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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Tom Perez News
Friday, August 10, 2018
'Absolute Failure': DNC Passes Perez Resolution Reversing Ban on Donations From Fossil Fuel PACs
Just two months after the Democratic National Committee (DNC) was celebrated by environmentalists for banning donations from fossil fuel companies, it voted 30-2 on Friday to adopt a resolution from Chair Tom Perez that critics said effectively reverses the ban and represents "an absolute failure by the DNC."
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kayakers News
Friday, August 10, 2018
Anti-Pipeline Kayaktivists Hit With Felony Charges Under Louisiana's New ALEC-Inspired Law That Criminalizes Protest
Three kayaktivists who oppose construction of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline—the tail end of Energy Transfer Partner's Dakota Access Pipeline—are reportedly the first people to be charged with felonies under a new Louisiana law that, like a model bill crafted by the right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), criminalizes peaceful protests of fossil fuel projects.
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activist confronts police News
Friday, August 10, 2018
'Peak Dystopia': Chicago Police Bolster Distrust With 'Bait Truck' Full of Nikes in Poor Black Neighborhood
On the same day anti-violence protesters shut down Chicago's Lake Shore Drive during rush hour, demanding the resignations of Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, police in the city launched a sting operation that involved leaving a "bait truck" full of boxed Nike shoes in...
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Haspel News
Friday, August 10, 2018
Though "Too Late" Now, Cables From Secret CIA Black Site Read Like Gina Haspel's "Torture Journaling"
Government cables reported in the New York Times on Friday "read like torture journaling," critics said after reviewing the interrogation techniques—"loud noise, sleep deprivation, forced nudity, wall-slamming, and waterboarding"—that CIA operatives used on an al-Qaida suspect in 2002 at a secret prison run by Gina Haspel, whom the Senate confirmed as agency chief in May despite widespread outrage over her torturous record.
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ban pesticide sign News
Thursday, August 09, 2018
'Major Victory for Public Health': Court Orders Trump EPA to Ban Pesticide That Harms Kids' Brains
In a "major victory for public health," the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit on Thursday ruled the Trump administration illegally blocked a ban on chlorpyrifos—a pesticide linked to brain development delays in children and nervous systems issues for all people and animals exposed to it—and ordered that it be outlawed within 60 days.
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kick the koch habit News
Thursday, August 09, 2018
Another Backfire for Koch Brothers as Survey Shows Americans Actually Want Free College, $15 Minimum Wage, and Medicare for All
Delivering yet another blow to the billionaire Koch Brothers' right-wing agenda, a survey conducted by In Pursuit Of, the pair's public relations firm, found that the majority of Americans support policies such as free public college, a $15 hourly minimum wage, and government-run healthcare—...
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cuomo, ocasio-cortez News
Thursday, August 09, 2018
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Why Do We 'Write Blank Checks for War' But 'Our Pockets Are Empty' When It Comes to Medicare for All?
New York congressional candidate and democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez questions how Congress can "write unlimited blank checks for war" and pass the GOP's $2 trillion tax cut for the wealthy, but when it comes to proposals such as Medicare for All, "our pockets are empty."
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Anti-fracking demonstrators News
Wednesday, August 08, 2018
Continuing 'War on California' and Planet, Trump Makes First Move to Reopen State's Public Lands to Fracking
The Trump administration on Wednesday took the first step toward lifting a five-year moratorium on leasing federal lands in California to oil companies in a move that conservationists warn could open up more than a million acres to fracking.
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Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) News
Wednesday, August 08, 2018
'Not Surprising': Rep. Chris Collins, Trump's Very First Congressional Backer, Indicted for Insider Trading
In a development celebrated by Washington D.C. ethics watchdogs, Republican Rep. Chris Collins (N.Y.)—President Donald Trump's first congressional supporter—on Wednesday was arrested by the FBI and indicted on insider trading charges for actions that may have taken place while he was on the White House lawn.
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Rashida Tlaib News
Wednesday, August 08, 2018
Democratic Socialist Rashida Tlaib Poised to Become First Palestinian-American Congresswoman
With 96 percent of votes counted following Tuesday's primary election in Michigan, Rashida Tlaib—who has been described as "a dynamic, minority, young progressive" and part of "the new breed of politician grabbing attention in the Democratic Party"—is slated to become the first Muslim and Palestinian-American Congresswoman.
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