Jake Johnson, staff writer

Jake Johnson

Jake Johnson is a staff writer for Common Dreams. Follow him on Twitter: @johnsonjakep

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Trump 'Tip Stealing' Rule Would Cost Workers $5.8 Billion Per Year: Report
President Donald Trump's war on workers has spawned a number of disastrous policy moves, from cuts to federal employees' pay increases to directives making it harder for workers to unionize . But one of the " nastiest " policy shifts Trump is pursuing is a rule that would allow companies to steal...
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Wednesday, January 17, 2018
ICE Plan for Massive Raids in California Slammed as Attempt to 'Incite Fear' in Communities of Color
Just days after raiding nearly 100 7-Eleven stores nationwide , Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is now reportedly setting its sights on Northern California, where it is planning to arrest as many as 1,500 suspected undocumented immigrants in what lawmakers have denounced as " a direct...
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Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Pitting 'Kids Against Dreamers,' GOP Exploiting CHIP Funds to Trap Dems on Spending Bill
With a bipartisan immigration deal looking increasingly unlikely after President Donald Trump's " shithole countries " remark last week, Republicans aiming to avert a government shutdown are desperately pitting " kids against Dreamers " by using a crucial health insurance program for children to "...
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Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), and Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) arrive for a Senate Finance Committee hearing concerning fiscal year 2018 budget proposals for the Department of Treasury and tax reform, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) News
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
These 18 Senate Democrats Just Voted to Hand Trump Mass Spying Powers
Senate Democrats had an opportunity Tuesday night to block legislation that places expanded warrantless spying powers into the hands of President Donald Trump—who they have frequently criticized as a deranged authoritarian —but 18 Democrats opted instead to do the opposite, providing the decisive...
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Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Targeting 'Inner Circle,' Mueller Subpoenas Ousted Trump Strategist Steve Bannon
While former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon—fresh off his ouster from Breitbart News —was being interviewed behind closed doors by the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, news broke that special counsel Robert Mueller subpoenaed Bannon last week to testify before a grand jury, a...
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Tuesday, January 16, 2018
'Only Hours Left' to Stop Senate From Giving Trump Expanded Warrantless Spying Power
With the Senate set to cast its first votes on a bill that reauthorizes and expands the government's already vast warrantless spying program in a matter of hours, civil libertarians on Tuesday launched a last-ditch effort to rally opposition to the legislation and demand that lawmakers protect...
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Tuesday, January 16, 2018
'Pressure Is Working': Senate Just One GOP Vote Away From Passing Bill to Save Net Neutrality
Open internet defenders are calling on Americans to continue " melting the phonelines " of their representatives following news on Monday that a bill aimed at overruling the Republican-controlled FCC's order to kill net neutrality is just one Republican vote shy of the 51 needed for passage. "Your...
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Monday, January 15, 2018
'Stunned' By GOP Denials, Durbin Stands By Account of Trump's Racist 'Shithole' Remark
In the wake of shifting stories by GOP lawmakers over whether President Donald Trump called African nations "shitholes" last week, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) stood by his original account of the remarks on Monday and said he is "stunned" by Republican denials while scoffing at reports the term "...
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Monday, January 15, 2018
Will Ajit Pai's FCC Probe into Hawaii False Alarm Expose Role Telecom Giants Played in Blocking Emergency System Upgrades?
In a statement released shortly following the false ballistic missile alarm that sparked panic in Hawaii on Sunday, FCC chair Ajit Pai placed blame for the incident on the state's lack of "reasonable safeguards"—while failing to mention that it was telecom giants, including his former employer...
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Monday, January 15, 2018
Insulated by GOP Sycophants, Overtly Racist Trump Claims He's 'Least Racist Person'
President Donald Trump—who has openly called Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals, reportedly claimed that Haitians "all have AIDS," and characterized African nations as "shitholes"— told a reporter during a photo-op at his Florida golf club Sunday night that he is "the least racist person you...
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