Jake Johnson, staff writer

Jake Johnson

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

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Thursday, October 08, 2020
"I'm Not Going to Waste My Time on a Virtual Debate," Says Trump After Format Changed to Prevent Spread of Covid-19
Update: President Donald Trump said Thursday morning that he's "not gonna do a virtual debate" shortly after the Commission on Presidential Debates announced that next week's town hall-style event will take place remotely to prevent the spread of Covid-19, which the president was diagnosed with...
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Thursday, October 08, 2020
'This Is Their Desperate Attempt to Cling on to Power': Pence Joins Trump in Refusing to Commit to Peaceful Transition
Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday night joined President Donald Trump in refusing to commit to ensuring a peaceful transfer of power, dodging a question about how he would handle a Joe Biden victory and parroting Trump's baseless narrative about widespread mail-in voting fraud. "The plain fact...
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Medicare for All News
Wednesday, October 07, 2020
'Out of an Abundance of Caution,' Says Bernie Sanders, 'We Should Expand Medicare to Cover Everyone in America'
Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday said the U.S. federal government should expand Medicare to everyone in the nation "out of an abundance of caution"—repurposing a phrase White House officials used to explain President Donald Trump's brief stay at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where...
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Wednesday, October 07, 2020
Receiving Powerful Drug Cocktail and Tweetstorming, Bizarre Trump Behavior Called 'Especially Unhinged Today'
Fresh out of the hospital and known to be receiving a powerful, never-before-used cocktail of drugs for his coronavirus infection, President Donald Trump on Wednesday morning fired off a prolonged tweetstorm that observers viewed as abnormally deranged even for a president notorious for his bizarre...
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Wednesday, October 07, 2020
Scientists Warn 2020 on Pace to Become Hottest Year Ever as September Heat Smashes Previous Record
European Union scientists warned Wednesday that 2020 is on pace to overtake 2016 as the hottest year on record after last month was confirmed to be the warmest September ever, with the climate crisis driving temperatures to unprecedented highs, fueling devastating wildfires across the Western...
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Wednesday, October 07, 2020
Former CDC Chief Urges Current Director to Publicly Denounce Trump Handling of Pandemic as 'Slaughter'
In a scathing letter sent late last month as coronavirus cases and deaths surged across the United States, renowned epidemiologist and former CDC chief Dr. William Foege called on the agency's current director to publicly speak out about the Trump administration's catastrophic failure to combat the...
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McConnell Trump Coronavirus News
Wednesday, October 07, 2020
'Telling All Working People...to Drop Dead': Trump Ended Covid Relief Talks After McConnell Said Republicans Wouldn't Vote for Deal
President Donald Trump's abrupt decision Tuesday to order a halt to coronavirus relief negotiations despite widespread and growing economic suffering, hunger, and a looming mass eviction crisis came after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reportedly told the president that any compromise deal...
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Trump Coronavirus News
Tuesday, October 06, 2020
'Unacceptable in a Free Nation': Top Senate Democrats Accuse White House of Covering Up Details of Trump's Condition
A pair of top Senate Democrats on Tuesday accused the White House of intentionally withholding from the public key details about President Donald Trump's condition following his Covid-19 diagnosis late last week, a lack of transparency the lawmakers said poses "an obvious threat to public health...
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Trump Big Pharma News
Tuesday, October 06, 2020
'Major Breach of Public Trust': Siding With Big Pharma, Trump Overrules FDA on Stricter Covid-19 Vaccine Standards
Taking the advice of profit-driven pharmaceutical corporations over that of his own public health agencies and experts, President Donald Trump is blocking the Food and Drug Administration from imposing tougher safety requirements on the authorization of a coronavirus vaccine after drug company...
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Supreme Court South Carolina News
Tuesday, October 06, 2020
'Enabling State Voter Suppression Tactics,' US Supreme Court Revives GOP's Ballot Witness Requirement in South Carolina
The conservative-dominated U.S. Supreme Court late Monday largely revived a South Carolina law requiring that absentee ballots contain a witness signature, a Republican-passed mandate that could increase voters' exposure to the coronavirus. While overturning lower court decisions blocking the...
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