive Republican...
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Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 4:00pm
Thanks to U.S. Congress, Endless War Will... Not End
Update: An attempt to repeal the 2001 congressional authorization that provides the legal basis for the ongoing wars in both Afghanistan, Iraq, and the global war on terror was voted down by the House of Representatives on Wednesday night. As the Huffington Post reports : In a 138-285 vote, the...
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Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 10:00am
As EU Weighs Approval, More Evidence Industry is Rigging the Glyphosate Game
As European officials on Wednesday weigh whether or not to re-approve the use of Monsanto's glyphosate, a storm has erupted after the World Health Organization (WHO) seemingly flipped in its assessment of the dangers posed by the chemical. Ahead of this week's European Commission meeting, which...
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Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 3:45pm
Undeterred by Obama's Veto Threat, Senate Passes 9/11-Saudi Bill
Setting up a likely veto fight and opening a potential Pandora's Box, the U.S. Senate on Tuesday passed a bill that allows victims of 9/11 to sue Saudi Arabia for any role the government may have played in the attacks. The bipartisan Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act was approved by...
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Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 12:15pm
Top Aide Explains Why Sanders is Fighting the Good Fight
Despite the calls for Bernie Sanders to step aside so that the presidential "mudslinging contest" between party frontrunners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump can proceed, Sanders' top aide explained Tuesday that the reason his candidate is staying in the fight is simple: The issues. "As long as...
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