• We Uncovered How Many Georgians Were Disenfranchised by GOP Voting Restrictions. It’s Staggering.

    “States are not engaging in trying to suppress voters whatsoever,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) declared last year. Facts on the ground in Georgia tell a different story. A new data analysis by Mother Jones shows that the number of voters disenfranchised by rejected mail ballot applications skyrocketed after the GOP-controlled legislature passed sweeping [

  • Ted Cruz is fundraising off a debunked 1/6 conspiracy theory

    In the spring of 2016, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) exploded when Donald Trump cited a baseless conspiracy theory that claimed Cruz’s Cuban-born father was involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy. At a news conference in Evansville, Indiana, Cruz, then competing in the GOP presidential primary against the front-running Trump, slammed the celebrity TV [

  • Biden administration revokes mining leases near Minnesota's boundary waters

    This story was originally published by HuffPost and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. A Chilean mining giant’s bid to construct a massive underground copper-nickel mine just a few miles from Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness has hit another major snag. On Wednesday, the Biden administration canceled a pair of mineral leases that date back [

  • These doctors wanted to get schools back to normal. Their botched effort may backfire.

    After two years of pandemic living, I am utterly exhausted by the idea of wading through another Twitter war about masks in schools. So it was with some trepidation that I began reading through threads about the Urgency of Normal toolkit, a set of slides prepared by a group of nine prominent physicians who believe schools [

  • Sarah Palin, Covid-positive and unmasked, hits the town

    One would think that after making headlines for testing positive for Covid—which both delayed her own defamation case against the New York Times and sparked fears of potential exposure, given that she was seen dining out in a crowded restaurant days before—that Sarah Palin would simply lay low. But common decency, or sense, has never [

  • The whole world is hating on Joe Manchin

    This story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Within the brutal machinations of US politics, Joe Manchin has been elevated to a status of supreme decision-maker, the man who could make or break Joe Biden’s presidency. Internationally, however, the Democratic senator’s new fame has been received with puzzlement and growing [

  • The Mad Dash to Replace Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer Begins

    It’s official: Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is retiring. The question now is who will replace him. President Biden appears poised to make good on his campaign trail promise to nominate the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court. White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed that plan at today’s White House press conference, saying, “The [

  • Justice Stephen Breyer to retire

    After nearly three decades on the US Supreme Court, Justice Stephen Breyer, 83, is stepping down, paving the way for President Joe Biden to make his first nomination to the high court, NBC News reports. Breyer has been under heavy pressure since the November 2020 election to retire so that a Democratic president would have [

  • Ski in Jackson Hole? You could be hurting Liz Cheney

    This past Saturday, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) was smacked down by the Republican Party of her own state. In a straw poll of the members of the Wyoming GOP central committee, Cheney drew only six votes compared to 59 for her main challenger in the Republican primary, the Donald Trump-endorsed Harriet Hageman. The state party [

  • Watch: Sámi reindeer herders grapple with a changing Arctic

    This story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. As the arctic warms four times faster than the global average, Europe’s only indigenous population is under threat. For centuries, the Sámi people have herded reindeer throughout northern Europe. Now, warmer winters are turning the snow the reindeer dig through [

  • Oil firms claim Baltimore's climate lawsuit threatens US energy security

    This story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration US oil firms have been accused of using scare tactics after telling a federal court on Tuesday that lawsuits alleging fossil fuel companies lied about the climate crisis could threaten America’s oil supply. At a closely watched appeals court hearing [

  • The oil industry is terrified of college kids

    This story was originally published by Slate and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Harvard University’s September decision to stop investing in fossil fuel companies, and to let its current investments in the sector expire without renewal, was widely hailed as one of the biggest climate victories in recent history. And for good reason—it was the most significant win [