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, June 03, 2020
'Should Be Bigger News': Analysis Finds Nearly One Third of Owed Unemployment Benefits Have Not Been Paid
A Bloomberg analysis released Tuesday estimates that nearly a third of the unemployment benefits owed to jobless Americans have not yet been paid out, a finding critics described as a "scandal" deserving of more media attention as millions of people struggle to afford basic expenses due to the...
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Wednesday, June 03, 2020
Sanders Calls on Democrats to Embrace 8-Point Plan to End Police Brutality, Protect Communities
As the nationwide uprising catalyzed by the police killing of George Floyd continues to bring hundreds of thousands of Americans into city streets around the U.S., Sen. Bernie Sanders is urging the Democratic leadership to embrace a slate of specific policy proposals aimed at mitigating the...
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Wednesday, June 03, 2020
'We Need to Put Guardrails in Place': Senator Unveils Plan to Bar Use of US Military Force Against Protesters
Sen. Tim Kaine on Tuesday announced plans to introduce an amendment barring the American military from using force against U.S. protesters, a proposal that the Virginia Democrat said he "never thought" Congress would need to pass until he watched National Guard soldiers violently assault peaceful...
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Wednesday, June 03, 2020
'One Racist Down. Hundreds in Office to Go': Applause as Bigot Steve King Ousted in Iowa Primary
While acknowledging that the important work of ridding Congress of racist lawmakers is far from finished, progressives celebrated the ouster of white supremacist Rep. Steve King in Iowa's Republican primary Tuesday as a significant victory and a step in the right direction. King's defeat at the...
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Wednesday, June 03, 2020
'They're Afraid': GOP Ripped for Enabling Trump as McConnell Blocks Resolution Condemning Assault on Peaceful Protesters
As many Senate Republicans either refused to answer questions about the police assault on peaceful protesters in the nation's capital Monday or openly praised President Donald Trump for the brutal crackdown, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday blocked the passage of a Democratic resolution...
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Tuesday, June 02, 2020
'He Must Resign': Attorney General Barr Personally Ordered Police Assault on Peaceful DC Protesters, Report Says
Attorney General William Barr is facing demands to step down after the Washington Post reported Tuesday that the nation's top law enforcement official personally ordered police to beat back peaceful protesters gathered near the White House Monday evening to clear the path for President Donald Trump...
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Tuesday, June 02, 2020
'This Isn't a Healthy Democracy': Warnings of Domestic Military Threat as Top US General Walks DC Streets in Combat Fatigues
Why was U.S. Army Gen. Mark Milley, the highest-ranking military officer in the United States, strolling through the streets of the nation's capital Monday night? That question was raised by alarmed observers after videos on social media showed the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff—dressed in...
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Tuesday, June 02, 2020
Demands for Trump Removal Grow as 'Fascist' Speech Condemned as Declaration of War Against US Public
President Donald Trump's pledge Monday evening to deploy the full force of the U.S. military against demonstrators protesting the killing of George Floyd—and the president's authorization of police violence against peaceful protesters to clear the way for a photo-op—amounted in the eyes of...
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Tuesday, June 02, 2020
After Trump's Authoritarian 'Law and Order' Speech, Military Helicopters Descend Low Over DC to Intimidate Protesters
Hours after President Donald Trump vowed in a White House address Monday to deploy "all available federal resources" against demonstrators protesting the police killing of George Floyd, military helicopters hovered dangerously low over crowds gathered in Washington, D.C. in an apparent effort to...
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Monday, June 01, 2020
In 'Unhinged' Call, Trump Urges Governors to 'Use the Military' and Throw Demonstrators in Jail 'For 10 Years'
Update: Shortly after several media outlets reported on President Donald Trump's remarks during a call with U.S. governors Monday morning, The Daily Beast obtained and published the full audio of the call: The Daily Beast Politics · Trump Audio Earlier : President Donald Trump reportedly ripped U.S...
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