Julia Conley, staff writer

Julia Conley is a staff writer for Common Dreams.

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Thursday, May 10, 2018
'Beyond the Pale': NRA Head Oliver North Says Attacks on Gun Lobby Worse Than Jim Crow Violence
The NRA's newly-appointed president Oliver North was under fire on Thursday after he compared protest actions against the powerful gun industry lobbyist group to the violent and racist attacks on the civil rights movement in the 1960s. Oliver North, a criminal who needed a Presidential pardon, is a...
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Thursday, May 10, 2018
Costa Rica Will Become World's First Carbon-Free Country by 2021, New President Says
In his first speech as Costa Rica's new president, Carlos Alvarado Quesada announced this week a plan to make the country the world's first carbon-free society in just a few short years. Alvarado called the goal "titanic" but expressed confidence that the forward-thinking country could eliminate...
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Thursday, May 10, 2018
'You Watch Too Much Movies': Watch ICE Refuse to Produce Warrant, Then Barge Into Home With Guns Drawn as Terrified Children Cry in Background
A woman in southern California repeatedly told Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents that her seven children were present and demanded to see their warrant as they forced their way— guns drawn and using heavy shields— into the family's home. ICE has to show a warrant to enter someone's...
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Wednesday, May 09, 2018
Vowing to End Corporate Bullying of Organized Workers, Sanders Unveils Bill to Restore Union Power
A new bill aimed at bolstering unions' power and ending abuses by employers was met with loud cheers in Washington, D.C., where Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and several Democratic lawmakers introduced the legislation on Wednesday. The Workplace Democracy Act, introduced by Sanders in the Senate and...
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Wednesday, May 09, 2018
Human Rights Watch Director Decries Expulsion From Israel as Attempt to 'Muzzle Dissent'
Human rights campaigners stood in solidarity on Wednesday with Omar Shakir, the director of Human Rights Watch's (HRW) work in Israel and Palestine, after Israel announced that Shakir would be expelled from the country within 14 days. Despite claims by the Israeli Interior Ministry that Shakir had...
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Wednesday, May 09, 2018
'Time to Melt Some Phones' on Capitol Hill as Red Alert for Net Neutrality Hits Internet
As internet freedom supporters in the Senate attempt to force a vote to reverse the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) unpopular repeal of net neutrality rules, dozens of prominent websites went on "red alert" in support of the protections on Wednesday, hoping to prompt users to flood...
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Tuesday, May 08, 2018
As Senators Prepare to Grill Haspel on 'Gruesome' History, Progressives Demand Democrats Stand Against Torture
A day before acting CIA Director Gina Haspel's confirmation hearing begins for her nomination to lead the agency, loud calls for the Senate to reject the nomination were compounded by demands from prominent progressives that any Democrats who vote to approve Haspel—who oversaw torture at the CIA—be...
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Tuesday, May 08, 2018
Melania Trump Plagiarizes Obama Administration... Again: 'Be Best' Initiative Takes Whole Pages From 2014 Project
Shortly after First Lady Melania Trump unveiled her "Be Best" agenda to keep children safe online and combat cyberbullying on Monday, it was revealed that the initiative's website was nearly identical to one put up in 2014 by the Obama administration. Fun fact: The White House trumpets “Talking...
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Tuesday, May 08, 2018
'Evil, Evil, Evil': Protester Condemns Sessions During Unveiling of Trump Policy to Rip Immigrant Families Apart
In Scottsdale, Ariz. on Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions was greeted by a protester with a bullhorn who denounced Sessions as "evil" as he outlined the Trump administration's new "zero tolerance" policy for parents who attempt to cross the U.S.-Mexico border with children—one that will...
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Monday, May 07, 2018
Oliver North, Whose 'Very Name Is Synonymous With Corruption and Disgrace,' Is NRA's Next President
Gun control advocacy groups and progressive critics expressed disbelief Monday when the National Rifle Association (NRA) announced that Oliver North—known for overseeing illegal weapons sales which led to his felony conviction in the late 1980s—will serve as the powerful lobbying group's next...
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