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, February 13, 2020
Mnuchin Admits Trump's Budget Cuts Social Security Even as President Claims He Is 'Not Touching' the Program
During a Senate Finance Committee hearing on Wednesday, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin—using euphemistic language Democratic lawmakers described as " Washington-speak "—admitted that President Donald Trump's fiscal year 2021 budget proposal would cut Social Security days after the president...
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Thursday, February 13, 2020
Sanders Argues Medicare for All Is Vital for Union Workers: 'They're Losing Wage Increases Because Cost of Healthcare Is Soaring'
Responding to the powerful Nevada Culinary Workers Union's criticism of Medicare for All in new fliers —a critique that was readily seized upon by some 2020 Democrats—Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday night made the case for why achieving single-payer is so vital for union workers and everyone else...
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Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Warren Says AG William Barr Must 'Resign or Face Impeachment' for Intervening in Roger Stone Case
Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Wednesday called on Attorney General William Barr to resign for "abusing official power to protect political friends" after Barr overruled career federal prosecutors to reduce the recommended prison sentence for Roger Stone, a longtime confidant to President Donald Trump. "...
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Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Trump Quietly Slashed Pay Raise for Federal Workers a Day Before Claiming US Economy Is Best 'In History'
In a move that drew outrage from labor unions and progressives, President Donald Trump this week quietly took steps to slash a scheduled pay raise for millions of federal workers from 2.5% to 1% due to supposed concerns about "keeping the nation on a fiscally sustainable course." "I have determined...
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Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Fueled by Diverse Working Class Voters, Sanders' New Hampshire Win Celebrated as 'Major Victory for Progressive Movement'
A chorus of grassroots advocacy groups representing millions of people across the U.S. celebrated Sen. Bernie Sanders' victory in the New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary Tuesday night as a "major victory for the progressive movement" that was fueled by the kind of diverse working class...
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Wednesday, February 12, 2020
'Language of Monarchy': Trump Asserts He Has 'Absolute Right' to Tell Justice Department What to Do
Speaking to reporters amid growing outrage over the Justice Department's decision to intervene to reduce Roger Stone's recommended prison sentence, President Donald Trump on Tuesday denied that he instructed the DOJ to step in but asserted he "would be able to do it if I wanted." "I have the...
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Wednesday, February 12, 2020
'This Is Corruption': Trump and Barr Accused of Blatant Abuse of Power as DOJ Intervenes to Reduce Roger Stone Sentence
Government watchdog groups and Democratic members of Congress late Tuesday accused President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr of abusing the powers of the Justice Department to reduce federal prosecutors' sentencing recommendation for Roger Stone, a longtime friend and confidant of...
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Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Mega-Billionaire Bloomberg's $350 Million Ad Spending Blitz Is 'What Plutocracy Looks Like'
In a staggering milestone in what critics have characterized as an effort to buy the Democratic nomination, billionaire businessman Michael Bloomberg has already poured more than $350 million of his own personal wealth into television, digital, and radio advertising since launching his 2020...
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Tuesday, February 11, 2020
'Outrageous and Un-American,' Sanders Says of City in Kansas Jailing People for Unpaid Medical Debt
Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday called "outrageous and un-American" the reality that residents of the small city of Coffeyville, Kansas— and people across the United States —are being arrested and jailed for their inability to pay off outstanding medical debt. "What's happening here is a jailhouse...
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Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Sanders Crushes Trump by 18 Points Among Independent Voters in New National General Election Poll
A national Reuters/Ipsos poll released Monday found Sen. Bernie Sanders leading President Donald Trump by 18 percentage points among independent voters in a hypothetical general election match-up, a result Sanders supporters viewed as evidence that the Vermont senator has the best chance of...
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