Jessica Corbett, staff writer

Jessica Corbett

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

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"Building a Better America"cover News
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
GOP's Deja Vu Budget Slashes Social Programs to Fund Tax Cuts for Rich
House Republicans are under fire for their new 10-year budget blueprint , released Tuesday, that proposes increasing military spending by $72.4 billion while slashing more than $200 billion from social programs. The proposed budget resolution (" Building a Better America "), delayed for weeks by...
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson addresses State employees News
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Downplaying Atrocities? Trump Plan to Close 'War Crimes Office' Sparks Concern
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to shut down the U.S.'s office dedicated to advising his department on issues related to war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide, according to a new report by Foreign Policy . "This sends a strong signal to perpetrators of mass atrocities that the...
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson News
Monday, July 17, 2017
Former Diplomats Urge Tillerson to Keep Refugee Office Where It Belongs
In a letter sent to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, more than 50 former U.S. diplomats and foreign policy experts urged the secretary to reject a White House proposal to transfer the government's official refugee office out of the State Department. "Refugee issues are rooted in international...
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Vigil at open-air chapel News
Monday, July 17, 2017
To Block Pipeline, Nuns in Court to Defend Cornfield Chapel
A group of about 30 Catholic nuns in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, who constructed an open-air chapel on the proposed path of a natural gas pipeline, are in court on Monday fighting efforts by the fossil fuel company trying to seize their land. "We honor God by protecting and preserving His...
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#NRA2DOJ Rally outside NRA headquarters News
Friday, July 14, 2017
Undeterred by DC Heat Advisory, Women's March Against NRA Begins
Several hundred protesters , led by the organizers of January's Women's March , rallied in front of the National Rifle Association's Virginia headquarters Friday, before beginning a two-day 18-mile march to the Department of Justice for a 10am vigil Saturday. Undeterred by the hot weather—D.C. has...
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Jeremy Corbyn and Naomi Klein News
Friday, July 14, 2017
Jeremy Corbyn Talks With Naomi Klein About Creating a Better World
"Social justice isn't copyrighted," U.K. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn told Naomi Klein in an interview published at The Intercept on Thursday. Klein, a jouranlist and author of the new book No Is Not Enough , asked Corbyn about U.K. conservatives trying to co-opt his policies to appeal to...
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Reproductive rights advocates in Texas News
Friday, July 14, 2017
Texas Study Shows How Defunding Planned Parenthood Actually Increased Abortion Rates
Illustrating the potential consequences if Republicans fulfill their threat to defund Planned Parenthood nationwide, a new study shows that when Texas slashed state funding for family planning clinics in 2011, the abortion rate among teenagers in the state actually increased. "This certainly isn't...
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Environmentalists interviewed by Global Witness News
Thursday, July 13, 2017
With at Least 200 Killed, 2016 Was Deadliest Year Ever for Earth Defenders
Last year was the deadliest in history to be an environmental activist, according to a new report that found, on average, nearly four people were killed per week. "Conflicts over the control of land and natural resources were an underlying factor in almost every killing in 2016." –Global Witness...
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Floods in Louisiana in August 2016 News
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
'When Rising Seas Hit Home': Hundreds of Towns Threatened by 2100
As an iceberg the size of Delaware broke away from an ice shelf in Antarctica Wednesday, scientists released findings that up to 668 U.S. communities could face chronic flooding from rising sea levels by the end of the century. "We hope this analysis provides a wake-up call to coastal communities—...
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Deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders News
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
President Applauds 'Transparency' After Trump Jr. Forced to Come Clean
With no apparent sense of irony, President Donald Trump on Tuesday defended the "transparency" of his eldest son's decision to tweet a damning email thread—which legal experts have deemed a " smoking gun " that points to apparent collusion—just before it was exposed by a New York Times report. In a...
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