News – January 15, 2018

Universal Basic Income Mini-Trials
Business Insider – Basic income experts predict an important milestone for free money in 2018
The Guardian – Money for nothing: is Finland’s universal basic income trial too good to be true?
Business Insider – One of the biggest VCs in Silicon Valley is launching an experiment that will give 3,000 people free money until 2022
Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services – Ontario Basic Income Pilot
Spiegel Online – Free Money
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Your Car, Your Phone, Your Bluetooth Toothbrush
Washington Post – Big Brother on wheels: Why your car company may know more about you than your spouse.
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Merkel’s Coalition Still in Choppy Waters (Use Chrome Browser to Translate)
Spiegel Online – Berlin SPD votes against grand coalition
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Oh Uncle Joe
Los Angeles Times – To millennials who think they have it tough: ‘Give me a break,’ Biden says
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The Student Becomes the Master
The Intercept – Centrist Dems Launch Smear Campaign Against Young Trans Woman, All to Keep an Old Straight White Man in Power
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REPEAT: The #Resistance Quietly Votes to Expand Trump’s Spying Powers
NBC News – Democrats just handed Trump more domestic surveillance powers. They should know better.
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You Know What’s Better Than Universal Health Care? Even More Class-Stratified Health Care!
The Hill – Five things to know about Medicaid work requirements
New York Times – To Get Medicaid in Kentucky, Many Will Have to Work. Advocates for the Poor Say They Will Sue.
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Meet the New Boss
Reuters – CVS plans to keep Aetna’s headquarters in Connecticut
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A Little Adrenaline in Hawaii
Reuters – Ballistic missile warning sent in error by Hawaii authorities
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Trump, McAuliffe, and Miller; Politics Makes for Strange Bedfellows
Politico – McAuliffe: Trump should ‘forget Stephen Miller’ on Dreamers deal

“[E]xcept as a punishment for crime”
The Intercept – ACLU Says New Jersey Prisons’ Banning of “The New Jim Crow” Is Unconstitutional
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No Charges Connected to Russia?
The Hill – Mueller requests trial date for Manafort, Gates
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Regardless of What Anyone Says, You Can Create Jobs In Any Industry With Enough Intelligent Investment
Washington Post – California proves Trump wrong
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News – January 11, 2018

Hooray, Bipartisanship!
Wired – Congress Renews Warrantless Surveillance-And Makes It Even Worse
The Intercept – The Same Democrats Who Denounce Donald Trump as a Lawless, Treasonous Authoritarian Just Voted to Give Him Vast Warrantless Spying Powers

To Overcome Toxic Gerrymandering, We Require Non-Partisan Redistricting Parameters and Organizations
New York Times – North Carolina Is Ordered to Redraw Its Congressional Map
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“No cigarette company has done anything like this before. You might wonder if we really mean it.”
USA Today – Philip Morris says its New Year’s resolution is to give up cigarettes
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The Crown Prince Continues His Crackdown
Reuters – Eleven Saudi princes detained following protest over utility bills
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What Will the Western Response Be?
Reuters – Arab League to lobby U.N. to recognize Palestinian state
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In Search of A Little Adrenaline?
CNN – World’s longest glass bridge opens in Hebei, China
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SpaceX Teases Falcon Heavy Test Amid Zuma Controversy
WKMG News 6 – Test fire of SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket moves to Saturday
Los Angeles Times – The Falcon Heavy rocket will be one of SpaceX’s biggest tests yet
Fortune – Big SpaceX Customer Blames Northrop Grumman for Loss of Secret ‘Zuma’ Military Satellite
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And Here I Thought It Was Those Pesky Taxes and Regulations That Kept Companies from Investing and Paying Better
Los Angeles Times – Pfizer, pocketing a big tax cut from Trump, will end investment in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s research
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Jeff Sessions Won’t Appreciate This
Burlington Free Press – Vermont Senate gives final OK to marijuana bill, governor’s desk next
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Amazon Now Takes Food Stamps
USA Today – Amazon tests food stamps, another breach of Wal-Mart territory
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If Jeff Really Wants to Help, He Can Try Fighting For Universal Education
Time – Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Just Gave $33 Million to a Scholarship Fund for ‘Dreamers’
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Black Mirror Continues Holding Up A Reflection of the Recesses of Our Souls
The Intercept – “Black Mirror” Reveals Our Fear of Robots and Algorithms We Can’t Control
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Trump Open To Talking With Kim Jong Un (All Those Twitter Repartees Weren’t Talking?)
FOX News – Trump says he ‘probably’ has ‘very good relationship’ with Kim Jong Un
Wall Street Journal – Donald Trump Signals Openness to North Korea Diplomacy in Interview
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State Department and FBI At Odds
Associated Press – Tillerson tells AP Cuba still risky; FBI doubts sonic attack
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News – January 9, 2018

Late Post

Earthquake Off the Coast of Honduras
AccuWeather – BREAKING: 7.6 magnitude earthquake shakes the Caribbean Sea, tsunami threat diminishes
CNN – Tsunami threat passes after strong earthquake off Central America
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More Strangeness Surrounding Zuma
Ars Technica – The Zuma satellite appears lost—here’s what we know so far
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The Battle For Net Neutrality Is Not Over Yet
The Hill – Senate bill to reverse net neutrality repeal gains 30th co-sponsor, ensuring floor vote
CNN – States propose bills to preserve net neutrality
Ars Technica – GOP senator says she’ll vote to restore net neutrality rules
GOP Tax-Cut Plan Heads to Senate Floor for Vote Likely This Week

Trump Wades Into the Global Swamp
New York Times – Trump Plans to Attend the World Economic Forum in Davos
Washington Post – Trump to attend World Economic Forum in Switzerland, a gathering synonymous with wealth and power
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One Hundred Billion Dollars!
CNBC – Jeff Bezos is now the richest of all time — sort of
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Is This Irony?
The Columbus Dispatch – Amazon makes list of large companies with workers receiving food stamps
Los Angeles Times – Amazon offers discount on Prime for people on food stamps
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Gates Seeks Financial Motivation for Doing Good
Bloomberg – Bill Gates Says Private Sector Can Profit From Public Health
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Truly the Most Important Issue of Our Time
BBC – Did President Trump forget the words to the national anthem?
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“Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house[?]”
NBC Chicago – Elgin Man Told to Stop ‘Slumber Parties’ for Homeless During Cold, He Says
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Trump Actually Creates a New National Park
The Guardian – Trump signs bill to upgrade Martin Luther King’s birthplace to national historic park
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Rockefeller Games
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OG Rockefeller Games
Washington Post – Rockefeller and the secret land deals that created Grand Teton National Park
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THROWBACK – Okay, I Do Miss One Thing About Dubya
The Guardian – Bush calls on Israel to end occupation of Palestinian land
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News – January 7, 2017

The Clinton Foundation Is In the Spotlight Again
New York Times – Amid Calls From Trump, F.B.I. Renews Questions Over Clinton Foundation
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And So Is the Prodigal Son-In-Law
Wall Street Journal – SEC Looks Into Kushner Cos. Over Use of EB-5 Program for Immigrant Investors
Reuters – SEC probing Kushner Cos use of wealthy investor visas: WSJ
New York Times – Kushner’s Financial Ties to Israel Deepen Even With Mideast Diplomatic Role
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The Ministry of Truth
The Guardian – Emmanuel Macron promises ban on fake news during elections
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The Dow Jones Hits Record Highs, But Can It Last?
Fortune – Dow Jones Surpasses 25,000 for the First Time as Stocks Rally Despite Winter Storm

Still Stuck on Depression
Forbes – The Five Stages Of Not Owning Bitcoin Grief
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Another Apollo Astronaut Passes – At Least John Young Got To Drive the Lunar Rover
CNN – John Young, ex-astronaut who walked on moon and commanded 1st shuttle flight, dies
The A.V.Club – R.I.P. astronaut John Young, the first man to get yelled at for smuggling a sandwich into space
NASA – Biographical Data
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Crying Wolff? “Fire and Fury” May Be, Much Like the Infamous Tax Returns, Too Good To Be True
Washington Post – Michael Wolff’s unbelievable — sometimes literally — tell-all about the Trump administration
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Like Sands Through An Hourglass
Reuters – Under fire, Bannon backs off explosive comments about Trump’s son
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Looking Back on Last Year’s Executive Actions
The Intercept – Trump Administration Bricked on at Least Half of Its Executive Orders In 2017
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For A Proud Social Democrat, Unquestionably Sanders
Politico – Which 2020 Democrat Won 2017?
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Nine Years of Intelligence News
The Intercept – Snowden Archive —— The SIDtoday Files
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News – January 5, 2018

Let’s Start With Why 2018 Will Be Amazing
Ars Technica – Here’s the spaceflight stuff we’re most anticipating in 2018
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North Korea Extends An Olive Branch As Trump Preens
Reuters – North Korea agrees to talk to South after U.S.-South Korea postpone drills

Iranian Government Begins Pointing Fingers; Is There Any Truth In What They Say?
New York Times – Iran Lashes Out at Its Enemies, at Home and Abroad, Amid Protests
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Saudi Arabia Looks On As Its Sparring Partner Stumbles
Wall Street Journal – Iranian Unrest Draws a Notable Silence From Rival Saudi Arabia
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Even More Reform in the Kingdom
The Guardian – Saudi Aramco takes key step towards $2tn flotation
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ISIS On The Run; Isn’t It Grand What We Can Accomplish When We Work Together?
Reuters – Syrian govt. presses Idlib offensive as people flee homes in the cold
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Chappaqua Is Burning
Washington Post – Fire breaks out on Hillary and Bill Clinton’s property in Chappaqua, N.Y.
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Trump and Bannon Trade Punches; Is It Real or An Act?
Reuters – Trump breaks with Bannon, says former White House aide ‘lost his mind’
New York Times – Trump Breaks With Bannon, Saying ‘He Has Lost is Mind’
CNN – Read Trump’s official statement about Steve Bannon
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Nothing To See Here, Folks
Politico – Roy Moore accuser’s home burns down in possible arson
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Sessions on Sessions: States’ Rights, Except When We Say So
Associated Press – Sessions terminates US policy that let legal pot flourish
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Quick Reminder: Marijuana/Cannabis Is Still a Schedule I Drug, According To the Federal Government
Drug Enforcement Administration – Drug Schedules
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Californian Killed in Mexico
San Diego Union-Tribune – Shooting of Imperial Beach official a ‘priority case,’ say Guerrero officials
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Looks Like We’re Back to Sarah Palin’s “Drill Baby, Drill!”
New York Times – Trump Moves to Open Nearly All Offshore Waters to Drilling
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Some States Prepare For a Fight
National Post – California has ample weapons to fight Trump on drilling
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Time To Update Your Devices – Apple Users Must Wait
Reuters – Security flaws put virtually all phones, computers at risk
Ars Technica – Meltdown and Spectre: Here’s what Intel, Apple, Microsoft, others are doing about it
Reuters – How a researcher hacked his own computer and found ‘worst’ chip flaw
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Replacements For Senators Jeff Sessions and Al Franken Sworn In
Time – Democratic lawmakers Doug Jones of Alabama and Tina Smith of Minnesota are sworn into the U.S. Senate

The Curious Case of Bridgewater Associates
Reuters – Executive at top hedge fund among Costa Rica crash victims
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What Is Bridgewater?
New York Times – At World’s Largest Hedge Fund, Sex, Fear and Video Surveillance
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