Trump Prepares to Execute Christopher Vialva for a Crime He Committed as a Teenager

Lisa Brown was visiting federal death row for the first time when she caught a glimpse of a man she’d seen only on the news. He was pale and recognizably ex-military, with a basic training buzzcut. It was Timothy McVeigh. “Oh my God, he’s real. That was the first thing that came to my mind,” … Continue reading “Trump Prepares to Execute Christopher Vialva for a Crime He Committed as a Teenager”

As the West Burns, the Trump Administration Races to Demolish Environmental Protections

As wildfires destroy millions of acres in California, Oregon, and Washington, and an unprecedented series of hurricanes cause historic flooding in the South, leaving parts of the region uninhabitable, the Trump administration has been racing to reverse rules designed to prevent exactly these kinds of climate disasters. Throughout his presidency, Donald Trump has presided over the rollback … Continue reading “As the West Burns, the Trump Administration Races to Demolish Environmental Protections”

Firefighters Union, a Key Biden Ally, Confronts a Barr Investigation and Trump’s Pardon Power

In August 2016, Ed Kelly, a young rising star in the Massachusetts labor movement, won his bid to become General Secretary-Treasurer of the International Association of Fire Fighters, or IAFF: the union representing 320,000 firefighters and paramedics across the U.S and Canada. The position is the second most powerful in the union, behind the presidency, … Continue reading “Firefighters Union, a Key Biden Ally, Confronts a Barr Investigation and Trump’s Pardon Power”

North Carolina Nurses Win Union in Landslide After Bitter Opposition

In a dramatic victory for the beleaguered American labor movement, 1,800 nurses at Asheville, North Carolina-based Mission Hospital will now be represented by a union, National Nurses United, as officials finished counting votes early Thursday morning. The victory is the largest at a nonunion hospital in the South since 1975, and is the first private … Continue reading “North Carolina Nurses Win Union in Landslide After Bitter Opposition”

The Long, Disgraceful History of American Attacks on Brown and Black Women’s Reproductive Systems

In front of a small crowd of activists and media, city workers remove a statue of J. Marion Sims, a surgeon and medical pioneer in the field of gynecology, from its perch on the edge of Central Park on April 17, 2018 in Harlem, New York. Photo: Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images Forced sterilization of … Continue reading “The Long, Disgraceful History of American Attacks on Brown and Black Women’s Reproductive Systems”

Fool Me Twice: How Democrats Risk Repeating the Mistakes of the Financial Crisis in the Era of Covid-19

Subscribe to the Deconstructed podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Radio Public, and other platforms. New to podcasting? Click here.   As the U.S. economy was spiraling out of control in 2008 and 2009, economist James Galbraith predicted that an insufficiently large stimulus would lead to a prolonged recession. He was right, and today … Continue reading “Fool Me Twice: How Democrats Risk Repeating the Mistakes of the Financial Crisis in the Era of Covid-19”

A Progressive Prosecutor Faces Off With Portland’s Aggressive Police

When Mike Schmidt took office as Multnomah County’s new prosecutor, Portland was two months into a wave of protests that continues to this day. Schmidt, a progressive who won a landslide victory in the county that includes Portland, Oregon, was scheduled to take office next January, but his predecessor announced early retirement days into the … Continue reading “A Progressive Prosecutor Faces Off With Portland’s Aggressive Police”

Indigenous Activists Arrested and Held Incommunicado Following Border Wall Protest

Two Indigenous women who were arrested by federal agents while attempting to block border wall construction in southern Arizona last week say they were chained and held incommunicado by the government without access to a phone call or lawyer for nearly 24 hours. Nellie Jo David and Amber Ortega visited the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument … Continue reading “Indigenous Activists Arrested and Held Incommunicado Following Border Wall Protest”

“He Just Empties You All Out”: Whistleblower Reports High Number of Hysterectomies at ICE Detention Facility

A whistleblower complaint filed this week with the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General alleges that high rates of hysterectomies — sometimes without what the complaint called “proper informed consent” — have been performed on women detained in a privately owned immigration jail in Georgia. The complaint, filed by the human rights … Continue reading ““He Just Empties You All Out”: Whistleblower Reports High Number of Hysterectomies at ICE Detention Facility”

Trump Scoffs at Plea to Take Climate Change Seriously Amid Fires, Mocks Science Instead

Donald Trump laughed during a briefing on the deadly wildfires in California on Monday, refusing to take seriously the scientific consensus that climate change is a major factor in the blazes currently making it hard to breath along the entire west coast of the United States. In a tense exchange at an air base used … Continue reading “Trump Scoffs at Plea to Take Climate Change Seriously Amid Fires, Mocks Science Instead”

A Slate of Insurgents Is Taking on the “Delaware Way”

Since at least the early 1800s, Delaware’s political establishment has been guided by an ethos known today as “the Delaware Way.” The state is small, and its inner circle of leaders tiny. Cooperation, including between the two parties, is the order of the day. Spoken and unspoken pacts have long greased transitions as politicians move … Continue reading “A Slate of Insurgents Is Taking on the “Delaware Way””

At Homeland Security, Anti-Muslim Activist Katharine Gorka Maintained Ties With Islamophobes

In October 2018, Clare Lopez, a far-right activist and longtime top figure at the anti-Muslim group Center for Security Policy, wrote to a senior official at the Department of Homeland Security expecting a receptive audience. After all, the recipient of the email was Katharine Gorka, a former senior adviser in the Department’s Office of Policy, whose tenure in … Continue reading “At Homeland Security, Anti-Muslim Activist Katharine Gorka Maintained Ties With Islamophobes”

“A Silent Pandemic”: Nurse at ICE Facility Blows the Whistle on Coronavirus Dangers

A nurse at the Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia is speaking out about a host of dangerous medical practices at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility amid the coronavirus outbreak. The whistleblower, Dawn Wooten, says that Irwin, which is run by the private corporation LaSalle Corrections, has underreported Covid-19 cases, knowingly placed staff and … Continue reading ““A Silent Pandemic”: Nurse at ICE Facility Blows the Whistle on Coronavirus Dangers”

The Old Consensus Dies in Latin America

This week on SYSTEM UPDATE, guest host Victor Pougy talks to Benjamin Fogel, contributing editor at Jacobin and PhD candidate in Latin American history, about the political turmoil in Brazil, Colombia and Mexico, and how it relates to political decisions made in Washington. The post The Old Consensus Dies in Latin America appeared first on … Continue reading “The Old Consensus Dies in Latin America”

Amid Terror Warnings, Railroad Industry Group Passed Intel on Environmental Journalist to Cops

Environmental reporter Justin Mikulka was unnerved as he scanned through the pages. “A friend had contacted me and said that he had found some documents with my name in them,” Mikulka recalled to The Intercept. “He told me I really had to see them for myself.” Mikulka did see for himself. Descriptions of the journalist … Continue reading “Amid Terror Warnings, Railroad Industry Group Passed Intel on Environmental Journalist to Cops”

Operation Legend Is Bringing Surveillance Tech to Cities

In August, 40 federal agents arrived in Memphis. Some were already on the ground by the time U.S. Attorney Michael Dunavant announced the onset of Operation Legend and the city became, along with St. Louis, the seventh to be targeted by the Justice Department’s heavy-handed initiative to reduce violent crime. Many of the agents are … Continue reading “Operation Legend Is Bringing Surveillance Tech to Cities”

Georgia Democrat Drops Out, Paving the Way for QAnon Candidate to Enter Congress

A sign showing support for Marjorie Taylor Greene is seen on a vehicle outside an election watch event, late Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Rome, Ga. Photo: AP/Mike Stewart. Marjorie Taylor Greene, the Republican nominee for Congress in northern Georgia who has expressed support for QAnon, may end up winning her seat on a balk because her … Continue reading “Georgia Democrat Drops Out, Paving the Way for QAnon Candidate to Enter Congress”

Blueleaks Documents Bolster Whistleblower Account of Intelligence Tampering at Homeland Security

If Chad Wolf, the man currently running the largest law enforcement agency in the country, had any idea of what was coming, he didn’t show it. On Wednesday, the acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security stood before his colleagues and delivered the 2020 “State of the Homeland Address,” detailing the many ways in … Continue reading “Blueleaks Documents Bolster Whistleblower Account of Intelligence Tampering at Homeland Security”

Rhode Island’s Progressive Wave Was Four Years in the Making

In the summer of 2016, two years before Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ousted Joe Crowley in New York and kicked off a national insurgency in the Democratic Party, progressives in Rhode Island were organizing one of their own. With the help of the Working Families Party, which began in New York City but had been slowly expanding … Continue reading “Rhode Island’s Progressive Wave Was Four Years in the Making”

Surveillance in an Era of Pandemic and Protest

LIVE: Monday, September 21 at 3 p.m. ET As this summer of pandemic and racial justice protests draws to a close, Naomi Klein will host a landmark conversation between Shoshana Zuboff, author of “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism,” and Simone Browne, author of “Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness.” The three authors will discuss how … Continue reading “Surveillance in an Era of Pandemic and Protest”

The Political Revolution Comes to the Statehouse

Subscribe to the Deconstructed podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Radio Public, and other platforms. New to podcasting? Click here.   Progressive candidates won big in this week’s Rhode Island primaries, thanks in large part to an array of left-wing organising groups that have sprung up there in the last few years to promote … Continue reading “The Political Revolution Comes to the Statehouse”

3,000 Dead on 9/11 Meant Everything. 200,000 Dead of Covid Means Nothing. Here’s Why.

A supporter of President Donald Trump wears a Trump mask in Miami, Florida, on May 10, 2020. Photo: Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images Lots of people have ridiculed President Donald Trump for telling Bob Woodward that he “wanted to always play [Covid-19] down … because I don’t want to create a panic.” That’s hilarious, because Trump obviously … Continue reading “3,000 Dead on 9/11 Meant Everything. 200,000 Dead of Covid Means Nothing. Here’s Why.”

Oregon Police Beg Public to Stop Calling In False Reports Blaming Antifa for Wildfires

Four police departments in parts of Oregon ravaged by wildfires are pleading with the public to stop calling 911 to pass on unfounded rumors that antifascist political activists have intentionally set the blazes. The false claims have been spread on social networks by supporters of President Donald Trump, who has spent months pretending that antifascists … Continue reading “Oregon Police Beg Public to Stop Calling In False Reports Blaming Antifa for Wildfires”

Once a Police Union Ally, Democratic House Candidate Pitches Herself as a Reformer

In June, after the House passed the Justice in Policing Act, the former mayor of Tacoma, Washington, Marilyn Strickland, released a statement in support of police reform. “The tragic deaths of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Manny Ellis have reinforced that today’s legislation is long past due,” she said. “While no bill will solve the … Continue reading “Once a Police Union Ally, Democratic House Candidate Pitches Herself as a Reformer”

FBI’s “Hamas” Sting Against Boogaloo Boys Was So Absurd That Even Hamas Spoke Out Against It

On August 29, in a Minnesota hotel room, Michael Solomon, a pudgy 30-year-old man with a brown scraggly beard, and his pimply faced 22-year-old friend Benjamin Teeter handed over a “drop-in auto sear”: a special part used to convert a gun to fully automatic fire. Solomon and Teeter were accompanied by two men they believed … Continue reading “FBI’s “Hamas” Sting Against Boogaloo Boys Was So Absurd That Even Hamas Spoke Out Against It”

Bill Barr Says Insulting a Rape Accuser Was Part of Trump’s Official Duties

E. Jean Carroll at her home in Warwick, NY, on June 21, 2019. Photo: Eva Deitch/The Washington Post/Getty Images On Tuesday, the Department of Justice moved to replace President Donald Trump’s private legal team to defend the accused rapist in a defamation suit brought by author E. Jean Carroll. Last year, Carroll credibly accused Trump … Continue reading “Bill Barr Says Insulting a Rape Accuser Was Part of Trump’s Official Duties”

Trump’s Execution Spree Continues at Federal Killing Ground in Indiana

Sister Barbara Battista entered the death chamber and walked toward Keith Nelson as he lay strapped down to the gurney. Wearing an N95 mask and a light blue T-shirt, she carried anointing oil, a book of psalms, and tucked inside it, a handbill labeled Execution Prayer Service. The room was small and sterile, lined with pale … Continue reading “Trump’s Execution Spree Continues at Federal Killing Ground in Indiana”

The Sunrise Movement, a Growing Electoral Force, Faces “Painful Moment”

In September 2019, Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey found himself 14 points behind his primary challenger, Rep. Joe Kennedy. Kennedy, more than three decades younger than Markey, positioned himself as a fresh voice for the Senate, representing a diverse coalition. Markey, the co-sponsor of the Green New Deal in the Senate, saw his political career was … Continue reading “The Sunrise Movement, a Growing Electoral Force, Faces “Painful Moment””

Covid-19 Workers’ Comp Claims Are Being Held Up or Denied

Virginia Ligi started to feel really sick in the middle of her 16-hour shift in April as a corrections officer in Hartford, Connecticut. A week before, she had called her doctor because she was having trouble tasting and smelling, but he told her not to worry. Then she started to feel lightheaded and dizzy and … Continue reading “Covid-19 Workers’ Comp Claims Are Being Held Up or Denied”

In California’s Wine Country, Undocumented Grape Pickers Forced to Work in Fire Evacuation Zones

As wildfire smoke billowed into the wine-producing region of Sonoma County, California, workers continued harvesting grapes, day and night. Even in evacuation zones, where the safety threat from flames was severe enough for officials to ask residents to leave the area, the county agriculture commissioner invited workers to continue laboring in the fields, doling out evacuation-area … Continue reading “In California’s Wine Country, Undocumented Grape Pickers Forced to Work in Fire Evacuation Zones”

Journalism’s New Propaganda Tool: Using “Confirmed” to Mean its Opposite

One of the most humiliating journalism debacles of the Trump era played out on December 8, 2017, first on CNN and then on MSNBC. The spectacle kicked off on that Friday morning at 11:00 a.m. when CNN, deploying its most melodramatic music and graphics designed to convey that a real bombshell was about to be dropped, announced that anonymous sources had … Continue reading “Journalism’s New Propaganda Tool: Using “Confirmed” to Mean its Opposite”

As the Coronavirus Descended on the Border, the Trump Administration Escalated Its Crackdown on Asylum

A short walk from the border, in the Mexican city of Nogales, Sonora, sits a modest building packed with long, cafeteria-style tables. The comedor, as it’s known locally, is clean and inviting, with space for up to 60 guests. The walls are decorated with hand-painted images of Christ and his apostles, done in the style … Continue reading “As the Coronavirus Descended on the Border, the Trump Administration Escalated Its Crackdown on Asylum”

Greystone Nursing Homes, Whose Executives Gave $800,000 to Trump, Are Epicenters of Covid-19 Deaths

In August of 2018, the Department of Housing and Urban Development faced the biggest default in its history. Rosewood Homes, which operated a chain of nursing homes in Illinois, defaulted on a $146 million mortgage that was backed by HUD. The Greystone-backed owner had to pay over $3 million in fines to HUD and the … Continue reading “Greystone Nursing Homes, Whose Executives Gave $800,000 to Trump, Are Epicenters of Covid-19 Deaths”

Amid Coronavirus, Trump Moved to Expel Immigrants — But Border Patrol Didn’t Test Any of Them

U.S. Border Patrol appeared to get the coronavirus pandemic under control early: As of May, the agency had only reported a single confirmed case of Covid-19 among those in its custody. There’s a simple reason, however, that the agency’s numbers were so low: Between March and early May, as the pandemic began to rage, the … Continue reading “Amid Coronavirus, Trump Moved to Expel Immigrants — But Border Patrol Didn’t Test Any of Them”

Markey Won. Morse Lost. What Happens Next?

Subscribe to the Deconstructed podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Radio Public, and other platforms. New to podcasting? Click here.   This week all eyes were on a pair of hard-fought Democratic primaries in Massachusetts. Senator Ed Markey staved off a primary challenge from Joe Kennedy III, while the progressive mayor of Holyoke, Alex … Continue reading “Markey Won. Morse Lost. What Happens Next?”

Senate Report Shows What Mueller Missed About Trump and Russia

When Donald Trump traveled to Moscow in November 1996, looking for real estate development opportunities, he didn’t get a hotel deal in Moscow, but he may have found a new woman, and the Russian government probably knew about it, according to the Senate Intelligence Committee’s remarkable new report on the committee’s three and a half … Continue reading “Senate Report Shows What Mueller Missed About Trump and Russia”

Massachusetts Hopeful Alex Morse Couldn’t Overcome Homophobic Smear

On the march toward full equality for the LGBTQ community, the presidential campaign of Pete Buttigieg was a landmark moment. The openly gay mayor of South Bend, Indiana’s connection with Democratic primary voters brought him a win in the Iowa caucuses, a second-place finish in New Hampshire, and enough cache that his surprise departure and … Continue reading “Massachusetts Hopeful Alex Morse Couldn’t Overcome Homophobic Smear”

Joe Biden Promises a Moral Renewal for the U.S. Here’s Where He Can Start.

A Yemeni man looks at graffiti protesting against U.S. drone strikes on Sept. 19, 2018 in Sana’a, Yemen. Photo: Mohammed Hamoud/Getty Images If there has been a silver lining to Donald Trump’s presidency, it’s that it’s been an impetus for some form of national self-reflection in the liberal establishment. That urge has manifested itself in … Continue reading “Joe Biden Promises a Moral Renewal for the U.S. Here’s Where He Can Start.”

Ed Markey Beats Back Senate Challenge from Joe Kennedy

In one of the most widely watched Democratic primaries of the 2020 cycle, on Tuesday night 74-year-old Sen. Ed Markey cruised to victory against 39-year-old Rep. Joe Kennedy. The win represented the first time a Kennedy has ever lost an election in Massachusetts, and now with his House seat also on the ticket tonight, he’ll soon … Continue reading “Ed Markey Beats Back Senate Challenge from Joe Kennedy”

Rebuilding the Economy Will Require Joe Biden to Think Very Differently Than 2009

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks on the third plank of his “Build Back Better” economic recovery plan for working families, on July 21, 2020, in New Castle, Del. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images Joe Biden’s invocation of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal, in the opening words of his convention acceptance speech, offered a flash of hope … Continue reading “Rebuilding the Economy Will Require Joe Biden to Think Very Differently Than 2009”

Doorbell Cameras Like Ring Give Early Warning of Police Searches, FBI Warned

The rise of the internet-connected home security camera has generally been a boon to police, as owners of these devices can (and frequently do) share footage with cops at the touch of a button. But according to a leaked FBI bulletin, law enforcement has discovered an ironic downside to ubiquitous privatized surveillance: The cameras are … Continue reading “Doorbell Cameras Like Ring Give Early Warning of Police Searches, FBI Warned”

Online lenders are preying on desperate borrowers and could trigger a new consumer financial crisis

The economic cataclysm brought on by the coronavirus caught American consumers in an extremely precarious position — one that was evident well before more than 50 million people filed for unemployment. By the end of last year, Americans had racked up nearly $4.2 trillion in consumer debt, not including mortgage debt — a record high. The … Continue reading “Online lenders are preying on desperate borrowers and could trigger a new consumer financial crisis”

How William Barr Is Weaponizing the Justice Department to Help Trump Win

On August 13, a day after President Donald Trump again charged that Democrats’ efforts to expand mail-in voting due to the pandemic will create “the greatest rigged election in history,” U.S. Attorney General William Barr too made unfounded and conspiratorial-sounding claims. Barr told Sean Hannity on Fox News that Democrats’ drive seeking to expand mail-in … Continue reading “How William Barr Is Weaponizing the Justice Department to Help Trump Win”

The UFT Will Vote on Whether to Authorize a Strike Over School Reopening

Amid a still active pandemic, decades of underfunded schools with poor ventilation, and poor planning by the New York City Department of Education, the United Federation of Teachers is taking its first step toward something it hasn’t done for 45 years: strike. The UFT’s Executive Board is scheduled to vote Monday on strike action, teachers … Continue reading “The UFT Will Vote on Whether to Authorize a Strike Over School Reopening”

The Thin Blue Line Between Violent Pro-Trump Militias and Police

The videos that preceded Anthony Huber’s killing on the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin, are jarring. Among the most chilling is one from the parking lot of an auto repair shop. Several shots ring out. In the distance, you see the gunman in jeans and a green T-shirt. A man rushes up behind him. The gunman … Continue reading “The Thin Blue Line Between Violent Pro-Trump Militias and Police”

The Social Fabric of the U.S. is Fraying Severely if not Unravelling

Today’s episode of SYSTEM UPDATE that explores this topic — the data demonstrating this unravelling, the factors causing it, and the consequences from it — will debut at 2:00 p.m. ET on The Intercept’s YouTube channel. The year 2020 has been one of the most tumultuous in modern American history. To find events remotely as … Continue reading “The Social Fabric of the U.S. is Fraying Severely if not Unravelling”

Drug Companies Continue to Shed Liability for Rushed Coronavirus Treatments

Despite experts’ repeated warnings that rushing a vaccine for Covid-19 could endanger hundreds of millions of people, President Donald Trump has made it clear that he wants to fast track a vaccine. His plan, reportedly, is to bypass regulatory standards in order to have a vaccine ready before Election Day. Such a move could bolster … Continue reading “Drug Companies Continue to Shed Liability for Rushed Coronavirus Treatments”

Some Teachers Are Being Required to Come to School — to Teach Virtually

Kathy Rokakis, a 62-year-old high school French teacher in Michigan, is dreading her return to school next week. Students in her Wayne County school district — Plymouth-Canton Community Schools — were originally going to be given the option to return to in-person classes or do remote learning, but earlier this month her school board voted … Continue reading “Some Teachers Are Being Required to Come to School — to Teach Virtually”

Is QAnon the Future of the Republican Party?

Subscribe to the Deconstructed podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Radio Public, and other platforms. New to podcasting? Click here.   QAnon is a far-ranging conspiracy theory that alleges, among other things, that a patriotic Trump supporter (or supporters) embedded in the highest levels of the U.S. government has been using internet forums to … Continue reading “Is QAnon the Future of the Republican Party?”

Protesters in Multiple States Are Facing Felony Charges, Including Terrorism

Prosecutors and lawmakers in several states have responded to mass protests against police brutality by charging demonstrators with committing felonies, including terrorism charges. The trend of criminalizing protest has been on the uptick since the 2016 protests against the Dakota Access pipeline at Standing Rock, during and after which numerous states upped charges for protests … Continue reading “Protesters in Multiple States Are Facing Felony Charges, Including Terrorism”