The head of the US patent office just quit

The head of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Michelle Lee, has unexpectedly resigned from her position. Lee was officially appointed to the top job by President Obama in 2015*, but had affirmed both in November 2016 and March that she w…

Trump tweets pick to lead FBI: former DoJ official Christopher Wray

After firing James Comey, president calls Wray, assistant attorney general under George W Bush, a ‘man of impeccable credentials’

Donald Trump plans to nominate Christopher Wray to be the next director of the FBI, he announced on Twitter on Wednesday.

I will be nominating Christopher A. Wray, a man of impeccable credentials, to be the new Director of the FBI. Details to follow.

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Michael Moore launches TrumpiLeaks whistleblowing site

Film-maker urges anyone with information about the Trump administration to securely share it ‘in the name of protecting the United States from tyranny’

Michael Moore has launched a website that allows whistleblowers to securely leak information about the Trump administration.

TrumpiLeaks encourages sources to use encryption software to share documents, photographs, video and audio recordings pertaining to Donald Trump and his associates with the film-maker and activist.

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Intercepted Podcast: The Woman Democrats Love to Hate

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The Green Party’s presidential candidate Jill Stein has been widely attacked by Democrats simply for running for president. Some blame her for Hillary Clinton’s loss. This week on Intercepted: Stein strikes back at her critics and discusses what she calls severe vulnerabilities in the U.S. voting system. Stein also reveals the story behind the now-infamous dinner in Moscow where she was seated with Vladimir Putin and Gen. Michael Flynn. The Intercept’s D.C. Bureau Chief Ryan Grim digs into the contents of a newly published top-secret intelligence assessment from the National Security Agency outlining alleged Russian cyberattacks against software companies that service U.S. elections. And singer-songwriter Damien Jurado performs and talks about his punk roots, Woody Guthrie, and his desire to reconnect with America.

Transcript coming soon.

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Inside Trump’s secretive immigration court: far from scrutiny and legal aid

Exclusive: the remote LaSalle detention facility is part of Trump’s attempt to fast-track deportations. A visit reveals a hastily arranged setup beset by flaws

Behind two rows of high fencing, winding coils of razor wire, and surrounded by thick forest in central Louisiana, hundreds of miles from the nearest major city, stands a newly created court the Trump administration hopes will fast track the removal of undocumented immigrants.

Hearings take place in five poky courtrooms behind reinforced grey doors where the public benches, scratched with graffiti, are completely empty. There is no natural light. The hallways are lined with detainees in yellow jumpsuits awaiting their turn before a judge. The five sitting judges were quietly flown in by the US justice department from cities across the United States and will be rotated again within two weeks.

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‘It’s diabolical’: arts programs under threat as Trump aims to slash funds

If Trump gets his way, the National Endowment for the Arts – which provides support for artists and arts programs – will see an 80% budget cut

When it finally became clear that Moonlight had won the 2017 Oscar for best picture, nowhere were the cheers more intense than at a small community arts center in one Miami neighborhood.

Tarell Alvin McCraney, whose play was made into the movie and also won him the adapted screenplay Oscar, held his golden statuette aloft and dedicated it to “all those black and brown boys and girls and non-gender-conforming who don’t see themselves, we’re trying to show you you, and us.”

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