In New Ad, Anti-Monopoly Group Hits Rep. Richie Neal Over Blackstone Ties, Corporate Tax Cuts

A progressive dark-money group hitting politicians over ties to corporate interests on Monday released an ad against Democratic Rep. Richie Neal of Massachusetts, accusing him of working to maintain President Donald Trump’s corporate tax cuts and highlighting his ties to the private equity firm, Blackstone. “After Donald Trump cut corporate taxes, one of the wealthiest … Continue reading “In New Ad, Anti-Monopoly Group Hits Rep. Richie Neal Over Blackstone Ties, Corporate Tax Cuts”

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Campaign Workers Just Ratified A Union Contract

New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign staff have just reached a deal to unionize with the Campaign Workers Guild, ratifying a two-year contract that includes overtime pay above 40 hours per week (which is virtually unheard of on campaigns), unlimited sick leave, and language protecting immigrant and transgender workers. As part of the contract, Ocasio-Cortez … Continue reading “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Campaign Workers Just Ratified A Union Contract”

A Bail Reform Tool Intended to Curb Mass Incarceration Has Only Replicated Biases in the Criminal Justice System

Two years ago, Demontez Campbell, who goes by Tez, was arrested for third-degree burglary stemming from what he says was a domestic dispute at his house in Hardin County, Kentucky. As he was being processed, a pretrial officer told him that he had been evaluated by the state’s risk assessment algorithm, a criminal justice reform … Continue reading “A Bail Reform Tool Intended to Curb Mass Incarceration Has Only Replicated Biases in the Criminal Justice System”

Trump Manages to Wear a Mask and Undercut Mask-Wearing at the Same Time

The absurd drama of Donald Trump finally acting like a normal human being by wearing a mask — a public health measure to combat the spread of the pandemic coronavirus he resisted from the moment he announced it three months ago, and then mocked others for following — came to an end on Saturday as … Continue reading “Trump Manages to Wear a Mask and Undercut Mask-Wearing at the Same Time”

The Far-Right Revolution Was Waiting for an Opportunity. Now, It’s Here.

Members of the so-called Boogaloo movement, attend a demonstration against the lockdown over concerns about Covid-19 on April 18, 2020 at the State House in Concord, N.H. Photo: Michael Dwyer/APAt this point, it’s become a staple of dark humor to observe that 2020 has been the year in which the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse … Continue reading “The Far-Right Revolution Was Waiting for an Opportunity. Now, It’s Here.”

Maine GOP Primary Is Becoming a Proxy Fight Over War, Saudi Arabia

As an anti-war Republican wages an aggressive and well-funded campaign in the July 14 primary for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District, a mysterious dark-money super PAC has spent $345,000 in the last three weeks attacking him. The Cook Political Report rates the district as one of just 15 Democratic-held toss-up seats in the nation. As the … Continue reading “Maine GOP Primary Is Becoming a Proxy Fight Over War, Saudi Arabia”

Protests Against Policing Could Help Make Formerly Homeless Candace Valenzuela the First Afro-Latina in Congress

A poll released on Friday shows changing dynamics in the runoff for the Democratic primary in Texas’s 24th Congressional District, which represents suburban areas between Fort Worth and Dallas. According to the survey, which was commissioned by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and conducted in July by Data for Progress, 36-year-old local school board member Candace Valenzuela … Continue reading “Protests Against Policing Could Help Make Formerly Homeless Candace Valenzuela the First Afro-Latina in Congress”

Trailing Jamaal Bowman by 25 Points, Rep. Eliot Engel Sues to Be Able to Challenge Absentee Ballots

More than two weeks since New York’s Democratic primaries, Jamaal Bowman maintains a double-digit lead over Democratic Rep. Eliot Engel, who has filed a preemptive lawsuit preserving his campaign’s right to challenge the validity of absentee ballots.  With all 50,575 in-person ballots counted, Bowman, a former middle school principal backed by Justice Democrats and the … Continue reading “Trailing Jamaal Bowman by 25 Points, Rep. Eliot Engel Sues to Be Able to Challenge Absentee Ballots”

Florida Democratic Candidates Organize to Protest Florida Democratic Party

Democratic candidates competing in state legislative and congressional races across Florida are revolting against the Florida Democratic Party, saying that the party has abandoned them — and that the party’s refusal to support their efforts to flip the legislature could hurt Joe Biden in November. Several candidates are being denied access to a powerful voter … Continue reading “Florida Democratic Candidates Organize to Protest Florida Democratic Party”

Police Surveilled George Floyd Protests With Help From Twitter-Affiliated Startup Dataminr

Leveraging close ties to Twitter, controversial artificial intelligence startup Dataminr helped law enforcement digitally monitor the protests that swept the country following the killing of George Floyd, tipping off police to social media posts with the latest whereabouts and actions of demonstrators, according to documents reviewed by The Intercept and a source with direct knowledge … Continue reading “Police Surveilled George Floyd Protests With Help From Twitter-Affiliated Startup Dataminr”

How the House Armed Services Committee, in the Middle of a Pandemic, Approved a Huge Military Budget and More War in Afghanistan

Today’s SYSTEM UPDATE episode about this topic can be viewed on The Intercept’s YouTube channel or on the player below. Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo. smiles as she arrives for a news conference on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) AP While the country is subsumed by both public health and an unemployment crisis, and is … Continue reading “How the House Armed Services Committee, in the Middle of a Pandemic, Approved a Huge Military Budget and More War in Afghanistan”

Supreme Court Says Trump Can Roll Back Access to Birth Control Under the Affordable Care Act

In a 7-2 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld sweeping Trump administration exemptions to the Affordable Care Act’s birth control mandate that could imperil access to no-cost contraceptives for thousands of women. Written by Justice Clarence Thomas, the majority opinion — in two consolidated cases, Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania and … Continue reading “Supreme Court Says Trump Can Roll Back Access to Birth Control Under the Affordable Care Act”

The Trump Child Abuse Scandal

Subscribe to the Deconstructed podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Radio Public, and other platforms. New to podcasting? Click here.   It’s been two years since the peak of public outcry over the Trump administration’s decision to begin separating the children of unauthorized migrant families from their parents at the Mexican border, yet the … Continue reading “The Trump Child Abuse Scandal”

Instead of Freeing Elderly Prisoners in Response to Coronavirus, Cuomo Created a Prison Nursing Home Way Upstate

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a COVID-19 briefing on July 6, 2020 in New York City. Photo: David Dee Delgado/Getty Images The Adirondack Correctional Facility is tucked away in the mountainous North Country of New York State, less than a two-hour drive from the Canadian border. Three years ago, it was converted to … Continue reading “Instead of Freeing Elderly Prisoners in Response to Coronavirus, Cuomo Created a Prison Nursing Home Way Upstate”

A Family Separated Between El Salvador and the U.S., First Blocked by Trump and Then Coronavirus

On a recent morning, 6-year-old Belén Martínez went to one of her favorite spots in her house in San Salvador: her aunt’s vanity, where she likes to play dress up. But instead of smiling at the mirror, she began to cry. When her aunt found her there, Belén said she had been praying to God that … Continue reading “A Family Separated Between El Salvador and the U.S., First Blocked by Trump and Then Coronavirus”

An Interview with Nancy Pelosi Challenger Shahid Buttar and a Look at the History of Fascist Movements in the U.S.

Subscribe to the Intercepted podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, Radio Public, and other platforms. New to podcasting? Click here.   A bipartisan coalition of lawmakers led by Rep. Liz Cheney, daughter of Dick Cheney, is trying to stop Trump from withdrawing troops from Afghanistan. This week on Intercepted: As the longest continuous war … Continue reading “An Interview with Nancy Pelosi Challenger Shahid Buttar and a Look at the History of Fascist Movements in the U.S.”

Trump Campaign Ads Mislead Viewers About Black Protesters Who Stopped Violence

Through deceptive editing, two recent campaign ads for President Donald Trump falsely portray law-abiding Black Lives Matter protesters who acted to prevent violence as dangerous thugs plotting to “unleash a wave of violent crime in our cities.” The Trump campaign ads mislead viewers by distorting the meaning of video recorded during a protest in Washington, … Continue reading “Trump Campaign Ads Mislead Viewers About Black Protesters Who Stopped Violence”

Purdue Pharma Made Political Contributions After Going Bankrupt

Last September, Purdue Pharma filed for bankruptcy after several cities sued the company for its role in creating the opioid crisis. By going bankrupt, it was able to get all litigation stayed; family members of the over 500,000 victims of the opioid crisis are now just creditors in the bankruptcy. The Sackler family — including … Continue reading “Purdue Pharma Made Political Contributions After Going Bankrupt”

The Census Is Reopening Too: Workers Fear Being Sacrificed to Coronavirus for the Sake of a Speedy Tally

As the coronavirus was spreading wildly through New York City at the beginning of March, the U.S. government was reaching a critical moment in its hiring process for the 2020 decennial census. Clerks offered temporary jobs to thousands of people, who were to be tasked with going door to door and collecting data from households later … Continue reading “The Census Is Reopening Too: Workers Fear Being Sacrificed to Coronavirus for the Sake of a Speedy Tally”

Amid Coronavirus, a Flawed Guardianship System Can Make It Impossible to Care for Relatives in Assisted Living Facilities

In the summer of 2018, then-84-year-old Genyte Dirse was removed from her home — a motel she had owned and lived in for decades — and placed in an assisted living facility in St. Petersburg, Florida. This followed a relatively fast and bewildering legal fight between Dirse and a local real estate agent who argued that … Continue reading “Amid Coronavirus, a Flawed Guardianship System Can Make It Impossible to Care for Relatives in Assisted Living Facilities”

NYPD’s Culture of Impunity Sees an Officer Repeatedly Accused of Physical and Sexual Abuse Rising Through the Ranks

On a late January morning in 2015, Carletto Allen was sitting in a car parked in front of his house in the Bronx, when two men ran up to the car, guns drawn. Allen thought he was being robbed, according to a federal civil rights lawsuit he filed in 2016. He tried to lock the … Continue reading “NYPD’s Culture of Impunity Sees an Officer Repeatedly Accused of Physical and Sexual Abuse Rising Through the Ranks”

National Review Is Trying to Rewrite its Own Racist History

Stuart Stevens, who has gone from running Mitt Romney’s campaign for president in 2012 to a perch as a leading Never Trumper, is out with a new book: his mea culpa of sorts, It Was All a Lie: How the Republican Party Became Donald Trump. Some of Stevens’s former colleagues don’t like it, and one … Continue reading “National Review Is Trying to Rewrite its Own Racist History”

No ID, No Job: How Coronavirus Left Parolees in Excruciating Limbo After Leaving Prison

Illustration: Soohee Cho/The Intercept When the 29-year-old parolee walked out of the New Jersey state prison where he had been incarcerated for the last six years, he felt that he had stepped “into a frozen world.” He was released on parole on March 11, as coronavirus cases in the state began to spike, just 10 … Continue reading “No ID, No Job: How Coronavirus Left Parolees in Excruciating Limbo After Leaving Prison”

Carl Reiner’s Life Should Remind Us: If You Like Laughing, Thank FDR and the New Deal

Has Stephen Colbert ever made you laugh? Or Jordan Peele? Or Steve Carell? Or Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Keegan-Michael Key, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Amy Poehler, Cecily Strong, Chris Redd, Aidy Bryant, Jason Sudeikis, Amy Sedaris, Kristen Wiig, Adam McKay, Mike Myers, Chris Farley, Bill Murray, John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Elaine May, or Mike Nichols? Unless you’re way off … Continue reading “Carl Reiner’s Life Should Remind Us: If You Like Laughing, Thank FDR and the New Deal”

Occupied Territory: Why Chicago’s History Matters for Today’s Demands to Defund Police

Protests, marches, and demonstrations against police violence and systemic racism are continuing across the United States, as calls to defund the police and abolish the prison system are intensifying. The crucial leadership of the Movement for Black Lives has brought these issues to an international stage. The resilience of these activists is a sight to behold, … Continue reading “Occupied Territory: Why Chicago’s History Matters for Today’s Demands to Defund Police”

As Coronavirus Surges in ICE Detention, A Message in the Skies Says, “RELEASE”

Clustered among the landmarks of downtown Los Angeles are an awful lot of buildings dedicated to imprisoning people. The Twin Towers, which claims the dubious distinction of being the world’s largest jail, sits next to Men’s Central, and nearby there’s the Metropolitan Detention Center, a federal facility, as well as the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) field office and the … Continue reading “As Coronavirus Surges in ICE Detention, A Message in the Skies Says, “RELEASE””

How the Coronavirus Became a Death Sentence at a GEO Group Halfway House

In the first video, which is blurry and just 20 seconds long, a woman in a mask walks into a men’s dorm at the Leidel Comprehensive Sanction Center, a federal halfway house in Houston, Texas, run by GEO Group. She orders everyone to clear the area. “Turn those phones off,” she says. In the next … Continue reading “How the Coronavirus Became a Death Sentence at a GEO Group Halfway House”

There’s a War Going On Over Kamala Harris’s Wikipedia Page, with Unflattering Elements Vanishing

California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris is widely seen as a frontrunner for a spot on the ticket with presumptive nominee Joe Biden, with vetting well underway.  Presidential vetting operations have entire teams of investigators, but for the public, when the pick is announced, the most common source for information about the person chosen is Wikipedia. … Continue reading “There’s a War Going On Over Kamala Harris’s Wikipedia Page, with Unflattering Elements Vanishing”

House Democrats, Working With Liz Cheney, Restrict Trump’s Planned Withdrawal of Troops From Afghanistan and Germany

Former Vice President Dick Cheney, right, gestures as he speaks with his daughter Liz Cheney during the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce annual meeting (Rick Barbero/The Register-Herald via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT AP The U.S. military has been fighting in Afghanistan for almost nineteen years. House Democrats, working in tandem with key pro-war GOP lawmakers such … Continue reading “House Democrats, Working With Liz Cheney, Restrict Trump’s Planned Withdrawal of Troops From Afghanistan and Germany”

Months Ago, an Officer in Louisiana Shot a 14-Year-Old Boy. It Took the George Floyd Protests for People to Pay Attention.

On the evening of Friday, March 20, Tiffany McGee, a resident of Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, just outside New Orleans, received a call from a nurse at the Tulane University Medical Center. Her 14-year-old son, Tre’mall, had been brought into the hospital with a gunshot wound. McGee rushed from her home in Terrytown in the West … Continue reading “Months Ago, an Officer in Louisiana Shot a 14-Year-Old Boy. It Took the George Floyd Protests for People to Pay Attention.”

Seattle’s CHOP Went Out With Both a Bang and a Whimper

“My family has been brutalized by police for every generation,” said Christopher Hunt, standing last week in what was then the Capitol Hill Organized Protest, or CHOP, an occupation-style protest in Seattle that was dispersed by authorities on Wednesday. When asked to explain the police brutality, Hunt’s voice rose. The 53-year-old Seattle native pointed to … Continue reading “Seattle’s CHOP Went Out With Both a Bang and a Whimper”

Prison Officials in Kansas Ignored the Pandemic. Then People Started Dying.

The men incarcerated at Lansing Correctional Facility, a state prison in northeastern Kansas, first heard about the Covid-19 pandemic from the news or from relatives on the outside. There were no known cases in the state — but at the prison, dozens of men had begun to fall ill, some severely. Rachad Austin was counting down the days left in … Continue reading “Prison Officials in Kansas Ignored the Pandemic. Then People Started Dying.”

Can We Build a Politics of Hope?

Subscribe to the Deconstructed podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Radio Public, and other platforms. New to podcasting? Click here.   Deep down, are humans really selfish, brutal, and cruel? For much of the last century, the most famous experiments in social science, from Yale University psychologist Stanley Milgram’s electric shock study to the … Continue reading “Can We Build a Politics of Hope?”

K-Pop Fans Are Getting Involved in U.S. Politics. Are They Activists?

As the nationwide protests gained prominence after George Floyd’s murder by Minneapolis police, fans of Korean pop music, or K-pop, raised eyebrows after jamming an app released by the Dallas Police Department called iWatch Dallas, which was meant to be a portal to submit videos of protesters. K-pop fans instead flooded the app by submitting … Continue reading “K-Pop Fans Are Getting Involved in U.S. Politics. Are They Activists?”

The Trump Administration Is Waiving the Public’s Right to Affordable Coronavirus Treatments

The federal government has failed to include intellectual property and pricing protections in at least four contracts for drugs to combat Covid-19. Legal safeguards meant to ensure that products developed with federal funds are affordable and widely available were missing from the contracts, which are worth more than $1 billion and were released along with … Continue reading “The Trump Administration Is Waiving the Public’s Right to Affordable Coronavirus Treatments”

Confederacy, Inc.: Donald Trump, Racist Police and the Whitewashing of History

Subscribe to the Intercepted podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, Radio Public, and other platforms. New to podcasting? Click here.   Donald Trump is bringing his white power revue to Mount Rushmore. This week on Intercepted: As cases of Covid-19 skyrocket across the U.S. — particularly in states that basked in the glory of … Continue reading “Confederacy, Inc.: Donald Trump, Racist Police and the Whitewashing of History”

A North Carolina City Bans Protests, Protecting Confederate Monument

A North Carolina city is using a restrictive ordinance to outlaw protest, threatening to arrest anyone who even attempts to peacefully protest without a permit, as part of an effort to protect a Confederate monument that sits outside its courthouse. The Alamance County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post on Friday that permits to … Continue reading “A North Carolina City Bans Protests, Protecting Confederate Monument”

J Street Is Facing New Pressure to Back Conditioning Aid to Israel

More than 1,000 former and current members of J Street U, the youth wing of the liberal, pro-Israel organization J Street, are calling on the group’s leadership to get behind a legislative effort to condition funding of the state of Israel if it goes forward with illegally annexing Palestinian territory, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu … Continue reading “J Street Is Facing New Pressure to Back Conditioning Aid to Israel”

Taurus se diz preocupada com a covid-19. E os defeitos nas armas?

Imagine sua arma disparar sozinha? Foi isso que ocorreu com um policial em folga enquanto fazia compras no supermercado. Esse acidente é apenas um das dezenas causados por defeitos em armas da Taurus. Agora, a fabricante se diz preocupada com a pandemia. Será que eles estão preocupados com a vida das pessoas? A colunista do Intercept comenta neste … Continue reading “Taurus se diz preocupada com a covid-19. E os defeitos nas armas?”

Supreme Court Upholds Abortion Rights but Leaves the Door Open to New Challenges

With a five-justice plurality, the U.S. Supreme Court deemed unconstitutional a Louisiana law that would have drastically restricted abortion access. The fifth vote came from Chief Justice John Roberts, who wrote separately from the court’s four more liberal judges to conclude that the case was identical to one resolved in favor of abortion rights just … Continue reading “Supreme Court Upholds Abortion Rights but Leaves the Door Open to New Challenges”

In Buried Report, U.S. Government Admits Major Failures in Confronting Domestic Terrorism

For weeks, President Donald Trump and top advisers like Attorney General William Barr have sought to blame antifa for sporadic violence and rioting during the ongoing Black Lives Matters protests. With little evidence, Trump even threatened to label antifa, an amorphous left-wing movement opposed to fascism, as a domestic terrorist organization. But the president’s strategy of pinning … Continue reading “In Buried Report, U.S. Government Admits Major Failures in Confronting Domestic Terrorism”

I Am a Book Critic. Here’s What Is Wrong With “Black Lists” — and What Is Good.

Illustration: Soohee Cho/The Intercept I am a book whisperer. As someone who reads ravenously for pleasure, and critiques books and culture for a living, I have an inbox full of requests for learning recommendations. When Donald Trump was elected president, and when white nationalists stormed Charlottesville, the bewilderment of white people provoked a staggering demand … Continue reading “I Am a Book Critic. Here’s What Is Wrong With “Black Lists” — and What Is Good.”

The Airline Industry Blocked Disclosure of Trade Data, Helping Conceal the Airlift of N95 Masks From the U.S. to China

In the first months of the Covid-19 outbreak — when U.S. hospitals faced a critical shortage of protective gear and exposed front-line medical workers to needless risk — hundreds of tons of medical face masks were loaded onto planes at U.S. airports and flown to China and other destinations for foreign buyers. While the masks … Continue reading “The Airline Industry Blocked Disclosure of Trade Data, Helping Conceal the Airlift of N95 Masks From the U.S. to China”

How the NYPD Weaponized a Curfew Against Protesters and Residents

Husan Blue, his family, and his neighbors were having a cookout on the patio outside their apartment in Crown Heights. It was a warm summer night in Brooklyn. Little kids were running around and playing. People were talking and celebrating. Blue’s dad had just had a birthday, and a couple of the neighbors had new babies … Continue reading “How the NYPD Weaponized a Curfew Against Protesters and Residents”

Chechnya Is Trying to Exterminate Gay People. Our Silence Only Emboldens Vladimir Putin and Ramzan Kadyrov.

Activists display placards in front of the Chancellery in Berlin on April 30, 2017, during a demonstration calling on the Russian president to put an end to the persecution of gay men in Chechnya. Photo: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images Torture. Rape. Murder. I cannot get the gruesome images of these brutal crimes out of my head. … Continue reading “Chechnya Is Trying to Exterminate Gay People. Our Silence Only Emboldens Vladimir Putin and Ramzan Kadyrov.”

Scholar Robin D.G. Kelley on How Today’s Abolitionist Movement Can Fundamentally Change the Country

We are living in a moment of change and upheaval, a time of immense pain and suffering, but also a time of hope and tremendous possibility. We are nearing four years of an incompetent but dangerous authoritarian — Donald Trump — occupying the most powerful office in the land. We are in the midst of the … Continue reading “Scholar Robin D.G. Kelley on How Today’s Abolitionist Movement Can Fundamentally Change the Country”

Black Lives Matter Wants to End Police Brutality. History Suggests It Will Go Much Further.

A protestor waves an American flag with the words “Black Lives Matter” painted on it during a Juneteenth rally at Cadman Plaza on June 19, 2020 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. Photo: Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images Huge numbers of Americans have been brutalized physically, emotionally, or financially by the coronavirus pandemic. And as … Continue reading “Black Lives Matter Wants to End Police Brutality. History Suggests It Will Go Much Further.”

Controversial Data-Mining Firm Palantir Vanishes From Biden Adviser’s Biography After She Joins Campaign

In the run-up to the 2020 election, former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign is putting together a foreign policy team for a potential future administration. Among those described as being part of the team is Avril Haines, former deputy director of the CIA during the Obama administration. According to an NBC News report from last week, … Continue reading “Controversial Data-Mining Firm Palantir Vanishes From Biden Adviser’s Biography After She Joins Campaign”

Law Enforcement Scoured Protester Communications and Exaggerated Threats to Minneapolis Cops, Leaked Documents Show

Newly leaked documents reveal that, in the wake of George Floyd’s killing, local and federal law enforcement agencies repeatedly told police in Minnesota that they were under attack. The fears stoked by the warnings appear to have set the stage for the police’s escalating, violent response to the protests, including the widespread use of tear … Continue reading “Law Enforcement Scoured Protester Communications and Exaggerated Threats to Minneapolis Cops, Leaked Documents Show”

Scientists Pin Blame for Some Coronavirus Deaths on Air Pollution, PFAS, and Other Chemicals

Almost six months into the coronavirus pandemic, it’s already clear that environmental pollution is responsible for some portion of the hundreds of thousands of Covid-19 deaths around the world. Now scientists are trying to pinpoint how exactly industrial chemicals make people more susceptible to the coronavirus and how much of the blame for the devastation … Continue reading “Scientists Pin Blame for Some Coronavirus Deaths on Air Pollution, PFAS, and Other Chemicals”