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 03, 2019
Flood of Comments Shows Public 'Utterly Repulsed' By Trump Plan to Take Food Stamps From 750,000 People
As the Trump administration moves closer to stripping food stamps from as many as 750,000 low-income people by imposing punitive work requirements, a flood of nearly 30,000 comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture from experts, activists, and concerned citizens shows Americans are...
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Tuesday, April 02, 2019
Major Nurses Union Calls Medicare X Plan 'Sub-Par and Wholly Inadequate to Address the Healthcare Crisis'
Democratic Senators Tim Kaine and Michael Bennet reintroduced their "Medicare X" public option plan Tuesday in an effort expand health insurance coverage, but National Nurses United said the bill is "sub-par and wholly inadequate to address the healthcare crisis confronting our country." "'Medicare...
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Tuesday, April 02, 2019
'Solitary Confinement Is Torture': Ocasio-Cortez Calls for Chelsea Manning's Release
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Tuesday demanded the release of U.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning and called for a ban on extended solitary confinement. "Chelsea Manning has been trapped in solitary confinement for refusing to answer questions before a Grand Jury," tweeted the congresswoman...
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Tuesday, April 02, 2019
Sanders Brings in $18+ Million in First Quarter With Nearly 900,000 Donations Averaging $20
Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign announced Tuesday that it has raised $18.2 million from just under 900,000 individual donations since launching 41 days ago. Sanders' first quarter haul tops all other 2020 Democratic candidates who have reported their fundraising totals. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-...
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Tuesday, April 02, 2019
'Outrageous Stunt': Jewish Groups Accuse GOP of Weaponizing Anti-Semitism to Prolong Slaughter in Yemen
Jewish advocacy groups on Monday condemned House Republicans for once again attempting to weaponize anti-Semitism to derail the Yemen War Powers resolution, which seeks to end U.S. complicity in the world's worst humanitarian crisis. "House Democrats should refuse to cooperate with such an...
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Tuesday, April 02, 2019
'He Is Unhinged': San Juan Mayor Rips Trump for Lies About Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief
"He can huff and puff all he wants but he cannot escape the death of 3,000 on his watch." That was San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz's response to President Donald Trump's Monday night tweet-storm, in which he once again inflated the amount of federal aid Puerto Rico has received since Hurricane...
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Tuesday, April 02, 2019
'Time to Act': Nationwide Protests Planned If Barr Fails to Release Full Mueller Report By Tonight
A coalition of progressive advocacy groups representing millions of Americans is planning mass protests nationwide if Attorney General William Barr fails to release the full Mueller report by Tuesday night, the deadline established by congressional Democrats. "We can't trust Barr to #...
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Sunday, March 31, 2019
'Unearned Gift to Donald Trump': Democrats Under Fire for Slow Approach to Obtaining President's Tax Returns
After taking control of the House in the 2018 midterms, Democrats vowed to get their hands on President Donald Trump's tax returns as part of their broad oversight agenda. But, months into 2019, critics say Democrats are moving with " incomprehensible sluggishness " that is threatening their...
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Sunday, March 31, 2019
Bernie Sanders Says 'Thousands of People Will Literally Die' If Trump Healthcare Agenda Succeeds
If President Donald Trump "gets his way" on healthcare by fully repealing the Affordable Care Act , Sen. Bernie Sanders said Sunday, "thousands of people will literally die." "I think we should join the rest of the industrialized world, guarantee healthcare to all people as a right." —Sen. Bernie...
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Sunday, March 31, 2019
'This Is Not Ok': Sears Condemned for Ending Retirees' Life Insurance After Handing Executives $25 Million in Bonuses
The retail giant Sears came under fire Saturday following reports that the company is ending life insurance benefits for an undisclosed number of its 90,000 retirees—just months after handing executives over $25 million in bonuses. "It's the last benefit that retirees had," Ron Olbrysh, chair of...
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