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Past articles by Sam:

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson’s Long Record of Justifying Police Misconduct and Shootings

Superintendent Eddie Johnson’s career in the Chicago Police Department raises troubling questions about the future of police reform in the city. → Read More

How many more journalistic institutions can Michael Ferro imperil?

Ferro's chief concern at Tronc seems to be milking the company for everything it's worth. → Read More

Carl Bernstein, who broke the Watergate story, says Trump’s lying is worse than Nixon’s

Carl Bernstein, the legendary investigative reporter who was part of the two-person team that initially broke the Watergate story, negatively compared President-elect Donald Trump’s looseness with the truth to Richard Nixon’s on CNN’s Reliable Sources on Sunday. → Read More

Cadillac Disavows Advertising Casting Call for an 'alt-right' Role

It certainly seems like whoever drafted the casting call knew that seeking "Alt-Right believers and thinkers" was at the very least controversial. → Read More

Trump and His Surrogates Battle Establishment Politicians Over Russian Hacking

A war of words between the Trump transition team and establishment politicians deepened on Sunday as the two groups sniped at each other from the Sunday morning political talk shows. → Read More

Hundreds of thousands of Americans are unnecessarily imprisoned, and releasing them would save billions

Over half a million people currently locked up in federal and state prisons are there without any good public safety-related reason according to a new analysis of data from the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law. → Read More

Mayor orders police to stop taking blankets from homeless people in the middle of winter, as if it even needed to be said

After videos of Denver police officers confiscating blankets from homeless people during harsh winter conditions as evidence of their violation of the city’s “urban camping” ban went viral, Mayor Michael Hancock ordered police to stop the practice. “Every step we take is intended to connect people with safe and warm places and critical supportive services. → Read More

RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Kelly Mantle will be the first potential Oscar nominee eligible for male and female awards

Genderfluid performer Kelly Mantle, best known for appearing on the sixth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, is making Oscar history this year. → Read More

Trump chooses an oil executive with ties to Vladimir Putin for Secretary of State

After a long, cartoonish, reality show selection period, President-elect Donald Trump has chosen his appointee for Secretary of State: Rex Tillerson, the CEO of ExxonMobil and someone the Wall Street Journal describes as having an unusually “close” relationship with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. → Read More

After Robert Smith 'gasped and Heaved' for 13 Minutes During His Execution, His Public Defender Is Calling It 'botched'

Alabama executed Robert Bert Smith on Friday night in what his federal public defender is calling a “botched” operation that appeared to cause Smith pain. → Read More

Don’t blame artists for Oakland’s warehouse fire, blame the Bay Area’s housing crisis

At least 40 people died in a massive fire at an Oakland, California warehouse Friday night. → Read More

Kellyanne Conway Claims That Anything Trump Does Is 'presidential Behavior'

During a forum at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics last week, Donald Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway claimed that Trump’s habit of tweeting inaccurate and inflammatory statements and lies was indeed “presidential behavior” simply by the virtue of being the president-elect. → Read More

Trump Surrogates Trot out Fearmongering Lies About Voter Fraud

Pence excused Trump's clearly fearmongering tweet as "his right to express his opinion." → Read More

Trump praises deadly drug war waged by his Filipino counterpart

Nearly 5,000 people have been killed, according to Human Rights Watch, either by death squads or police forces. → Read More

Police Department Overtly Lies to the Press, Says They'll Do It Again

Way back in February when Donald Trump was still a primary sideshow and “fake news” was still something that baby boomers consumed via Fox News, the police department of Santa Maria, California (pop. 103,410) created some fake news. → Read More

Interracial couple targeted with swastikas and ‘white power’ graffiti

When Joe and Pat Jude returned to their Cincinnati, Ohio home after spending Thanksgiving out of town, they discovered it had been destroyed and covered in racist graffiti. → Read More

Drunk men screaming ‘Donald Trump’ attacked a student in a hijab on the New York subway

A Muslim student was verbally attacked by several drunk men who tried to rip a hijab off her head on the New York City subway Thursday. → Read More

This anti-LGBTQ governor lost the election, so he’s trying to pack the Supreme Court with GOP judges

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory—a supporter of dangerous and discriminatory anti-trans laws, black voter suppression, and invasive abortion policies—lost his election to state Attorney General Roy Cooper. → Read More

Texas Mayor Says He's More Scared of White Men With Guns Than Syrian Refugees

Mayor Mike Rawlings of Dallas, the ninth-largest city in the country, said he is “more fearful” of armed white men than of alleged ISIS moles posing as Syrian refugees during an appearance on MSNBC. → Read More

Donald Trump says millions voted illegally. The only documented case of voter fraud was a Trump supporter.

The only documented case of voter fraud during the election was that of a Trump voter. → Read More