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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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An Iranian Activist Wrote Dozens of Articles for Right-Wing Outlets. But Is He a Real Person?

An Iranian Activist Wrote Dozens of Articles for Right-Wing Outlets. But Is He a Real Person?

In 2018, President Donald Trump was seeking to jettison the landmark nuclear deal that his predecessor had signed with Iran in 2015, and he was looking for ways to win over a skeptical press. The White House claimed that the nuclear deal had allowed Iran to increase its military budget, and Washington Post reporters Salvador Rizzo and Meg Kelly . In response, the White House passed along an article published in Forbes by a writer named Heshmat Alavi.“Iran’s current budget is funded largely through ‘oil, taxes, increasing bonds, [and] eliminating cash handouts or subsidies’ for Iranians,...

June 10, 2019
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I’m a Journalist but I Didn’t Fully Realize the Terrible Power of U.S. Border Officials Until They Violated My Rights and Privacy

I’m a Journalist but I Didn’t Fully Realize the Terrible Power of U.S. Border Officials Until They Violated My Rights and Privacy

I should have kept my mouth shut about the guacamole; that made things worse for me. Otherwise, what I’m about to describe could happen to any American who travels internationally. It happened 33,295 times last year. My work as a journalist has taken me to many foreign countries, including frequent trips to Mexico. On May 13, I was returning to the U.S. from Mexico City when, passing through immigration at the Austin airport, I was pulled out of line for “secondary screening,” a quasi-custodial law enforcement process that takes place in the Homeland Security zone of the airport. Austin...

June 23, 2019
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Top Republican Warns That Under New Spending Bill "the Intelligence Community Could Expend Funds as It Sees Fit"

Top Republican Warns That Under New Spending Bill "the Intelligence Community Could Expend Funds as It Sees Fit"

In a dramatic moment on the Senate floor Monday afternoon, as the upper chamber rushed a spending bill through to end the government shutdown, the top Republican and Democrat on the Intelligence Committee warned that the bill contains language that would kneecap Congress’s ability to oversee secret covert actions and surveillance programs. Their effort to amend the language was rebuffed.The intelligence community, in its latest grasp, has gone too far even for Richard Burr. The Republican chair of the Senate Intelligence committee has long been one of the Senate’s staunchest advocates for...

January 23, 2018
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This Group Has Successfully Converted White Supremacists Using Compassion. Trump Defunded It.

This Group Has Successfully Converted White Supremacists Using Compassion. Trump Defunded It.

Life After Hate is a that does path-breaking work. Founded by former white supremacist leaders in 2011, it studies the forces that draw people to hate and helps those who are willing to disengage from radical extremist movements.In June, the Department of Homeland Security to the nonprofit, telling The Huffington Post that it wants to focus on funding groups that work with law enforcement.This comes at a time when government agencies have warned about  in far-right organizations, and the nation reels from the tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia.The Intercept interviewed Life After...

August 18, 2017
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Trump Labor Department Announces It will Honor Ronald Reagan, the Man who Broke American Labor

Trump Labor Department Announces It will Honor Ronald Reagan, the Man who Broke American Labor

Every year the Department of Labor Americans “whose distinctive contributions to the field of labor have enhanced the quality of life of millions yesterday, today, and for generations to come.” Past honorees have included socialist leader Eugene Debs and labor organizer Cesar Chavez.Today, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced that the department’s first honoree under the Trump administration would be a former president: Ronald Reagan.This marks perhaps the first time the Department of Labor has honored someone who openly and actively diminished the power of American labor...

September 5, 2017
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Thousands of Immigrants Suffer in Solitary Confinement in ICE Detention

Thousands of Immigrants Suffer in Solitary Confinement in ICE Detention

Dulce Rivera lived for the one hour a day she was allowed outside, to pace alone on a patch of concrete encased in metal fencing. They called it “the yard,” but it was really a metal cage. Still, it was far better than the misery she endured the other 23 hours a day, locked alone in a cell with no one to talk to and nothing to distract her from her increasingly dark thoughts. Rivera, a 36-year-old transgender woman from Honduras and a longtime U.S. resident, was detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in 2017. She was placed in the Cibola County Correctional Center in New...

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May 22, 2019
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PG&E Spent Billions on Lobbyists and PR Instead of Upgrades

PG&E Spent Billions on Lobbyists and PR Instead of Upgrades

Power shutoffs affecting more than 1 million residents, scheduled by PG&E this week throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California, have sparked a massive backlash, with many community members telling reporters that they are shocked that the company has not done more to upgrade its transmission lines. The decision to shut off the electricity services, a precaution over concerns about high winds, raises the question of precisely how PG&E has been spending its rate-payers’ money. And the answer isn’t pretty: While neglecting safety upgrades and investments in its aging...

October 17, 2019
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North Korea Says It Might Negotiate on Nuclear Weapons. But the Washington Post Isn't Reporting That.

North Korea Says It Might Negotiate on Nuclear Weapons. But the Washington Post Isn't Reporting That.

No normal human being should ever have to read the Washington Post’s op-eds and unsigned editorials. But the Post’s words have a huge impact on the hive-mind of America’s foreign policy apparatus — and hence where we’re going to war next — so it’s important that someone normal pay attention and report back.So as a quasi-normal person, I recommend you pay close attention to this, from a by the Post’s deputy editorial page editor, Jackson Diehl, about North Korea:[North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un] has shown no interest in talks — he won’t even set foot in China, his biggest patron. Even if...

September 5, 2017
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Nancy Pelosi to Receive First Genuine Left-Wing Challenge in 30 Years

Nancy Pelosi to Receive First Genuine Left-Wing Challenge in 30 Years

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will face a spirited challenge from activist and attorney Shahid Buttar in the November general election.Buttar represents a unique, if unlikely challenge to Pelosi, the most powerful elected Democrat in the country and 33-year incumbent for San Francisco’s congressional seat. On Tuesday, Pelosi took 72.5 percent of the vote in California’s 12th Congressional District. Under the state’s unique primary system — where the top-two vote-getters in the primary make it to the general election, even if they belong to the same party — Buttar’s 12.7 percent was enough to...

March 4, 2020
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Republican Justin Amash Gets What Top Democrats Don’t — It’s Time to Impeach Trump

Republican Justin Amash Gets What Top Democrats Don’t — It’s Time to Impeach Trump

CONGRATULATIONS TO Justin Amash! On Saturday, the representative from Michigan’s 3rd District became the first Republican member of Congress to call for impeachment, arguing that President Donald Trump’s actions and behavior, as detailed in special counsel Robert Mueller’s 448-page report, “meet the threshold” for high crimes and misdemeanors. Amash, who is Palestinian American and a proud tea party libertarian, has clashed with the president and his GOP colleagues before on a range of issues — from the war in Yemen to funding for the border wall to the Muslim ban. But his decision to...

May 20, 2019
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