Staff Bio: Jordan Green

Jordan Green is an investigative correspondent based in Greensboro, N.C., who covers right-wing extremism for Raw Story. His work has been featured in a host of publications, including the Washington Post, The Daily Beast, The Nation, In These Times and Sojourners.

Prior to joining the staff of Raw Story in March 2021, Green spent 16 years covering housing, policing, nonprofits and music as a reporter and editor at Triad City Beat in North Carolina and Yes Weekly. Green’s exposé on Medicaid fraud by a bogus drug-treatment program placed third for the Association of Alternative Newsmedia’s David Carr Investigative Reporting Award in 2020, while his reporting on how tax revaluations discriminated against Black homeowners in Winston-Salem won the N.C. Press Association’s second-place award for investigative reporting in 2013.

­Raw Story hires two award-winning editors in investigative reporting expansion

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Raw Story, America’s largest independently-owned political news site, has hired two new award-winning editors as it embarks on an expansion of original reporting.

Dave Levinthal, formerly deputy editor at Insider, will become Raw Story’s Editor-in-Chief. Adam Nichols, formerly Managing Editor for News at Patch, will become the site’s Executive Editor.

“I’m tremendously excited to lead Raw Story’s reporting efforts and expand the Raw Story brand and newsroom,” Levinthal said. “Raw Story is doubling down on investigative and enterprise journalism with a goal of uncovering government secrets, revealing politicians’ lies and publishing award-winning exclusives.”

The winner of numerous awards, including from Harvard’s Kennedy School, the National Press Club and Editor & Publisher, Levinthal brings more than a decade of reporting and editing experience in Washington, D.C. Prior to Insider, Levinthal reported for Politico and led investigations for the Center for Public Integrity, a Pulitzer Prize-winning nonprofit newsroom. His work at Insider included reports on the graying of American government, Congress’ widespread financial conflicts-of-interest and probes into green-oriented Democrats with extensive fossil fuel holdings.

Adam Nichols, arriving from Patch, has received awards for coverage of crime and breaking news. His more than two decades in journalism include stints at the New York Daily News, the New York Post and DNAinfo, a startup that covered NYC's neighborhoods. Nichols will lead Raw Story’s breaking news team.

“Raw Story’s reputation for delivering news with speed and accuracy is unparalleled,” Nichols said. “I’m thrilled to help build on what the team has created over the past 18 years.”

Raw Story has received critical acclaim for its enterprise reporting push.

The site’s January 6, 2021 report, “We’re gonna kill Congress,” “predicted exactly what would happen,” the morning of the Capitol riot, according to Editor & Publisher. Raw Story was among the first to report on the riot’s instigators, including an attempt by the Oath Keepers to get then-President Trump to declare martial law using the Insurrection Act.

Raw Story also won an EPPY award for a piece by the son of Oath Keeper founder Stewart Rhodes, “How I left the far right.” In 2022, it was a finalist for the Barbara A. Petersen Freedom of Information Award for coverage of South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem’s use of state aircraft for personal and political events.

Raw Story Publisher Roxanne Cooper lauded Levinthal and Nichols’ hiring.

“Raw Story’s third decade will be marked by scoops and sunlight on government misdeeds,” Cooper said. “Buckle up — this is the team to watch. The future of political reporting starts here.”

Staff Bio: Rodric Hurdle-Bradford

Rodric Hurdle-Bradford is a longtime journalist who has covered the state capital beats in Arizona, California, Missouri and Nevada. He has also served as Convention Beat Reporter for the Las Vegas Review-Journal's Business Press publication. A proud graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, Hurdle-Bradford has earned writing awards from the National Journalism Education Association and Washington Journalism Education Association.

Staff Bio: Mariama Todd

Mariama Todd has held a variety of finance and operations positions in the media and tech industries at Future Plc, Integral Ad Science(IAS), The Economist and DotDash Meredith Corporation. She most recently served as Director of Finance at OkayMedia Inc, a privately held digital media company comprising two brands: OkayPlayer.com and Okayafrica.

Prior to working in media and tech she worked in the asset management sector.

Mariama holds a B.A. in history from Dartmouth College and a MS in Media Management from New York University.

Staff Bio: Dave Levinthal

Dave leads Raw Story's newsroom as editor-in-chief and oversees its investigations and enterprise reporting.

Based in Washington, D.C., Dave previously worked as deputy editor and senior Washington correspondent for Insider. Dave has also worked as an editor or reporter at the Center for Public Integrity, Politico, OpenSecrets, the Dallas Morning News and the Eagle-Tribune.

Dave's work as an editor and reporter won numerous honors, including the Goldsmith Prize, Edward R. Murrow Award, National Headliner Award, National Press Club's Arthur E. Rowse Award for excellence in news media reporting, the Society of Professional Journalists' Sunshine Award, EPPY Award and Radio Television Digital News Association Kaleidoscope Award.

His writing has appeared in numerous publications including The Atlantic, Time Magazine, the Daily Beast and Slate. Dave also regularly provides political analysis on news outlets such as NPR, MSNBC, the BBC, and CBC.

A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Dave graduated with degrees in newspaper journalism and political philosophy from Syracuse University, where he was editor-in-chief of The Daily Orange.

Staff Bio: Adam Nichols

Adam Nichols is Raw Story's Executive Editor. He has more than 25 years of journalism experience, which includes working for the New York Daily News, the New York Post and DNAinfo, a startup site that covered NYC's neighborhoods. He was most recently Managing Editor at the hyperlocal website Patch. Originally from the U.K., Adam moved to the U.S. in 2003.

'Have they no decency?' GOP slammed as Pelosi recalls her husband being brutally beaten

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is now sharing the moment she first learned her husband Paul had been viciously attacked inside their San Francisco home.

In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Pelosi struggled to keep her composure, while describing the horrific event in which her husband was bludgeoned with a hammer by an individual who has touted right-wing conspiracy theories.

Watch below to see a portion of the interview.

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The interview brought back feelings of anger from those who were furious about how Republicans mocked the Speaker and her husband — both 82-years old — after what prosecutors described as a “near-fatal” attack.

“The violent attack on Paul Pelosi has raised fresh concerns over threats of political violence driven by partisan animosity and increasingly hostile political rhetoric – and highlighted the potential vulnerability of lawmakers and their families in the current political climate,” CNN noted.

The clip kindled outrage at those who played down the attack.

“This is what Kari Lake and Don Jr mocked and laughed at," tweeted MSNBC’s Mehdi Hasan. "This is what Donald Trump and Ted Cruz cast doubt on. To borrow a line: have they no decency?”

“All of the conservatives who have been laughing at the their trauma should watch this one min clip and imagine if it was your family,” added The Daily Beast’s Matt Wilstein.

“The composure Nancy Pelosi shows in the face of such hate-filled violence is remarkable," said Democratic pollster Matt McDermott. "Which makes it all the more despicable that Republicans tried to laugh off this act of domestic terrorism.”

Historian Rebecca Fachner also remarked on Pelosi’s composure.

“Watching her struggle to keep her composure is wrenching,” she observed.

“Every Republican (or anyone, really) who has made jokes about this are not fit to serve in any capacity whatsoever,” said political opinion columnist Teri Carter.

In a rally Tuesday in Dayton, Ohio, former President Donald Trump doubled down on his mockery of House Speaker Pelosi, calling her an "animal."

As the audience laughed, Trump remarked, "She impeached me twice!"

Trump went on to claim that the United States was "becoming a third-world country," and pivoted to talking about the rally he had in North Carolina, which he described as a "religious experience" because it rained.

'Highway to hell': Inside the battle to save the world from climate change

The World Leaders Summit at the UN Climate Change Conference, known as COP27, kicked off Monday in Egypt, where UN Secretary-General António Guterres warned that the earth is on a “highway to climate hell,” and framed the battle to stop climate change as a battle of human survival.

"Greenhouse gas emissions keep growing," Guterres remarked. "Global temperatures keep rising. And our planet is fast approaching tipping points that will make climate chaos irreversible. We are on a highway to climate hell with our foot on the accelerator."

You can watch his remarks in the video below.

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COP27 presents an opportunity for all stakeholders to come together to find concrete solutions to the global climate emergency, including on mitigation, adaptation and resilience, loss and damage and climate finance.

One climate finance concept known as “loss and damage” is expected to be center stage at the summit. Loss and damage is the idea that wealthy countries, having emitted the most planet-warming gases, should pay poorer countries who are now suffering from climate disasters they had little to no participation in creating.

This idea isn't popular with developed countries. Rich countries, including the United States, fear that agreeing to a loss and damage fund could open them up to legal liability. And European countries worry they'll be left holding the bag if a new U.S. president pulls out of a loss and damage fund.

Former Vice President Al Gore also criticized global leaders directly, saying they have a "credibility problem," given that developed countries are still hunting for gas resources in Africa. He called this "fossil fuel colonialism."

"We have a credibility problem all of us: We're talking and we're starting to act, but we're not doing enough," Gore said.

Pakistan is among the nations calling for the creation of a loss and damage fund to aid them after enduring both a deadly heat wave and the worst floods in history, which have both occurred this year. Pakistan is responsible for less than one percent of the world’s planet-warming emissions.

The Pakistani government conducted an internationally supported study in October that found the recent catastrophic floods in Pakistan have inflicted more than $30 billion in damages and economic losses. "Given Pakistan's limited fiscal resources, significant international support and private investment will be essential for a comprehensive and resilient recovery," the assessment said.

The annual Climate Change Conference is scheduled to continue until November 18th, with most world leaders planning to attend for one to two more days. The topic of loss and damage will be debated, and undoubtedly the climate crisis in Pakistan will be a hot topic.

"Climate security goes hand in hand with energy security, Putin's abhorrent war in Ukraine, and rising energy prices across the world are not a reason to go slow on climate change," remarked new British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. "They are a reason to act faster."

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'TikTok' 'needs to be gone': Marjorie Taylor Greene agrees with supporter despite dependence on social media

Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) lamented the crackdown by social media companies on propaganda and right-wing disinformation during a recent discussion with her supporters about what kids are seeing online.

One woman in attendance exclaimed that “TikTok" is corrupting children and that "it needs to be gone.”

Greene agreed, proclaiming that "TikTok, it is on TikTok a lot. And Instagram and other social media," despite her reliance on sites like Twitter, Rumble, and former President Donald Trump's conspiracy-riddled app Truth Social for her continued political exposure.

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Greene then complained about platforms used for public discourse having implemented policies against spreading misinformation, which she has been known to do, and that those rules are unfair to people with right-wing beliefs.

Greene whined that "if you post on social media about election fraud, or you speak up in any way with your conservative values, they will cancel your account. And they will delete you."

Greene's Facebook profile was suspended in January after moderators determined that she was sharing fake news about COVID-19. That occurred one day after Twitter permanently locked her personal account for the exact same reason.

Greene is set to win an easy re-election in Georgia’s 14th District in November, despite Democrats pouring money into her Democratic opponent Marcus Flowers. A self-described Christian nationalist, Greene opposes abortion and gun control. However, when questioned this week on a local Georgia TV station about her stance on these issues, she walked out of the interview.

According to actor and political activist Dash Dobrofsky, “Marjorie Taylor Greene abruptly left an appearance on a local Georgia TV show "Night Talk" when she was asked questions about the texts she sent to Mark Meadows before January 6, as well as calls from the audience regarding her views on abortion. She left without an explanation.”

Raw Story is upgrading its commenting system: Here's what you need to know

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If you’re an avid commenter, this may initially feel like a big change. While we hoped to carry over all the accounts and data from Disqus, the two systems are not compatible.

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Fox News shamed for trying to spin 'blockbuster' jobs report

Fox News editors tried to spin Friday’s surprisingly strong jobs report into an attack on President Joe Biden and Democrats — and it didn't go well.

On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the July jobs numbers, which showed that the U.S. economy added more than 500,000 new jobs.

CNN called it a “massive jobs surprise.” Even CNBC’s conservative editor Rick Santelli, who sparked the Tea Party movement with an on-air rant, heralded the jobs report as “a whopper.”

Analysts overall expected the report to show 258,000 new jobs created, but it came in more than double that, with 528,000 new jobs. Unemployment dropped slightly to 3.5%, far below the 5% mark economists used to use as a marker of “full employment.”

Economists cheered the results. Even those typically more pessimistic found the jobs report excellent news. Some said it signaled the absence of a recession, and predicted inflation would come under control as the Federal Reserve raises interest rates. The price of gas has also dropped dramatically, with some stations now selling at under $3.00 a gallon.

Meanwhile, Fox News decided to use the White House’s prediction that the jobs numbers would not be great against them.

The Daily Beast’s media reporter Justin Baragona posted a screenshot of Fox News’s chyron that blasts the White House for not getting the estimate right. A casual observer, say, in an airport, would likely assume the jobs report was bad and blame the Biden administration.

It read: “WH Misses Forecast on Lower July Jobs Growth.”

You can see the Fox News report here.

Media Matters’ Eric Kleefeld noted that Fox News Business’s Larry Kudlow, a former Trump top advisor, and former Trump advisor Kevin Hassett both predicted the jobs number would come in exactly the same as what the Biden White House predicted, and were preparing since Thursday for bad news: Public Notice’s Aaron Rupar says Fox News suggested the jobs report was too good.

Attorney Brad Moss, a frequent social media commenter, observed: “Fox News is desperately trying to spin this blockbuster jobs report against Biden. If Trump was in office, they’d be running celebration videos complete with champagne.”

Just after 8:30 AM ET when the report was released, “Fox & Friends” host Brian Kilmeade immediately mocked President Joe Biden as they shared the numbers.

Fox News Business’ Charles Payne was on set to discuss the report. Looking for negative spin, he announced that the jobs number was the best since March, adding the numbers had “been trending lower since March sequentially.”

Begrudgingly admitting “it’s a really good number,” he pivoted to “participation” in the workforce. He called it “amazing that we have not gotten back up to the same level of participation” since before COVID.

But as CNBC reported: “private sector payrolls are now higher than the February 2020 level, just before the pandemic declaration.”

You can see the Fox News report here.

With David Badash.

Billionaire charged in largest-ever tax fraud case dies

Robert Brockman, the multi-billionaire investor indicted in the largest ever tax fraud in U.S. history died late Friday. He was 81.

Brockman was accused in 2020 "of evading $2 billion in taxes over a 20-year period through wire fraud, evidence tampering, and money laundering, among other criminal acts," Distractify when the charged were filed.

According to Bloomberg, the Republican megadonor was suspected of tapping into "untaxed proceeds from offshore entities to buy a Colorado fishing lodge, a private jet and a 200-foot yacht. The Internal Revenue Service's investigator, James Lee, remarked that he had "not seen this pattern of greed or concealment and cover-up in my 25-plus years as a special agent."

A Florida native, Brockman started his career selling computing services to automobile dealers on behalf of IBM. In 1970, he founded a company that helped revolutionize the auto dealer industry, "that helped car dealers run virtually every aspect of their operations," according to Bloomberg.

That company, Reynolds & Reynolds, became a massive business worth some $5 billion.

Brockman also helped spawn the career of Robert F. Smith, the wealthiest Black American citizen. He provided the initial investment in his private equity firm, Vista Equity Partners. The U.S. alleged that Brockman used a nexus of offshore entities and burner phones to hide $2 billion in income.

Smith finally admitted committing tax fraud but avoided prosecution by turning state's witness against Brockman.

"The case against Brockman hinged on whether billions of dollars in an offshore charitable trust were secretly controlled by him, as prosecutors alleged, or were independently managed, as he claimed," Bloomberg reported. "Prosecutors said he used untaxed proceeds from offshore entities to buy a Colorado fishing lodge, a private jet and a 200-foot yacht, which his lawyers denied."

At the time of his death, Brockman's lawyers maintained that he was suffering from dementia. In May, a judge ruled that he was competent for trial.

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Watch this shocking video of an annihilated Russian armored convoy

As Russia's invasion of Ukraine enters its fifth month, Raw Story is highlighting one of the most amazing videos out of the war, an amazing video CNN aired that depicted a Russian armored convoy that had been annihilated early on during Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine.

"Right within the past few hours there has been a ferocious battle here on the outskirts of Kyiv," CNN's Matthew Chance reported in late February. "And this is one of those Russian, Soviet-era vehicles, which is completely burned out."

"You can see this is a bridge actually. There's an access point to the northwest of Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital and the Russian column that has come down here has been absolutely hammered," he reported.

He reported Ukrainian commanders said they had been using western anti-tank missiles to attack Russian troops.

"Obviously we're still in a very exposed situation right now. There is debris everywhere, the twisted metal of these vehicles. This is obviously just a truck carrying supplies. We saw the armored vehicle in front there. I mean, looking around -- look at this what kind of munitions does it take to do that to a car, to a vehicle? You know, I know that I've been speaking to the local Ukrainian commanders here, they've been saying they were using western anti-tank missiles to attack these columns."

"Look, so recent the battle, this vehicle is still smoking," he reported. "There's still smoke coming out of the back of that, ammunition boxes on the ground," he reported. "A real scene of devastation along this bridge."

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New weapons making a difference

As the war turns into August, Russia has been leaning on more brutal weapons, including "Heatwave," its thermobaric rocket system that sprays flammable material into the air and then ignites it. The resulting giant fireball is highly destructive.

“For days in a row now, the enemy has not let up on attempts to attack,” Vitaliy Barabash, the Ukrainian military governor of Avdiivka, remarked to Radio Liberty, according to the New York Times. “Everywhere is being hit by artillery and aviation” bombs.

“People are living in horrible, inhuman conditions,” Barabash added. “Every day, the city is shelled about 20 times.”

Meanwhile, the Ukrainian side has gained a slight edge with the American-made weapon HIMIARS, a long-range rocket launcher that can hit ammunition stockpiles far behind the Russian lines. Russia has now diverted about 10,000 soldiers to defend its more southern positions in Ukraine.

US says Russia will fake scene around mass POW deaths to blame Ukraine

Also Thursday, a US official accused Moscow of preparing to plant fake evidence to make it look like the recent mass killing of Ukrainian prisoners in an attack on a Russian-controlled prison was caused by Ukraine.

Kyiv and Moscow have traded blame over the strikes on the prison in Kremlin-controlled Olenivka in eastern Ukraine, which Russia said took place overnight on July 29.

On Thursday the US official, who asked not to be named, said that intelligence reports show Russia will doctor the scene at the prison ahead of the possible visits by outside investigators.

"We expect that Russian officials are planning to falsify evidence in order to attribute the attack on Olenivka Prison on 29 July to the Ukrainian Armed Forces," the official told AFP, without sharing the evidence. "We anticipate that Russian officials will try to frame (Ukraine's military)... in anticipation of journalists and potential investigators visiting the site of the attack."

More than 50 soldiers died in the incident, including troops who had surrendered after weeks of defending the Azovstal steel works in Mariupol. Russia claimed Ukraine carried out a strike on its own captured fighters, while Ukrainian authorities accuse Russia of covering up a deliberate massacre.

With AFP.

Catastrophic climate outcomes like human extinction 'not being taken seriously': study

In 2022, the rising effects of climate change are really being felt now globally — from massive heat waves in Europe to Australia's historic bushfire season and the recent extreme flood events in the U.S. A group of top climate scientists have come forward to argue that more in-depth research is urgently needed into worst-case scenarios — including human extinction — which they call a "climate endgame."

"Climate Endgame: Exploring catastrophic climate change scenarios" was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and is authored by eleven researchers from around the world. They propose a research agenda into the consequences of global warming, specifically the worst-case scenarios they claim have been understudied.

Dr. Luke Kemp, one of the paper’s authors, discusses what he and his colleagues are warning in the new analysis in the video below.

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The researchers define such warming as a temperature increase of 3°C or above pre-industrial levels, which is well within the current scope of possibility by the end of the century.

Most current climate models are based on an increase of up to 2°C. Under the 2015 Paris Agreement, countries agreed to cut greenhouse gas emissions to hold the global average temperature to well below 2°C with a goal to limit the temperature increase to only 1.5°C.

Many scientists now think this target is unrealistic. The scientists include four main areas of concern -- what the authors termed the "four horseman" of climate change: famine and malnutrition, extreme weather, conflict, and vector-borne diseases.

"Irreversible and potentially catastrophic risks caused by human induced climate change must be factored into our planning and actions," said Johan Rockstrom, PIK director and a study co-author.

He said that the more research is done on Earth's climate tipping points -- such as the irreversible melting of the ice caps or the Amazon rainforest turning from a carbon sink to source -- showed the ever-greater need to factor in high-risk scenarios into climate modeling.

“Understanding extreme risks is important for robust decision-making, from preparation to consideration of emergency responses," the authors write. "This requires exploring not just higher temperature scenarios but also the potential for climate change impacts to contribute to systemic risk and other cascades. We suggest that it is time to seriously scrutinize the best way to expand our research horizons to cover this field.”

The paper provides a range of plausible ways in which climate change could tip society into more precarious outcomes than what has previously been presented to the public, and proposes a rigorous academic research agenda for conducting an “integrated catastrophe assessment.”

Citizens around the globe are already collectively feeling the effects of climate change and may not want to hear scientists are now predicting an even more catastrophic scenario.

With AFP.