Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

Deirdre Fulton is a Common Dreams staff writer.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 3:15pm
Driven by Climate Change, 'Nuisance' Flooding to Become Commonplace in US Coastal Areas
By 2050, a majority of U.S. coastal areas—including urban centers such as Baltimore, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Boston—will likely be threatened by 30 or more days of flooding each year due to dramatically accelerating sea level rise, according to a new study by the National Oceanic and...
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Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 11:15am
'A Slap in the Face': Vermont Gov. Jumps Ship on Single-Payer Healthcare
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin on Wednesday abandoned his plan to create a single-payer healthcare system in his state, saying moving forward at this time would be too costly—a claim critics denounced as "a slap in the face" to Vermonters. The proposal to create a universal, publicly financed...
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 12:30pm
Russian Ruble Continues to Fluctuate, Creating Panic Among Consumers
The Russian ruble seemed to be on the rebound Wednesday, following two days of precipitous decline that prompted economists to predict a total collapse of the national economy while spurring a spending spree by consumers who frantically purchased a range of big-ticket items in a bid to pre-empt...
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 9:00am
Where is All the 'Missing' Plastic? At the Bottom of the Ocean, Study Finds
Billions of tiny plastic fragments have accumulated in the deep sea, finds a new study published this week in the journal Royal Society Open Science , raising concerns about the organisms that live there, such as coral and bottom-of-the-food-chain invertebrates. In an attempt to find evidence of "...
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 2:30pm
Canada Has Done Little to Save the Endangered Caribou, Report Finds
In its second annual review of government efforts to conserve Canada's boreal caribou, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) finds that threats to this species from industrial development—and especially from the fossil fuels sector—have continued to increase while conservation and...
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 11:45am
Contraception Is Not Abortion, But Right Wing Has Plan to Convince You Otherwise
Anti-abortion groups routinely—yet selectively and strategically—conflate contraception and abortion as part of more wide-reaching agenda to curtail reproductive rights overall, according to a new policy analysis by Joerg Dreweke for the New York-based Guttmacher Institute. The article, "...
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Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 1:45pm
Funding Bill Passes House; Wall Street Wins; "Kind of Compromise" Obama Loves
Update (9:53 PM EST) : The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives passed a controversial spending bill late on Thursday night with a final vote of 219 to 206. 139 Democrats opposed the bill because, as the Huffington Post reports , they "were bitterly opposed to two attached riders...
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Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 11:45am
Will James Risen be Forced to Testify? DOJ Given Deadline in Critical Press Freedom Case
The Obama administration has less than one week to decide whether it intends to force New York Times reporter James Risen to testify at the trial of a CIA whistleblower, after a federal judge ordered on Tuesday that the U.S. "commit to a position" by 10 a.m. on December 16. "Since June 2, 2014, the...
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Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 10:15am
To Keep Climate Promise, Canada Must Build on Successful Local Strategies
Adopting provincial strategies that have been shown to work—such as implementing a carbon tax, placing a regulatory cap on emissions, and eliminating coal-fired power plants—could help Canada keep climate promises it will likely otherwise break, says a report issued Wednesday by the Vancouver-based...
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 4:15pm
'The CIA Is Lying': On Senate Floor, Udall Blasts Continued Torture Cover-Up
In an impassioned speech on the U.S. Senate floor on Wednesday morning, outgoing Senator Mark Udall (D-Colo.) reiterated his call for the resignation of CIA Director John Brennan and blasted the CIA and the White House for dodging not just accountability , but also the truth. While he acknowledged...
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