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, November 14, 2017
Blaming Lack of Sleep, Sessions Says He Forgot About Meeting With George Papadopoulos
Testifying before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions claimed he had forgotten about a March 2016 meeting with Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos when he previously insisted under oath that he was "not aware" that anyone involved with Trump's...
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Pence Caught in Yet Another 'Demonstrably False' Claim After WikiLeaks/Don Jr. Revelations
"Nothing could be further from the truth" was how Mike Pence, then Donald Trump's running mate, responded in October of 2016 to claims that members of Trump's presidential campaign were in contact with WikiLeaks in the run-up to the November election. "Boy, Pence sure does get caught saying...
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Monday, November 13, 2017
Sanders: Trump's HHS Pick Proves He Was 'Never Serious' About Taking on Big Pharma
Following news on Monday that President Donald Trump has picked Alex Azar—former top executive at the pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly—to run the Department of Health and Human Services, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt) issued a statement characterizing the choice as evidence that "Trump was never serious...
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Monday, November 13, 2017
'Why Not Freddy Krueger?' Trump Picks Big Pharma Exec Alex Azar to Head HHS
In a move critics said betrays President Donald Trump's expressed commitment to lowering drug prices and taking on the power of Big Pharma, Trump on Monday announced that he has chosen Alex Azar , former top executive of pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly, to head the Department of Health and Human...
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Monday, November 13, 2017
More Than 300 Dead and Thousands Injured After Massive Earthquake Strikes Iran-Iraq Border
Rescue teams in Iran and Iraq continued urgently searching through the rubble of collapsed buildings Monday after a powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the nations' border region Sunday night, killing more than 300 people and injuring thousands. "I thought at first that it was a huge bomb. But...
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Friday, November 10, 2017
'There You Have It': McConnell Says He 'Misspoke' When He Promised No Tax Hike on Middle Class
Following the release of a slew of analyses showing that the GOP tax plan would raise taxes on many middle class families—despite repeated promises to the contrary by the Trump administration and Republican lawmakers—Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) conceded in an interview with the...
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Friday, November 10, 2017
Don't Worry, Europe, Radioactive Cloud Likely From Russian Nuclear Plant Accident Deemed 'Harmless'
An upsurge in radioactive pollution detected over Europe in recent weeks is likely the result of an accident at a nuclear facility in Russia or Kazakhstan, France's Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN) said in a new report. " There's no need for nuclear power, so why do...
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Friday, November 10, 2017
Bernie Sanders Explains His Plan to Fix a Broken Democratic Party
Following a massive wave of progressive victories in elections throughout the U.S. earlier this week, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) argued in a Politico op-ed on Friday that the Democratic Party must embrace "fundamental reforms" and "welcome into its ranks millions of working people and young people...
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Thursday, November 09, 2017
Breitbart Goes to Bat for Roy Moore Amid Accusations He Sexually Assaulted Teenage Girl
Minutes before the Washington Post on Thursday published a bombshell report detailing allegations by a woman who claims Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore sexually assaulted her when she was 14, the Steve Bannon-directed outlet Breitbart News ran a story that spotlighted Moore's denials of the...
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Thursday, November 09, 2017
Big CEOs Are 'Most Excited' About Trump-GOP Tax Cuts, Brags Gary Cohn
President Donald Trump's chief economic adviser and former Goldman Sachs banker Gary Cohn dealt yet another blow to Republicans' claim that their tax plan will primarily benefit middle class Americans on Thursday, telling CNBC 's John Harwood in an interview that the Americans who are "most excited...
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