Lauren McCauley, staff writer

Lauren McCauley is a staff writer for Common Dreams.

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Friday, December 9, 2016 - 3:30pm
Internal Memo Sparks Fears of Climate 'Witch Hunt' Under President Trump
President-elect Donald Trump's Energy Department transition team has reportedly been asking for the names of civil servants that have worked on environmental policies under President Barack Obama, sparking fears of a coming "climate purge" by the incoming Trump administration. A "document...
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Friday, December 9, 2016 - 12:30pm
'Fox, Meet Henhouse': Trump Offers Goldman Sachs President Top Economic Post
"Fox, meet henhouse," was how progressive Sen. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and others reacted to the news Friday that Goldman Sachs president and chief operating officer Gary Cohn had been offered the position of National Economic Council (NEC) director by President-elect Donald Trump. "By choosing Gary...
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Friday, December 9, 2016 - 10:00am
Faux-Populist Trump Wages All-Out War on American Workers
President-elect Donald Trump, a supposedly populist candidate who rose to power on promises made to frustrated American workers, has now seemingly launched what Politico is describing as an outright "war on unions." Labor leaders and advocates across the nation are rallying in support of United...
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Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 3:45pm
With New Tax, Portland Fires Opening Shot in Battle Against Extreme CEO Pay
The city of Portland, Oregon on Wednesday took a bold step towards addressing the national scourge of extreme pay inequality with the passage of a landmark tax penalty to be imposed on companies whose CEO makes more than 100 times the average worker's salary. "This is as close as I've ever [come]...
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Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 12:15pm
'Welcome to the General Billionaires Administration': Pattern Emerges in Trump Cabinet
Another day, another cabinet appointment for the incoming Donald Trump administration. On Thursday, he nominated fast-food CEO Andy Puzder to secretary of Labor while Wednesday it was former Marine General John Kelly to head Homeland Security. And, as observers are pointing out , a pattern is...
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Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 9:45am
Divest Shmivest. Trump to Reportedly Keep Stake in Business Run by Sons
Despite calls to divest, it appears that President-elect Donald Trump will maintain a stake in his business, according to reporting by the New York Times on Wednesday, as he makes plans to hand the sprawling empire over to sons Donald Jr. and Eric. The proposed arrangement, the Times notes, would "...
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Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 3:30pm
With Eye to Trump, Obama Outlines How Best to Wage America's Endless War
"It's past time for Congress to repeal this blank check for endless war and live up to our obligation to debate matters of war and peace." —Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.)
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Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 12:00pm
Louisiana Sheriff Goes on Obscenity-Laden Tirade in Defense of Police in Joe McKnight Case
Responding to community outrage that the Louisiana man who shot and killed former NFL player Joe McKnight in an alleged road-rage incident had initially been set free, Jefferson Parish sheriff Newell Normand went on a explicit, slur-laden tirade during a Tuesday press conference in defense of...
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Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 9:30am
Demand Grows for Trump to Drop Fake-News Peddling, Islamophobic Flynn
Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as national security advisor "is a frightening prospect for anyone who values America's national security," more than 50 organizations wrote to President-elect Donald Trump on Monday demanding he rescind the appointment "immediately." The letter points to Flynn's " history of...
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Monday, December 5, 2016 - 4:00pm
An 'Abomination' of Justice: Mistrial Declared Over Police Shooting of Walter Scott
The judge presiding over the case of Walter Scott, who in April 2015 was shot in the back by former South Carolina police officer Michael Slager, was forced to declare a mistrial on Monday after the jury announced that they were unable to come "to a unanimous decision." "The court therefore must...
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