Jake Johnson, staff writer

Jake Johnson

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

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Monday, April 15, 2019
For First Time, Major National Poll Shows Bernie Sanders at Top of 2020 Democratic Pack
A national poll released Monday showed Bernie Sanders leading the 2020 Democratic presidential field. The new Emerson survey marks the first time the Vermont senator has come out ahead of former Vice President Joe Biden in a major survey. Emerson's poll put Sanders in first place with 29 percent...
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Monday, April 15, 2019
Amid Growing Threats Against Her Life, Ilhan Omar Issues Urgent Call to Confront 'Acts of Hate By Right-Wing Extremists'
Rep. Ilhan Omar on Sunday issued a call to confront the rise of white nationalism in the United States, noting she has seen an increase in death threats since President Donald Trump tweeted an out-of-context clip of her recent remarks on the bigotry Muslim Americans faced after 9/11. "We can no...
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Monday, April 15, 2019
'Everything Is at Stake': Global Extinction Rebellion Kicks Off Week of Civil Disobedience to Demand Climate Action
The Extinction Rebellion movement kicked off a week of marches, demonstrations, and peaceful civil disobedience across the U.S. and around the world on Monday to demand "systemic changes to stop global warming while there's still time left." "Those who are most vulnerable and least responsible for...
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Friday, April 12, 2019
Progressives Urge Democratic Leaders to Fight Back Against '200 MPH Right-Wing War Machine' Targeting Ilhan Omar
Progressives are increasing pressure on the Democratic leadership and 2020 presidential candidates, demanding they stand up for Rep. Ilhan Omar as she faces vicious and dangerous attacks from Republican lawmakers and the right-wing media. "Democrats running for president in 2020 need to rally...
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Friday, April 12, 2019
'I Felt Americans Needed to Know': Insurance Industry Whistleblower Gives Glimpse of Effort to Crush Medicare for All
In an effort to inform the public about the corporate forces working to crush Medicare for All, an employee at the insurance giant UnitedHealthcare leaked a video of his boss bragging about the company's campaign to preserve America's for-profit healthcare system. "I felt Americans needed to know...
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Friday, April 12, 2019
Progressive Leaders Condemn Netanyahu's Vow to Annex West Bank as Unlawful 'Moral Catastrophe'
Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chairs Pramila Jayapal and Mark Pocan on Thursday denounced newly reelected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's vow to annex the occupied West bank as both immoral and a flagrant violation of international law. "This move to entrench Israeli control over...
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Friday, April 12, 2019
'Despicable': Treating Human Beings as Political Pawns, Trump Reportedly Pushed to Drop Asylum Seekers in Democratic Sanctuary Cities
In what critics and rights groups condemned as further evidence that the Trump administration views asylum seekers as mere political pawns rather than vulnerable human beings, the White House reportedly considered dropping migrants off in Democratic districts as a supposed "punishment" for their...
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Thursday, April 11, 2019
While Much of US Media Plays Along, Critics Warn Assange Indictment an 'Obvious' Ploy With Deeper Dangers
The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday indicted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for a " computer hacking conspiracy ," a charge some corporate talking heads and reporters immediately touted as evidence that journalism is not under threat. "Indictment of Assange charges him with hacking, not...
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Thursday, April 11, 2019
'We Will Pass It': Sanders Expresses Support for Ditching 'Arcane' Senate Rules to Push Through Medicare for All
Bernie Sanders on Wednesday expressed support for nixing " arcane " Senate rules—including, if necessary, the legislative filibuster —to pass Medicare for All. If elected president in 2020, the Vermont senator told CNN he would favor using the budget reconciliation process to push single-payer...
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Thursday, April 11, 2019
'Dark Moment for Press Freedom': Snowden Leads Global Chorus in Condemning Assange Arrest as Grave Assault on Journalism
Edward Snowden joined the chorus of advocacy groups, reporters, and critics as the NSA whistleblower described the arrest of WikiLeaks founder and publisher Julian Assange Thursday morning as a " dark moment for press freedom " that could have grave implications for journalism across the globe. "Mr...
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