Shontel Brown Approved Major Contract, Then Contractor Backed Her Campaign

When Shontel Brown was running for her seat on Cuyahoga County Council in 2014, she responded to questions about her links to the family of a major contractor by promising to “recuse herself from county contracts with ties to Mark Perkins as necessary.” Perkins, Brown’s partner, has longstanding ties to the Cleveland-based general contractor Perk. … Continue reading “Shontel Brown Approved Major Contract, Then Contractor Backed Her Campaign”

The Border Patrol’s Abdication in the Sonoran Desert

While much of the public’s attention has been focused on the thousands of unaccompanied minors currently in U.S. custody, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has quietly begun a policy of dropping off asylum-seekers in remote border towns along the deadliest stretches of the U.S.-Mexico divide. This week on Intercepted: Intercept reporter Ryan Devereaux travels to … Continue reading “The Border Patrol’s Abdication in the Sonoran Desert”

“It’s Consumed Our Lives”: Volunteers Step In as Border Patrol Drops Migrants Off in Tiny Arizona Towns

The families sat in folding chairs under a white canopy in a tiny park north of the central plaza. A small group of volunteers dressed head to toe in medical scrubs stood at a table nearby, gray hair protruding from behind their plastic face shields. Many of the children wore winter coats and knit caps. … Continue reading ““It’s Consumed Our Lives”: Volunteers Step In as Border Patrol Drops Migrants Off in Tiny Arizona Towns”

Israel May Have Destroyed Iranian Centrifuges Simply by Cutting Power

The explosion and blackout at the Natanz nuclear facility in Iran over the weekend raised the specter of past sabotage — including the Stuxnet cyberattack that took out some of Natanz’s centrifuges between 2007 and 2010 as well as an explosion and fire that occurred there last July — destroying about three-fourths of a newly … Continue reading “Israel May Have Destroyed Iranian Centrifuges Simply by Cutting Power”

The Journalist and the Whistleblower

The Federal Bureau of Investigations headquarters is seen in Washington, D.C., on October 24, 2019. Photo: Elise Swain/The Intercept When I became a reporter, I was surprised to discover a trait that I had never before recognized in myself. People liked to talk to me. They liked to talk to me so much that they … Continue reading “The Journalist and the Whistleblower”

Chicago Awaits Video of Police Killing of 13-Year-Old Boy

The city of Chicago is on edge, haunted by its past and fearful of what lies ahead, for once again a police officer has killed a child on its streets. On March 29 in Little Village, a predominantly Latino neighborhood on the West Side, police pursued and fatally shot 13-year-old Adam Toledo in what the … Continue reading “Chicago Awaits Video of Police Killing of 13-Year-Old Boy”

Minneapolis Curfew Sows Confusion For Those With Covid Vaccine Appointments

Following the killing of Daunte Wright by police in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center, authorities were expecting unrest in the Twin Cities on Monday evening. So state, county, and city government officials took what has become a familiar tack to keep protests at bay: setting a widespread curfew after 7 p.m. local time. The curfew, which … Continue reading “Minneapolis Curfew Sows Confusion For Those With Covid Vaccine Appointments”

Sen. Mark Kelly Is Emerging as an Obstacle to the PRO Act

Sen. Mark Kelly has resisted co-sponsoring a major piece of labor law reform legislation known as the PRO Act, with him citing a policy of not endorsing measures that don’t also have Republican support, according to sources familiar with the reasoning provided to advocates of the bill. Winning Kelly’s support for the legislation is crucial, … Continue reading “Sen. Mark Kelly Is Emerging as an Obstacle to the PRO Act”

Biden Looks to Extend Trump’s Bolstered Mandatory Minimum Drug Sentencing

The Biden administration is expected to announce support this week for the temporary extension of a Trump-era policy expanding mandatory minimum sentencing to cover a range of fentanyl-related substances. More than 100 civil rights, public health, and criminal justice advocacy groups sent a letter last week urging Congress and President Joe Biden to oppose any … Continue reading “Biden Looks to Extend Trump’s Bolstered Mandatory Minimum Drug Sentencing”

The Long Shadow of Virginia’s Death Penalty

On a rainy Wednesday afternoon in late March, a stream of cars pulled up to a checkpoint at the Greensville Correctional Center, just outside the rural town of Jarratt, Virginia. An employee with the Virginia Department of Corrections inspected driver’s licenses and took temperatures, then waved each vehicle up a narrow road toward the parking … Continue reading “The Long Shadow of Virginia’s Death Penalty”

A Billionaire-Funded Website With Ties to the Far Right Is Trying to “Cancel” University Professors

When Pete Hatemi, a political science professor at Pennsylvania State University, got an email from a student he didn’t know asking him to become a faculty adviser for a conservative group on campus, he did some research on the organization, Young Americans for Freedom, and quickly decided that he wanted nothing to do with them. … Continue reading “A Billionaire-Funded Website With Ties to the Far Right Is Trying to “Cancel” University Professors”

Research Says Facebook’s Ad Algorithm Perpetuates Gender Bias

New research from a team at the University of Southern California provides further evidence that Facebook’s advertising system is discriminatory, showing that the algorithm used to target ads reproduced real-world gender disparities when showing job listings, even among equally qualified candidates. In fields from software engineering to sales to food delivery, the team ran sets of ads … Continue reading “Research Says Facebook’s Ad Algorithm Perpetuates Gender Bias”

Inside the Winning Fight for Reparations in Athens, Georgia

Within the bounds of a block in Athens, Georgia, three high-rise dorms stand where 50 Black families used to live. The dorms were built in the 1960s as part of the federal government’s urban renewal program, which empowered cities and colleges to seize property in the name of so-called slum clearance. As the University of … Continue reading “Inside the Winning Fight for Reparations in Athens, Georgia”

Republicans Are Poised to Gerrymander Their Way Back to the Majority

If Democrats manage to escape the traditional midterm curse and don’t drop a single vote from 2020 to 2022, they would still lose control of the House of Representatives simply as a consequence of Republican gerrymandering following the census. Unless, that is, there’s a change to current laws or an overwhelming Democratic wave on par … Continue reading “Republicans Are Poised to Gerrymander Their Way Back to the Majority”

Pro-Cop PAC Tried to Fundraise by Blaming George Floyd for His Own Death

A political action committee working to elect pro-police candidates to state and local office apologized last week for sending a fundraising email that blamed George Floyd for his own death. The Protect Our Police PAC formed in Philadelphia last June after nationwide protests against police brutality with the goal of ousting Larry Krasner, the city’s reformist … Continue reading “Pro-Cop PAC Tried to Fundraise by Blaming George Floyd for His Own Death”

Howard Dean Pushes Biden to Oppose Generic Covid-19 Vaccines for Developing Countries

Howard Dean, the former progressive champion, is calling on President Joe Biden to reject a special intellectual property waiver that would allow low-cost, generic coronavirus vaccines to be produced to meet the needs of low-income countries. Currently, a small number of companies hold the formulas for the Covid-19 vaccines, limiting distribution to many parts of … Continue reading “Howard Dean Pushes Biden to Oppose Generic Covid-19 Vaccines for Developing Countries”

Rep. Veronica Escobar: “Stephen Miller Should be Behind Bars” for Role in Trump Immigration Policy

The architect of the Trump administration’s immigration policy, Stephen Miller, “belongs in prison,” Rep. Veronica Escobar, a Democrat from Texas, said during an interview for The Intercept’s podcast Deconstructed. Miller, a White House adviser and longtime aide to former Sen. Jeff Sessions, was instrumental in implementing President Donald Trump’s child separation policy, which drew international outrage … Continue reading “Rep. Veronica Escobar: “Stephen Miller Should be Behind Bars” for Role in Trump Immigration Policy”

A Big New Idea to End the Border Crisis

  Earlier this week Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware led a congressional delegation to a Texas immigration detention facility housing children who arrived unaccompanied at the border. Also on the trip was Rep. Veronica Escobar of Texas, who joins Ryan Grim to talk about the present and future of U.S. immigration policy. Transcript coming soon. … Continue reading “A Big New Idea to End the Border Crisis”

New York’s Historic Relief Fund for “Excluded Workers” May Leave Some Behind

Ana Patricia, a 46-year-old woman originally from Mexico, had been working for years as a bathroom attendant at a restaurant in Manhattan’s Little Italy when, last March, Covid-19 cases began to soar and hospitals filled up with the dying and the dead. The owner told the staff that they were going to be taking two … Continue reading “New York’s Historic Relief Fund for “Excluded Workers” May Leave Some Behind”

Months After Biden Promised to End Support for Yemen War, Congress Still Has No Details

More than two months after President Joe Biden announced that he would end “all American support for offensive operations in the war in Yemen, including relevant arms sales,” his administration has yet to detail what forms of support the U.S. has cut off. Biden made the commitment in a February address, but he also promised to … Continue reading “Months After Biden Promised to End Support for Yemen War, Congress Still Has No Details”

Law Students Denounce Chevron’s Law Firm Over Steven Donziger Case

On Day 608 of his house arrest, Steven Donziger was pacing in his kitchen. Spring was springing outside the window of his Upper West Side apartment, where the temperature had just shot up into the 60s. Nearby, Central Park was filling with picnickers and people tossing Frisbees. But Donziger, the attorney who won an $8.6 billion judgement … Continue reading “Law Students Denounce Chevron’s Law Firm Over Steven Donziger Case”

Brazilian Congress Setting Up Corporations to Cut Covid-19 Vaccine Line

With Brazil’s public health crisis dramatically worsening, the country’s business leaders and their allies in government are rewriting the rules to secure preferential access to scarce Covid-19 vaccines. Both Congress and the judiciary, with the support of President Jair Bolsonaro, have taken steps in recent weeks to allow private corporate purchases and distribution of vaccines. … Continue reading “Brazilian Congress Setting Up Corporations to Cut Covid-19 Vaccine Line”

NYPD “Goon Squad” Manual Teaches Officers to Violate Protesters’ Rights

When thousands of New Yorkers poured into the city’s streets last summer following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, they were met with the very police violence they had come to protest. In the days following Floyd’s death, and then again during protests last fall, New York police arrested hundreds of people, many … Continue reading “NYPD “Goon Squad” Manual Teaches Officers to Violate Protesters’ Rights”

The Democratic Party’s Consultant Factory

In a 2018 House Democratic primary, Gina Ortiz Jones fought her way through a crowded field of congressional hopefuls and emerged as the nominee to take on the vulnerable incumbent, Republican Rep. Will Hurd, in Texas’s 23rd District. She seemed like the perfect candidate, as if molded in a lab: an openly gay Iraq war … Continue reading “The Democratic Party’s Consultant Factory”

Cops Crowdfunded Their K-9’s Hospital Bills — Then Quietly Admitted They Had Shot Him

“Police K9 — and Tik Tok star — gets lifesaving surgery at OSU after he was shot twice,” read one headline from an ABC affiliate in Oregon this January. “Thurston County Sheriff K-9 Arlo back home after undergoing surgery in Oregon,” read another. “Right now a police dog and an armed driver are in the hospital … Continue reading “Cops Crowdfunded Their K-9’s Hospital Bills — Then Quietly Admitted They Had Shot Him”

Chauvin Defense Witness Faces Lawsuit of His Own Over Death of Black Teenager in Police Custody

Nearly two years before George Floyd was pinned under the knee of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, Anton Black was pinned to the ground by police outside his home in Greensboro, Maryland. On September 15, 2018, body camera footage captured the 19-year-old struggling under the weight of multiple officers, laboring to breathe and crying … Continue reading “Chauvin Defense Witness Faces Lawsuit of His Own Over Death of Black Teenager in Police Custody”

From Coyotes to Coffin Ships: Joe Biden and the Border

  If Joe Biden is looking for inspiration on immigration policy, he might look to a speech he gave in 2013 when he was inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame. The then-vice president talked of how his own ancestors found refuge in the U.S. and how the immigration policies of the time made … Continue reading “From Coyotes to Coffin Ships: Joe Biden and the Border”

Why the Idaho GOP Wants to Ban Anti-Racist and Anti-Sexist Education

The rotunda at the Idaho Capitol is seen in Boise, Idaho, on Jan. 6, 2020. Photo: Otto Kitsinger/AP Idaho is one of the whitest states in the country. Ninety-three percent of its current population is white. It is rich in white supremacist history — home of the once powerful Aryan Nations and a go-to destination … Continue reading “Why the Idaho GOP Wants to Ban Anti-Racist and Anti-Sexist Education”

Pipeline Company Issues Broad Subpoena to News Site That Covered Protests Against It

Last week, members of the nonprofit news organization Unicorn Riot received a subpoena from the pipeline giant Energy Transfer seeking a wide range of documents, including newsgathering materials that would identify sources. The subpoena is part of an aggressive, yearslong legal effort launched by Energy Transfer in the wake of the Standing Rock movement, when thousands … Continue reading “Pipeline Company Issues Broad Subpoena to News Site That Covered Protests Against It”

Soldier Says She Was Sexually Assaulted by 22 Troops at Oklahoma Base

The Army is investigating a possible series of sexual assaults of a female soldier at the Army training base in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, a commander at the base told press yesterday. The investigation, according to a military official with direct knowledge, is scrutinizing allegations of multiple assaults against the soldier by 22 service members. Video … Continue reading “Soldier Says She Was Sexually Assaulted by 22 Troops at Oklahoma Base”

LexisNexis to Provide Giant Database of Personal Information to ICE

The popular legal research and data brokerage firm LexisNexis signed a $16.8 million contract to sell information to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to documents shared with The Intercept. The deal is already drawing fire from critics and comes less than two years after the company downplayed its ties to ICE, claiming it was … Continue reading “LexisNexis to Provide Giant Database of Personal Information to ICE”

Last-Minute Trump Rule Would Let Vaccine Makers Hike Prices Unchecked

Pfizer, Moderna, and other coronavirus vaccine makers have said repeatedly that they intend to hike prices on vaccines as early as this year, as the potential need for additional booster shots and future demand could lead to an unprecedented financial windfall.One estimate projects that if Pfizer raised the price of its coronavirus vaccine from $19.50 … Continue reading “Last-Minute Trump Rule Would Let Vaccine Makers Hike Prices Unchecked”

Right-Wing State Legislators Make Unprecedented Attack on Trans Kids

Jodi Womack holds a sign that reads “We Love Our Trans Youth” during a rally at the Alabama State House to draw attention to anti-transgender legislation in Montgomery, Ala., on March 30, 2021. Photo: Julie Bennett/Getty Images Conservatives are obsessed with nonexisting children. This is nothing new: The paranoia is a central tenet of the … Continue reading “Right-Wing State Legislators Make Unprecedented Attack on Trans Kids”

Trump’s EPA Helped Erase Records of Almost 270,000 Pounds of Carcinogenic Pollution

The Environmental Protection Agency under the Trump administration invited companies to retroactively amend emissions records of a deadly carcinogenic chemical. This week on Intercepted: Investigative reporter Sharon Lerner explains how 270,000 pounds of the chemical ethylene oxide vanished from the public record right after the EPA determined that it was more toxic than previously known. … Continue reading “Trump’s EPA Helped Erase Records of Almost 270,000 Pounds of Carcinogenic Pollution”

Amazon’s Twitter Army Was Handpicked for “Great Sense of Humor,” Leaked Document Reveals

Amazon’s small Twitter army of “ambassadors” was quietly conceived in 2018 under the codename “Veritas,” which sought to train and dispatch select employees to the social media trenches to defend Amazon and its CEO, Jeff Bezos, according to an internal description of the program obtained exclusively by The Intercept. Amazon ambassadors drew attention this week … Continue reading “Amazon’s Twitter Army Was Handpicked for “Great Sense of Humor,” Leaked Document Reveals”

Big Chunks of Corporate Tax Cuts End Up in Executives’ Pockets

“This new law will provide tax incentives for companies to expand and create jobs by investing in plants and equipment,” proclaimed President George W. Bush in 2002 as he signed the Job Creation and Worker Assistance Act. “This measure will mean more job opportunities for workers in every part of our country.” As Bush promised, … Continue reading “Big Chunks of Corporate Tax Cuts End Up in Executives’ Pockets”

Document: Amazon Security Staff Reported Its Own Hostile Tweets as “Suspicious,” Fearing They’d Been Hacked

After Amazon’s public relations account sent a number of tweets taunting public officials, staffers were so concerned about the “unnecessarily antagonistic” tone that a security engineer filed a suspicious activity report, believing that the company’s social media account had been hacked, according to internal company documents obtained by The Intercept. One tweet, responding to Rep. … Continue reading “Document: Amazon Security Staff Reported Its Own Hostile Tweets as “Suspicious,” Fearing They’d Been Hacked”

Catching Covid-19 at a Covid-19 Vaccine Production Facility

Chris Shanyfelt has worked a lot of jobs. From the Google data center outside Omaha to steel mills in Pittsburgh, he has been a traveling inside wireman — a union electrician — for over a decade. This past year has been a lot lighter than others; between the general downturn in construction as well as … Continue reading “Catching Covid-19 at a Covid-19 Vaccine Production Facility”

Chuck Schumer Eyes a Second Shot at Raising the Minimum Wage Through Reconciliation

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is considering putting a $15 minimum wage into the next reconciliation package, which will be focused on infrastructure, multiple sources familiar with the New York senator’s thinking told The Intercept. Senate Democrats attempted to include the wage hike in President Joe Biden’s Covid-19 relief package, but the Senate parliamentarian ruled … Continue reading “Chuck Schumer Eyes a Second Shot at Raising the Minimum Wage Through Reconciliation”

After Nearly Half Century Behind Bars, Elderly Black Panther Denied Parole

Illustration: Clay Rodery for The Intercept Sundiata Acoli is 84 years old and has been in prison for nearly half a century. When the state of New Jersey locked him up in 1974, Acoli was not sentenced to die behind bars; he has been eligible for parole for almost three decades. The much-loved father and … Continue reading “After Nearly Half Century Behind Bars, Elderly Black Panther Denied Parole”

An All-White Jury Sent Rayford Burke to Death Row. Will North Carolina’s Efforts to Make Amends Be Enough?

In the early spring of 1993, an all-white jury in Statesville, North Carolina, sentenced Rayford Burke, a 35-year-old Black man, to death. Burke was the ninth man sent to death row in North Carolina that year — 23 more were to follow — and his fate was decided quickly. It took less than two hours … Continue reading “An All-White Jury Sent Rayford Burke to Death Row. Will North Carolina’s Efforts to Make Amends Be Enough?”

One Man Is Standing in the Way of an Investigation into Cuomo’s Nursing Home Scandal

Over the past two months, two scandals have subsumed the administration of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo: the state’s gross mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic, especially in the state’s nursing homes, and the governor’s reported harassment of several women around him. But the state attorney general has launched a formal investigation into only one of those … Continue reading “One Man Is Standing in the Way of an Investigation into Cuomo’s Nursing Home Scandal”

Oscars Face Stark Choice Over War Movie “Quo Vadis, Aida?”

Jasna Djuricic starring as Aida, a U.N. translator, in the movie “Quo Vadis, Aida?” directed by Jasmila Zbanic. Still: Super LTD If a war movie focuses on the killing of civilians rather than the courage of soldiers, can it win an Academy Award? The conventional wisdom — “that’s improbable” — may be upended by a wrenching … Continue reading “Oscars Face Stark Choice Over War Movie “Quo Vadis, Aida?””

The Border Patrol Is Dropping Migrant Families in Arizona Desert Towns With Little Capacity to Receive Them

The rural Arizona border community of Gila Bend declared a state of emergency this week following a significant change in U.S. Border Patrol operations that has the agency dropping migrant families off in tiny desert towns with scarce resources to receive them. “It’s 30 miles to the next type of town — and that’s 30 … Continue reading “The Border Patrol Is Dropping Migrant Families in Arizona Desert Towns With Little Capacity to Receive Them”

Memo: Party Boss Asked Progressive Philadelphia Judicial Candidate to Drop Out

Philadelphia’s Democratic Party boss suggested that a local judicial candidate end her campaign in exchange for his support for a future judgeship appointment, according to a memo drafted by the candidate and obtained by The Intercept. Party leadership is challenging Court of Common Pleas judicial candidate Caroline Turner’s petition to make it onto the ballot. … Continue reading “Memo: Party Boss Asked Progressive Philadelphia Judicial Candidate to Drop Out”

Jim Crow Tactics on Full Display in Georgia as Black Legislator Arrested for Knocking on a Capitol Door

State Rep. Park Cannon is placed into the back of a patrol car after being arrested by Georgia state troopers at the Georgia Capitol in Atlanta on March 25, 2021. Photo: Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP State Rep. Park Cannon probably didn’t expect to be arrested for knocking on a door in the Georgia Capitol. … Continue reading “Jim Crow Tactics on Full Display in Georgia as Black Legislator Arrested for Knocking on a Capitol Door”

Daniel Ellsberg on Biden and Whistleblowers

  In his first press conference as president, Joe Biden decided not to address his decision to continue to seek the extradition of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange from the United Kingdom. The outcome of the Assange case could set a major new precedent on press freedom, yet the press largely seems uninterested in it. Ryan … Continue reading “Daniel Ellsberg on Biden and Whistleblowers”

Documents Show Amazon Is Aware Drivers Pee in Bottles and Even Defecate En Route, Despite Company Denial

In anticipation of Sen. Bernie Sanders’s scheduled trip to Bessemer, Alabama, to support the unionization drive by Amazon workers there, Amazon executive Dave Clark cast the $1 trillion behemoth as “the Bernie Sanders of employers” and taunted: “So if you want to hear about $15 an hour and health care, Senator Sanders will be speaking … Continue reading “Documents Show Amazon Is Aware Drivers Pee in Bottles and Even Defecate En Route, Despite Company Denial”

Andrew Cuomo’s Infamous Opsec Avoids Paper Trails. Will It Be Enough?

A few short months after his reign as a national media darling, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo now finds himself at the center of a swirl of investigations. The scandals revolve around his administration’s efforts to conceal the death toll resulting from a decision to send coronavirus-infected older adults back to nursing homes and a growing … Continue reading “Andrew Cuomo’s Infamous Opsec Avoids Paper Trails. Will It Be Enough?”

Asylum-Seekers Expelled by Biden Administration Say They Feel Deceived

“Bienvenidos a Miami,” the woman in the black jacket mouthed bitterly. Welcome to Miami. An official said this mockingly to her and her fellow passengers, she recalled — all Central American parents with young children — as the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement plane descended. They had departed from Brownsville, Texas, but they knew they weren’t in … Continue reading “Asylum-Seekers Expelled by Biden Administration Say They Feel Deceived”