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, February 14, 2018
'An Administration By and For the Powerful': Merkley Nails Mulvaney Over Trump Budget
"Everything we see in this budget is about help to the powerful and an assault on working Americans." "Which is more important: educating our children or more money for the Koch brothers?" —Sen. Jeff Merkley That was how Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) characterized President Donald Trump's newly-...
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Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Recognizing Populist Demand, Gillibrand and Booker Swear Off Corporate Cash
In moves celebrated by progressives as further evidence that grassroots pressure on the Democratic Party to ditch corporate cash is having an impact, two senators—Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.)—pledged on Tuesday to no longer accept corporate PAC donations. "Our movement has...
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Tuesday, February 13, 2018
'Some May Freeze To Death': Sanders Confronts Mulvaney Over Trump Budget That Would Kill 'Tens of Thousands'
Just 24 hours after denouncing President Donald Trump's newly-unveiled budget as " morally bankrupt ," Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) took full advantage of his chance to grill Trump budget chief Mick Mulvaney directly during a Senate hearing on Tuesday, calling the White House's 2019 blueprint " the...
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Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Tracking Tool Shows Fines for Corporate Misconduct Have Plummeted Under Trump
America's largest corporations profited immensely from President Donald Trump's actions during his first year in office, from his deregulatory bonanza to his $1.5 trillion tax cut . But according to data compiled by Good Jobs First (GJF), corporate America has also benefited from the Trump...
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Tuesday, February 13, 2018
'A Big Scandal': 200 Russian Mercenaries Reportedly Killed By US Airstrikes in Syria
In what is being characterized as the deadliest clash between Russian and American forces since the Cold War, U.S. airstrikes reportedly killed around 200 Russian "mercenaries" during a failed attack on a U.S.-held military base in eastern Syria last week. The large number of casualties was first...
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Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Consumer Protection Agency's New Mission Under Trump? Not Protecting Consumers
The Trump administration continued its relentless effort to defang the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) on Monday by proposing massive budget cuts to an already underfunded agency and releasing a new mission statement that completely abandons the bureau's previous commitment to...
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Monday, February 12, 2018
'This Needs to Happen All Over America': Applause for Candidate Who Called Out Big Oil Donors
When West Virginia House of Delegates candidate Lissa Lucas decided to take a stand against Big Oil's pernicious political influence last week by rattling off the names of state lawmakers receiving massive campaign donations from the fossil fuel industry, she was swiftly and forcefully silenced. "...
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Monday, February 12, 2018
'Morally Bankrupt' Budget: After $1.5 Trillion Gift to Rich, Trump Demands $1.7 Trillion in Safety Net Cuts
Those wondering how President Donald Trump plans to pay for the $1.5 trillion in tax cuts for the rich he signed into law last year got their answer on Monday, when the White House unveiled its 2019 budget (pdf) blueprint that calls for $1.7 trillion in cuts to crucial safety net programs over the...
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Monday, February 12, 2018
Embracing Bold Platforms, Progressives Working to Unseat Corporate Dems Nationwide
Driven by the conviction that the Democratic Party must undergo a fundamental transformation if it is to vanquish both the immediate threats posed by President Donald Trump and deep-seated societal ills that were present long before Trump arrived on the scene, progressive insurgents throughout the...
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Friday, February 09, 2018
Kelly Telling Aides to Lie That He Took 'Immediate' Action to Fire Accused Wife Abuser: Report
Amid reports that White House chief of staff John Kelly was fully aware of the domestic violence accusations against Trump staff secretary Rob Porter months ago but opted to do nothing about them, officials told the Washington Post on Friday that Kelly is now pressuring aides to claim he "took...
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