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, September 27, 2019
'History Will Judge Us Harshly': Horror and Outrage as Trump Slashes Refugee Cap to Record Low
In what rights groups condemned as a move driven not by America's capacity to resettle those fleeing violence and persecution but solely by President Donald Trump's hate-filled political agenda, the State Department on Thursday said the U.S. will accept no more than 18,000 refugees over the next...
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Thursday, September 26, 2019
Day After Trump Said 'Inequality Is Down,' Federal Data Shows US Income Inequality Highest Since Census Began Measuring
Federal data released Thursday showed U.S. income inequality in 2018 reached the highest level since the Census Bureau began measuring it five decades ago, a finding that comes less than 24 hours after President Donald Trump said "inequality is down." The Census survey found that the nation's Gini...
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Thursday, September 26, 2019
Progressives Say Democrats Have Duty to Inform Public About 'Potentially Explosive' Whistleblower Alleging Trump Effort to Corrupt IRS
House Ways and Means Chairman Rep. Richard Neal is reportedly sitting on a credible and "potentially explosive" whistleblower complaint alleging that President Donald Trump attempted to influence an IRS audit of his tax returns. On Wednesday, as much of the public's attention focused on a...
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Thursday, September 26, 2019
Calls for Democrats to 'Immediately Get to Work' as Majority of House Lawmakers Now Support Trump Impeachment Proceedings
A majority of the House of Representatives now supports impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, a milestone progressives celebrated as the result of persistent grassroots pressure that must continue—and intensify—if Trump is to be removed from office. "This is huge, and it wouldn't...
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Thursday, September 26, 2019
Sanders Rips 'Casual Cruelty That Motivates Trump and His Billionaire Friends' as White House Moves to Strip Free School Lunches From 500,000 Kids
Sen. Bernie Sanders, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, said Wednesday night that he "cannot begin to understand the casual cruelty that motivates Trump and his billionaire friends to harm vulnerable children like this" as the White House moved closer to implementing a rule that would end...
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Wednesday, September 25, 2019
'Impeach Barr, Too': Critics Demand Attorney General's Ouster for Refusing to Investigate Trump-Ukraine Call
White House critics said Wednesday that Attorney General William Barr should be impeached following news that the Justice Department declined to investigate President Donald Trump's July 25 phone call with Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky. In late August, according to the Washington Post ,...
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Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Critics Say Only Full Whistleblower Complaint Will Do as Trump White House Signals 'Redacted Version'
As members of Congress and others demand the White House release nothing less than the full whistleblower complaint against President Donald Trump as required by law, the New York Times reported Tuesday night that the administration is only planning to release a "redacted version" of the document...
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Wednesday, September 25, 2019
'Talk Is Cheap': Progressives Demand Pelosi Cancel Recess and Vote on Trump Impeachment as Soon as Possible
Demanding that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi back up her announcement of an official impeachment inquiry with decisive action, progressives Tuesday night called on the Democratic leader to cancel the chamber's two-week October recess and move forward with the proceedings against President Donald Trump...
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 U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks to the media at the Capitol Building September 24, 2019 in Washington, DC. Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry today after allegations that President Donald Trump sought to pressure the president of Ukraine to investigate leading Democratic presidential contender, former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, which was the subject of a reported whistle-blower complaint that the Trump administration has withheld from Congress. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Im News
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
'Nobody Is Above the Law': Pelosi Announces Official Trump Impeachment Inquiry
UPDATE: After months of pushing off demands from her Democratic colleagues and the U.S. public, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday announced her support for an official impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. In a televised press conference following a closed-door caucus meeting...
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Tuesday, September 24, 2019
"I Don't Think Billionaires Should Exist": Sanders Proposes Wealth Tax to Slash Fortunes of Ultra-Rich
To tackle "outrageous and grotesque and immoral" levels of inequality in the United States, Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday proposed a new wealth tax on the richest Americans that economists say would slash the fortunes of billionaires in half over 15 years and raise an estimated $4.35 trillion in...
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