October 20, 2018

Saudi Arabia claims Jamal Khashoggi died due to ‘fist fight’

Saudi Arabia confirmed the death of Washington Post contributor and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi on Friday, over two weeks after he was last seen entering a Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. Despite widespread condemnation of Saudi Arabia over its perceived role in Khashoggi’s killing after details emerged about his apparent torture and execution and footage […]
October 19, 2018

Russian charged with attempting to interfere in midterm elections

Elena Khusyaynova, a resident of St. Petersburg, Russia, has been charged by the Justice Department with trying to interfere in next month’s U.S. midterm elections. Khusyaynova is allegedly connected to the Kremlin-backed Internet Research Agency, whose employees were included in special counsel Robert Mueller’s February indictments for their roles in Russian election interference in 2016. The […]
October 19, 2018

Fake Iranian tweets targeted Americans with the weird and the wild

Twitter’s release this week of one million tweets that were part of a social media influence campaign in Iran, as well as millions more from Russia’s own disinformation effort, offered a new level of detail regarding how Americans interacted with the accounts, and who was susceptible to targeting. Earlier this year, the “Mad Dog PAC” — a […]
October 19, 2018

Eric Trump: Murdering journalists is ‘awful’ but ‘what are you going to do?’

The president’s son argued this week that while murdering journalists is bad, there’s not much the Trump administration can or should do about it. He also dismissed allegations his father’s business is tied to Saudi Arabian interests, and made light of his father’s comments about a political ally who had assaulted a reporter. During an interview on […]
October 19, 2018

The NFL’s treatment of Colin Kaepernick is why we’re stuck with Maroon 5 at the Super Bowl

Last month, the NFL announced that the featured performer for the halftime show at Super Bowl LIII would be Maroon 5, a band best known for a handful of inoffensive pop/rock chart-toppers. Reaction to the news was…muted. Many wondered why the NFL didn’t capitalize on the location of this year’s edition of the game — […]
October 19, 2018

Oil industry gets aggressive in fight over Colorado ballot measure to protect public from drilling

Notable Coloradans such as former star Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway and former U.S. Interior Secretary Gale Norton have appeared in television advertisements financed by the oil and gas industry to oppose a grass roots-driven ballot initiative — known as Proposition 112 — that would expand the buffer zone between homes and drilling sites. In […]
October 19, 2018

Bipartisan group of lawmakers asks EPA to uphold California car emissions waiver

A bipartisan group of nearly 70 lawmakers are asking the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to preserve a waiver allowing California to regulate its own vehicle efficiency standards, which the Trump administration has threatened to revoke. In a letter sent to acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on Tuesday, 68 House members urged the agency to halt […]
October 19, 2018

San Francisco Giants owner among funders of racist super PAC

A shockingly racist radio ad from a super PAC calling itself Black Americans for the President’s Agenda went viral on Thursday evening. The spots, running on radio stations popular with black voters in Arkansas and Missouri, urge black women to back Republican Rep. French Hill in Arkansas’ 2nd Congressional District, Republican Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley in […]
October 19, 2018

Elite film festivals have a huge role to play in equality — if they want to

If you are Lady Gaga, and the triumphant sound of your “HAAAAAAA AH AH AH, AHHH!” has been ricocheting around the internet since the trailer for A Star is Born dropped early this summer, and you are arriving at the Venice Film Festival by boat (as one does) in a Jonathan Simkhai bustier dress and the highest of […]
October 19, 2018

Putin gloats about new weapons, says US global dominance is ‘almost done’

In one heck of a foreign policy speech on Thursday night, Russian President Vladimir Putin trolled the United States, calling it an “empire” and saying “[they] often think they can make some little mistakes … because they’re so powerful. But when the number of these mistakes keeps growing, it reaches a level they cannot sustain.” He […]