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  • Legal victory stops steal in ‘Bama!
    Well, almost…
    Voting rights victory lasted just 9 hours:
    Republican judges overturn ruling
    to prevent ballot-box stuffing

    By Greg Palast

    I hope you savored the moment. Yesterday, Monday December 11, voting rights advocate John Brakey won a court order – in Montgomery, Alabama no less – requiring every county to keep copies of their ballots after the voting Tuesday.

    Now, you may think that in a democracy, in the United States of America, in the 21st Century, you wouldn’t simply throw away ballots, announce a winner, and say, “trust us, we counted the ballots fairly.”

    But this is not exactly America, nor the 21st Century.  This is Alabama; Alabama after the 2013 Supreme Court ruling that gutted the Voting Rights Act.

    Then, by 6pm Alabama time, the voting rights victory dance came to an end. GOP state officials, in an "ex-parte" (i.e. private) meeting with an Alabama Supreme Court judge, obtained a (Show me more...)

    Judge Moore’s Campaign Chief
    Directed Illegal Voter Caging

    By Greg Palast

    In 2004, BBC TV exposed Brett Doster, now Judge Roy Moore’s campaign chief, for illegally "caging" Black, Hispanic, and Jewish voters, a crime explained by Bobby Kennedy, Jr. in our film, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy.

    The Palast team got our hands on highly confidential documents from inside the George W. Bush campaign giving "BDoster@GeorgeWBush.org," their Florida chief, one of several secret lists of voters to challenge.

    They’d sent letters, for example, to soldiers at their home addresses, where they were legally  registered, while they served overseas.   When the letters came back to the RNC as "addressee not home," the "caged" letters were used (Show me more...)

    Poor People’s Non-Profit Bank Sues Trump Over Illegal Seizure Of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

    By Greg Palast

    Medal of Honor for the Lower East Side People’s Federal Credit Union — the poor people’s non-profit bank that's suing Donald Trump over the illegal seizure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (see story). This is the same little bank that took on Goldman Sachs (see my Democracy Now! report above) and kicked ass. (Show me more...)

    Lower East Side People vs Trump:
    NY Credit Union Sues To Save
    Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

    By Nicole Powers

    Lower East Side People's Credit Union Take On Trump

    The Lower East Side People’s Federal Credit Union has filed a lawsuit to block Donald Trump from installing Mick Mulvaney as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Manhattan on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 by New York law firm Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady LLP on behalf of the not-for-profit credit union, which is owned by its 8,500 members and serves predominantly low-income New York residents under a unique federal charter. (Show me more...)

    Flashpoints: The Pigs In The Pipeline — And In The White House

    by Greg Palast with Dennis J Bernstein

    Last month the Keystone pipeline cracked in South Dakota and dumped hundreds of thousands of gallons of the dirtiest tar sands oil onto a previously pristine prairie. In this episode of Flashpoints we discuss how this burst came about when there were supposed to be foolproof high tech safety measures in place. This episode is particularly relevant to Flashpoint's local Northern California audience, since before the Keystone pipeline burst, another pipeline in San Bruno exploded for very similar reasons. The 2010 San Bruno gas pipeline blast, which sent plumes of fire into the air, wasn't just an environmental disaster, it was deadly; the explosion destroyed 38 homes and killed eight people. In this edition of Flashpoints, we not only discuss intentionally compromised Pipeline Inspection Gauges (aka PIGs) at the heart of both these tragedies, we also discuss the Tax Bill and an intentionally compromised president, who seems to have conveniently forgotten to include one of his major campaign promises — one he stole from Bernie — to close the Billionaire speculators' "carried interest" loophole. (Show me more...)

    Vote “Caging” Gets legal?!?
    RNC Asks Court To Lift Consent Decree That Blocked Jim Crow Voter Purge Scam

    By Greg Palast


    [Above:Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. explains "caging".]

    The RNC is petitioning a federal district court in New Jersey to lift a Consent Decree that blocked an ugly Jim Crow voter purge scam known as "caging." (Show me more...)

    The Keystone Pipeline And The Safety PIG That Was Muzzled So It Couldn’t Squeal

    Last week the Keystone pipeline cracked in South Dakota and dumped hundreds of thousands of gallons of the dirtiest tar sands oil onto a previously pristine prairie. Was the problem caused by a muzzled PIG? (Show me more...)

    The Pig That Burst The Keystone Pipeline

    by Greg Palast

    Yesterday, the Keystone pipeline cracked and dumped 210,000 gallons of oil onto the South Dakota prairie.

    Here’s the reason the pipeline burst: the PIG didn’t squeal. The PIG, the Pipeline Inspection Gauge, is sent through the Keystone to check for evidence of any leak, failure, or corrosion that will cause it to burst. But the PIG didn’t squeal a warning. Why not?

    Because, as disclosed in my investigation for Britain’s investigative TV series Dispatches in 2010, the PIG has been silenced, its software jacked and hacked by a company that provides PIGS. The software is deliberately (Show me more...)

    And Behind The Keystone XL Pipeline:
    Yes, The Kochs

    By Greg Palast

    This week, Nebraska will decide on whether to approve an extension of the Keystone pipeline which will carry the oil down to Texas.

    Oil to Texas?!


    Texas is drowning in oil. So why a dangerous pipeline to bring oil from Canada to Texas? The answer: Koch.

    Koch Industries owns an oil refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas, which cannot use Texas oil because it’s too "light"—that is, doesn’t have enough sulphur in it, it’s too thin (and too clean). The Koch refinery needs "heavy" oil, like the nasty gunk from Canada’s tar sands — the stuff carried by the Keystone Pipeline. So, the Koch’s have been captive customers of (Show me more...)

    America Cannot Be Great Again
    Until America Is Good Again

    By Lance Simmens | Guest Commentary

    Joe Stalin said, it’s not who votes that counts, but who counts the votes.  Having been involved in political campaigns and politics at all levels of government for the past forty years, I can attest to another maxim that is equally as important on election day, in any election, and that is that the side that does the best job of getting out the vote (GOTV) usually wins. (Show me more...)

    New #TrumpStoleIt, Post-Election Edition Of “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy” Available Now!

    The massive success of our film, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy — which was first released two months BEFORE the 2016 election and predicted Trump would win (and how!) — has led to demands from NAACP, ACLU, Transformative Justice Coalition for an update. This post-election edition is subtitled: The Case of the Stolen Election.

    Over TWO MILLION have seen the original version of our film — and it’s had one hell of an impact: The NAACP and League of Women Voters have sued the State of Indiana to stop Kris Kobach and "Crosscheck" voter purges based on our film’s findings. After viewing our film, Indivisible and the ACLU have drafted legislation to kill off the Jim Crow Crosscheck operation in Illinois. (Show me more...)

    Wilbur Ross: Heart of Coal

    By Greg Palast

    Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Mrs (#3)
    Image: Our 79-year-old Secretary with Mrs. Ross (#3). Dig the Stubb-Wootton slippers he’s sporting — with the Commerce Departments logo embossed on top! ($600, no logo.)

    I’ve met Trump’s billionaire Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, the one who forgot to sell his tanker partnership with the Russians before being sworn into office — a venture with Putin’s son-in-law, no less — as revealed by the Paradise Papers! It was just before Wilbur’s 2005 purchase of Sago Coal Mine of West Virginia through his International Coal Group. (Show me more...)

    Do I have to set my hat on fire?

    Do I have to set my hat on fire to get America’s attention?


    I released a movie last year, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, that told exactly how Trump and his billionaire buddies were going to steal the election.

    DID ANYONE LISTEN? YOU did — but the Dummycrats and the pin-head media already bought their party dress for Hillary’s inauguration.

    So I’m trying again:

    Today, this moment, I’m releasing the new Trump-Stole-It update of our hit film. DOWNLOAD  IT HERE NOW

    I was going to sub-title it: "This time, pay attention!" But instead, the new subtitle is: The Case of the Stolen Election.

    It will be released commercially next year. But you can get it right now — here, and only here, for a tax-deductible donation to the Palast Investigative Fund.

    Warning: If you get "Best Democracy" on Amazon or iTunes, you’re getting the OLD version.


    The NEW edition tells you exactly how Trump pulled off the heist. Follow me as I hunt for 75,355 missing ballots in the snows of Michigan. And as I find the voters from Ohio to Arizona who were shafted out of their vote. Voters of color — Hispanic, Asian-American, Black — and all "Blue."

    Get the download of the feature length film right now, right here; or donate for the DVD which comes off the presses in (Show me more...)

    Crosscheck Overwhelmingly Purges Legitimate Voters, New Study Finds
    Researchers From Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Penn, and Microsoft Independently Corroborate
    Our Work

    By Greg Palast

    Hall-Trump-elujah! Profs finally back up what I’ve been screaming for years. The Kobach-Trump Crosscheck program is the Alt-Right Godzilla of voter suppression.

    One Person, One Vote — Crosscheck Study

    "We find that one of Crosscheck's proposed purging strategies would eliminate about 300 registrations used to cast a seemingly legitimate vote for every one registration used to cast a double vote."

    And even that 1 in 300, say the profs from Stanford, Harvard, Penn, Yale and Microsoft, is probably just clerical error. (Show me more...)

    Bombshell: Election Stolen —
    But NOT By Russia!

    Palast Discusses The Theft Of The 2016 Election With Comedian Jimmy Dore

    by Nicole Powers

    Palast discusses the theft of the 2016 election with "Aggressive Progressive" (The Young Turks) comedian Jimmy Dore. To find out how Trump's billionaire buddies stole the White House, get the brand new, post-election edition of The Best Democracy Money Can Buy — only available with a tax-deductible donation from our store! (Show me more...)

    I Went To School With The Vegas Shooter

    By Greg Palast

    Mobile home on tracks, Sun Valley CA, birthplace of the Vegas shooter. From the film The Best Democracy Money Can Buy.

    [Los Angeles] When we were at Francis Polytechnic High in Sun Valley, Steve Paddock and I were required to take electrical shop class. At Poly and our junior high, we were required to take metal shop so we could work the drill presses at the GM plant. We took drafting. Drafting like in "blueprint drawing."

    Paddock. Palast. We sat next to each other at those drafting tables with our triangular rulers and #2 pencils so we could get jobs at Lockheed as draftsmen drawing blueprints of fighter jets. Or do tool-and-dye cutting to make refrigerator handles at GM where they assembled Frigidaire refrigerators and Chevys.

    (Show me more...)

    Charlottesville: Victim of Neo-Nazi Beating Charged With Assault — No Kidding!

    By Greg Palast with Zach D. Roberts for Truthout

    DeAndre Harris, semi-conscious and bleeding.

    We can't make this up: African-American school teacher DeAndre Harris, victim of a beating by neo-Nazis in Charlottesville in August, has been — ready for this? — charged with assaulting the white supremacists who beat him with boards, iron rods, and brass knuckles.

    That is correct. Harris, in photos released by Truthout and carried worldwide, was shown being beaten close to death — has now been charged with the same crime as his attackers: “unlawful wounding”.

    Several of Harris' attackers remain on the run — and local and federal officials show little interest in going after them. Yet, a Charlottesville magistrate issued a warrant to arrest Harris yesterday, October 9. (Show me more...)

    Warrant Issued for DeAndre Harris’ Arrest in Charlottesville

    By Zach D Roberts

    DeAndre Harris beaten in Charlottesville, VA Copyright: Zach D Roberts

    Last night (Monday, October 9), we have learned that the DeAndre Harris story has taken a twist that would, in a different era, be surprising. With several of DeAndre's attackers still on the run — and police showing no interest in going after them — DeAndre just had an arrest warrant issued in his name. According to a media release issued by the Charlottesville Police Department, the warrant was for "Unlawful Wounding" (Va Code 18.2-51).

    That's right, the young man who you can see here being beaten to an inch of his life by half a dozen white supremacists will be (Show me more...)

    Unsealed Kobach Docs Shed More Light On Tactics For Trump’s War
    On Voting Rights

    Kobach memos unsealed.

    On Friday, August 6, thanks to a lawsuit filed by the ACLU, a federal judge unsealed two documents relating to Kris Kobach’s proposed amendments to the National Voter Registration Act (a.k.a. the “motor-voter law").

    The first document was a memo that Kobach brought to a meeting with President-elect Trump in November 2016, which was partially exposed during a photo op and revealed that Kobach wants to "stop aliens from voting" by drafting amendments to the National Voter Registration Act "to promote proof of citizenship requirements." The second unsealed document offers more insight into precisely how Kobach intends to do this. (Show me more...)

    Finally, Busted!

    By Greg Palast

    Finally.

    "Use of Crosscheck risks severe, discriminatory disenfranchisement of registered voters in violation of federal law."

    Last month, the NAACP and League of Woman Voters filed a lawsuit to put an end to the state of Indiana’s use and abuse of Crosscheck.

    Their evidence:  the findings of the Palast Investigations team, our sleuths and our statisticians are cited throughout as the solid factual back-up for their suit to stop the wrongful removal of tens of thousands of voters of color in that state.

    (Crosscheck is that secret hit list of 7 million Americans crafted by Kris Kobach, Trump's "Elections Integrity" czar.  The list, targeting minority voters was discovered and uncovered by (Show me more...)

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