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The Dissenter

06 Nov 2019

Black Man Tortured And Wrongly Imprisoned For 26 Years Sues Chicago Police Who Were Associates Of Jon Burge

A lawsuit was filed in Chicago against police officers who were closely associated with Jon Burge, the disgraced commander who oversaw a regime of torture employed to coerce confessions. The regime spanned from the early 1970s to the 1990s.

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Seal for the Department of Justice. Image via Department of Justice.
05 Nov 2019

Former CIA Employee Who Allegedly Disclosed ‘Vault 7’ Files To WikiLeaks Challenges Espionage Act Charges

Former CIA employee Josh Schulte, who is accused of leaking the “Vault 7” files to WikiLeaks, urged a federal court to rule the Espionage Act is unconstitutional and dismiss the charges against him.

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04 Nov 2019

Interview With Renato Velez On The Protests In Chile And The Military Crackdown

Hosts Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola of the “Unauthorized Disclosure” weekly podcast are joined by Renato Velez, a left-wing activist in Chile. He has been involved in the protests and talks to them about how they were sparked.

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01 Nov 2019

‘It’s A Definitive Shift’: Chicago Teachers Union Strike A Major Victory For Public Education

“It’s a definitive shift in the entire landscape, not just in Chicago, but throughout the U.S., away from privatization, school closures, charter schools, and the kind of Koch Brother funding of private schools instead of public schools, a threat we’ve been fending off for the last 30 years,” said Jackson Potter, a union bargaining member and high school teacher in Chicago.

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Prison Protest

24 Aug 2019

Beyond Prisons: Gladiator Fights Feat. IWOC’s Brooke Terpstra

Beyond Prisons returns from summer break with a special double episode on “Gladiator Fights” with IWOC organizer Brooke Terpstra.

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05 Aug 2019

Invoking Massacres In Dayton And El Paso, Chicago Police Chief Spreads Disinformation About Bail Reform

In the wake of massacres in Dayton and El Paso, Chicago police chief Eddie Johnson once again promoted misinformation about bail reform and how it has fueled gun violence in Chicago. Seven people were reportedly killed, and at least 46 individuals were injured in shootings that took place from Friday

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24 Jun 2019

Elizabeth Warren’s Flawed But Well-Intentioned Proposal For Banning Private Prisons

Elizabeth Warren’s strategy appears to prioritize issues of privatization in prisons instead of seeing where issue fits into larger issue of incarceration.

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21 Jun 2019

Alabama Prisoners On Hunger Strike Demand Justice Department End Brutal And Inhumane Treatment

Four Alabama prisoners began a hunger strike at the Limestone Correctional Facility in protest against corruption, abuse, and a lack of accountability for inhumane conditions in the state prison system. The hunger strike is a response to a call to action from a coalition of prisoner rights groups, including the

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14 Jun 2019

Prisoners, Grassroots Activists Halt Construction Of Federal Prison On Former Coal Mine

Federal prisoners and grassroots activists defeated plans by the United States government to embark on the most expensive prison construction project in the country’s history. The plans for a federal prison and labor camp in Letcher County, Kentucky, would have cost at least $444 million and resulted in serious and

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San Quentin lethal injection room. Photo by CACorrections (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation) - http://www.flickr.com/photos/37381942@N04/4905111750/in/set-72157624628981539/, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11627466
15 May 2019

Justice Department: If FDA Regulated Execution Drugs, They Would Ban Them

The Justice Department drafted an opinion arguing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may not ban or regulate drugs used to execute prisoners.

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The Bullpen

20 Jun 2018

Seattle Activists Regroup After Amazon, Other Corporations Defeat Tax To Fund Affordable Housing

Seattle City Council Member Kshama Sawant and activist organizations regroup after head tax on Amazon and other large corporations was repealed.

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President Donald J. Trump celebrates the passage of the Tax Cuts Act with Vice President Mike Pence, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan | December 20, 2017 (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)
17 May 2018

Corporations Spend Very Few Savings From Tax Cuts On Workers, Data Shows

Despite the corporate washing of Trump’s tax cut, data shows the windfall of money corporations are receiving from the tax cuts is not going to workers.

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02 May 2018

Labor, Progressive Organizations In Seattle Ramp Up Pressure On Amazon To Fund Affordable Housing

The profits from Seattle reaped by Amazon have prompted progressive organizations to call on Amazon to fund solutions to offset the rising cost of living.

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10 Apr 2018

Burgerville Workers May Form America’s First Recognized Fast Food Union After Years Of Retaliation

Fast food chain Burgerville announced they would support a vote to establish a nationally recognized union at their Portland, Oregon location.

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04 Apr 2018

Disney Withholds Bonuses As Union Workers Protest Poverty Wages

Hundreds of Disney World workers marched on March 23 after the company withheld bonuses from 41,000 union employees in Florida and California.

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28 Feb 2018

Why Single-Payer Advocates Shouldn’t Obsess Over How To Pay For Universal Health Care

Single-payer advocates from center to left are obsessed with figuring out how to fully pay for universal health care. Here’s why that’s bad politics and bad policy.

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THE IDIOCRAT

27 May 2017

Tips For Politicians Looking To Swiftly Dispatch Pesky Reporters

These days a politician cannot seem to go anywhere without encountering a journalist, who thinks he or she has the right to thrust a recorder in your face and ask a question about the day’s latest developments that are making the news. Here are some tips for handling reporters, who

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25 Feb 2017

I Was A Professional Anarchist Paid By Super-Rich Liberal George Soros To Bring Trump Down

Weeks into the presidency of a buffoonish but vicious tyrant, I feel compelled to take off my black bandana, hooded sweatshirt, and kick off my steel-toed boots to reveal myself to the people. This is especially for those who believe the United States is faced with an uprising led by

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Screenshot of CSPAN broadcast of Trump news conference.
16 Feb 2017

We Obtained Leaked Copy Of Trump’s Plans For First 100 Days And It’s Just Wow!

We got a glimpse at copy of what Trump plans to do by his 100th day and, whoa! It’s simply incredible!

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01 Feb 2017

Donald Trump Remembered Some Black People For Black History Month

Read President Donald Trump’s remarks at a Black History Month event with African Americans.

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30 Jan 2017

Creators Of ‘Paul Ryan: The Magazine’ Discuss Their Satirical Project

Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is both a media darling, who positions himself as a leader that can temper President Donald Trump’s extremism, and an embodiment of much of Ayn Rand’s most destructive ideology, who is eager to carry out the agenda of the Koch Brothers. He is

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15 Jan 2017

Trump’s Cabinet Of Terror: Let Us Explain To You What These Foul Creatures Really Think

We watched or combed through the transcript of every confirmation hearing for Donald Trump’s cabinet picks this past week to bring you this explainer that is sure to make your knees buckle and induce nausea. This is not for the faint of liberal hearts. Here are the views of each

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