Mayor Pete Decries Trump’s Decision to Withdraw Troops from Northern Syria

Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks during a forum on Friday, June 21, 2019, in Miami.Brynn Anderson Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg excoriated President Donald Trump and his administration Sunday morning for the decision to withdraw the remaining  US troops out of northern Syria in the […]

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Portrayal of Julián Castro On Saturday Night Live Was Perfection

Lin-Manuel Miranda Jordan Strauss/AP Saturday Night Live has been criticized recently for its lack of Latino representation, particularly after it left out former housing secretary Julián Castro from its season opener that spoofed the Democratic debates. But this week, the show brought on Lin Manuel Miranda to play Castro in the show’s cold open last night that was based on […]

Fort Worth Police Officer Fatally Shoots Black Woman in Her Own Home

RiverNorthPhotography/Getty Images The Fort Worth police department is scrambling to explain how and why an officer shot and killed a woman in her own home over the weekend. Atatiana Jefferson, a 28-year-old black woman, was declared dead early Saturday morning. The police received an “open structure” call around 2:30 a.m. from a neighbor who was concerned […]

What Did Hurricane Dorian Do to the Bahamas’ Coral Reefs?

ZUMA Press This story was originally published by the HuffPost and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. As the people of the Bahamas struggle to recover from Hurricane Dorian, the strongest storm in the nation’s history, a team of scientists is setting out to assess the damage to the vibrant coral reefs […]

Google Has Made Some Generous Contributions to Climate Change Deniers

David Paul Morris/Getty This story was originally published by The Guardian and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Google has made “substantial” contributions to some of the most notorious climate deniers in Washington despite its insistence that it supports political action on the climate crisis. Among hundreds of groups the company has listed on its […]

Interstate 80 Isn’t Very Interesting

Our mission to get Professor M’s cats to Chicago proceeds apace. We’re basically covering one state per day, and today we drove across Wyoming. I’m writing this from a hotel room in Cheyenne with a couple of cats watching me. But I really need to give a shoutout to the state troopers in Nevada. Outside […]

Attorney General Barr Rages Against Secularist “Assault” on Religion

Attorney General William Barr delivers remarks at a vigil for law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty on May 14, 2019 in Washington, DC. Shane T. Mccoy via ZUMA Experts blame grim economic conditions and the predatory practices of pharmaceutical companies for the current opioid epidemic. Unrest and violence on the part of […]

Want to Know What Climate Change Feels Like? Ask an Alaskan.

A brush fire burns in South Anchorage, Alaska on Tuesday, July 2, 2019.Loren Holmes/AP This story was originally published by Grist and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Adrienne Titus was heading back to her parents’ village on a sweltering afternoon in early July when she saw the dead salmon. She had […]

Elizabeth Warren Is Calling Out Facebook’s Pro-Trump Policy…on Facebook

Democratic Presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) at a campaign rally in San Diego, California on October 3. David Barak/ZUMA Facebook allows politicians to lie in political ads on its platform. Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren is calling out Facebook for this reckless policy—by running Facebook ads with a false statement. “Breaking news: Mark Zuckerberg […]

Prosecutors Investigating Rudy Giuliani for Ukraine-Related Lobbying, Report Says

Rudy Giuliani at rally for President Donald Trump near Manchester, New Hampshire, in August. Keiko Hiromi/AFLO via ZUMA President Donald Trump’s longtime lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, is now in prison. As Ukrainegate unfolds, it’s possible that his new personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, may also be facing federal criminal charges. In a twist befitting the […]