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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power line News
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
'Total Failure of Governance' by Trump: Island-Wide Blackout Deepens Puerto Rico Crisis
After struggling for nearly seven months to rebuild Puerto Rico's power grid, which was destroyed by Hurricane Maria , the U.S. territory experienced an island-wide blackout on Wednesday—its first since the storm struck last September. As meteorologist Eric Holthaus put it, "This is still a...
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protester News
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Net Neutrality Advocates Hopeful as California Bill Advances Despite Lobbyists' Attack
Despite concerns that California state lawmakers would cave to lobbyists for the telecommunications industry, legislation that's been called the " gold standard " for state-level net neutrality protections cleared its first hurdle on the way to becoming law. Senate Bill 822 , authored by state Sen...
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fire News
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Facing Fires and Floods, Colorado Communities Launch Landmark Suit Against Fossil Fuel Companies
Taking a cue from coastal communities that are aiming to hold the fossil fuel industry legally accountable for significantly contributing to the climate crisis, three Colorado municipalities are suing ExxonMobil and Suncor Energy "for the substantial role they played and continue to play in causing...
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signing ceremony News
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
In Effort to 'Strengthen' Democracy, New Jersey Enacts Automatic Voter Registration
Joining a promising pro-democracy wave, a signature from Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday added New Jersey to the ranks of 11 other states and the District of Columbia that have now enacted automatic voter registration. The new law requires the state's Motor Vehicle Commission to...
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SF News
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
California Democrats Under Fire for Siding With Telecom Lobbyists Against Net Neutrality Bill
As state lawmakers in California kick off debates on legislation that would establish the strongest net neutrality protections in the nation following a federal rollback by the Republican-controlled FCC in December, advocates are warning that Democratic legislators appear to be caving to...
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Beijing News
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
New Study Finds More Than 95% of Global Population Exposed to Harmful Air Pollution
More than 95 percent of people worldwide are exposed to dangerous air pollution, which kills millions each year and threatens billions more, according to a new analysis . State of Global Air 2018: A Special Report on Global Exposure to Air Pollution and Its Disease Burden (pdf), published by the...
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protesters News
Monday, April 16, 2018
New AUMF? Critics Warn Against Giving Trump—or Any President—Power to Wage War 'Virtually Anywhere on the Planet'
As the 17-year-old War on Terror rages on—and with the international community still reeling from the illegal missile strikes that the U.S., U.K., and France launched on Syria over the weekend—Congress is considering a measure that critics warn will expand the executive branch's authority to wage...
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Trump bribes protest News
Monday, April 16, 2018
'Shameless Self-Dealing': Report Shows President's Businesses Earned Millions From Spending by Trump Campaign
A new report out Monday details how President Donald Trump has financially benefited from his presidency, with federal agencies and political groups—including his own campaign—giving millions to the business empire from which he refuses to divest. The Art of the (Self) Deal: Political and Taxpayer...
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau News
Monday, April 16, 2018
'Underestimating the Opposition,' Trudeau Doubles Down on Kinder Morgan Pipeline Push
Just a week after environmentalists in Canada celebrated the decision by Kinder Morgan to halt most work on an expansion of its Trans Mountain pipeline, citing mounting opposition from activists and regional leaders, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged to provide financial and legislative...
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Durbin News
Friday, April 13, 2018
Democratic Senators Demand Trump Provide Legal Justification to Attack Syria
While House Democrats call for checks on President Donald Trump's military powers, citing fears of " war by tweet ," three senators reportedly sent a letter to the White House on Friday to demand that Trump explain the legal rationale behind his threats to bomb Syria, which lawmakers and experts...
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