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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Russian ‘Hack’ Actually ‘Inside Job’?

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Judge OKs Trump Commission to Collect Voter Data (Reader Pat)

Syrian Refugees Return Home

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Syrians Return Home as the Terrorists are Pushed Out (Trevin)

Russ Baker Talks Russiagate, the Media, and Much More

In this extensive interview on , host Ricky Varandas and WhoWhatWhy founder, editor-in-chief and investigative journalist Russ Baker discuss a wide range of pressing topics on the forefront of the public’s mind.They also happen to be topics that WhoWhatWhy has been covering for some time from a forensic angle, including election integrity, the mainstream media and disinformation, and the powerful interests behind US forei

Sanders in 2020?

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Botched US Drone Strike Kills 15 Afghan Police (Jimmy)

Irakly Kaveladze — The Eighth Person in Trump Tower Meeting

Editor’s note: Martin J. Sheil is a retired branch chief of the IRS Criminal Investigation division.Irakly “Ike” Kaveladze is, or at least has been, a suspected money launderer in the employ of one of Russia’s most powerful oligarchs. His boss is Aras Agalarov, a Russian real estate mogul known in some circles as the “Russian Donald Trump,” reputedly the 57th richest person in Russia and a close friend of Vladimir Putin.

Evangelicals and the GOP — An Unholy Alliance

To those with even a cursory knowledge of the teachings of Jesus Christ as described in the New Testament, the so-called Christian Right’s support of Donald Trump, the GOP and their policies must seem as strange as the North American Meat Institute endorsing a vegan diet or Greenpeace applying for a drilling license in Alaska.

Meet Trump’s Pick for FBI Director, Chris Wray

Republicans and Democrats found something they could agree on this week: Chris Wray, President Donald Trump’s nominee for FBI director. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted unanimously on Thursday to advance Wray’s confirmation to the full Senate.Sweeping bipartisan approval is expected, although only 51 votes are needed to confirm his appointment. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has said he intends to hold the vote before senators leave for August recess.

Trump’s Nuclear Love

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Trump Administration Releases Regulatory Agenda (Celia)

Recent Shake-up in Saudi Line of Succession Fails Sniff Test

Last month, multiple news outlets reported on what appears to be a &;reshuffling&; in the line of succession under Saudi Arabia&;s 81-year-old King Salman, whose powerful nephew was suddenly forced out as crown prince by royal decree

Cop Fakes Body Camera Footage

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Baltimore Cop Fakes Body-camera Footage (Jimmy)

Watergate and the Downing of Nixon, Part 5

As prior Watergate excerpts from Family of Secrets have shown, there is every reason to distrust the accepted story of this seminal event. In fact, Watergate teaches us to be much more skeptical of what we are told by the establishment — the government, academia, big media. Turns out that self-interest, conformity, and suppression of alarming insight are more common than even the most cynical of us may suspect.

Secret Pentagon Chemical Testing on Troops

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What Revolution? Shale to Lose $20B More in 2017 (Jeff C.)

Social Security May Bust the Federal Budget — But Not How You Think

Malcolm Mitchell is the Editor and Publisher of Investment Policy Magazine, which he founded in 1997. He has been writing about Social Security since 2002.  If you’ve ever questioned what happens to your employment taxes, you’ve probably come across answers like the following: The Social Security “Trust Fund” is a fiction; Employment taxes are simply taken by the government and added to the general fund to pay for other federal programs; or You can’t depend on receiving any promised Social Security benefits when you retire.

Manafort’s Money Trail

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Italy Threatens ‘Nuclear Option’ to Send Migrants North (Jeff C.)

WhoWhatWhy Investigated Russia’s Actions Long Before the Mainstream Media

If you’ve been paying attention to the Russia story, even if not to every twist and turn, you’ve heard or learned about something call the Magnitsky Act.This piece of legislation, which imposed deep sanctions on Russia, is named after a Russian lawyer by the name of Sergei Magnitsky.

Another Celebrity Weighs Political Run

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US Invaded Iraq and Now Iran Dominates It (Russ)

Does Truth Still Matter?

There is at least one truth in politics: Politicians lie. They misrepresent, twist and spin facts. They try to get away with hiding or obfuscating the truth. When they are caught in a real whopper, however, they usually pay a price — not just at the polls but also because their legacy is tarnished. Just think back to the most famous quotes and moments of some recent presidents.

Nevada Welcomes Marijuana, Jeff Sessions Does Not

Even though over half of states have legalized medical marijuana, it remains a Schedule I drug in the eyes of the the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Alongside heroin in the most restrictive classification available, marijuana is deemed to have “no currently acceptable medical use and high potential for abuse.” Despite condemnation on a federal level, states continue to pass legislation making it available for both medical and recreational purposes.

If America Had a Bastille Day

Today is the French national holiday also known as Bastille Day.I first heard of Bastille Day as a teenager when I heard the song of the same name by the Canadian prog-rock band Rush. Here’s some sample lyrics:But they’re marching to Bastille Day La guillotine will claim her bloody prize Free the dungeons of the innocent

Florida’s Felon Voting Problem

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Poor or Disrupted Sleep May Lead to Alzheimer’s (Russ)

Net Neutrality Day of Action

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Net Neutrality Day of Action (Trevin)

Watergate and the Downing of Nixon, Part 4

Over the years, we have been told, ad nauseum, that Richard Nixon was the ultimate culprit in Watergate. And Watergate has come to represent the ultimate in presidential overreach and perfidy.Yet, no one has been able to explain the real purpose of the burglary with any certainty, or why the burglars committed such rookie errors, leading to their discovery and arrest — and, eventually, to Nixon’s downfall.In fact, it is important to recall that there were two break-ins: a successful one to plant eavesdropping equipment, and a bungled one to remove that equipment.

Trump’s Possible Fed Pick

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Women of Color Face Staggering Amount of Harassment in Astronomy (Trevin)

A Bad Blueprint: Intelligence Agencies Coopting Private Enterprise

Earlier this week, on how top Trump administration officials have asked Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater, and billionaire Stephen Feinberg, who owns military contractor DynCorp, to come up

How Kushner Operates

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Coal CEO: ‘Clean Coal’ is a Myth (Jeff C.)

WSJ Calls for North Korean Regime Change

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The FBI’s Increasingly Odd Silence on Boston Bombing

As another about the Boston Marathon bombing nears release,  the mainstream media are finally addressing the many unanswered questions concerning the mastermind of the bombing, Tamerlan Tsarnaev.And yet — four years after the bombing and two years after Tamerlan&;s younger brother

Lawsuits Pile Up as Government Agencies Delay New Rules

What do the Department of Energy, the Department of Education, and Environmental Protection Agency have in common? They’ve all faced lawsuits for putting the brakes on Obama-era regulations.Just this week, the attorneys general from 18 states and Washington D.C.

Will Italy Leave EU?

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McConnell Signals Doubts About ObamaCare Vote (Trevin)

Trump’s New Favorite News Channel

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Russ Baker Talks Russiagate, Mob Links with Sean Stone

The key to understanding the Trump-Russia entanglements requires going back long before the 2016 presidential campaign, and looking at the parade of organized crime figures who passed through Trump Tower — or in some cases, did business with the Trump Organization, and even Trump himself.Many of these shady figures stem from the countries of the former Soviet Union, have ties to the oligarchs and, through them, to the Kremlin itself.

Do as the Romans with Climate Change?

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Minneapolis Adopts $15/hr Minimum Wage (Jimmy)

What Will/Can the Supreme Court Do about Partisan Gerrymandering?

Until recently, the power of state legislatures to hijack elections went unchallenged. Lawmakers abused their privileged duty to design their own voting districts by employing a discriminatory precision that essentially nullified the voices of countless voters and ensured the party in charge could continue to dominate future elections. However, those days may soon be behind us as the Supreme Court prepares to issue its decision in Gill v. Whitford, which could help tame rampant partisan rigging of district maps.

Remember the 1953 Coup in Iran?

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Texas Gov, Worried About Liberal Cities, Tries Curtailing Their Power (Russ)

George H.W. Bush Is 93 Today

Happy Birthday, Poppy Bush! For us, the Bush family, and particularly George H.W. “Poppy” Bush, has been, in a way, a gift. We have learned more about elites in America, about the secret history of covert operations, about the fragile balance between money and democracy — just from studying this clan.

Is the Separation Between Church and State about to Crumble?

When people complain that President Donald Trump and his administration are threatening the First Amendment, they usually think about assaults on the freedom of the press. Just as troubling, however, is that conservatives on the highest levels of all branches of government are blurring the lines between the state and religion.

Legal Battles Remain for LGBT Rights

Does the First Amendment really protect someone who wishes to discriminate against gay couples?Earlier this week, the Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal from Colorado baker Jack Phillips, who argues his constitutional rights have been violated after being punished for denying service to a gay couple in 2012.

Guide to Ransomware

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An Executive Guide to Ransomware (Trevin)

The CIA vs Auditors

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The Real Threat of Artificial Intelligence (Trevin)

Watergate and the Downing of Nixon, Part 3

We are running this series because people are looking to Watergate as a guide from another time, when nother president was on the ropes. And we are running it because, as is often the case, the media did not truly investigate what went on, or why. They, along with many historians, continue to perpetuate basic falsehoods about what transpired during that epic scandal, while ignoring what Nixon actually did and said, as well as evidence suggesting that far different factors may have been behind his impeachment.