Stories by Lauren Kelley

Lauren Kelley is the activism and gender editor at AlterNet and a freelance journalist based in New York City. Her work has appeared in Salon, Time Out New York, the L Magazine, and other publications. Follow her on Twitter. subscribe to Lauren Kelley's feed

Posted on: Oct 7, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Here are the most egregious examples that every consumer should be aware of, plus ideas for fighting back.

Posted on: Jan 30, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Will our politicians finally face this grim reality? What will it take?

Posted on: Jan 30, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Perhaps Stewart knew we've missed his Glenn Beck coverage ever since Beck's show was taken off the air.

Posted on: Jan 30, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Nearly a third of Americans live with no savings account at all.

Posted on: Jan 21, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The performer reportedly rapped, "Gaza Strip was getting bombed, Obama didn't say shit. That’s why I ain't vote for him, next one either."

Posted on: Jan 21, 2013, Source: AlterNet

It's hard to argue that fewer mass shootings of innocent children wouldn't be a positive thing. But some Republicans do.

Posted on: Jan 18, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Plenty of bad foods are marketed to purposely mislead consumers.

Posted on: Jan 18, 2013, Source: AlterNet

After NY lawmakers pushed through stricter gun laws earlier this week, gubernatorial hopeful Greg Abbott bought ads urging gun-loving New Yorkers to move to his state.

Posted on: Jan 18, 2013, Source: AlterNet

"When tyrants want things done, they generally don't ask their legislative bodies if that would be OK."

Posted on: Jan 18, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The latest celeb to get the Taiwanese animation treatment is Notre Dame football player Manti Te'o and his "fake dead girlfriend," Lennay Kekua.

Posted on: Jan 14, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Beyoncé for Pepsi, Jennifer Aniston for Smartwater: Many celebrities shill for products that are worthless, or worse.

Posted on: Jan 4, 2013, Source: AlterNet

We're inundated by deceptive marketing about these pricey and potentially dangerous drinks.

Posted on: Jan 4, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Shell accidentally revealed info to journalists via a hot mic, then media outlets quoted a spoof Shell site as real.

Posted on: Jan 4, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Meanwhile, likely candidate Scott Brown launches personal attack on potential opponent.

Posted on: Dec 28, 2012, Source: AlterNet

The Burj Khalifa in Dubai has its raw sewage removed by trucks that then must idle in line for up to 24 hours.

Posted on: Dec 24, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Forcing employees to work on Christmas without overtime pay is just the beginning.

Posted on: Dec 21, 2012, Source: AlterNet

The parent company that owns Red Lobster and the Olive Garden opposed Obamacare, and consumers recognized what a bad deal that was.

Posted on: Dec 14, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Krugman says the so-called "debt crisis" we're facing is really a political crisis caused by the GOP, which is a big heaping mess of a disaster at the moment.

Posted on: Dec 14, 2012, Source: AlterNet

GOP-backed anti-worker and anti-women's rights bills were all over the agenda.

Posted on: Dec 13, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Even the savviest shoppers can be tricked into buying things they don't want or need.

Posted on: Dec 7, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Stewart called out Christie for all of a sudden being kind towards Obama in the aftermath of the storm. “What does that tell you about the game?”

Posted on: Dec 7, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Now that voters have made it clear that they support legal recreational marijuana use, the Feds have to make a choice.

Posted on: Dec 6, 2012, Source: AlterNet

A "McJob" play set? Makeup for babies?

Posted on: Nov 30, 2012, Source: AlterNet

The have-nots get screwed while the haves complain about them. America!

Posted on: Nov 30, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Based on information about the medical examiner alone, it's unconscionable that Mississippi isn't giving the case a closer look.

Posted on: Nov 28, 2012, Source: AlterNet

We should all steer clear of anti-consumer companies like Ticketmaster and Delta Airlines.

Posted on: Nov 23, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Tax cuts and anti-choice nonsense -- a perfect policy for today's Right.

Posted on: Nov 21, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Do you really want to be the person crossing picket lines so you can save a few bucks on a TV?

Posted on: Nov 16, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Some employers are threatening their workers' job security for bogus Obama-related reasons.

Posted on: Nov 15, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Political madness is on full display, from the halls of power to the legions of frothing conservative foot soldiers.

Posted on: Nov 13, 2012, Source: AlterNet

GOP-backed super PACs, including/especially those tied to Karl Rove, did not do too well in this election.

Posted on: Nov 9, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Rove has had a no good, terrible, very bad week.

Posted on: Nov 8, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Despite all evidence to the contrary, right-wing pundits were telling whoever would listen that Romney would win by a landslide.

Posted on: Nov 1, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Contradictions abound in NYC -- huge swathes of the city are fine, while entire neighborhoods are facing serious shortages.

Posted on: Oct 31, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Disasters very often bring out the best neighborly instincts in people, but they also bring out some terrible comments and reactions.

Posted on: Oct 26, 2012, Source: AlterNet

We can now witness what government tried to shield the public from the wildlife casualties of the spill.

Posted on: Oct 19, 2012, Source: AlterNet

The Gap is the latest in a string of major companies to produce an offensive item of clothing.

Posted on: Oct 18, 2012, Source: AlterNet

The comment that sparked a national phenomenon.

Posted on: Oct 18, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Why do we have to start thinking about Christmas in freaking October?

Posted on: Oct 15, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Some companies design their fee structures and agreements in an intentionally confusing manner.

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