Jon Queally, staff writer

Jon Queally is managing editor for Common Dreams. Follow him on Twitter: @jonqueally

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Monday, September 16, 2019
Citing Previous 'Misstatements of Fact' and Corruption Allegations, House Democrats Open Ethics Probe into Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao
U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao is the target of a new investigation by House Democrats who are trying to determine whether the powerful member of Trump's cabinet, and the wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, has abused her position in order to provide financial or other...
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Twenty-two Greenpeace USA climbers form a blockade on the Fred Hartman Bridge in Baytown, Texas shutting down the largest fossil fuel thoroughfare in the United States ahead of the third Democratic primary debate in nearby Houston. The climbers are preventing the transport of all oil and gas through the Houston Ship Channel, home to the largest petrochemical complex in the United States. According to the group, the nearly two dozen climbers "intend to remain secured in place for 24 hours, preventing the tra News
Thursday, September 12, 2019
Demanding 2020 Democrats Pick a Side on Climate Emergency, Greenpeace Climbers Shut Down Busiest Fossil Fuel Transportation Hub in US
This is a breaking news story... Please check back for possible updates... Just hours ahead of the Democratic Party primary debate taking place in Houston this evening, 22 activist climbers from Greenpeace blockaded the Fred Hartmann Bridge in Baytown, Texas just after dawn on Thursday morning in...
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Rideshare drivers hold signs during a protest outside of Uber headquarters on August 27, 2019 in San Francisco, California. Dozens of Uber and Lyft drivers staged a protest outside of Uber headquarters in support of California assembly bill 5 and to organize a union for rideshare drivers. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) News
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
'Historic Win' for Gig Economy Workers in California Exposes Telling Rift Among 2020 Democrats
Update: The California state Assembly passed AB 5 on Wednesday by a preliminary vote of 56-15, according to the Wall Street Journal . Earlier: As labor advocates celebrated a "historic win" for members of the so-called "gig economy" nationwide, passage of a bill aimed at companies like Uber and...
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"It is inappropriate for EPA to solely rely on industry studies to justify bringing sulfoxaflor back into our farm fields," said Michele Colopy of the Pollinator Stewardship Council, a party to the suit. "Die-offs of tens of thousands of bee colonies continue to occur and sulfoxaflor plays a huge role in this problem. EPA is harming not just the beekeepers, their livelihood, and bees, but the nation’s food system." (Photo: Ashraf Amra/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) News
Friday, September 06, 2019
US Beekeepers File Suit Against Trump EPA Charging 'Illegal' Approval of Insecticide Linked to Mass Die-Off
A group of beekeepers joined forces on Friday against Trump's EPA by filing a lawsuit over the agency's move to put a powerful insecticide—one that scientists warn is part of the massive pollinator die-off across the U.S.—back on the market. The lawsuit (pdf) charges that the EPA's approval of...
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Thursday, September 05, 2019
'A Year Ago I Wouldn't Have Believed It': Not Enough, But 2020 Climate Town Hall Hailed as Big Progress
Despite steady concerns that much of the news media—especially the corporate media in the United States—continues to downplay the far-reaching threat of the international emergency of rising air and ocean temperatures, climate campaigners and experts praised a town hall-style forum with 2020...
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U.S. President Donald Trump (R) references a map held by acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan while talking to reporters following a briefing from officials about Hurricane Dorian in the Oval Office at the White House September 04, 2019 in Washington, DC. The map was a forecast from August 29 and appears to have been altered by a black marker to extend the hurricane's range to include Alabama. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) News
Wednesday, September 04, 2019
"If This Wasn't So Dangerous I'd Be Laughing": Trump Presents Outdated Dorian Forecast Map With Alabama Circled With Sharpie
Seemingly loath to admit his erroneous claim that the state of Alabama would face a direct hit from Hurricane Dorian—the powerful storm that devastated the Bahamas in recent days and is now threatening the coasts of Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas—President Donald Trump was again the subject of...
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Wednesday, September 04, 2019
Ahead of Climate Forum, Bernie Sanders Urges All 2020 Democrats to Back Federal Fracking Ban
Just hours ahead of a televised climate forum with ten of the top 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls hosted by CNN on Wednesday night, Sen. Bernie Sanders urged all candidates in the race to back a federal ban on fracking—both on public and private lands—across the United States in order to...
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Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swedish climate activist, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. (Photo: Anders Hellberg/Effekt) News
Monday, September 02, 2019
Attacks on Greta Thunberg, Say Allies, Show Just How 'Terrified' Reactionary Forces Have Become of Global Climate Movement
Champions of Greta Thunberg—and the 16-year-old climate activist herself—hit back against malicious right-wing bullies over the weekend as she called her Asperger's syndrome diagnosis a "superpower" and her defenders said there is but one reason that people attack the person who has galvanized the...
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S President Donald Trump speaks during a memorial service at the Pentagon for the 9/11 terrorist attacks September 11, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski / AFP / Getty Images) News
Friday, August 30, 2019
'Be Given Our Stolen Time Back?': Trump Once Again Signals Desire to Illegally Extend Term
Not the first time he has done this, President Donald Trump on Friday morning insinuated he would like to extend his term beyond the four years granted by the nation's constitution when he posed as a question the idea of being granted back "stolen time" that was taken from him because of the...
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Protesters gather in Westminster to protest against the government proroguing parliament on August 28, 2019 in London, England. Reaction to the UK Government's decision to prorogue parliament led left-wing commentator Owen Jones calling for a rally outside parliament this evening and a House of Commons petition against to reach 500,000 signatures within a few hours of its launch. (Photo: John Keeble/Getty Images) News
Thursday, August 29, 2019
'Just the Beginning': Massive Protests in UK as Thousands Flood Streets to #StoptheCoup
Many thousands of people took to the streets across the United Kingdom on Wednesday evening—including crowds in central London who surrounded the Palace of Westminster—demanding the end of efforts to suspend Parliament launched earlier in the day by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. "If Boris Johnson...
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