Jake Johnson, staff writer

Jake Johnson

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

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Immediately upon being exposed to the fumes from the explosion, and one by one, the police officers and first responders began to fall ill in the middle of the road News
Thursday, September 07, 2017
First Responders Sue Texas Chemical Plant for 'Gross Negligence' After Fire and Explosions
First responders filed a lawsuit Thursday against the chemical company Arkema, whose plant in Harris County, Texas caught fire as a result of flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez claimed after explosions were reported at the plant that fumes emanating from the...
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"It may take tens to hundreds of billions of dollars to support disaster relief and recovery among Gulf Coast communities affected by Hurricane Harvey. ExxonMobil, Chevron and BP have collectively pledged only $2.75 million," note Peter Frumhoff and Myles Allen. News
Thursday, September 07, 2017
Study Details Why Climate 'Criminals' Like Exxon Should Pay for Hurricane Destruction
"We should be naming these hurricanes after Exxon and Chevron, not Harvey and Irma."
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U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) speaks at a rally to oppose the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and its replacement on Capitol Hill on June 21, 2017 in Washington, D.C. News
Thursday, September 07, 2017
Warren Officially Joins Sanders on Single Payer: 'It's Time to Fight for Medicare for All'
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) announced Thursday that she will co-sponsor Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) Medicare for All legislation, calling it "the best way to deliver high quality, low cost healthcare to all Americans." "There is something fundamentally wrong when one of the richest and most...
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A street is flooded during the passing of Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017 in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. The category 5 storm is expected to pass over Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands today, and make landfall in Florida by the weekend. News
Thursday, September 07, 2017
Like a 'Horror Movie': Hurricane Irma Brings Total Devastation to Caribbean
While at least one billionaire was able to safely ride out the storm in his luxury wine cellar , most residents of the Caribbean islands that took a direct hit from Hurricane Irma Wednesday described scenes out of a " horror movie " as the megastorm—the most powerful ever recorded in the Atlantic—...
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"This is the time to confront white supremacy in our government and throughout our history," the organizers of the march wrote. News
Wednesday, September 06, 2017
118-Mile March From Charlottesville Reaches DC Demanding End to White Supremacy
The 118-mile March to Confront White Supremacy arrived in Washington, D.C. Wednesday after ten days of walking from Charlottesville, Virginia, the site of white supremacist violence that left one woman dead and many more injured. The march was organized to both denounce systemic racism and demand...
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Bernie Sanders, United States senator from Vermont, speaks at the Hay Festival on June 3, 2017. News
Wednesday, September 06, 2017
'Go Forward, Not Back': Dismissing Clinton Jabs, Sanders Says He's Focused on Issues at Hand
"Our job is to go forward." "I'm working overtime now to see we overturn Trump's decision on DACA, pass a $15-an-hour minimum wage, and next week I'll be offering a Medicare-for-all single-payer system." —Sen. Bernie Sanders That was Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) terse response Wednesday when asked...
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Marchers walk through the Homewood neighborhood during their Black Brilliance Collective: March and Gathering August 19, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. News
Wednesday, September 06, 2017
Trump's Pick to Head DOJ Civil Rights Division Embodies 'Disdain for Civil Rights'
"Especially considering where this administration is when it comes to minority rights, this nomination does not look good." —Sen. Mazie Hirono Civil rights organizations are raising alarm ahead of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday on President Donald Trump's nominee to head the Justice...
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Trump has created at least 49 business entities since he announced his bid for the Republican nomination on June 16, 2015 News
Tuesday, September 05, 2017
'Toxic to Democracy': New Project Reveals Corrupting Web of Trump Empire
"The information in this report should provide a clarion call to Congress to require him to disclose his taxes and to establish prohibitions on Trump using his office to enrich himself."
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EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks after U.S. President Donald Trump announced his decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement in the Rose Garden at the White House June 1, 2017 in Washington, D.C. News
Tuesday, September 05, 2017
'Putting Politics Before Science,' Trump's EPA Restricting Grants for Climate Research
"To sum up, someone with no scientific expertise is deciding on science grants for reasons of ideology and spite." —Don Moynihan, University of Wisconsin-Madison In what environmentalists characterized as an "outrageous" scheme by the Trump administration to put "politics before science," the...
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In this handout photo released by the South Korean Defense Ministry, South Korea's Hyunmu-2 ballistic missile is fired during an exercise aimed to counter North Korea's nuclear test on September 4, 2017 in East Coast, South Korea. News
Tuesday, September 05, 2017
Warning of 'Planetary Catastrophe,' Putin Joins Calls for Diplomacy With North Korea
As tensions continue to flare following North Korea's claim Sunday that it successfully tested a hydrogen bomb capable of being placed on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday joined urgent calls for deescalation and diplomacy, deeming the...
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