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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