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, January 30, 2020
'Historic Step': House Votes to Repeal 2002 Iraq AUMF Trump Used to Justify Soleimani Assassination
The House of Representatives on Thursday voted to repeal the 2002 Iraq Authorization for Use of Military Force, which the Trump administration cited as a legal justification for its assassination of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad earlier this month. The legislation, sponsored by longtime...
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Thursday, January 30, 2020
'Absolutely Horrific': Trump Preparing to Roll Back Restrictions on US Military Use of Landmines
President Donald Trump is reportedly preparing to roll back established constraints on the U.S. military's ability to use landmines overseas despite the weapons' long history of killing and maiming civilians around the world. CNN , citing multiple anonymous Defense Department officials, reported...
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Thursday, January 30, 2020
'Sick and Heartless': Wilbur Ross Says Deadly Coronavirus Could 'Accelerate' Return of Jobs to US
President Donald Trump's Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Thursday suggested the deadly coronavirus that has sparked fears of a global pandemic could have a bright side, at least for the United States: more jobs. "Every American's heart has to go out to the victims of the coronavirus, so I don't...
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Thursday, January 30, 2020
Sanders Team Weighing Executive Orders to Legalize Marijuana, Stop Trump Border Wall, Declare Climate Emergency, and More
Sen. Bernie Sanders' staff is reportedly preparing dozens of potential executive orders addressing an array of pressing issues the Vermont senator has made central to his 2020 presidential campaign, from confronting the climate crisis to lowering prescription drug prices to reversing President...
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Thursday, January 30, 2020
'Apologia for Authoritarianism': Trump Lawyer Argues President Can Do Whatever He Wants to Boost Reelection Chances
Lawmakers and legal analysts observing President Donald Trump's ongoing Senate trial voiced alarm at a brazen and sweeping line of defense offered Wednesday by Trump attorney Alan Dershowitz: "If a president does something which he believes will help him get elected in the public interest, that...
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Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Condemning NAFTA 2.0 as 'Giveaway to Fossil Fuel Industry,' Sanders Vows to Immediately Renegotiate Trump Deal If Elected
Sen. Bernie Sanders condemned the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, signed into law Wednesday by President Donald Trump, as a massive "giveaway to the fossil fuel industry" and vowed to immediately renegotiate the trade deal if elected president in 2020. "The deal doesn't even mention the...
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Wednesday, January 29, 2020
#WeWantWitnesses Trends as Protesters Demand Fair Trial and End to GOP Cover-Up
A coalition of progressive advocacy groups descended on the U.S. capitol Wednesday with plans to engage in " mass non-violent civil disobedience " aimed at pressuring senators to allow witnesses in President Donald Trump's ongoing impeachment trial. "We're going to put an end to Mitch McConnell's...
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Wednesday, January 29, 2020
'Absurd': Sanders Campaign Hits Back at AP Story Equating Bernie's Social Security Record With Biden's
Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign is forcefully pushing back against an Associated Press story that equated the Vermont senator's record on Social Security with that of former Vice President Joe Biden, who has repeatedly advocated cutting or freezing the New Deal-era program. In an email...
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Wednesday, January 29, 2020
'He's Desperate': Trump Rants About Impeachment 'Con Job' as McConnell Admits He Doesn't Have Votes to Block Witnesses
President Donald Trump fired off a pair of tweets Tuesday night ranting about what he called the "impeachment hoax" and "political con job" shortly after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reportedly admitted in a closed-door meeting with GOP lawmakers that he doesn't have the votes to stop...
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Tuesday, January 28, 2020
'You Did a Good Job on Her': White House Audience Laughs as Trump Praises Pompeo for Bullying NPR Reporter
President Donald Trump on Tuesday praised Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for bullying and berating NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelly, who last week infuriated Pompeo by asking him basic questions about Ukraine and the ongoing impeachment trial. "That reporter couldn't have done too good a job on you...
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