Trump says mail voting is bad, but absentee voting is good. His lawyers admit they’re the same thing

President Donald Trump on Thursday tried to draw a distinction between “mail voting” and “absentee voting,” but his own lawyers acknowledged in court documents the two are the same thing. Trump suggested delaying the election on Thursday amid plummeting poll numbers and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 150,000 people and caused the largest GDP dropContinue reading “Trump says mail voting is bad, but absentee voting is good. His lawyers admit they’re the same thing”

Two of the Hackers Charged With Compromising Twitter Are Teenagers

Twitter suffered a major hack in July. Diptendu Dutta/AFP via Getty Images Federal and state authorities believe that the worst security breach in Twitter’s history was perpetrated by three people: 19-year-old Mason Sheppard of the United Kingdom; 22-year-old Nima Fazeli of Orlando, Florida; and 17-your-old Graham Ivan Clark of Tampa, Florida. An investigation by theContinue reading “Two of the Hackers Charged With Compromising Twitter Are Teenagers”

“The everyday guy can fight and sometimes win”: ACLU doc goes inside four David & Goliath cases

The uplifting documentary, “The Fight,” available virtually July 31, chronicles the efforts of four ACLU lawyers taking on a quartet of cases in 2019 dealing with immigration law, reproductive rights, voting, and LGBT discrimination. Codirected by Eli B. Despres, Josh Kriegman, and Elyse Steinberg, the film lays out the issues of each case, but focuses mainlyContinue reading ““The everyday guy can fight and sometimes win”: ACLU doc goes inside four David & Goliath cases”

Conspiracy Theories About Taylor Swift’s Folklore Co-Writer, Ranked by How Ludicrous They Are

Are you there, William Bowery? Photo illustration by Slate. Photos by Paul Kane/Getty Images, Kevin Winter/Getty Images for CBS Radio, Paul C. Babin/Wikipedia, Manny Carabel/Getty Images, Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images, Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images, and Chris Delmas/AFP via Getty Images. For Taylor Swift, an album release marks the culmination of months, if not years, of labor. But herContinue reading “Conspiracy Theories About Taylor Swift’s Folklore Co-Writer, Ranked by How Ludicrous They Are”

The CDC-to-HHS data switch isn’t responsible for a decline in cases. But it’s a “catastrophe”

The Trump administration’s abrupt order instructing hospitals to stop reporting their coronavirus data to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention raised concerns among experts, but viral rumors that it is responsible for the decline in cases nationwide are inaccurate. The Department of Health and Human Services abruptly instructed hospitals earlier this month to stop sending theirContinue reading “The CDC-to-HHS data switch isn’t responsible for a decline in cases. But it’s a “catastrophe””

Confederate Groups Are Thriving on Facebook. What Does That Mean for the Platform?

Local residents show support for a Confederate soldier statue on the grounds of the City of Virginia Beach Municipal Center in Virginia during a rally calling for the statue’s removal on Aug. 24, 2017. Alex Wong/Getty Images This article is part of the Free Speech Project, a collaboration between Future Tense and the Tech, Law,Continue reading “Confederate Groups Are Thriving on Facebook. What Does That Mean for the Platform?”

Exclusive: Right-wing nonprofits hit with criminal complaint for self-dealing, tax violations

A nonprofit public watchdog filed a complaint Thursday with the Internal Revenue Service, the state of Wisconsin and the California attorney general’s office accusing the conservative activist group American Majority (AM) of violating the federal tax code and various state laws. The complaint, filed by the nonpartisan Campaign for Accountability (CfA) and exclusively obtained by Salon, accusesContinue reading “Exclusive: Right-wing nonprofits hit with criminal complaint for self-dealing, tax violations”