Jon Queally, staff writer

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

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks during an event to introduce the Raise The Wage Act in the Rayburn Room at the U.S. Capitol January 16, 2019 in Washington, DC. The proposed legislation, which will gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2024, is unlikely to pass in the Republican-controlled Senate. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) News
Thursday, July 18, 2019
After House Passes $15 Minimum Wage Bill, Bernie Sanders Demands McConnell Let Senate Vote
After the Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives passed a " historic " piece of legislation Thursday that would raise the federal minimum wage from its current $7.25 up to $15, Sen. Bernie Sanders immediately called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to allow that chamber to...
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren had just one word to say on Tuesday after billionaire right-winger Peter Thiel said she was the "dangerous one" among all the current 2020 presidential candidates. (Photo: flickr/cc) News
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
'Good,' Says Elizabeth Warren, After Billionaire Right-Winger Peter Thiel Says She's 2020 Democrat He Is 'Most Scared By'
"Good." Sen. Elizabeth Warren had just one word to say on Tuesday after billionaire right-winger Peter Thiel said she was the "dangerous one" among all the current 2020 presidential candidates. Thiel, the uber wealthy co-founder of Paypal and a prominent supporter of President Donald Trump, told...
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Eduardo Velev cools off in the spray of a fire hydrant during a heatwave on July 1, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. An excessive heat warning has been issued in Philadelphia and along the East Coast as hot and humid weather hits the region this week. (Photo: Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images) News
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
'A Hotter Future That's Hard to Imagine': Super-Charged by Climate Crisis, New Study Warns of 'Killer Heat' Set to Overtake US
Without urgent international action to address runaway global heating, there will be almost no communities or regions in the contiguous United States unaffected as the number of lethally hot days each year—including those characterized as "off-the-charts" hot—doubles by mid-century and quadruples...
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U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, (D-MI) (2R) speaks as (L-R) Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-TX), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) Rep. Ayanna S. Pressley (D-MA) attend a House Oversight and Reform Committee holds a hearing on "The Trump Administration's Child Separation Policy: Substantiated Allegations of Mistreatment." July 12, 2019 in Washington, DC. The hearing comes just ahead of a planned multiday Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) operation to arrest thousands of undocumented immigrant families in sever News
Friday, July 12, 2019
Powerful and Emotional Testimony From Escobar, Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib, and Pressley on Family Separation and Child Imprisonment
Four members of Congress retold in witness testimony to their fellow lawmakers Friday morning what they saw and experienced during a recent visit to a U.S. border detention facility in Texas, sparing no graphic or emotional detail. Reps. Veronica Escobar (D-Texas), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y...
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Philanthropist Tom Steyer stands in front of one of the billboards he has funded in Times Square calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump on November 20, 2017 in New York City. Steyer, an American hedge fund manager, environmentalist, progressive activist, and fundraiser announced Tuesday he is running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination—the 25th person to officially do so. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) News
Tuesday, July 09, 2019
'The Answer to a Question No One Is Asking': Billionaire Philanthropist Tom Steyer Announces 2020 Presidential Bid
Despite repeated assurances he would not do so, billionaire philanthropist and activist Tom Steyer—who has previously pledged his vast fortune to such causes as defeating the Keystone XL pipeline and mounting a national campaign demanding the impeachment of President Donald Trump—officially...
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Wednesday, July 03, 2019
After Data Shows Last Month Was Hottest June on Record, Sanders Says Maybe Now Is 'Time to Start Treating This Like a Crisis and Not a Hoax'
In response to news on Tuesday that a European Union satellite agency declared last month the hottest June ever recorded, 2020 Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders said, " Maybe, just maybe, it's time to start treating this like a crisis and not a hoax ." With campaigners across the world...
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Monday, July 01, 2019
Insurance Giant Ditching Coal Industry Called 'Major Step Forward'—Especially If Others Follow
Campaigners who have sought to pressure the global industry insurance into ending their support for the world's dirtiest energy sources—including coal and tar sands—are cautiously celebrating victory Monday after insurance giant Chubb, specifically citing the climate crisis, announced it will stop...
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Thursday, June 27, 2019
'Hell No': Ocasio-Cortez Denounces Pelosi-Approved Vote on McConnell's Border Bill Without New Protections for Children
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was among the progressive Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday who immediately pushed back after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a decision to vote on a border funding package approved by the Senate—controlled by Republican Majority...
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Wednesday, June 26, 2019
'This Is the Horrendous Truth': Images of Father and Daughter Who Drowned Seeking Refuge in US Spark Sorrow and Outrage
Warning: This article includes graphic images that may be very difficult for some. A horrifying and heartbreaking series of photographs of a father and his young daughter from El Salvador who drowned while attempting to seek asylum in the United States—similar to an image of a young Syrian boy, a...
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Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Amid Demand for Climate Focus, Burning Everglades Offer Fiery Backdrop to First Democratic Primary Debate
Offering an ominous backdrop to the first debates of the Democratic Party primary scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday in Miami, a wildfire is currently ripping through the Florida everglades—a fiery reminder that the climate crisis is on the minds of many progressive-minded voters even as the...
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