Who Won Last Night’s Democratic Debate?

Subscribe to the Deconstructed podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Radio Public, and other platforms. New to podcasting? Click here.   In the days leading up to the November Democratic debate in Atlanta, everyone seemed to agree that attacks on Pete Buttigieg would be the order of the night. The South Bend Mayor had … Continue reading “Who Won Last Night’s Democratic Debate?”

Joe Biden, In Departure from Obama Policy, Says He Would Make Saudi Arabia a “Pariah”

Foreign policy took center stage in Wednesday night’s Democratic debate, with former Vice President Joe Biden saying he would not sell weapons to Saudi Arabia – marking a sharp contrast with the Obama administration — and stressing he would make the Saudis “pay the price” for their killing of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi. “I … Continue reading “Joe Biden, In Departure from Obama Policy, Says He Would Make Saudi Arabia a “Pariah””

At Private California Fundraiser, Pete Buttigieg Explains Limited Black Support

At a private fundraiser in California on Friday, Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg suggested that black voters in South Carolina preferred former Vice President Joe Biden because of a perception of “familiarity,” even though Biden isn’t “the candidate with the best answers on the subject of race.” Asked by a guest in attendance at a meet-and-greet … Continue reading “At Private California Fundraiser, Pete Buttigieg Explains Limited Black Support”

Senators Press Amazon for Answers on Ring’s Sloppy Security Practices

This past year has been chock full of uncomfortable revelations about Ring, the surveillance social network and home security hardware company acquired by Amazon for a reported $800 million, including reports of potentially disastrous internal security practices, an apparent disregard for user privacy, and wave after wave of detail on secret partnerships with local police. … Continue reading “Senators Press Amazon for Answers on Ring’s Sloppy Security Practices”

Stockholm Syndrome: The Nobel Prize Organization Is Now Fully Engaged in the Business of Genocide Denial

Women from Srebrenica and Bosnian war survivors demonstrate against Peter Handke’s Nobel Prize outside of the Swedish Embassy in Sarajevo on Nov. 5, 2019, holding pictures of Handke in Srebrenica. Photo: Elvis Barukcic/AFP via Getty Images It has come to this: The Nobel Prize organization has not merely selected a genocide denier for its 2019 literature award. The organization … Continue reading “Stockholm Syndrome: The Nobel Prize Organization Is Now Fully Engaged in the Business of Genocide Denial”

When Asked How They’ll Pay for Their Plans, Democrats Should Answer Just as Trump Does: Mexico

Bernie Sanders introduces the “Medicare for All Act of 2019″ in Washington, D.C. on Apr. 10, 2019. Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters I have a simple piece of advice for the 10 Democratic presidential candidates on stage tonight at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia. When they are inevitably asked by a moderator from MSNBC or the Washington … Continue reading “When Asked How They’ll Pay for Their Plans, Democrats Should Answer Just as Trump Does: Mexico”

As President, Pete Buttigieg Wants to Give 25 Percent of Federal Contracts to Minorities. As Mayor, He Gave 3 Percent.

One of the main tenets of Pete Buttigieg’s plan to address racial inequality if he becomes president is a proposal to increase the number of federal contracting dollars going to women- and minority-owned businesses to 25 percent. But in South Bend, Indiana, where he has been mayor since 2012, less than 3 percent of city business … Continue reading “As President, Pete Buttigieg Wants to Give 25 Percent of Federal Contracts to Minorities. As Mayor, He Gave 3 Percent.”

Ghosts of Mossadegh: The Iran Cables, U.S. Empire, and the Arc of History

Subscribe to the Intercepted podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, Radio Public, and other platforms. New to podcasting? Click here.   As U.S. sanctions strangle Iran’s economy, anti-government protests are spreading. This week on Intercepted: Iranian-American author and analyst Hooman Majd discusses a century of history marked by intervention and threats from major world powers. Beginning with Britain, Russia, … Continue reading “Ghosts of Mossadegh: The Iran Cables, U.S. Empire, and the Arc of History”

Republicans Urge Americans to Follow Them Through the Fox News Looking Glass on Ukraine

Americans who do not get all of their information about Ukraine from Fox News or right-wing Twitter and Facebook feeds have no doubt been baffled by the Republican cross-examination of witnesses called to give public testimony in the House impeachment hearings. There have been frequent, context-free references to something called “the black ledger,” invocations of … Continue reading “Republicans Urge Americans to Follow Them Through the Fox News Looking Glass on Ukraine”

What the Iran Cables Tell Us About the U.S.-Made Hellscape in Iraq

Subscribe to the Intercepted podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, Radio Public, and other platforms. New to podcasting? Click here.   Early Monday morning, a few minutes past midnight, The Intercept published a major series of investigative stories based on a cache of more than 700 pages of secret Iranian intelligence files detailing years of “painstaking work by Iranian … Continue reading “What the Iran Cables Tell Us About the U.S.-Made Hellscape in Iraq”

If You Care About Medicare for All or a Green New Deal, Here’s the Senate Primary That Matters

Chris Coons, a Democratic senator known for his intense dedication to bipartisanship, has drawn a primary challenger in Delaware. On Monday, Jess Scarane, a Wilmington digital strategist, announced her plan to challenge Coons, saying that she drew inspiration from the insurgent bid in 2018 by Kerri Harris against longtime incumbent Delaware Sen. Tom Carper. Harris … Continue reading “If You Care About Medicare for All or a Green New Deal, Here’s the Senate Primary That Matters”

The Story Behind the Iran Cables

The source said they wanted to “let the world know what Iran is doing in my country Iraq.” They sent The Intercept 700 pages of secret intelligence reports from Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security, or MOIS, but never revealed their own identity. This kind of leak is unprecedented for Iran, a country with a highly … Continue reading “The Story Behind the Iran Cables”

From the Rubble of the U.S. War in Iraq, Iran Built a New Order

About a month before the United States invaded Iraq in March 2003, Tariq Aziz, one of Saddam Hussein’s most trusted comrades, sat in his office in Baghdad in an olive green uniform, cigar in hand, wearing house slippers. The man who for decades had served as the public face of high-stakes Iraqi diplomacy offered a … Continue reading “From the Rubble of the U.S. War in Iraq, Iran Built a New Order”

Iran’s Quds Force and the Muslim Brotherhood Considered an Alliance Against Saudi Arabia

They were hardly kindred spirits. In fact, they stood on opposite sides of one of the world’s fiercest geopolitical divides. Yet in a secret effort at detente, two of the most formidable organizations in the Middle East held a previously undisclosed summit at a Turkish hotel to seek common ground at a time of sectarian war. … Continue reading “Iran’s Quds Force and the Muslim Brotherhood Considered an Alliance Against Saudi Arabia”

While U.S.-Led Forces Dropped Bombs, Iran Waged Its Own Covert Campaign Against the Islamic State

In the summer of 2014, with a campaign of shocking violence, the Islamic State established itself as the most fearsome terrorist organization in the Middle East. In early June, the extremist group stunned the world by taking control of the Iraqi city of Mosul, home to more than 1.2 million people. Days later, ISIS fighters … Continue reading “While U.S.-Led Forces Dropped Bombs, Iran Waged Its Own Covert Campaign Against the Islamic State”

Leaked Iranian Intelligence Reports Expose Tehran’s Vast Web of Influence in Iraq

In mid-October, with unrest swirling in Baghdad, a familiar visitor slipped quietly into the Iraqi capital. The city had been under siege for weeks, as protesters marched in the streets, demanding an end to corruption and calling for the ouster of the prime minister, Adil Abdul-Mahdi. In particular, they denounced the outsize influence of their neighbor … Continue reading “Leaked Iranian Intelligence Reports Expose Tehran’s Vast Web of Influence in Iraq”

Texas Court Halts Rodney Reed Execution Over Questions of Withheld Evidence, False Testimony

In a dramatic turn of events, Texas’s Court of Criminal Appeals issued an indefinite stay of execution for Rodney Reed, pending further court action on three points of appeal — including whether Reed is actually innocent of the murder that sent him to death row more than 20 years ago. On November 15, the state’s … Continue reading “Texas Court Halts Rodney Reed Execution Over Questions of Withheld Evidence, False Testimony”

A Novel Retells the Assassinations that Marked the End of the Cold War in El Salvador

The assassination of six Jesuit priests in El Salvador 30 years ago this month was the last great crime of the Cold War. It happened on November 16, 1989, a week after German protesters began demolishing the Berlin Wall. As communism was dissolving, an elite Salvadoran military unit moved into the University of Central America, … Continue reading “A Novel Retells the Assassinations that Marked the End of the Cold War in El Salvador”

Dozens of Murdered Women Are Missing From Puerto Rican Police Records, New Report Finds

Carmen Castelló used to use the term “seguimiento de casos,” or case tracking, when she worked as a social worker managing client caseloads. Now it’s the name of the Facebook page she uses to track cases of murdered and disappeared women in Puerto Rico, information that became key to building the first-ever database of femicides on the island. … Continue reading “Dozens of Murdered Women Are Missing From Puerto Rican Police Records, New Report Finds”

As Longest-Serving Senate President in U.S. History Steps Aside, Maryland Set for a Political Shakeup

For as long as anybody in Maryland can remember, any effort to pass progressive legislation in this deeply blue state began with one vexing question: What do we do about Mike? Thomas “Mike” Miller, the longest serving state Senate president in U.S. history, has been a formidable barrier to progressive action for decades. A member of the … Continue reading “As Longest-Serving Senate President in U.S. History Steps Aside, Maryland Set for a Political Shakeup”

The Coup That Ousted Bolivia’s Evo Morales Is Another Setback for Latin American Socialism

A turbulent weekend roiled Latin American politics as a coup in Bolivia forced President Evo Morales aside on Sunday and, days earlier, former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva was freed from prison. Morales spoke Wednesday from Mexico City, where he is in exile, and expressed interest in returning to Bolivia in the wake … Continue reading “The Coup That Ousted Bolivia’s Evo Morales Is Another Setback for Latin American Socialism”

As House Impeaches Trump, Senate Carnage Plods Along

On Wednesday morning, the House of Representatives began public hearings into just the fourth impeachment inquiry on an American president in the nation’s history. On the Senate side, it was business as usual. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., chair of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, opened a hearing with a wry smile: “I’m not sure … Continue reading “As House Impeaches Trump, Senate Carnage Plods Along”

Pete Buttigieg Touted 3 Major Supporters of his Douglass Plan for Black America. They Were “Alarmed” When They Saw It.

Pete Buttigieg has showed remarkable staying power in the Democratic presidential primary, with the most recent Monmouth University poll coming out of Iowa showing him in a lead that would have been shocking at the beginning of the campaign — and up 14 percentage points since August. This week, FiveThirtyEight wrote that Buttigieg “is experiencing … Continue reading “Pete Buttigieg Touted 3 Major Supporters of his Douglass Plan for Black America. They Were “Alarmed” When They Saw It.”

Sen. Dick Durbin Introduces Bill to Curtail ICE’s “Unnecessary Overuse of Solitary Confinement”

Slamming the “rampant and unnecessary overuse of solitary confinement” at U.S. immigration detention centers, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., on Thursday proposed legislation to dramatically curtail the practice. The bill takes aim at a range of abusive practices identified in “Solitary Voices,” an International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and Intercept joint investigation into the heavy use … Continue reading “Sen. Dick Durbin Introduces Bill to Curtail ICE’s “Unnecessary Overuse of Solitary Confinement””

Lawyers and Scholars to LexisNexis, Thomson Reuters: Stop Helping ICE Deport People

Lawyers, students, and scholars called on legal database providers to end their contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Department of Homeland Security, and private surveillance contractor Palantir, saying the arrangements put universities and immigration lawyers in the untenable position of feeding money and even information into systems that facilitate deportation. Researchers Against Surveillance and Law Students … Continue reading “Lawyers and Scholars to LexisNexis, Thomson Reuters: Stop Helping ICE Deport People”

Peter Handke Won the Nobel Prize After Two Jurors Fell for a Conspiracy Theory About the Bosnia War

This is a story about a conspiracy theory that was born in the 1990s, hibernated in obscurity for two decades, and in 2019 appears to have duped jurors into awarding the Nobel Prize for Literature to Peter Handke, who has denied the Serb genocide of Muslims in Bosnia. The short version is that two Nobel jurors, … Continue reading “Peter Handke Won the Nobel Prize After Two Jurors Fell for a Conspiracy Theory About the Bosnia War”

Deconstructed Live From Toronto: Is Canada Really a Progressive Paradise?

Subscribe to the Deconstructed podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Radio Public, and other platforms. New to podcasting? Click here.   Liberals across the West often imagine Canada as a political utopia — a tolerant land, welcoming to immigrants, where marijuana is legal and everyone gets free healthcare. But how accurate is that picture? … Continue reading “Deconstructed Live From Toronto: Is Canada Really a Progressive Paradise?”

Trump Loudly Pressed for Biden Probe in Call Overheard on Cellphone in Ukraine

In a jaw-dropping operational security lapse, President Donald Trump discussed his demand for Ukraine to open investigations of Joe Biden and other Democrats in a cellphone conversation with an American diplomat who was in a restaurant in Ukraine at the time, the House impeachment inquiry was told on Wednesday. During that call with Gordon Sondland, … Continue reading “Trump Loudly Pressed for Biden Probe in Call Overheard on Cellphone in Ukraine”

The Case of Rodney Reed

Subscribe to the Intercepted podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, Radio Public, and other platforms. New to podcasting? Click here.   The state of Texas is set to execute Rodney Reed on November 20. On this special episode: The Intercept’s Jordan Smith and Liliana Segura discuss why Reed is most likely innocent. Reed has been on death row since 1998, following his … Continue reading “The Case of Rodney Reed”

Under Pressure From Left, New Jersey Democrats Back Off Vote to Gut Minimum Wage Law

Under pressure from activists, New Jersey Democrats on Wednesday postponed a vote on a bill that would almost certainly suspend the $15 minimum wage increase they signed into law in February. Democrats passed the current minimum wage bill in 2016 under former Republican Gov. Chris Christie, who vetoed it. Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed a … Continue reading “Under Pressure From Left, New Jersey Democrats Back Off Vote to Gut Minimum Wage Law”

As Trump and Erdogan Meet, the U.S. Hopes to Resume F-35 Arms Sales to Turkey

As Turkey’s incursion into northern Syria continues, President Donald Trump is set to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the White House on Wednesday, and for the Trump administration, a top priority is pressuring Turkey to take necessary steps to rejoin the most expensive American weapons program in history. Since Turkey launched its … Continue reading “As Trump and Erdogan Meet, the U.S. Hopes to Resume F-35 Arms Sales to Turkey”

The NYPD Kept an Illegal Database of Juvenile Fingerprints for Years

For years, the New York Police Department illegally maintained a database containing the fingerprints of thousands of children charged as juvenile delinquents — in direct violation of state law mandating that police destroy these records after turning them over to the state’s Division of Criminal Justice Services. When lawyers representing some of those youths discovered the … Continue reading “The NYPD Kept an Illegal Database of Juvenile Fingerprints for Years”

Bolivia and Brazil at the Crossroads

Subscribe to the Intercepted podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, Radio Public, and other platforms. New to podcasting? Click here.   Evo Morales is in Mexico vowing to fight the coup against him in Bolivia. This week on Intercepted: As right-wing forces attack indigenous Bolivians and allies of Morales, the Trump administration says the toppling of the democratically-elected government … Continue reading “Bolivia and Brazil at the Crossroads”

Why Did Chuck Schumer Call an Islamophobe His “Principled” Friend?

Sen. Chuck Schumer, left, and Rep. Peter King talk during a press conference calling on passage of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act outside the Capitol on Nov. 17, 2015. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via AP Hurrah! One of the leading bigots on Capitol Hill is retiring. Right-wing Republican Peter King announced … Continue reading “Why Did Chuck Schumer Call an Islamophobe His “Principled” Friend?”

Everything So Far Has Failed: Why Exxon Mobil Is Being Taken to Court Over Climate Change

The New York State Supreme Court building is a granite-faced behemoth with wide steps, towering columns, and an ornate rotunda. It is a place where critical legal battles have been fought for nearly a century. Yet, as proceedings began in a modest second-floor courtroom on a gray, unseasonably warm afternoon late last month, the storied … Continue reading “Everything So Far Has Failed: Why Exxon Mobil Is Being Taken to Court Over Climate Change”

Hedge Fund-Backed GOP Group Is Digging Up Dirt on Elizabeth Warren, Documents Show

In October, documents surfaced that appeared to contradict a key story told by Sen. Elizabeth Warren on the campaign trail. In her telling, Warren’s “dream job” as a public school teacher ended in 1971 when the school principal noticed she was “visibly pregnant,” a form of employment discrimination that was legal and common during that era. On October … Continue reading “Hedge Fund-Backed GOP Group Is Digging Up Dirt on Elizabeth Warren, Documents Show”

Mitch McConnell Faces Threat From Populist Challenger Charles Booker in Kentucky Senate Race

Sen. Mitch McConnell faces a new 2020 threat, as Kentucky state Rep. Charles Booker announced the formation of an exploratory committee on Monday. McConnell, the Senate majority leader, is already being challenged by Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath, who ran and lost a winnable race for a Lexington-area House seat in 2018.  In the Democratic primary, Booker, … Continue reading “Mitch McConnell Faces Threat From Populist Challenger Charles Booker in Kentucky Senate Race”

Government Doesn’t Want Trump or His Immigration Policies Mentioned in Retrial of Border Aid Worker Scott Warren

As they prepare to make their second attempt at sending a border-based humanitarian volunteer to prison, federal prosecutors in Arizona are worried that the politics behind the policies they enforce might creep into the courtroom. In a late-stage motion, government lawyers have urged an Arizona judge to bar any mention of President Donald Trump or … Continue reading “Government Doesn’t Want Trump or His Immigration Policies Mentioned in Retrial of Border Aid Worker Scott Warren”

The U.S. Military Is Monitoring Interfaith Group Opposed to Child Separation, Leaked Document Reveals

U.S. military forces deployed to the southern border are monitoring domestic protesters, including anti-border wall groups, according to an internal Pentagon document obtained exclusively by The Young Turks and The Intercept. The military, the document reveals, has focused particular attention on an interfaith group peacefully protesting the Trump administration’s child separation policy. The document includes what’s … Continue reading “The U.S. Military Is Monitoring Interfaith Group Opposed to Child Separation, Leaked Document Reveals”

All of America’s 607 Billionaires Must Run for President

Photo illustration: Soohee Cho/The Intercept, Getty Images With Michael Bloomberg, the 9th richest man on earth, apparently running for president, Americans are asking themselves some tough questions. Like, why did we ever allow non-billionaires to run for the highest office in the land? And, why aren’t all the other billionaires jumping into the race? After all, for … Continue reading “All of America’s 607 Billionaires Must Run for President”

“If It’s Gonna Come Out, It’s Gonna Come Out the Right Way”: Heroes of Torture Report Movie Are Lauded for Dodging Reporters

Standing in line for a movie screening at the Newseum this past week, I overheard a conversation — the kind I’ve come to realize is banal in Washington, D.C. Two Capitol Hill staffers behind me were lamenting the risks of inviting their journalist friend to parties. “I couldn’t believe I had to tell him he … Continue reading ““If It’s Gonna Come Out, It’s Gonna Come Out the Right Way”: Heroes of Torture Report Movie Are Lauded for Dodging Reporters”

Baghdadi Died, but the U.S. War on Terror Will Go on Forever

On Oct. 28, 2019, Syrians sift through the rubble at the site of a suspected US-led operation against Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi the previous day, on the edge of the small Syrian village of Barisha in the country’s opposition-held northwestern Idlib province. Photo: Omar Haj Kadour/AFP via Getty Images As a matter of … Continue reading “Baghdadi Died, but the U.S. War on Terror Will Go on Forever”

Astra Taylor Talks Crushing Debt, the 2020 Race, and Why We Don’t Live in a Democracy

Donald Trump is hardly a grand symbol of democracy. He lost the popular vote in the U.S. by millions of votes and became president through the arcane, right-wing giving tree that is the Electoral College. He is clearly using the office of the presidency to promote his family business and wage war on his political opponents. … Continue reading “Astra Taylor Talks Crushing Debt, the 2020 Race, and Why We Don’t Live in a Democracy”

The Criminal Justice System Is Not Broken. It’s Doing What It Was Designed to Do.

Alec Karakatsanis’s “Usual Cruelty: The Complicity of Lawyers in the Criminal Injustice System” should be assigned reading for every first-year law student. Published last month by The New Press, the book is an unusually blunt takedown of a system the author never once refers to as a criminal “justice” system. Litigated with the intellectual vigor … Continue reading “The Criminal Justice System Is Not Broken. It’s Doing What It Was Designed to Do.”

Peter Handke Won the Nobel Prize. Then His Publisher Quietly Circulated a Strange Defense of His Genocide Denialism.

It is not typical for a publishing house, after its author wins a Nobel Prize for Literature, to feel obliged to issue a private 24-page defense of his work, but that’s what it has come down to for Suhrkamp Verlag, the publisher of Peter Handke. Newspapers in Germany and Austria began reporting on Suhrkamp’s strange document a … Continue reading “Peter Handke Won the Nobel Prize. Then His Publisher Quietly Circulated a Strange Defense of His Genocide Denialism.”

Texas Prepares to Execute Rodney Reed Amid a Flood of New Evidence Pointing to His Innocence

Deke Pierce was wearing civilian clothes as he took to the lectern in a narrow press room inside the Texas Capitol in Austin last month, but it was still obvious that he was a cop. He stood with his feet wide and his arms slightly away from his body, a stance molded by years in a … Continue reading “Texas Prepares to Execute Rodney Reed Amid a Flood of New Evidence Pointing to His Innocence”

A Facebook Ban on Political Ads Would Be a Major Blow to the Left. Just Look at AOC’s Campaign.

On June 26, 2018, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pulled off an upset victory against incumbent Joe Crowley that would, in the matter of a few months, help reshape the Democratic Party. Crowley, in line to be speaker of the House, instead became a lobbyist, and Ocasio-Cortez became the face of an insurgent Democratic left, joined by three … Continue reading “A Facebook Ban on Political Ads Would Be a Major Blow to the Left. Just Look at AOC’s Campaign.”

Speaking at a K Street Lobby Powerhouse, Joe Biden Renewed His Medicare for All Feud With Elizabeth Warren

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden continued his attack on Sen. Elizabeth Warren at a fundraiser Wednesday afternoon at a law firm representing companies working in video surveillance, the credit card industry, pharmaceutical manufacturing, health care, and real estate. Sidley Austin, a notorious K Street lobbying powerhouse, has made at least $2.8 million so far this … Continue reading “Speaking at a K Street Lobby Powerhouse, Joe Biden Renewed His Medicare for All Feud With Elizabeth Warren”

Forged in Fire: California’s Lessons for a Green New Deal

Flames climb trees as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise, Calif., on Nov. 8, 2018. Photo: Noah Berger/AP We were just taking pictures. Of the ash, stray bricks, and weeds. Of twisted metal and charred patio furniture. Of the pine trees still standing on the edge of the lots, their towering trunks now charcoal black. … Continue reading “Forged in Fire: California’s Lessons for a Green New Deal”

Deconstructed: The Bernie Sanders Interview

Subscribe to the Deconstructed podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Radio Public, and other platforms. New to podcasting? Click here.   With three months to go until the Iowa caucuses, Bernie Sanders finds himself fighting to make headway against the other frontrunners in the Democratic primary. While he appears to have bounced back from … Continue reading “Deconstructed: The Bernie Sanders Interview”