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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Werner Vogels, chief technology officer and vice president of Amazon News
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
With Facial Recognition Technology at 'Crossroads,' 90 Groups Urge Amazon, Google, and Microsoft Not to Collude With Big Brother
In a trio of letters sent Tuesday to executives at Amazon , Google , and Microsoft , a coalition of 90 civil and human rights groups called on the companies to refuse to sell facial recognition technology to governments across the globe, cautioning that such systems can endanger people and...
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voting rights advocates News
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Once a 'Laughingstock' on Voting Rights, Reform Package Moves New York Toward More 'Inclusive Democracy'
Voting rights advocates celebrated Monday night as state lawmakers in New York—long considered a "national laughingstock" on voting rights—took a major step toward creating a "strong, inclusive democracy" by passing election reform legislation.
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The Killers' "Land of the Free" music video News
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Watch: Devastating New 'Land of the Free' Music Video Decries Violence and Cruelty of Trump's America
In a powerful indictment of cruelty across the United States, The Killers' new song "Land of the Free"—released Monday with a devastating music video directed by Spike Lee—decries President Donald Trump's proposed border wall, the dehumanization and abuse of asylum-seekers, mass incarceration, institutional racism, and the nation's refusal to address the epidemic of mass shootings and gun violence.
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National Security Adviser John Bolton News
Sunday, January 13, 2019
'A Reckless Advocate of Military Force': Demands for John Bolton's Dismissal After Reports He Asked Pentagon for Options to Strike Iran
Reminding the world that he is, as one critic put it, "a reckless advocate of military force," the Wall Street Journal revealed on Sunday that President Donald Trump's National Security Adviser John Bolton "asked the Pentagon to provide the White House with military options to strike Iran last year, generating concern at the Pentagon and State Department."
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Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) News
Sunday, January 13, 2019
Durbin Calls for Senate Hearings to Probe 'Serious Questions' About Why Trump Is 'So Chummy' With Putin
"Why is he so chummy with Vladimir Putin?" Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said of President Donald Trump's relationship with his Russian counterpart after a series of recent reports provoked more "serious questions" about their interactions, and as public anticipation continues to build...
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Julián Castro News
Saturday, January 12, 2019
Calling Out 'Crisis of Leadership' Under Trump, Ex-Obama HUD Chief Julián Castro Enters 2020 Presidential Race
Julián Castro, former mayor of San Antonio and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) secretary under President Barack Obama, formally declared on Saturday that he is seeking the Democratic nomination for president in the 2020 contest—an announcement that's been expected since he launched an exploratory committee last month.
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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) News
Saturday, January 12, 2019
Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard Is Running for President With Focus on 'War and Peace'
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), in a video circulated by CNN on Friday night, announced her plans to seek the Democratic nomination for president in 2020—a revelation that was met with mixed responses from progressives.
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Trump shutdown protest News
Friday, January 11, 2019
'The Right Thing to Do': Senate Dems Demand Back Pay for Furloughed Government Contractors
Dozens of Democrats and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) are demanding not only an end to "this wasteful and destructive government shutdown" but also that contractors furloughed by their employers should receive back pay, with funding help from the federal agencies impacted by President Donald Trump's "temper tantrum" over border wall funding.
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baby News
Friday, January 11, 2019
Slowly Catching Up to Developed World, Newsom's Plan for California Would Provide Longest Paid Family Leave in US
In what some are calling a "bold" and "groundbreaking" move—at least by U.S. standards—after being sworn in earlier this week, California's Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday proposed the nation's longest paid parental leave as part of his state budget plan.
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federal workers march in DC News
Thursday, January 10, 2019
'Grow Up, Do Your Job, End This Shutdown': Federal Workers Hold Massive DC Rally Against Trump
Federal workers, government contractors, and the unions that represent them rallied in Washington, D.C. on Thursday to pressure President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to end the ongoing government shutdown, which is just days away from becoming the longest in U.S. history.
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