The DCCC Is Stepping Up for Two Left Candidates While Progressive Groups Step Back

In the wake of the 2018 House midterms, a piece of conventional wisdom solidified in Washington: The new progressive insurgency was a genuine threat in deep-blue districts, where grassroots organizing and small dollars could propel candidates, like the freshmen who made up “the Squad,” through primaries. But candidates with similar politics weren’t able to win … Continue reading “The DCCC Is Stepping Up for Two Left Candidates While Progressive Groups Step Back”

Fed Lending Saved Corporate America. It Could Do the Same for Cities and States.

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump slammed the door on the possibility of another Covid-19 relief package, announcing that his administration would withdraw from negotiations until after the election. While he’s since followed up with an offer to pass parts of the bill, the development has dire consequences for unemployed workers, struggling small businesses, and state and … Continue reading “Fed Lending Saved Corporate America. It Could Do the Same for Cities and States.”

The House Just Passed Another “Save Our Seas” Act. Here’s Why It Won’t.

The Save Our Seas 2.0 Act purports to offer a bipartisan solution to the unthinkable amount of plastic — 11 million metric tons, a figure predicted to nearly triple by 2040 — that enters the ocean every year. It seems Congress would agree. On Thursday, the federal bill was expedited to the floor of the House of … Continue reading “The House Just Passed Another “Save Our Seas” Act. Here’s Why It Won’t.”

ICE Admits Wrongful Deportation of Guatemalan Man

In a flagrant and seemingly unprecedented violation of U.S. due process, a Central American man has been extrajudicially deported by ICE before having his scheduled day in immigration court. His illegal expulsion happened during an action that sent scores of detainees from Louisiana to Guatemala on an airplane, after they had tested positive for the … Continue reading “ICE Admits Wrongful Deportation of Guatemalan Man”

The Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature Should Refuse to Accept It

Video cameras at a press conference to announce the winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature at the Swedish Academy in Stockholm, Sweden, on October 13, 2016. Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty images I don’t know who will win this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature, but I know what they should say when their phone rings … Continue reading “The Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature Should Refuse to Accept It”

Mitch McConnell Put the Senate in Recess. What Happens Now?

The Senate went into recess Monday afternoon following the news that at least three Republican senators were waylaid with Covid-19. It was the latest in an ongoing parliamentary battle whose outcome could shape both the judiciary and the Senate for years to come. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had a near-invincible upper hand in the … Continue reading “Mitch McConnell Put the Senate in Recess. What Happens Now?”

Homeland Security Wants to Erase Its History of Misconduct

Agencies under the Department of Homeland Security have been accused of performing forced hysterectomies on detained immigrants, deporting witnesses to systemic sexual abuse in immigration detention, and defying federal court orders to halt deportations. They have separated children from their families at the border, used the Covid-19 pandemic as justification to turn them back altogether, … Continue reading “Homeland Security Wants to Erase Its History of Misconduct”

The Unprecedented and Illegal Campaign to Eliminate Julian Assange

Over the 17 days of Julian Assange’s extradition hearing in London, prosecutors succeeded in proving both crimes and conspiracy. The culprit, however, was not Assange. Instead, the lawbreakers and conspirators turned out to be the British and American governments. Witness after witness detailed illegal measures to violate Assange’s right to a fair trial, destroy his … Continue reading “The Unprecedented and Illegal Campaign to Eliminate Julian Assange”

Trump Returns to White House Unmasked, Risking Lives to Record Video on Behalf of Virus

As soon as he returned to the White House on Monday, President Donald Trump risked the lives of staffers by removing his mask and spending the next several minutes talking at them, recording a public disservice announcement urging Americans to disregard warnings about the severity of Covid-19, the coronavirus disease he is currently infected with, … Continue reading “Trump Returns to White House Unmasked, Risking Lives to Record Video on Behalf of Virus”

Trump Appointee to VOA Reporters: Criticizing Trump Is a Conflict of Interest

Amid allegations of political interference at Voice of America, a Trump ally who heads the outlet’s parent agency has issued restrictive policy guidelines on conflicts of interest that would require journalists who are publicly critical of government agencies to recuse themselves from covering that agency. As an example, it says journalists who “like” a social media … Continue reading “Trump Appointee to VOA Reporters: Criticizing Trump Is a Conflict of Interest”

Texas Voter Suppression Tactics Recall the Jim Crow Era

Pam Johnson Gaskin learned early last week that the election administrator in Fort Bend County, Texas, had decided to add four locations where voters can hand-deliver their absentee ballots, several of which were going to be outside to minimize voters’ chances of being exposed to the coronavirus. “I was like, Oh thank you, Jesus. Protesting … Continue reading “Texas Voter Suppression Tactics Recall the Jim Crow Era”

100,000 Ballot Requests Were Invalidated in Iowa After Courts Sided With Trump Campaign

In 2018, Democrats won three of Iowa’s four congressional districts, picked up five seats in the state House, and lost the governor’s race by less than 3 points. The state has only trended more Democratic since, giving the party real hope that its six electoral votes could wind up in the camp of Joe Biden … Continue reading “100,000 Ballot Requests Were Invalidated in Iowa After Courts Sided With Trump Campaign”

Why Are Democrats Praying for the Speedy Recovery of a “Fascist Dictator”?

House Whip James Clyburn (D-SC), on CNN, August 2, 2020 The typical reaction to the death of a tyrant — whether by revolutionary violence or natural causes — is not one of grief and sadness but joyous celebration. It is not hard to understand why: when a nation and its oppressed citizenry are finally liberated from the suffocating, … Continue reading “Why Are Democrats Praying for the Speedy Recovery of a “Fascist Dictator”?”

First She Was Separated From Her Family, Now She’s Separated From School

Every weekday morning, a 12-year-old refugee named Génnezys logs into her seventh grade online classroom. She sits at a tiny table in a corner of her cluttered living room. Before logging in, she tapes her phone to a chair and dials my number on FaceTime. Once we’re connected, I peer into the screen of a … Continue reading “First She Was Separated From Her Family, Now She’s Separated From School”

The Real Cancel Culture: Pro-Israel Blacklists

This July, a group of over 150 artists and intellectuals issued a public letter in Harper’s Magazine warning of what they called a growing atmosphere of coerced ideological conformity in the U.S. Decrying an “intolerance of opposing views” and “a vogue for public shaming and ostracism,” the letter went on to add that “restriction of … Continue reading “The Real Cancel Culture: Pro-Israel Blacklists”

In Key Election for Climate, Sen. Steve Daines Deceives Montana on His Public Lands Record

On Tuesday, presidential debate moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News asked President Donald Trump, “Do you believe that human pollution — greenhouse gas emissions — contributes to the global warming of the planet?” “I think to an extent, yes, but I also think we have to do better management of our forests,” the president said. … Continue reading “In Key Election for Climate, Sen. Steve Daines Deceives Montana on His Public Lands Record”

Trump’s Turn From Immigration to the Enemy Within

Listening to Donald Trump describe the U.S. in 2016 was to hear a story of a nation in peril of losing its identity to waves of brown-skinned invaders. Immigration and the border, particularly the urgent need to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, dominated Trump’s campaign rhetoric. Once in office, the president’s top … Continue reading “Trump’s Turn From Immigration to the Enemy Within”

Pauline Binam Says She Never Gave ICE Doctor Consent to Remove Her Fallopian Tube

In 2018, Pauline Binam, a Cameroonian American woman held in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody at Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia, was approached by a friend of hers, who told her a horrifying story. The young woman from Mexico had undergone surgery to remove cysts in her ovaries and, when she woke … Continue reading “Pauline Binam Says She Never Gave ICE Doctor Consent to Remove Her Fallopian Tube”

Trump Tests Positive for Covid, 48 Hours After Mocking Biden for Wearing a Mask

After six months of refusing to follow his own government’s public health advice to wear a mask during the coronavirus pandemic, and just two days after mocking his opponent Joe Biden for routinely doing so, President Donald Trump tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday, contracting the illness spread by respiratory droplets. During the presidential debate … Continue reading “Trump Tests Positive for Covid, 48 Hours After Mocking Biden for Wearing a Mask”

Why You Should Care About the Extradition of Julian Assange

  Julian Assange’s impending extradition to the United States could set a dangerous new precedent in international law by allowing powerful governments to demand the handing-over of foreign journalists who publish information they deem damaging to their interests. Ryan Grim discusses the Assange case with Kevin Gosztola of Shadowproof. Then, Dana Gottesfeld describes the plight … Continue reading “Why You Should Care About the Extradition of Julian Assange”

Michael McCaul Launches $1 Million Ad Campaign, Featuring Anti-Black Lives Matter Cop, in Competitive Texas Race

Early in the morning of July 23, 1999, more 10 percent of the Black population of Tulia, Texas, was handcuffed and arrested, pulled out of their homes in front of television crews and wrongfully charged with dealing cocaine. Many of them served years in prison for a crime it is now widely understood they did … Continue reading “Michael McCaul Launches $1 Million Ad Campaign, Featuring Anti-Black Lives Matter Cop, in Competitive Texas Race”

Panic Over Mail-in Voting Only Feeds Trump’s Chaos, Says Top Pennsylvania Democrat

President Donald Trump spent a decent portion of his stage time during Tuesday night’s debate raising questions about the integrity of the voting process in general, but zeroed in on one of his must-win states: Pennsylvania. A U.S. prosecutor working under Trump had already generated confusion in the state with a wildly inappropriate press release … Continue reading “Panic Over Mail-in Voting Only Feeds Trump’s Chaos, Says Top Pennsylvania Democrat”

A Message from the Future II: The Years of Repair

Do we even have a right to be hopeful? With political and ecological fires raging all around, is it irresponsible to imagine a future world radically better than our own? A world without prisons? Of beautiful, green public housing? Of buried border walls? Of healed ecosystems? A world where governments fear the people instead of … Continue reading “A Message from the Future II: The Years of Repair”

New Arab Pro-Democracy Group Founded by Jamal Khashoggi Faces an Uphill Battle in D.C.

A person holds a banner of Jamal Khashoggi during a symbolic funeral prayer for the Saudi journalist in Istanbul on Nov. 16, 2018. Photo: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images On Tuesday, the human rights initiative Democracy in the Arab World Now reintroduced itself to the world. On its face, the organization bears some resemblance to other such … Continue reading “New Arab Pro-Democracy Group Founded by Jamal Khashoggi Faces an Uphill Battle in D.C.”

Trump Campaign Looks to Make Good On Poll-Watching Threat in Philadelphia

The morning after President Donald Trump called for his supporters to “carefully watch” voting sites, his presidential campaign requested that Philadelphia immediately allow them to appoint poll watchers at early-voting centers. Early voting in Philadelphia began on Tuesday. The city opened six early-voting sites at new satellite election offices and another at City Hall where … Continue reading “Trump Campaign Looks to Make Good On Poll-Watching Threat in Philadelphia”

Crumbling Case Against Assange Shows Weakness of “Hacking” Charges Related to Whistleblowing

By 2013, the Obama administration had concluded that it could not charge WikiLeaks or Julian Assange with crimes related to publishing classified documents — documents that showed, among other things, evidence of U.S. war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan — without criminalizing investigative journalism itself. President Barack Obama’s Justice Department called this the “New York … Continue reading “Crumbling Case Against Assange Shows Weakness of “Hacking” Charges Related to Whistleblowing”

Human Rights Watch Details NYPD Attack on Peaceful Protesters

New York police deliberately assaulted dozens of peaceful protesters, medics, and legal observers in one of this summer’s most violently repressed protests, trapping people in the streets past a city-imposed curfew before beating and arresting them in what Police Commissioner Dermot Shea described as “a plan which was executed nearly flawlessly.” At least 236 people … Continue reading “Human Rights Watch Details NYPD Attack on Peaceful Protesters”

Five Years Later, Soldiers Convicted of Executing Women and Children in Cameroon

The cold-blooded video shows Cameroonian soldiers marching two women and two children down a road. The soldiers make the women kneel on the ground. One of the soldiers gestures to a young girl and says, “Yes. Little girl, come here,” directing her to stand next to her mother. He then pulls the girl’s shirt over her … Continue reading “Five Years Later, Soldiers Convicted of Executing Women and Children in Cameroon”

Neo-Fascist Proud Boys Exult Over Trump Telling Them to “Stand By,” Not Stand Down

President Donald Trump thrilled members of the violent far-right gang known as the Proud Boys on Tuesday when he responded to a question from debate moderator Chris Wallace, about whether he would be willing to tell white supremacists and militia groups that support him to stand down, by instead telling that group to “stand back … Continue reading “Neo-Fascist Proud Boys Exult Over Trump Telling Them to “Stand By,” Not Stand Down”

Excess Mortality Data Shows Trump Is Lying About Covid Being More Deadly in Europe

Without once citing a source for the statistic, President Donald Trump has complained at least 20 times since early August about the media refusing to report his claim that the Covid-19 pandemic has been far more deadly in Europe than in the United States. Reporters were right not to trust the president, because Americans have … Continue reading “Excess Mortality Data Shows Trump Is Lying About Covid Being More Deadly in Europe”

Philadelphia Activists on Verge of Historic Win for Public Housing

The Ridge Avenue headquarters for the Philadelphia Housing Authority is hard to miss. The newly renovated $45 million building in North Philadelphia is the newest office on the block, with floor-to-ceiling windows and life-sized blue and green block letters spelling out its acronym. It sits just across the street from boarded-up buildings and a vacant … Continue reading “Philadelphia Activists on Verge of Historic Win for Public Housing”

Did the White House Stop the EPA From Regulating PFAS?

The chemicals are linked to cancer, reproductive and developmental harm, liver problems, and immune dysfunction. They stay in the body for years — and persist in the environment indefinitely. And they’ve contaminated thousands of sites around the country, including hundreds where the military used firefighting foam laced with the chemicals. Yet somehow the industrial compounds … Continue reading “Did the White House Stop the EPA From Regulating PFAS?”

Unredacted FBI Document Sheds New Light on White Supremacist Infiltration of Law Enforcement

The FBI has long been concerned about the infiltration of law enforcement by white supremacist groups and its impact on police abuse and tolerance of racism, the unredacted version of a previously circulated document reveals. The FBI threat assessment report was released by Rep. Jamie Raskin, chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform’s … Continue reading “Unredacted FBI Document Sheds New Light on White Supremacist Infiltration of Law Enforcement”

Rep. Dan Crenshaw’s Coronavirus Rhetoric Has Put His Seat at Risk

Rep. Dan Crenshaw has spent much of the pandemic playing down the threat of the coronavirus, mocking Democrats and health professionals for overreaction, and broadly using Covid-19 as an opportunity to, as they say, own the libs. But the outspoken Texas freshman does not serve in a solidly Republican district, and the explosion of cases … Continue reading “Rep. Dan Crenshaw’s Coronavirus Rhetoric Has Put His Seat at Risk”

Launch Event: “A Message From the Future II — The Years of Repair”

LIVE: Thursday, October 1 at 3 p.m. ET “A Message From the Future II: The Years of Repair” is an animated short film that dares to dream of a future in which 2020 is a historic turning point, where the lessons of the Covid-19 pandemic and global uprisings against racism drive us to build back … Continue reading “Launch Event: “A Message From the Future II — The Years of Repair””

Proud Boys Rally Fizzled but Portland’s Cops Went on the Attack

The Proud Boys claimed that they would bring legions of dedicated patriots to the city of Portland, Oregon, in a powerful show of strength against their anti-fascist foes, but when the moment of truth came on Saturday, the right-wing gang failed to deliver. Despite weeks of hype and deep concerns over the possibility of severe … Continue reading “Proud Boys Rally Fizzled but Portland’s Cops Went on the Attack”

Trump’s Taxes: A Thousand Scandals in One

U.S. President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with Republican state attorneys general in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 23, 2020. Photo: Oliver Contreras/The New York Times/Bloomberg via Getty Images President Donald Trump’s taxes, revealed at last by the New York Times on Sunday, are not a scandal. … Continue reading “Trump’s Taxes: A Thousand Scandals in One”

Prisoners Describe Official Missteps at the Center of Michigan’s Worst Coronavirus Outbreak

Thomas Shulick prayed inside a church at the end of July at the Muskegon Correctional Facility in Michigan. He had regularly attended services since joining a faith-based dormitory at the prison for inmates within a few years of their release date. Men from the prison’s other units were also in attendance, all wearing face masks. … Continue reading “Prisoners Describe Official Missteps at the Center of Michigan’s Worst Coronavirus Outbreak”

Democrats Need to Wake Up: The Trump Movement Is Shot Through With Fascism

President Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a campaign rally at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Latrobe, Pa., on Sept. 3, 2020. Photo: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images Allegations of involuntary hysterectomies conducted on people in a migrant detention center? Record numbers of children going to bed hungry? The revelation that President Donald Trump sat on his hands … Continue reading “Democrats Need to Wake Up: The Trump Movement Is Shot Through With Fascism”

How a Canadian Mining Company Infiltrated the Guatemalan State

It was often when Rosa Elbira Coc Ich was cooking lunch in the communal outdoor kitchen of Lote Ocho, a village in Guatemala, that the helicopters would fly overhead, the gusts of air from their deafening rotor blades scattering her tomatoes, beans, herbs, and tortillas over the reddish-brown soil. The helicopters would hover just above … Continue reading “How a Canadian Mining Company Infiltrated the Guatemalan State”

Progressives Wrestle With How to Address Allegations of Mistreatment in San Francisco Race

A fierce debate over the congressional campaign of Shahid Buttar is roiling San Francisco’s Bay Area progressive circles, dividing clubs and leftist organizations along increasingly hardened lines. A fight that began with unsupported accusations of sexual harassment, as well as claims of misogyny and sexism, has shifted to a debate over how voters and activist … Continue reading “Progressives Wrestle With How to Address Allegations of Mistreatment in San Francisco Race”

Feds Are Tapping Protesters’ Phones. Here’s How To Stop Them.

Federal agents from the Department of Homeland Security and the Justice Department used “a sophisticated cell phone cloning attack—the details of which remain classified—to intercept protesters’ phone communications” in Portland this summer, Ken Klippenstein reported this week in The Nation. Put aside for the moment that, if the report is true, federal agents conducted sophisticated … Continue reading “Feds Are Tapping Protesters’ Phones. Here’s How To Stop Them.”

Donald Trump Keeps Saying He Won’t Accept the Election Result. Are People Finally Starting to Listen?

  Fears are growing, stoked by the president’s own comments, that he will refuse to peacefully leave office should he lose the election in November. How concerned should we be, and what can we do to make sure we’re prepared? Joshua Geltzer, Georgetown law professor and a former member of President Obama’s National Security Council, … Continue reading “Donald Trump Keeps Saying He Won’t Accept the Election Result. Are People Finally Starting to Listen?”

How the Protests Upended Portland’s Mayoral Race

Portland, Oregon, Mayor Ted Wheeler was all but sure of a second term in office when he won nearly half the votes in a crowded Democratic primary in May. But he fell just short of the 50 percent plus one vote needed to secure his seat, which forced him into a November runoff against his … Continue reading “How the Protests Upended Portland’s Mayoral Race”

Memo Laying Out Supreme Court Delay Tactics Circulates Among Senate Democrats

As Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer faces increasing pressure from Democrats around the country to use every tool at his disposal to oppose the Republican effort to push through a Supreme Court nominee before the election, one question has bedeviled activists: What exactly is possible? A memo circulating on Capitol Hill, put together by several … Continue reading “Memo Laying Out Supreme Court Delay Tactics Circulates Among Senate Democrats”

With Chamber of Commerce Defections, a GOP Mainstay Finds Allies Among Democrats

The slow migration of the elite wing of the Republican Party into the Democratic fold saw its most pronounced movement earlier this month when the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, long an appendage of the GOP, overcame internal dissension to endorse 23 vulnerable House Democrats for reelection, along with a slate of 30 Democratic congressional candidates … Continue reading “With Chamber of Commerce Defections, a GOP Mainstay Finds Allies Among Democrats”

Washington Congressional Race Lays Bare Democratic Divide on Tackling Climate Crisis

Against a backdrop of fires that have burned over 600,000 acres in Washington state, the climate crisis is becoming an important issue in the congressional race between two Democrats in the state’s 10th Congressional District, which includes Olympia and the surrounding area. State Rep. Beth Doglio, a supporter of the Green New Deal, is facing … Continue reading “Washington Congressional Race Lays Bare Democratic Divide on Tackling Climate Crisis”

Mysterious QAnon Conspiracy Theory Mailings Spook Minneapolis Suburbs

Around lunchtime on Monday, Minnesota resident Luke Healy found a surprise waiting in his mailbox. Along with bills and junk mail was an envelope addressed to “Resident Neighbor.” Inside were 15 glossy prints depicting memes popularized by supporters of the QAnon conspiracy theory, which holds that a government agent called “Q” dribbles clues about the … Continue reading “Mysterious QAnon Conspiracy Theory Mailings Spook Minneapolis Suburbs”

How QAnon Conspiracy Theories Spread in My Colorado Hometown

Earlier this summer, I noticed this alarming shift in my Facebook feed. Childhood friends and old high school acquaintances began plastering my timeline with posts referring to a satanic cabal of pedophile elites, including hysterical, unfounded claims about the proliferation of child sex trafficking and cultural or political efforts to “normalize” pedophilia.  During the pandemic, … Continue reading “How QAnon Conspiracy Theories Spread in My Colorado Hometown”

Facebook Sued Over Kenosha Killings

When 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse killed two Black Lives Matter protesters (and wounded a third) in late August in Kenosha, Wisconsin, he instantly became a hero in white nationalist circles, in which the Second Amendment is sacrosanct. On Wednesday, Rittenhouse and the members of the armed militias that supported him, including the Kenosha Guard and Boogaloo … Continue reading “Facebook Sued Over Kenosha Killings”