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, May 07, 2020
With US and Iran 'A Spark Away' From Devastating Conflict, Trump Vetoes War Powers Resolution
Progressive foreign policy groups are condemning President Donald Trump for recklessly keeping the U.S. " on the war path " Wednesday by vetoing a bipartisan resolution that would have barred him from attacking Iran without congressional approval. "Once again Donald Trump has gone out of his way to...
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Thursday, May 07, 2020
Stirring Memories of Bhopal, At Least 11 Killed and Thousands Sickened as India Chemical Plant Leaks Toxic Gas
This is a developing news story... Check back for possible updates... A chemical factory in Visakhapatnam, India owned by the South Korean company LG Corp. spewed toxic gas into the air in the early hours of Thursday morning, killing at least 11 people and sickening thousands more . Horrifying...
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Thursday, May 07, 2020
'Just Straight Cronyism': Top Trump and GOP Donor Picked to Lead US Postal Service in Time of Crisis
The U.S. Postal Service's Board of Governors—which is controlled by appointees of President Donald Trump—announced late Wednesday that it has unanimously selected a top Trump and GOP donor to serve as postmaster general, installing an ally of the White House to lead a popular agency that has long...
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Wednesday, May 06, 2020
'The Movement Is Still Here': Sanders Allies Chart Next Steps in Fight for Medicare for All, Green New Deal, and a Just Future
Campaign veterans and progressive allies of Sen. Bernie Sanders' 2020 Democratic presidential run gathered on a livestream late Tuesday to announce the formation of a new political action committee with the goal of advancing the struggle for Medicare for All, student debt cancellation, and the...
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Wednesday, May 06, 2020
AOC Offers Hint on Why Wall Street Surges as Workers Suffer and Die From Covid-19: 'It Starts With a C and Ends With -apitalism'
Why is Wall Street thriving as the coronavirus pandemic causes mass suffering and sends unemployment levels soaring to Great Depression levels? The answer, according to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), is not a difficult puzzle to solve. "Hint: it starts with a C and ends with -apitalism,"...
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Wednesday, May 06, 2020
'Outrageous': Major US Companies Hand Shareholders Hundreds of Millions in Dividends While Slashing Thousands of Jobs
Five major U.S. corporations that have laid off thousands of workers in recent weeks have simultaneously dished out hundreds of millions of dollars in cash dividends to wealthy shareholders, drawing outrage from Sen. Bernie Sanders and others who say the companies should be using the money to keep...
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Wednesday, May 06, 2020
"There'll Be More Death": Trump Says He Is Willing to Sacrifice Lives to Reopen US Businesses
President Donald Trump made clear during both an interview and a press briefing Tuesday that he is willing to sacrifice lives for the sake of reopening U.S. businesses amid the coronavirus pandemic, declaring that jumpstarting the American economy is worth the dire public health risks. "There'll be...
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Wednesday, May 06, 2020
In Leaked Audio, Texas Governor Admits Reopening Economy Will Lead to 'Increase and Spread' of Covid-19
Greg Abbott, the Republican governor of Texas, admitted in a private call with lawmakers last week that his decision to lift Covid-19 safety guidelines and reopen the state's economy "will lead to an increase and spread" of the virus that has infected more than 34,000 Texans and killed nearly 1,000...
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Wednesday, May 06, 2020
Victory for 'Basic Democracy' as Judge Orders New York to Reinstate Sanders, Yang, and Others to 2020 Primary Ballot
A federal judge late Tuesday ordered New York election officials to restore Sen. Bernie Sanders, Andrew Yang, and other Democratic candidates to the state's 2020 presidential primary ballot, a decision progressives hailed as a victory for "basic democracy." The ruling by Judge Analisa Torres of the...
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Tuesday, May 05, 2020
Nurses Call on Pelosi to Enact Remote Voting So House Can Deliver Urgent Covid-19 Relief
The largest union of registered nurses in the United States on Monday delivered a scathing rebuke to Congress and President Donald Trump for failing to protect healthcare workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic and warned that continued federal inaction could render the nation unable...
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