Conservative Dark-Money Groups Push Deceptive Ads Against Biden’s Agenda

“Do you want to continue with this medication?” asks an actor portraying a doctor in a new political ad, holding a pill bottle out to a fictional patient. When the patient nods, the fake doctor turns left to two people in dark suits, who frown and shake their heads. “I’m sorry,” the doctor tells the … Continue reading “Conservative Dark-Money Groups Push Deceptive Ads Against Biden’s Agenda”

Saudi-Iran Rapprochement Was Unthinkable Under Trump’s Blank Check to the Kingdom

Despite his pledges to put “America First,” Donald Trump’s foreign policy in the Middle East prioritized the interests of regimes like Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Israel — nations willing to leverage their strong ties with elites in Washington, D.C., to get what they want. And they did get what they wanted: a blank check for … Continue reading “Saudi-Iran Rapprochement Was Unthinkable Under Trump’s Blank Check to the Kingdom”

Joe Crowley Is Lobbying Against Biden’s Tax Hikes on the Rich

Joe Crowley, the former chair of the House Democratic Caucus who famously lost his 2018 primary to progressive challenger Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., is now lobbying for one of Wall Street’s most powerful advocacy groups against his party’s tax hikes on multinational corporations. Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, or SIFMA, has deployed Crowley to … Continue reading “Joe Crowley Is Lobbying Against Biden’s Tax Hikes on the Rich”

NYPD Lawyer Who Oversaw Violent Arrests of Legal Observers Should Be Disciplined, Watchdog Says

The watchdog agency that oversees misconduct by the New York Police Department has recommended that disciplinary charges be brought against the NYPD lawyer who directed police to arrest impartial legal observers during a protest in the Bronx in the summer of 2020. The Civilian Complaint Review Board substantiated 12 allegations against Sgt. Kenneth Rice of … Continue reading “NYPD Lawyer Who Oversaw Violent Arrests of Legal Observers Should Be Disciplined, Watchdog Says”

Michael Isikoff on Julian Assange and Monica Lewinsky

  As the U.S. continues to pursue WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s extradition from the U.K., an explosive story from Yahoo News has revealed that top officials, including then-CIA Director Mike Pompeo, discussed extraditing and even assassinating him. Michael Isikoff, one of the reporters on that story, joins Ryan Grim to discuss Assange’s fate as well … Continue reading “Michael Isikoff on Julian Assange and Monica Lewinsky”

Groups Linked to Betsy DeVos Seek to Undermine Michigan Redistricting Commission

On Monday, the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission, or MICRC, approved draft maps of the state’s new congressional and legislative districts. The 13-person nonpartisan body, whose members were randomly selected in August 2020, was formed after the state approved a 2018 ballot initiative to have an independent commission, rather than the state Legislature, conduct its redistricting process. But … Continue reading “Groups Linked to Betsy DeVos Seek to Undermine Michigan Redistricting Commission”

EPA Plans to Clean Up Troubled Chemical and Pesticide Programs

The Environmental Protection Agency laid out plans to improve scientific integrity today, including the creation of two internal science policy advisory councils. One will focus on the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics and the Office of Pesticide Programs and will be chaired by a science policy adviser, a new senior-level role within the agency. … Continue reading “EPA Plans to Clean Up Troubled Chemical and Pesticide Programs”

Verizon Asks Employees to Help Kill Corporate Tax Increase

Despite earning record profits and paying one of the lowest effective tax rates — and for several years even a negative tax rate — Verizon is asking its employees to tell Congress to oppose a corporate tax increase favored by the Biden administration. “We need you to lend your voice to the fight,” an internal … Continue reading “Verizon Asks Employees to Help Kill Corporate Tax Increase”

The Former Democratic Senators Now Lobbying Against Medicare Drug Price Negotiations

In 2004, then-Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., cast herself as a conservative, commonsense Democrat focused on finding savings, such as moving to allow Medicare to use its size and scale to collectively negotiate lower drug prices. “We tried desperately to allow the secretary of [the Department of Health and Human Services] to negotiate, using all 42 … Continue reading “The Former Democratic Senators Now Lobbying Against Medicare Drug Price Negotiations”

Far-Right Health Care Companies Made Millions Prescribing Unproven Covid Remedies

As the national push to vaccinate people against Covid-19 continues, hundreds of thousands of hacked documents show how a group of doctors is explicitly pushing unproven and potentially dangerous alternatives on people hesitant to follow public health authorities’ recommendations to get vaccinated, wear a mask, and socially distance. This week on Intercepted: Nausicaa Renner, The … Continue reading “Far-Right Health Care Companies Made Millions Prescribing Unproven Covid Remedies”

EPA Failed to Correct Industry Misinformation About Deadly Air Pollution at Public Meetings

At several recent information sessions on the risks posed by the carcinogenic air pollutant ethylene oxide, the Environmental Protection Agency invited local polluters to participate and failed to correct the companies’ false assertions that the chemical poses no danger. The EPA held eight meetings about ethylene oxide in Texas and Louisiana in August and September, … Continue reading “EPA Failed to Correct Industry Misinformation About Deadly Air Pollution at Public Meetings”

The NYPD Is Using Drones the U.S. Government Claims Threaten National Security

The New York City Police Department, the largest police department in the country, is continuing to use surveillance drones made by a Chinese company that the U.S. government has made moves to ban, labeling it a “national security threat” that may provide “U.S. critical infrastructure and law enforcement data to the Chinese government.” The department’s … Continue reading “The NYPD Is Using Drones the U.S. Government Claims Threaten National Security”

Revealed: Facebook’s Secret Blacklist of “Dangerous Individuals and Organizations”

To ward off accusations that it helps terrorists spread propaganda, Facebook has for many years barred users from speaking freely about people and groups it says promote violence. The restrictions appear to trace back to 2012, when in the face of growing alarm in Congress and the United Nations about online terrorist recruiting, Facebook added … Continue reading “Revealed: Facebook’s Secret Blacklist of “Dangerous Individuals and Organizations””

Obits Blackout Claims That Reagan Conspired to Keep Hostages in Iran Until After 1980 Election

Then-Iranian President Abolhassan Bani-Sadr holds a press conference on Dec. 3, 1980, in Tehran, Iran. At the time, 52 U.S. hostages held by Iran were facing their second Christmas in captivity. Photo: Bettmann Archive/Getty Images Abolhassan Bani-Sadr, Iran’s first president after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, died Saturday at age 88 in Paris. There have been … Continue reading “Obits Blackout Claims That Reagan Conspired to Keep Hostages in Iran Until After 1980 Election”

Obits Blackout Claims That Reagan Conspired to Keep Hostages in Iran Until After 1980 Election

Then-Iranian President Abolhassan Bani-Sadr holds a press conference on Dec. 3, 1980, in Tehran, Iran. At the time, 52 U.S. hostages held by Iran were facing their second Christmas in captivity. Photo: Bettmann Archive/Getty Images Abolhassan Bani-Sadr, Iran’s first president after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, died Saturday at age 88 in Paris. There have been … Continue reading “Obits Blackout Claims That Reagan Conspired to Keep Hostages in Iran Until After 1980 Election”

Obits Blackout Claims That Reagan Conspired to Keep Hostages in Iran Until After 1980 Election

Then-Iranian President Abolhassan Bani-Sadr holds a press conference on Dec. 3, 1980, in Tehran, Iran. At the time, 52 U.S. hostages held by Iran were facing their second Christmas in captivity. Photo: Bettmann Archive/Getty Images Abolhassan Bani-Sadr, Iran’s first president after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, died Saturday at age 88 in Paris. There have been … Continue reading “Obits Blackout Claims That Reagan Conspired to Keep Hostages in Iran Until After 1980 Election”

Obits Blackout Claims That Reagan Conspired to Keep Hostages in Iran Until After 1980 Election

Then-Iranian President Abolhassan Bani-Sadr holds a press conference on Dec. 3, 1980, in Tehran, Iran. At the time, 52 U.S. hostages held by Iran were facing their second Christmas in captivity. Photo: Bettmann Archive/Getty Images Abolhassan Bani-Sadr, Iran’s first president after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, died Saturday at age 88 in Paris. There have been … Continue reading “Obits Blackout Claims That Reagan Conspired to Keep Hostages in Iran Until After 1980 Election”

Obits Blackout Claims That Reagan Conspired to Keep Hostages in Iran Until After 1980 Election

Then-Iranian President Abolhassan Bani-Sadr holds a press conference on Dec. 3, 1980, in Tehran, Iran. At the time, 52 U.S. hostages held by Iran were facing their second Christmas in captivity. Photo: Bettmann Archive/Getty Images Abolhassan Bani-Sadr, Iran’s first president after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, died Saturday at age 88 in Paris. There have been … Continue reading “Obits Blackout Claims That Reagan Conspired to Keep Hostages in Iran Until After 1980 Election”

Obits Blackout Claims That Reagan Conspired to Keep Hostages in Iran Until After 1980 Election

Then-Iranian President Abolhassan Bani-Sadr holds a press conference on Dec. 3, 1980, in Tehran, Iran. At the time, 52 U.S. hostages held by Iran were facing their second Christmas in captivity. Photo: Bettmann Archive/Getty Images Abolhassan Bani-Sadr, Iran’s first president after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, died Saturday at age 88 in Paris. There have been … Continue reading “Obits Blackout Claims That Reagan Conspired to Keep Hostages in Iran Until After 1980 Election”

Ohio State Board of Education Member Defends White Supremacy

In July 2020, amid nationwide protests against police brutality and for racial justice, the Ohio State Board of Education passed a resolution to address racial inequality in the state’s education system. Black students statewide have, on average, significantly lower standardized test scores and graduation rates than other demographic groups, and Black male students are disproportionately disciplined, suspended, … Continue reading “Ohio State Board of Education Member Defends White Supremacy”

Ohio State Board of Education Member Defends White Supremacy

In July 2020, amid nationwide protests against police brutality and for racial justice, the Ohio State Board of Education passed a resolution to address racial inequality in the state’s education system. Black students statewide have, on average, significantly lower standardized test scores and graduation rates than other demographic groups, and Black male students are disproportionately disciplined, suspended, … Continue reading “Ohio State Board of Education Member Defends White Supremacy”

Ohio State Board of Education Member Defends White Supremacy

In July 2020, amid nationwide protests against police brutality and for racial justice, the Ohio State Board of Education passed a resolution to address racial inequality in the state’s education system. Black students statewide have, on average, significantly lower standardized test scores and graduation rates than other demographic groups, and Black male students are disproportionately disciplined, suspended, … Continue reading “Ohio State Board of Education Member Defends White Supremacy”

Ohio State Board of Education Member Defends White Supremacy

In July 2020, amid nationwide protests against police brutality and for racial justice, the Ohio State Board of Education passed a resolution to address racial inequality in the state’s education system. Black students statewide have, on average, significantly lower standardized test scores and graduation rates than other demographic groups, and Black male students are disproportionately disciplined, suspended, … Continue reading “Ohio State Board of Education Member Defends White Supremacy”

Stephanie Grisham Says She’s Done Lying for Trump, So Why Is So Much of Her Memoir Untrue?

Stephanie Grisham, who spent four years lying to reporters on behalf of Donald and Melania Trump, promises readers of her new memoir, “I’ll Take Your Questions Now,” that she’s ready to tell the unvarnished truth. Or at least, the truth as she remembers it. Grisham, who served in a variety of White House roles as chief … Continue reading “Stephanie Grisham Says She’s Done Lying for Trump, So Why Is So Much of Her Memoir Untrue?”

Stephanie Grisham Says She’s Done Lying for Trump, So Why Is So Much of Her Memoir Untrue?

Stephanie Grisham, who spent four years lying to reporters on behalf of Donald and Melania Trump, promises readers of her new memoir, “I’ll Take Your Questions Now,” that she’s ready to tell the unvarnished truth. Or at least, the truth as she remembers it. Grisham, who served in a variety of White House roles as chief … Continue reading “Stephanie Grisham Says She’s Done Lying for Trump, So Why Is So Much of Her Memoir Untrue?”

Stephanie Grisham Says She’s Done Lying for Trump, So Why Is So Much of Her Memoir Untrue?

Stephanie Grisham, who spent four years lying to reporters on behalf of Donald and Melania Trump, promises readers of her new memoir, “I’ll Take Your Questions Now,” that she’s ready to tell the unvarnished truth. Or at least, the truth as she remembers it. Grisham, who served in a variety of White House roles as chief … Continue reading “Stephanie Grisham Says She’s Done Lying for Trump, So Why Is So Much of Her Memoir Untrue?”

Steven Mnuchin Stepped In to Prevent Ivanka Trump World Bank Appointment

In January 2019, Jim Yong Kim threw the global financial development sector into a state of disarray: The former academic and health official announced he would be stepping down the following month from his role as president of the World Bank, opting instead for a cushier gig at a Wall Street private equity firm. For … Continue reading “Steven Mnuchin Stepped In to Prevent Ivanka Trump World Bank Appointment”

Steven Mnuchin Stepped In to Prevent Ivanka Trump World Bank Appointment

In January 2019, Jim Yong Kim threw the global financial development sector into a state of disarray: The former academic and health official announced he would be stepping down the following month from his role as president of the World Bank, opting instead for a cushier gig at a Wall Street private equity firm. For … Continue reading “Steven Mnuchin Stepped In to Prevent Ivanka Trump World Bank Appointment”

Shuttered Venues and Theaters Are Being Denied a Financial Lifeline by the SBA

In December, Congress passed the $16 billion Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program to offer a financial lifeline to live performance and event venues, event promoters, movie theaters, museums, and talent representatives that have been decimated by the Covid-19 pandemic. But owners of entertainment companies tell The Intercept that the Small Business Administration, the agency tasked with … Continue reading “Shuttered Venues and Theaters Are Being Denied a Financial Lifeline by the SBA”

Journalist Maria Ressa, Targeted by Rodrigo Duterte, Wins Nobel Peace Prize

Maria Ressa, a courageous journalist in the Philippines who has fought to hold the regime of President Rodrigo Duterte accountable in the face of questionable legal cases aimed at imprisoning her and shutting down her news organization, won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday. The Press Freedom Defense Fund, of which I am the director, … Continue reading “Journalist Maria Ressa, Targeted by Rodrigo Duterte, Wins Nobel Peace Prize”

Rep. Josh Gottheimer Hires Republican Ron DeSantis Staffer to Craft His Legislative Agenda

The New Jersey representative who led a few conservative Democrats to undermine President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better agenda has hired a former top Republican staffer from the congressional office of then-Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., now governor of the state. Jordan Colvin has joined the office of Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., as legislative director, the lawmaker … Continue reading “Rep. Josh Gottheimer Hires Republican Ron DeSantis Staffer to Craft His Legislative Agenda”

Kyrsten Sinema Is Literally Teaching a Course on Fundraising

All students hope to learn from the top experts in their field. Graduate students at Arizona State University have an unusual opportunity this fall to do just that, where Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., is teaching a course on getting rich people to give you money. The course, titled “Developing Grants and Fundraising,” is one of … Continue reading “Kyrsten Sinema Is Literally Teaching a Course on Fundraising”

Maddesyn George Killed Her Alleged Rapist. Prosecutors Blocked Her Self-Defense Claims.

No one disputes that, on July 12, 2020, Maddesyn George shot and killed Kristopher “Buddy” Graber as he reached through the window of the parked car where George was seated. It’s the preceding 24 hours that are at issue in court. The arguments between George’s defense team and the U.S. attorney’s office raise the question … Continue reading “Maddesyn George Killed Her Alleged Rapist. Prosecutors Blocked Her Self-Defense Claims.”

Facebook’s Very Bad Week Just Got Worse

  On Sunday, a former Facebook data scientist went on “60 Minutes” to accuse the company of defrauding its advertising customers and deliberately engineering social division and ethnic strife. Then on Monday, the entire Facebook product family went offline for six hours: Instagram, WhatsApp, and, of course, Facebook itself. On Wednesday, Big Tech critic and … Continue reading “Facebook’s Very Bad Week Just Got Worse”

Haiti Envoy Who Resigned in Protest: “Nobody Asked Me About the Deportations”

Conditions in Haiti are far too dangerous to receive the thousands of people the Biden administration has been sending there en masse, the former special envoy to the country told Congress on Thursday, adding that the removals could constitute a violation of international law. In his first public comments since resigning in protest over the … Continue reading “Haiti Envoy Who Resigned in Protest: “Nobody Asked Me About the Deportations””

Video Shows U.S. Marshals Task Force Brutalizing Teenage Boys in Mississippi

U.S. marshals arrested two boys, ages 17 and 16, in Jackson, Mississippi, on September 16 on charges related to August shootings in the nearby city of Canton. Footage of the arrest shows one officer leading a shirtless, handcuffed boy past another officer, who reaches out and hits the boy across the face, making a loud noise … Continue reading “Video Shows U.S. Marshals Task Force Brutalizing Teenage Boys in Mississippi”

Sen. Bob Menendez’s Opposition to Drug Pricing Reform May Imperil the Democratic Agenda

Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., has not budged from his earlier criticism of a popular bill to lower the costs of prescription drugs, creating another possible hurdle for Democrats as they finalize a reconciliation package to achieve President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better agenda. After raising concerns over the summer that the pharmaceutical industry would get … Continue reading “Sen. Bob Menendez’s Opposition to Drug Pricing Reform May Imperil the Democratic Agenda”

Kirsten Gillibrand Has Deep Ties to Chevron Lawyers Leading Legal Attacks On Steven Donziger

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., has deep and previously unreported connections to the team at corporate law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP that is leading oil giant Chevron’s attacks in federal courts against human rights lawyer Steven Donziger. Gillibrand, who is one of Donziger’s representatives in the Senate, has remained silent on his situation despite … Continue reading “Kirsten Gillibrand Has Deep Ties to Chevron Lawyers Leading Legal Attacks On Steven Donziger”

The U.S. Is Organizing a $5 Million Gun Sale to Mexican Forces Accused of Murder and Kidnapping

The Biden administration is pressing forward with the sale of millions of dollars in weapons to specialized elements of the Mexican military despite growing concern from lawmakers over the recipients’ abhorrent human rights records. If completed, Sig Sauer, a New Hampshire-based company, would sell more than $5 million worth of assault rifles and suppressors to … Continue reading “The U.S. Is Organizing a $5 Million Gun Sale to Mexican Forces Accused of Murder and Kidnapping”

The Quest for Covid’s Origins

In late September, the World Health Organization announced that it had assembled a new team of scientists to revive its investigation into the origins of the virus that causes Covid-19. The new group will be tasked with examining whether the virus could have originated in a lab, months after its predecessor deemed the possibility too unlikely for serious … Continue reading “The Quest for Covid’s Origins”

The CIA’s Afghan Proxies, Accused of War Crimes, Will Get a Fresh Start in the U.S.

Before the Taliban took control of Kabul in August, the U.S.-backed Afghan commandos known as Zero units were the ghosts of the Afghan battlefield. Along with their CIA advisers, they were feared and, in recent years, virtually invisible. But in the hectic, violent weeks between the Taliban victory and the U.S. military withdrawal, fighters belonging … Continue reading “The CIA’s Afghan Proxies, Accused of War Crimes, Will Get a Fresh Start in the U.S.”