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Reporters Should Stop Helping Donald Trump Spread Lies About Joe Biden and Ukraine
Sep 24 • 21 min
President Donald Trump appears increasingly desperate to deflect questions about the flagrant abuse of power he seems to have committed this summer by withholding aid to Ukraine as he pressed that country’s new president to open an investigation into the…
The Environmental Left Is Softening on Carbon-Capture Technology. Maybe That’s OK.
Sep 23 • 22 min
At the start of this year, more than 600 environmental groups — including Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, and Sunrise Movement — sent a letter to Congress saying they will “vigorously oppose” federal climate legislation that promotes “corporate schemes”…
EPA Allowed Companies to Make 40 New PFAS Chemicals Despite Serious Risks
Sep 20 • 24 min
The chemical caused lab rats to lose weight. When pregnant rats were exposed to it, their pups lost weight, too, and their pups’ skulls, ribs, and pelvises tended to develop abnormally. The compound, referred to by the number “647-42-7” in Environmental…
Mourning and Resistance in Kashmir After India Revoked the State’s Special Status
Sep 19 • 10 min
Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir — On the eve of Eid al-Adha last month, 17-year-old Asrar Khan lay in a vegetative state at Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, a hospital in downtown Srinagar, Kashmir’s largest city. The unconscious teenager was…
Industrialized Militaries Are a Bigger Part of the Climate Emergency Than You Know
Sep 18 • 12 min
Over a century before we reached the brink of ecological catastrophe, Rabindranath Tagore had a glimpse of where we might be headed. Tagore, an Indian author and cultural reformer who lived during the period of British colonialism, was among the last of a…
How the FBI Increased Its Power After 9/11 and Helped Put Trump in Office
Sep 17 • 16 min
Mike German, a former FBI special agent, had four years on the job when he took an assignment that would change his life forever. It was 1992. A jury in Simi Valley, California, had just acquitted a group of mostly white Los Angeles police officers for…
An Asylum Officer Speaks Out Against the Trump Administration’s “Supervillain” Attacks on Immigrants
Sep 16 • 10 min
Asylum officersat U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, or USCIS,were reeling after John Lafferty, director of the asylum division, wasreplacedon Monday by Andrew Davidson, former deputy associate director for USCIS’s fraud detection and national…
With Trump in Office, Newspapers Increasingly Quoted Anti-Immigrant Groups Without Explaining Who They Were
Sep 13 • 14 min
The Center for Immigration Studies, a far-right, anti-immigrant group, was frequently cited by major U.S. newspapers in the first two years of Donald Trump’s presidency — without mention of the group’s deep ties to the Trump administration, according to a…
Harrowing Cables Detail How the CIA Tortured Accused 9/11 Mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Jeopardizing the Case Against Him
Sep 12 • 12 min
In March 2003, in a secret CIA prison cell in Poland, a small frog jumped out of a drain and an interrogator caught it. “No, no,” said Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the accused architect of the 9/11 attacks. “Let it stay.” He asked that the frog be returned to…
Exxon Mobil Is Funding Centrist Democratic Think Tank, Disclosures Reveal
Sep 11 • 10 min
The Progressive Policy Institute, a centrist Democratic think tank that grew out of the party’s pro-business wing in the 1980s and ’90s, received $50,000 from Exxon Mobil in 2018 via its parent organization, the Third Way Foundation, according to the oil…
Isiah James Wants to Take Brooklyn’s Fight for Affordable Housing to Congress
Sep 10 • 16 min
It’s a hot, humid summer evening in Brooklyn, the kind that would keep most people inside with the air conditioner blasting. But not Isiah James. The towering 32-year-old veteran who’s running for Congress in New York’s 9thDistrict, in the heart of…
Joe Biden Is Proud of His Record on Iraq, But His Plan to Segregate It Would Have Unleashed Chaos
Sep 9 • 21 min
Asked this week to respond to criticism of his judgement on Iraq, like his senate vote to authorize the use of force in 2002, and his much-derided later proposal to divide the country in three along sectarian lines, Joe Biden laughed and assured Asma…
After Climate Forum, Biden Heads to a Fundraiser Co-Hosted by a Fossil Fuel Executive
Sep 6 • 6 min
The day afterJoe Biden participates in CNN’s climate forum in New York, the former vice president will head to a high-dollar fundraiser co-hosted by a fossil fuel executive tied to a major natural gas development project. David Solomon ofHildred Capital…
Conservative Revolt Against Boris Johnson Exposes Republicans’ Complicity in the Cult of Trump
Sep 5 • 7 min
U.S. President Donald Trump, right, and Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson speak before a working breakfast at the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France, on Aug. 25, 2019. Photo: Erin Schaff/AFP/Getty Images “Boris Johnson and Donald Trump, brothers in…
Here’s How Much the Democratic Party Charges to Be on Each House Committee
Sep 4 • 9 min
House Democrats are woefully behind on dues owed to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, according to an internal party document provided to The Intercept. The rank-and-file’s lagging participation in the party’s money chase is being made up…
The Best Movie Ever Made About the Truth Behind the Iraq War Is “Official Secrets”
Sep 3 • 12 min
“Official Secrets,” which opened Friday in New York and Los Angeles, is the best movie ever made about how the Iraq War happened. It’s startlingly accurate, and because of that, it’s equally inspiring, demoralizing, hopeful, and enraging. Please go see it.
Larry Fink, Joe Biden’s Wall Street Ally, is Deeply Invested in Amazon Cattle Ranching, a Force Behind Deforestation
Sep 2 • 8 min
Larry Fink, the influential chief executive of BlackRock, which manages more than $6 trillion in investments, wants the public to know that he is using his enormous power to press companies to “serve a social purpose.” Fink — a Democratic donor who…
Senate Democrats’ Campaign Arm Is Pressuring Consultants Not to Work With Leading Progressive Candidate in Colorado
Aug 30 • 9 min
Before the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee endorsed former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper in a 2020 Senate race, it pressured consultants from at least five firms not to work with a leading progressivein the race, the candidate told The…
When Ilhan Omar Is Accused of Anti-Semitism, It’s News. When a Republican Smears Muslims, There’s Silence.
Aug 29 • 8 min
Rep. Ilhan Omar participates in a panel discussion during the Muslim Collective For Equitable Democracy Conference and Presidential Forum at the The National Housing Center in Washington, D.C., on July 23, 2019. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images “It’s…
Steve Schwarzman, a Top Financier of Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump, Is a Driving Force Behind Amazon Deforestation
Aug 28 • 14 min
Two Brazilian firms owned by a top donor to President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are significantly responsible for the ongoing destruction of the Amazon rainforest, carnage that has developed into raging fires that have…
Emails Show Monsanto Orchestrated GOP Effort to Intimidate Cancer Researchers
Aug 27 • 12 min
In 2015, the World Health Organization’s cancer researcharm,the International Agency for Research on Cancer, classifiedglyphosate,an active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup,as a “probable carcinogen,” setting off a global debate about the world’s most…
Bernie Sanders’s Climate Plan Is More Radical Than His Opponents’ — And More Likely to Succeed
Aug 26 • 15 min
If you tried to design a program with the aim of offending the top brass of the world’s most powerful corporations and the politicians whose careers they bankroll, you’d get something like what Bernie Sanders unveiled today in his $16.3 trillion Green New…
For Years, Reporters Questioned the Terror Prosecution of Hamad Hayat. Now He’s Been Freed.
Aug 23 • 9 min
After spending 14 years in prison on charges that he attended a terrorist training camp in Pakistan, Hamid Hayat was freed on August 9 following a California judge’s decision to overturn the conviction. From the start, Hayat’s case had been controversial.…
Why the Democratic National Committee Must Change the Rules and Hold a Climate Debate
Aug 22 • 10 min
A girl holds a sign that reads “pull the emergency brake” at a ceremony to commemorate the Okjökull glacier in Iceland, on Aug. 18, 2019. Photo: Felipe Dana/AP Dear Members of the DNC: Your meeting in San Francisco this weekend takes place against a…
Google Is Deepening Its Involvement With Egypt’s Repressive Government
Aug 21 • 10 min
Google is set to re-staff its Cairo office, which more or less went dormant in 2014, following the military coup that brought President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to power in Egypt. The move comes against the backdrop of well-documented abuses by the Sisi…
To Appease Trump, Netanyahu Blocks Tlaib and Omar Visit to Israeli-Occupied Palestine
Aug 21 • 16 min
Under pressure from President Donald Trump, Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, announced on Thursday thatReps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar would be barred entry to the Israeli-occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, Palestinian territories that…
Democrats Have An Open Senate Seat in New Mexico. Will They Elect A Progressive, or the Former Head of the DCCC?
Aug 20 • 10 min
In 2018, Democrats were able to not only take back the House but also bring in a wave of outspoken progressives by taking full advantage of safely blue seats. Those new freshmen representatives have helped reshape the political conversation in Washington.…
Riotlandia: Why Portland Has Become the Epicenter of Far-Right Violence
Aug 20 • 11 min
Portland, Oregon is bracing for a storm of far-right violence. In July, Joe Biggs, a former staffer at the far-right conspiracist site Infowars announced an “End Domestic Terrorism” rally in Portland this Saturday. Its aim: the local antifa movement.
“One By One, They’re Dying”: Activists Protest Tennessee’s Fifth Execution in a Year
Aug 19 • 14 min
On the Saturday before Tennessee killed Stephen Michael West, the fifth man to be executed in the state’s death chamber since August 2018, some 20 people gathered in a parking lot just down the road from Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in…
Trauma Counselors Were Pressured To Divulge Confidential Information About Facebook Moderators, Internal Letter Claims
Aug 19 • 13 min
Nearly 1,500 miles from the Menlo Park headquarters of Facebook, at a company outpost in Austin, Texas, moderators toil around the clock to screen and scrub some the most gruesome, hateful, and heinous posts that make their way onto the social network and…