The Dissenter

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton addresses the Conference on Disarmament at the United Nations Office at Geneva, Switzerland, on February 28, 2011. (Flickr / State Department / Eric Bridiers)
01 Oct 2015

Clinton Emails Reveal More About How State Department Shaped Media Coverage Of WikiLeaks

Emails released from Hillary Clinton’s private server reveal that the U.S. State Department planted questions in “60 Minutes” interview with Julian Assange.

A row of student activists protesting in support of Palestine. (Palestine Legal)
30 Sep 2015

Report Examines Widespread Attacks On Palestinian Human Rights Activists On College Campuses

Since January 2014, Palestine Legal documented 292 incidents of oppression against activists that support Palestinian liberation, especially on campuses.

File: Colorful mailboxes against a rough textured background. (Flickr / tanakawho)
29 Sep 2015

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In a promotional image from "99 Homes," Andrew Garfield stands in a room tagged with "Kill Bankers" graffiti. (Hooman Bahrani)
29 Sep 2015

Film Review: ’99 Homes’ Is Compelling Tale Of Corruption Around Home Foreclosures

Ramin Bahrani’s “99 Homes” depicts corruption in the housing market in Florida through compelling characters shaped and affected by this underworld.


Prison Protest

Protesters gather outside of GEO Group's immigration detention center in Aurora, Colorado (Justin Valas on Flickr)
24 Sep 2015

Grijalva Rails Against Contracts Permitted In His Own Prison Reform Bill

Progressive Arizona congressman Raúl Grijalva expressed dismay that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) signed an $11 million contract with GEO Care because its parent company, GEO Group, profits off detaining women and children in horrific conditions. Yet, remarkably, Grijalva is the sponsor of a bill, which contains specific exemptions allowing companies

"Our souls are so much bigger than this." Art by Amaryllis DeJesus Moleski
23 Sep 2015

The Heavy Price Families And Communities Pay For Incarceration

A new report details how families pay a high price for the incarceration of a relative—a price “felt most deeply by women, low-income families and communities of color.”  It examines the various ways families and former prisoners “pay” for their incarceration, even after they are released. The report, “Who Pays? The True Cost Of

Vernon C. Bain Correctional Barge, a floating jail that houses about 800 inmates as part of New York City's RIkers Island complex, photographed on September 4, 2006. (Flickr / reivax)
22 Sep 2015

New York City Council Adopts Eight Bills For Transparency, Oversight Of Jails

Last week, the New York City Council sent eight bills to Mayor Bill DeBlasio’s desk aimed at bringing greater transparency to the city’s jails. The wave of legislation was introduced this past spring and its passage marks the latest efforts by the city to reign in the brutal culture of violence and impunity that has reigned inside its jails for years.

Bernie Sanders at Drake University in February (Photo by John Pemble)
21 Sep 2015

Bernie Sanders’ Private Prison Reform Bill Would Leave Opportunities For Industry To Grow

Democratic presidential candidate, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), has introduced legislation to abolish aspects of the prison industrial-complex. However, despite being touted as a private prison abolition bill, it would still leave some areas of corrections open to contractors. On September 17, Sanders joined Representatives Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Keith Ellison (D-Minn.)


The Bullpen

Donald Trump gestures with his hands as he speaks at a podium during a July 16, 2015 appearance in Laconia, New Hampshire. (Wikimedia Commons / Michael Vadon)
28 Sep 2015

Donald Trump Claims He Will Break Up NAFTA And Increase Taxes On The Rich

In an interview that aired Sunday on 60 Minutes and a press conference today, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump struck a seemingly populist tone on trade and taxes with promises to dump unfavorable trade deals and increase taxes on the wealthy.

Inside a Volkswagen (funeralbell on Flickr)
25 Sep 2015

Disgraced Volkswagen CEO Could Leave Company With $67 Million

A job well done? On Wednesday, Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn resigned after it was revealed that Volkswagen had been engaging in a large scale program to cheat on pollution emissions tests. The discovery led to a recall order for 11 million cars and triggered investigations by the Environmental Protection Agency

BNY Mellon building (via Mentatmark on Flickr)
24 Sep 2015

No Disclosure Of Foreign Participants In Corruption Probe Of BNY Mellon

Last August, the SEC reached an agreement with BNY Mellon wherein the bank paid $14.8 million to settle charges that the company violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) by hiring unqualified interns in exchange for continued access to an unnamed “Middle Eastern Sovereign Wealth Fund.” Not only was the sovereign wealth fund involved in the corruption not named, neither where the two officials who asked for jobs for their relatives.

ExxonMobil's Joliet refinery in Illinois. (yooperann on Flickr)
23 Sep 2015

Exxon Can’t Explain Shift From Climate Science To Climate Denial Funding

In an unusually intense interview featured on the National Public Radio (NPR) program On the Media, ExxonMobil spokesman and former journalist Richard Keil repeatedly failed to offer a reasonable explanation in response to charges that the energy giant shifted funding in the 1980s away from climate scientists and towards climate