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Rights groups condemn ICE amid whistleblower’s allegations of unwarranted hysterectomies

‘Forced Sterilization Is Genocide’ The complaint alleges numerous health and safety violations in regards to Covid-19 in addition a disturbing number of procedures performed on detained women. by Lisa Newcomb, staff writer Tuesday, September 15 Human…

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Posted in Common Dreams Corruption Dark Money Investigations News USPS

Researcher reveals DeJoy donated $600,000 to Trump and GOP after top USPS job opened

“This information is explosive. We have a crony at the helm of our nation’s Postal Service. A man rife with conflicts of interest and potential violations of law.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, September 15…

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Former Trump campaign aide Michael Caputo arrives to testify before the House Intelligence Committee during a closed-door session at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center July 14, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Investigations News While we were looking elsewhere

Leaked emails reveal effort by Trump aides to censor and alter CDC Covid reports behind closed doors

“A Trump stooge with a history of racist statements and no medical background is doctoring CDC reports warning Americans on Covid because they make Trump look bad.” — Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-N.J.) by Jake Johnson, staff…

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Posted in Coronavirus ICE Investigations News Reveal

‘We sent 500 tests. They don’t answer calls’: Inside ICE’s coronavirus testing disaster

Internal emails show ICE rebuffed New Mexico public health officials offering to help contain COVID-19. by Patrick Michels and Laura C. Morel Thursday, September 10 This story was originally published by Reveal from The Center for…

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Posted in Investigations News Pro Publica

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission confirms a pattern of age discrimination at IBM

A sweeping decision by the EEOC could cost the tech giant millions in settlements or make it the target of a federal age-discrimination lawsuit. Its findings echo those of a ProPublica investigation. by Peter Gosselin, special…

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Posted in Investigations News Pro Publica Trump Inc

Rick Perry’s Ukrainian Dream

When the then-energy secretary accidentally helped lead the president into impeachment, he was simultaneously trying to help his friends cash in on a big gas deal. by Simon Shuster, TIME, and Ilya Marritz, WNYC Thursday, September…

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Attorney General William Barr listens to US President Donald Trump speaks with officials on September 1, 2020. (Screenshot from photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP)
Posted in Common Dreams Government Investigations Justice News

DOJ moves to take over Trump’s defense in suit filed by rape accuser

AG Barr Slammed for Acting as ‘Personal Henchman’ of Trump “By putting the DOJ to work defending him over conduct that has nothing to do with his official capacity, Trump has taken another giant step toward…

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Postmaster General Louis DeJoy (R) arrives for a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on August 5, 2020. (Screen shot from photo by: Mandel Ngan/AFP)
Posted in Campaign finance Common Dreams Congressional Oversight Corruption Democracy Investigations News

Postmaster General accused of criminal violation of campaign laws

‘This Is Against the Law and DeJoy Must Be Fired’ Former head of human resources at DeJoy’s logistic firm, along with other employees, says the major GOP donor now running the Postal Service reimbursed workers for…

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Posted in Common Dreams Investigations News USPS Voter suppression

USPS watchdog probe found 1 million Primary Ballots likely delivered too late to count

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) called the findings “more powerful proof that resources and reform are vital right away to prevent serious election mail delays and voting suppression.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Wednesday, September 2 The…

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Posted in Coronavirus Debt Investigations News Pro Publica

The loan company that sued thousands of low-income Latinos during the pandemic

A monthslong investigation revealed that Oportun Inc., which was founded to help Latino immigrants build credit, routinely uses lawsuits to intimidate a vulnerable population into keeping up with high-interest loan payments — even amid COVID-19. by…

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40 Wall Street in Manhattan, New York is one of four properties owned by the Trump Organization that are being investigated by the New York attorney general. (Photo: Ken Lund/Flickr/cc)
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New York Attorney General sues Trump organization, accusing President’s company of misleading lenders and dodging investigation

For months, the Trump Organization has “stalled, withheld documents, and instructed witnesses, including Eric Trump, to refuse to answer questions under oath” about its financial records. by Julia Conley, staff writer Tuesday, August 25 New York…

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Posted in Analysis Border Wall Pro Publica Wallgate

Federal prosecutors have Steve Bannon’s murky nonprofit in their sights

Tucked at the bottom of the long indictment against Bannon, prosecutors say they want to seize the assets of his nonprofit Citizens of the American Republic, shedding more light on the secretive political group’s finances. by…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Investigations Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

The nursing home business model is deadly

by Wade Rathke Sunday, August 22 Pearl River   Nursing homes have been a huge source of deaths in the United States during the coronavirus pandemic. Local 100 represents a number of private and public homes,…

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Posted in Analysis Investigations The Conversation Wallgate

Why Steve Bannon faces fraud charges: 4 questions answered

The former Trump aide and others allegedly misused funds donated to build a border wall.  Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images by Lloyd Hitoshi Mayer, University of Notre Dame Editor’s note: Federal prosecutors in New York have arrested former…

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Posted in Border Wall Investigations News Pro Publica

Private border wall fundraisers have been arrested on fraud charges

Investigators say fundraisers for nonprofit We Build the Wall, including Steve Bannon and founder Brian Kolfage, lied to donors and pocketed funds. Trump has tried to distance himself from the group but Kolfage has bragged about…

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Posted in Common Dreams Investigations News Taxes

Federal Judge rejects Trump’s claim that tax records subpoena amounts to ‘harassment’

‘Very Bad News for Trump’ “The grand jury is getting its hands on those tax returns.” by Julia Conley, staff writer   Thursday, August 20 The district attorney of Manhattan can obtain President Donald Trump’s tax…

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Posted in Common Dreams Ethics Investigations News

Rep. Katie Porter demands IG probe into whether Trump violated ethics laws by putting pharma exec in charge of Covid-19 vaccine effort

“This deserves a full, independent investigation,” said the California Democrat. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday August 20 Rep. Katie Porter is demanding a “full, independent” inspector general investigation into whether President Donald Trump flouted longstanding…

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Steve Bannon speaks before introducing Republican Senatorial candidate Roy Moore during a campaign event at Oak Hollow Farm on December 5, 2017 in Fairhope, Alabama. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Posted in Border Wall Common Dreams Investigations News

Steve Bannon arrested for fraud related to role in privatized border wall scheme

The “We Build the Wall” campaign, led by Iraq War veteran Brian Kolfage, raised over $25 million. by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Thursday, August 20, 2020 This is a breaking story and may be updated. Former…

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Posted in ICE Investigations Pro Publica

ICE guards “systematically” sexually assault detainees in an El Paso detention center, lawyers say

Allegations include guards attacking victims in camera “blind spots” and telling them that “no one would believe” them in ICE detention centers, which imprison about 50,000 immigrants each year at a taxpayer expense of $2.7 billion….

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Acting Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli speaks about immigration policy at the White House during a briefing August 12, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Posted in Common Dreams Congressional Oversight Immigration Investigations News

GAO Says Top Trump DHS Officials Wolf and Cuccinelli appointed illegally

Democratic lawmakers said the GAO decision “paints a disturbing picture of the Trump administration playing fast and loose by bypassing the Senate confirmation process to install ideologues.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Friday, August 14 This…

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Posted in Coronavirus Investigations News Pro Publica

The White House paid up to $500 million too much for these ventilators, congressional investigators say

A House panel says “gullible” White House negotiators overpaid for Phillips ventilators, and it has asked the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General to investigate evidence of fraud in the deal. by…

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Posted in Immigration Investigations News Pro Publica

After a year of investigation, the Border Patrol has little to say about agents’ misogynistic and racist Facebook group

The Border Patrol vowed a full accounting after ProPublica revealed hateful posts in the private Facebook group. Now congressional investigators say the agency is blocking them and revealing little about its internal investigation. by A.C. Thompson…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Investigations News

Demands for Kushner to resign over testing scheme that put politics before public health

‘Staggering’ Level of ‘Depravity’ “Holy hell. Jared Kushner reportedly abandoned a national testing plan because it was *politically advantageous* to sit back and let blue states be eviscerated by the virus.” by Jon Queally, staff writer…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams Investigations Policing

New Investigation Reveals How Fossil Fuel Giants Are Amplifying Militarized Police Forces

“This report sheds a harsh and needed light on the ways police violence and systemic racism intersect with the climate crisis.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Monday, July 27 The same industries fueling the climate crisis…

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