Jake Johnson, staff writer

Jake Johnson

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

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Friday, November 17, 2017
With Trump Silent, Sanders and Dems Demand Aid for Iranian Earthquake Victims
As the death toll from the " horrific " earthquake that struck the Iran-Iraq border earlier this week climbs above 500, and as President Donald Trump remains entirely silent on the matter , Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and four Democratic senators sent a letter on Thursday to Secretary of State Rex...
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Friday, November 17, 2017
Watch GOP Senator Get Really Mad and Say 'Bullcrap' When Tax Plan Designed to Benefit the Rich Called a Tax Plan to Benefit the Rich
A Senate Finance Committee hearing devolved into a shouting match late Thursday after Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) took umbrage at Ohio Democrat Sherrod Brown's suggestion that "it would be nice" if Republicans would acknowledge that their tax plan "really is not for the middle class, it's for the...
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Friday, November 17, 2017
'All Out Class War': GOP Bill Cuts Taxes for Private Jet Owners, Hikes Taxes on Students
"Soaking broke-ass grad students to pay for a private jet subsidy. All-out class war on the 99 percent." "An educated population is dangerous to an oligarchy. The GOP claims to be for jobs and economic prosperity for all, but this action shows otherwise." —Jess Phoenix, California congressional...
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Thursday, November 16, 2017
Battle Lines Drawn as GOP Moves Closer to 'Greatest Transfer of Wealth to the Super-Rich in Modern American History'
With their passage of a deeply unpopular $1.5 trillion tax cut bill on Thursday, House Republicans did their part in " paving the way for the greatest transfer of wealth from regular people to the super-rich in modern American history,"—a move that sparked a flood of outrage from progressive...
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Thursday, November 16, 2017
'Welfare for the Wealthy': 227 House Republicans Pass $1.5 Trillion Tax Cut for Corporations and the Rich
By a vote of 227-205 , House Republicans on Thursday passed a tax bill that would permanently cut taxes for massive corporations, reward the extremely wealthy by eliminating the estate tax, trigger billions of dollars in automatic cuts to Medicare , and raise taxes on millions of middle- and...
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Thursday, November 16, 2017
'Time to Raise Hell': Internet Defenders Mobilize as FCC Aims to Kill Net Neutrality Within Month
"If the FCC passes Pai's plan in December, it will face enormous challenges in court—and in the streets as well." —Craig Aaron, Free Press Defenders of the open internet are issuing urgent calls to action as news reports indicate that Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chair Ajit Pai has set...
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017
'Ready to Resist': Progressives Rally Ahead of Crucial GOP Tax Scam Vote
With House Republicans gearing up for a " make-or-break " vote on their plan to deliver massive tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans on Thursday, progressive lawmakers and activists rallied outside of the Capitol building Wednesday to denounce the GOP's legislation as a " class bait-and-switch "...
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Declaring 'Train of Injuries Must End,' House Dems Introduce Articles of Impeachment Against Trump
A group of House Democrats on Wednesday introduced five articles of impeachment accusing President Donald Trump of obstructing justice, violating the foreign emoluments clause, undermining the freedom of the press, and other constitutional breaches. "The time has come to make clear to the American...
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017
House Approves $700B 'Cash Cow for Weapons Companies'—But Single Payer 'Too Expensive'
In a bipartisan show of support for endless war and out-of-control military spending, the House of Representatives on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved the nearly $700 billion National Defense Authorization Act of 2018 that aims to boost war outlays by $80 billion—an amount that critics noted would...
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Blaming Lack of Sleep, Sessions Says He Forgot About Meeting With George Papadopoulos
Testifying before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions claimed he had forgotten about a March 2016 meeting with Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos when he previously insisted under oath that he was "not aware" that anyone involved with Trump's...
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