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Did The Supreme Court Just Legalize Caging?

Greg Palast on The Thom Hartmann Show

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

Paul “The Vulture” Singer Targets Hyundai

Greg Palast 

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

The Nunes Memo And The Regressive Progressive Rhetoric It Spawned

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

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

Greg Palast on KPFA Flashpoints 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

The Election Crime Wave Involving 7 Million Americans & The GOP Scam Behind The Hype

Greg Palast 

by Greg Palast with Dennis J Bernstein

Image: The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: A Tale of Billionaires & Ballot Bandits
Image: The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: A Tale of Billionaires & Ballot Bandits Comic – Out soon

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

Why Trump’s New Hedge Fund BFFs
Are Hedging Their Bets

Greg Palast 

by Greg Palast with Dennis J Bernstein

US Capitol For Sale (Washington, DC)
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