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?

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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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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News – January 22, 2018

Hooray! Our Very Responsible Legislators Just Managed to Do a Minute Fraction of Their Job. Executive Signs Off With Jab.
CBS News – Trump signs bill to end government shutdown and reopen government

Corporate Democrats Remain As Brave As Ever While Republicans Cackle
Associated Press – Schumer’s ‘cave’? Shutdown deal puts spotlight on Dem leader
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The Trappings of Civilization Change, but the Structures Remain the Same
Time – 82 Percent of the Wealth Generated Last Year ‘Went to the Richest 1 Percent of the Global Population’
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The Truth Is the Apes Run From the Storms
Reuters – Heavy snow humbles the global elite at Davos summit
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Gerrymandering Takes Another Temporary Hit. Non-Partisan Redistricting Parameters Still Necessary.
New York Times – Pennsylvania Congressional District Map Is Ruled Unconstitutional
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Montana Steps Up, But This Is Only the Second Quarter. The Ball Is Now Firmly In the Feds’ Court.
Associated Press – Montana mandates ‘net neutrality’ for state contracts
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Can This Save America’s Domestic Solar Manufacturing?
The Hill – Trump imposes 30 percent tariff on solar panel imports
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Governor Scott Signs H. 511, Legalizing Cannabis in Vermont and Making History
Washington Post – Vermont is the first state to legalize marijuana through legislature
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Make Mexico Great Again
Reuters – ‘Put Trump in his place’: nationalism awakens in Mexican presidential race
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Yet Another Country Invades Syria
BBC – Syria offensive: US seeks to address Turkey’s ‘legitimate’ security concerns
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When Other Countries Bomb Innocent Civilians, It’s Monstrous. When We Bomb Innocent Civilians, It’s Justified.
The Guardian – Somali citizens count cost of surge in US airstrikes under Trump
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Why Not Give the City to the UN, As Similarly Described in the 1947 United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine?
CNN – Pence says US embassy to open in Jerusalem by end of 2019
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Real Question on the Table: Are Americans Capable of Assessing Legitimacy of News Content?
Associated Press – Head of Russian outlet RT says US foreign agent order hurts
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Vaping Comes to Tobacco
U.S. News – FDA’s Tobacco Stance Faces Test With Philip Morris IQOS Device
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A Peek Into the Life of An Unconventional Patriot
New York Magazine – Does This Man Know More Than Robert Mueller?
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News – January 21, 2018

This Is How Democracy Works, Right? Law and Order.
Politico – NSA deleted surveillance data it pledged to preserve
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Apple To Bring Back Cash Saved Through Tax Avoidance. Will Get Tax Break To Do So. Law and Order.
CNBC – Apple announces plans to repatriate billions in overseas cash, says it will contribute $350 billion to the US economy over the next 5 years
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None of This Will Matter If NASA’s Funding and Directives Remain Lackluster
Reuters – U.S. tests nuclear power system to sustain astronauts on Mars
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Sweden to Publish Cold War Propaganda
CNN – Sweden to publish leaflets warning citizens over potential war
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Vice President Pence, Ambassador For Christian America
Agence France Presse – Pence meets Sisi on Mideast tour amid Arab anger over Jerusalem
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The Division of Powers is Tested, Yet Again
Fox News – Northern California police refuse to cooperate in upcoming ICE raids: report
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Speaking of Division in California
USA Today – New California declares ‘independence’ from California in bid to become 51st state
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Thirteenth Amendment, Section 1: Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
The Intercept – Florida Prisoners Prepare to Strike, Demanding an End to Unpaid Labor and Brutal Conditions
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Now We’re Arresting People Who Are Here Legally. Law and Order.
Daily Mail – Doctor who fled Poland with his family 40 years ago for a ‘better life’ in the US is arrested by ICE agents and could be deported back to the country he left as a THREE-year-old
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Entire Congress Abdicates Duty; President Blames One Party
The Hill – New Trump ad calls Democrats ‘complicit’ in all murders by illegal immigrants
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Radical, Dude! It’s Like I Can Do Like You Know Whatever.
Vox – Trump official says it’s “kind of cool” to be in charge of the government shutdown
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There Is Still A Pinch of Honor Left in D.C.
Hawaii News Now – 2 Hawaii congresswomen decline pay for duration of government shutdown
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Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire
Washington Post – President Trump has made more than 2,000 false or misleading claims over 355 days
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Oh, Doug Jones

THROWBACK: The Cannibalism of Our Ambulance Services is Still Ongoing
New York Times – When You Dial 911 and Wall Street Answers
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