Jake Johnson, staff writer

Jake Johnson

Jake Johnson is a staff writer for Common Dreams. Follow him on Twitter: @johnsonjakep

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Saturday, December 23, 2017
Trump's Christmas Gift to Himself: Study Details How President Will Profit Off GOP Tax Bill
President Donald Trump has repeatedly described the Republican tax bill he signed into law on Friday as "an incredible Christmas gift" to low-income and middle class Americans—despite the numerous analyses showing that the legislation will ultimately raise taxes on millions in the middle class. The...
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Saturday, December 23, 2017
'It's a Monster': California's Thomas Fire Now Largest in State History
California's Thomas Fire has been raging for just over two weeks in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, and it has already torn through hundreds of homes, more than a thousand structures, and over 273,400 acres of land. Now, as the Los Angeles Times reported late Friday, the fire has also burnt "...
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Friday, December 22, 2017
Analysis by Congress's Official Scorekeeper Shows Final GOP Tax Bill Comes Nowhere Close to 'Paying for Itself'
In an analysis published on Friday, the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT)—Congress's official scorekeeper—concluded that the final Republican tax bill doesn't come anywhere close to paying for itself and manages to be worse for the deficit and economic growth than the previous House and Senate...
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Friday, December 22, 2017
'Corporations Are Literally Going Wild,' Says Trump as He Signs Tax Bill Most Americans Hate
The vast majority of Americans dislike the GOP's $1.5 trillion tax plan , but while signing the bill into law on Friday, President Donald Trump highlighted one segment of society that loves it and can't wait until it takes effect: massive corporations. "Corporations are literally going wild over...
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Friday, December 22, 2017
'Pathetic': Democratic Leaders Called Out for Betraying Vow to Fight for Dreamers
In September, Democratic leaders assured 800,000 young immigrants that they would make use of their leverage in year-end spending battles to pass a clean Dream Act . On Thursday, Democrats folded on this promise without much of a fight, allowing a continuing resolution to pass both houses of...
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Thursday, December 21, 2017
'Victory for Right to Dissent' as Six J20 Protesters Found Not Guilty on All Charges
In a decision civil liberties groups applauded as " a tremendous victory for the right to dissent ," a jury on Thursday returned not guilty verdicts for six Americans on trial for protesting President Donald Trump's inauguration on January 20, 2017. "A huge victory for democracy and protest, a huge...
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Thursday, December 21, 2017
World Repudiates US Over Jerusalem Despite Haley's Pre-Vote Bullying and 'Temper Tantrum' on UN Stage
In a speech one critic likened to "a bully throwing a temper tantrum on the world stage," U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Thursday slammed U.N. member states for refusing to line up in support of President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel...
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Thursday, December 21, 2017
Corporate America Denounced for 'Shameless' Pandering by Issuing Paltry Worker Perks After Winning Permanent Tax Cuts Worth Countless Billions
It has only been about 24 hours since Republicans in Congress passed their $1.5 trillion tax bill , and major corporations have already launched what critics are calling " shameless " PR campaigns aimed at winning President Donald Trump's favor and convincing the public that the massive windfall...
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Thursday, December 21, 2017
Republican Praise-Fest for Trump After Tax Vote Spurs Nationwide Nausea
Many words have been used to describe the first year of Donald Trump's presidency and, before Wednesday, "exquisite" was not one of them. That, nonetheless, is the word House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) reached for when effusively praising Trump's "leadership" shortly following the GOP's final tax...
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Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Victory for Civil Liberties as GOP Push to Expand NSA Spying Declared Dead—For Now
Civil libertarians and internet freedom groups declared tentative victory on Wednesday after House Republicans announced that they have—at least for now—abandoned efforts to sneak through a measure that would have reauthorized Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and...
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