Category Archives: Special Reports

‘You can’t make this up’: Comcast threatens legal action against net neutrality proponents

If FCC chairman Ajit Pai's plan "is enacted, there would be nothing preventing Comcast from simply blocking sites like Comcastroturf.com that are critical of their corporate policies"

Open Internet proponents who have been fighting the Trump administration’s rollback of net neutrality protections, which has been enacted at the bidding of the telecom industry, said Tuesday that Comcast is now threatening legal action, saying the website Comcastroturf.com is infringing on its trademark. Continue reading

While Trump tweeted and sniffled, grown-up world leaders met in Beijing to plan major global projects

US sinking into irrelevancy

While Donald Trump displayed his immaturity by tweeting threats and sniffling during televised interviews, the world’s grown-up leaders were meeting in Beijing to plan major and ambitious global projects foreseen by China’s “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR) recreation of the ancient Silk Road. Continue reading

GOP proposes ‘draconian’ bills to criminalize millions of immigrants

The legislation would "turn millions of Americans into criminals overnight," says Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.)

The Republican Party is proposing three draconian bills that critics say will turn millions of immigrants into criminals overnight, and also empower Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents to enact mass deportations. Continue reading

Federal civil suit exposes Trump business practices and syndicate ties

A civil RICO (Racketeer-Influenced and Corrupt Organization) lawsuit exposing Donald Trump’s associates’ criminal business practices was filed in the U.S. Court in the Southern District of Manhattan on June 20, 2016. The suit was filed by two principals of Bayrock Group, LLC, which developed the Trump SoHo condominium-hotel complex in Manhattan. Continue reading

Trump escalates attack on healthcare, women with rebranded and expanded global gag rule

‘The Global Gag Rule doesn't protect lives; it destroys them.’

President Donald Trump spent part of his first Monday in office following in the footsteps of other Republican presidents by reinstating the Global Gag Rule, officially known as the Mexico City Policy. Continue reading

North Carolina’s voter ID law meets ‘its much-deserved demise’

Decision by U.S. Supreme Court not to review appeals court decision on 2013 law affords 'a huge victory against sham voter ID laws'

Monday brought a victory for voting rights. Continue reading

Trump picks Al Capone of vote rigging

Kris Kobach is the GOP mastermind behind a secretive system that purged 1.1 million Americans from the voter rolls.

Kris Kobach was spooning down vanilla ice cream when I showed him the thick pages of evidence documenting his detailed plan to rig the presidential election of 2016. Continue reading

Tunnel collapse at Hanford Nuclear Site—harbinger of the collapse of the entire industry?

The collapse of a tunnel at the massive nuclear waste dump at Hanford, Washington, 200 miles east of Seattle, has sent shock waves through a nuclear power industry already in the process of a global collapse. Continue reading

‘More crazy than Nixon’: Critics shocked by Trump admission on Comey

While it’s hard to keep up with the shifting reports of how the decision to fire FBI Director James Comey came about, President Donald Trump on Thursday admitted to directly asking the former head of law enforcement if he was under investigation—a move many said presented a shocking conflict of interest. Continue reading

Trump’s Latin American brain trust: two neocon crooks, just like him

Donald Trump has showcased in Latin American policy by forging close relationships with two of Latin America’s most dishonest leaders: neoconservatives Mauricio Macri of Argentina and Pedro Pablo Kuczynski of Peru. After visiting Trump at the White House in April, Trump called the neo-fascist Macri his “regional ally,” adding that the Argentine is doing a “fantastic job.” Continue reading

Demanding special prosecutor, Democrats invoke Senate ‘slowdown’

Senate Democrats announced a slowdown of committee business on Wednesday as the fallout from President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI director James Comey continued. Continue reading

‘A scandal’: After FCC bent rules, right-wing Sinclair network to grow even bigger

Creating the nation’s largest local TV station conglomerate—and raising the frightening prospect of a network that would rival Fox News—conservative Sinclair Broadcast Group announced Monday it will buy Tribune Media for $3.9 billion. Continue reading

Spicer confirms White House actively planning attack on press freedoms

Effort to rewrite libel laws, says press secretary, 'is being looked into substantively and logistically'

White House press secretary Sean Spicer confirmed Monday that the Trump administration is actively—and in his words “substantively”—reviewing the nation’s libel laws as it explores ways it could more easily sidestep First Amendment protections and target press coverage or news stories it deems objectionable. Continue reading

‘Most fact-challenged politician ever’ Trump asks why Civil War happened

'UMMM . . . SLAVERY'

President Donald Trump is officially the most “fact-challenged” politician that the Washington Post’s Fact Checker has ever encountered, columnists Glenn Kessler and Michelle Ye Hee Lee reported Monday, just hours before the president claimed in a radio interview that “people don’t ask” why the Civil War happened. Continue reading

For first time ever, majority of House Dems support ‘Medicare-for-All’ bill

A record-breaking 104 House Democrats are co-sponsoring a Medicare-for-All bill

As President Donald Trump and the GOP attempt once again to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with a much crueler bill, House Democrats are pushing in the total opposite direction: as of Thursday, a record 104 have signed on to co-sponsor a Medicare-for-All bill. Continue reading

Digital rights groups vow to fight FCC chair’s net neutrality attack ‘tooth and nail’

Ajit Pai's plan will 'turn the web into a place where the wealthiest and most powerful can be heard'

Open Internet advocates slammed Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chair Ajit Pai’s plan to dismantle net neutrality, announced as expected on Wednesday, and vowed to fight him “tooth and nail. Continue reading

It’s Trump that has the real “Pizzagate” problem

During the 2016 presidential campaign, disreputable websites attempted to tie Hillary Clinton and her campaign staff to a fantasy tale about a network of pedophiles who trafficked in child sex slaves using, of all things, pizzerias. Members of Donald Trump’s inner circle trafficked in the “Pizzagate” myth using such social media networks as Twitter. Continue reading

Trump’s AP interview: Unhinged, bombastic, and ‘[unintelligible]’

President sits down with Associated Press to rail against the media, dismiss his 100-day threshold, and discuss his broken pledges

President Donald Trump spoke with Associated Press journalist Julie Pace on Friday, and the transcript of the interview, released Sunday night, shows the president as bombastic and unstable, alternately dismissing his 100-day threshold and boasting about his accomplishments during that time. Continue reading

Trump’s FCC gives Big Telecom ‘free reign’ with vote for major handouts

'This is the price we pay for the outrageous influence of money in politics. The public interest suffers, and we are poorer—economically and civically—for it'

At its April open meeting on Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to give yet more handouts to the telecommunications industry, lifting a price cap on broadband services and reinstating a loophole that lets broadcasters monopolize airwaves. Continue reading

Group of mental health professionals warn Trump’s state ‘putting country in danger’

Despite professional rule barring them from doing so, psychological experts have argued that ‘too much is at stake to be silent any longer’

A group of mental health professionals gathered at Yale University Thursday to discuss what they believe is their duty to warn the public of the “danger” posed by President Donald Trump. Continue reading

Trump’s Secret Service permanently ends White House sidewalk access

Move comes after a series of recent efforts to shield President Donald Trump from public scrutiny

The Trump administration has permanently shut down public access to the sidewalk outside of the south fence of the White House, among other restrictions, USA Today reported Wednesday. Continue reading

‘F-ing horrifying’: Sessions outlines immigration crackdown in ‘Trump era’

Meanwhile, Trump appoints immigration hardliners to key agency posts

In “the Trump era,” as Attorney General Jeff Sessions called it last Tuesday, immigration officials will undertake a harsh crackdown on undocumented migrants—a campaign one veteran federal prosecutor described as “fucking horrifying.” Continue reading

Cutting off ‘fly-over’ states, Trump to axe Amtrak for 220 cities

President's so-called "skinny budget" will eliminate all federal funding for Amtrak's national train network

In addition to slashing funding for the arts, education programs, climate change research, and worker protections (among many other things), another lesser known casualty of President Donald Trump’s “morally obscene” budget proposal: Amtrak. Continue reading

North Korea wasn’t first to pursue nuke weapons on the Korean peninsula

North Korea was not the first power on the Korean peninsula to pursue the acquisition of nuclear weapons. That distinction goes to U.S. ally South Korea under the dictatorship of Park Chung Hee. Ironically, as the U.S. corporate media joins the Pentagon in rattling war sabers against North Korea, the daughter of the South Korean leader who gave the green light to a South Korean nuclear arsenal, Park Geun-hye, was recently placed in prison on criminal fraud charges following her impeachment and removal from the South Korean presidency. Continue reading

Federal judge blocks Pence’s ‘extreme’ anti-abortion Indiana law

Vice President Mike Pence signed the draconian legislation 'with a prayer' as governor of Indiana last year

A federal judge on Friday blocked a core provision of Indiana abortion legislation that Vice President Mike Pence lauded when he signed it into law “with a prayer” last year, the Associated Press reported Monday. Continue reading

Gorsuch could not have come this far without the plutocrats

In Neil Gorsuch, the corporate class have their perfect manservant for the Supreme Court. Continue reading

Rwanda indicts French generals for 1994 genocide

Late in 2016, the Rwandan government indicted several senior French Army generals for crimes against humanity, including genocide for their role in the 1994 Rwandan holocaust. Continue reading

Trump’s new plan: Govt as company, citizens as customers, Kushner as CEO

Presidential son-in-law to head new innovation office tasked with reforming and privatizing federal government

Bringing President Donald Trump’s notion of government as corporate enterprise to fruition, the White House on Monday announced that Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner will be leading a sweeping government overhaul, leaning on business leaders to solve pressing national issues while looking to privatize key government functions. Continue reading

Saudis on buying spree for islands. Why?

An Egyptian Constitutional Court case and protests in Egypt and Maldives are the results of a Saudi Arabian initiative to acquire islands near and far from the radical Wahhabist-ruled kingdom. Last year, the Egyptian government agreed to transfer to the Saudis sovereignty over the Egyptian islands of Tiran and Sanafir, located at the entrance to the Gulf of Aqaba. The move came after an official visit of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud to Cairo. Observers believe the deal was a result of a large infusion of Saudi cash—estimated to be billions of dollars—into Egypt in order to bolster a sagging economy. Continue reading

Trump pal Larry Silverstein wants to build new FBI HQ

Some members of the 9/11 Truth movement may be sorely disappointed now that a major bête noire of the events of September 11, 2001, is one of four finalists to build the new FBI building and associated campus. The current FBI building on Pennsylvania Avenue in downtown Washington is no longer suitable for the bureau due to a host of problems, including concrete falling from its facade and an often-times failing and putrid-smelling sewage system. Continue reading

CIA: From extraordinary rendition to expedited removal

WMR has learned from informed sources in the nation’s capital that the Department of Homeland Security has, on the orders of the Trump White House, reactivated the Central Intelligence Agency’s old extraordinary rendition airline fleet to conduct expedited removal from the United States of undocumented immigrants. During the George W. Bush administration, a network of CIA front companies that managed a fleet of aircraft conducted kidnapping and torture operations known as “extraordinary rendition.” The targets of these operations were alleged terrorists. A number of innocent people were caught up in the CIA’s dragnet. Continue reading

‘Medicare for All’ only way for Trump to keep healthcare promises

Plans put forth by House Speaker Paul Ryan and HHS Secretary Tom Price are 'unlikely' to fulfill President Donald Trump's campaign promises—'but single payer could'

Cut the bureaucratic mess. Continue reading