Despite all the voter drives in the United States, despite kids marching after the Parkland shooting and the subsequent drive to register young voters, despite the massive influx of refugees from Puerto Rico into Florida, for example, you see the total number of registered Democratic …more
It’s not close, the Democrats won, if you counted all the votes… …more
The Supreme Court’s blessing of Ohio’s move to remove a half million voters from the rolls because they missed two elections should scare you. But dig this: At least 100,000 of those voters, mostly in …more
“The American voting system is busted. It’s shattered. They’re trying to take away your vote by saying you’re not a citizen, by saying you voted in another state, by giving you provisional ballots for some cockamamie reason, by purging you from the voter rolls. These obstacles are put in the way of mostly voters of color — that’s the real issue. We have an apartheid election system in the United States.” — Greg Palast, Free Speech TV, May 10, 2018 …more
While Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un are playing double-or-nothing with the survival of Koreans, Trump’s billionaire sugar-daddy is taking advantage of political upheaval to attempt a seizure of one South Korea’s major employers: Hyundai Motor. Paul Singer, known as The Vulture, is mounting an attack on …more
Tom Hartmann and Palast discuss the implications of the new citizenship question on the 2020 census.
As soon as I heard Trump was adding the question about whether you have a non-citizen in your household to the census I smelled Kobach. He’d already suggested it in a secret memo that we caught a glimpse of during a meeting in November, 2016 with Trump.
The GOP’s basically turning the census into a giant caging operation to get rid of real citizen voters by asking …more
By Greg Palast with Dennis J. Bernstein
When the FBI applied to the rubber-stamp FISA court for a warrant to surveil Trump associate Carter Page they were more than a little economical with the truth. Basing their warrant request, in part, on information contained in the now-infamous Fusion GPS dossier, they omitted to mention that …more
“A narcissistic know-nothing con artist who has spent his entire life swindling others while repeatedly urging followers to commit criminal acts of violence against his critics.” – David Cay Johnston
Who could he be talking about? I asked… …more
The Lower East Side People’s Federal Credit Union has filed a lawsuit to block Donald Trump from …more
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
“A crazy book, but good crazy. If this were a novel, you’d love the rocking read. But it’s for real, and that really makes it rattle your cage. A brilliant, quirky keyhole into the armed and dangerous brains of America’s fringe — which is no longer fringe.” — Greg Palast on The Blood of Patriots by Bill Fulton and Jeanne Devon.
“The Election Integrity Commission is a sham… It’s a blatant attempt at a national voter suppression campaign.”
— Thom Hartmann
What Kris Kobach wants is the entire voter files for all 50 states. Of the 44 “resistor” states, I’ve counted 21 that have already given their lists to Kobach — via his Wichita, KS office instead of the one in DC.
by Greg Palast with Dennis J Bernstein
If you believe the Republican hysteria machine, there’s an unprecedented election crime wave sweeping America involving a staggering 7.2 million suspected double voters. Thousands of these supposed criminals — who, if found guilty, have committed a felony punishable by 5-years in the slammer — have already lost their right to vote, with 41,000 people in Virginia alone being struck off voter roles. Statistical analysis of the evidence uncovered by investigative reporter Greg Palast shows that one million Americans may lose their vote by November. It also shows that a high proportion of these black, white, and brown voters have one thing in common: they tend to vote blue. In this week’s Best Democracy Money Can Buy: Election Crimes Bulletin, Palast gives Flashpoints’ Dennis J. Bernstein the skinny on this election crime wave, which in reality is little more than a GOP-generated racist sham designed to filter the blue out of the votes at the polls.
TRANSCRIPT (Originally broadcast on Aug 25, 2016)
Dennis J. Bernstein: Greg Palast has got an article that just went up on Rolling Stone. Will an anti-voter fraud program designed by one of Trump’s advisors deny tens of thousands their right to vote in November?
Greg Palast: This week Rolling Stone has a tremendous investigative report, “The GOP’s Secret War Against Voters.” I know about it because I wrote it. This is an investigation I’ve now been on — I say one year in the article, but it’s really been two and a half years — uncovering a system by which the GOP has already removed tens of thousands, probably hundreds of thousands of voters from the voter rolls — and it’s probably going to hit a million by November.
DB: The 21st century version of Jim Crow, the electronic Jim Crow. Talk a little bit about it…
Palast: Here’s the deal: 29 Republican Secretaries of State have given their voter rolls over to …more
by Greg Palast with Dennis J Bernstein
With Trump being an unpredictable wild card in this year’s election race, his cabal of new billionaire hedge fund buddies are hedging their bets by buying Congress and the Senate, so no matter which blonde gets into office, they can be sure that their interests are taken care of. To do this, in some key swing states, they’re spending millions betting against a Trump White House. In this week’s Best Democracy Money Can Buy: Election Crimes Bulletin, Flashpoints’ Dennis J. Bernstein and investigative reporter Greg Palast discuss the special needs of these mega-rich vote-manipulating vultures and the specifics of what they hope to get in return for their election-rigging investments.
TRANSCRIPT (Originally broadcast on Aug 17, 2016)
Dennis J. Bernstein: It looks like Big Don is in trouble, but now the billionaires are turning their attention to Congress. They’re going to need to buy Congress and the Senate for a number of reasons. And that’s what we’re going to talk about today… Let’s start with carried interest. What’s that?
Greg Palast: Carried interest. Where do you carry your interest?
DB: I don’t have any.
Palast: What are you interested in? Carried interest is simply known as the billionaires’ hedge fund loophole. It’s really complex, but it has to do with the rate at which hedge fund guys pay taxes — or don’t pay taxes. If you and I go to work and …more