News – January 28, 2018

Democrats Faceplant, Yet Again
Politico – Schumer rejects Trump’s immigration proposal
Fox News – Pelosi: Trump’s Immigration Proposal Is Part of a ‘Campaign to Make America White Again’
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The Clintons Shock Nation with Double Standard
New York Times – Hillary Clinton Chose to Shield a Top Adviser Accused of Harassment in 2008
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Obama Picks New Labels for Himself
Univision News – Obama: “More Moderate-Republican Than Socialist”
The Hill – Obama on his criticism of Israeli settlements: ‘I’m basically a liberal Jew’
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As If Boeing Doesn’t Receive Subsidies
USA Today – Feds decide Delta importing Bombardier jets from Canada won’t hurt Boeing
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US Regulator Hits Foreign Banks
Reuters – U.S. CFTC to fine UBS, Deutsche Bank, HSBC for spoofing, manipulation: sources
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Oh, Sweet Summer Child, Take a Look at America’s Numbers
Der Spiegel – 50 Percent for 5 Percent: A Look at Germany’s Extremely Unequal Wealth Distribution
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Assange, Now an Ecuadorean Citizen, Asks the UK to Let Him Go
BBC – WikiLeaks’s Julian Assange becomes Ecuadorean citizen
BBC – Julian Assange asks UK court to drop his arrest warrant
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It Would Be the Catholic Church
New York Times – Pope’s Defense of Chilean Bishop in Sex Abuse Scandal Causes Outrage
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Macron Repositions France
New Yorker – At Versailles and Davos, Emmanuel Macron Makes His Move
CNBC – France’s Macron says globalization is going through a major crisis
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Merkel Attempts to Rally EU and Bolster Domestic Support
Deutsche Welle – Germany’s Angela Merkel decries right-wing populism as ‘poison’ at Davos summit
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A Truly Noble Goal
Huffington Post – Australia Plans To Become Top 10 Defence Exporter In A Decade
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Whitewashing History is a Crime Against All People. Without Context, We Are Lost.
Reuters – Israel and Poland clash over proposed Holocaust law
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Here’s Hoping Something Positive Results
Yahoo News – Palestinian official says India’s Modi to visit West Bank
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Double Standard: Trump and Haley Spurn Palestinians
Reuters – Trump threatens to pull aid to Palestinians if they don’t pursue peace
Reuters – U.S. will not chase Palestinians lacking will to seek peace: Haley
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Russia, Iran, Syria, and Turkey? What a Pitch!
Time – ‘America First’ Is a Hard Sell on Rex Tillerson’s Europe Tour
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The Europeans Are Already Pretty Dependent on Russia
Reuters – U.S. says planned Russian pipeline would threaten European energy security
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Halfway Around the World, An Iranian Tanker Sinks. Results Are What One Would Imagine.
Reuters – How the Sanchi’s oil could spread
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Fifteen Years of Occupation? Something Tells Me We’re Just Getting Warmed Up.
BBC – Kabul attack: Taliban kill 95 with ambulance bomb in Afghan capital
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Turkey’s Offensive Continues, Ironic Operation Name Intact, and Washington Steps Back. What’s the Endgame Here?
Al Jazeera – Turkey urges US to withdraw from Syria’s Manbij
Reuters – Turkey says U.S. has promised to stop arming YPG, warns Washington on Manbij
Business Insider – Erdogan says Turkey will clean entire Syrian border of terrorists
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News – January 25, 2018


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Assad Is Still Defended By Russia. The United States Controls the Eastern Half of Syria. Iran Has Militias Everywhere. Turkey Just Invaded. The War Is Far From Over.
Der Spiegel – What Comes after War in Syria?
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Trump Doubles Down, Offers Citizenship for 1.8 Million Dreamers
Bloomberg – Trump Sets High Price for Democrats on Immigration Deal
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A Big Win, But Non-Partisan Redistrict Commissions, Coupled With Neutral Parameters, Would Avoid These Legal Battles
The Economist – Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court invalidates the state’s congressional map
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EPA Looking Into Water Tainted With Cancer-Causing Chemical
The Intercept – EPA Orders Testing for GenX Contamination Near Chemours Plant in West Virginia
The Intercept – New Teflon Toxin Causes Cancer in Lab Animals
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What’s The Best Way to Disperse Shadows? Shine A Little Light On Them. Sort of Like When Sanford Said He Was “Hiking the Appalachian Trail.”
McClatchy – Sanford wants you to see classified memo on Trump campaign
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Okay, NSA, Find Me a Recipe for Shepherd’s Pie
The Intercept – Finding Your Voice
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Hilarious, But I Assume He Already Has One
Yahoo News – The Guggenheim Tried to Lend Trump a Gold Toilet Instead of the Van Gogh He Asked For
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Dollar Continues to Fall
CBS News – In unusual move, team Trump talks down the dollar
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Eastern Cougars Extinct. Sorry Lads.
Yale Environment 360 – Cougars Officially Declared Extinct in Eastern U.S., Removed from Endangered Species List
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The Gap Between What We Know and What We Think We Know
The Guardian – Oldest known human fossil outside Africa discovered in Israel
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Physical Assault Still Accepted As Psychological Treatment in Many States
New York Times – I Was Tortured in Gay Conversion Therapy. And It’s Still Legal in 41 States.
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The Internet Continues To Erode Legacy Media
Huffington Post – Dan Rather Launching Weekly Show With The Young Turks
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The Democrats Are Their Own Worst Enemy
The Intercept – The Dead Enders
The Intercept – An Insurgent Campaign Is Targeting the Very Heart of the Chicago Democratic Machine – and Just Might Win
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News – January 24, 2018


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Super Blue Blood Moon? It’s A Lunar Eclipse At Perigee, but It Sounds Like the Morning After Too Many Spicy Wings.
Huffington Post – A ‘Super Blue Blood Moon’ Is Going To Light Up The Sky. Here’s Where To See It.
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Trump Looks To Follow Reagan’s Footsteps
Reuters – Trump seeks $25 billion for border wall, offers ‘Dreamer’ citizenship
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Apparently, Top Secret Clearance Is Easier to Get Than a Job at McDonald’s
NBC News – Report: Felons, people under foreign influence got national security clearances
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Who Else Remembers How Powerful Prohibition of Alcohol Made the Mafia?
Reuters – The Refinery Racket – Mexico’s drug cartels, now hooked on fuel, cripple the country’s refineries
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Dwarfed Only By the Legendary Saturn V, Falcon Heavy Is Fired Up For First Time
Forbes – SpaceX Falcon Heavy Will Launch ‘In A Week Or So’ After Successful Static-Fire Test

Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital Helps To Carve Up Another American Icon
NBC News – Toys R Us, hobbled by competition, will shutter 180 stores
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This Is What Happens Without Intelligent Regulation and Enforcement
Wall Street Journal – Big Pharma Suppliers Are Dumping Toxic Waste in the Environment, Investor Alleges
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Don Blankenship’s Corporate Policies Led To 29 Deaths. Now He’s Running For the Senate.
Don Blankenship for U.S. Senate – Beckley Town Hall Meeting with Don Blankenship, Candidate for U.S. Senate
Washington Post – Coal exec jailed after accident killed 29 miners is out and tweeting that it’s not his fault
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Burger King Demonstrates One Possible Effect of the Net Neutrality Repeal


Things Go Missing On A Regular Basis in Washington DC. Funny, That.
Fox News – FOX NEWS FIRST: Exclusive – DOJ begins recovering missing FBI texts
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Donald Trump Finally Gets Admission to the Big Club
Associated Press – Trump in Switzerland to play salesman at economic summit
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Julian Assange, Detained In Violation of UN, Is In Bad Shape
The Guardian – Julian Assange’s health in ‘dangerous’ condition, say doctors
United Nations – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arbitrarily detained by Sweden and the UK, UN panel finds
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First of A Six Part Series On Unintended Consequences of Empire
The Intercept – Blowback: How U.S. Drones, Coups, and Invasions Just Create More Violence
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Russia Changes Tactics on Decentralized Currencies
Reuters – Russia ready to regulate, not ban cryptocurrencies
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China Doesn’t Care For Your Pesky Ethics Committees
The Independent – Monkeys cloned in world first, scientists reveal
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US Expands Sanctions On North Korea. North Korea Flouts Sanctions.
Time – U.S. Takes Aim at North Korea’s Shipping and Oil With New Sanctions
The Telegraph – Japan accuses Dominican Republic tanker of passing fuel to North Korea
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North Korea Pushes For Closer Ties With South Korea
Reuters – North Korea sends rare announcement to all Koreans, calls for unification
BBC – N Korean hockey players arrive in the South for joint team
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FOCUS: Davos 2018

World Economic Forum – Annual Meeting
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Bloomberg – Coverage of the 2018 World Economic Forum
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The Guardian – Davos 2018: Live Coverage
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Reuters – The latest news from the 2018 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland
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Fox News – Full Coverage
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BBC – Davos 2018: Europe seeks attention before Trump arrival
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Bloomberg – Davos Warms to Trumponomics
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Bloomberg – Mnuchin Endorses Weaker Dollar, Sharpening Trade War Rhetoric
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Reuters – Indian PM Modi defends globalization at Davos summit
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Washington Post – ‘America First is not America alone’: Trump aims to reset global opinion about him in Davos
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Wall Street Journal – Donald Trump’s Davos Schedule Includes Speech, Meetings With World Leaders
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Politico – Trump to meet Netanyahu, other world leaders in Davos
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CBS News – Melania Trump won’t be going to Davos with Trump
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Bloomberg – The Harvard-Educated ‘Brain’ Behind China’s Economic Transformation
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CNBC – Protesters break through security in Davos to march against Trump and WEF
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News – January 23, 2018

The Washington Soap Opera Continues After These Messages
U.S. News – Attorney General Jeff Sessions Interviewed by Mueller Team in Russia Probe
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A Hard Won Audience
Huffington Post – Bernie Sanders’ ‘Medicare For All’ Online Town Hall Draws 1 Million Live Viewers


Would You Like Some Spin With That Surgery?
U.S. News – Kentucky to Offer Course Option for Medicaid
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Deadly Explosion in Oklahoma
Houston Chronicle – Oklahoma drilling rig explosion deadliest in years
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Access to Financial Institutions Is A Key Facet of A Safe and Viable Cannabis Market
Press Release – Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Urges Equal Banking Access for State-Licensed Marijuana Businesses
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Puerto Rico’s Government Forced to Spin Off Assets While the Rest of the Country Turns a Blind Eye
NPR – Puerto Rico’s Governor Announces Plan To Privatize Island’s Troubled Electric Utility
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The Web of Empire Is Intricate and Sticky
RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty – Suspected U.S. Drone Strike Kills Haqqani Militants In Pakistan
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A Deeper Examination of Turkey’s Military Campaign in Syria (Operation Olive Branch)
BBC – How historical Afrin became a prize worth a war
Vox – 2 US allies are killing each other in Syria. It might be America’s fault.
Al Jazeera – What is Russia’s end game in Afrin?
Washington Post – AP Explains: Turkey’s ‘Operation Olive Branch’ in Afrin
Anadolu Agency – Qatari defense minister backs Turkey’s Afrin operation
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Erdogan Flexes Trade Muscles
Der Spiegel – Arms for Hostage? Berlin Weighs Tank Deal with Turkey to Free Journalist
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Canada To Sign Revised TPP. Job Losses Already On Horizon.
Reuters – Canada to sign Pacific trade deal, labor and auto sectors fume
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