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What It’s Like to Study Endangered Killer Whales

This story by originally appeared in and is republished here as part of , a global journalism collaboration strengthening coverage of the climate story.    You can learn a lot from poop.  

Term Limits: A Recipe for Younger Dems and Crazier Republicans

Should there be term limits? Both Democrats and Republicans are making a compelling case to settle this debate. There is just one problem: While term limits seem like a good way to rejuvenate an aging Democratic Party, they would only accelerate the GOP’s descent into madness.

Surviving Mariupol – A Shattered Life

  Anastasiia Marmyzova, 34, lived through bombings and shellings in Mariupol. She and her 7-year-old son lost their friends in mortar fire. She hid with her family in freezing basements. And, eventually, she escaped Ukraine with only her son and father-in-law, leaving behind everyone else. Patrick O’Connor interviewed Anastasiia and organized her comments into the article below.   Story by Anastasiia Marmyzova Interview & compilation by Patrick O’Connor   My son is seven. His name is Alexander.  

Bipartisanship in All the Wrong Places

  Turns out that bipartisanship isn’t dead after all. There is still an issue that many Democrats and Republicans can agree on: corruption. Not fighting it, mind you, but rather turning a blind eye to it. Granted, it would be impossible to entirely eliminate corruption in Washington, DC. The federal government now doles out more than $4 trillion annually, and anybody who can afford a lobbyist, i.e., rich people, large corporations, and foreign countries, wants a piece of that pie.

Russian State Media Spreads Fake BBC Report on Train Station Attack

A day after the BBC press office said “a video carrying its branding which claims that last week’s missile attack on a railway station was carried out by Ukraine is a fake,” Russian-backed media outlets continue to push the lie.   The pro-Russia Telegram page U_G_M, which has 15,866 subscribers, recently posted a “BBC” report that Ukraine bombed the Kramatorsk train station, a lie that the Kremin has been pushing since the atrocity occured on April 8. The footage has subsequently aired on Russian state television.  

Pro-Israel Group’s Support of Anti-Democracy Candidates Raises Eyebrows

For years, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) has enjoyed a cozy relationship with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. The group successfully cultivated support for Israel among both Democrats and Republicans, and year after year, Congress has allocated in military assistance to Israel.  

The Outliar: How Trump and MAGA Nation Broke the Truth

Great news: We won a Pullitzer Prize in the “Combined Cartoons and Editorials” category. It was our third. This is a lie, of course, and a clumsy one at that. It’s spelled “Pulitzer,” there is no “Combined Cartoons and Editorials” category, and the winners are announced in May. In addition, it would be easy to check past Pulitzer Prize recipients.

Ukrainian Health Care for All

At the same time that Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) was telling the press that Social Security and Medicare should be curtailed for future generations, Congress was sending billions of dollars in military aid to Ukraine.   While you’re here enjoying Ted Rall’s latest cartoon, please take a moment and read articles on related topics: 

To Be or Not to Be: Russia’s UN Political Appointees on the Spot

WhoWhatWhy is partnering with , where this story was originally published, to help expand access to content that will benefit a broader global readership.  

Congress Is Trending Right, Despite GOP Fears of a “Woke” Left

Not a day goes by without a prominent Republican warning that “radical” Democrats are seeking to transform the United States with their “woke,” “socialist,” or “communist” ideas. However, a new study on polarization in Congress shows that, while both parties are getting more extreme, it is the GOP that has shifted much more sharply to the edge than congressional Democrats have.   

Journalists Contributing to WhoWhatWhy Shot in Ukraine

If you have followed our Ukraine coverage in recent weeks, you will have come across stories and pictures from Stefan Weichert and Emil Filtenborg. Leading up to Russia’s invasion, they gave WhoWhatWhy readers a glimpse into what life was like. On Saturday, around 1 p.m. local time, both were shot while reporting. It was not immediately clear who had targeted them, or why.   

The Republican Trollympics — Pandemonium et Nonsenses

The are over, which means that some Americans may be feeling a bit of a void. After all, for the past two weeks they were able to experience the thrill of non-stop competition every time they turned on their televisions.

Making Mother Proud — Mike Pence Discovers His Spine

While Trumpism is essentially a cult, it is also a lot like an abusive relationship for the people in former President Donald Trump’s orbit: Stepping out of line invites further abuse, you have to cover for the abuser, and it involves a lot of lying to yourself that things aren’t so bad.

It’s Time to Wage a War on Right-Wing Terror

Usually, when Americans remember a date (other than holidays like Christmas or Halloween), it’s because it will live in infamy. That is why even the least historically literate of us know about December 7, September 11, and now January 6. In each case, the United States was attacked.  It’s fair to say that the threat from Japan was effectively dealt with after a few years, tens of thousands of US casualties, an outlay of a few trillion dollars (adjusted for inflation), and two nuclear bombs dropped.

The Naked Truth About Republican Sen. Ron Johnson

Wisconsin’s Ron Johnson invokes a higher authority to explain his opposition to vaccines. “Why do we think we can create something better than God in terms of combating disease?” he asks.

Did Trump Spokesman Hide Assets on January 6?

WhoWhatWhy has learned that on January 6, 2021, Taylor Budowich, a Republican operative, aide to Donald Trump Jr., and future spokesperson for Donald J. Trump, took time out from what was a singularly frenetic and explosive day to incorporate a company in California.    Budowich would later find himself under investigation for his role leading up to the Capitol assault that day in Washington.  

Twitter to Marjorie Taylor Greene: Fool Me Once, Shame on You. Fool Me 5 Times…

Invoking a five strikes policy, Twitter permanently suspended the Georgia congresswoman’s personal account for spreading COVID-19 misinformation. Facebook blocked her for a day.    

Army of None: Unraveling the Myth of ‘Trump the Fighter’

It’s been almost a year since supporters of Donald Trump held their HangMikePence-athon outside (and then inside) of the Capitol, or, as Republicans (including Pence) would rather like it to be known, the Coup de Blah of 2021. This means that just about every media outlet will spend the week looking back on the events of January 6 and undoubtedly lay the blame for what happened squarely at the feet of Trump. Well, at least every media outlet that doesn’t have the words “Patriot,” “American,” or “Fox” in its name. Those, of course, will pretend nothing happened.

WhoWhatWhy’s Best Journalism & Media Columns of 2021

In the 1950s, Walt Disney began a project of creating an all-encompassing media experience that included movies, a TV show, and a brand-new kind of amusement park. Seventy years later, Mark Zuckerberg announced that the project of total media immersion will continue online. Why stop at roller coasters and cartoons when you can have… an “infinite office”?  

The War of Moron Aggression

With the political rifts of the past having grown into chasms, and one party more or less openly supporting a coup, there that a second US civil war may break out. That’s complete nonsense, of course… because Civil War II is already underway. 

WhoWhatWhy’s Best Government Integrity Stories of 2021

  This year, WhoWhatWhy launched a Government Integrity unit to dig into the powerful but poorly monitored functions of the permanent government: health and interior departments and regulatory agencies in Washington and across the country.     Here are some of our favorite stories from that new team.   

Trump Chief of Staff: The Liar’s Liar

Even as he’s agreed to cooperate with the congressional investigation into the January 6 riot, Mark Meadows is dissembling on behalf of his old boss. He’s denying his own claims, written in his new book, that Trump tested positive for COVID-19 before the first debate with Joe Biden.

The Sorry State of the GOP’s Performance Artist Caucus

While we routinely criticize and ridicule the rich and powerful, and even though the rich and powerful don’t like to be criticized and ridiculed, we don’t often have to apologize in this space. Sure, there was that one time when we wrote a on how Fox News is systematically destroying America for profit, and they sent us an email about it.

Republicans in Congress Vie for Kyle Rittenhouse’s Services

Yes, it's true: Republicans are ready to compete to have Kyle Rittenhouse as a congressional intern. Quite a few were making him offers even before he was acquitted of murder in the fatal shootings of protesters in Kenosha, WI.

Competitors Are Watching the US in Turmoil

  China has long wanted to take over Taiwan, aka the Republic of China, to incorporate it into the mainland. Russia would like to take over parts of eastern Ukraine to gain land access to Crimea and weaken the West’s influence in Ukraine. Meanwhile, the US is struggling to get the COVID-19 pandemic under control and keep the economy on track for recovery.   

JFK in His Own Words: A Selective Sampler from His Speeches

On this anniversary of the death of President John F. Kennedy, we once again present a collection of quotations from his speeches.They show a man who would have been able to profoundly change the world… if he had been allowed to live. These few excerpts display Kennedy’s wit, perception, and originality, and tell us something about the world at the time. The world was very different then — and very much the same.     This article was originally published November 22, 2013.

Did Progressive Democrats Get Snookered By a Pelosi Fairy Tale?

They say good things come to those who wait. But it could be quite a while before progressive Democrats learn if moderates will really vote for the Build Back Better Act.