News – March 3, 2018

Florida Plays a Lot of Games With Systems Designed To Appear One Way and Function Another Way; Keep Your Eyes On What They Do
Associated Press – Florida lawmakers debate school-safety bill in rare session
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A Pitfall Sanders-Aligned Candidates Must Avoid
ABC News – As Steve Bannon’s star fades, so does that of some candidates he backed
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Voting Rights In Court in Kansas
Associated Press – Kansas voting rights trial has national implications
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Sanders Highlights Federal Failure and Hypocrisy on Puerto Rico
The Intercept – Bernie Sanders on Puerto Rico Neglect: “Do You Think This Would Be Happening in Westchester County?”
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Sanders Finally Stands Up on Yemen, But Where is the Normally Outspoken Rand Paul?
Al Jazeera – US senators in bid to end support for Saudi in Yemen war
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An Eye For An Eye
New York Times – Escalating Trade Fight, Threatens Higher Taxes on European Cars
Reuters – China says it does not want a trade war with U.S
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Reuters Journalists Still Detained
Reuters – DETAINED IN MYANMAR – The latest updates on two Reuters journalists in government custody
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East Coast Gets Hammered, Ugly Hangover Ensues
CBS News – Bomb cyclone nor’easter pummels East Coast with strong winds, rain
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Tit For Tat: De-Nuke For Talks
Reuters – At joke-filled dinner, Trump suggests U.S. will meet with North Korea
Reuters – Iranian official calls on West to scrap nuclear arms before any missile talks
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Big Bot; Why Not?
CNBC – This 13-foot robot cost over $100 million to develop and looks like it’s straight out of a sci-fi movie
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Media Can’t Help Itself, Continues Publishing Fake News
The Atlantic – Are Mexico’s Elections Russia’s Next Target?
New York Times – Will Russia Meddle In Italy’s Election? It May Not Have To
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Putin Reveals New Foreign and Domestic Policies Prior to March 18th Election
Washington Post – Putin claims Russia is developing nuclear arms capable of avoiding missile defenses
New York Times – Putin Boasts of New Weapons, Vows to Boost Living Standards
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Media, Demonstrating A Complete Ignorance of Chinese Totalitarian Governance, Calls Xi’s Elevation a “Power Grab”
CNN – Trump on China’s Xi consolidating power: ‘Maybe we’ll give that a shot some day’
Chicago Tribune – China sets stage for Xi’s historic power grab to rule indefinitely
Forbes – What Xi Jinping As President With No Term Limits Means For China’s Economy
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News – February 23, 2018

Trump Dances With the NRA
Associated Press – Trump bucks NRA, backs raising age for buying assault rifles
CNN – NRA chief accuses Democrats of pushing ‘socialist’ agenda in wake of Florida shooting
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Jeff Bezos Is Building A Giant Clock Inside A Mountain. Definitely Not Part of A Supervillain Lair.
BBC – Bezos-backed 10,000 Year Clock now under construction

YouTube Censorship Reaches New Level. Who Watches the Watchmen?
USA Today – ‘Crisis actors’ YouTube video removed after it tops ‘trending’ videos
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The Left is Beginning to Stand Up
Politico – Dylan Ratigan declares for Congress, shakes up Stefanik race
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Democratic Establishment Goes To War With Itself
The Intercept – EMILY’s List Weighs in Hard in Texas Primary – Against a Leading Woman in the Trump Resistance
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Here’s Another Open Secret Finally Garnering An Honorable Mention From Mainstream News
New York Times – The Myth of the Hacker-Proof Voting Machine
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If Only They Went After All the Vultures As Enthusiastically
Associated Press – US asks judge to approve seizure of ‘Pharma Bro’ assets
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Pennsylvania Gerrymandering Drama Continues
New York Times – Democrats Didn’t Even Dream of This Pennsylvania Map. How Did It Happen?
New York Times – The New Pennsylvania Congressional Map, District by District
The Intercept – GOP Senator Says Impeachment of Judges Who Struck Down Gerrymandered Map Is “A Conversation That Has to Happen”
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As Is Tradition
CNN – Car intentionally hits security barrier near White House
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Puerto Rico: Ignored But For Plundering
The Intercept – Citigroup Drove Puerto Rico Into Debt. Now It Will Profit From Privatization on the Island.
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The UN Fiddles As Syria Burns
U.S. News – Deaths Mounts in Syria as UN Weighs Cease-Fire Resolution
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News – February 15, 2018

Sanders Maneuvers to Achieve Effective Compromise. Washington Post Misrepresents Trump Tweet As Agreeing With Hardliner Tom Cotton. Senate Bickers.
Washington Post – The Daily 202: A pragmatic Bernie Sanders seeks an immigration compromise to protect ‘dreamers’
New York Times – Senate Rejects Trump’s Immigration Plan

Democratic Faithful Look to Edge Out Sanders in 2020. Useful, But Potentially Just Marketing.
New York Magazine – Gillibrand and Booker Swear Off Corporate Cash

 

 

‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens
New York Times – Florida Shooting: Nikolas Cruz Told Police How He Began Shooting Students ‘in the Hallways’
BBC – Florida shooting: FBI and teachers warned about Nikolas Cruz
Huffington Post – Laura Ingraham Hosts Segment On ‘Safe’ AR-15 Hours After Florida School Shooting
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One Step Closer to Global Broadband Internet
Reuters – SpaceX gets U.S. regulator to back satellite internet plan
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Russia, US, UK Trade Accusations. Sidenote: The Blue Dogs Are Not Centrists.
The Telegraph – Russia was behind ‘malicious’ cyber attack on Ukraine, Foreign Office says
Politico – Centrist Democrats try new approach to Russia messaging
CNN – Russia says it has proof of Western influence in its upcoming election
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Flu Shot Particularly Ineffective This Year
Associated Press – Flu shot only 36 percent effective, making bad year worse
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Guzman Gets Trial Date
Reuters – Mexican drug lord ‘El Chapo’ to face U.S trial in September
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Wikileaks Leaks Too
The Intercept – In Leaked Chats, WikiLeaks Discusses Preference for GOP Over Clinton, Russia, Trolling, and Feminists They Don’t Like
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ICE Not Only Ruins Peoples’ Lives, It Steals Them Too
NPR – ICE Lawyer Charged With Stealing Immigrants’ Identities To Commit Bank Fraud
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News – February 13, 2018

Freedom Intensifies


A Social Service for Food Might Be A Good Idea Under A Responsible and Humanist Government, Not This One
Yahoo! – Trump Wants to Replace Food Stamps for Impoverished Americans With Food Boxes to Save Money
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As much disdain as I have for Blackwater/Xe Services/Academi/Constellis, I’m not looking forward to karma circling round…
Bloomberg – U.S. Strikes Killed Scores of Russia Fighters in Syria, Sources Say
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Sending Fake Chemical or Biological Substances To Folks Is Not Cool
Bloomberg – Donald Trump Jr.’s Wife Taken to Hospital After White-Powder Scare
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About Time We Hashed This Out. Gerrymandering Is A Cancer In Our Electoral System and Must Be Excised.
U.S. News – Pennsylvania Gerrymandering Fight Just the Start of a Wider War
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Without A Doubt, Yes. Social Programs Should Benefit All Who Pay In, Lest They Become Targets of Ire. Favors For Special Interest Groups Divides Society and Costs More To Administrate.
U.S. News – Should Free College Give Rich Kids a Free Ride?
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NAFTA Squabble Continues Without Any Sign Of Agreement
Reuters – Canada, U.S. exchange barbs over NAFTA talks as stresses rise
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Trump Urges Protectionism, While Corporate Lackeys Suggest More of the Same Old, Same Old
Business Insider – Trump held a freewheeling White House meeting on trade — and it sounds like some of economists’ worst fears could come true
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Interesting. The Dutch Media Were Also Responsible For the Unverified Claim of Russian Hacking Proof. Very Interesting Indeed.
BBC – Dutch foreign minister quits over lie about meeting Putin
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Will Netanyahu’s Chickens Come Home to Roost?
Jerusalem Post – Analysis: Police Try to Box in AG, PM Takes Eye Off the Ball
Reuters – Israeli police recommend bribery charges against Netanyahu
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This is What We Call Plausible Deniability
CNN – White House says Netanyahu claim of US-Israel talks on West Bank annexation ‘false’
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Illegal Detention Continues
The Guardian – Judge refuses to withdraw Julian Assange arrest warrant
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Ice and Human Error May Be At Fault In Russian Plane Crash
U.S. News – Russia: Human Error, Faulty Sensor Behind Deadly Plane Crash
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News – February 12, 2018

Olympics! That Is All.
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India Embarrasses Us. Good Thing We Don’t Pay Attention to International News.
New York Times – India Wants to Give Half a Billion People Free Health Care
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Republicans Are So Fiscally Responsible
U.S. News – After Just a Year, Trump’s Balanced Budget Promises Ring Hollow
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2 Trillion, Minimum, Required. Promised $1.5 Trillion. Delivers $200 Billion. Pretty Typical.
Reuters – Trump unveils infrastructure plan; uphill battle awaits in Congress
U.S. News – Trump’s Infrastructure Con
White House – Building a Stronger America: President Donald J. Trump’s American Infrastructure Initiative
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Bombs Are More Important Than Food. Have You Ever Tried To Kill A Man With A Box of Raspberries?
Washington Post – Trump wants to overhaul America’s safety net with giant cuts to housing, food stamps and health care
Washington Post – White House budget proposal includes huge deficits, cuts in safety net
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Gary Cohn Chips in His Two Cents
White House – Building a Stronger America
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Burying the Lead: NSA Codes Secret Messages Into Tweets
New York Times – U.S. Spies, Seeking to Retrieve Cyberweapons, Paid Russians Peddling Trump Secrets
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Can’t Tell If Sessions Is Trolling (Sly Reference to Common Law) or Just Racist
CNN – Sessions invokes ‘Anglo-American heritage’ of sheriff’s office
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They’re Just Imitating The Folks in D.C.
BBC – Baltimore police guilty of robbing citizens
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Considering That the Original Charges Have Been Dismissed and the UN Has Called For His Release…
Reuters – Judge to rule on Assange’s bid to escape legal action in Britain
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Drama in South Africa
Washington Post – South Africa’s ANC prepares to push out President Zuma after marathon meeting
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Trump’s Brinkmanship Seems to Have Brought the Koreas Together, Somewhat
BBC – Winter Olympics: Kim Jong-un calls for further reconciliation
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Trump and Putin Talk About Positive Things. Hopefully This Brings An End To The Syrian Squabbling.
Fox News – Trump, Putin talk Palestinian peace efforts, North Korea’s nukes
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