The Dissenter

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14 Dec 2017

Elevating Lesser-Known Voices: Support Shadowproof’s Podcasts

Shadowproof’s podcasts provide another medium through which we can elevate voices from marginalized communities and dissenting perspectives that deserve more attention.

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14 Dec 2017

Freelance Journalists: Open Call For Submissions In January

Shadowproof is seeking pitches from freelance writers for publication on our website in January.

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Jordan Chariton. Photo via TYT Politics on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R30quQtRRVk
13 Dec 2017

Young Turks Reporter Fired Over Sexual Allegations Sues Huffington Post For Defamation

Former Young Turks reporter Jordan Chariton sued Huffington Post for defamation over an article with sexual allegations against him that was later taken down.

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10 Dec 2017

Unauthorized Disclosure—Episode 40: Every Day Is Training Day For The Rapture

Hosts Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola discuss President Donald Trump and his administration’s plans to move the United States Embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. They also comment on the tax bill and react to Senator Al Franken’s resignation over sexual harassment allegations. Khalek, who is involved in a new

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Prison Protest

15 Dec 2017

Justice Department Has No Idea If Their Alternatives To Incarceration Work

The Justice Department is not evaluating the performance of pretrial diversion programs, residential re-entry centers, and home confinement, according to congressional testimony from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Under President Barack Obama administration, the Justice Department sought to reduce booming federal prison populations by providing alternatives to incarceration for people

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14 Dec 2017

Widespread Detainee Abuse At ICE Prisons Confirmed By Inspector General Report

The inspector general for the Homeland Security Department conducted unannounced inspections of six immigrant detention facilities overseen by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). It uncovered glaring examples of detainee abuse and mistreatment at four of the facilities. Inspections were conducted in response to complaints from immigrant rights groups, as well

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12 Dec 2017

Beyond Prisons—Episode 18: The End Of Policing feat. Alex Vitale

Professor Alex S. Vitale discusses his book, “The End Of Policing,” which provides a historical analysis of law enforcement and police reform, and argues for alternatives.

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Crime Analyst Jeff Asher. Photo via Twitter.
11 Dec 2017

Crime Analyst And FiveThirtyEight Commentator Concealed Law Enforcement Employment

Jeff Asher, a New Orleans-based crime analyst who contributes to FiveThirtyEight, has not disclosed his employment with local police.

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06 Dec 2017

FBI Intervenes In Sexual Abuse Investigation At Texas Immigrant Detention Center

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into allegations of detainee sexual abuse by guards at a for-profit immigrant detention center in Texas. At a press conference on December 4, advocates with Grassroots Leadership, an Austin-based immigrant rights organization, announced the FBI had taken over the investigation at the T.

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30 Nov 2017

Cibola Immigration Detention Facility Is Trump Administration’s Model For Isolating Refugees

Christopher, a young Congolese asylum seeker, was detained at the Cibola County Correctional Center, which is a prison in rural New Mexico operated by CoreCivic. He endured health issues, experienced isolation because he doesn’t speak a commonly spoken language, struggled to find a lawyer, and had his asylum application denied

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Sharp Edges

11 Dec 2017

Whitewashing Bush And Obama’s Anti-Muslim Policies To Attack Trump

President Donald Trump’s fervent Islamophobia, which will likely surge again now that the Supreme Court has blessed the travel ban, is viewed as a kind of unique hostility towards Muslims. Jennifer Williams, Vox’s deputy foreign and national security editor, and a Muslim herself, published a widely shared piece which argued,

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#HUResist members cook meals for the homeless. Photo by #HUResist on Facebook.
27 Nov 2017

#HUResist Is Anti-Racist Student Activism That Goes Beyond Trump

In the wave of Trump-era movements, #HUResist is a powerful student-led initiative at Howard University that goes beyond the White House.

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Paul Ryan. Photo by Gage Skidmore on Flickr.
20 Nov 2017

Paul Ryan’s ‘Cindy’ Is A Cruel Figment Of The Capitalist Imagination

Republican Speaker Paul Ryan, who has an estimated net worth of $6.4 million, wants people to believe an extra $58 a month will allow for “Cindy” to save money.

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Still from "Toughest Prisons in America - Lewisburg Federal Documentary." Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45ipVwX7frk
06 Nov 2017

Interview: Man Granted Clemency By Obama Over Drug Charges Rebuilds Life

In 1997, when Romaine “Chip” Dukes was 24-years-old, he was convicted on three federal drug charges and was given a mandatory life sentence, plus ten years.

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Flint Water Plant. Photo by George Thomas on Flickr.
24 Oct 2017

Little Has Changed For Flint Residents Forced To Pay For Poisoned Water

Nearly 1,250 days ago, a major water crisis hit Flint, Michigan. Yet, even as problems persist, officials involved in the crisis have yet to be held accountable.

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Urgent care center. Photo by youbelonginlongmont on Flickr.
17 Oct 2017

Failures Of Affordable Care Act Push Patients To Rely On Urgent Care Centers

As health care costs are leading cause of bankruptcy, more Americans are leaving their primary care physicians behind in favor of urgent care centers.

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The Bullpen

01 Dec 2017

History Suggests Democrats Unlikely To Repeal Unpopular Tax Bill If It Passes

Senate Republicans are in a rush to pass a very unpopular tax bill that would dramatically cut taxes for the rich and corporations. There are many reasons why they want to pass this unpopular bill. It is what their donors want. Tax cuts are an article of faith among the

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President Trump delivers a statement on Syria. (Screenshot from White House video)
18 Oct 2017

Trump Is Taking Advantage Of The Fact That Obamacare Was Made To Be Broken

Trump is trying to remove as many Jenga blocks from Obamacare, as he legally can. The problem is that Obamacare is made of Jenga blocks in the first place.

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Protestors demand Medicare for all in Bakersfield, California. Photo by ufcw770 on Flickr.
14 Sep 2017

The Surprising Provision Buried In Sanders’ Medicare For All Bill

Senator Bernie Sanders’ Medicare For All bill contained one very interesting section that has been mostly overlooked.

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Vermont Human Right To Healthcare. Rally at the State House in Montpelier, VT. Photo by NESRI on Flickr.
09 Aug 2017

Interview With Jon Walker: Why MICA Is Good Plan To Transition U.S. To Single-Payer Health Care

Health care policy analyst Jon Walker discusses his proposal for transitioning the United States to a single-payer health care system.

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Hospital room. Photo by Sara Star NS on Flickr.
24 Jul 2017

Here’s A National Single-Payer Health Care Plan That Would Work

Shadowproof is proud to contribute to the national health care debate by introducing our plan to transition the U.S. to a single-payer health care system.

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"Healthcare Costs." Photo by Images Money on Flickr.
24 Jul 2017

Medical Insurance And Care For All: A National Single-Payer Bill

The Medical Insurance and Care for All (MICA) program is a public health insurance program based on Medicare but open to all individuals.

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GOVINT

Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) seal.
19 Oct 2017

Read DEA Chief’s Critical Memo Admonishing Trump For Endorsing Police Misconduct

Former DEA Chief Chuck Rosenberg resigned on October 1 but not before castigating President Donald Trump in an internal memo.

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Trump Tower. Photo by brad_t on Flickr.
18 Sep 2017

FBI Can Neither Confirm Nor Deny Trump Tower Wiretap

In response to a records request, the FBI said it “can neither confirm nor deny the existence of records” regarding a wiretap of Trump Tower.

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14 Sep 2017

Salt Lake City Police Chief Applauded Officers Instead Of Reflecting On Nurse Incident

Shadowproof obtained emails from the Salt Lake City police chief after the incident with a University of Utah nurse. Where is reflection on what happened?

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Heather Heyer memorial in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia. Photo by Bob Mical on Flickr.
04 Sep 2017

UVA Professor Warned Charlottesville Police Of Impending Violence On Night Before Heather Heyer’s Death

After witnessing a “no police intervention” the night before Heath Heyer’s death, a professor warned police “the White supremacists will be violent tomorrow.”

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"Unite The Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Photo by Rodney Dunning.
01 Sep 2017

Emails Suggest UVA Police Downplayed White Supremacist Groups During Unite The Right Rally

Read the University of Virginia’s police chief’s emails regarding the “Unite the Right” rally, obtained by Shadowproof under the Freedom of Information Act.

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Gil Scott-Heron. Photo by Martti Tulenheimo (tulenheimo) on Flickr.
30 Aug 2017

Read The FBI File For Renowned Black Musician And Poet Gil Scott-Heron

Shadowproof obtained 28 pages of FBI records regarding Black musician and poet Gil Scott-Heron under the Freedom of Information Act.

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THE IDIOCRAT

23 Nov 2017

President Donald Trump Allegedly Groped A Thanksgiving Turkey

A White House staffer present during the selection process for the Thanksgiving turkeys, which President Donald Trump would later “pardon,” said Trump allegedly groped one of the turkeys. Trump said, “Is this a woman?” as he hoisted the bird up in the air. “It’s a very special time to be

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23 Nov 2017

Man Still On Hold Waiting For Liberal Hotline To Tell Him What To Say About Trump During Thanksgiving Dinner

A 33 year-old man, who has #AbsolutelyWithHer and #WhenFemsResist in his Twitter bio, is still waiting on a liberal hotline for people who need talking points on President Donald Trump for their Thanksgiving dinners. The hotline was launched by Stand Above Impeachable Lies, or SAIL. About an hour ago, one

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06 Nov 2017

US Politicians Prepare Thoughts And Prayers For Next Victims Of Shooting They Won’t Do Anything To Prevent

The White House and members of Congress prepared thoughts and prayers for those who will be shot and killed in the nation’s next mass shooting. “It is best to be ready, since we’re not going to entertain a national conversation or support a policy change that could possibly reduce the

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Scott Pruitt. Photo by Gage Skidmore.
11 Oct 2017

Scott Pruitt’s EPA Will Fight For States’ Rights To Climate Change

In a draft four-year plan, the Scott Pruitt’s EPA promises to go above and beyond to restore the rights of states to endure climate change.

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08 Oct 2017

National Weather Service Reluctantly Takes On Role Of Forecasting Next Gun Massacre

As a nation once again debates whether to debate whether to do anything meaningful to make it harder for Americans to kill masses of people with guns, sources with the National Weather Service said they plan to include potential threats of gun violence in their forecasts. One official sighed very

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17 Aug 2017

Here Is The NDA That George Soros Forced Professional Anarchist To Sign

It was nearly six months ago that I came forward and revealed my role as a professional anarchist paid to protest President Donald Trump by George Soros. Upon revealing the truth, I immediately had to go into hiding and I sought out privacy tools that weren’t infiltrated by Soros and

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