Andrea Germanos, staff writer

Andrea Germanos is senior editor and a staff writer at Common Dreams.

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Kyle Duncan speaking on Nov. 29, 2017 to the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination by President Donald Trump to be judge of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. (Photo: CSPAN) News
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Confirmation of Latest Right-Wing Judge for Lifetime Post 'Should Send Shockwaves Across the Nation'
Highlighting the degree to which the Trump administration is reshaping the judiciary , the Senate on Tuesday confirmed Kyle Duncan—" a darling of right-wing social crusaders "—to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The confirmation, said The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, "...
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Traffic in San Antonio News
Monday, April 23, 2018
Federal Court Blocks Trump's "Bizarre Attempt to Encourage Toxic Tailpipe Pollution"
A federal court on Monday stopped another of the Trump administration's attacks on clean air—its indefinite delay of stricter penalties for automakers producing vehicle fleets that don't meet fuel efficiency standards. "Today's court order is a big win for New Yorkers' and all Americans' health and...
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Climate groups applauded HSBC's announcement that it is moving away from fossil fuels. (Photo: ItzaFineDay/flickr/cc) News
Friday, April 20, 2018
'Incredible' News as Banking Giant HSBC Ditches New Coal, Tar Sands, and Offshore Arctic Drilling Projects
In another signal that "the era of fossil fuels is coming to a close," Europe's biggest bank, HSBC, announced Friday that it will no longer fund oil or gas projects in the Arctic, tar sands projects, or most coal projects. The move was cheered by climate campaigners on social media, who said , "...
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"The time has come to decriminalize marijuana," Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Friday. (Photo: Elston/flickr/cc) News
Friday, April 20, 2018
Marijuana Decriminalization Strides Forward as Schumer Announces New Federal Bill
In a positive step to address the failed war on drugs, the Senate's top Democrat, Chuck Schumer of New York, announced Friday that he will soon put forth legislation to effectively decriminalize marijuana at the federal level, calling it "the right thing to do for America." "The time has come to...
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Bottles of Roundup News
Friday, April 20, 2018
'Win for Science and Democracy' as Court Rules California Can List Glyphosate as Probable Carcinogen
In a development heralded as "a win for science and democracy" and for "all Californians," an appeals court on Thursday backed the state's listing of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup, as a probable carcinogen. "This is a huge win for all Californians—and a huge loss for...
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Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Trump's Corporate-Friendly NAFTA 2.0 Would Be Total Climate Disaster, Report Warns
A new report reveals how "NAFTA 2.0" could deal lock in fossil fuels and deliver a brutal blow to efforts to rein in greenhouse gas emissions. The publication from the Council of Canadians, Sierra Club U.S., and Greenpeace Mexico— NAFTA 2.0: For People Or Polluters? (pdf)—comes as the U.S. is...
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The entrance to the Canadian High Commission in Trafalgar Square has been blocked by climate campaigners who’ve built a huge oil pipeline around the building. The protest comes as Canadian PM Justin Trudeau touches down in London for the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting. (Photo: © Chris J Ratcliffe / Greenpeace) News
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Because 'Climate Leaders Don't Build Pipelines,' Greenpeace Greets Trudeau in London With 'Crudeau Oil' Protest
Even a transatlantic flight to the United Kingdom wasn't enough on Wednesday for Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau to dodge the mounting opposition to the Trans Mountain pipeline in his home country. Dozens of climate activists with Greenpeace staged a protest in the morning outside the...
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 "Medicaid work requirements will almost certainly cause many low-income adults to lose health coverage," the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities finds. (Photo: Stephen Melkisethian/flickr/cc) News
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
New Analyses Suggest Trump Admin Really Just Wants to Push Millions of Medicaid Recipients Off Care
Recent analyses bolster the case that attacks on Medicaid via work requirements— encouraged and permitted by the Trump administration—threaten the access to care and therefore health of millions of Americans. Ten states have so far requested approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid...
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A new lawsuit filed Monday says that Florida, its governor, and numerous state agencies have exercised "deliberate indifference to [plaintiffs'] fundamental rights to a stable climate system in violation of Florida common law and the Florida Constitution." (Photo: Takver/flickr/cc) News
Monday, April 16, 2018
For Intentionally Acting to 'Exacerbate Climate Crisis,' Youth Filed Suit Against GOP-Led Florida Government
Kids in Florida, says one climate activist, are "rocking it again." That's because a group of eight young Floridians just filed suit (pdf) against the Republican-controlled state, arguing that it has—as a result of propping up a fossil fuel-based energy system—violated their constitutional rights...
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New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon speaking Friday News
Friday, April 13, 2018
Cynthia Nixon Takes Aim at 'Corporate Democrats' at Gathering for Progressive Candidates
Addressing hundreds of "fellow progressives" on Friday, New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon decried soaring inequality, admonished corporate Democrats, and said it was necessary to "turn the system upside down." Nixon, who announced her challenge to New York's Democratic Gov. Andrew...
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