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The Intercept is an online news publication of First Look Media, owned by Pierre Omidyar. Its editors are Betsy Reed, Glenn Greenwald, and Jeremy Scahill. It also publishes two podcasts, Intercepted hosted by Scahill and Deconstructed hosted by Mehdi Hasan. The Intercept was launched in February 2014, by First Look Media, which is funded by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. The publication initially reported on documents released by Edward Snowden.Source
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More Than Two Years After Viral Chokehold Video, NYPD Officer Has Faced No Discipline

More Than Two Years After Viral Chokehold Video, NYPD Officer Has Faced No Discipline

When the independent agency investigating abuse by New York police determined that an officer had held him in a banned chokehold and shocked him with a Taser 13 times, Tomás Medina thought he would get justice at last.Seven months earlier, Medina had been playing music with friends outside the car dealership where he worked, in the Inwood neighborhood of Manhattan, when New York Police Department detective Fabio Nunez, responding to a noise complaint, demanded to see Medina’s identification. When he argued and tried to walk away, Nunez escalated the encounter, which was and police . The...

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Alice Speri
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Fossil Fuel Executives Gloat About Profits, PR From Texas Winter Storm Crisis

Fossil Fuel Executives Gloat About Profits, PR From Texas Winter Storm Crisis

As a severe winter storm swept Texas last week, cutting electricity from millions of residents in freezing temperatures and causing nearly 70 deaths so far, some energy executives saw an upside to the catastrophe.“Obviously, this week is like hitting the jackpot,” boasted Roland Burns, the chief executive and chief financial officer of Comstock Resources, a shale drilling company that benefited from the sudden demand for natural gas, in a call with investors last Wednesday. The price for gas, said Burns, has been “incredible.”Marshall McCrea, the co-chief executive of pipeline firm Energy...

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FBI Seized Congressional Cellphone Records Related to Capitol Attack

FBI Seized Congressional Cellphone Records Related to Capitol Attack

, Within hours of the storming of the Capitol on January 6, the FBI began securing thousands of phone and electronic records connected to people at the scene of the rioting — including some related to members of Congress, raising potentially thorny legal questions.Using special emergency powers and other measures, the FBI has collected reams of private cellphone data and communications that go beyond the videos that rioters shared widely on social media, according to two sources with knowledge of the collection effort.In the hours and days after the Capitol riot, the FBI relied in some...

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Ken Klippenstein
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Thirsty, Cold, and Scooping Feces With Their Hands: Crisis in Reality Winner’s Texas Prison

Thirsty, Cold, and Scooping Feces With Their Hands: Crisis in Reality Winner’s Texas Prison

As millions of people across Texas suffered from power and water outages during extreme cold from a winter storm this week, women at the federal prison in Fort Worth where National Security Agency whistleblower Reality Winner is imprisoned faced alarming conditions. The detained women were forced to literally take matters into their own hands — in a disgusting way.Winner told family and a friend that incarcerated women at her prison “took one for the team” and used their hands to scoop feces from overflowing toilets that hadn’t been flushed due to the prolonged water outage.“Reality told me...

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Taylor Barnes
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Accused Capitol Rioter Brent Bozell IV Comes From Right-Wing Royalty

Accused Capitol Rioter Brent Bozell IV Comes From Right-Wing Royalty

When the news that Brent Bozell faces three federal charges in connection with the January 6 assault on the Capitol, students of the U.S. right’s past might have wondered: Which one?It turns out that this particular Bozell was Brent Bozell IV, a Brent Bozell who previously had not made as much of an impact on politics as his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather — all also named L. Brent Bozell. But now Bozell IV — of obstructing an official proceeding, engaging in disorderly conduct at the Capitol, and entering a restricted government building — takes his place in the family...

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Jon Schwarz
Feb 17
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In Biden’s Nomination of Marty Walsh, Aaron Swartz Prosecutor Gets Her Final Comeuppance

In Biden’s Nomination of Marty Walsh, Aaron Swartz Prosecutor Gets Her Final Comeuppance

The last time Joe Biden was in the White House, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh seemed an unlikely nominee for a future labor secretary. Carmen Ortiz, President Barack Obama’s U.S. attorney for the District of Massachusetts, had Walsh in her crosshairs. One summer dawn in 2016 she sent FBI agents to arrest two of his staff under a federal racketeering indictment.The Boston Globe, New England’s most powerful news outlet, known for its of the Roman Catholic Church child abuse scandals, laid siege to the mayor’s office over his labor practices and union ties. The Globe had Ortiz its 2011 “Bostonian...

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Martin Gottesfeld
Feb 15
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Let’s Be Honest About What Trump Wanted on January 6

Let’s Be Honest About What Trump Wanted on January 6

A handful of Republican members of Congress stared into Medusa’s face and refused to blink. The rest looked away.

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Ryan Grim
Feb 13
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The Path to Winning a Floor Vote for Medicare for All in Congress

The Path to Winning a Floor Vote for Medicare for All in Congress

The #ForceTheVote debate is about how to hold members of Congress accountable — not whether to do so.

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Stephanie Nakajima
Feb 13
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After Trump’s Execution Spree, Lingering Trauma and a Push for Abolition

After Trump’s Execution Spree, Lingering Trauma and a Push for Abolition

Less than four hours before Corey Johnson was scheduled to die — the second of three people killed in the federal death chamber the week before President Donald Trump left office — the Rev. Bill Breeden sat at a picnic table a few miles from the penitentiary mulling his last words. As Johnson’s minister of record, Breeden had agreed to read a final statement on his behalf. “I took notes on what he wants to say and kind of put it together,” he told me. Anyone who had corresponded with Johnson knew that his writing skills were limited. “He’s childlike in a lot of ways,” Breeden said. “But...

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Liliana Segura
Feb 6
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Gulf Ambassador Yelled at Member of Congress Pushing to End Yemen War

Gulf Ambassador Yelled at Member of Congress Pushing to End Yemen War

United Arab Emirates Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba was so angry about Rep. Ro Khanna’s push to end U.S. support for the war in Yemen that he shouted at him during a meeting, said Khanna.Khanna, the lead sponsor of a war powers resolution aimed at ending U.S. involvement in the Yemen war, led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE, said that he was startled by the diplomat’s approach. “I’ve never had an ambassador of another country come to my office and literally yell at me, but that’s what I had with the ambassador to UAE,” Khanna said during an interview for The Intercept’s podcast Deconstructed,...

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Ryan Grim
Feb 12
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The Biden Administration’s Continued Push for Julian Assange’s Extradition Is Bad News for Journalism

The Biden Administration’s Continued Push for Julian Assange’s Extradition Is Bad News for Journalism

A successful prosecution of the WikiLeaks founder could empower the government to go after journalists for publishing classified information.

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James Risen
Feb 11
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Former FBI Officials Tapped for Amazon’s Growing Security Apparatus

Former FBI Officials Tapped for Amazon’s Growing Security Apparatus

, Amazon, one of the largest corporations in the world, supplies state-of-the-art facial recognition software to law enforcement agencies, provides the military with a range of technology services, and is now building out its security operation with over a dozen former FBI agents.The tech conglomerate, which began as an online bookseller, is rapidly hiring for its global security center in Arizona. As the firm expands and faces new challenges, including increased antitrust scrutiny, , and pressure from worker activism, the company is staffing up with former FBI agents, with a focus on...

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Lee Fang
Feb 11
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Amazon Hired Koch-Backed Anti-Union Consultant to Fight Alabama Warehouse Organizing

Amazon Hired Koch-Backed Anti-Union Consultant to Fight Alabama Warehouse Organizing

Amazon is bringing on a set of well-trained union suppression consultants in its high-profile fight to keep its massive warehouse workforce free of organized labor.The Seattle-based conglomerate recently retained a consultant named Russell Brown to help thwart the union election that began recently at its fulfillment center in Bessemer, Alabama, new show.Brown was brought on by Amazon on January 25 for a contract to help persuade Amazon’s Alabama employees not to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, or RWDSU, a union that is affiliated with the United Food and Commercial...

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Lee Fang
Feb 10
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How the Trump Era Encouraged Publicly Funded Discrimination in Adoption and Foster Care

How the Trump Era Encouraged Publicly Funded Discrimination in Adoption and Foster Care

During his final days in office, Donald Trump issued a flurry of last-minute regulations. Included among them was a little-known rule that, if allowed to go into effect, will codify into law a long-held aspiration of the religious right, which buoyed his rise to power.The rule, finalized by the Department of Health and Human Services on January 12 and set to go into effect February 11, allows taxpayer-funded social service agencies to discriminate based on a person’s LGBTQ status or religious belief. The final rule comes after a yearslong push by conservative Christian groups to reinterpret...

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Akela Lacy
Feb 8
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In Dramatic Policy Shift, Biden Withdraws U.S. Support for Saudi “Offensive Operations” in Yemen

In Dramatic Policy Shift, Biden Withdraws U.S. Support for Saudi “Offensive Operations” in Yemen

In his first major foreign policy address, President Joe Biden announced on Thursday that he would end American support for Saudi and United Arab Emirates-led “offensive operations” in Yemen, echoing a he made on the campaign trail in 2019.Speaking at the State Department, Biden told diplomats that he would prioritize diplomatic solutions to the conflict and appointed, as a special envoy, one of the department’s top Middle East experts. He also announced support for a cease-fire and an effort to restart long-stalled peace talks.“This war has to end,” Biden said. “And to underscore our...

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Feb 4
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Democrats Actually Learned From the Failures of 2009

Democrats Actually Learned From the Failures of 2009

On Wednesday, Sen. Joe Manchin appeared on to talk about the state of negotiations over President Joe Biden’s Covid relief package. The network posted the video with a misleading headline: “Sen. Manchin calls for bipartisanship on Covid relief plan.”The headline isn’t technically inaccurate. Manchin did profess a desire for Republicans to have an opportunity to shape the coming legislation, saying that he would oppose efforts to abolish the filibuster. “I’ve been in the minority when they’re jammed. It’s not the way this place is supposed to work,” he said.But the real message Manchin...

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Ryan Grim
Feb 4
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Inside the Brutal Power Struggle at Homeland Security

Inside the Brutal Power Struggle at Homeland Security

Tensions ran so high at the Department of Homeland Security’s oversight wing that one senior official fantasized about Arya Stark, the fictional assassin in “Game of Thrones,” “taking care of” the agency chief, according to an investigation obtained by The Intercept under the Freedom of Information Act. The investigation, conducted in 2020 by an outside law firm, so bitter that it drove out an agency head and led to an array of startling allegations, including that a high-level official made threatening comments about a concealed weapon during a meeting.The investigation paints a picture of...

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Ken Klippenstein
Feb 2
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Biden Should End Espionage Act Prosecutions of Whistleblowers and Journalists

Biden Should End Espionage Act Prosecutions of Whistleblowers and Journalists

Before Donald Trump began his run for president, there was a war against journalism in the United States. President George W. Bush used the Espionage Act and sought to jail reporters who refused to give up their sources, not to mention killing journalists in war zones. When President Barack Obama, a constitutional law scholar, came to power, he did so claiming that he and Joe Biden would represent the most transparent administration in history. But then reality set in. During his eight years in power, Obama’s Justice Department used the Espionage Act against whistleblowers more than all of...

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Jeremy Scahill
Jan 21
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Mass Dems Chair Apologizes to Party Members for Role in Scandal — but Not to Alex Morse

Mass Dems Chair Apologizes to Party Members for Role in Scandal — but Not to Alex Morse

At a recent meeting of Democratic Party officials, Massachusetts Democratic Chair Gus Bickford apologized for his role in the Alex Morse scandal — a gesture that many at the meeting felt was long overdue.Though party leaders are trying to move forward and leave the scandal behind, the damage from the party’s involvement in the smear campaign lingers, and there is a clear generational split in how the state party is approaching it. That split continues to present problems in an increasingly fractious state party — problems that were on full display the night of January 28.“What we witnessed...

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Feb 1
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The Great Reset Conspiracy Smoothie

The Great Reset Conspiracy Smoothie

A viral conspiracy theory blends together legitimate critiques with truly dangerous anti-vaccination fantasies and outright coronavirus denialism.

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Naomi Klein
Dec 8
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Robinhood Is a Perfect Example of Fintech’s Insidious Power

Robinhood Is a Perfect Example of Fintech’s Insidious Power

, This past week, we saw a perfect illustration of financial technology’s power.To spite “hedge fund bros,” retail investors in GameStop’s stock price largely through the trading app Robinhood. While progressives relished watching Wall Street’s old guard scramble amid the chaos, fintech firms like Robinhood — apps for lending, investing, and so on — certainly aren’t seeking an end to financial capitalism. Indeed, once Wall Street began shrieking about amateurs beating them at their own absurd game, Robinhood against the very market volatility it was facilitating, then of GameStop and other...

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Max Moran
Jan 31
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How the LAPD and Palantir Use Data to Justify Racist Policing

How the LAPD and Palantir Use Data to Justify Racist Policing

The killing of George Floyd last May sparked renewed scrutiny of data-driven policing. As protests raged around the world, signed an open calling on their colleagues to stop collaborating with police on algorithms, and cities like , , and variously banned predictive policing, facial recognition, and voice recognition. But elsewhere, police chiefs worked to deepen partnerships with tech companies, claiming that the answer to systemic bias and racism was simply more data.In her new book, “Predict and Surveil: Data, Discretion, and the Future of Policing,” sociologist Sarah Brayne slays that...

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Mara Hvistendahl
Jan 30
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The Half-Baked Smear Campaign Against Robert Malley — and Biden’s Iran Policy

The Half-Baked Smear Campaign Against Robert Malley — and Biden’s Iran Policy

In the usual style of overheated rhetoric around U.S. Middle East policymaking, the news that President Joe Biden’s administration is considering appointing Robert Malley as its envoy to Iran triggered a fierce reaction. Supporters of the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” policy toward the Islamic Republic swiftly began lodging attacks based more on character assassination than substantive argument.As a top national security official in the Obama administration, Malley helped negotiate the 2015 nuclear agreement between the United States and Iran, which President Donald Trump...

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Murtaza Hussain
Jan 28
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