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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