John Bolton

Revenge of the Neocons

Reading Time: 2 minutes President Donald Trump’s cabinet is starting to look more and more like a Bush-Cheney war room.The irony is thick, considering candidate Trump’s promises to “drain the swamp,” his claimed opposition to foreign intervention, and his apparent antagonism to the Bush dynasty in the lead up to election day.Just days ago, Trump fired Secretary of State Read More

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Trump’s Drone War Is Worse Than We Thought

Reading Time: < 1 minute In November, WhoWhatWhy alerted its readers to the fact that President Donald Trump is continuing the Obama administration’s drone war while suppressing important information on the drone strikes conducted this year.While that is bad enough, things are actually much worse.The number of drone strikes in Somalia and Yemen has soared as Trump appears to have Read More

Vladimir Putin, Recep Tayyip Erdogan
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Erdogan Moves Against Syria’s Kurds

Reading Time: < 1 minute Following several days of intense artillery bombardment and air strikes, the Turkish army launched a ground invasion of the Syrian Kurdish canton of Afrin on Monday.WhoWhatWhy reported on the likelihood of such an operation last August. Many experts are now saying what we wrote months ago: that the Turkish operation tests American resolve to bring Read More

Deutsche Probe Brings Action from US Rep. Maxine Waters

Reading Time: 5 minutes President Trump held a joint Press Conference on Wednesday with Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway. This was the first opportunity for the press to query the President about the size of his nuclear button, or the recent reality show he put on at the White House with congressional leaders over DACA, meant to demonstrate Read More

Matthew Petersen

Trump Federal Judge Nominee Can’t Answer Basic Legal Questions

Reading Time: < 1 minute This truly shocking video of one of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees has been making the rounds and it raises a lot of troubling questions.Foremost among them is, why would someone be nominated to a lifetime appointment on the influential US District Court for the District of Columbia who doesn’t recognize some basic legal terms.Just Read More

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Give Thanks, America!

Reading Time: 2 minutes Having moved over from England a few years ago, Thanksgiving has taught me what it actually means to be American.From the outside, all that most foreigners see of America is a stereotypically brash, greedy “number one!” mentality, with a giant soda-drinking mouse mascot, overly padded sportsmen, and an earnest desire to police the world. Sure Read More

Emilio Gutierrez

Forget about Pardoning A Turkey: Grant This Journalist Asylum

Reading Time: 3 minutes In 2008, Emilio Gutierrez fled Mexico because of serious death threats. Ten years later, he faces imminent deportation. You would think that President Donald Trump would understand the plight of Mexican journalists whose reporting on drug traffickers and government corruption have led them to flee for their lives. After all, he appears to understand that Read More

George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton

That Time When a Foreign Power Was Recruited to Keep a Clinton Out of the White House

Reading Time: 2 minutes History repeats itself, again and again. The idea of a US presidential candidate colluding with a foreign government to gain an edge on a political opponent is nothing new.Just ask former President George H.W. Bush, who was embarrassed toward the end of the 1992 presidential election by White House attempts to do just that.The story, Read More

Governor Scott Walker

Wisconsin is About to Raise the Barriers to Recounts

Reading Time: 2 minutes Wisconsin was one of a handful of states to shock the nation when it bucked expert predictions and selected Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. A partial recount, which, as WhoWhatWhy documented, was plagued by problems, followed the nailbiter. For all the hoops that had to be jumped through to get that recount off Read More

Russ Baker

Russcast: New JFK Files Released, Anthony Weiner Scandal, and More

Reading Time: < 1 minute In our fourth episode of Russcast, WhoWhatWhy founder and editor-in-chief Russ Baker discusses the release of 676 additional JFK assassination files by the National Archives — many of which are heavily redacted — and the mainstream media’s predilection for the “lone-nutter” narrative — an example of what one viewer described as “coincidence theory.” Russ also Read More

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Household Debt Rises: Bankers (and The New York Times) Cheer

Reading Time: 4 minutes Four days after my article on spiraling government and household debt appeared here, the lead story in the New York Times business section — “Living on a Borrowed Dime” — gave examples of Americans struggling with credit card debt, as well as banks earning soaring profits from their credit card businesses. It also reported that Read More

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Russ Baker Takes Reader Questions and Sheds Light on JFK Documents

Reading Time: < 1 minute In our third episode of Russcast, WhoWhatWhy founder and editor-in-chief Russ Baker discusses news of the day, including the Whitefish-Puerto Rico scandal and the cronyism and corruption that pervades government. Russ also reviews some of our featured articles, and brings you more on the JFK record release.You can watch Russ live and ask him questions Read More

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WhoWhatWhy Premiere of ‘Russcast’

Reading Time: < 1 minute Last Thursday brought a long awaited event for JFK researchers: the release of some 30,000-plus previously classified documents related to the assassination. But President Donald Trump delayed the release of over 90% of the documents at the behest of executive branch agencies.To break all of this down, WhoWhatWhy founder and editor-in-chief Russ Baker recently went Read More

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Is Licensing Journalists the Death of 1st Amendment?

Reading Time: 2 minutes Lawmakers propose legislation all the time simply to make some point. The most popular example, especially for those on the left of the political spectrum, might be that of a Missouri lawmaker who wants to make buying a gun in her state as difficult as getting an abortion.Indiana state Rep. Jim Lucas (R) followed this Read More

Brian Kemp

Who Ordered Destruction of Data That Could Have Proved Georgia Election Rigging?

Reading Time: < 1 minute Who ordered technicians at Kennesaw State University to wipe data servers of critical information that could have determined if Georgia’s Special Election to fill a vacant House seat — and the subsequent runoff in which Republican Karen Handel defeated Democrat John Ossoff — were compromised by hackers?The servers were central to a lawsuit accusing numerous Read More

Gerrymander 5k

Running Towards Reform: Asheville 5k Follows Partisan Line to Oppose Gerrymandering

Reading Time: 2 minutes One year ahead of the next major election in North Carolina, the city of Asheville is hosting a unique race to highlight how state Republicans have redrawn district lines in their favor.The Gerrymander 5K “walk/run” is no race for the faint of heart — or the weak-ankled. That’s because its route traces the outlandish district Read More