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, July 26, 2018
139 House Democrats Join GOP to Approve $717 Billion in Military Spending
With the help of 139 Democrats, the House of Representatives on Thursday easily rammed through the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which—if it passes the Senate—will hand President Donald Trump $717 billion in military spending. "Of the total $717 billion, the bill would authorize $...
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Thursday, July 26, 2018
As Workers' Wages Continue to Fall Under Trump, Analysis Shows CEO Pay Is Way Higher Than Typically Reported
As wages for most American workers continue to steadily decline following the passage of President Donald Trump's massive corporate tax cuts at the end of last year, a new analysis of federal data by Axios found that the pay of some of America's top CEOs is often even higher than the astronomical...
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Thursday, July 26, 2018
Trump Medicare Chief Seema Verma's Attack on Medicare for All Full of Lies, Critics Say
After Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma launched a nonsensical broadside against Medicare for All on Wednesday in a speech in California—declaring that " Medicare for All would become Medicare for None "—Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Thursday joined the...
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Thursday, July 26, 2018
Imran Khan, Fierce Critic of Trump and US-Led Wars, Declares Victory in Pakistani Elections
This is a breaking news story and may be updated . After running on vows to address Pakistan's widespread poverty, confront rampant corruption, and pursue a more "balanced" foreign policy with the nation's neighbors and the United States, the famous cricket-star-turned politician Imran Khan...
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Thursday, July 26, 2018
Ripping 'Greedy Wall Street Vulture Funds' Profiting From Misery, Warren and Sanders Introduce Bill to Cancel Puerto Rico's Debt
As advocacy groups urgently warn that Wall Street firms are moving to capitalize on Puerto Rico's plight in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria by extracting debt payments and pushing for the privatization of public services, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) joined Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and...
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Thursday, July 26, 2018
In 'Panicked and Dangerous' Effort to Undermine Mueller's Probe, Republicans Move to Impeach Rod Rosenstein
In what progressive advocacy groups and House Democrats immediately decried as a " shameless political ploy " aimed at shielding President Donald Trump from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing Russia probe, Reps. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), and nine other congressional...
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Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Denouncing America's "Debtor Prison" System, Sanders Introduces Bill to End Cash Bail
Taking aim at one of the most exploitative components of America's broken criminal justice system, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Wednesday introduced a bill that would end the "destructive and unjust cash bail process" that keeps hundreds of thousands of people locked up at a given moment due to...
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Wednesday, July 25, 2018
'Poverty Is Criminalized, Wealth Is Immunized': Report Shows Corporate Crime Enforcement Has Plummeted Under Trump
In addition to padding the bottom lines of America's largest corporations by cutting their taxes and eliminating scores of longstanding regulations , President Donald Trump is also protecting major companies' profits by refusing to punish them for ripping off consumers and trampling federal rules...
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Wednesday, July 25, 2018
'It Is Not Right to Send People to Hell': Swedish Woman's Plane Protest Stops Deportation of Afghan Refugee
In an act of civil disobedience against her government's inhumane treatment of refugees that quickly went viral, 21-year-old Swedish student Elin Ersson prevented the immediate deportation of an Afghan asylum-seeker on Monday by refusing to sit down on a flight until the 52-year-old man was removed...
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Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Further Evidence Trump Committed 'Felony Campaign Finance Violation' as Cohen Releases Hush Money Tape
Bolstering allegations that Donald Trump violated campaign finance laws by paying hush money to Karen McDougal —a former Playboy model who alleges she had an affair with Trump—the president's longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen released a recording of a conversation between himself and then-...
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