Behind New York City’s plan to close Rikers Island once and for all

In early August, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the city would be moving forward on a proposal to instate four new jails — including the reopening of an already existing facility in Queens — throughout the boroughs as part of a longterm goal…

Facebook ‘Fact Checkers’ Include Science Denying Right-Wing Propagandists

Last year, Facebook announced that it would partner with The Weekly Standard, a conservative magazine, to “fact check” news articles that are shared on Facebook. At the time, ThinkProgress expressed alarm at this decision. The Weekly Standard has a history of placing right-wing ideology before…

Why the proposal to host a Spanish soccer league match in Miami is an extremely bad idea

The signs are everywhere that soccer is on the rise in the U.S. In August, FIFA announced that the 2026 World Cup would be held partly in the U.S., by which time soccer is expected to be more popular than baseball. In July, Atlanta set…

Facebook’s idea of ‘fact-checking’: Censoring ThinkProgress because conservative site told them to

Last year, Facebook announced that it would partner with The Weekly Standard, a conservative magazine, to “fact check” news articles that are shared on Facebook. At the time, ThinkProgress expressed alarm at this decision. The Weekly Standard has a history of placing right-wing ideology before…

There’s a lot unsaid in the State Department statement about closing the Palestinian office in D.C.

The U.S. State Department announced on Monday that it will shut down the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s (PLO) office in Washington, D.C., saying the delegation had “not taken steps to advance the start of direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel.” The statement also slammed the PLO…

Trump’s response to Apple’s tariff-driven price hike shows how clueless he is about economics

On Friday, Apple announced that in response to the $200 billion in tariffs that the Trump administration plans to slap on Chinese goods, the company will raise prices on a number of products, including the Apple Watch, AirPods and Apple Pencil. “Our concerns with these tariffs…

6 states are investigating Catholic Church sex abuse after bombshell Pennsylvania report

Legal authorities in New York and New Jersey announced sweeping inquiries into sexual abuse committed or facilitated by employees of the Roman Catholic Church on Thursday, just two-and-a-half years after Oscars voters lauded a film about journalists’ 2002 investigation into such abuses from the 1990s…

Arizona governor appoints Jon Kyl to fill John McCain’s Senate seat

Arizona Gov. Dough Ducey (R) announced Tuesday that he will appoint former Sen. Jon Kyl (R) to succeed Sen. John McCain (R), who passed away last month. Kyl previously served alongside McCain until his retirement in 2012. Kyl has been keeping himself busy since he left the…

David Hogg calls B.S. on Trump’s plan to campaign for Sen. Ted Cruz in Texas

President Trump last week announced plans to hit the campaign trail next month in Texas to stump for Senator Ted Cruz’s lagging campaign. Parkland school shooting survivor David Hogg is calling B.S. I will be doing a major rally for Senator Ted Cruz in October….