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FBI

Neo-Nazi Terrorist Tried To Derail Amtrak Train

A 26-year-old white man who attempted to commit a terror attack on an Amtrak train in rural Nebraska also attended the doomed “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last August on the white supremacist side, according to a court document.

January 5, 2018
Trump, Ethics, Terrorism

Trump Caught Accepting Bribes From Foreign Governments Through “Gifts” To His Hotels

Foreign governments are openly funneling millions of dollars to Donald Trump and expecting favors from his White House by using his international hotels and resorts as a cover for bribery. McClatchy has uncovered a series of transactions between foreign governments and the Trump Organization that have occurred over the first year of his presidency.

January 3, 2018
Protestor Ieshia Evans is approached by law enforcement near the headquarters of the Baton Rouge Police Department in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. July 9, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman

Police Killed More Than 1,000 Civilians In 2017

News headlines in 2017 were primarily dominated by coverage of President Donald Trump’s administration and tense party politics. But while most the attention was focused on the president’s antics, officers in police departments around the country killed over 1,000 civilians.

January 2, 2018

4 Reasons For A Surprising Change In Racial Incarceration Trendlines

It’s long been a given that racial disparities plague the nation’s criminal justice system. That’s still true—black people are incarcerated at a rate five times higher than that of white people—but the disparities are decreasing, and there are a number of interesting reasons behind the trend.

December 29, 2017

Why Scared Cops Are So Frightening

The jurors who acquitted Philip Brailsford of second-degree murder last week were told to judge him based on “how a reasonable officer would act, versus a regular person with no police training,” as The Arizona Republic put it.

December 15, 2017
Comey's testimony

Nearing The End Game: The 6 Phases Of Trump’s Plan To Fire Robert Mueller

President Trump is now ready, willing and able to fire special prosecutor Robert Muller. It’s a matter of when, not if. The warning signs have been accumulating since Trump decided not to fire Mueller last summer, and now alarm bells are ringing.

December 13, 2017
Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby

Alabama’s Senior GOP Senator Rejects Moore

While it was disturbing, it was sadly unsurprising that Donald Trump eventually endorsed Alabama Senate nominee Roy Moore, and implored his own supporters to vote for a man accused of serial sexual predation against young girls.

December 11, 2017
Michael Slager

Walter Scott’s Family Finds Justice In Killer’s Conviction

Despite the FBI’s attempt to label and target “Black Identity Extremists,” on Thursday some justice was served in one police brutality case. In April 2015, Michael Slager, then a police officer, shot and killed Walter Scott. Scott, who was unarmed, was hit five times as he ran from Slager.

December 8, 2017
Trump rabbit hole

Carl Bernstein: Trump’s Behavior Is More ‘Egregious’ Than Nixon’s

Veteran reporter Carl Bernstein, best known for his journalism during President Richard Nixon’s Watergate scandal, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that President Donald Trump’s “authoritarian” behavior is more blatant than Nixon’s abuse of power.

December 6, 2017

Why America Fails At Gathering Hate Crime Statistics

Under a federal law passed in 1990, the FBI is required to track and tabulate crimes in which there was “manifest evidence of prejudice” against a host of protected groups, including homosexuals, regardless of differences in how state laws define who’s protected.

December 6, 2017
FBI

After Implicating Himself On Twitter, Trump Desperately Lashes Out At FBI, Clinton

On Saturday, Trump made what appeared to be an extraordinary admission that he knew Flynn was guilty of lying to the FBI when he fired Flynn, which would mean he also knew that when he pressed then-FBI Director James Comey to drop the Flynn investigation.

December 4, 2017
Trump, New York Times, Russia

Trump May Have Just Admitted To Obstruction Of Justice. On Twitter.

Early Saturday afternoon, Trump took to Twitter and promptly blurted out that he knew former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty Friday to making false statements to the FBI, had lied to investigators while he was working in the White House.

December 3, 2017
Moore

Conservatives Support Moore Even If Guilty

As his U.S. Senate campaign has been swamped by credible accusations of egregious sexual misconduct, Moore and his allies have taken the usual route toward undermining his accusers. The women, now middle-aged, have been denounced as liars, attention-seekers and tools…

December 2, 2017
Kellyanne Conway, Alternative Facts

Kellyanne Conway Officially Under Investigation For Endorsing Alleged Pedophile

Government employees, who draw their paychecks from taxpayer dollars, are barred from endorsing candidates, or using their paid positions to try to influence elections. That law is outlined in the Hatch Act. And when Kellyanne Conway went on Fox News last week to blast Alabama Democrat Doug Jones…

December 1, 2017
hate-training-police-3x2

Hate Crime Training For Police Is Often Inadequate, Sometimes Nonexistent

To become a police officer in the U.S., one almost always has to enroll in an academy for some basic training. The typical academy session lasts 25 weeks, but state governments — which oversee police academies for local and state law enforcement officers — have wide latitude when it comes to choosing the subjects that will be taught in the classrooms.

December 1, 2017

Your Secrets Are Not Safe With Anyone

Timothy Carpenter specialized in stealing cellphones, the same devices that betrayed him. Based on four months of cellphone location data from the companies that provided Carpenter’s mobile phone service, the FBI placed him near four stores while they were being robbed.

November 30, 2017
Mueller

Mueller Will Question White House Counsel About Trump

Investigators will likely question McGahn to determine whether there was “corrupt intent” such as firing Comey specifically to put a halt to the investigation into whether his campaign colluded with Russians to influence the 2016 presidential election, experts say.

November 29, 2017
james-okeefe-fails

The Sinister Screw-ups Of James O’Keefe

James O’Keefe’s latest sad attempt to own liberals included hiring a woman to pose as a sexual assault survivor in order to defend a reported child molester — and that says a lot about the political media world that allows him to thrive.

November 29, 2017
Flynn, Russia

How Michael Flynn Subverted Our Democracy

When he started investigating General Michael T. Flynn, Special Counsel Robert Mueller concentrated on his income and undisclosed contacts with Russian officials. Now, however, Mueller’s investigation has broadened to include Flynn’s business with Turkey.

November 28, 2017
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Senator’s Son Sues Sheriff Arpaio

One of the sons of Arizona Senator Jeff Flake has filed a lawsuit against President Trump ally Sheriff Joe Arpaio, accusing him of maliciously pursuing charges of animal cruelty to damage his father’s political reputation.

November 26, 2017
People take part in a protest against police brutality and in support of Black Lives Matter during a march in New York July 9, 2016. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

Blacks Busted Far More Than Whites For Minor Pot Violations

According to a groundbreaking 2013 report authored by the American Civil Liberties Union, African Americans in the United States are nearly four times more likely than whites to be arrested for minor marijuana possession violations.

November 26, 2017
Retired Gen. Michael Flynn attended White House intel briefings while working for foreign clients

Trump, Flynn Coordination A ‘Scandal,’ Expert Says

The information-sharing deal between President Donald Trump’s legal team and that of former national security adviser Mike Flynn has been a “scandal,” as well “ethically dubious” and could be construed as form of “witness tampering,” according to a top legal expert.

November 25, 2017

For Some Victims, Reporting A Rape Can Bring Doubt, Abuse — And Even Prosecution

The women accusing the Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual misconduct have faced doubt and derision. Other women, who have alleged sexual assault or harassment by powerful men in Hollywood, Silicon Valley and elsewhere, have become targets for online abuse or had their careers threatened.

November 25, 2017

10 Things You Should Know About Julian Assange

Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, is more loved, and more hated, than ever. And just who is doing the loving and the hating is more complicated than ever. In his rise from libertarian hacker to global publisher, Assange pioneered a new kind of power…

November 25, 2017
AR-15 Is the Weapon of Choice for Mass Shooters

Why The AR-15 Is The Weapon Of Choice For Mass Shooters

Besides his penchant for domestic abuse and his military background, another interesting connection emerged between the Sutherland Springs shooter and other recent killers. His weapon of choice was the AR-15, which seems to have become a favorite of mass murderers as of late.

November 9, 2017