Who What Why ?

My name is Russ Baker. For more than two decades I have been an investigative journalist, doing what I believed journalists were supposed to do—seek the truth and publish nothing less. Over the years, however, I have learned how the media gatekeepers, both “mainstream” and “alternative,” will not allow the biggest, most disturbing revelations to see the light of day.


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Social Insecurity: When Retirement Means Hardship, States Move to Fill the Void

Reading Time: 5 minutesWhen signing the Social Security Act into law in 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt said  that it is impossible to ensure the entire population against all hazards, but that the new program would “give some measure of protection to the average citizen and to his family against the loss of a job and against poverty-ridden old age.”

The GOP’s ‘Socialism’ Scam Is About to Backfire

Reading Time: 3 minutesWhen little kids don’t want to eat something, they often throw a temper tantrum and loudly proclaim that the food on their plate is “yucky.” In politics, when the rich don’t like something, they have their puppets throw a tantrum and loudly proclaim that the policy they object to is “socialism.”

The Sins of the Father, Mother, and President

Reading Time: 1 minute In order to punish the children of undocumented immigrants, President Donald Trump wants to end birthright citizenship, which makes anyone born on US soil an American. But once we start holding people accountable for the sins of their fathers and mothers, where does it stop?

New Report Sets ‘Gold Standard’ for Election Audits

Reading Time: 3 minutesProtecting Out Vote 2020In 2016, Rhode Island officials were astonished when a referendum delivered the implausible tally of 8,471 “no” votes and only five “yeses.” The state’s Board of Elections ordered a recount,

Detention Camps and Deadlock: US Immigration Policy Is in Disarray

Reading Time: 13 minutesSen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) does not represent a border state. Immigration is not a high priority issue in Oregon. Yet, motivated by compassion, curiosity, and a commitment to the rule of law, he became the first member of Congress to travel to the border to visit the now-infamous immigrant detention centers.What he saw shocked him and ultimately the nation.

Hong Kong Government’s Concession Unlikely to Mollify Protesters

Reading Time: 5 minutesHONG KONG — Almost everything in Hong Kong has changed over the last 13 weeks, as the city has been torn apart by what is being called the “hard hat revolution.” Chief Executive Carrie Lam is now officially withdrawing the controversial extradition bill that triggered the unrest, but it’s highly unlikely everything will just return to normal overnight.The much-criticized legislation tha

Fox News Has a Curious Definition of ‘All-American’

Reading Time: 6 minutesFor the past few summers, Fox News has entertained its viewers with an “All-American Summer Concert Series.” The name implies that all Americans are represented in the musical lineup — or at least all of the things that Americans hold dear.

Should Twitter Suspend or Ban Trump?

Reading Time: 17 minutesPresident Donald Trump is the most visible user of Twitter, and has more than 63 million followers. Many recent tweets employ hate speech, personal attacks, and smears that appear to violate Twitter’s own standards. But the company has made no effort to rein in the president’s offensive speech, even as other users have been suspended, or banned, for less.In this podcast, Peter B.