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What a week… A U.S. secretary of state has died, a Supreme Court justice is facing scandal, the violence in Ukraine and Yemen continues, and COVID is surging again across the Atlantic, spelling possible disaster to come. In trying times, honest reporting is essential. That is what we at OptOut are bringing to you in these newsletters and the iOS app each day. The app is live on the Apple App Store, and we hope you are enjoying all of your favorite independent media outfits under one roof without the noise, frustration, and misinformation of social media. The Android app is coming very soon!
Without further ado, here are a few highlights from our participating media outlets:
Jacobin has a piece examining the career of former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who passed away this week. The piece highlights her role in fostering U.S. imperialism and charges that she “is a killer.” Avoid the hagiographic retellings of Albright’s life and read this article!
Injustice Watch teamed up with The Chicago Tribune for a revealing report about Illinois’ undocumented population and the struggles it faces with healthcare access and housing. The Illinois Health Benefits for Immigrant Adults program was designed to provide care to undocumented immigrants, but it has serious pitfalls in terms of guaranteeing long-term or chronic care.
Matt Stoller has a new post in his newsletter, BIG, about a recent dismissal order in a case involving Amazon. Stoller delves into the company’s predatory practices surrounding Prime—how the company keeps prices high for consumers by pressuring its vendors—and explains why the judge’s order makes no sense. A must-read!
Who What Why has an explainer on the new Securities and Exchange Commission proposal that would compel public companies to disclose the risks they face from greenhouse gas emissions and climate change to their shareholders. The added transparency promises to hasten the shift to renewable energy and green practices.
CounterPunch reports on how despite promising a fairer and more humane immigration system, the Biden administration is continuing the cruel patterns of previous administrations. Customs and Border Patrol released a guide to border policies that reuses a formula for punishment that has been used by previous administrations.
Sludge has a big story about how a pharma-backed “dark money” group is helping conservative House Democrat Kurt Schrader in a competitive primary against Jamie McLeod-Skinner. The group, Center Forward, spent $300,000 on the race.
The Lever, formerly The Daily Poster, had a scoop about Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. The former progressive presidential candidate is holding up a handout to semiconductor chip manufacturers that President Biden and congressional Democrats are trying to pass. Sanders is demanding a provision in the legislation to ensure the money actually gets spent shoring up domestic manufacturing.
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Eoin Higgins of The Flashpoint interviewed journalist Carol Schaeffer (@thencarolsaid on Twitter), who is reporting from Poland.
Carol took a reporting trip to Lviv last week—we discuss that story, as well as her on the ground investigation into what, exactly, accused domestic terrorist and former lawmaker Matt Shea is doing with over 60 Ukrainian children in Poland and the refugee crisis.
Also check out Higgins’ recent article about the effects of funding cuts to schools during the protracted pandemic.
Tim Black analyzes the problem with John Stewart’s interview about race with Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.).
Thanks as always for following the OptOut independent media network! See you later this week.
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