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, January 10, 2020
'Completely Lawless President': Trump Reportedly Tried to Kill Another Top Iranian Commander on Same Day as Soleimani
The Trump administration reportedly tried and failed to assassinate a senior Iranian military official in Yemen on the same day it killed Gen. Qasem Soleimani with a drone strike in Baghdad last week, nearly sparking a full-blown regional war. The Washington Post reported Friday that U.S. forces...
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Friday, January 10, 2020
Was 'Imminent Threat' His Impeachment? Trump Reportedly Admitted Soleimani Killed to Appease GOP Senators
Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders on Friday accused President Donald Trump of dragging the U.S. to the brink of war for political gain following a report that Trump privately admitted he ordered the assassination of Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani to appease Republican senators who are crucial...
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Friday, January 10, 2020
Pompeo Says 'No Doubt' Soleimani Was Planning Imminent Attacks But Admits He Doesn't Know When or Where
Secretary of Mike Pompeo said Thursday there is "no doubt" that assassinated Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani was planning imminent attacks on Americans but—in the very same sentence—admitted the U.S. doesn't know when or where such attacks would take place. "There were a series of imminent...
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Friday, January 10, 2020
After Trump Attacks Bernie on Foreign Policy, Sanders Campaign Says 'Bring It'
After President Donald Trump's reelection campaign used its massive email list to go after potential 2020 rival Sen. Bernie Sanders on two consecutive days this week, team Sanders welcomed the president's attacks as a sign that he views the Vermont senator as a serious threat to his hopes for a...
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Friday, January 10, 2020
McConnell Backs Resolution to Change Senate Rules and Dismiss Trump Impeachment Articles Before They Are Even Sent
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday signed on to a constitutionally dubious GOP resolution that would alter Senate rules to dismiss the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump before the House even sends them to the upper chamber. The measure, sponsored by Sen. Josh...
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Friday, January 10, 2020
Thousands Across US Send Message to Trump: 'No Threats, No Bombs, No War With Iran'
Thousands of people took part in more than 370 demonstrations across the United States Thursday night to condemn the Trump administration's warmongering and demand concrete action to achieve lasting peace with Iran. "Tonight, the American people spoke with one voice. No war," tweeted activist Faiza...
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Thursday, January 09, 2020
In Unprecedented Move, NYC Bar Association Calls for Congress to Probe Attorney General for Partisan Bias
The New York City Bar Association on Thursday urged Congress to launch a formal investigation into Attorney General William Barr, alleging recent statements and actions by the country's top law enforcement official show he is a right-wing partisan "willing to use the levers of government to empower...
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Thursday, January 09, 2020
Without Evidence, Trump Blurts Out US Assassinated Soleimani Because He Was Trying to 'Blow Up Our Embassy'
President Donald Trump during a televised press conference Thursday blurted out that the U.S. assassinated Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani because he was plotting to "blow up" the American Embassy in a Iraq, a new accusation for which the president refused to provide any evidence. The claim by...
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Thursday, January 09, 2020
Urging World to Blindly Trust Trump, Pence Claims 'Most Compelling' Intel on Soleimani 'Too Sensitive' to Show US Lawmakers
Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday insisted there is "compelling" intelligence showing that assassinated Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani was plotting imminent attacks on American forces in Iraq—but the White House can't reveal that evidence to the public or members of Congress, even in a...
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Thursday, January 09, 2020
Not Buying Trump Narrative, Majority of Americans Believe Soleimani Assassination Made US Less Safe: Poll
Trump administration officials have repeatedly claimed the assassination of Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani last week made the United States safer, but a new poll published Thursday found that a majority of the American public disagrees and believes the White House's behavior toward Iran has been...
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