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Democratic Primary Makes Clear: A Populist Revolution is Coming

Democratic Primary Makes Clear: A Populist Revolution is Coming

Published on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 by Common Dreams by Lauren McCauley, staff writer The influential economist Thomas Piketty is the most recent trans-Atlantic observer to note that the “incredible success of the ‘socialist’ Bernie Sanders” is indicative of a deeper, populist movement that’s brewing across the United States. In a column published in the French newspaper Le Monde […]

New Report Shatters Myth of ‘Nuclear Renaissance’

New Report Shatters Myth of ‘Nuclear Renaissance’

Published on Thursday, July 16, 2015 by Common Dreams, by Andrea Germanos, staff writer If renewable energy advocates need more evidence that solar and wind are better investments than nuclear power, a new report may offer just that. The findings come from the newly released World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2015, which looks at global nuclear developments over the past […]

Pope Blasts ‘Unbridled Capitalism’; Begs Forgiveness from Native Americans

Pope Blasts ‘Unbridled Capitalism’; Begs Forgiveness from Native Americans

Published on Friday, July 10, 2015 by Common Dreams by Jon Queally, staff writer In a far-reaching speech in Bolivia on Thursday, Pope Francis offered his apologies to, and begged forgiveness from, the native people of the Americas as he acknowledged the brutal treatment they received throughout the so-called “conquest of America.” In a speech that also touched on the […]

NASA: The Earth is Running Out of Water

NASA: The Earth is Running Out of Water

Published on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 by Common Dreams, by Lauren McCauley, staff writer Bottom line: the Earth is running out of water. Two new NASA studies led by researchers from the University of California Irvine and published Tuesday show that the depletion of global groundwater resources, due to the dueling impacts of global warming and growing human demand, has […]

North Dakota Town Evacuated Following Fiery Oil Train Derailment

North Dakota Town Evacuated Following Fiery Oil Train Derailment

Published on Wednesday, May 06, 2015 by Common Dreams by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer The entire population of Heimdal, North Dakota has been evacuated Wednesday morning after a train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded. A BNSF Railway oil train derailed around 7:30 am, setting at least 10 oil tanker cars on fire. The Bismarck Tribune spoke with emergency responders […]

Big Bank ‘Crime of the Century’ Results in Guess What? No Jail Time for Anyone

Big Bank ‘Crime of the Century’ Results in Guess What? No Jail Time for Anyone

Published on Friday, April 24, 2015 by Common Dreams by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer While corporate watchdogs hailed the record $2.5 billion settlement paid by Deutsche Bank to U.S. and U.K. authorities for its rate-rigging role in the massive LIBOR scandal, some noted that the fine—while large—suggests that some institutions are still considered “too big to jail.” Authorities announced Thursday […]

Challenging the feds via local self-government ordinance

Challenging the feds via local self-government ordinance

Companies that include Williams Partners backing the Constitution Pipeline connecting New York to New England used eminent domain to acquire access to properties against the owners’ wishes. U.S. District Judge Malachy Mannion ruled that the Constitution Pipeline has the necessary permits from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and that it serves the public interest by […]

Sweet: Community service fees are “derivative of tax dollars”

Sweet: Community service fees are “derivative of tax dollars”

As tedious as many public meetings are to sit through one can almost always mine little nuggets of gold from statements made by elected officials. From the inception of the CEP (Community Enhancement Plan) elected leaders from Rep Caddy McKeown to Commissioner Melissa Cribbins denied or questioned whether the so-called community service fees paid into […]

‘Unbelievable, Terrible’: Forest Service OKs Fracking in Largest National Forest on East Coast

‘Unbelievable, Terrible’: Forest Service OKs Fracking in Largest National Forest on East Coast

Published on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 by Common Dreams by Lauren McCauley, staff writer Threatening the water supply for millions of Americans, the U.S. Forest Service has opened the doors for oil and gas companies to drill by fracking the largest national forest on the East Coast, the George Washington National Forest, according to an updated federal […]

Medicare Overpays Billions for Office Visits, Patient Evaluations

Medicare Overpays Billions for Office Visits, Patient Evaluations

by Charles Ornstein ProPublica, May 29, 2014, 12:01 a.m. Medicare spent $6.7 billion too much for office visits and other patient evaluations in 2010, according to a new report from the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. But in its reply to the findings, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid […]

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