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 01, 2018
'Kicking Off Black History Month,' Trump Guts CFPB's Ability to Curb Racial Discrimination by Banks
In a move immediately condemned as yet another " shameful " effort by the Trump administration to roll back civil rights and reward big banks, the White House reportedly " stripped " a key Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) office of the power to take action against financial firms accused...
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Thursday, February 01, 2018
Poll: 82% Say Trump Interview With Mueller Should Be Under Oath
According to a new poll published by Monmouth University on Thursday, an overwhelming majority of Americans—and even most Republicans—want President Donald Trump to follow through on his expressed desire to be interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller, and 82 percent believe this interview...
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Thursday, February 01, 2018
San Francisco Shows Nation Way Forward by Throwing Out Old Marijuana Convictions
Just weeks after a California measure legalizing the use of recreational marijuana went into effect, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón announced on Wednesday that the city will wipe clean the records of thousands of individuals who have been charged with marijuana-related misdemeanors...
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Thursday, February 01, 2018
ICE Director Brags About How Much He's 'Enjoying' Tearing Immigrant Families Apart
Riding high off two recent widely denounced deportations that ripped apart immigrant families who have called the U.S. home for decades, acting ICE director Thomas Homan boasted at a conference on Wednesday that he has really begun "enjoying" his role in carrying out President Donald Trump's racist...
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Wednesday, January 31, 2018
From Lack of Paid Maternity Leave to 'Hell' of Student Debt, North Korea Catalog of US Rights Violations Makes Convincing Case
Just as U.S. President Donald Trump was preparing to lambast North Korea as "a menace that threatens our world" in his State of the Union address Tuesday night, Pyongyang attempted to undercut Trump's " ominous " rhetoric by releasing a white paper that highlights America's "gross" human rights...
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Wednesday, January 31, 2018
'Disaster Capitalism Disguised as Progress': Critics Rip Trump Infrastructure Plan
President Donald Trump has repeatedly declared that "Americans deserve the best infrastructure in the world," but—judging by policy blueprints that have emerged from the White House in recent days—critics argue that Trump is actually planning to deliver a heavy dose of "disaster capitalism" that...
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Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Trump SOTU Didn't Mention Climate Crisis Once. Sadly, Neither Did Democratic Response
Despite the fact that President Donald Trump used his first State of the Union address Tuesday night to celebrate "beautiful, clean coal" and further his war on the environment , the Democratic Party's official rebuttal to Trump's speech—delivered by Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.)—didn't once...
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Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Proving Pruitt 'Capable of Telling the Truth,' Leaked Audio Reveals EPA Chief Once Called Trump Threat to Constitution
Given EPA chief Scott Pruitt's lengthy record of " lying his ass off " about climate change for the benefit of his pals in the fossil fuel industry, one could be forgiven for believing that he is incapable of honesty. But leaked audio from a radio interview Pruitt gave in February 2016—in which he...
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Tuesday, January 30, 2018
'Massacre in Slow Motion': Concerns Grow That Trump Executing Nixonian Purge
On October 20, 1973, former President Richard Nixon ordered the firing of special prosecutor Archibald Cox, sparking a series of high-profile resignations that came to be known as Nixon's "Saturday Night Massacre." Following the early departure of FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe on Monday,...
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Tuesday, January 30, 2018
After GOP Votes to #ReleaseTheMemo, ACLU Says Dems Have 'Duty' to Make FISA Intel Public
For what critics are denouncing as blatantly partisan reasons that have nothing to do with concerns about mass surveillance and everything to do with protecting President Donald Trump from an active investigation, House Republicans voted on Monday to release a secret memo that purports to show the...
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