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 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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News – January 31, 2018

Private Companies Start Playing Cards to Halt Growing Popularity of Single-Payer Universal Insurance
Reuters – Amazon, Berkshire, JPMorgan partner to cut U.S. healthcare costs
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Republican Family Values on Full Display
The Guardian – Why does it cost $32,093 just to give birth in America?
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Make Illegal Detention and Torture Great Again
Chicago Tribune – Trump orders U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay kept open indefinitely
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Is Gowdy Making A Play For A Higher Position?
Washington Post – Rep. Trey Gowdy announces plans to retire, return to justice system
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Ajit Pai’s FCC Finally Does Something Not Entirely Terrible
Wired – FCC Won’t Redefine ‘Broadband;’ Move Could Have Worsened Digital Divide
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At Least She Had the Integrity to Step Aside
New York Times – Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, C.D.C. Director, Resigns Over Tobacco and Other Investments
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San Francisco Decides to Eliminate Double Standard. A Great Way to Unburden Prison System.
San Francisco Chronicle – SF will wipe thousands of marijuana convictions off the books
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The Roosevelts Are Still Around
The Guardian – America’s public lands belong to all of us. We owe it to ourselves to save them
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SpaceX Ditches Old Booster In Preparation For Block 5. Falcon Heavy On Schedule For February 6, Musk Standard Time.
The Verge – Watch SpaceX launch a satellite for Luxembourg on a used Falcon 9 rocket


Trump Train Hits Garbage Truck.
Associated Press – Train carrying GOP lawmakers to policy retreat hits truck
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If Nobody Gets Everything They Want, There’s Usually a Solid Compromise at Work
New York Times – Trump’s Stance on Russia Sanctions Angers Both Moscow and Washington
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UN Hesitantly Challenges Israeli Manifest Destiny
Fox News – UN reviews 206 companies over links to Israeli settlements
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Odd. Just Odd. Still, He Won’t Be Missed.
Haaretz – Hamas Official Who Allegedly Shot Himself in the Head Dies of His Wounds in Gaza
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Uganda Mortgages Future Generations. Is It Worth It?
Reuters – Chinese-built expressway divides Uganda as debts mount
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The Beginning of the End for America’s War in Vietnam
Associated Press – AP BOOK EXCERPT: The Tet Offensive’s first 36 hours
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News – January 29, 2018

The EPA Makes A Surprisingly Good Decision
CNN – The EPA made a surprise move that could protect the world’s largest salmon fishery
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Republicans Fan the Curtain, Just a Tad.
New York Times – House Republicans Vote to Release Secret Memo on Russia Inquiry
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Roaring, hmm? When Else Was That Descriptor Used?
USA Today – Roaring economy gives Trump bragging rights for State of the Union address
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But Will They Be Aired?
Washington Post – Sanders and progressives plan three responses to the State of the Union
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Charges Against Foreign Banks Settled. No Admission of Guilt. How About Domestic Banks?
Washington Post – U.S. regulator, DOJ settle ‘spoofing’ charges against European banks
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Marijuana Hiccups Keep Black Market on Life Support. Is California’s Regulatory Scheme Practical or is Reform Required?
AP – After California pot stockpiles go up in smoke, what’s next?
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Shh, Don’t Tell the Kids That Mommy and Daddy Do Bad Things. Is This How Democracy Works?
Associated Press – Pentagon restricts release of Afghanistan war data
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I Wonder Why Information About Afghanistan Is About To Be Withheld…
Reuters – Trump rejects peace talks with Taliban in departure from Afghan strategy
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Liberal Hypocrisy on Full Display
Real Clear Politics – Maher Defends Jerusalem Decision: When You Win Wars You Take Land, Palestine A “Coiled Snake”
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Open Discussion About Our Fingers in Ukrainian Pie
Bloomberg – How Ukraine’s President Fooled Joe Biden
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They’ve Been in There for a While
BBC – Vice President Joe Biden’s son joins Ukraine gas company
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Competition in the Middle East and an Anchor for Saudi Arabia’s Planned City
CNN – Jeddah Tower: What does the world’s next tallest skyscraper look like now?
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But Does He Own Boardwalk or Park Place?
Forbes – Jeff Bezos Gains $2.8 Billion After Amazon Go’s Debut, Reaches Highest Net Worth Ever
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Nationalizing Is the National Procurement of Something Privately Owned. A 5G Network Doesn’t Yet Exist. This Would Be a Public Works Project, Not Nationalization.
Axios – Scoop: Trump team considers nationalizing 5G network
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Ajit Pai Doesn’t Like the Sound of That, Wants to Rely on Those Purposely Holding Back Build-Out
The Verge – FCC chairman Ajit Pai is opposed to a government-run 5G network

Suffocating Monkeys No Longer in Vogue
New York Times – German Carmakers Criticized for Emissions Research on Monkeys
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