Lauren McCauley, staff writer

Lauren McCauley is a staff writer for Common Dreams.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017
Commander-in-Chief Trump Drops 'Mother of All Bombs' on Afghanistan
Commander-in-Chief Donald Trump unleashed one of the most powerful U.S. bombs—the 20,000 pound GBU-43, known as "the mother of all bombs"—on Afghanistan on Thursday, the Pentagon has confirmed. The MOAB, which stands for massive ordinance air blast, reportedly struck an Islamic State (ISIS) tunnel...
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Thursday, April 13, 2017
Pentagon Admits to Killing 18 US-Backed Syrian Forces in Friendly Fire Incident
The Pentagon on Thursday admitted to accidentally killing 18 U.S.-backed Syrian fighters on Tuesday during a coalition operation against the Islamic State (ISIS). "A coalition air strike in support of partnered forces fighting ISIS south of Tabqah, Syria, resulted in 18 Syrian Democratic Forces...
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Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Sheriff Who Met DAPL Opponents With Brute Force Now Advising Other Law Enforcement
Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier, made infamous for leading his department in brutal confrontations with opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline , is reportedly advising other law enforcement on how to deal with protesters. In an interview with the Omaha World-Herald published Tuesday,...
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Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Federal Court Again Concludes Texas Crafted ID Law to Hurt Minority Voters
For the fifth time, a court has ruled that a Texas voter identification law was passed with the intention of discriminating against black and Hispanic voters in the state—hopefully sounding "the death knell" for the egregious voter suppression effort. Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos with the U.S...
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Monday, April 10, 2017
Leaked Emails Show Big Oil Execs Oversaw 'Vast Bribery Scheme' in Nigeria
In a damning development in one of the oil industry's biggest global corruption scandals, leaked emails reveal that Big Oil executives knowingly took part in "a vast bribery scheme that robbed the Nigerian people of over a billion dollars," a new exposé has revealed . The full investigation, titled...
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Monday, April 10, 2017
Democratic Momentum in Georgia Race Signals Shifting Electoral Tide
In the closely-watched race for Georgia's sixth district, said to be the first test of whether backlash against President Donald Trump will propel Democratic candidates to seize traditionally conservative seats, documentary filmmaker Jon Ossoff continues to gain ground, putting the GOP on the...
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Friday, April 07, 2017
Remember 2003? Bolivian UN Ambassador Blasts US for Another Illegal Attack
Wielding an image of former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell during his infamous "weapons of mass destruction" speech that helped make the case for the U.S. invasion of Iraq in2003, Sacha Llorenti, the Bolivian ambassador to the United Nations, blasted the United States for its unilateral...
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Friday, April 07, 2017
Sanders Warns Trump Against Dragging US Into Another Endless 'Quagmire'
Sen. Bernie Sanders on Friday said he's "deeply concerned" that President Donald Trump's unilateral military action against the Syrian government will once again drag the U.S. "into the quagmire of long-term military engagement in the Middle East." Questioning Trump's motives, the Vermont senator...
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Friday, April 07, 2017
Observers Warn That Syria Attack is Trump's "Wag the Dog" Moment
With tanking approval ratings , a failed attempt at producing healthcare legislation, and a swirling investigation into possible collusion with Russia , President Donald Trump's first hundred days were looking pretty bleak. It was against this backdrop that the president late Thursday took...
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Thursday, April 06, 2017
'Carnage and Chaos' Loom as Trump Weighs Military Attack on Syria
The threat of further U.S. military action in Syria looms with the Pentagon reportedly drawing up plans for a response to Tuesday's deadly chemical attack that Defense Secretary James Mattis will present to President Donald Trump Thursday evening. According to reporting by the The Intercept , one...
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