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ICE agents defend policy they knew would increase border deaths: 'That's not the same as actively killing those people.'

ICE agents defend policy they knew would increase border deaths: 'That's not the same as actively killing those people.'

MenuSee More Speed ReadsNetflix's forthcoming six-part docuseries Immigration Nation is being hailed as "" and a "" operate. One of the most disturbing moments comes when ICE agents defend a policy of pushing migrants into known dangerous territory — both to make them easier to catch, and also evidently because it could result in their deaths.The policy dates back to the 1990s, when politicians wanted to force migrants to cross in more remote areas. "There are policy documents where they're trying to evaluate the efficacy of this program and the one that has always stuck with me is this …...

July 31, 2020
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Fired Florida scientist goes rogue, publishes her own COVID-19 data with grimmer outlook than the state's

Fired Florida scientist goes rogue, publishes her own COVID-19 data with grimmer outlook than the state's

MenuSee More Speed ReadsFlorida's top coronavirus data scientist has launched to rival the state's after . Rebekah Jones claims that she was removed from her post over her refusal to "manipulate" data, and her new website shares "far more COVID-19 information than she said the state allowed her to report as an employee, including statistics contradicting Florida's official coronavirus numbers and the push to reopen the state," ."We weren't allowed to really draw attention to deaths, which is why I added hospitalizations and deaths, which use something we buried in a PDF but never showed on...

June 12, 2020
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New Biden ad slams Trump over Lafayette Square debacle

New Biden ad slams Trump over Lafayette Square debacle

Special reports:MenuSee More Speed ReadsThe Biden campaign has rolled out a searing new ad that takes aim at President Trump for using teargas and flash grenades on peaceful protesters in Lafayette Square, near the White House, earlier this month. "The nation marches for justice, and like a deer in the headlights, [Trump is] paralyzed with fear," the narrator intones over footage of the George Floyd demonstrators. "He doesn't know what to do, so he hides in his bunker. Then he's afraid he looks too weak, so he has tear gas and flash grenades used on peaceful protesters just for a...

June 12, 2020
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Ted Cruz is right about getting Chinese censorship out of Hollywood movies

Ted Cruz is right about getting Chinese censorship out of Hollywood movies

Special reports:MenuSign up for our free email newslettersSign Up forOur free email newslettersUnder normal circumstances, I tend to disagree with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) about basically everything other than . But with his latest legislative effort, he might just have my support.Earlier this week, that Cruz plans to introduce the SCRIPT Act (or "the Stopping Censorship, Restoring Integrity, Protecting Talkies Act," named in ), which would discourage the widespread practice of studios reworking movies to be more palatable to Chinese government censors by blocking Department of Defense...

April 30, 2020
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Trump reassures lost jobs will be back 'very soon.' Experts say it could take a decade.

Trump reassures lost jobs will be back 'very soon.' Experts say it could take a decade.

Special reports:MenuSee More Speed ReadsPresident Trump put on a cheery face on Friday as the country reeled from that reflected the devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the American economy. "I created, as president — we had the strongest economy in the history of the world, the strongest economy we've ever had, and we had to close it, which is artificial," Trump said during a wide-ranging interview with Fox & Friends. "Those jobs will all be back, and they'll be back very soon. And next year, we're going to have a phenomenal year."Unemployment spiked to 14.7 percent in April,...

May 8, 2020
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A terrifying mechanical dog is now stalking a Singapore park to make sure people stay properly distant

A terrifying mechanical dog is now stalking a Singapore park to make sure people stay properly distant

Special reports:MenuSee More Speed ReadsA good way to get people to take social distancing seriously is to send a horrifying robot dog to yell at them. At least, that's the thinking in Singapore, where a four-legged robot innocuously named "Spot" is patrolling the grounds of Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park to remind people to keep six feet apart, .For now, the pilot program only involves broadcasting a recorded message about proper protocol in public spaces during the pandemic, although the robot is also fitted with cameras that will also help authorities keep track of potential crowding (the...

May 8, 2020
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Trump says he couldn't have exposed WWII vets to COVID-19 because the wind was blowing the wrong way

Trump says he couldn't have exposed WWII vets to COVID-19 because the wind was blowing the wrong way

Special reports:MenuSee More Speed ReadsPresident Trump commemorated the 75th anniversary of VE Day on Friday with eight World War II veterans, the youngest of whom was 96 and the oldest of whom was 100, . The president, however, did not wear a mask around the veterans despite the CDC's warning that anyone over the age of 65 is at a higher risk for severe illness if they catch COVID-19.Trump, notably, by one of his personal valets, who tested positive for COVID-19 this week and when he interacted with the president. Asked if Trump gave "any consideration to wearing a mask" with the veterans...

May 8, 2020
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Joe Biden tells Charlamagne tha God 'you ain't black' if you vote for Trump over him

Joe Biden tells Charlamagne tha God 'you ain't black' if you vote for Trump over him

Special reports:MenuSee More Speed ReadsFormer Vice President Joe Biden raised some eyebrows Friday during a heated interview with Charlamagne Tha God on The Breakfast Club. Charlamagne began by pressing Biden, telling him that "black people saved your political life in the primaries this year, and they have things they want from you, and one of them is a black woman running mate.""I guarantee you that there are multiple black women being considered. Multiple," Biden said, just as he was interrupted by someone off-frame telling him his interview time was up."You can't do that to black...

May 22, 2020
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Trump still hasn't taken his annual physical and it's starting to get weird

Trump still hasn't taken his annual physical and it's starting to get weird

✕Special reports:President Trump's aversion to taking his annual physical is starting to get … a little weird. It has now been six months since the president claims to have "started" his routine physical at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, , with Trump that he is simply "too busy" to do the second part. But even his process is mysterious, since physicals aren't typically conducted in multiple stages over the course of several months.There is plenty of reason for the public to feel invested in the president's physical wellbeing right now, too. Earlier this week, Trump said he...

May 22, 2020
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A eulogy for 100,000 Americans

A eulogy for 100,000 Americans

Special reports:MenuSign up for our free email newslettersSign Up forOur free email newslettersImagine if, starting now, we held a moment of silence for every American who has died from COVID-19. We wouldn't speak for the rest of the day. For the rest of the week. For the rest of the month. If each one of those deaths was honored with the full traditional 60 seconds of silence, this country would stand in hushed, somber, unrelenting remembrance for just short of 70 days.Sometime in the next few days we will officially record this country's 100,000th coronavirus victim. In truth, we probably...

May 23, 2020
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