Jake Johnson, staff writer

Jake Johnson

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

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"Make no mistake, what Trump and Republican leaders in Congress are proposing is not tax reform," Frank Clemente, executive director of Americans for Tax Fairness (AFT), said in a statement on Tuesday. News
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
As Trump Begins Tax Reform Push, Critics Rip Plan as Fact-Free, Trickle-Down 'Scam'
As President Donald Trump kicked off his aggressive, Koch brothers-backed tax "reform" push with a speech in Missouri on Wednesday, progressive advocacy groups and policy analysts argued that the president's tax agenda is nothing more than a " scam " that would take money from low-income families...
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"People are so afraid of Google now," said Barry Lynn of Open Markets. News
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Google Accused of Pushing Think Tank to Squash Critic of Corporate Power
In what critics are calling a " deeply troubling " indication of the power massive corporations have over ostensibly independent policy shops, New America—an influential Washington-based think tank— reportedly decided to oust a prominent anti-monopoly voice after he praised the European Union's...
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The canned foods section of a Walmart store was almost empty as people prepared for the arrival of Hurricane Harvey on August 24, 2017 in Houston, Texas. News
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Stores Accused of Price Gouging in Wake of Hurricane Harvey
In what is being denounced as a blatant attempt to "take advantage" of Hurricane victims to "make easy money," several stores throughout Houston, Texas—the area hit hardest by Hurricane Harvey—are steeply hiking prices on bottled water, Grit Post 's Ken Klippenstein reported Tuesday. "It's taking...
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People walk down a flooded street as they evacuate their homes after the area was inundated with flooding from Hurricane Harvey on August 28, 2017 in Houston, Texas. News
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
'A Class of Its Own': No Storm in US History Has Unleashed More Rain Than Hurricane Harvey
Having dropped more than 50 inches of rain in an area east of Houston , Hurricane Harvey was officially declared "the most extreme rain event in U.S. history" on Tuesday. The National Weather Service sent out notice Tuesday morning that Mary's Creek at Winding Road in Southeast Houston reported 49...
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech during the opening of the winter session of the Knesset, Israel's Parliament. News
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Flouting International Law, Netanyahu Says West Bank Settlements Will Remain 'Forever'
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared in a speech on Monday that Israel's settlements in the occupied West Bank will remain "forever," remarks many critics characterized as an explicit statement of a longstanding commitment to maintaining and expanding settlements that have been deemed...
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An oil refinery is seen before the arrival of Hurricane Harvey on August 25, 2017 in Corpus Christi, Texas. News
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Harvey Triggers 'Unbearable' Pollution as Refineries Spew Cancer-Causing Chemicals
As the catastrophic flooding brought about by Hurricane Harvey continues to devastate Texas, reports of " unbearable " smells are beginning to emerge from the state, sparking growing concerns of the long-term health effects that could result from toxic waste and fumes being spewed from temporarily...
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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) speaks to reporters after attending a healthcare bill meeting with fellow Republican senators at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on July 19, 2017 in Washington, D.C. News
Monday, August 28, 2017
'Two-Faced' Texas GOP Seeking Hurricane Relief After Rejecting Sandy Aid
When Hurricane Sandy slammed New York, New Jersey, and a number of other states in 2012, Ted Cruz and more than 20 of his fellow Texas Republicans voted against an emergency aid package devoted to the areas devastated by the storm. Now that Hurricane Harvey is currently ravaging their own state,...
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"This is an appalling attack on our service members; it is about bigotry rather than military readiness, reason or science," Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, said of Trump's transgender ban. News
Monday, August 28, 2017
ACLU Sues Trump Over 'Appalling' and 'Bigoted' Transgender Ban
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed suit on Monday against President Donald Trump over his directive banning transgender people from joining the U.S. armed forces. "Allowing men and women who are transgender to serve openly and providing them with necessary healthcare does nothing to...
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Protestors confront a convoy of Missouri National Guard humvees as they drive near the Ferguson police station on November 25, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. News
Monday, August 28, 2017
In 'Open Effort to Escalate Racial Tensions,' Trump to Fully Militarize Police
In what critics are characterizing as a " dangerous " move in the direction of a fully militarized police force, the Trump administration is reportedly gearing up to reverse a partial ban on the transfer of surplus military equipment to police departments, according to documents obtained by USA...
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Riot police use water cannons during clashes with protesters against the G20 summit on July 7, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. News
Friday, August 25, 2017
Warnings of Slippery Slope Fulfilled as Germany Shutters Anti-Capitalist Website
In a move critics characterized as a dangerous threat to freedom of expression, the German government announced on Friday its decision to shut down a left-wing website it claims has links to violence that broke out during the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany last month. "Our constitution allows you...
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