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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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Trump Manages to Wear a Mask and Undercut Mask-Wearing at the Same Time

Trump Manages to Wear a Mask and Undercut Mask-Wearing at the Same Time

The absurd drama of Donald Trump finally acting like a normal human being by wearing a mask — a public health measure to combat the spread of the pandemic coronavirus he resisted from three months ago, and then for following — came to an end on Saturday as the president took part in a carefully staged photo-op during a visit to Walter Reed Military Medical Center in Maryland.WATCH: President Donald Trump wears a mask during a scheduled visit to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, a rare instance of doing so publicly as cases continue to pile up in the U.S. — Bloomberg...

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Police Surveilled George Floyd Protests With Help From Twitter-Affiliated Startup Dataminr

Police Surveilled George Floyd Protests With Help From Twitter-Affiliated Startup Dataminr

Leveraging close ties , controversial artificial intelligence startup Dataminr helped law enforcement digitally monitor the protests that swept the country following the killing of George Floyd, tipping off police to social media posts with the latest whereabouts and actions of demonstrators, according to documents reviewed by The Intercept and a source with direct knowledge of the matter.The monitoring seems at odds with claims from both Twitter and Dataminr that neither company would engage in or facilitate domestic surveillance following a string of 2016 controversies. Twitter, up until...

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NYPD’s Culture of Impunity Sees an Officer Repeatedly Accused of Physical and Sexual Abuse Rising Through the Ranks

NYPD’s Culture of Impunity Sees an Officer Repeatedly Accused of Physical and Sexual Abuse Rising Through the Ranks

On a late January morning in 2015, Carletto Allen was sitting in a car parked in front of his house in the Bronx, when two men ran up to the car, guns drawn.Allen thought he was being robbed, according to a he filed in 2016. He tried to lock the door, but one of the men burst in and grabbed him, threw him on the ground, and jumped on top of him. A second man told Allen that they’d been looking for him, punched him in the face, and also jumped on his back. “I don’t have any money, don’t shoot,” Allen recalled saying, right before a car with police sirens pulled up. One of the men on top of...

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Trump Campaign Ads Mislead Viewers About Black Protesters Who Stopped Violence

Trump Campaign Ads Mislead Viewers About Black Protesters Who Stopped Violence

Through deceptive editing, two recent campaign ads for President Donald Trump falsely portray law-abiding Black Lives Matter protesters who acted to prevent violence as dangerous thugs “unleash a wave of violent crime in our cities.”The Trump campaign ads mislead viewers by distorting the meaning of video recorded during a protest in Washington, D.C. on May 31 by Safvan Allahverdi, a reporter for Turkey’s state-owned Anadolu news agency.As Allahverdi explained in a Twitter caption for his 92-second clip, the incident he caught on camera that day showed black protesters taking it upon...

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Progressives Targeting New York Incumbents in Down-Ballot Races

Progressives Targeting New York Incumbents in Down-Ballot Races

, This article is that are not yet final.González-Rojas is one of a slate of credible progressive challengers taking on state Assembly incumbents in the June 23 primary. [, a comfortable margin, even with absentees outstanding.]Photo: Courtesy of the González-Rojas Campagn.[Mamdani leads by 8 points, Souffrant trails by less than 4, and Mitaynes is behind by 8.][McDonald is up by 9 against Fein.][Bojok is down 17 to Rivera.]In a handful of other races, the left is working to fend off challenges to progressive incumbents., a Flushing slumlord developer creating fake twitter accounts to call...

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The FBI Interrogated a Brooklyn Man Arrested for a Curfew Violation

The FBI Interrogated a Brooklyn Man Arrested for a Curfew Violation

Joel Feingold was in his apartment in Brooklyn when he heard the sound of police beating protesters outside of his building Wednesday night. Having spent much of the week in the streets joining the waves of demonstrations against police brutality currently sweeping the nation, Feingold rushed outside. He was swiftly tossed to the ground by a senior New York City police officer in a white shirt, thrown in a police van, and placed under arrest along with four other individuals for having ostensibly violated a recently imposed curfew on New York City residents.Feingold and the others were...

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National Review Is Trying to Rewrite its Own Racist History

National Review Is Trying to Rewrite its Own Racist History

Stuart Stevens, who has gone from running Mitt Romney’s campaign for president in 2012 to a perch as a leading Never Trumper, is out with a new book: his mea culpa of sorts,Some of Stevens’s former colleagues don’t like it, and one of them, Matthew Scully, savaged it in National Review. “Perhaps the most devastating book review you’ll ever read,”The review is, to be sure, unfriendly, countering that Stevens is, in so many words, a clown, a hack, a liar, a grifter — and wrong. I’m not here to referee the bulk of their dispute, but one particular claim by Scully in his review merits a closer...

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The Trump Administration Is Waiving the Public’s Right to Affordable Coronavirus Treatments

The Trump Administration Is Waiving the Public’s Right to Affordable Coronavirus Treatments

The federal government has failed to include intellectual property and pricing protections in at least four contracts for drugs to combat Covid-19. Legal safeguards meant to ensure that products developed with federal funds are affordable and widely available were missing from the contracts, which are worth more than $1 billion and were released along with other documents last week in response to freedom of information requests. The omissions make it more likely that potentially lifesaving treatments and vaccines may be priced out of reach, even as the spiraling financial and health crises...

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A North Carolina City Bans Protests, Protecting Confederate Monument

A North Carolina City Bans Protests, Protecting Confederate Monument

A North Carolina city is using a restrictive ordinance to outlaw protest, threatening to arrest anyone who even attempts to peacefully protest without a permit, as part of an effort to protect a Confederate monument that sits outside its courthouse.The Alamance County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post on Friday that permits to protest in the city of Graham will not be granted for the foreseeable future, adding that anyone who attempts to protest without a permit will be in violation of the order and arrested. There has been a heavy police presence around the monument, which features...

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In Buried Report, U.S. Government Admits Major Failures in Confronting Domestic Terrorism

In Buried Report, U.S. Government Admits Major Failures in Confronting Domestic Terrorism

For weeks, President Donald Trump and top advisers like Attorney General William Barr have sought to blame antifa for sporadic violence and rioting during the ongoing Black Lives Matters protests. With little evidence, Trump even threatened to label antifa, an amorphous left-wing movement opposed to fascism, .But the president’s strategy of pinning blame on antifa in quick, broad brushstrokes is undercut not only by constitutional hurdles and conflicting evidence on the ground, but also by a sobering report from his own intelligence officials that calls for an entirely revamped approach to...

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The Airline Industry Blocked Disclosure of Trade Data, Helping Conceal the Airlift of N95 Masks From the U.S. to China

The Airline Industry Blocked Disclosure of Trade Data, Helping Conceal the Airlift of N95 Masks From the U.S. to China

In the first months of the Covid-19 outbreak — when U.S. hospitals faced a critical shortage of protective gear and exposed front-line medical workers to needless risk — hundreds of tons of medical face masks were loaded onto planes at U.S. airports and flown to China and other destinations for foreign buyers.While the masks were shipped abroad, the U.S. government failed to address the growing crisis, leaving states to scramble to obtain medical gear as third-party distributors hiked prices and began selling what turned out to be defective masks. While the Trump administration to secure...

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Scholar Robin D.G. Kelley on How Today’s Abolitionist Movement Can Fundamentally Change the Country

Scholar Robin D.G. Kelley on How Today’s Abolitionist Movement Can Fundamentally Change the Country

We are living in a moment of change and upheaval, a time of immense pain and suffering, but also a time of hope and tremendous possibility. We are nearing four years of an incompetent but dangerous authoritarian — Donald Trump — occupying the most powerful office in the land. We are in the midst of the deadly coronavirus pandemic. And we are just four months away from presidential and congressional elections.But we are also in a moment of great reckoning, because of the courage and determination of activists, the Movement for Black Lives, and good people across the country. This reckoning...

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Jun 27
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Blueleaks: Police Focused on Unfounded Threats Amid Minneapolis Protests

Blueleaks: Police Focused on Unfounded Threats Amid Minneapolis Protests

, Newly leaked documents reveal that, in the wake of George Floyd’s killing, local and federal law enforcement agencies repeatedly told police in Minnesota that they were under attack. The fears stoked by the warnings appear to have set the stage for the police’s escalating, violent response to the protests, including the of tear gas, , and rubber bullets, sometimes fired at close range.The documents show that law enforcement leadership warned of potential threats from antifa and “black racially motivated violent extremists,” as well as vaguely described social media users. Federal and...

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Progressives Plan to Push Big Cuts to Defense Spending, Citing Coronavirus Crisis

Progressives Plan to Push Big Cuts to Defense Spending, Citing Coronavirus Crisis

Sen. Bernie Sanders will propose a sweeping 10 percent cut to Pentagon spending, with the savings redirected as grant money to “high-poverty” areas in the United States, according to the text of a forthcoming amendment his office shared with The Intercept.Members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus are planning to use Sanders’s amendment as part of an effort to push for drastic cuts to military spending in this year’s budget in response to the coronavirus pandemic and its devastating economic impact. The group of legislators also wants to build support for the idea of reducing the...

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FBI Expands Ability to Monitor Social Media, Location Data

FBI Expands Ability to Monitor Social Media, Location Data

The Federal Bureau of Investigation may be watching what you tweet and where people gather.The federal law enforcement agency’s records show a growing focus on harnessing the latest private sector tools for mass surveillance, including recent contracts with companies that monitor social media posts and collect cellphone location data.On May 26, as demonstrations around the country erupted over the police killing of George Floyd, the FBI signed an to extend its relationship with Dataminr, a company that monitors social media.A few days later, the agency an agreement it signed in February...

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Lee Fang
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Jamaal Bowman Set to Oust Rep. Eliot Engel in Major Progressive Victory

Jamaal Bowman Set to Oust Rep. Eliot Engel in Major Progressive Victory

In what looks to be a major victory for the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, Jamaal Bowman, a middle school principal from the Bronx, is set to oust Rep. Eliot Engel — the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee — in the New York primary.“Eliot Engel — and I’ll say his name once — used to say that he was a thorn in the side of Donald Trump,” Bowman said in a de facto victory speech on Tuesday night. “But you know what Donald Trump is more afraid of than anything else? A black man with power.”Despite a last-ditch effort to save the hawkish Democrat, including an...

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Trump Sends Message With Prosecution of Molotov Cocktail Lawyers

Trump Sends Message With Prosecution of Molotov Cocktail Lawyers

The killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police in late May ignited protests in cities and towns across the United States. These largely peaceful demonstrations have been punctuated by acts of violence, by the police themselves. But other incidents of both violence and property destruction have also been reported. Among them was the case of two young Brooklyn lawyers accused of burning the dashboard of a New York Police Department cruiser — a case that has become a flashpoint in the Trump administration’s legal and public relations response to the protests.Urooj Rahman, 31, and Colinford...

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Jun 19
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Trump Lies About Cutting White House Pandemic Team to Dodge (Checks Notes) Fox News

Trump Lies About Cutting White House Pandemic Team to Dodge (Checks Notes) Fox News

Donald Trump’s latest campaign rally disguised as a coronavirus task force briefing took a remarkable turn on Wednesday when he was stunned by a tough question from, of all people, John Roberts of Fox News.Trump was sailing along, singing his own praises (““) and denying any responsibility for the catastrophe when Roberts asked the president about the massive blunder of disbanding the White House pandemic preparedness team set up by his predecessor, former President Barack Obama.Roberts raised the subject after Trump had trotted out his now familiar, if nonsensical, excuse of blaming Obama...

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Josh Gottheimer Is a Democrat Who Votes Reliably With Republicans. His Primary Challenge Is Heating Up.

Josh Gottheimer Is a Democrat Who Votes Reliably With Republicans. His Primary Challenge Is Heating Up.

Early this month, as protests against police brutality swept the country, New Jersey Democratic Rep. Josh Gottheimer attended a vigil mourning the death of George Floyd. The next day, he about his participation in the event, to join the “fight to end discrimination, hate, and all forms of racism.”His tweets invoked a handful of responses asking what Gottheimer had done as a legislator to address police brutality. Why had he not signed on to Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Ayanna Pressley’s condemning police brutality and calling for an end to militarized policing, for instance?Within a few...

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