Jake Johnson, staff writer

Jake Johnson

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

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Friday, February 23, 2018
Demanding 'Fundamental Restructuring of the Economy,' Progressives Embrace Bold New Agenda
Arguing that only a positive and truly transformative economic agenda will be sufficient to overcome the Republican congressional majority and President Donald Trump, scores of progressive leaders this week endorsed a bold 11-point platform that calls for Medicare for All, tough Wall Street...
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Thursday, February 22, 2018
Nurses Rally in Defense of Unions as Supreme Court Prepares to Hear 'Biggest Threat to Organized Labor in Years'
With the conservative-dominated Supreme Court set to hear a case that poses the " biggest threat to organized labor in years " next week, members of National Nurses United (NNU)—the largest organization of registered nurses in the U.S.—rallied across the country on Thursday to highlight the crucial...
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Thursday, February 22, 2018
With Pai's Net Neutrality Repeal Published, Internet Defenders Prepare for 'Hell of a Fight'
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chair Ajit Pai's net neutrality repeal plan was finally published in the Federal Register on Thursday, but that doesn't mean net neutrality is officially dead—in fact, as open internet defenders quickly observed in response to the news, the fight to save the...
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Wednesday, February 21, 2018
"A Slap in the Face": Victims of Big Oil Pollution Speak Out Against Pruitt's Luxury Flights
After the public was informed last week that Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Scott Pruitt has been forced to take luxury first-class flights because people were yelling at him for destroying the planet in coach, few expressed sympathy. "I wish that I could get away like that from my...
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Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Activist Ejected From Meeting With Lawmaker After Asking How Much Money He's Getting From Koch Brothers
During an RSVP-only meeting on "tax reform" organized by the Koch brothers-backed group Americans for Prosperity Wednesday morning, activist and author Jonathan Smucker demanded to know how much Pennsylvania Rep. Lloyd Smucker (no relation) has received in campaign contributions from Charles and...
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Wednesday, February 21, 2018
'Cowardly': With Students Present, Florida GOP Votes Down Motion to Consider Assault Rifle Ban
With survivors of last week's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting watching from the gallery, the GOP-controlled Florida House on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly against a motion to consider legislation that would "ban assault rifles and large capacity magazines"—a move critics quickly...
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Tuesday, February 20, 2018
'We Want Change': Hundreds of Florida Students Stage Walkouts Demanding Action on Gun Violence
As busloads of students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School traveled to Florida's capital to demand stricter gun control measures in the wake of last week's deadly shooting , students from the nearby West Boca Raton High School staged a massive walkout on Tuesday to express solidarity with...
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Tuesday, February 20, 2018
With Haley and Kushner Watching, Abbas Tears Into Trump's 'Unlawful' Jerusalem Move
In a speech before the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday—attended by both U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley and White House adviser Jared Kushner—Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas tore into President Donald Trump's "unlawful" Jerusalem decision and condemned Israel for...
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Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Trump 'Blatantly Backs Gerrymandering' in Call for GOP to Fight New Pennsylvania Maps
Shortly after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday issued a new congressional map that eliminates the state GOP's partisan gerrymander, President Donald Trump implored Republicans to challenge the new district lines, arguing that the original map—which the state's highest court said " clearly...
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Monday, February 19, 2018
At White House Lie-In, Teens Call on Congress to 'Protect Kids, Not Guns'
Building on the nationwide mourning and outrage that followed a Florida school shooting last week that left 17 people dead, dozens of teenagers held a "lie-in" at the gates of the White House on Monday to protest years of congressional inaction on gun control and highlight the National Rifle...
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