Matt Taibbi

Matt Taibbi

Matt Taibbi is Rolling Stone’s chief political reporter. His predecessors include the likes of journalistic giants Hunter S. Thompson and P.J. O'Rourke. Taibbi's 2004 campaign journal Spanking the Donkey cemented his status as an incisive, irreverent, zero-bullshit reporter. His books include Griftopia: A Story of Bankers, Politicians, and the Most Audacious Power Grab in American History, The Great Derangement: A Terrifying True Story of War, Politics, and Religion, Smells Like Dead Elephants: Dispatches from a Rotting Empire.

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"Now, at a moment of crisis and high political tension, the public seems unable to grasp the gravity of allowing the government or anyone else to use that power." (Valentin Wolf/imageBROKER/REX Shutterstock, Ilana Panich-Linsman/The New York Times/Redux)  Views
Wednesday, August 08, 2018
Beware the Slippery Slope of Facebook Censorship
You may have seen a story this week detailing how Facebook shut down a series of accounts. As noted by Politico , Facebook claimed these accounts “sought to inflame social and political tensions in the United States, and said their activity was similar — and in some cases connected — to that of...
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Sunday, July 08, 2018
Why Killing Dodd-Frank Could Lead to the Next Crash
In the age of Trump, bipartisanship is considered a sin. So one would think that when Republicans and Democrats do pass a law together, it’d be for something so popular, it couldn’t be questioned politically: a nonbinding resolution on the cuteness of puppies, maybe, or a national ice cream...
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"Is it the $175 million it paid in a settlement following accusations that the bank systematically overcharged black and Hispanic homeowners in mortgage services?" (Photo: People's Action) Views
Friday, June 08, 2018
An Ode to The Feeble Corporate Apology
Three of America's biggest companies – Facebook , Wells Fargo and Uber – have been offering up vague apologies via television commercials in recent weeks. If you watch the Cavs-Dubs game tonight, you'll probably catch one or all of them. Have a bucket handy. All three entities are apologizing for...
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Saturday, March 10, 2018
Trump Is a Dangerous Idiot. So Why Are We Pushing Him Toward War?
There's a big conference going on at the moment in Brussels, where the bipartisan Alliance for Securing Democracy – a group of journos, pols, and intelligence vets from around the West – is holding a conference to discuss how to rebuild the world order in a "time of distrust." The president has...
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"The endgame to all of this lunacy is a world where every America-critical movement from Black Lives Matter to Our Revolution to the Green Party is ultimately swept up in the collusion narrative along with Donald Trump and his alt-right minions." (Photo: Getty) Views
Tuesday, March 06, 2018
Russiagate and the New Blacklist
Putin loves you; therefore, you love Putin. The enemy re-tweets you, therefore, you're in league with the enemy. We're at war with them, therefore we're at war with you. One of the first rules of a shunning campaign is that it doesn't have to make sense. It just has to be what everyone's saying...
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Tuesday, January 02, 2018
Goodbye, Erica Garner
Erica Garner resembled her father very much in life, and now shares his misfortune in early death, passing from heart failure this weekend . She was 27. The horrible unexpected loss of someone so young is particularly painful and tragic because she only just had a child, a baby boy she named Eric,...
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Friday, December 15, 2017
Latest Student Loan Debacle Is Ultimate Example of Trump's Campaign Con
Last October, just about a week after the release of the infamous Access Hollywood "pussy" tape, Donald Trump gave a surprising speech in Columbus, Ohio. How universities, banks and the government turned student debt into America's next financial black hole While the entire Republican Party was...
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Donna Brazile, then-interim chair of the Democratic National Committee, is seen on the floor of the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa., on the final night of the Democratic National Convention, July 28, 2016, at which Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton addressed the crowd. Views
Tuesday, November 07, 2017
Why Donna Brazile's Story Matters – But Not for the Reason You Might Think
Over the weekend, the Washington Post previewed passages from former DNC chair Donna Brazile's much-anticipated "blistering" tell-all book about the 2016 presidential campaign, Hacks . The piece written by Phillip Rucker originally included a passage that read as follows: "Whenever Brazile got...
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Monday, September 18, 2017
Single-Payer Movement Shows: Life After Trump May Not Suck
"My critics will say that Trump, uncharacteristically, puts too much faith in bureaucracy; a single-payer plan would generate a gigantic agency to distribute funds to doctors. I'd point out that by creating one agency we do away with hundreds of smaller ones that are hard to monitor." —Donald Trump...
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Friday, May 19, 2017
Roger Ailes Was One of the Worst Americans Ever
On the Internet this week you will find thousands, perhaps even millions, of people gloating about the death of elephantine Fox News founder Roger Ailes. The happy face emojis are getting a workout on Twitter, which is also bursting with biting one-liners. What did Roger Ailes die of, aside from...
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