Jake Johnson, staff writer

Jake Johnson

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

Articles by this author

"Quoting Trump's tweets, or quoting the latest stupidest thing that any political candidate or anyone else says, is an effective way to exploit people's basest instincts," Twitter co-founder Evan Williams said. News
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Social Media Helped Trump Win By 'Dumbing Down the World,' Twitter Founder Says
In an interview on BBC Radio 4's "Today" on Tuesday, Twitter co-founder Evan Williams argued that social media platforms—including the one he helped create—greatly contributed to Donald Trump's ascent to the White House by shortening attention spans and "dumbing the entire world down." "It is the...
Read more
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. News
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Bucking For-Profit System, Sanders Aims to 'Revolutionize' US Healthcare With Medicare for All
In a bid to " revolutionize " American healthcare by transitioning away from the for-profit status quo to a Medicare for All system that guarantees insurance to every American as a right, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Wednesday will introduce his long-awaited single-payer bill that is now backed...
Read more
News
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Justice Department Will Not Charge Officers Over Killing of Freddie Gray
The Department of Justice said on Tuesday that it will not bring federal charges against the six police officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray . AP reports : The officers were charged by [Maryland] state prosecutors after Gray's neck was broken in the back of a police transport wagon in...
Read more
Demonstrators walk during a protest against the labour reform on September 12, 2017 in Paris, France. News
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
'Macron, You're Screwed': Tens of Thousands March in France Against Anti-Worker Reforms
As French President Emmanuel Macron seeks to ram through pro-business labor reforms that would weaken the bargaining power of workers and make it easier for companies to fire employees, tens of thousands of workers and students took to the streets across France Tuesday to express their opposition...
Read more
A man walks among the destruction left by Hurricane Irma at the Phillipsburg Town Beach on September 11, 2017 in Philipsburg, St. Maarten. News
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
As Scale of Irma Damage Overwhelms, Calls Grow for Caribbean 'Marshall Plan'
As the Caribbean begins a " grim " and arduous recovery process after Hurricane Irma tore through the region—leaving many dead and entire islands nearly uninhabitable—aid organizations, and even one British billionaire, are ramping up calls for the world's wealthy nations to contribute to the...
Read more
President Donald Trump and Kris Kobach, Kansas secretary of state, shake hands following their meeting with president-elect at Trump International Golf Club, November 20, 2016 in Bedminster Township, New Jersey. News
Monday, September 11, 2017
Ahead of Meeting, Trump Election Commission Ripped as 'Stain on Democracy'
As President Donald Trump's so-called Election Integrity Commission is set to meet for the second time on Tuesday in New Hampshire, voting rights groups are slamming the panel as a " stain on democracy " and urging resistance to any attempt by the Trump administration to " restrict access to the...
Read more
Vermont Senator and former Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks at the Our Revolution Massachusetts Rally at the Orpheum Theatre on March 31, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. News
Monday, September 11, 2017
Sanders to Grassroots Army: New 'Medicare for All' Bill Only Beginning of Battles to Come
As he gears up to introduce on Wednesday his much-anticipated Medicare for All bill—which has already garnered the support of several high-profile Democratic senators—Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is urging activists and lawmakers to remember that bringing legislation to the table is merely the first...
Read more
Attorney General Jeff Sessions arrives to view the solar eclipse at the White House on August 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. News
Monday, September 11, 2017
'Legitimately Insane': To Scare Leakers, Sessions Wants White House Staff Polygraphed
Amid a furious and " chilling " push by the Trump Justice Department to root out leakers—which has included suggestions that even journalists could be targeted — Axios reported Sunday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has floated the idea of putting White House officials through a polygraph test...
Read more
News
Friday, September 08, 2017
In 2009, Max Baucus Had People Arrested for Demanding Single Payer. Now He Supports It
Former Montana Sen. Max Baucus made headlines—and some people's heads explode —on Friday after it was reported that the powerful Democrat who once stood so firmly against single-payer healthcare now thinks it's a solution whose time has come. "In 2008, no leading Democratic presidential candidate...
Read more
"Since President Trump took office, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has recorded at least 90 U.S. airstrikes in Yemen," Reprieve's new report notes. News
Friday, September 08, 2017
New Project Highlights 'Brutality' of Trump's Overseas Assassination Campaign
"Many more innocent people stand to lose their lives if this program continues unchecked by Congress or the courts." —Reprieve U.S. President Donald Trump is waging a "disturbing" assassination campaign in Yemen that "eclipses all that came before it in scale and brutality," according to a report (...
Read more

Pages