Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein

That One Time an Online Petition Worked

Reading Time: 2 minutes If you are like a lot of activist-minded people, you probably get a lot of emails asking you to sign petitions. The more you sign the more you get, and before you know it you can’t even keep up. Eventually a fatigue sets in where saving the wolves, or the latest environmental protection effort in Read More

Walter Jones Thomas Massie and Stephen Lynch

28 Pages Deadline Passes

Reading Time: 2 minutes Well, June came and went with no official word on the notorious “28 Pages” and whether or not the redacted, 2002 Joint Inquiry chapter into the attacks of 9/11 should ever see the light of day. Two months ago, White House spokesman Josh Earnest (yeah, that’s his name) assured the press the Office of the Director of National Intelligence would Read More

Broken Security Lock

If Only The Government Were As Good At Handling Its Own Data As It Is At Stealing Yours

Reading Time: 3 minutes After more than a year of campaigning with one big question mark, Hillary Clinton will almost definitely not be indicted for her use of a private email server while Secretary of State.But Clinton’s problems with handling sensitive government data are only part of the serious issues that the federal government has in dealing with important Read More

California primary election

Clinton’s Lead in California Is Shrinking

Reading Time: 2 minutes Remember when Hillary Clinton won California ten days ago with a margin of 13 points? Well, the lead is now down to 10% and it’ll probably shrink even more. On election night, Clinton was pronounced the winner with over 1.9 million votes (56%) while Bernie Sanders received 1.5 million votes (43%). In the meantime, however, Read More

Omar Mateen

Orlando: Early Questions

Reading Time: 2 minutes As we said, we’re going to follow the Orlando story closely, but be our usual careful yet persistent selves, not rushing to judgment on anything. For now, here are a couple of things that caught my eye in coverage by The New York Times. They were buried in the body of a long article, and that’s often Read More

John Brennan with President Barack Obama

CIA’s Bid to Minimize 28 Pages’ Impact Continues

Reading Time: 2 minutes The CIA’s John Brennan continued his best Frank Drebin routine this weekend, essentially telling the world via Saudi Arabian television network Al Arabiya there’s “nothing to see here, please disperse” regarding the redacted 9/11 Joint Inquiry report. While those weren’t the agency director’s exact words, instead that of the clueless detective from The Naked Gun Read More

Terry McAuliffe

Virginia GOP Wants to Continue Disenfranchisement of Nonviolent Felons, Goes to Court

Reading Time: 2 minutes In the Commonwealth of Virginia, the battle for the White House began three years ago when the US Supreme Court ruled that states with histories of disenfranchising African-Americans no longer needed approval from the Department of Justice prior to changing their voting laws. As WhoWhatWhy reported, Virginia Republicans swiftly used their control of the state Read More

Drinking water contamination

Is Flint Just the Tip of the Iceberg?

Reading Time: 2 minutes Predictably and unfortunately, the Flint water crisis has all but disappeared from the headlines. There are just too many Trump tweets and Kardashian selfies that low-income families who are poisoned to death have to compete with. But the issue of lead-laced drinking water could soon come back roaring to the forefront of the news because Read More

Mark Zuckerberg and Glenn Beck

Facebook Gets a “Like” from Glenn Beck

Reading Time: 2 minutes Following the brouhaha over whether Facebook is intentionally keeping “conservative” content off its “Trending Topics” feature, the Internet giant not only released an internal document with its review guidelines but also invited a group of conservative figureheads to its HQ to make its case that no such bias was occurring. Following the meeting with Facebook Read More

911 Commission

With pressure mounting, long-silent 9/11 Commissioners going rogue

Reading Time: 2 minutes The official 9/11 narrative is unraveling now at considerable speed. Certainly the part of the 9/11 Commission’s narrative is that wrote in 2004: “We have found no evidence that the Saudi government as an institution or senior Saudi officials individually funded the organization.” Philip Shenon’s piece in the Guardian on Thursday has former Secretary of the Navy and 9/11 Commissioner Read More

Sanders AFGE Hands off Medicare

The Washington Post REALLY Wants You to Know Something About Bernie Sanders

Reading Time: 2 minutes When two Washington think tanks released an analysis of Sen. Bernie Sanders’s tax and spending proposals earlier this week, The Washington Post REALLY wanted readers to know that the non-partisan experts determined that implementing them would add trillions of dollars to the national debt. Obviously, an in-depth look at how much Sanders’s plans would cost Read More

Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump

Predicting Candidates’ Energy Policy Is a Fool’s Game

Reading Time: 2 minutes While it seems like a ridiculous proposition to predict what Donald Trump, who is notoriously short on policy details, would do while in office, “analysts” are making good money to figure these things out, so they might just be making stuff up as they go along.Case in point: Financial news site MarketWatch surmised Tuesday that Read More

Facebook Missing Pieces

More Internet Gatekeeper Evidence

Reading Time: 2 minutes On the same day that WhoWhatWhy raised the question of whether a few giant Internet companies are trying to control what news you get to see and how dangerous this development would be for democracy, some former Facebook workers said the Tech behemoth has had the thumb on the scale for some time. So-called “news Read More

Sheldon Adelson

Sheldon Adelson’s Newspaper Is a Dumpster Fire

Reading Time: 2 minutes Sheldon Adelson’s Newspaper Is a Dumpster Fire It looks like the Las Vegas Review Journal, which is owned by casino mogul and GOP financier Sheldon Adelson, is trying very hard to adopt the official Sin City motto for his paper: “What happens at the Review-Journal stays at the Review-Journal.” Or else. In a move more Read More

Protesting Campaign Finance

Campaign Finance Watchdogs Sue the FEC

Reading Time: 2 minutes WhoWhatWhy has pointed to the ineffectiveness and downright dysfunction of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) over and over and over and over again this election cycle. Two campaign finance watchdogs have finally had enough. After watching the FEC dismiss five complaints that asked the agency to investigate donors who violated the “straw donor” provision of Read More

New York State Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman

NY Probes Launched to Investigate Primary Fiasco

Reading Time: 2 minutes On the day of the New York primary, WhoWhatWhy warned voters that they should expect delays and irregularities. The Empire State’s officials finally caught on that there were serious problems with the vote. Eric Schneiderman, the state’s attorney general, announced he is launching an investigation, and said he was “deeply troubled by the volume and Read More