Lisa Newcomb, staff writer

Lisa Newcomb is a staff writer for Common Dreams.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Progressive Ilhan Omar Faces Dark Money and Right-Wing Attacks in Minnesota Primary
Freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar is facing a well-funded challenger in the Minnesota primary on Tuesday as progressives champion her essential voice in Congress amid right-wing attacks from a relatively unknown opponent and outside dark money groups. . @IlhanMN is a woman of incredible strength. We need...
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Tuesday, August 11, 2020
DNC Announces Progressive Champion Ocasio-Cortez Will Speak at Convention
After earlier speculation that they may leave her out, the Democratic National Committee announced Tuesday that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, one of the most outspoken progressive voices in Congress, will speak at the party's national convention next week, when the party will officially nominate...
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Monday, August 10, 2020
Citing 'Years of Chaos and Impunity,' ACLU Calls for Breakup of Department of Homeland Security
After years of challenging the actions and authority of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the ACLU Monday called for Congress to dismantle the agency and break it into smaller parts. "Its dysfunction is one of the Beltway's worst kept secrets," Anthony Romero, executive director of the ACLU...
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Monday, August 10, 2020
'Impossible to Stay Quiet': With Nearly 100,000 Kids Infected by Covid-19 in Just Two Weeks, Medical Experts Warn Against Hasty Return to School
An estimated 338,000 children in the United States have been infected with Covid-19, and 97,000 of those were reported in the final two weeks of July, according to a report released by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children's Hospital Association. School districts across the country...
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Friday, August 07, 2020
Fossil Fuel Investments and Hawkish Foreign Policy Among Serious Issues Progressives Have With Susan Rice as Possible VP Pick
As Democrats await a vice presidential pick from party nominee Joe Biden, progressives are pointing to Susan Rice's past fossil fuel investments—including stock in the company behind the Keystone XL Pipeline—and her hawkish foreign policy as reasons to disqualify her from the running. "The...
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Friday, August 07, 2020
'It's Disintegrated, Basically': Last Fully Intact Canadian Ice Sheet Collapses
An ice shelf larger than Manhattan has collapsed in the Canadian Arctic. The Milne Ice Shelf was the nation's last fully-intact ice shelf in the Arctic, and it lost more than 40% of its area in just two days in July, reports Reuters , the equivalent of about 50 square miles. Satellite animation,...
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Thursday, August 06, 2020
Saying ICE Has 'Lost the Right to Be Trusted,' Federal Judge Orders Mandatory Testing at Detention Center Hit by Covid-19
A federal judge on Thursday ordered the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) to find and implement rapid on-site testing following an outbreak that hospitalized two detainees and infected at least seven others at a California detention facility. U.S. District Court Judge Vince Chhabria...
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Thursday, August 06, 2020
Republican Gov. DeWine Tests Positive for Covid-19 as Virus Sweeps Across Ohio Ahead of Trump Visit
Ohio's Republican Governor Mike Dewine Thursday said he will self-quarantine after testing positive for Covid-19, hours before he was set to meet with President Donald Trump in Cleveland. DeWine, 73, is the second U.S. governor known to have contracted the virus. DeWine and his former health...
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Thursday, August 06, 2020
Critics Warn Against McConnell's 'Craven' Push to Immunize Corporate Criminals
As Congressional negotiations continue over the next Covid-19 stimulus legislation, workers' rights advocates have become increasingly vocal in their opposition to corporate immunity provisions pushed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. "Mitch McConnell is much more worried about an...
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Wednesday, August 05, 2020
'Don't Let Anyone Fool You,' Says Sanders. Primary Wins Show Progressives 'Transforming American Politics'
Cheering multiple primary wins this week for progressive candidates up and down state ballots, Sen. Bernie Sanders, (I-Vt.) rallied supporters Wednesday to keep up the fight to actually win the visionary demands driving those electoral victories. "If we are serious about creating transformative...
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