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, August 10, 2018
Dismissing Ben Shapiro's Debate Offer as 'Just Like Catcalling,' Ocasio-Cortez Says 'Men With Bad Intentions' Don't Deserve a Response
After right-wing provocateur and pseudo-intellectual Ben Shapiro made an almost certainly illegal offer earlier this week to donate $10,000 to New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's campaign if she agreed to a public debate on the merits of socialism, Ocasio-Cortez compared...
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Thursday, August 09, 2018
'Can You Imagine Living Like This?' Pregnant Woman and Toddler Among Those Killed in Israel's Latest Vicious Assault on Gaza
After a massive Israeli bombing campaign in the Gaza Strip early Thursday morning killed a pregnant woman and her 18-month-old daughter , Israel's vicious assault on the occupied Palestinian territory continued throughout the day on Thursday as the nation's air force leveled a major civilian...
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Thursday, August 09, 2018
Buried in the Fine Print, Trump Rule Would Give $2.5 Billion Tax Cut to Big Bank Fat Cats
As Wall Street banks continue to enjoy record profits thanks to President Donald Trump's $1.5 trillion tax scam, Trump's Treasury Department—headed by former Goldman Sachs executive Steve Mnuchin—quietly moved to hand big banks yet another major gift on Wednesday by hiding a $2.5 billion tax cut in...
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Thursday, August 09, 2018
'Big Win for the Public': The Awful Tribune-Sinclair Merger Is Dead
In a huge win for everyone concerned about the devastating effects corporate consolidation has on local media outlets and independent journalism, Tribune Media announced on Thursday that it is terminating its proposed $3.9 billion merger with Sinclair Broadcast Group and suing the right-wing media...
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Wednesday, August 08, 2018
Trump Lawyers Say President Willing to Talk to Mueller...So Long as He Doesn't Ask About Obstruction of Justice
President Donald Trump's lawyers have reportedly sent Special Counsel Robert Mueller a " counter-offer " regarding the scope of a possible sit-down interview as part of the ongoing Russia probe, and they apparently made one key demand: Absolutely no questions about whether Trump has obstructed...
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Wednesday, August 08, 2018
Debunking Trump's Racist Myth, Study Shows Immigrants Boosting US Healthcare, Not Draining It
With the Trump administration reportedly close to unveiling a xenophobic proposal that portrays immigrants as leeches who exploit government healthcare programs at tremendous cost to U.S. taxpayers, a new study published on Wednesday shows that—contrary to the White House's narrative—immigrants...
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Wesley Bell speaks during the dedication of a new community empowerment center in Ferguson, Missouri. News
Wednesday, August 08, 2018
Overcoming 'Decades of Corruption and Systemic Racism,' Reformer Wesley Bell Ousts Prosecutor Who Let Michael Brown's Killer Off the Hook
In a remarkable upset victory that could have a " transformative " effect on St. Louis's deeply racist criminal justice system, progressive reformer and Ferguson city council member Wesley Bell on Tuesday handily defeated 27-year Democratic incumbent Bob McCulloch in the race to become St. Louis...
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Wednesday, August 08, 2018
Giving 'Hope to Workers Across the Nation,' Missouri Votes to Repeal GOP Attack on Unions
In another sign that the American labor movement is newly energized and emboldened in the face of attacks by the right-wing Supreme Court , the Trump administration, and Republican-controlled state legislatures, Missouri workers on Tuesday mobilized in large numbers to crush a GOP-crafted "right to...
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Tuesday, August 07, 2018
Record Voter Turnout Reported in Michigan as Abdul El-Sayed Looks to Show 'Progressive Revolution Has Arrived'
As Michiganders headed to the polls in large numbers on Tuesday to decide who will advance to the general election in their state's gubernatorial race—which one observer described as a crucial " test for leftism in the Midwest "—supporters of progressive Democrat Abdul El-Sayed tirelessly worked...
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Tuesday, August 07, 2018
'Among the Biggest Grifters in American History': Wilbur Ross Accused of Stealing More Than $120 Million
As the flagrant and often downright bizarre corruption of so many current and former Trump administration officials has dominated the headlines in recent weeks, White House Commerce Secretary and mega-millionaire Wilbur Ross 's long history of crooked profiteering has frequently slipped under the...
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