Category: News

Against the Stream to shut down

Against the Stream announced today it will be closing its operations as of September 30. This is a shame, because the organization benefited a lot of people. ATS leadership sent a letter to its membership detailing the conclusion of a lengthy internal investigation of sexual assault by ATS’s founder, Noah Levine. The letter stated that …

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Henry II & the meddlesome priest

During his testimony in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday morning, James Comey said that President Trump told him that he’d hope Comey would drop the Michael Flynn investigation. Senator Angus King of Maine asked if Comey interpreted the President’s use of “hope” as an order, Comey replied, “It rings in my ear as …

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Montana GOP candidate body-slams Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs

Could the political climate continue to devolve? We are seemingly living in an alternative facts, fake news, post-factual alternate universe where the alt-right is position close to the seat of power. The media has been labeled as enemy of the people by the President, whose recklessness has trickled down to brazen acolytes like Greg Gianforte, the Republican …

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Benjamin Wittes recounts what James Comey told him

This post by Benjamin Wittes on his Lawfare blog sheds light on the Comey firing. Wittes is a Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. He’s also a friend of Comey’s and has unique insights into what Comey faced from the Trump White House. Wittes wrote:  Comey understood Trump’s people as having neither knowledge of …

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Trump White House cannot get its stories straight

Last week, it was the Comey firing. The explanations by Sean Spicer, Mike Pense, Kellyanne Conway and Sarah Huckabee Sanders shifted on an hourly basis. Not to mention the bizarre reasoning that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein gave for justification of Comey’s dismissal–Hillary’s emails, really?–only to be upstage by Trump’s own admission. This week, it’s the …

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Internet privacy, like most things now, has been politicized

Last October, the Federal Communications Commission pushed through a set of privacy rulings that defined private information to include things like users’ locations, their browsing history, their financial and health information and the what they actually say inside the body of their emails and texts. These definitions are essentially a strike against the Internet Service Providers, since …

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FBI Director James Comey on Russian interference in 2016 election

FBI Director Comey, in the House intelligence committee hearing, says U.S. must assume Russia will interfere again: https://t.co/ROAxXv9ICX pic.twitter.com/bMSVR16hAA — NPR (@NPR) March 20, 2017 I’m surprised that foreign interference in American elections has not happened before. A confluence of events and actors have to happen in order for this to take place–Putin, Trump, Hillary, Wikileaks, …

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