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, August 07, 2018
Did Saudis Just Threaten Canada With 9/11-Style Attack for Crime of Criticizing Their Atrocious Human Rights Record?
As tensions between Saudi Arabia and Canada continue to soar after the Canadian Foreign Ministry dared to condemn the kingdom's imprisonment of dissidents and human rights activists, a verified Twitter account connected to the Saudi government tweeted a graphic on Monday that appeared to threaten...
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Monday, August 06, 2018
In Bid for 'Dystopian' Surveillance Power, Facebook Asking Big Banks for Customer Data
Apparently not satisfied with access to its users' call history , text messaging data, and online conversations, Facebook has reportedly asked major Wall Street firms like JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo to hand over their customers' sensitive financial data as part of the social media giant's...
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Monday, August 06, 2018
As Critics Warn Trump Sanctions Could Spark 'New War in Middle East,' EU Vows to Uphold Iran Nuclear Deal
With new economic sanctions against Iran by the Trump administration about to go into effect as part of its ongoing effort to undermine international diplomacy and " foment unrest " in the country—a campaign critics say heightens the risk of " a new war in the Middle East "—the European Union (EU)...
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Friday, August 03, 2018
In Desperate Court Filing, NRA Claims It May Soon 'Be Unable to Exist' Due to Financial Troubles
The National Rifle Association (NRA), America's largest gun lobbying organization, said in a recent court filing that it may soon "be unable to exist" in its current form due to crippling financial troubles, including an "inability to obtain insurance" and "other financial services essential to [...
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Friday, August 03, 2018
Billionaire Tom Steyer Rips Democrats for Lacking Guts to Push for Trump's Impeachment
In a keynote address at the annual Netroots Nation gathering in New Orleans on Thursday, billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer tore into establishment Democrats for refusing to do "anything real" to stop President Donald Trump and accused Democratic leaders of lacking the courage and "common...
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Friday, August 03, 2018
'Insidious': Emails Show Trump White House Lied About US Poverty Levels to Discredit Critical UN Report
Infuriated by a scathing United Nations report estimating that over 18 million Americans are living in "extreme poverty" and accusing the Trump administration of " deliberately " making such destitution worse with its tax cuts for the rich, the White House insisted in its June response to the U.N...
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Thursday, August 02, 2018
As Corporate Media Looks the Other Way, US-Backed Saudi Bombing Campaign Kills Dozens in Yemen
As some of America's most prominent corporate media outlets continued their lengthy blackout of Yemen's deepening humanitarian crisis—a catastrophe made possible by the U.S. government's enthusiastic military and political support for Saudi Arabia's years-long assault on the starving nation—the...
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Thursday, August 02, 2018
In 'Disastrous Wreck for Consumers and the Planet,' Trump EPA Moves to Gut Clean Car Standards
President Donald Trump's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Transportation Department on Wednesday formally unveiled their long-anticipated plan to gut Obama-era fuel efficiency standards, a regulatory rollback environmentalists quickly denounced as " a disastrous wreck for consumers and the...
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As the Washington Post's Jeff Stein noted on Twitter, the legislation will hit Trump's desk at a time when "military spending, adjusted for inflation, is higher than at any point outside the Iraq War." News
Thursday, August 02, 2018
40 Senate Democrats Join GOP to Send $717 Billion Military Spending Bill to Trump's Desk
In a late afternoon vote that garnered very little attention in the corporate media—and predictably didn't spark any of the handwringing about costs that pundits typically apply to social programs for the poor and working class—40 Democrats and Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) joined nearly every Senate...
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New York congressional candidate Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez speaks in support of Kansas Democrat Brent Welder at Jack Reardon Convention Center on Friday, July 20, 2018, in Kanas City, Kansas. News
Wednesday, August 01, 2018
Debunking Pundits and Corporate Democrats, New Poll Finds 'Unabashedly Left' Agenda Extremely Popular
As the corporate media and centrist Democrats continue fearmongering over the alleged pitfalls of running on a bold left-wing platform in the 2018 midterms and beyond, new polling data released Wednesday shows that—contrary to what elite pundits suggest—"unabashedly left" policies are " incredibly...
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