How JFK Saved MLK’s Life
And So Won The Presidency

Greg Palast 

On October 19, 1960, Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested in Georgia for driving with an Alabama driver's license and sentenced to six months hard labor. No one expected King to survive the sentence — he’d be lynched at the outset.

His father, Martin King Sr., had one desperate chance to save his son. Daddy King had endorsed Richard Nixon, a family friend, for the presidency. Nixon could count on King, a Republican like many African-Americans, who chose the party of Lincoln over the racist ...more

Happy New Year!

Greg Palast 

Happy New Year from Greg Palast and the investigations team.

It’s still not too late to make an end of year tax-deductible donation to support our work — and pick up some great premiums too! …more

Gov. McAuliffe, End New Jim Crow
Voter Suppression Tactic

Greg Palast and Gary Flowers for the Richmond Free Press

President Trump, who is unfit to serve, alleged that millions of Americans were registered or “voting many, many times” in two or more states in the same election — a felony.

In June, Gov. McAuliffe laughed off these claims of mass voter fraud as nonsense and denounced the Election Integrity Commission as “a tool to commit large-scale voter suppression.”

Furthermore, the governor flatly refused to hand over Virginia’s voter files to Mr. Kobach.

What Gov. McAuliffe did not say — and apparently did not know — is that Virginia already had turned over the files to ...more

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

Greg Palast 

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 "stay" of the ballot protection, effectively killing it. Alabama counties may now destroy ...more

Judge Moore’s Campaign Chief
Directed Illegal Voter Caging

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 …more

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

Nicole Powers 

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 ...more

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

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 ...more