Andrew Cuomo Held New York’s Health Care Hostage to Undo Criminal Justice Reforms

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo during a press conference at the Jacob Javits Convention Center on March 30, 2020. Photo: Albin Lohr-Jones/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images On Monday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo broadcast his now daily press briefing from the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City, which the Army Corps of Engineers is … Continue reading “Andrew Cuomo Held New York’s Health Care Hostage to Undo Criminal Justice Reforms”

Stephen Smith’s Progressive Populist Campaign for West Virginia Governor Has Become a Covid-19 Response Program

As the coronavirus pandemic upends most aspects of everyday living across the country, political campaigns have abandoned in-person events and transitioned to virtual town halls in efforts to keep their bids afloat. In West Virginia, Stephen Smith, a 40-year-old community organizer running a movement-based campaign for governor, is attempting something even more ambitious.  The progressive-populist … Continue reading “Stephen Smith’s Progressive Populist Campaign for West Virginia Governor Has Become a Covid-19 Response Program”

Zoom’s Encryption Is “Not Suited for Secrets” and Has Surprising Links To China, Researchers Discover

Meetings on Zoom, the increasingly popular video conferencing service, are encrypted using an algorithm with serious, well-known weaknesses, and sometimes using keys issued by servers in China, even when meeting participants are all in North America, according to researchers at the University of Toronto. The researchers also found that Zoom protects video and audio content … Continue reading “Zoom’s Encryption Is “Not Suited for Secrets” and Has Surprising Links To China, Researchers Discover”

NYPD’s Aggressive Policing Risks Spreading the Coronavirus

New York City police officers arrested three people in Brooklyn over the weekend after they allegedly “failed to maintain social distancing,” court documents reviewed by The Intercept show. The three individuals appear to be among the first in the city to be arrested over the Covid-19 mitigation measures — despite city officials promising that those disregarding … Continue reading “NYPD’s Aggressive Policing Risks Spreading the Coronavirus”

Navy Dismisses Captain Who Sounded The Alarm on Coronavirus, Signaling A Willingness to Stifle Dissent

The U.S. Navy has taken the extraordinary step of relieving the captain of the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt of his command over the aircraft carrier after he wrote a memo sounding the alarm on an exploding coronavirus infection on board the cramped quarters of his ship. Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly on Thursday told reporters that … Continue reading “Navy Dismisses Captain Who Sounded The Alarm on Coronavirus, Signaling A Willingness to Stifle Dissent”

With Fake Hand Sanitizer and 12 Ventilators, Afghanistan Expects Millions of Coronavirus Cases

At a bus interchange on a highway outside the western Afghan city of Herat last week, minivans packed with migrant workers arrived from the Iranian border throughout the day. The passengers were among more than 140,000 Afghans who had fled Iran’s deadly coronavirus outbreak and subsequent economic stagnation in March alone, part of what one … Continue reading “With Fake Hand Sanitizer and 12 Ventilators, Afghanistan Expects Millions of Coronavirus Cases”

Privacy Experts Say Responsible Coronavirus Surveillance Is Possible

In less than a decade, whistleblowers like the NSA’s Edward Snowden and Cambridge Analytica’s Christopher Wylie helped spur a global sea change in the public’s attitude toward privacy and global data dragnets. We may now be in the midst of another seismic moment in the history of digital privacy: Mass surveillance methods could save lives … Continue reading “Privacy Experts Say Responsible Coronavirus Surveillance Is Possible”

Is Donald Trump Criminally Responsible for Coronavirus Deaths?

Subscribe to the Deconstructed podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Radio Public, and other platforms. New to podcasting? Click here.   Deaths from Covid-19 continued to mount this week as the U.S. surpassed 200,000 confirmed cases, more than any other country in the world. Experts increasingly point to President Trump’s willful negligence as a … Continue reading “Is Donald Trump Criminally Responsible for Coronavirus Deaths?”

Coronavirus Started in China, but Europe Became the Hub for Its Global Spread

When the coronavirus began to spread, Mongolia took sensible precautions. It halted border crossings from China, with which it shares a 2,877-mile border. Mongolia also imposed travel bans on people from South Korea and Japan, the other epicenters of the pandemic at the time. Yet the virus nonetheless found its way to Mongolia, where the first … Continue reading “Coronavirus Started in China, but Europe Became the Hub for Its Global Spread”

Trump Lies About Cutting White House Pandemic Team to Dodge (Checks Notes) Fox News

Donald Trump’s latest campaign rally disguised as a coronavirus task force briefing took a remarkable turn on Wednesday when he was stunned by a tough question from, of all people, John Roberts of Fox News. Trump was sailing along, singing his own praises (“Did you know I was number one on Facebook?“) and denying any … Continue reading “Trump Lies About Cutting White House Pandemic Team to Dodge (Checks Notes) Fox News”

Key Medical Supplies Were Shipped From U.S. Manufacturers to Foreign Buyers, Records Show

While much of the world swiftly moved to lock down crucial medical supplies used to treat the coronavirus, the U.S. dithered, maintaining business as normal and allowing large shipments of American-made respirators and ventilators to be sold to foreign buyers. The foreign shipments, detailed in dozens of government records, show exports to other hot spots … Continue reading “Key Medical Supplies Were Shipped From U.S. Manufacturers to Foreign Buyers, Records Show”

Campaigning in a Covid-19 Hotspot, AOC Ally Samelys López Looks to Break Out

Samelys López first met Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at the Bronx field office for Sen. Bernie Sanders’s 2016 presidential campaign. The two had taken divergent paths to get there. By the time Ocasio-Cortez was born in the Bronx, López, 10 years her senior, was living in the New York City shelter system. Ocasio-Cortez, at age 5, had … Continue reading “Campaigning in a Covid-19 Hotspot, AOC Ally Samelys López Looks to Break Out”

WATCH: Our New Weekly Video Commentary and Interview Program, SYSTEM UPDATE, Debuts Today

  I’m very excited about the launch on Wednesday of the new video interview program I’m hosting, called SYSTEM UPDATE. The show will air each week on Wednesday on the Intercept’s YouTube channel, and will typically explore one topic in as in-depth and critical manner as possible. This program was one that we had been … Continue reading “WATCH: Our New Weekly Video Commentary and Interview Program, SYSTEM UPDATE, Debuts Today”

3M Faces Pressure to Prevent Price Gouging Among Distributors of Its N95 Masks

As the black market trade of its N95 respirator masks has continued to swell, pressure is mounting on 3M, which manufactures the masks and other protective gear, to crack down on price gouging among its distributors. Tuesday, amid widespread reports that vendors of medical supplies are wildly overcharging for the desperately needed protective devices, the … Continue reading “3M Faces Pressure to Prevent Price Gouging Among Distributors of Its N95 Masks”

New York City Has Done Almost Nothing to Protect 70,000 People in its Homeless Shelters From Coronavirus Spread

Johanna Garcia is doing her best to keep her family and others safe during the coronavirus pandemic. She washes her hands a lot; she cleans constantly; she goes on social distance walks with her kids, 10-month-old Logan and 4-year-old Abigail. But there’s only so much she can do while living at one of New York … Continue reading “New York City Has Done Almost Nothing to Protect 70,000 People in its Homeless Shelters From Coronavirus Spread”

A Private Equity Baron Sitting on an Empty Philadelphia Hospital Is in Line For Huge Tax Gift in the Covid-19 Stimulus

As Philadelphia searches for a place to house its growing number of coronavirus patients, a millionaire health care and private equity executive is effectively holding a hospital he owns hostage — and is in line for a massive tax break under the coronavirus stimulus plan signed into law last week. Joel Freedman bought Philadelphia’s Hahnemann University Hospital, … Continue reading “A Private Equity Baron Sitting on an Empty Philadelphia Hospital Is in Line For Huge Tax Gift in the Covid-19 Stimulus”

Essential Workers and the Reverse Robin Hood Coronavirus Bailout

Subscribe to the Intercepted podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, Radio Public, and other platforms. New to podcasting? Click here. Donald Trump now admits that Covid-19 could kill hundreds of thousands of Americans after months of downplaying the coronavirus pandemic and dismissing the threat. This week on Intercepted: Workers at Amazon, Instacart, and Whole … Continue reading “Essential Workers and the Reverse Robin Hood Coronavirus Bailout”

Drone Whistleblower Charged With Making Online Threats to City Council — But Some of Its Members Want The Case Dropped

Brandon Bryant made international headlines when he came forward with information from inside the U.S. military’s drone program. Over the past several years, the former drone operator has become known for his outspoken activism on the issues of civilian deaths and the struggles of drone pilots with substance abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder. Like other … Continue reading “Drone Whistleblower Charged With Making Online Threats to City Council — But Some of Its Members Want The Case Dropped”

Courts Put the Brakes on Politicians’ Efforts to Ban Abortion Amid Covid-19 Outbreak

On March 30, federal judges in three states granted temporary restraining orders protecting access to abortion amid the coronavirus outbreak. The court orders — in Texas, Alabama, and Ohio — came after state officials used executive actions to limit nonessential medical procedures and impose restraints on social gatherings. In each, state attorneys exploited the ongoing … Continue reading “Courts Put the Brakes on Politicians’ Efforts to Ban Abortion Amid Covid-19 Outbreak”

Live: Mehdi Hasan, Alice Speri, and Alleen Brown on Coronavirus, Italy, and the Amazon-Whole Foods Strike

The Intercept’s Mehdi Hasan speaks with reporter Alice Speri about the coronavirus and the social safety net in Italy versus in the United States. He also talks with reporter Alleen Brown about the conditions for Amazon and Whole Foods delivery workers. Streaming live on Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET. The post Live: Mehdi Hasan, Alice Speri, and … Continue reading “Live: Mehdi Hasan, Alice Speri, and Alleen Brown on Coronavirus, Italy, and the Amazon-Whole Foods Strike”

EPA Is Jamming Through Rollbacks That Could Increase Coronavirus Deaths

While health experts around the country are focused on containing the spread of the coronavirus, the Environmental Protection Agency is making changes that could both worsen the impact of the current crisis and hamstring responses to future pandemics. In addition to moving full speed ahead with a plan to limit the use of research based … Continue reading “EPA Is Jamming Through Rollbacks That Could Increase Coronavirus Deaths”

Rikers Island Prisoners Being Offered PPE and $6 an Hour to Dig Mass Graves

New York City is offering prisoners at Rikers Island $6 per hour — a fortune by prison labor standards — and personal protective equipment if they agree to help dig mass graves on Hart Island, according to sources with knowledge of the offer. Avery Cohen, a spokesperson for the office of Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed … Continue reading “Rikers Island Prisoners Being Offered PPE and $6 an Hour to Dig Mass Graves”

No Masks and Uncertain Sick Leave: New York Whole Foods Delivery Workers Say Amazon Is Failing to Protect Them

The richest man in the world is now responsible for the workers on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis, who risk their lives daily to provide groceries and basic goods to people confined to their homes. But Whole Foods delivery workers say new measures implemented by Jeff Bezos and Amazon are failing to protect … Continue reading “No Masks and Uncertain Sick Leave: New York Whole Foods Delivery Workers Say Amazon Is Failing to Protect Them”

Who Shot Courtney Copeland?

Subscribe to the Somebody podcast on Apple Podcasts, iHeart Radio, Google Play, Stitcher, and other platforms. Shapearl Wells arrived at the office of the Invisible Institute, the nonprofit journalism studio where we work on the South Side of Chicago, on an afternoon early in 2017, armed with a large stack of documents she had collected … Continue reading “Who Shot Courtney Copeland?”

Zoom Meetings Aren’t End-to-End Encrypted, Despite Misleading Marketing

Zoom, the video conferencing service whose use has spiked amid the Covid-19 pandemic, claims to implement end-to-end encryption, widely understood as the most private form of internet communication, protecting conversations from all outside parties. In fact, Zoom is using its own definition of the term, one that lets Zoom itself access unencrypted video and audio … Continue reading “Zoom Meetings Aren’t End-to-End Encrypted, Despite Misleading Marketing”

Women in ICE Detention, Fearing Coronavirus, Make Video to Protest Unsafe Conditions

Women locked in an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Louisiana are terrified that they have been exposed to a person ill with the coronavirus, and they fear that they, too, will get sick. The women have been trying to communicate with the world about their plight, and they’ve been punished for trying. Immigrants … Continue reading “Women in ICE Detention, Fearing Coronavirus, Make Video to Protest Unsafe Conditions”

Beware of Trump Using the Coronavirus as a Cover for War With Iran

U.S. Army soldiers from the 82nd Airborne board a C-17 aircraft at Fort Bragg, N.C., to be deployed to the Middle East on Jan. 1, 2020. Photo: Melissa Sue Gerrits/The Fayetteville Observer via AP The news is all coronavirus. Whether it’s cable news, national newspapers, public radio, or even my own Intercept podcast, we can’t … Continue reading “Beware of Trump Using the Coronavirus as a Cover for War With Iran”

ICE Transferred Cameroonian Women After they Protested Their Detention. Now, Despite Coronavirus, It Won’t Grant Them Parole.

In late February, a group of Cameroonian women held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the T. Don Hutto Residential Facility, a women’s center in Texas run by private prison company CoreCivic, staged a sit-in in front of the facility’s clinic to protest their prolonged detention and lack of medical care. Jasmine, a Cameroonian asylum-seeker … Continue reading “ICE Transferred Cameroonian Women After they Protested Their Detention. Now, Despite Coronavirus, It Won’t Grant Them Parole.”

The Coronavirus Pandemic Makes the Case for Criminal Justice Reform

The rapid spread of the novel coronavirus in the United States is expediting criminal justice reforms that advocates have pushed for decades. At least nine prosecutors are now fast-tracking reforms to reduce the number of incarcerated people kept in conditions that can speed the rate of infection, and to stop new prosecutions of low level … Continue reading “The Coronavirus Pandemic Makes the Case for Criminal Justice Reform”

In Exchange for Aid, Trump Wants Praise From Governors He Can Use in Campaign Ads

As he increasingly tries to shovel blame for the shortage of medical supplies onto the governors of states with densely populated areas that are suffering the most from the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump was asked on Friday what more he wants them to do. It was, he said, “very simple: I want them to … Continue reading “In Exchange for Aid, Trump Wants Praise From Governors He Can Use in Campaign Ads”

After Florida Held Its Primary Amid Pandemic, Two Poll Workers Tested Positive for Coronavirus

Two Florida poll workers have tested positive for coronavirus since the March 17 primary, which was held contrary to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention against large gatherings to curb the spread of the coronavirus.  Both of the workers were stationed at polls in Broward County, in the southeast part of the … Continue reading “After Florida Held Its Primary Amid Pandemic, Two Poll Workers Tested Positive for Coronavirus”

Debt Collection Industry Deems Itself Essential to “Financial Health” of Consumers, Fights Covid-19 Shutdown

Debt collectors, facing growing demands to freeze the collection of debt across the country amid the economic hardship caused by the coronavirus pandemic, are mobilizing their lobbyists to push back. In New York, residents are receiving a 30-day reprieve from the collection of state-owned medical and student debt. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfood this week similarly … Continue reading “Debt Collection Industry Deems Itself Essential to “Financial Health” of Consumers, Fights Covid-19 Shutdown”

Millions of People Will Struggle to Pay Rent in April, but Few in Congress Care

On Wednesday, April 1, rent payments will be due for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak was declared a pandemic — yet even with unemployment at a record high, major bill payments have barely factored into U.S. politicians’ response to the crisis. On Friday, the House passed an emergency multi-trillion dollar relief package, which … Continue reading “Millions of People Will Struggle to Pay Rent in April, but Few in Congress Care”

How ICE Operations in New York Set the Stage for a Coronavirus Nightmare in Local Jails

Immigration lawyers in New York City already had their hands full. In the weeks before the world was gripped by the coronavirus pandemic, reports were coming in from across the city and surrounding areas of increasingly aggressive immigration arrests. In addition to some of their well-known tactics — showing up at homes early in the morning, … Continue reading “How ICE Operations in New York Set the Stage for a Coronavirus Nightmare in Local Jails”

As Congress Pushes a $2 Trillion Stimulus Package, the “How Will You Pay For It?” Question Is Tossed in the Trash

Photo illustration: Soohee Cho/The Intercept, Getty ImagesThroughout the Democratic presidential primary, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren offered a slew of robust proposals to reshape the American economy. Yet the Democratic presidential primary hardly engaged with questions of whether that restructuring was wise, who would benefit, and who would lose. Instead, the … Continue reading “As Congress Pushes a $2 Trillion Stimulus Package, the “How Will You Pay For It?” Question Is Tossed in the Trash”

Vital Federal Contracts for Ventilators and Coronavirus Supplies Will Take Months to Complete

President Donald Trump is in a rush to be done with the coronavirus. Earlier this week, he said that he hopes to have the country “just raring to go” by Easter. And in a letter he sent to the nation’s governors yesterday, Trump announced that the administration is preparing to release new guidelines for state … Continue reading “Vital Federal Contracts for Ventilators and Coronavirus Supplies Will Take Months to Complete”

To Develop a Covid-19 Vaccine, Pharma and the Federal Government Will Have to Break Old Patterns

In 2016, after years of effort and millions of dollars in government investment, a team of Texas scientists finally developed a promising vaccine for SARS, the deadly strain of coronavirus that had infected over 8,000 people worldwide in the early 2000s. But the outbreak that triggered the research had begun and ended, and no one … Continue reading “To Develop a Covid-19 Vaccine, Pharma and the Federal Government Will Have to Break Old Patterns”

In West African Coronavirus Hot Spot, War Has Left 700,000 Homeless and Exposed

On March 18, Burkina Faso suffered the first confirmed Covid-19 fatality in all of sub-Saharan Africa. The victim was Rose-Marie Compaoré, the first vice president of the Sahelian nation’s parliament. Tiny, impoverished, and conflict-scarred, Burkina Faso is now West Africa’s worst-affected country, with 146 confirmed cases, including four government ministers. The U.S. ambassador to Burkina … Continue reading “In West African Coronavirus Hot Spot, War Has Left 700,000 Homeless and Exposed”

Charles Koch Network Pushed $1 Billion Cut to CDC, Now Attacks Shelter-in-Place Policies for Harming Business

Americans for Prosperity, the pro-corporate pressure group founded and funded by billionaire industrialist Charles Koch, wants employees to return to work despite desperate pleas from public health officials that people should stay home as much as possible to help contain the spread of the coronavirus.  As states began to order nonessential businesses to shut down last … Continue reading “Charles Koch Network Pushed $1 Billion Cut to CDC, Now Attacks Shelter-in-Place Policies for Harming Business”

Abortion Providers File Emergency Lawsuit Challenging Texas Coronavirus Restrictions

A group of Texas abortion providers filed a federal lawsuit on Wednesday challenging state Attorney General Ken Paxton’s interpretation of an executive order banning nonessential medical procedures that Paxton says includes all abortion care. The order, signed by Gov. Greg Abbott on Sunday, advised health care providers to postpone “surgeries and procedures that are not immediately … Continue reading “Abortion Providers File Emergency Lawsuit Challenging Texas Coronavirus Restrictions”

The Pandemic Could Overwhelm the Insurance Industry. We Must Expand Tricare for Everybody Who Needs It

Photo illustration: Soohee Cho/The Intercept, Getty ImagesWe know that our hospitals aren’t ready, nor is much of our health care industry, if the spread of Covid-19 continues on its current trajectory. Deepening the problem, however, is that our private health insurance system is also woefully unprepared and threatens to buckle under the weight of the … Continue reading “The Pandemic Could Overwhelm the Insurance Industry. We Must Expand Tricare for Everybody Who Needs It”

Is the Trump Cult a Death Cult?

Subscribe to the Deconstructed podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Radio Public, and other platforms. New to podcasting? Click here.   This week President  Trump began asserting that the United States would once again be “open for business” by Easter, on April 12th. He provided no scientific or medical justification for that timeline, which Dr. … Continue reading “Is the Trump Cult a Death Cult?”

Gilead Sciences Backs Off Monopoly Claim for Promising Coronavirus Drug

Gilead Sciences today announced that it has submitted a request to the Food and Drug Administration to rescind the exclusive marketing rights it had secured for remdesivir, an antiviral drug that shows promise in treating Covid-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. As The Intercept reported Monday, the FDA had awarded Gilead seven years … Continue reading “Gilead Sciences Backs Off Monopoly Claim for Promising Coronavirus Drug”

Live: Mehdi Hasan and Jeremy Scahill on Coronavirus, the “Bailout,” and the 2020 Election

Join The Intercept’s Mehdi Hasan and Jeremy Scahill for a wide-ranging live conversation about the coronavirus, the “bailout” and the 2020 election today, March 25 at 4 p.m. ET. The post Live: Mehdi Hasan and Jeremy Scahill on Coronavirus, the “Bailout,” and the 2020 Election appeared first on The Intercept.

America’s Crisis Daddy Andrew Cuomo Exploits Coronavirus Panic to Push Bail Reform Rollback in New York

As the coronavirus pandemic grips the United States, prosecutors, sheriffs, and public officials have raced to reduce the populations held in local jails, where it is next to impossible to protect elderly and otherwise vulnerable incarcerated people. In New York, however, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is bucking this trend, pushing for a new law that would … Continue reading “America’s Crisis Daddy Andrew Cuomo Exploits Coronavirus Panic to Push Bail Reform Rollback in New York”

Trump’s Deadly Mistake in Comparing Coronavirus to Flu

The president of the United States compared the coronavirus to the flu this week, and the new virus that has already stricken more than 55,000 people and killed more than 800 across the country came out looking relatively innocuous. “We have a lot of people dying from the flu, as you know,” Donald Trump told reporters … Continue reading “Trump’s Deadly Mistake in Comparing Coronavirus to Flu”

Capitalist Death Panels: If Corporate Vultures Get Their Way, We’ll Be Dead

Subscribe to the Intercepted podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, Radio Public, and other platforms. New to podcasting? Click here. The Trump administration is pushing a deadly cocktail of lies and propaganda. This week on Intercepted: As coronavirus rapidly spreads throughout the United States, major public health organizations are warning that New York could … Continue reading “Capitalist Death Panels: If Corporate Vultures Get Their Way, We’ll Be Dead”

Trump Cabinet Bible Teacher Blames Coronavirus Pandemic on God’s Wrath — Somehow It Involves China, Gay People, and Environmentalists

Ralph Drollinger, a minister who leads a weekly Bible study group for President Donald Trump’s cabinet, released a new interpretation of the coronavirus pandemic this week, arguing that the crisis represents an act of God’s judgment. The coronavirus, Drollinger argues in two blog posts and a rambling Bible study guide published in the past few … Continue reading “Trump Cabinet Bible Teacher Blames Coronavirus Pandemic on God’s Wrath — Somehow It Involves China, Gay People, and Environmentalists”

Time’s Up Said It Could Not Fund a #MeToo Allegation Against Joe Biden, Citing Its Nonprofit Status and His Presidential Run

Last April, Tara Reade watched as a familiar conversation around her former boss, Joe Biden, and his relationship with personal space unfolded on the national stage. Nevada politician Lucy Flores alleged that Biden had inappropriately sniffed her hair and kissed the back of her head as she waited to go on stage at a rally in … Continue reading “Time’s Up Said It Could Not Fund a #MeToo Allegation Against Joe Biden, Citing Its Nonprofit Status and His Presidential Run”

Kaiser Permanente Threatened to Fire Nurses Treating Covid-19 Patients for Wearing Their Own Masks, Unions Say

Nurses at Kaiser Permanente hospitals and clinics in California could be fired immediately for wearing their own face masks, according to unions representing nurses at the facilities. The news comes after nurses were ordered to reuse disposable protective gear to save supplies in the face of shortages brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. The California Nurses Association … Continue reading “Kaiser Permanente Threatened to Fire Nurses Treating Covid-19 Patients for Wearing Their Own Masks, Unions Say”