Bryan Schatz, High Country News

Bryan Schatz

High Country News

Oakland, CA, United States

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Past articles by Bryan:

Catching a band of wildlife killers (Digital Shadows) — High Country News – Know the West

How a bounty of digital evidence led to the downfall of one of the nation’s deadliest poaching crews. → Read More

Is Chesa Boudin Radical Enough? –

“Look, I didn’t live through that time period,” Chesa Boudin says with a sigh. “I can’t imagine wanting to use violence as a tool for social change. I can’t imagine even thinking that would be an effective way for me to achieve political goals.” Boudin, San Francisco’s deputy public defender and the Bernie Sanders–endorsed progressive […] → Read More

Why the Labor Strike Is Back –

The largest private sector strike in more than a decade is now in its third week. The walkout of more than 49,000 General Motors auto workers comes on the heels of a series of successful strikes by workers around the country—teachers and nurses and beyond. Though it had fallen out of favor, the strike—the most […] → Read More

The New York Times is kidding itself. The tea party got what it wanted.

A couple weeks ago, the New York Times commemorated 10 years of the tea party by being very wrong about it. In the newspaper’s portrayal, the movement seemed like nothing so much as an uprising of principled libertarians wearing tricorn hats made out of folded Cato Institute white papers. According to the Times, their concerns […] → Read More

The Impractical, Unsophisticated, Very Necessary Long-Shot Campaign to Unseat Nancy Pelosi –

“I’m pretty sure,” says the man running to unseat Nancy Pelosi, “I am the only congressional candidate in the history of the republic who has spent time at Burning Man rhyming about the climate crisis and police violence and the role of immigrants in our community.” Shahid Buttar is laughing a little. He knows how […] → Read More

A Former FBI Whistleblower Explains Why the Federal Government Is Failing on Domestic Terrorism—And How to Fix it –

A little more than a week before a shooter intent on attacking “as many Mexicans as possible” killed 22 people and wounded dozens in El Paso, Texas, FBI Director Christopher Wray told the Senate that most domestic terrorist arrests in 2019 have involved some form of white supremacy. He noted that such acts of violence […] → Read More

An Intimate Look at Everything Duncan Hunter Allegedly Bought With Campaign Money –

On the evening of Oct. 27, 2015, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) met up with a lobbyist he knew through the D.C. social scene at a political event held at the Hamilton Hotel in the nation’s capital. Theirs was a professional relationship; she had supported his congressional campaigns in the past, having organized fundraisers and events […] → Read More

The Iraqi Journalist Who Threw His Shoes at George W. Bush Has Thoughts About Milkshaking –

The first recorded “milkshaking” took place May 2 in the English town of Warrington: 23-year-old Danyaal Mahmud was fed up with the words coming out of the mouth of Tommy Robinson, the white nationalist founder of the English Defence League, who was out campaigning for the European Parliament elections, and Mahmud dumped what was left […] → Read More

Israel’s Prime Minister Just Renamed a Controversial Settlement After Donald Trump –

On Sunday, Israel officially named a settlement in the disputed Golan Heights after President Donald Trump. At the ceremony to inaugurate the new settlement, standing on a carpet of AstroTurf and in front of a gold-trimmed sign that reads “Ramat Trump,” Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: “We are proud to have the opportunity to […] → Read More

Trump Campaign Purges Pollsters After Devastating Internal Polling Is Leaked –

The polling showed the President trailing behind Biden. → Read More

California Lawmakers Just Shelved Their Only Bill Focused on Solving the Housing Shortage Crisis –

On the same day that a devastating new report on homelessness was released, California lawmakers shelved the only bill currently trying to tackle the state’s overwhelming housing shortage crisis. Senate Bill 50, California Sen. Scott Wiener’s aggressive and controversial bill that would’ve expanded the housing market to allow for faster, bigger, and denser residential construction, […] → Read More

What a Border Wall Would Do to the Texas Wilderness

Riding horseback on a mustang he trained himself, Ben Masters is only 30 minutes into his backcountry traverse of Texas’ Big Bend, a wilderness area spanning hundreds of thousands of acres along the United States–Mexico border, when he dismounts and tells his group that the hill they’re descending is “definitely a walker.” The horses slip […] → Read More

Devin Nunes’ 2020 Reelection Bid May Have Just Gotten a Lot Easier –

In 2018, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) found himself in the reelection race of his life when Democratic challenger Andrew Janz, a 34-year-old Fresno prosecutor, launched a powerful grassroots campaign against him. Janz raised $9 million in the process, drawing national attention to his bid to unseat one of President Donald Trump’s main enablers in the […] → Read More

Everyone Agrees California Has a Housing Crisis. Trying to Fix It Has Become a Battle. –

An ambitious housing bill sparks debate over the best way to build more and bring down prices. → Read More

Trump’s Second Veto Keeps America Involved in Yemen’s Bloody Civil War –

Despite President Donald Trump’s vocal opposition to America’s longstanding wars—”great nations do not fight endless wars,” he said in his State of the Union in February—yesterday he vetoed bipartisan legislation that would have ended US support for the Saudi Arabia-led war in Yemen, a conflict the United Nations says has caused the world’s largest humanitarian […] → Read More

While Trump Hyped Defense Jobs, Weapons Makers Were Exporting Their Operations Overseas –

A new report looks at the growing practice of offshoring American military manufacturing. → Read More

“Detached From Reality”: Following Twitter Lawsuit Over Mockery, Devin Nunes Again Gets Mocked

His midterm opponent Andrew Janz has some thoughts about that too. → Read More

A Pittsburgh Jewish Group Is Raising Money for New Zealand’s Muslim Community

“Unfortunately we are all too familiar with the devastating effect a mass shooting has on a faith community.” → Read More

It's not an American problem or an Australian one. Fighting the hate that fueled the New Zealand massacre requires a global response.

As Wajahat Ali says, "white supremacy is a globalized, mainstream ideology of hate that not only exists in America." → Read More

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Is Showing the World What Real Leadership Looks Like

Trump, she says, "asked what support the US could provide. My message was sympathy and love for all Muslim communities." → Read More