“The Gargoyle Hunters” is a love letter to New York City

The Gargoyle Hunters by John Freeman Gill (Credit: Penguin Random House) Excerpted from “The Gargoyle Hunters“ by John Freeman Gill. Copyright © 2017 by John Freeman Gill. Excerpted by permission of Vintage. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. New York puts you… Read More

The day Johnny Cash’s voice walked in the door

(Credit: Getty/Bloomsbury Publishing/Salon) Cash built his mythic self to fit his actual voice, behaving as if it had arrived from somewhere else, as if the voice (like a flame) had traveled a great distance to get here. This was correct. As the story goes, Cash’s voice presented itself to him late in his adolescence. It… Read More

“Jessica Jones” tells every woman’s origin story

Krysten Ritter in “Jessica Jones” (Credit: Netflix/David Giesbrecht) Warning: This article discusses important details about season 2 of Netflix’s “Jessica Jones” in detail. Major spoilers ahead. Not long after my mother’s death I came undone, unexpectedly, for the first time. It happened in the middle of an interview that was bound to be triggering in… Read More

Who’s in and who’s out? Trump’s cabinet chaos

(Credit: AP Photo/Alex Brando) News reports of upheaval in the White House are almost certainly originating from the President Donald Trump himself, chief of staff John Kelly told reporters during an off-the-record briefing, Axios disclosed Friday. “Trump is talking to people outside the White House and that reporters are then talking to those people,” reporter… Read More

6 ways millennials will clean up the mess boomers left them

(Credit: AP Photo, File) Baby Boomers — my generation, born between 1946 and 1964 — dominated politics and the economy for years. There were just more Boomers than people of any other generation.  But that’s no longer the case. Now, the biggest generation is the Millennials, born between 1983 and 2000. Millennials are different from… Read More

Trump lawyer calls for end to Robert Mueller probe

Robert Mueller (Credit: Getty/Andrew Burton) President Donald Trump’s attorney John Dowd says it is time to “bring an end” to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The call, which was made Saturday to CNN, follows the firing of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe one day prior. “I pray that… Read More

“Counterpart”: a prime example of prestige TV in any universe

Nazanin Boniadi as Clare in “Counterpart” (Credit: Starz) On a college campus somewhere, a psych major with access to premium cable must be having a field day with analyzing “Counterpart.” I know this because I watched it with a psychologist, who pointed out the ways that “Counterpart” is staged around the Freudian concept of the… Read More

Injured nuclear workers finally had support. The Trump administration has mothballed it.

(Credit: AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi, File) Nearly three years ago, President Barack Obama responded to long-standing concerns that workers exposed to toxic chemicals at the country’s nuclear weapons labs were not receiving proper compensation. Obama created an advisory board to be composed of scientists, doctors and worker advocates. Their recommendations have led to significant changes, including… Read More

Why people like to listen to music during sex

(Credit: Artem Furman via Shutterstock) Some scientists think musicians behave a lot like birds. Charles Darwin was one of the first researchers to put that theory down on paper. In 1871, the famed naturalist penned The Descent of Man, where he spends 10 pages dissecting why songbirds sing their songs, and another six asking why humans do… Read More

Can the red-blue partisan divide be overcome? Bernie Sanders thinks so

Bernie Sanders (Credit: Getty/Alex Wong) Last weekend, Sen. Bernie Sanders traveled to Texas with a very clear message for progressives in the state: that Texas, long one of the most conservative states in the country, can go blue. “If you in Texas are prepared to work hard, stand up, fight back, go out to your… Read More

Republicans take another swing at Obamacare

(Credit: AP/Alex Brandon) This article originally appeared in The Conversation. It is reprinted at Salon with permission.  Republicans in Congress spent much of 2017 seeking to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. After repeated attempts failed, they celebrated a victory with the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. While the tax… Read More

I wish I could quit you, Facebook

(Credit: Shutterstock) There’s a relationship advice book called “Too Good to Leave, Too Bad to Stay.” I can’t believe it’s not about Facebook. The social media behemoth has taken several well earned blows lately, most explosively regarding the reports this weekend of how analytics firm Cambridge Analytica mined information from as many as 50 million… Read More

The deepest-dwelling fish in the sea is small, pink and delicate

(Credit: AP) Thanks to movies and nature videos, many people know that bizarre creatures live in the ocean’s deepest, darkest regions. They include viperfish with huge mouths and big teeth, and anglerfish, which have bioluminescent lures that make their own light in a dark world. However, the world’s deepest-dwelling fish — known as a hadal… Read More

“Saturday Night Live” is trying to make sense of the White House turmoil

(Credit: YouTube/ Saturday Night Live) It’s been a tough week for the White House human resources department. And “Saturday Night Live” is there to chronicle it. With the dismissal of Andrew McCabe and Rex Tillerson in the same week, the legendary NBC program brought on some old stars to fill the roles of dearly departed staff… Read More

People are stranded in “transit deserts” in dozens of US cities

(Credit: Getty/Pavlina2510) Less than two months after President Donald Trump pledged in his State of the Union Address to “rebuild our crumbling infrastructure,” prospects look dim. The Trump administration is asking Congress for ideas about how to fund trillions of dollars in improvements that experts say are needed. Some Democrats want to reverse newly enacted… Read More

Andrew McCabe fired to be “discredited” as a witness: report

Andrew McCabe (Credit: AP/Jacquelyn Martin) U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe on Friday, rejecting an appeal that would have granted the veteran Justice Department official pension rights. The alleged issue that prompted the firing purports to be addressed in an unreleased report alleging that McCabe failed to be transparent about a conversation… Read More

David Letterman, Van Jones, Sarah Silverman and our empathy gap

Sarah Silverman; Van Jones; David Letterman (Credit: AP/Jordan Strauss/Evan Agostini/Getty/Leigh Vogel) During the March 10 edition of CNN’s “The Van Jones Show,” its host lamented that his “love army” approach keeps getting smacked down by people on his own team — folks who are tired of “going high,” to paraphrase Michelle Obama’s famous advice. “I’m tired,… Read More

Red State Founder Erick Erickson Quits Twitter

Hey, I’m not going to criticize anyone for leaving a social media platform. I’ve taken to closing my laptop for at least two hours per day and all day Sunday whenever possible. So I have no disagreement with Erickson’s description of Twitter at his newer blog “The Insurgent.” (Link goes to “The Insurgent”) The feedback… Read More

Stormy Daniels is a feminist hero

Stormy Daniels (Credit: AP/Damairs Carter/Salon) If American history has taught us one important lesson, it’s that sex scandals — in all their forms — can be more powerful than whispers of corruption when it comes to pushing a politician out of office. While this isn’t always the case, it seems to be true more times than not.… Read More

Latest administration bright idea: Let private companies oversee animal treatment

(Credit: Shutterstock) Trump’s Department of Agriculture, which took down online inspection reports about puppy mills last year and blocked a rule to reduce abuse of horses, is now looking to farm out animal inspections to organizations that could financially profit from writing mostly good reviews. The agency, headed by former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, who once worked as a veterinarian, wants more inspections… Read More

GOP Maine candidate who insulted Parkland survivors drops out of race

Republican Maine’s House of Representatives candidate Leslie Gibson has dropped out of the race for Maine’s House of Representatives, according to CNN. The move follows a backlash that ensued after he reportedly insulted two Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students, Emma González and David Hogg, who have become leaders in the movement for gun control… Read More

Blasting #BankLobbyistAct, Warren Unveils “The Ending Too Big to Jail Act” to Fight Wall Street Greed

Andrea Germanos, staff writerWith the Senate on the cusp of voting on a Wall Street deregulation bill, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Wednesday marked the 10-year anniversary of the financial crisis by unveiling l;legislation that—in contrast to the “Bank Lobbyist Act”—aims to stop fraud committed by financial institutions. Full Story Here Common Dreams.org March… Read More

Donald Trump confused about how government agencies work: report

(Credit: AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) The White House is like a house of cards under President Donald Trump. Rumors surface daily, even hourly, that someone else in the administration is on the chopping block. White House officials are reportedly at the point where they’re taking bets on who will be ousted next. But why? Perhaps Trump is fond of his days… Read More

Andrew McCabe kept memos on Trump meetings: report

Andrew McCabe (Credit: AP/Jacquelyn Martin) Memos are becoming a common theme in the Trump administration. The Associated Press reported on Saturday that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who was fired on Friday by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, kept memos of his meetings with President Donald Trump that could be useful to Special Counsel Robert… Read More

Teaching students how to dissent is part of democracy

(Credit: AP Photo/Julio Cortez) In scenes unprecedented in previous school shootings, the past few weeks have been marked by students taking to the streets, to the media, to corporations and elected officials in protest over gun practices and policies. Responses to these teens have been mixed. Some have celebrated their passion. Some concluded that the… Read More

Patients overpay for prescriptions 23% of the time, analysis shows

(Credit: AP Photo/Toby Talbot) [UPDATED at 12:40 p.m. ET on March 13] As a health economist, Karen Van Nuys had heard that it’s sometimes cheaper to pay cash at the pharmacy counter than to put down your insurance card and pay a copay. So one day, she asked her pharmacist how much her prescription would… Read More

5 reminders Trump lackey Katrina Pierson is completely unhinged

(Credit: AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) On Tuesday, Donald Trump’s new campaign manager, Brad Parscale, announced that Katrina Pierson would be joining Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign as a senior adviser. This isn’t Pierson’s first stint with the president; in 2016, Pierson worked as a national — and frequently controversial — spokeswoman for Trump’s presidential campaign. Parscale spoke of the decision to take Pierson… Read More

‘Mad Dog’ Mattis Urges Congress to Continue US Support for Saudi Arabia’s Destruction of Yemen

Jessica Corbett, staff writerWhile experts and anti-war activists are demanding Congress end U.S. complicity in Saudi Arabia’s war with Yemen—which has caused what the U.N. has called “the worst man-made humanitarian crisis of our time”—Trump Defense Secretary Gen. Jim “Mad Dog” Mattis is actively urging lawmakers to reject the bipartisan resolution that would do just that. Full Story Here Common Dreams.org… Read More

Trump Demanded NDA’s From All Staff; Now They May Have A Lawyer

Of course that’s why Scaramucci and Spicer and the rest of them haven’t run out of the White House into a yuuge book deal: Trump made them sign non-disclosure agreements. Ruth Marcus outlines this story in a Washington Post op-ed: In the early months of the administration, at the behest of now-President Trump, who was… Read More

Caught Admitting He Just Makes Stuff Up, Trump Doubles Down on False Claim Made to Trudeau About Trade Deficit

Jessica Corbett, staff writerAfter the Washington Post obtained a recording in which President Donald Trump bragged to donors about making up trade facts during a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Americans expressed concerns about Trump’s demonstrated tendency to lie alongside worries about how he will handle less friendly heads of state, such as North Korean leader Kim Jong… Read More

To Fend Off Progressive Primary Challenger Marie Newman, Anti-Choice Group Throws Big Money at Blue Dog Democrat

Jessica Corbett, staff writerNow that progressive primary challenger Marie Newman is “within striking distance” of ousting Blue Dog Democrat Rep. Dan Lipinski in Illinois’s 3rd District, a right-wing group that typically backs Republicans has made a “six-figure investment” in a “last-minute push” to bolster the anti-choice incumbent. Full Story Here Common Dreams.org March 19, 2018 4:36 pm… Read More

Build A Better Vocabulary (and Take Down Trump) With John Brennan!

John Brennan brings it with a mighty fine barrage of $5 words: When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known, you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history. You may scapegoat Andy McCabe, but you will not destroy America…America will triumph over… Read More

In #CallForPeace Address, Sanders Takes on Endless War and Global Oligarchy

Jake Johnson, staff writerIn a wide-ranging speech viewed by more than 11,000 people from over 30 countries, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Sunday commemorated the 15th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq by highlighting the war’s devastating consequences and issuing an urgent call for global solidarity and an agenda that pursues “peace, not war;… Read More

In Pictures and Video: Highlights From the #NationalStudentWalkout

Common Dreams staffStudents, parents, and teachers walked out of thousands of high schools across the country on Wednesday to demand legislative action to address gun violence in the United States. Full Story Here Common Dreams.org March 19, 2018 4:06 pm Support Us

Trump Chooses ‘Insufferable Wall Street Hack’ Larry Kudlow as Top Economic Adviser

Jake Johnson, staff writerOut with a former Wall Street executive, in with an “insufferable Wall Street hack.” Larry Kudlow—a right-wing television personality, former Reagan aide, and fervent believer in trickle-down economics—confirmed on Wednesday that he has accepted President Donald Trump’s offer to replace Gary Cohn as director of the National Economic Council. Full Story Here… Read More

Despite Unprecedented Year of Extreme Weather, FEMA Ditches Every Single Mention of ‘Climate’ From Four-Year Strategic Plan

Jessica Corbett, staff writerWhile 2017 was the costliest year ever for destruction from extreme weather events—and even as much of Puerto Rico is still struggling with a slow and “dehumanizing” recovery nearly six months after Hurricane Maria—a look at the new Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) four-year strategic plan for reveals there is not a single mention of “climate… Read More

In ‘Full-on War on Drugs Scare-Fest’, Trump Proposes Death Penalty and ‘Very, Very Bad’ Commercials

Julia Conley, staff writerIn his speech about his administration’s plan to combat the ongoing opioid epidemic that’s affected communities across the country, President Donald Trump on Monday pushed for “toughness”—but showed little understanding of the origins of the crisis and measures public health experts have advocated for to stop the deadly epidemic. Full Story Here… Read More

Right Wing Bonus Tracks: The Left Needs To Shut Up

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says his state’s 15-week abortion ban is all about protecting women and people of color: “We are going about protecting women, protecting minorities from being torn apart during one of these horrible, later-term abortions.” David Whitney has a warning: “It is quite clear that their agenda is to simply disarm the… Read More

Right Wing Round-Up: LGBTQ Students Are Like ISIS

Luke Barnes @ Think Progress: Trump political consultants admit to using sex workers to entrap opponents in explosive new video. Steve Benen @ The Maddow Blog: Will Republicans agree to protect Mueller from Trump? Alice Ollstein @ TPM: Trump Admin. Purging Civil Servants Suspected Of Disloyalty. Mark Joseph Stern @ Slate: Kris Kobach Is a… Read More

As Congressional Deadline Looms, California Unveils Strongest Net Neutrality Bill in US

Jake Johnson, staff writerWith the deadline for Congress to repeal the Republican-controlled FCC’s attack on net neutrality rapidly approaching, California lawmakers on Wednesday introduced what is being applauded as the “strongest and most comprehensive” state-level net neutrality bill in the nation. Full Story Here Common Dreams.org March 19, 2018 3:51 pm Support Us

15 Years After Invasion, Demands for Iraq War Reparations, New Global Peace Movement

Andrea Germanos, staff writerMarking the 15th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, a human rights and civil rights organization issued a renewed demand for reparations for survivors of the war and said a “new, global anti-war movement is needed more than ever.” Full Story Here Common Dreams.org March 19, 2018 3:36 pm Support Us

Mark Taylor: Those Who ‘Are Not On Board With God’s Vision’ Are Being Removed From The Trump Administration

Self-proclaimed “firefighter prophet” and right-wing conspiracy theorist Mark Taylor made another appearance on Greg Hunter’s “USAWatchdog” program over the weekend, where he explained that all of the turnover within the Trump administration is simply God removing people from office because they are not on board with His plan to use President Trump to save America.… Read More

The many times Trump lawyers and propagandists demanded Mueller be removed

Ty Cobb, who leads the personal legal team President Donald Trump assembled to respond to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, is blaming the media for questions about whether Trump plans to fire Mueller. There’s no reason for journalists to take that criticism seriously. Trump’s other lawyers have suggested that Mueller’s probe into the interactions between… Read More

BREAKING: Is Donald J. Trump maybe crazy or nuts?

MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2018 “Don’t ask, don’t tell,” scribes advise: Once again, people are wondering about the mental health of our current president. Over the weekend, Jonathan Chait offered a useful post which touched upon this topic. As he started, he compared a former well-known historical figure to our own current leader, Donald J. Trump:CHAIT… Read More

Politics And Reality Radio: Why Are White Guys Stockpiling Guns?

Elections have consequences. This week, we kick off with Maura Ewing, a writer-in-residence at the Fair Punishment Project, talking about her piece for Slate on Philadelphia’s newly elected District Attorney Larry Krasner and the “wild” and “unprecedented” criminal justice reforms he’s been rolling out in his first few months in office. Then we’re joined by… Read More

Missouri State Officials Headline Christian Nationalist Event

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley and Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft are among the “special guests” whose participation is being used to promote an event this week organized by the Missouri arm of Christian nationalist David Lane’s American Renewal Project.  Also listed on the invitation as a “special guest” is right-wing author and pundit Eric… Read More

BREAKING: The Atlantic didn’t like SNL!

TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 2018 The points we liberals may miss: David Sims didn’t like last weekend’s Saturday Night Live. He especially hated its opening sketch. The headlines on his piece at The Atlantic say this:The Toothlessness of Saturday Night Live’s Political HumorA sketch involving Robert Mueller appearing on The Bachelor was the latest indication of… Read More

BREAKING: Rachel Maddow gets it right!

MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2018 Also, was Clifford threatened? Last Thursday evening, a loud, sustained cheer went up from the Analyst Viewing Facility. Because it was during the 9 PM Eastern hour, we were somewhat puzzled. When we hurried into the cavernous hall, we were pleased to learn that an unnamed major cable news had very… Read More

Hannity Tells Trump A Fairytale On Fox And Friends

Guess who got their very own private TV show this morning! Ooh boy! .@seanhannity on @foxandfriends now! Great! 8:18 A.M. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 19, 2018 And Sean Hannity, playing to that audience of one, told little Donnie exactly the fairytale he wanted to hear: “I think you’re gonna see criminal charges against… Read More

Ex-Trump Staffers Can Tell The Truth About Him, But What Good Will It Do?

In The New York Times, Michelle Goldberg urges former Trump appointees to go public with the truth about the White House: Since the beginning of this nightmare administration, we’ve been assured — via well-placed anonymous sources — that a few sober, trustworthy people in the White House were checking Donald Trump’s worst instincts and most… Read More

In “Call for Peace” Address, Sanders Takes on Endless War and Global Oligarchy

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks onstage at CNN’s Jake Tapper in conversation with Bernie Sanders during SXSW at Austin Convention Center on March 9, 2018, in Austin, Texas. (Photo: Steve Rogers Photography / Getty Images for SXSW) You’ll never read “sponsored content” or “advertorial” stories at Truthout. That’s because we’re powered by readers: Donate today to… Read More

FEC Proposes New Rules for Digital Ad Disclosures

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) voted on Wednesday to move forward with new rules that would bump up disclosure requirements for certain political ads on platforms like Facebook and Google. The move comes as spending on the 2018 midterms is ramping up and as both lawmakers and digital platforms look to prevent continued foreign influence… Read More

Kushner Cos. Lied About Rent-Controlled Units To Make Profit

Remember when Jared was the “nice” one? Seems more like he takes after his felonious dad! Basically, the Kushner Companies lied to the city of New York when they bought apartment buildings in a gentrifying area of Queens. There were many rent-controlled units, which would really slow down their plans to sell the building. (Under… Read More

Mike Shoesmith: ‘I Believe Stephen Hawking Was Kept Alive By Demonic Forces’

On his radio program last week, Donald Trump-loving pastor, conspiracy theorist and birther Carl Gallups interviewed Mike Shoesmith, the executive editor of PNN News, who claimed that famed physicist Stephen Hawking was able to live for decades with ALS because he was being kept alive by demons. Shoesmith, who normally appears on Gallups’ program to… Read More

In the Midst of Worldwide Water Scarcity, an Artist Reminds Us, “We Are Water”

Installing “Desert Fountain” at the Albuquerque Museum. (Photo: Basia Irland) As anthropogenic climate disruption and human development progress, rivers are drying up and water scarcity has become the new norm. This climate dispatch features author, poet, sculptor and installation artist Basia Irland, whose work and activism eloquently weave in the critical threads of conservation and education, along… Read More

MELTDOWN: Trump Freaks Out After Getting Mueller’s Questions

The Mueller probe should never have been started in that there was no collusion and there was no crime. It was based on fraudulent activities and a Fake Dossier paid for by Crooked Hillary and the DNC, and improperly used in FISA COURT for surveillance of my campaign. WITCH HUNT! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)… Read More

FEMINIST HERO: Stephanie Clifford’s #MeToo story!

MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2018 Part 1—Perhaps too dumb to prevail: When Donald J. Trump fires Robert Mueller, will the center hold? Will the center push back, reinforcing American norms? The chances are good that it won’t. The chances are good that we will learn, at that time, that our basic expectations and norms are “lost,… Read More

Trey Gowdy Warns Trump On Robert Mueller: ‘Let Him Do His Job’

Trey Gowdy joined Fox News Sunday to talk all things Mueller and Trump and he had a pretty strong view of how things should go…departing from many of his colleagues in the Republican Party. Started off talking about the House Intel Committee and whether he supports their findings. Based on the interviews conducted, and not… Read More

Mike’s Blog Round Up

Lance Mannion: Trump is their revenge. The Rectification of Names: David Brooks’ Lamb Chop. Zen Comix: Carrion. Balkinization: Stormy Daniels and New York Times Co. v. Sullivan. This installment by Batocchio. E-mail tips to mbru AT crooksandliars DOT com. Full Story Here Crooks and Liars March 19, 2018 6:21 am Support Us

How Health and Education Journalists Can Turn Privacy Laws to Their Advantage

by Annie Waldman For decades, the Judge Rotenberg Center, a school for children with developmental and behavior disorders in Canton, Mass., employed brutal methods to discipline students, including electric shock therapy. My colleague, Heather Vogell, and I anticipated that government data on student complaints would shed light on the school’s practices, but realized that student… Read More

C&L’s Late Nite Music Club With Tyvek

A legendary notorious Michigan pothole claimed ny front tire. The solution was simple. Throw on the temporary spare then take the flat one in and get it fixed or replaced, right? Nah, things could not be that easy. What are you listening to tonight? Full Story Here Crooks and Liars March 18, 2018 9:20 pm… Read More

Carl Bernstein: Trump Determined To Stop Mueller

CNN’s Carl Bernstein tells Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter that people close to Trump are saying he’s determined to shut down the Mueller investigation. BERNSTEIN: He’s said that all along and he’s determined to shut it down. Those who are closest to him will tell you it’s very hard to stop his rages, especially in… Read More

Sen. Rand Paul Promises To Filibuster Pompeo, Haspel Nominations

Sen Rand Paul (R-KY) likes to think of himself as a principled iconoclast in a party of lemmings. Perhaps the reality of his principled stands are slightly less critical than in his mind, but let’s not be picky on this point. Because Paul told host Jake Tapper on State of the Union that he opposes… Read More

Jimmy Kimmel Filing A Federal Complaint About Trump Store

Jimmy Kimble of late night fame went and bought a mess of stuff at the Trump sons’ store. Come to find out, most of it wasn’t made in America, like the MAGA people preach. In fact, two of the items did not have a country of origin listed, which is a problem. Kimmel said such… Read More

Jimmy Kimmel Filing A Federal Complaint About Trump Store

Jimmy Kimble of late night fame went and bought a mess of stuff at the Trump sons’ store. Come to find out, most of it wasn’t made in America, like the MAGA people preach. In fact, two of the items did not have a country of origin listed, which is a problem. Kimmel said such… Read More

Report: Sources Contradict Sessions’ Testimony He Opposed Russian Outreach

Pretty ironic that this is the guy who just fired Andrew McCabe for not being “candid” with investigators. This isn’t the first time Sessions has been accused of lying to Congress. Here’s the latest from Reuters: Exclusive: Sources contradict Sessions’ testimony he opposed Russia outreach: U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ testimony that he opposed a… Read More

Trump’s Personal Lawyer Calls on the Department of Justice to Kill Mueller Probe

Attorney John Dowd exits the Daniel Patrick Moynihan US Courthouse March 8, 2011, in New York City. (Photo: Yana Paskova / Getty Images) In an email to The Daily Beast on Saturday following Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ late-night firing of former Deputy Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe, John Dowd — President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer — called on Deputy… Read More

Appeals Court Reverses Decision Stopping Bayou Bridge Pipeline Work Through Cypress Swamp

The empty construction site for the Bayou Bridge pipeline through the Atchafalaya Basin February 25, the day after a district judge granted an injunction halting work. (Photo: Julie Dermansky) This week the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a federal judge’s temporary injunction halting work on the Bayou Bridge pipeline within Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Basin. In a 2-1 vote the higher… Read More

Donald Trump Is Determined to Privatize the Department of Veterans Affairs

President Donald Trump and Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin speak during a Veterans Affairs Department “telehealth” event in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on Thursday, August 3, 2017. (Photo: Jabin Botsford / The Washington Post via Getty Images) The news, commentary and analysis published at Truthout are vital to the… Read More

SNL Cold Open: Anderson Cooper Covers White House Turmoil

Well, the good news for Trump is that they didn’t bother booking Alec Baldwin to play him tonight for SNL’s cold open. The bad news is that the skit instead was chockful of other favorites–Alex Moffat as Anderson Cooper, Kate McKinnon as Jeff Sessions, John Goodman as Rex Tillerson, Bill Hader as The Mooch, and… Read More

#MeToo Behind Bars: When the Sexual Assaulter Holds the Keys to Your Cell

(Image: ostill, Piyathep / Shutterstock; Edited: JR / TO) As the #MeToo movement grows, it’s important to remember that in jails and prisons across the country, incarcerated people — especially trans and gender nonconforming persons — are daily subject to sexual harassment, abuse and assault. The abuse, often at the hands of staff who hold… Read More

BREAKING: This is where the discourse goes!

SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 2018 Brooke Baldwin, report to the madhouse: Yesterday’s biggest event may have been what Barry McCaffrey said. According to Brian Williams, McCaffrey “was the youngest and most heavily decorated four-star general in the history of the U.S. Army.” He was also commander in chief of Southern Command, then later a U.S. drug… Read More

Why Homelessness Is Harder for Women

Help preserve a news source with integrity at its core: Donate to the independent media at Truthout. The myth that laziness is the direct cause of homelessness is not only insulting, but it also perpetuates people’s ignorance of the real problems associated with being homeless, and further isolates people who find themselves in that situation.… Read More

What You Need to Know About the Kobach Voter Fraud Trial

One of Republican President Donald Trump’s first actions when he was sworn into office was to commit to a full investigation of the country’s voter integrity. The goal was two-fold: find proof of “voter fraud” to appease the far right, and to bolster the president’s preposterous claim that he likely would have won the popular vote, as… Read More

Pelosi-Style Limousine Liberalism Won’t Save the Democratic Party

US House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi speaks during a weekly news conference March 1, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images) Pledge your support for ethical, insightful independent media: Make a tax-deductible donation to Truthout and choose the “monthly” option at checkout. Republican Rick Saccone came up short… Read More

DOJ’s California Sanctuary Suit Doesn’t Challenge ICE Detainers

Protesters chant during a May Day demonstration outside of a US Immigration and Customs Enforcement office on May 1, 2017 in San Francisco, California. (Photo: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) This story was originally published by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit news organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn… Read More

Right Wing Bonus Tracks: The Sin Of Government Compassion

David Barton and Glenn Beck are once again hosting a teachers’ conference: “Pray for these teachers over the next few days as they learn more about our nation’s history to bring back to their classrooms!” Matt Walsh is calling on anti-choice students to stage a walk-out: “Why fight for the dozens of children killed in… Read More

Right Wing Round-Up: The Bowling Ball Test

Steve Benen @ The Maddow Blog: Donald Trump’s latest head-scratcher: The ‘bowling ball test’. Simon Maloy @ Media Matters: Let’s treat Steve Bannon like the fringe crank he is. Sam Fulwood III @ Think Progress: Trump doesn’t just know he’s a liar — he’s proud of it. Hemant Mehta @ Friendly Atheist: Christian Judge Who… Read More

BREAKING: What kind of school would you say this is?

FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2018 The struggle to keep claims alive: Suppose your third- or fourth-grade child was attending a public school whose demographics looked like this:Demographics of Public School A:White kids: 35 percentBlack kids: 25 percentHispanic kids: 25 percentAsian-American kids: 10 percentOthers: 5 percentSuppose your neighborhood school looked like that. Would it even enter your… Read More

The Daily Caller Promoted A Neo-Nazi Troll

Conservative news site The Daily Caller promoted a white nationalist yesterday, celebrating his accosting of a “fake news” journalists while identifying him only as an “internet troll” and omitting his well-documented history of peddling neo-Nazi rhetoric. Yesterday’s article titled “Jim Acosta Gets Fake News’d Into Another Dimension By Trump-Supporting Internet Troll, Baked Alaska” promoted Tim… Read More

Priests for Life: Voting For Candidate Who Supports Abortion Rights Like Voting For Someone Who Supports Terrorism

In preparation for the upcoming midterm elections, Priests for Life is redistributing a brochure that attempts to convince Catholic voters to be single-issue voters on abortion by comparing voting for a candidate who supports abortion rights to supporting a candidate who is pro-terrorism. Priests for Life’s Father Frank Pavone shared the brochure—a version of which… Read More

John Guandolo Is Glad Americans Are Armed So They Can Fight Muslims

Anti-Islam activist John Guandolo, who runs the organization Understanding The Threat, said on a Virginia radio program yesterday that the U.S. has an advantage over Europe in repelling a supposed Muslim invasion because “we’re armed, unlike Europeans, so if it comes to a fight, Americans can do that.” Guandolo told radio host Rob Schilling that… Read More

WHEN STORMY MET NOBBY: King explains his real concern!

TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 2018 Part 2—”The integrity of our elections:” We received the news—it was inevitable—on this morning’s page A2 of the New York Times (hard-copy editions only). It was inevitable! Charles Blow’s wife-trashing column, “Melania Knew,” was yesterday’s “most read article.” Whoever wrote today’s precis put the best face on this news. According to… Read More

BREAKING: The clock says 4, but it’s actually 3!

MONDAY, MARCH 12, 2018 Thanks a lot, Obama: Early this morning, when we arose, the clock said it was 6 o’clock, but it was really 5. And not only that! We’d just experienced a 47-hour weekend! One hour had disappeared! Donald J. Trump inherited this mess. Thanks a lot, Obama! Full Story Here Daily Howler… Read More

BREAKING: What happened when Donald J. Trump read the Times?

MONDAY, MARCH 12, 2018 The Times isn’t willing to tell you: What happened when Donald Trump read that Times report, if he actually read it? More specifically, what happened when he read this front-page report from the January 26 New York Times, or when he heard it described? The report in question appeared online on… Read More

Jacksonville Sheriff Admits Race May Have Played a Role in Ticket Writing

by ProPublica Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said this week that “implicit bias” likely played some role in the fact that disproportionate numbers of pedestrian tickets written by his officers in recent years went to blacks. ProPublica and the Florida Times-Union in 2017 reported that 55 percent of pedestrian tickets written over a recent five-year period… Read More

BREAKING: Blow doesn’t care about the sex!

MONDAY, MARCH 12, 2018 Slimes Melania instead: As it turns out, the New York Times’ Charles Blow doesn’t care about the sex. Well—he doesn’t care about it that much. He tells us this at the start of his new column, unfortunate headline included:BLOW (3/12/18): Melania Knew Dear America: Come on, you can’t be serious. The… Read More

WHEN STORMY MET NOBBY: Norman O. Brown saw the saga coming!

FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2018 Epilogue—How civilizations end: On the brighter side, Morning Joe has now completed a full three weeks in its quieter, gentler new mode. The program’s standard screeching and yelling have plainly been set aside. We’d love to know who made the decision to lower the decibel level on the insider chatterbox program.… Read More

Getting to Know Illinois — And You

by Vignesh Ramachandran It’s been seven months since I packed up my California apartment and moved across the country to be the web producer for ProPublica Illinois. Can I consider myself a true Chicagoan yet? You tell me. I have survived the record-setting chilly winter, witnessed dibs, got an infamous orange city parking ticket, eaten… Read More

The FBI — ‘Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity’ — Still Working on Diversity

by Topher Sanders For the FBI, the longstanding failure to diversify its ranks is nothing short of “a huge operational risk,” according to one senior official, something that compromises the agency’s ability to understand communities at risk, penetrate criminal enterprises, and identify emerging national security threats. Indeed, 10 months before being fired as director of… Read More

Dave Daubenmire Rants Against ‘Sissified’ Boys, Unladylike Girls, And Women Pastors

Religious Right activist Dave Daubenmire, in addition to being a rabidly anti-gay, anti-choice, anti-Semitic, anti-interracial marriage conspiracy theorist, is also deeply misogynistic, which is a trait that was once again on full display during this morning’s “Pass The Salt Live” webcast. “Everywhere they go, [young men] are being sissified,” Daubenmire ranted. “They’re being sissified in… Read More

Bottled Water, Brought to You by Fracking?

(Photo: Derneuemann; Edited: LW / TO) Truthout is funded by readers, not by corporations, lobbyists or government interests. Help us publish more stories like this one: Click here to make a tax-deductible donation! The new Food & Water Watch report Take Back the Tap: The Big Business Hustle of Bottled Water details the deceit and trickery of… Read More

So Far Trump’s Re-election Campaign Looks Like a Bankruptcy

It’s a reasonable to wonder just how bankruptcy attorneys make a living if their clients are broke. The answer is bankruptcy attorneys are first in line to get paid out of the bankruptcy estate. So even if other creditors and shareholders get wiped out by a corporate bankruptcy, the bankruptcy lawyers get paid. The Trump… Read More

The Sick Paying for the Healthy: How Insurance Companies Drive Up Drug Prices

(Photo: Peshkov / Getty Images) Pricing agreements between insurers and drug manufacturers have long saddled people living with chronic illnesses like diabetes with the cost of keeping premiums lower for everyone else. Faced with public outrage, the corporations involved are fighting back with PR campaigns that blame each other. (Photo: Peshkov / Getty Images) Faced… Read More

Economic Update: Capitalism Breeds Inequality

This week’s episode discusses how globalization has worsened inequality, the YMCA workers’ strike, UK universities and Oklahoma schools, how Quebec doctors reject pay increases, the US warning Africa about China, and the growing Japanese co-op movement. This episode also includes an interview Tim Faust on medical care and insurance in the US today. Download the… Read More

Utah Seniors Form Co-op to Keep Housing Affordable

An affordable housing crisis is sweeping across the country, putting the squeeze on millions of people with modest incomes. I was one of the many older Americans whose retirement security was threatened by skyrocketing rents. But after a long, hard battle, my neighbors and I managed to beat back a redevelopment proposal that would’ve displaced… Read More

“Real Organic” Label Bites Back at Industrial Agriculture

Support from readers keeps Truthout 100 percent independent. If you like what you’re reading, make a donation! When you think of organic food, you probably imagine a bucolic farm with happy cows out in the pasture and crops growing lush and healthy in fields free of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and other agricultural chemicals. There’s a reason for that image: It… Read More

<meta charset=”utf-8″ /><b id=”docs-internal-guid-ad18a928-2a23-9e11-a32d-f5c8082efe7e”>Let’s treat Steve Bannon like the fringe crank he is</b>

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters The past several months have been difficult for Steve Bannon, the disheveled, wannabe Machiavelli of American politics. Late last summer he was unceremoniously fired from his senior post in the Trump White House, then the candidate he backed in the Alabama special Senate election suffered a historic defeat under the… Read More

Right Wing Bonus Tracks: President Samson

Dave Daubenmire is not a fan of allowing women to teach boys: “With all of the howling going on in America today about bullying I find it ironic that much of it emanates from the Gestapo known as ‘public school teachers.’ There is nothing as dangerous to masculinity as the nine months most boys spend… Read More

Right Wing Round-Up: Trump Is Proud Of His Ignorance And Lying

Paul Gordon @ PFAW Blog: Trump’s Judicial Nominees Are Hiding Their Records. Noor Al-Sibai @ Raw Story: Virginia social worker quickly became a right-wing gun martyr – but her story is falling apart. Michael Harriot @ The Root: Millions of Students Are Quietly Being Taught the Koch Brothers’ Whitewashed Version of Black History. Emily C.… Read More

John Bolton, Trump’s rumored pick for national security adviser, has a record of warmongering, bigotry, and pushing conspiracy theories

John Bolton is on the shortlist to replace current National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, likely because Trump enjoys his commentary The Daily Beast: Trump is considering John Bolton as a replacement for H.R. McMaster as national security adviser. As reported by The Daily Beast, John Bolton has made President Donald Trump’s shortlist to replace National Security… Read More

Flawed Assessments Caused $2 Billion Shift in Property Taxes, Study Finds

by Jason Grotto In the first effort to measure the cost of Cook County’s error-ridden assessment system under Assessor Joseph Berrios, a new study estimates that at least $2.2 billion in property taxes was shifted from undervalued Chicago homes onto overvalued ones between 2011 and 2015. Because the county’s assessment system is skewed in favor… Read More

Linda Harvey: Gay People Engage In ‘Dead-End, Degrading Passions’

Last week, anti-LGBTQ activist Linda Harvey of Mission America spoke at the Bringing America Back to Life Convention, where she addressed “The Intersection of Sexual Anarchy, the ‘LGBT’ Agenda, and the Pro-Life Movement.” “One has to consider, first of all, the horrifying possibility that this complete sexual and human identity meltdown could be an aspect… Read More

WHEN STORMY MET NOBBY: Plus Gennifer Flowers!

MONDAY, MARCH 12, 2018 Part 1—Nobody cares about sex: The headline on Colbert King’s new column struck us as a provocation, perhaps as an incitement. It certainly posed a challenge: “Why the Stormy Daniels Case Matters.” In our hard-copy Washington Post, that’s what the headline said! In our view, the so-called “Stormy Daniels case” doesn’t… Read More

BREAKING: Photographs of Stephanie Clifford!

THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2018 A few things those photographs mean: What does it mean when liberal journalists keep posting gigantic color photos of Stephanie Clifford? Of Clifford’s remarkably large body parts? As any progressive must surely know, such photos mean, among other things, that people who are defined as women are in fact just the… Read More

BREAKING: The "segregation" of public schools!

THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2018 The shape of liberal discourse: Are America’s public schools “resegregating?” Are increasing numbers of our kids attending “segregated schools?” These have become familiar talking-points in liberal circles. These claims have always struck us as annoying, unhelpful, unwise. Here’s why: Yesterday, we perused the start of Will Stancil’s new piece for The… Read More

Operation Rescue Hypes QAnon ‘Blockbuster Intel Drop’ About Planned Parenthood

Over the past few months, the radical anti-choice group Operation Rescue has fallen farther and farther down the rabbit hole of “The Storm,” a far-ranging right-wing conspiracy theory centered on an anonymous 8chan poster known as QAnon, who adherents believe is a high-ranking Trump administration official dropping clues to future administration actions. On Tuesday, Operation… Read More

WHEN STORMY MET NOBBY: When Nicolle succumbed to the pleasures of sex!

THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2018 Part 4—Confessore’s warning: On Tuesday morning, the New York Times published three letters about Stephanie Clifford, who says she engaged in various rolls in the hay with our president, Donald J. Trump, back in 2006. It’s hard to imagine why any sane person could possibly care about that. It’s hard to… Read More

Sean Hannity: I talk to Trump and know he watches my show

DON IMUS (HOST): Let me ask you. Do you think the president watches you? SEAN HANNITY: I know he does sometimes. I don’t know – I don’t keep track of his schedule every night. IMUS: OK. Do you — don’t give me any snippy answers here, now. Has he ever texted you, or — HANNITY:… Read More

New in Nonprofit Explorer: People Search

Scott Klein Today we’re launching a new feature in our Nonprofit Explorer database. You can now search for board members and key employees who work at nonprofit organizations by name. The database includes everyone listed on nonprofit tax returns filed electronically between 2014 and 2017. The data includes each person’s reported title and base compensation.… Read More

The hack gap and Conor Lamb’s victory

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters On Tuesday night, with Democratic candidate Conor Lamb nursing a narrow lead over Republican Rick Saccone in a special election for a deep-red congressional district that Donald Trump won by nearly 20 points in 2016, CNN political commentator Michael Smerconish noted that the fact that the race was even close… Read More

Seth Rich’s parents on their lawsuit against Fox News: “They took a rumor and ran with it”

MARY RICH (SETH RICH’S MOTHER): I want the people who started the lies, who are responsible for the lies, held accountable. This has got to stop.  TOM LLAMAS (ABC NEWS CHIEF NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT): Twelve days after Seth’s murder, WikiLeaks published more than 44,000 hacked DNC [Democratic National Committee] emails. U.S. intelligence agencies say Russia is behind the attack. But the Rich family… Read More

YouTube outsources truth to Wikipedia

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters YouTube has a conspiracy theory problem. The platform is full of conspiracy theory videos, and its algorithm moves viewers up a ladder of engagement. YouTube encourages consumption of more videos on a daisy chain of content that becomes more radical with each new suggested video. Last week, Zeynep Tufekci outlined… Read More

‘Walking While Black’ Wins Al Nakkula Award for Police Reporting

ProPublica A team of journalists from ProPublica and the Florida Times Union won the Al Nakkula Award for Police Reporting. ProPublica’s Topher Sanders, Lucas Waldron, Ranjani Chakraborty and Kate Rabinowitz and the Florida Times Union’s Ben Conarck were honored for their joint project “Walking While Black,” which showed that police use pedestrian tickets in a… Read More