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, January 12, 2018
Calling Out Trump Denial, Durbin Confirms President Said 'Those Hate-Filled' Words 'Repeatedly'
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) became the first lawmaker who attended the Thursday Oval Office meeting on immigration—during which President Donald Trump reportedly called Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations " shithole countries "—to step forward and confirm that Trump "repeatedly" said the "hate-...
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Friday, January 12, 2018
Viral Video of Hospital Dumping Woman Into Freezing Cold Stirs Demand for 'Medicare for All'
Described as a horrifying depiction of " the reality of U.S. for-profit healthcare ," a Baltimore-based psychotherapist this week caught on video University of Maryland Medical Center staff "dumping" a clearly incapacitated young woman into the freezing Maryland weather wearing only a thin hospital...
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Thursday, January 11, 2018
Walmart Pulls 'Diabolical' and 'Devious Two-Step' By Pairing Wage Hikes With Mass Layoffs
Walmart, America's largest private employer, announced to much fanfare on Thursday that it is raising the company-wide minimum wage from $10 to $11—a move eagerly touted by President Donald Trump. However, Walmart didn't loudly announce that it was, at the same time, moving to shut down more than...
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Thursday, January 11, 2018
Europe Warns Trump: Any Move to Scrap Iran Nuke Deal Will 'Send a Dangerous Signal to the World'
With the deadline for U.S. President Donald Trump to decide whether to uphold the terms of the Iran nuclear accord just 24 hours away, three of America's closest European allies— Germany, France, and the United Kingdom —warned on Thursday that any effort to scrap the deal " would send a very...
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Thursday, January 11, 2018
Trump Launches 'Truly Savage' Attack on Medicaid By Pushing Work Requirements
In a move critics denounced as a " truly savage " effort to " stigmatize the poor " and undermine a life-saving component of the social safety net, the Trump administration on Thursday issued guidance that would for the first time allow states to force work or performance requirements on Medicaid...
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Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Arguing Before Supreme Court, Rights Advocates Take Aim at Ohio's 'Illegal' Voter Purges
Voting rights advocates have long charged that Ohio's practice of purging "inactive" voters from state registration rolls is unconstitutional, and on Wednesday they made their voices heard before the Supreme Court. "Knocking eligible voters off the rolls simply because they exercise their right not...
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Wednesday, January 10, 2018
'They Thought No One Would Notice': WH Transcript of Immigration Meeting Omitted Trump's Endorsement of 'Clean' DACA Fix
During his hour-long immigration meeting with members of Congress on Tuesday, President Donald Trump contradicted his own previous positions and those of his party by suggesting that he "would like" to sign a "clean DACA bill." But you wouldn't know it if you relied on the White House's initial...
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Wednesday, January 10, 2018
'Victory for Democracy' as Court Rules Against North Carolina Gerrymandering
In a ruling hailed as a major and historic " victory for democracy ," a federal court on Tuesday deemed North Carolina's 2016 congressional map unconstitutional on the grounds that it was drawn to discriminate against Democratic voters—marking the first time a federal court has struck down a...
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Tuesday, January 09, 2018
Ouster of 'Sloppy Steve' Leaves Breitbart Bannon-Less
Still reeling from the backlash over his derisive comments about the Trump family that appeared in an explosive new book, former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon stepped down from his post as executive chairman of Breitbart News on Tuesday—a move reportedly forced by the outlet's right-...
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Tuesday, January 09, 2018
'No One Should Be Fooled': Warren Rips Trump's HHS Pick Over Desire to Gut Medicaid
While President Donald Trump's Health and Human Services (HHS) nominee Alex Azar— a former pharma executive —spent most of his Senate confirmation hearing on Tuesday ducking and dodging pointed questions about his long history of "price gouging ," Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) decided to call...
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