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, June 20, 2017
'Let's Trade Places': Aiming to Unseat Paul Ryan, Ironworker's Campaign Ad Goes Viral
Wisconsin ironworker and union activist Randy Bryce became a social media sensation on Monday following the release of a stirring ad announcing his bid to challenge House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) for his congressional seat in 2018. Bryce has run for office before, as the Associated Press reported...
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Monday, June 19, 2017
Report: GOP Senate Plan Would 'Gouge Poor People' With Even Deeper Medicaid Cuts
Further indicating their willingness to " gouge poor people ," Senate Republicans are reportedly considering even deeper cuts to Medicaid than those proposed by the House version of Trumpcare, which amounted to around $800 billion over ten years . "This change would thoroughly demolish Medicaid...
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Monday, June 19, 2017
'Historic Opportunity': Supreme Court to Hear Partisan Gerrymandering Case
In a move that has the potential to " set a landmark precedent ," the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday announced it will hear a Wisconsin gerrymandering case alleging the Republican-controlled legislature drew congressional disticts in a way that illegally discriminates against Democratic candidates...
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Monday, June 19, 2017
Russia: US Warplanes West of Euphrates in Syria Now Legitimate Targets
In what is being characterized as an act sure to further escalate already alarming tensions between the United States, Syria, and Russia, an American fighter jet shot down a Syrian warplane over Raqqa on Sunday, prompting Moscow to cut off its deconfliction channel with the U.S. "As of June 19 this...
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Sunday, June 18, 2017
Efforts to Stop Trump 'Tax Cut in Veneer of Healthcare Bill' Intensify
The Community Catalyst Action Fund (CCAF), a consumer advocacy group, announced on Sunday the launch of a $1.5 million ad campaign that will target five Republican senators in the hopes of persuading them to defect from the party line and oppose the " shameful " and " undemocratic " attempt by the...
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Saturday, June 17, 2017
'Stunning and Dangerous': DeVos Memo Reveals Plan to Roll Back Civil Rights
In a move decried as " more evidence of backward thinking " by the Trump administration, an internal memo from the Department of Education's office for civil rights lays out the agency's plan to roll back investigations into civil rights violations at public schools and diminish Obama-era rules...
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Friday, June 16, 2017
'We Want Justice': Prime Minister Forced to Flee as Londoners Protest Deadly Fire
In the wake of the deadly fire that devastated residents of London's Grenfell Tower—a fire believed to have been caused in part by government neglect and design flaws stemming from an effort to make the building look nicer to appease the wealthy —hundreds took to the streets on Friday to demand...
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Friday, June 16, 2017
Denouncing GOP's 'War on Women,' Nationwide Sit-Ins Target Trumpcare
As Senate Republicans scheme behind closed doors to bring Trumpcare to a vote by the end of June , women across the country are ensuring their opposition is felt on Friday by occupying the offices of elected officials and demanding they vote no on any attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. "In...
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Seeking Economic Justice for All, Hawaii First State to Consider Basic Income News
Friday, June 16, 2017
Seeking Economic Justice for All, Hawaii First State to Consider Basic Income
Hawaii has become the first state to officially begin exploring the possibility of a universal basic income (UBI) after a bill requesting the creation of a "basic economic security working group" recently passed both houses of the state legislature. The bill "boldly declares that all families in...
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Friday, June 16, 2017
Fueling 'Perpetual War,' Trump to Send 4,000 Troops to Afghanistan
In a move signaling marked escalation of a war that has spanned nearly 16 years, a Trump administration official told the Associated Press on Thursday that an additional 4,000 troops will be sent to Afghanistan. An official announcement is expected to come next week. "War fought without oversight...
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