Jake Johnson, staff writer

Jake Johnson

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

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018
'Draft Beto' Campaign Launches Just as O'Rourke Booted From 'No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge' List
Urging the Texas congressman to run for president, a group of Democratic Party activists enthusiastically launched a " Draft Beto " 2020 campaign on Tuesday—but the timing couldn't have been much worse . Following a report by Sludge detailing how O'Rourke received dozens of large donations from oil...
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Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Trouncing Biden and Beto, Bernie Sanders Emerges as Clear Frontrunner in 2020 Straw Poll
While an outsized chunk of the corporate media's early 2020 coverage has been centered on the speculation and big donor enthusiasm surrounding centrist Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke's possible White House bid, a new straw poll released on Tuesday found that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is far and away...
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Tuesday, December 18, 2018
To Build Party That Fights for People, 'Not Big Corporate Donors,' Campaign Pushes Pelosi to Put Progressives on Key Committees
In a bid to shift the balance of power in the next Congress away from Wall Street Democrats and toward lawmakers committed to delivering the bold healthcare, economic, and environmental change that the public is demanding , Justice Democrats on Monday launched a pressure campaign aimed at pushing...
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Monday, December 17, 2018
On Tax Scam Anniversary, Paul Ryan Promotes Documentary Hailing His Crowning Achievement: 'Handing Rich People Truckloads of Money'
On his way out of Congress after a long career of trying—and ultimately failing—to reach his life-long goal of gutting Medicaid , Medicare, and Social Security, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Monday used the one-year anniversary of the passage of the GOP's tax scam to promote a documentary...
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Monday, December 17, 2018
With Friday Deadline, These 16 House Democrats About to Go Down in History for Helping GOP Kill Internet as We Know It
The U.S. House still has an opportunity to side with the vast majority of the American public and overturn the Republican-controlled FCC's net neutrality repeal, but time is quickly running out. With Friday, Dec. 21, marking the official deadline to restore net neutrality in this session of...
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Monday, December 17, 2018
'Not the Kind of Moral Leadership We Need': Critics Pounce After Schumer Refuses to Back Medicare for All
As Medicare for All advocates gear up for what promises to be a long and brutal fight against the powerful industry interests and corporate Democrats committed to upholding the for-profit status quo, critics accused Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) of siding with the latter camp after...
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Friday, December 14, 2018
As Grassroots Momentum Surges, Over 300 Local Officials From 40 States Declare Support for Green New Deal
With support for a Green New Deal growing rapidly at the grassroots, in Congress , and among potential 2020 presidential candidates , over 300 local elected officials from 40 states threw their support behind the bold proposal in an open letter released on Friday, declaring that it is "time to end...
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Friday, December 14, 2018
'A Very Dark Day for Democracy': Scott Walker Signs Wisconsin GOP's 'Legislative Coup' Into Law
Completing what critics have denounced as a " legislative coup ," Wisconsin's outgoing Republican Gov. Scott Walker on Friday signed into law a series of bills that will dramatically weaken the authority of the newly elected Democratic governor and attorney general, enhance the power of the...
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Friday, December 14, 2018
'Good First Step' as DeVos Forced to Cancel $150M in Student Loan Debt for Thousands Scammed by For-Profit Schools
After a federal judge struck down billionaire Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' attempt to gut protections for students scammed by for-profit colleges, the Department of Education announced on Thursday that—because of the court mandate—it is canceling $150 million in student loan debt for around 15,...
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Thursday, December 13, 2018
'Historic Victory' as Senate Votes to End U.S. Involvement in 'Unauthorized War' in Yemen
After defeating two last-minute amendments by ultra-hawkish Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) that would have completely gutted the measure, the Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly passed Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) resolution to end U.S. military support for Saudi Arabia's years-long assault on Yemen by a...
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