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, May 12, 2016
Clinton and Trump, Two Candidates Enveloped by the Shadow of Goldman Sachs
In November, the American people will likely be faced with a choice between two representatives of the corporate oligarchy — Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. One is a politician who has benefited greatly from the opportunistic generosity of Wall Street, oil lobbyists , and the insurance industry...
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Monday, May 09, 2016
Clinton Campaign to Republican Donors: Hillary Shares Your Values
Late last week, Politico reported that Clinton operatives have initiated efforts to "peel off establishment Republicans who might otherwise grudgingly support Trump," demonstrating their eagerness to win over big money donors previously wedded to the conservative establishment. Specifically,...
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Thursday, May 05, 2016
Noam Chomsky Predicted the Rise of Trump Six Years Ago
In an interview with Chris Hedges in 2010, Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned linguist and dissident intellectual, remarked that he has "never seen anything like this." By this , he meant the state of American society, relative to the time in which he was raised — the Depression years — and to the...
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Tuesday, May 03, 2016
McDonald's, the Corporate Welfare Moocher
A recent New York Times editorial — accompanied by the catchy headline, "At McDonald’s, Fat Profits but Lean Wages" — noted precisely what its title implies: That a company posting large profits is still failing to pay its workers a livable wage. This, of course, is nothing new: In fact, Fight for...
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Friday, April 29, 2016
As Millions of Workers Face Pension Cuts Thanks to Wall Street Greed, Executive Benefits Remain Lavish
In October of 2008, while the economy was in the early stages of what the IMF called "the worst recession since World War II," the Washington Post reported that the "stock market's prolonged tumble has wiped out about $2 trillion in Americans' retirement savings in the past 15 months, a blow that...
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Wednesday, April 20, 2016
While Workers Struggle for $15, CEOs Enjoy Obscene Pay Raises
Fight for $15 has emerged as one of the most prominent progressive movements in the United States by drawing attention to, among other issues, the role wage stagnation plays in the nation's worsening income inequality, and by forcing presidential candidates — even those on the Republican side — to...
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Monday, April 18, 2016
President Obama's Coddling of Saudi Arabia
Much has been made of President Obama's lengthy interview with Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic , in which he argues that many American allies have become "free-riders" — allies content to receive military, strategic, and financial assistance while offering little or nothing in return. One of the...
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Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Goldman Sachs vs. Democracy Spring: America's Two-Tiered Justice System on Full Display
In a massive protest attempting to raise awareness of and spark outrage about America's corrupt campaign finance system and crumbling democracy on Monday , marches and sit-ins organized by Democracy Spring drew national attention and celebration on social media — though, unsurprisingly, they...
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Friday, April 08, 2016
Hillary’s Right, Bernie Sanders Isn’t a Mainstream Democrat. Here’s Why That’s a Good Thing.
“What ever happened,” Thomas Frank asks in the subtitle of his latest book , “to the party of the people?” Everyone is quick to observe the defects of the Republican party; there are too many to list, and they are too obvious to miss. The party would be unrecognizable to earlier Republican...
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