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, October 02, 2018
Warning of Propaganda 'Loudspeakers' in Every American's Pocket, Lawsuit Aims to Stop Trump's Unblockable Text Messages
With President Donald Trump set to send out the first unblockable " presidential alert " to every single U.S. resident with a cellphone on Wednesday, three New Yorkers are attemping to stop the intrusive text messages with a lawsuit arguing that the new emergency alert system "is tantamount to...
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Tuesday, October 02, 2018
'We Listened to Our Critics': Caving to Massive Pressure From Workers and Bernie Sanders, Amazon Hikes Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour
After months of intense public pressure from progressive lawmakers like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and company employees who shared their harrowing stories of low pay, long hours, and brutal warehouse conditions, Amazon announced on Tuesday that it is raising its minimum wage to $15 an hour for...
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Sunday, September 30, 2018
At Concert Attended by 50,000 Texans, Beto O'Rourke and Willie Nelson Team Up to Deliver Simple Message: 'Vote 'Em Out'
At a massive outdoor concert attended by an estimated 50,000 Texans Saturday night, country music icon and unabashed progressive champion Willie Nelson teamed up with Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas)—who is challenging Republican Sen. Ted Cruz—to deliver a simple message just over a month before...
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Sunday, September 30, 2018
'Horrific': In Dead of Night, Trump Administration Transferring Children to Tent Camp With No Schooling and Limited Legal Services
With detention facilities overflowing due to President Donald Trump's monstrous immigration policies—which have sent the number of children detained by the U.S. government soaring to a record 12,800 —the Trump administration is reportedly carrying out dead-of-night "mass transfers" of children from...
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President Donald Trump introduces U.S. Circuit Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh as his nominee to the United States Supreme Court during an event in the East Room of the White House July 9, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) News
Saturday, September 29, 2018
'This Is a Farce, Not an Investigation': Trump Accused of Rigging FBI's Kavanaugh Probe By Imposing 'Outrageous' Limits
Just 24 hours after caving to pressure from the Senate and requesting an FBI probe into the sexual assault allegations against his Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump is reportedly already working to impose strict limitations on the scope of the investigation—a move that has...
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Saturday, September 29, 2018
Palestinians Mourn and Demand Justice After Israeli Snipers Murder Two Young Children in Gaza
After Israeli snipers massacred seven Palestinians—including two young children—and injured over 500 during protests against Israel's brutal occupation on Friday, thousands of Gazans on Saturday attended funerals for those who were killed and demanded justice from the international community. Among...
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"The ACLU opposes the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. There are credible allegations that Judge Kavanaugh has engaged in serious misconduct that have not been adequately investigated by the Senate," the organization said in a statement. News
Saturday, September 29, 2018
Citing 'Extraordinary Circumstances,' ACLU Votes to Break Policy and Oppose Kavanaugh
"We cannot remain silent under these extraordinary circumstances about a lifetime appointment to the highest court of the land." So declared the ACLU in a statement on Saturday announcing that its board of directors has taken the rare step of voting to formally oppose President Donald Trump's...
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Saturday, September 29, 2018
'Lying to Congress Is a Federal Crime': Sanders Demands FBI Investigate Whether Kavanaugh Committed Perjury
In a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on Saturday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) demanded that the newly reopened FBI investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh examine both the serious accusations of sexual assault against him and whether he lied to...
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Saturday, September 29, 2018
Sparking Progressive Fury, Tom Perez Says DNC Would Continue to Back Any Democrat Who Votes for Kavanaugh
Even as he continues to denounce Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as an enormous threat to women and declare that the judge's sham confirmation process is a " vivid illustration " of why it's crucial for Democrats to retake the Senate in November, Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair Tom...
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Saturday, September 29, 2018
With Final Vote Delayed, Grassroots Effort to 'Defeat Brett Kavanaugh Once and For All' Intensifies
After President Donald Trump on Friday reluctantly directed the FBI to launch a probe into sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh—delaying a final confirmation vote by up to a week—progressive opponents of the right-wing judge moved to take advantage of the "new...
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