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, July 16, 2020
'Dangerous' and 'Horrible': Lawmakers Demand Answers After Trump Upends CDC's Covid-19 Reporting System
Lawmakers and public health experts are demanding that the Trump administration answer for its abrupt decision this week to cut the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention out of the coronavirus data-collection process, a move critics warned could impede state efforts to combat the pandemic and...
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Thursday, July 16, 2020
Trump and GOP Weighing Plan to 'Punish' Schools That Don't Reopen by Withholding Covid-19 Funds
The Trump administration and Senate Republicans are reportedly considering a plan to pressure U.S. schools to reopen in the fall by attaching conditions or incentives to desperately needed Covid-19 relief funds as educators and parents warn that—in addition to being unpopular —the White House push...
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Wednesday, July 15, 2020
'The Real Fiscal Cliff': McConnell Drags His Feet as 30 Million Are Set to Lose Unemployment Benefits in 10 Days
The $600 weekly boost in unemployment benefits that more than 30 million laid-off Americans are relying on to endure the coronavirus-induced recession is set to expire in just 10 days without action from Congress—but Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appears to be in no hurry to...
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Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Citing 'Callous Disregard for Human Life,' Groups Urge Trump and Pence to Hand Covid-19 Response Over to Health Experts
More than a dozen civil society organizations demanded in an open letter Tuesday that President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence relinquish control over the federal Covid-19 response to public health experts, a move the groups said is necessary to "save lives and restore the economy." "...
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Wednesday, July 15, 2020
'Attempted Murder of Your Post Office': Outrage as Trump Crony Now Heading USPS Moves to Slow Mail Delivery
Postal workers and their allies in Congress are vowing to fight back after the new head of the U.S. Postal Service—a major donor to President Donald Trump and the Republican Party—moved this week to impose sweeping changes to the popular government agency as it faces a financial crisis manufactured...
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Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Warnings of Possible Cover-Up in Progress as Trump Orders Hospitals to Stop Sending Coronavirus Data to CDC
Public health experts are warning that coronavirus statistics will soon be newly vulnerable to political manipulation after the Trump administration ordered hospitals to send Covid-19 patient data directly to a Department of Health and Human Services system rather than the Centers for Disease...
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Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Deregulation's Deadly Consequences: Report Details How Trump's Assault on Government Exacerbated Pandemic
President Donald Trump's ongoing efforts to roll back regulations designed to protect the environment, workers, and public health likely played a significant role in the spread of Covid-19 in the United States. "From day one, the Trump administration has attempted to roll back not only existing...
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Tuesday, July 14, 2020
'The Suspect Can't Be the Investigator': ACLU Demands Special Counsel Probe Into Barr Over Police Assault on Protesters
The ACLU is demanding the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate a violent police assault last month on peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstrators near the White House—a crackdown reportedly ordered by Attorney General William Barr. "A full, independent investigation now is necessary to...
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Tuesday, July 14, 2020
White House Pushes 'Pure Giveaway' to Rich Investors While Urging Cut to Pandemic Unemployment Aid
The Trump White House is publicly advocating a massive tax cut for wealthy U.S. investors while simultaneously urging Congress to pare back the expanded unemployment benefits currently serving as a financial lifeline for more than 30 million —and counting—jobless Americans. "Regarding the 'capital...
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Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Study Shows 5.4 Million Have Lost Insurance Amid Pandemic. Progressives Note Number Under Medicare for All Would Be: 0
Amid the worst public health crisis in a century and a devastating economic downturn that has thrown tens of millions out of work, more than five million people in the U.S. lost their health insurance in just three months this year, shattering the previous record set during the entire annual period...
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