Jake Johnson, staff writer

Jake Johnson

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

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019
To Create System That Puts 'Patients Ahead of Profits,' Sanders Unveils Medicare for All Act of 2019
Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday introduced Medicare for All legislation that would virtually eliminate the private insurance industry and provide comprehensive healthcare to every American at a lower overall cost than the current for-profit system. "Today we say to the private health insurance...
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Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Watch: Ocasio-Cortez Calls Out GOP for Attacking Green New Deal as 'Socialism' While Supporting Billions in Big Oil Subsidies
During a House Oversight Committee hearing on Tuesday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called out Republicans for attacking the Green New Deal as "socialism" while also supporting billions of dollars in subsidies to the fossil fuel industry. "It is not responsible to complain about anything we...
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Wednesday, April 10, 2019
As Netanyahu Heads for Reelection, Palestinians Decry Vote to 'Entrench and Expand Apartheid'
With Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly poised to win reelection by a razor-thin margin after a campaign filled with overt anti-Arab racism , voter suppression tactics , and extremist promises—such as his last-minute vow to annex the West Bank —Palestinian officials decried the...
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Tuesday, April 09, 2019
'Blatant Violation of the First Amendment': Public Citizen Sues Betsy DeVos for Censoring Its Website
Public Citizen sued Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday for allegedly blocking access to the consumer group's website on her department's guest Wi-Fi and internal networks. "No way are we going to let them get away with suppressing our views." —Robert Weissman, Public Citizen "This is a...
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Tuesday, April 09, 2019
WATCH LIVE: Tens of Thousands of Net Neutrality Defenders Tune In as House Votes on Save the Internet Act
This is a developing story. Check back for updates... With the House set to vote on the Save the Internet Act as early as Tuesday afternoon , Fight for the Future is livestreaming debate on the legislation and the final vote to ensure lawmakers know the "whole internet is watching" as they decide...
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Tuesday, April 09, 2019
Progressive Democrats Threaten to Tank $733 Billion in 'Crazy' Pentagon Spending If Social Programs Not Also Boosted
Update : House Democratic leaders canceled a vote on the spending measure late Tuesday afternoon amid progressive backlash over the Pentagon budget. Progressives are demanding boosts in domestic social spending in line with the Pentagon's budget increase. "For us and for progressives... this is a...
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Tuesday, April 09, 2019
Judge Rules Valve Turner Ken Ward Must Be Allowed to Present 'Necessity Defense' for Climate Action
The Court of Appeals for the state of Washington on Monday overturned valve turner Ken Ward's burglary conviction because he was not allowed to present a climate "necessity defense" of his role in the multi-state action to shut down tar sands pipelines in 2016. "Ward intended to protest the...
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Tuesday, April 09, 2019
'Siding With Big Pharma at Expense of the American People,' Republicans Warn CEOs Not to Cooperate With Drug Price Probe
As Democrats on the House Oversight Committee attempt to investigate soaring drug prices in the U.S., Republicans are warning the CEOs of some of America's largest pharmaceutical companies against cooperating with the probe. "Once again, they're siding with Big Pharma at the expense of the American...
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Tuesday, April 09, 2019
'Clear Breach of His Oath of Office': Trump Reportedly Told Border Patrol to Refuse to Let Migrants in the US
During a visit to Calexico, California last Friday, President Donald Trump reportedly told Border Patrol agents to defy U.S. law and refuse to allow migrants into the country. "Behind the scenes," CNN reported Monday, citing two anonymous sources, "the president told border agents to not let...
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Monday, April 08, 2019
Xenophobic Far-Right Parties Form Alliance Aiming to 'Win and Change Europe'
Far-right European parties announced Monday that they are forming a coalition with the goal of becoming "the strongest faction in the European Parliament" and transforming EU policies to fit their xenophobic vision. As the Associated Press reported: Italy's hard-line interior minister, Matteo...
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