Jessica Corbett, staff writer

Jessica Corbett, staff writer

Jessica Corbett is a staff writer for Common Dreams. Follow her on Twitter: @corbett_jessica.

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army News
Friday, March 23, 2018
'Outrageous': With $700 Billion for Pentagon, Nearly Half of $1.3 Trillion Budget Headed for More War-Making
Alarmed anti-war advocates are calling it "outrageous" that nearly half of the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending deal rammed through the Senate in the early morning hours of Friday is heading directly to the Pentagon. The final deal (pdf)— which, despite a feigned v eto threat Friday morning,...
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cloud Act graphic News
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Uproar After Congress Sneaks Attack on Digital Privacy Rights Into Omnibus Spending Bill
Buried in the 2,232-page omnibus spending bill that the U.S. House passed Thursday is a piece of legislation that digital privacy advocates warn "expands American and foreign law enforcement's ability to target and access people's data across international borders." The Clarifying Lawful Overseas...
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Ahed Tamimi News
Thursday, March 22, 2018
'No Justice Under Occupation': Palestinian Teenager Ahed Tamimi Gets 8 Months in Prison for Slapping Israeli Soldier
Ahed Tamimi, the 17-year-old Palestinian girl who was arrested in January for slapping an Israeli soldier, was sentenced Wednesday to eight months behind bars, enraging activists across the world who have advocated for her release. "There is no justice under occupation." —Ahed Tamimi Tamimi...
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clear backpacks News
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Demanding Real Gun Control Laws, Parkland Students Reject Mandatory Clear Backpacks That Make School Feel 'Like Jail'
As survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that killed 17 people last month prepare for the student-led " March for Our Lives " in Washington, D.C. on Saturday—part of a national movement to demand stricter gun safety laws—the Florida school district is implementing a new set...
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teachers News
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Called 'Selfish' by GOP Governor, Kentucky Teachers Protest Proposed Pension Cuts at State Capital
For the second time this month—and in the wake of recent dramatic protests in West Virginia— hundreds of Kentucky public school teachers rallied at the state capital in Frankfort on Wednesday to protest a bill that would slash their retirement benefits, chanting, "a pension is a promise." This is...
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food diversity News
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Alarm Sounds After EU Regulators Greenlight Bayer-Monsanto #MergerFromHell
After weeks of speculation, chemical giant Bayer and biotech behemoth Monsanto have cleared a significant regulatory hurdle in their bid to consolidate into one company through a multibillion-dollar deal that critics are calling the " merger from Hell ." "The coming together of these two is a...
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IL03 candidates News
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Progressive Challenger Delivers 'Political Scare' But Blue Dog Democrat Ekes Out Victory in Illinois Primary
Despite Blue Dog Democrat Dan Lipinski's conservative record, the anti-choice congressman narrowly defeated primary challenger Marie Newman in Illinois's 3rd District on Tuesday in a race that has been closely watched at a national level. "Can the progressive wing of the party mount a powerful...
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Puerto Rico News
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
'Neglect and Bureaucracy': Six Months After Maria, Trump Condemned for Failed Response in Puerto Rico
It has been exactly six months since Hurricane Maria ravaged the island of Puerto Rico, but thousands of residents of the American territory still lack electricity or are unable to return home, illustrating how the Trump administration and Congress have failed to adequately address the crisis that...
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stop war graphic News
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
With Vote Looming, Anti-War Groups Call on Nation to Demand Congress End US-Backed Slaughter in Yemen
With a vote expected later on Tuesday, and as the Senate debates a joint resolution that aims to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led bombing of Yemen, peace advocates are urging Americans to immediately call their representatives in Congress to back the legislation. TODAY: The Senate will vote on #...
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keep abortion legal News
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Judge Issues Restraining Order to Block Mississippi Attack on Abortion Rights
Update: U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves on Tuesday granted a 10-day restraining order on Mississippi's new law that bans abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The decision came in response to a lawsuit filed by the state's lone abortion provider after the ban was signed into law on Monday...
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