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, 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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Tuesday, January 09, 2018
'Vicious Sadist' Joe Arpaio Launches Senate Bid Months After Racial Profiling Conviction
Just months after being convicted of criminal contempt for violating a court order demanding that he stop racially profiling Latinos , the 85-year-old former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced Tuesday that he is running for the Arizona Senate seat that will soon be left vacant by retiring...
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Tuesday, January 09, 2018
Praise for Inspiring Speech, But Progressives Warn Against Folly of Oprah 2020 Calls
Progressives loved Oprah Winfrey's speech Sunday night at the Golden Globes award ceremony, calling it "rousing," "extraordinary," and "inspiring." But the idea that Oprah should run for president? " Bonkers ." " Hollow ." " A bad liberal revenge fantasy ." "Billionaires cannot be trusted and we...
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Monday, January 08, 2018
Net Neutrality Bill Gains Enough Support to Force Floor Vote, But 16 Senate Dems Still Uncommitted
Open internet defenders in the Senate reached an " important milestone " on Monday when Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) announced she will co-sponsor legislation that, if passed, would overturn FCC chair Ajit Pai's " corrupt and illegitimate " order to kill net neutrality. "Today's news shows that...
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Monday, January 08, 2018
As Trump Enjoys 'Executive Time,' GOP Minions Relentless in 'Wrecking of America'
President Donald Trump may insist that he has very little time to watch television due to the many hours he supposedly devotes to reading " documents ," but copies of his private schedule— viewed by Axios on Sunday —reveal that he has carved out a three-hour block at the beginning of every day for...
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