Jake Johnson, staff writer

Jake Johnson

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

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The report came as U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was in Manila meeting with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who bragged to a state news agency that the U.S. and Australia have "considerably toned down" their criticism of his human rights record. News
Tuesday, August 08, 2017
Trump Embraces Duterte as Endless US War Expands in Philippines
News that the Trump administration is gearing up to expand the global war on terror into its eighth country, the Philippines, arrived on Monday shortly after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was pictured smiling and glad-handing with President Rodrigo Duterte, the nation's controversial leader...
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If contractors are replacing soldiers and they are on the frontline they could kill or be killed, there could be kidnaps or insider attacks—what happens if they commit a crime or bodies have to be sent back; there would be a large number of legal complications," one official told the Financial Times. News
Tuesday, August 08, 2017
Blackwater Founder's 'Disturbing' Plan to Privatize Afghan War Gains Ground
As President Donald Trump vents his frustration with the United States' "losing" strategy in Afghanistan, the " notorious mercenary " and Blackwater founder Erik Prince has seized the moment to offer his favored alternative: privatize the war. "A private air force and a bombing app! From the people...
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Monday, August 07, 2017
As US Inequality Breeds Oligarchy, New Report Details Pathway to Equity
Pervasive and growing inequality is corroding American democracy, and only ambitious solutions—including healthcare for all, a living wage, and the elimination of corporate money from the political process—will be sufficient to remedy the crisis. That is the conclusion of a new report published...
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Monday, August 07, 2017
Wall Street Fines Down 66% Under Trump's Goldman Sachs-Filled Administration
Since taking office in January, President Donald Trump has chosen ex-Goldman Sachs bankers to fill several key positions within his administration. According to a Wall Street Journal analysis published Sunday, it appears that the nation's largest financial institutions are benefiting greatly from...
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Monday, August 07, 2017
North Korea Says US Wrong to Think It Is 'Safe Across the Ocean'
On the heels of a unanimous vote by the United Nations Security Council to impose new sanctions on North Korea following a series of ballistic missile tests , Pyongyang charged on Monday that the punitive measures are a "violent infringement" of the nation's sovereignty and vowed "thousands-fold"...
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As Free Press, an Open Internet advocacy group, noted last month, "The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) docket for public comments on the existing net neutrality rules has already surpassed all records." News
Friday, August 04, 2017
With FCC Now at Full Staff, Groups Warn That Net Neutrality Is Under Threat Once More
The Senate on Thursday confirmed two nominees for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) —Jessica Rosenworcel, a Democrat, and Brendan Carr, a Republican—bringing the agency back to full staff and sparking fears among Open Internet activists and lawmakers that net neutrality will soon be under...
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Every American should be concerned about the Trump administration's threat to step up its efforts against whistleblowers and journalists News
Friday, August 04, 2017
In 'Direct Attack on the First Amendment,' Sessions Declares War on Leaks
Citing the "staggering" number of leaks that have emerged from the Trump White House over the last several months, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced during a press conference on Friday that the Justice Department is gearing up to intensify its pursuit of those who disclose sensitive and...
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"There's many of us in West Virginia that did not vote for Donald Trump." News
Friday, August 04, 2017
'Trump Doesn't Care About Us': West Virginians Rally to Protest Trump's Visit
As new developments in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible collusion between the Trump administration and Russia swirled Thursday night, President Donald Trump delivered a speech in Huntington, West Virginia, a state that favored him overwhelmingly during the presidential...
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Thursday, August 03, 2017
John Bolton's 'Military Options' for North Korea Denounced as 'Utter Lunacy'
Amid reports that he is being considered by President Donald Trump to replace Gen. H.R. McMaster as national security adviser, John Bolton wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday outlining "military options for North Korea," which were immediately characterized as " dangerous " and...
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President Donald Trump holds a meeting with members of his cabinet. News
Thursday, August 03, 2017
'This Is Nuts': Trump Fumes to Generals That US Should Plunder Afghan Minerals
In a recent situation room meeting with generals and top national security advisors, President Donald Trump reportedly compared war policy to renovating a restaurant and complained that the U.S. isn't doing enough to exploit Afghanistan's mineral wealth. This is according to senior administration...
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