Some Genius Wants to Build Trump’s Border Wall With Nuclear Waste
April 4, 2017 was the last day for contractors to submit proposals for Pres. Donald Trump’s now infamous border wall. The Department of Homeland Security expected it would receive upward of 400 proposals. These plans, some of which were shared exclusively with the San Diego Union Tribune, ranged from... Read more
The Demobilization of Permanent-War America
On successive days recently, I saw two museum shows that caught something of a lost American world and seemed eerily relevant in the Age of Trump. The first, “Hippie Modernism,” an exploration of the counterculture of the 1960s and 1970s–heavy on psychedelic posters–was appropriately enough at the Berkeley Art... Read more
Trump’s Real Estate Deals Took Money From Russian Crooks
This is part two of a two-part series. Read part one. By the mid-2000s, Donald Trump was having a hard time finding investors. He had just declared bankruptcy in 2004 for one of his major casino businesses to the tune of $1.8 billion in debt–and would declare another bankruptcy... Read more
The Bloodstained Rise of Global Populism
In 2016, something extraordinary happened in the politics of diverse countries around the world. With surprising speed and simultaneity, a new generation of populist leaders emerged from the margins of nominally democratic nations to win power.  In doing so, they gave voice, often in virulent fashion, to public concerns... Read more
The Pentagon Still Doesn’t Encrypt Its Emails
A year and a half ago, an investigation revealed that several U.S. government agencies weren’t using basic, easy-to-implement, encryption technology — and thus failing to protect their employees’ emails traveling across the internet. At the time the U.S. Army and Navy and even the CIA and FBI didn’t use... Read more
Trump Aides and Russian Mobsters Pulled Strings in Putin’s Massive Ukraine Gas Scheme
Before Donald Trump was president or a candidate, and when he was hurting for investors as Wall Street had all but shut down loaning operations to him, his businesses established extensive ties to Russian oligarchs, including some allegedly affiliated with organized crime. At the same time, associates of Russian... Read more
One Congressman Suspects a Major Airplane Parts-Maker Is Screwing Over the Pentagon
In late March 2017, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives called on the Department of Defense Inspector General to investigate an aircraft parts supplier suspected of gouging the Pentagon for many years. Rep. Ro Khanna, a California Democrat and a member of the House Armed Services Committee,... Read more
The CIA Allegedly Hacked Macs and iPhones — A Decade Ago
When WikiLeaks dumped a cache of hundreds of secret documents allegedly detailing the CIA’s hacking operations in early March 2017, Julian Assange promised that was just “less than one percent” of what the secret-spilling group had in its possession. On March 23, 2017, WikiLeaks released a new cache of... Read more
North Korea Pretends to Shoot Down a U.S. Bomber
North Korea released a propaganda video on March 21, 2017, just a day before the reclusive regime tried again to test a ballistic missile. The amateurish video depicts North Korean forces attacking the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, shooting down a U.S. Air Force B-1 bomber and,... Read more
Trump on the campaign trail in 2016. Max Goldberg photo Podcast — a historian of the CIA tells us exactly why that’s bad by HELEN COSTER Even before he took office, Donald Trump was denigrating the U.S. intelligence community — in large part because of its investigation into Russian influence on the presidential... Read more
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