Julia Conley, staff writer

Julia Conley is a staff writer for Common Dreams.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020
US Corporations a Driving Force Behind 'Unprecedented Wave' of Global Land Privatization: Report
A study released Tuesday by the Oakland Institute details an "unprecedented wave of privatization of natural resources that is underway around the world"—one that is largely being driven by the United States and its allies. According to the progressive think tank's report (pdf), "Driving...
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Tuesday, July 14, 2020
'Violence by Number Tampering': Trump Manipulated Government Estimates of Climate Costs, Says GAO Report
A nonpartisan congressional report released Tuesday reveals how the Trump administration manipulated data to justify deregulating carbon emissions by drastically understating the costs of allowing fossil fuel extraction—and the resulting climate crisis—to continue. The Government Accountability...
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Tuesday, July 14, 2020
'Something's Gotta Give Here': Urgent Action Demanded as 23 Million US Families Face Possible Eviction by October
A study from the Colorado-based Covid Eviction Defense Project revealed Monday that as many as 23 million families in the U.S. could be evicted by October if the federal government doesn't step in to provide ongoing assistance. Protections for renters living in units in buildings with federally-...
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Sunday, July 12, 2020
Adding Insult to the 'Injury of Colonialism,' Trump Suggested Selling Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria, Former Advisor Says
According to a New York Times interview with Elaine Duke, who served as Homeland Security Secretary from 2017 to 2018 and worked in President Donald Trump's cabinet when Hurricane Maria severely damaged the island of Puerto Rico, the president suggested selling the territory when it became clear...
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Sunday, July 12, 2020
US Teachers and Pediatricians Demand Major Federal Investment In Schools to Allow for Safe Reopening
Pediatricians are joining teachers across the country in demanding significant federal funding to ensure that schools can reopen safely amid the coronavirus pandemic as Republican lawmakers express reluctance to invest in the health of the nation's children and educators. The American Academy of...
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Saturday, July 11, 2020
With Covid-19 Deaths on the Rise, Hardest-Hit States Report Hospitals Are Near Capacity Following Early Reopenings
Following weeks of warnings from public health experts regarding the dangers of allowing the public into bars, restaurants, and other enclosed spaces while coronavirus case numbers continue to rise in several states, hospitals in two of the hardest-hit states showed signs that the pandemic has spun...
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Saturday, July 11, 2020
Federal Court Strikes Down Trump's ACA Rule Amounting to 'Intentional, Targeted Attack on Abortion Access'
A federal court late Friday struck down the Trump administration's attempt to erect new barriers to abortion care, this time using the for-profit insurance industry. U.S. District Judge Catherine Blake in Maryland blocked the administration from implementing the so-called Patient Protection and...
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Saturday, July 11, 2020
'Trump At His Most Corrupt': President Commutes 40-Month Sentence of Longtime Ally Roger Stone
Government ethics watchdogs and congressional Democrats were among those outraged late Friday after President Donald Trump announced the commutation of his longtime associate Roger Stone's 40-month prison sentence , in what Democratic leaders called a "transparently corrupt" move. Trump announced...
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Friday, July 10, 2020
Watchdog Accuses Trump's NOAA of 'Choosing Extinction' for Critically Threatened Right Whales by Hiding Scientific Evidence
As the North Atlantic right whale was placed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's list of critically endangered species Thursday, environmental protection groups accusing the U.S. government of bowing to fishing and fossil fuel industry pressure to downplay the threat and failing...
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Friday, July 10, 2020
Despite Trump Claim, Research Shows US Covid-19 Testing Rate Just 39% of Level Needed
President Donald Trump has claimed that testing in the United States for the coronavirus is "the best in the world" and has even suggested there is too much testing. But the "short answer" to a New York Times ' headline asking on Friday , "Is Your State Doing Enough Coronavirus Testing?" is that...
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