Jake Johnson, staff writer

Jake Johnson

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

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Tuesday, July 28, 2020
'Pathetic Would Be Too Mild a Word': Sanders Rips GOP Plan to Subsidize Business Meals as Children Go Hungry
Sen. Bernie Sanders late Monday slammed the GOP's coronavirus stimulus package as an obscene giveaway to corporate executives that would do little to nothing for the millions of people across the U.S. struggling to afford food, healthcare, and other basic necessities. "Pathetic would be too mild a...
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Tuesday, July 28, 2020
'Utter Disgrace': GOP Proposes Legal Immunity for Corporations, $0 in Funding for States, and Deep Cuts to Unemployment Benefits
With joblessness at historic levels, millions of Americans struggling to afford food, states and localities barreling toward fiscal disaster , and the U.S. Postal Service on the verge of collapse , Senate Republicans on Monday unveiled a Covid-19 stimulus proposal that would slash unemployment...
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Monday, July 27, 2020
"No, I Won't Be Going": Trump Says He Will Not Pay Respects to John Lewis Lying in State
President Donald Trump said Monday that he will not be visiting the U.S. Capitol to pay his respects to the late civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis, who passed away earlier this month after a fight with pancreatic cancer. "No, I won't be going. No," Trump told reporters outside the White House...
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Monday, July 27, 2020
GOP Plan to Slash Unemployment Benefits by $1,600 Per Month Condemned as 'Absolutely Unacceptable'
Progressives are rejecting out of hand a proposal by Senate Republicans to temporarily slash the weekly federal boost to unemployment benefits from $600 to $200 until states develop the capacity to implement a more complex system that would pay laid-off workers 70% of what they earned prior to...
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Monday, July 27, 2020
'Red Line for a Humane Society': 360+ DNC Delegates Vow to Oppose Democratic Platform If It Doesn't Support Medicare for All
More than 360 delegates to the Democratic National Convention have signed a petition vowing to vote against the 2020 party platform if it does not include a plank supporting Medicare for All, a policy solution one progressive delegate described as "a red line for a humane society." "Millions of...
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Monday, July 27, 2020
'Could Mean a Huge Gap in Payments': Memo Warns GOP Unemployment Benefit Formula Would Take Months to Implement
A Republican proposal to pare back enhanced unemployment benefits to about 70% of what a worker earned prior to losing their job—as opposed to the previous weekly payment of $600 across the board—would take most states between two to five months to implement, likely causing delays in relief for...
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Friday, July 24, 2020
Public Health Experts Denounce New CDC Document Pushing School Reopenings as 'Politically Driven' and 'Irresponsible'
Public health experts are warning that a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention document strongly touting the benefits of reopening schools in the fall while downplaying the risks paints a politically motivated and misleading picture of the science that could put students, educators, and...
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Friday, July 24, 2020
'Going to Lead to Desperation for Millions': Wyden Slams GOP for Leaving Town as Unemployment Benefits Set to Expire
Sen. Ron Wyden excoriated his Republican colleagues in a floor speech Thursday as they prepared to skip town for the weekend without finalizing a plan to extend the $600-per-week boost in unemployment benefits set to expire in just two days, leaving 30 million Americans without a key financial...
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Friday, July 24, 2020
'Shut It Down, Start Over, Do It Right': Medical Experts Urge US Lockdown to Stop Covid-19 Spike
More than 150 medical professionals and public health experts are calling on America's political leaders to immediately shut the country down once more—and this time do it properly—in order to stop the spread of Covid-19, which has now infected more than four million people in the U.S. and taken at...
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Friday, July 24, 2020
GOP Coronavirus Relief Package to Include Romney Bill That Would 'Fast-Track Social Security and Medicare Cuts'
Shortly after publicly ditching one attack on Social Security—the payroll tax cut—Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell confirmed Thursday that the Republican coronavirus relief package will include legislation sponsored by Sen. Mitt Romney that one advocacy group described as an " equally...
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