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, September 26, 2017
Seeing Economy as 'Rigged' for Rich, 65% Say Corporate Taxes Too Low, Not Too High
As President Donald Trump looks to pivot from his party's collapsing Obamacare repeal efforts to "tax reform" this week, an ABC News/Washington Post poll (pdf) released Tuesday found that most Americans strongly disapprove of the White House's desire to drastically slash the corporate tax rate: 65...
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Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Chelsea Manning, Whistleblower Who Exposed US War Crimes, Barred from Canada
Arguing that she is "inadmissible on grounds of serious criminality for having been convicted of an offense outside Canada," the Canadian government appears to have "permanently banned" whistleblower Chelsea Manning from entering the country—a discovery that prompted outrage from civil libertarians...
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"If we are serious about moving to a cost-effective universal healthcare, yeah, we do have to take on the insurance companies," Sanders said. News
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Sanders-Klobuchar Shred GOP Cruelty in Lopsided Debate Against Graham-Cassidy
Shortly following Sen. Susan Collins' (R-Maine) announcement that she plans to vote against the latest iteration of Trumpcare—likely dealing a death blow to deeply unpopular legislation that was already teetering on the edge of collapse—Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) piled...
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Monday, September 25, 2017
'Our Momentum Is Unstoppable': Workers Celebrate as Target Announces $15 Minimum Wage
In what is being described as a huge victory for the tens of thousands of workers across the country who have for years organized, rallied, and gone on strike for higher wages, Target on Monday announced that it plans to raise the company-wide minimum hourly wage to $11 by next month and $15 by...
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Tony Blair speaks at the 2017 Concordia Annual Summit at Grand Hyatt New York on September 18, 2017 in New York City. News
Monday, September 25, 2017
Tony Blair Says Bernie Doesn't Have the Answers (Public Opinion Says Otherwise)
"People like Blair and Macron are poster children for the utter vapidity of neoliberal centrism." —Will Bunch, Philly.com Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said in an interview on The Global Politico Podcast published Monday that people should not approach U.S. President Donald Trump with "...
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"Alaska would get 3 percent more funding between 2020 and 2026 than under current law, and Maine would get 43 percent more funding during that time period," the Washington Post observed of the latest draft of the Graham-Cassidy legislation. News
Monday, September 25, 2017
Desperate GOP Resorts to 'Blatant Bribery' in Bid to Save Floundering Trumpcare Bill
With the latest version of Trumpcare floundering after several Republicans announced that they cannot support the legislation in its current form, Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) are set to release on Monday yet another draft of their Obamacare repeal plan that includes extra...
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Friday, September 22, 2017
Unlike Most of Senate GOP, McCain Is a 'No' on Bill That Analysis Shows Would Kill Tens of Thousands by 2027
The Republican Party's last-ditch effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act was dealt a major blow Friday when Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) announced that he "cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal," which analysts have called the most " brutal and deadly " version of Trumpcare...
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Friday, September 22, 2017
MSNBC Panel Trolls Sanders With 'Scurrilous, Illogical' Assault on Medicare for All
When Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introduced his Medicare for All legislation last week, he anticipated a massive right-wing reaction —on cue, he got it . But it is ostensibly liberal networks, like MSNBC , that have in recent days launched some of the most aggressive—and in the eyes of critics,...
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Friday, September 22, 2017
'Blank Check to Kill With Impunity': Trump to Quietly Scrap Drone Restrictions
President Donald Trump is reportedly gearing up to roll back even the most limited restrictions on U.S. drone operations overseas, further opening the door for the expansion of airstrikes and commando raids into nations like the Philippines and Nigeria and setting the stage for an upsurge in...
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Thursday, September 21, 2017
Groups: Harvey Recovery Must Serve Vulnerable Victims, Not Corporate Polluters
Prompted in part by the appointment of former Shell CEO Marvin Odum to lead Texas recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, a coalition of over 130 organizations released a joint statement directed at elected officials in Texas and Louisiana on Thursday demanding that hurricane relief...
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