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Tennessee Man Fired For Sitting Down During the National Anthem

Tyler Chancellor started his job as a coach at a kickboxing gym in Chattanooga, Tennessee, less than two weeks ago — the culmination of years of hard …

Colin Kaepernick

Top Trump Official John Kelly Ordered ICE to Portray Immigrants as Criminals to Justify Raids

A directive to immigration officials across the country to try to portray undocumented immigrants swept up in mass raids as criminals came directly …

Immigration

Senate Democrats Claim a Top Banking Regulator Is Serving Illegally in His Position

Six Senate Democrats have asked the Treasury Department’s inspector general to investigate whether Keith Noreika, head of the Office of the …

Government

Envisioning an America Free From Police Violence and Control

Images from the mass protests in St. Louis last month against the acquittal of a white former police officer in the fatal shooting of Anthony Lamar …

Black Lives Matter

As Congress Weighs Debt Forgiveness for Flood Program, Some Want to See it Reformed

The Senate is expected to vote this week on $16 billion in debt forgiveness for the National Flood Insurance Program, continuing the bizarre …

National Flood Insurance Program

Ai Weiwei Explores the “Human Flow” of Refugees and Sees an America That Lost Its Conscience

I.<p>“Do you think our asylum policy is broken? Do you really think that? That’s what you wrote,” the red-faced lawyer from Homeland Security shouted at …

Refugees

Left-Wing Drexel Professor Who Opposes Free Speech Has His Curtailed

George Ciccariello-Maher, a Drexel University associate professor of politics and global studies, is no fan of free speech.<p>He uses his Twitter …

Racism

The Speculative Civil War Novel Comes Home

Heavily armed fascists openly organize on the streets of a former Confederate stronghold. Car attacks on protesters are normalized on social media. …

Nazism

House Republicans Warn Congress Not To “Bail Out” Puerto Rico

Nestled in the $36.5 billion disaster relief package the House of Representatives approved Thursday is $5 billion specifically for Puerto Rico to …

Caribbean

Koch Brothers’ Internal Strategy Memo on Selling Tax Cuts: Ignore The Deficit

The billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch spent much of the eight years of the Obama presidency stoking fears about the budget deficit. Their …

Economy

Major Gunmaker Admits “Heightened Fears” of Crime and Terrorism Help Sales

Following the mass shooting in Las Vegas, there has been a surge in sales of bump stocks — devices that can help increase the rate of fire of weapons …

Guns

Kansas Is Punishing a Teacher for Following Her Church’s Guidance to Boycott Israel

Esther Koontz is a long-time math teacher and curriculum coach at Horace Mann Dual Language Magnet School in Wichita, Kansas.<p>She’s also a member of …

Rights & Freedoms

Leaked ICE Guide Offers Unprecedented View of Agency’s Asset Forfeiture Tactics

An internal handbook obtained by The Intercept provides a rare view into the extensive asset seizure operations of ICE’s Homeland Security …

Surveillance

Palestinian Activist Finds Support From Bernie Sanders and Other Members of Congress

The U.S. Congress is one of the worst places to get a fair hearing as a Palestinian.<p>On a bipartisan basis, the body leans heavily toward the Israeli …

Bernie Sanders

Silicon Valley and Hollywood Lobby Against Gender Pay Gap Transparency

Lobbyists representing leading companies in the Silicon Valley and Hollywood have placed tremendous pressure to defeat legislation designed to shine …

Silicon Valley

Minneapolis Mayoral Candidate’s Personal Experience With Criminal Justice System Inspires Platform for Reform

Ever since a wave of activism placed the national spotlight on police violence and the problems plaguing the criminal justice system, several …

Justice

How Catalonia Pulled Off Its Independence Vote from Spain Using “Pizza” Code Words and Secret Schemes

I arrived at the polling station on the night before Catalonia was set to vote in a contested referendum on the region’s independence from Spain. A …

Catalonia

A Federal Judge Upheld Joe Arpaio’s Pardon, But the Legal Challenge Isn’t Over Yet

Although a federal district judge last week dismissed the criminal case against former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was pardoned by President Donald …

Law

Before Charlottesville Was in the Spotlight, Police Arrested Their Most Prominent Critic in the Middle of the Night

Jeff Fogel woke to the sound of someone furiously banging on his door. He quickly threw on a T-shirt and pajama bottoms while the banging continued, …

Black Lives Matter

The Airport Bomber From Last Week You Never Heard About

In fact, sharp nails and bullets were found in this improvised explosive device. Whoever built it designed the bomb to cause horrific bodily harm. …

Terrorism

“No Kin In the Game”: Study Finds Members of Congress Without Draft-Age Sons Were More Hawkish

A new study finds that members of Congress who didn’t have draft-age sons were significantly more likely to support hawkish, pro-conscription …

U.S. Congress

This Group Helps Lobbyists Influence Public Officials. The Trump Hotel Is Hosting Its 2018 Gala.

The American Legislative Exchange Council, a controversial group that brings corporate lobbyists together with state legislators to formulate …

Donald Trump

Did Trump Break the Law by Telling NFL Owners to Fire Players?

Two different NFL teams, the Miami Dolphins and the Dallas Cowboys, have now publicized that they are forcing their players to stand for the national …

U.S. Postal Service

The Ritual of Silence in an Age of Mass Shootings

On October 1, Stephen Paddock barricaded himself in his Las Vegas hotel room with two dozen guns and opened fire on a country music festival some 30 …

Mass Shooting

Puerto Rico Relief Bill Cancels $16 Billion in Debt — But Not for Puerto Rico

House Republicans unveiled a $36.5 billion disaster relief supplemental package Tuesday night, intended to pay for relief and rebuilding efforts for …

Caribbean

The Big Secret Behind a “Small Business” Pushing Trump’s Tax Plan

In a bid to win public support for President Donald Trump’s tax cut proposal, lobbyists recently unveiled a website called Tax Reform for America, …

Small Business

New Jersey Teachers Union Backs Pro-Trump Candidate, Warning Democrats Not to Take Educators for Granted

In an otherwise predictable New Jersey election season, the state’s largest public sector union has come out behind a Trump-supporting Republican …

Democratic Party

Intercepted Podcast: The White Stuff

Subscribe to the Intercepted podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, and other platforms. New to podcasting? Click here.<p>Donald Trump sent …

Ta-Nehisi Coates

ICE Detainee Sent to Solitary Confinement for Encouraging Protest of “Voluntary” Low-Wage Labor

In June, officials at a privately run Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in rural Georgia sentenced an immigrant detainee to a …

Prison

As Texas Prepares to Kill Robert Pruett, He Leaves Behind a Literary Indictment of Us All

The autobiography serves as a sort of sociological self-examination — an attempt by Pruett to understand why his life went the way it did. He writes …

Crime