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DECEMBER 1 THROUGH 11

DECEMBER 11, 2019

Premature Democratic Socialists: Reasons for Hope and Change.  CounterPunch  

The Demonization of Jeremy Corbyn.CounterPunch

U.S. State Department Denies Netanyahu's Claim He Discussed Jordan Valley Annexation With Pompeo. ... Netanyahu said he and Pompeo had discussed proposals to annex the West Bank region, but U.S. diplomat says 'no plan was presented by Israel to the United States'  Haaretz  

'Flat-Out Corruption': DeVos Accused of Scheming to Stop Next President From Canceling Student Loan Debt. .. "Normally the rich are moderately more subtle about rigging the system in their favor. They're scared."  CommonDreams  

CLICK BAIT

NATO Leaders Challenge Trump to Spell NATO
 > Go  

Giuliani Claims He Has Evidence Linking Biden to Obama.  > Go  

Devin Nunes Accuses Witnesses of Misleading American People with Facts.  > Go  

Nancy Pelosi Buries Historic Labor Bill to Appease Centrists  TruthDig  

Sweden Provides Free Higher Education, Universal Healthcare, Free Daycare — Why Can’t the U.S.?.  DemocracyNow  

The Supreme Court Case That Made Michael Bloomberg’s Campaign Possible — And Doomed Kamala Harris.  Intercept  

(2012) Politicians’ Private Profit from NHS Sell-Off.  Craig Murray  

NAFTA was About Redistributing Wealth Upwards.  CounterPunch  

The Government Has Taken At Least 1,100 Children From Their Parents Since Family Separations Officially Ended.  Intercept  

He Died in Jail From Dehydration. His Family Says a Leaked Video Shows it Was Murder.  TRN  

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DECEMBER 10, 2019

The Great American Shakedown. ... The Democratic Party and its liberal supporters are perplexed. They presented hours of evidence of an impeachable offense, although they studiously avoided charging Trump with impeachable offenses also carried out by Democratic presidents,...  TruthDig  

We Must Overcome Our Atomization to Beat Back Neoliberal Fascism.  Intercept  

US and UK military-intelligence apparatus campaigns to destroy Jeremy Corbyn. ... Days before Britain’s historic election, the UK’s military-intelligence apparatus is turning to the corporate media and US government-funded NATO cut-outs to smear Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn with evidence-free Russiagate allegations.  GrayZone  

ALEC

American Legislative Exchange Council.  SourceWatch  

ALEC Is an Incubator for Efforts to Protect White Supremacy, Says New Report. TruthOut

How ALEC & the Kochs Publicly Back Criminal Justice Reform & Privately Expand Mass Incarceration.  DemocracyNow

ALEC-Crafted Laws Could Send Me to Prison for a Decade for My Activism.  T TruthOut 

The Koch Bros., ALEC and the Power of the State.  CounterPunch  

Kochland review: how the Kochs bought America -- and trashed it. ... Christopher Leonard has produced a relentless accounting of the brothers grim which somehow concludes with sympathy.  Guardian  

‘It’s This Culture of Secrecy That’s Pervading the Courts’ ... CounterSpin interview with Melissa Goodman on the Patriot Act.  FAIR

The U-Turn That Made America Staggeringly Unequal.  CounterPunch  

Black Teenager Damain Martin Begged Police for Help as He Drowned. His Death Was Ruled an Accident.  Intercept  

Trump Official Who Doesn't Want Poor People to Have Publicly-Funded Healthcare Wants Public to Pay for Stolen Ivanka Jewelry. ... New reporting by Politico reveals that Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma filed a claim for over $40,000 for items stolen while she gave a speech bashing Medicare for All.  CommonDreams  

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DECEMBER 9, 2019

The Plot to Discredit and Destroy Julian Assange. TruthDig/Scheer  

Spying on Assange: the Spanish Case Takes a Turn.  CounterPunch  

The Truth About this (UK) Election. Craig Murray  

The Traitors Among Us ... Donald Trump likes to call his opponents traitors — but if he’s looking for treasonous behavior, he should look within his own party.  RollingStone  

Donald Trump Keeps Navy SEALs Above the Law.  Intercept  

Investigation Uncovers Israel-Based Group Behind Bigoted Facebook Smear Campaign Aimed at US Muslim Congresswomen. ... "The goal of these anti-Muslim hate campaigns is clear—they put Muslim lives here and around the world at risk and undermine our country's commitment to religious pluralism."  CommonDreams  

Will Trump Be Meeting With His Counterpart -- Or His Handler?. ... A plausible theory of mind-boggling collusion.  NYMagazine  

The Dismal Dollar Dems and the Subversion of Democracy. .... I never cease to be amused by the brazen hypocrisy of the dismal, dollar-drenched Goldman Sachs-Citigroup-JP Morgan Chase-Council on Foreign Relations Democrats.  CounterPunch  

A World in Revolt Against Neoliberalism & Corruption: Tariq Ali on the Roots of Today’s Uprisings.  DemocracyNow  

George Bush, Barack Obama, and the CIA Torture Cover-Up. Intercept  

Why parents in a school district near the CIA are forcing tech companies to erase kids’ data.   Guardian  

Indians Shall Not Govern.  CounterPunch   

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WEEKEND OF DECEMBER 6-8, 2019

Weekend Read: Poisoner in Chief - Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind Control. By Stephen Kinzer. - The visionary chemist Sidney Gottlieb was the CIA’s master magician and gentlehearted torturer—the agency’s “poisoner in chief.” As head of the MK-ULTRA mind control project, he directed brutal experiments at secret prisons on three continents.  Indie Bound  

Edward Snowden: If I Came Back to the U.S., I Would Likely Die in Prison for Telling the Truth.
DemocracyNow  

Legitimised Surveillance: Kim Dotcom’s Case Against GCSB.  CounterPunch  

UNCONSTITUTIONAL DATA COLLECTION

(2013) CIA's Chief Tech Officer on Big Data: We Try to Collect Everything and Hang Onto It Forever. YouTube  

(2013 - updated 2017)  CIA’s Gus Hunt On Big Data: We ‘Try To Collect Everything And Hang On To It Forever’  HuffPost  

Edward Snowden says ‘the most powerful institutions in society have become the least accountable’ CNBC

The Court Overseeing NSA Spying Has Already Found It Violated The Constitution 'At Least Once'  
Business Insider
 

NSA Spying on Americans Is Illegal.  ACLU  

Tariq Ali on U.K. Elections, Corbyn’s “Radical Social-Democratic Program” & Rise of Extreme Right.  DemocracyNow  

What the C.I.A.'s Torture Program Looked Like to the Tortured. ... Drawings done in captivity by the first prisoner known to undergo enhanced interrogation portray his account of what happened to him in vivid and disturbing ways.  Real Clear Investigations  

An Hour with Noam Chomsky on Fascism, Nuclear Weapons, Climate Change, Julian Assange & More.  DemocracyNow  

Mike Pence isn’t Donald Trump. And that’s exactly why he’s on the 2020 ticket.  McClatchy  

Documents reveal massive 'dark-money' group boosted Democrats in 2018. ... A little-known nonprofit called The Sixteen Thirty Fund pumped $140 million into Democratic and left-leaning causes.  Politico  

Massive Leak of Data Reveals Money-Hiding Secrets of Superrich -- and This Is 'Only the Beginning' ... "It's hard to overstate how notorious and suspicious the firm is."  CommonDreams  

Denouncing Macron's Neoliberal Pension Reforms, Hundreds of Thousands of Striking Workers Bring France to a Halt. ... "We have one of the best pension systems in the world, if not the best. Yet the president has decided, purely out of ideology, to wipe it out."
CommonDreams

Why We Will Never Know Exactly How Many Immigrant Families Were Separated. ... A new report shows the Trump administration was prepared to separate 26,000 children from their parents, despite knowing it couldn’t keep track of them.  HuffPost  

Why the Resignation of Iraq’s Prime Minister May Not Stop the Mass Uprising on the Horizon.
CounterPunch

The Pentagon Wants to Borrow Urban Tunnels for Unspecified ‘Experimentation’.  GritPost  

Google Secretly Harvests the Health Data of Millions  TruthDig  

(2012) Mexican official: CIA 'manages' drug trade. ... Spokesman for Chihuahua state says US agencies don't want to end drug trade, a claim denied by other Mexican officials.  AlJazeera  

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DECEMBER 5, 2019

Electoralism Won’t Save Us. Interview with Chris Hedges. TruthDig

Boris ‘Teflon’ Johnson’s rise shows how our ruling classes are not fit for purpose. ... Johnson blustered his way to the top with lies and bravado, but the decline of expertise and knowledge stretches much further.  Guardian  

America is not the land of the free but one of monopolies so predatory they imperil the nation.  Guardian

Iraqis Rise Up Against 16 Years of ‘Made in the USA’ Corruption.  CounterPunch

Humanity Is Riding Delusion to Extinction.TruthDig 

The Pentagon Wants to Borrow Urban Tunnels for Unspecified ‘Experimentation’  GritPost  

U.S. Plan on Killing Birds in New York.  
CounterPunch  

Conservative Christians Are Making Schools Less Safe for LGBTQ Students.  TruthOut  

Contracts Reveal For First Time How DEA Exercises Control Over Television, Film Productions.  ShadowProof  

What Seattle Has Wrought.
CounterPunch/Cockburn  

Bolivia: the Danger of Neoliberalism With Fascist Characteristics.  CounterPunch  

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DECEMBER 4, 2019

Visiting Assange, Britain’s Political Prisoner.  CounterPunch/Pilger  

Violence of the State.  The state rests its power on a monopoly of violence.   Craig Murray  

'An Unjust Society Is Far Costlier': AOC Says Beware the Deficit Scolds Who Only Complain About Paying for Stuff When It Benefits People. ... "I see decisions made every day that cost the American public billions of dollars a year for bogus reasons and nobody asks how we pay for it."  CommonDreams  

Britain’s Chief Rabbi is Helping to Stoke antisemitism ... Chief rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has not only misrepresented the known facts about Labour and its supposed antisemitism crisis. He has not only interfered in an overtly, politically partisan manner in the December 12 election campaign by suggesting that Jeremy Corbyn - against all evidence - is an antisemite.  CounterPunch  

David Duke and His Twitter Nazis Got Mad at Me. Twitter Took Their Side.  Intercept  

O'Malley slams acting DHS deputy: ‘You cage children for a fascist president’. ... Former Maryland governor and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate forced Ken Cuccinelli to leave Capitol Hill bar. Guardian  

Nancy Pelosi Pushes the House to Pass USMCA, but Neglects a Bill With Broad Support to Strengthen Unions.  Intercept  

CLICK BAIT

London Bridge counter-terrorism failure is all Jeremy’s Corbyn fault, insist people who’ve been in charge of everything for a decade.  > Go  

5 Things To Know About Nikki Haley.  > Go  

Giuliani Claims He Has Evidence Linking Biden to Obama.  > Go  

Devin Nunes Accuses Witnesses of Misleading American People with Facts.  > Go  

Operation Condor 2.0: After Bolivia coup, Trump dubs Nicaragua ‘national security threat’ and targets Mexico. ... After presiding over a far-right coup in Bolivia, the US dubbed Nicaragua a “national security threat” and announced new sanctions, while Trump designated drug cartels in Mexico as “terrorists” and refused to rule out military intervention. Gray Zone

Bolivia: Anatomy of a Coup. ... On Sunday, October 20 Evo Morales was re-elected president of Bolivia with 46.85 per cent of the vote against his nearest competitor, Carlos Mesa, who received 36.74 percent. In anticipation of a Morales victory the U.S. corporate media launched a fake news disinformation barrage nine days earlier aimed at discrediting the result and setting the stage for a well-orchestrated fascist-led coup.  CounterPunch   Related:  Evo Morales and the Rights of Mother Earth.  CounterPunch  

Statement Condemning US Removal of Democratically-Elected Evo Morales. ... Following months of destabilization, on November 10, 2019, the legitimate, constitutional, democratically-elected President of Bolivia, Evo Morales, was driven at gunpoint out of office and the country by the US and its allies, among them Bolivian fascists and several members of the Organization of American States (OAS), including Canada.  CounterPunch  

The Impunity Doctrine: The Meek Shall be Buried Beneath the Earth. CounterPunch  

How The Interior Department Got Swamped. ... At least 11 department officials have cashed out for jobs with fossil fuel interests, lobbying firms or other private companies.  HuffPost  

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DECEMBER 3, 2019

The New 'Black Codes' ... The police forces in impoverished urban communities, equipped with military-grade weapons and empowered to harass and kill largely at will, along with mass incarceration, are the principal tools for the social control of the poor. TruthDig/Hedges  

Israel’s Next Move: The Real Danger in US Decision to Normalize Illegal Jewish Settlements.
CommonDreams

America’s Darkest Secrets Are Laid Bare in ‘The Report’  TruthDig    Related: Watch the CIA Get Away With Torture  TruthDig  

TRUMP'S MADE UP STUFF

Trump Team’s Conflicts and Scandals: An Interactive Guide.  Bloomberg  

Fox News Backs Trump’s ‘War on Thanksgiving’ BS He Got From Fox.  Daily Beast  

Trump Has Figured Out How to Corrupt the Entire Government.  Intelligencer  

Trump is Leading the Most Corrupt Administration in U.S. History, One of First-Class Kleptocrats.  
News Week
 

Trump’s administration can’t clean house because its leader is too soaked in scandal. ... It’s party time for grifters in today’s GOP.  Vox  

Who has left Trump's administration and orbit? ... President Donald Trump's administration has been marked by a series of exits by high-ranking officials. Here are the most notable ones:Departed members of Trump's administration and orbit.  CNN  

Trump Tax Records Reveal New Inconsistencies — This Time for Trump Tower.  Propublica  

What You Need To Know From The Recent Findings Of 7 Big Climate Reports ... It is, in a word, “bleak.” 
HuffPost

Wealthy US donors gave millions to rightwing UK groups. ... Revelations raise questions about influence of foreign funding on British politics.  Guardian  

Why Are Republicans So Anxious to Play Putin’s Game on Ukraine?  DailyBeast  

The Grand Illusion. ... As the ecological crisis deepens, nearing the infamous Tipping Point – taking us closer to planetary catastrophe – we are being led to believe that an imminent “greening” of the world economy will deliver us from a very dark future.  CounterPunch  

'Massive Criminal Enterprise': Giuliani Reportedly Sought Ukraine Business Deals as He Worked to Dig Up Dirt on Biden for Trump. ... "Giuliani sought a payments of $200,000 from the recently dismissed prosecutor general of Ukraine earlier this year. So, Mr. President, about that corruption in Ukraine you said you were so worried about."
CommonDreams  

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DECEMBER 2, 2019

Free the Truth – A Short Speech ... People like Boris Johnson do not see janitors, cleaners, cooks, drivers and waiting staff as anything but cyphers. They however see him, and I can tell you with certainty that the reason he messed up the Cenotaph (war memorial) ceremony, starting backwards and forward at the wrong time, laying the wreath upside down and generally stumbling around looking like an unmade bed, is that he was drunk. You could smell it off him. He arrived in that condition.
Craig Murray
 

Assange to Testify on Being Recorded in Embassy in London. ... Recordings have emerged of private conversations that Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, had while living in the Ecuadorean Embassy. He and a Spanish prosecutor blame the United States.  NYTimes  

Here's why Bloomberg insists he's not crazy. ... His assumptions aren't wildly implausible. It would just take all of them coming true for this to work.  Politico  

New York Democrats Just Passed a Measure That Could Take the Working Families Party Off the Ballot.
Intercept

Our History Is the Future: Lakota Historian Nick Estes on Thanksgiving & Indigenous Resistance. 
DemocracyNow
   Related:  Indigenous Resistance May Just Save All Our Lives.  TruthDig  

Why Are Drug Prices Rising So Much? Pharma Exec Admits 'No Other Rationale' But Profit-Making.  CommonDreams  

Democrats Want to End U.S. Support for the Yemen War -- but They Might Continue Funding It Anyway. Intercept 

Port Neches explosion: 60,000 evacuated from homes after Texas chemical plant blast. ... Residents in the surrounding area said their windows and doors had been blown out from the impact.  Independent   Related:  Just One Week After Trump Rolled Back Safety Measures, Chemical Plant Explosion Rocks Texas Town. ... "This facility has a track record of violating the Clean Air Act." CommonDreams

Why the UkraineGate Hearings Didn’t Move the Dial. ... CNN and MSDNC’s talking heads seemed surprised and disappointed that the recent televised impeachment hearings do not appear to have moved any but a small number of Republicans into supporting the impeachment and removal of the demented fascist oligarch Donald Trump.  CounterPunch  

Trump's Latest Handout to His Rich Buddies Is Unbelievable  TruthDig  

Bolivia’s Interim Government Moves to Roll Back Morales’s 21st Century Socialism. TruthOut  

What is Happening in Spain? ... The transition from dictatorship to democracy in Spain (1978) was carried out under conditions very favorable to the profoundly conservative forces that controlled the Spanish state and the majority of the media. The democratic forces (lead by the clandestine left wing parties) were institutionally weak.  CounterPunch   

Beware of Health Insurance Scams, Especially When Shopping Online.  Tarbell  

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WEEKEND OF NOVEMBER 29 - DECEMBER 1, 2019

Weekend Read: Losing Earth: A Recent History by Nathaniel Rich  By 1979, we knew nearly everything we understand today about climate change?including how to stop it. Over the next decade, a handful of scientists, politicians, and strategists, led by two unlikely heroes, risked their careers in a desperate, escalating campaign to convince the world to act before it was too late. Losing Earth is their story, and ours.  Indie Bound  

Amazon’s Ring Planned Neighborhood “Watch Lists” Built on Facial Recognition.  Intercept  

“Don’t Hate the Media, Be the Media”: Reflections on 20 Years of Indymedia, a Radical Media Movement.  DemocracyNow  

Did an American Billionaire Philanthropist Play a Role in the Imprisonment of Iranian Environmentalists?  
Intercept  

BOLIVIA UPDATE

Washington’s Consensus on Neofascist Coups in Latin America.  CounterPunch  

Pompeo Calls It 'Democracy' in Bolivia as Post-Coup Violence Grows and Fear of Civil War Intensifies. ... "The military has guns and a license to kill; we have nothing. Please, tell the international community to come here and stop this."  CommonDreams  

Bolivia’s Coup Is Still Happening. ... Everything you wanted to know about Bolivian politics, but were afraid to ask.  The Nation   

Bernie Sanders' Stance on Bolivia Matters
TruthDig

Media Wonder: Why Can’t Venezuela Be More Like Bolivia? FAIR  

'Nothing But Disdain for Democracy': Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, and Pressley. Condemning Trump for Fueling Crisis in Bolivia. ... "Rather than supporting a military coup, our government should make it clear that the unconstitutional removal of an elected president is unacceptable."  CommonDreams  

Bolivia’s New Puppet Regime Wastes No Time Aligning With US Foreign Policy. Johnstone

“They’re Killing us Like Dogs” – A Massacre in Bolivia and a Plea for Help.  CounterPunch  

NATO Is as Good as Dead.  TruthDig  

Is Netanyahu Ready to Inflame War to Escape His Legal Troubles?  CounterPunch  

Michael Bloomberg’s Right-Wing Views on Foreign Policy Make Him a Perfect Candidate for the Republican Nomination.  Intercept  

Glenn Greenwald Sounds the Alarm on Bolsonaro's Brazil.  TruthDig  

Climate Expert Says UN Emissions Report Makes Clear Only Solution Is to 'Cut Off Supply of Fossil Fuels at Their Source' ... "Climate policy proposals that do not squarely confront the issue of supply are not making a serious attempt to avert catastrophe."  
CommonDreams  

New York Democrats Just Passed a Measure That Could Take the Working Families Party Off the Ballot.
Intercept
 

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DECEMBER 12 THROUGH 25

DECEMBER 25, 2019

'Not Mere Misers, But Actively Cruel': Trump's GOP Denounced as Worse Than Scrooge on Christmas Eve. ... "We'd be in much better shape if Trump and company were merely heartless misers. What they really are is much, much worse."CommonDreams

The Dream is Over: How Boris Johnson Won the UK Election. ... under Britain’s sham of a democracy, the public won’t get the chance to remove the vile creature put into No. 10 by 14 million or so voters for at least five years; and even then, a government has the legal right to seek a general election prior to the five-year period if it is doing well in the public opinion polls, effectively giving itself long-term reign  CounterPunch  

New Court Ruling Should Put ‘Medicare For All’ Debate Into Perspective. ... All the 2020 Democrats are pushing toward universal coverage, while Trump and his judicial allies are pushing in the opposite direction.
HuffPost

The 'Bernie Blackout' Is Just Getting Ridiculous Now.
TruthDig  

Mike Bloomberg Exploited Prison Labor to Make 2020 Presidential Campaign Phone Calls.  Intercept  

US Censorship System Wins Against Snowden, (and) Latest In Assange Extradition Case.ShadowProof

Julian Assange trial: Mounting evidence to stretch extradition hearing for up to four weeks. 
9 News (AU)

UK-U.S. treaty bans extradition of Assange, lawyer says.  Reuters  

The US Approves Bill That May Legislate Hybrid Warfare on Venezuela.  CounterPunch  

The Invention of “Ethical AI”. ... How Big Tech Manipulates Academia to Avoid Regulation.
Intercept  

Stolen and Erased. ... A Navajo girl was exploited and sex trafficked in urban and rural New Mexico. Why did so many fail to help her?  Searchlight NM  

We Need Broadband Internet for All.  Jacobin  

Report: Whistleblower says ICE denied healthcare to migrants.  AP  

US briefing: Nato summit, Prince Andrew and Republicans defend Trump. ... Tuesday’s top story: GOP report defends Trump over impeachment hearings. Plus, being part of a downwardly mobile generation.  Guardian  

Remembering America’s First (and Longest) Forgotten War on Tribal Islamists.  CounterPunch  

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DECEMBER 24, 2019

The Impeachment's Moral Hypocrisy. ... It was a mind-numbing spectacle, devoid of morality and ethics, the kind of political theater that characterizes despotic regimes. TruthDig/Hedges

Watch what you flush?  YouTube 

London Will Never Give Scotland Independence -- We Must Take It.  Craig Murray   

No, McConnell – Biased Jurors and No Witnesses Do Not Make for a “Fair Trial”. ... a trial where the jurors admit they aren’t impartial, coordinate the trial process with the defendant and then, as promised, find the defendant not guilty. And yet, that is exactly what Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell aims to do.  TruthOut  

Canada police prepared to shoot Indigenous activists, documents show. ... Notes from strategy session for raid on Wet’suwet’en nation’s ancestral lands show commanders argued for ‘lethal overwatch’ ... Canadian police were prepared to shoot Indigenous land defenders ...  Guardian   

'Democrats Must Do Better': Progressive Caucus Leaders Condemn $1.4 Trillion Spending Bill That Boosts War Budget, Funds Trump's Wall. ... "The bill before us today will not stop the abuse and wrongful detention of people in custody, nor will it prevent the Trump administration from misusing federal funds to advance their horrific mass detention and deportation agenda."  CommonDreams  

Why they love him, despite everything lse … corporations only paid a tax rate of 11.3 percent last year. If they paid anything at all..

US Navy Places $22 Billion Cyber Monday Order for Nuclear Submarines, But Who Is Asking How We Gonna Pay For It? ... "$22 billion could fund a lot of kids learning," said Albert Lee, a Democrat running for Congress in Oregon. "We need an education race; not a wasted arms race."  Guardian  

Corporate Media Hates Progressives as Much as It Loves Capitalism .  TruthDig  

Indigenous Protectors Are Defending the Amazon and “Paying With Their Lives”  DemocracyNow

Newsweek reporter quits after editors block coverage of OPCW Syria scandal. ... Journalist Tareq Haddad explains his decision to resign from Newsweek over its refusal to cover the OPCW’s unfolding Syria scandal. Gray Zone

Microsoft Funds Facial Recognition Technology Secretly Tested on Palestinians  TruthOut  

“The Shooters are Coming!” War on Terror, War on Education.  CounterPunch  

DECEMBER 23, 2019

Is This Goodbye to the American Republic? ... " It seems clear that [Attorney General William Barr] will do or enable anything to keep Trump in office. And Trump will do anything to stay there...."  TruthDig/Street  

Amid Impeachment Furor, GOP 'Hijacking' of Courts Continues as McConnell Rams Through 12 More Lifetime Trump Judges. ... "Trump's hijacking of our judiciary will be his most enduring legacy, and it will continue to threaten everything progressives care about long after he leaves office."  CommonDreams  

Trump adviser: Expect more aggressive poll watching in 2020.  ...  Trump’s top reelection advisers told influential Republicans in swing state Wisconsin that the party has “traditionally” relied on voter suppression to compete in battleground states, according to an audio recording of a private event...    AP  

Column: Will Washington media expose the liars who spun the Trump-Russia hoax?  Chicago Tribune  

The Real Shadow Policy of the Trump Administration Is Racist Extremism.  TruthOut  

More Fascist Nonsense from a Disgraced President.  CounterPunch  

More members of Angela Merkel's party found to have 'prepper' links. ... CDU criticised for allegedly failing to guard against neo-Nazis and ‘prepper’ infiltration.  Guardian  

Corbyn’s Defeat has Slain the Left’s Last Illusion.  CounterPunch 

The indelible stain on Trump’s presidency belongs to the entire Republican Party. Colorado Independent

John Oliver has the Donald Trump takedown America has been waiting for.  Vox  

Militarism Has Become Enormously Popular and Nearly Universally Accepted.  CounterPunch  

Alan Dershowitz Has Wasted His Life Doing Terrible Things.  Jacobin  

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WEEKEND OF DECEMBER 20-22, 2019

The Stubborn Persistence of the Military-Industrial State.  CounterPunch  

Why Did So Many Democrats Vote for Trump's Defense Budget?  TruthDig

The 15-Year-Long American War You've Never Heard Of.  TruthDig  

CLIMATE UPDATE

Rich Nations, After Driving Climate Disaster, Block All Progress at U.N. Talks. Intercept

Trump’s North America Trade Deal Is Poised to Worsen Climate Change -- But Dems Don’t Seem To Mind. ITT  

Fossil Fuel Giants Claim To Support Climate Science, Yet Still Fund Denial. ... Fourteen oil and gas companies are funding a website that attacks scientists and undermines their work. HuffPost  

Biosphere Collapse?.  CounterPunch  

Sizzling Arctic: Top 5 Climate Horror Stories in NOAA’s Report Card.  Juan Cole  

In Final Hours, COP 25 Denounced as 'Utter Failure' as Deal Is Stripped of Ambition and US Refuses to Accept Liability for Climate Crisis. ... "The only thing more disastrous than the state of UN climate negotiations at COP 25 is the state of the global climate." CommonDreams  

How Skewed Polling and Media Bias are Warping American Attitudes About the Green New Deal.  CounterPunch  

COP25 Was a Failure, But Activists’ Collective Organizing at the Talks Was Unprecedented.
DemocracyNow  

“Ag-Gag” Laws Expose Whistleblowers to Prosecution for Reporting Animal Abuse.
TruthOut  

Victoria Falls dries to a trickle after worst drought in a century. ... One of southern Africa’s biggest tourist attractions has seen an unprecedented decline this dry season, fuelling climate change fears.  CommonDreams  

The Water Crisis In Cities Everywhere Is Worsening Already Terrible Inequality. ...
While the rich can drill wells and keep swimming pools filled, poorer residents line up for water and struggle to survive. HuffPost 

Trump EPA proposal guts restrictions on toxic herbicide linked to birth defects.  
Water Education  

"The pro-industry zealots now running the EPA's pesticide office are making a mockery of science and eliminating key safety measures, all for company profits."  CommonDreams  

The Ongoing Effort to Write Wall Street Out of the 2008 Financial Crisis.  Intercept  

Amazon, Chevron, and Starbucks Among 91 Fortune 500 Corporations That Paid $0 in Federal Income Taxes in 2018: Report. ... "The 2017 tax law was a clear giveaway to corporations and their shareholders."  CommonDreams  

US Venezuelan embassy defenders denied right to fair trial ... A US judge’s ruling will result in a farcical trial where the jury will not be allowed to consider the contentious legality of the Trump administration’s recognition of the leadership of the coup in Venezuela.  Gray Zone  

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DECEMBER 19, 2019

The FBI: Another Worry in the National Security State.  CounterPunch  

The Afghanistan Papers Confirm America's Longest War Is a Lie.  TruthDig  

Exclusive Interview With Bolivia’s Evo Morales, Who Was Deposed in a Coup.  Intercept  

Democrats Should Go After Trump’s Full Corruption, Not Just Ukraine.  TruthOut  

The Woman-Hater-in-Chief. CounterPunch  

DCCC to Consultants: Helping to Elect a Republican? Sure, We’ll Work With You.  Intercept  

Sanders Calls Out 'Deficit Hawks' in Both Parties Who Support $738 Billion Pentagon Budget But Claim US Can't Afford Medicare for All. ... "When it comes to giving the Pentagon $738 billion—even more money than it requested—there is a deafening silence within Congress and the ruling elites about what our nation can and cannot afford."  CommonDreams  

Trump Moves to Strip Hundreds of Thousands of Social Security Benefits.  TruthDig  

Senate Democrats Join GOP to Back 'Automatic Austerity' Bill That Would Gut Social Programs, Hamstring Bold Policies. ... "One priority of a Sanders or Warren White House absolutely must be politically crushing the deficit scolds within the Democratic Party."  CommonDreams  

Nearly half of Americans work in low-wage jobs, new study finds. ... Poorly paid workers are not just students and people looking for an extra buck.  Independent  

What Happens Next With Trump’s Food Benefit Cuts. ... If lawsuits challenging the new regulations don’t work, Americans may be facing “unmet food needs.”  HuffPost  

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DECEMBER 18, 2019

Shell Shocked - We scoured the streets of Rio De Janeiro after gun fights. Here's the story t he bu llet shells tell.  Intercept  

Boris Johnson is the Luckiest Politician Alive.  CounterPunch/Cockburn  

Chelsea Manning Birthday. And a statement By Chelsea for Aaron Swartz Day 2019.

William F. Buckley Never Fooled James Baldwin  TruthDig  

Ralph Nader on Impeachment: Democrats Should Go After Trump’s Full Corruption, Not Just Ukraine.   DemocracyNow  

Getting Away With Murder: ‘Clash’ as Media Euphemism for ‘Massacre’    FAIR  

CLICK BAIT

Nation saved from honesty, decency, and fairness  > Go  

Fox News Condemns 2020 Election As Partisan Witch Hunt Orchestrated By Democrats To Unseat President.  > Go  

Trump Named Person of the Year by Popular Sociopath Magazine.  > Go  

Is Trump Immune From Investigation? The Supreme Court Will Soon Decide. ... The conservative movement has used Trump’s scandals to advance a radical theory of power.  HuffPost  

Elf on the Shelf is a fun and festive way to teach your child to submit to the surveillance state. ... This Christmas, give the little ones a gift that keeps on giving – the feeling that someone, somewhere is always watching them. Guardian

Are These Two Articles of Impeachment the Best the Democrats Can Do?  TruthOut  

Progressives Blast New NLRB Union Elections Rule That 'Betrays the Workers It Is Meant to Protect'. ... The board's only Democrat said the move "places an unjustified burden on workers seeking to exercise their fundamental workplace rights." CommonDreams

Victoria Falls dries to a trickle after worst drought in a century. ... One of southern Africa’s biggest tourist attractions has seen an unprecedented decline this dry season, fuelling climate change fears.
Guardian  

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DECEMBER 17, 2019

Hope Lies in the Streets. ... It does not matter whether liberals or conservatives, Tories or Labour, Republicans or Democrats are in power. Finance capital is impervious to political control.  TruthDig/Hedges  
Related: "Operation Yellowhammer". Wiki   
And WSWS  

How the Prosecution of Animal Rights Activists as Terrorists Foretold Today’s Criminalization of Dissent.  Intercept    Related:   The Animal People - Official Trailer  YouTube  

We Tortured Some Folks: The Report’s Daniel Jones on the Ongoing Fight to Hold the CIA Accountable.  Intercept  

After Scotland Decisively Rejects Brexit and the Tories in General Election, SNP's Sturgeon Calls for Second Independence Referendum. ... "Given what I fear the Tory government now has in store for Scotland, that right to choose our own future has never been more important or more urgent."  CommonDreams  

Johnson's Win May Deliver Brexit but Could Risk U.K.'s Breakup. ... Scotland and Northern Ireland didn’t embrace the Conservative landslide -- and may be drifting permanently away from London.  
TruthDig/AP  

The Great NHS Heist.  Jacobin  

How the FBI Botched Its Russia Inquiry, One of the Most Closely Watched Cases in Its History.  
Intercept  

New Report on Ocean Oxygen Loss Gives 'Ultimate Wake-Up Call' to Act on Climate. ... "Decisions taken at the ongoing climate conference will determine whether our ocean continues to sustain a rich variety of life, or whether habitable, oxygen-rich marine areas are increasingly, progressively, and irrevocably lost."  CommonDreams  

For 10 years, we've lied to ourselves to avoid asking the one real question.  T he Motive.  Independent  

Social Media Penetrates Every Aspect of Our Online Lives for Profit.  TruthOut  

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DECEMBER 16, 2019

U.S. Sanctions Are Driving Iran to Tighten Its Grip on Iraq.   Intercept  

Respected Press Freedom Organization Excludes Assange From Annual List Of Jailed Journalists.  ShadowProof  

Lawyers complain about lack of access to Julian Assange in jail. ... Defence team say he is unaware of some evidence in his case because of blockage in visits.  Guardian  

Fox News Is Now a Threat to National Security. ... The network’s furthering of lies from foreign adversaries and flagrant disregard for the truth have gotten downright dangerous.  Wired  

Latin America says ‘No to neoliberalism’: Ecuador’s ex-foreign minister talks uprisings and Assange.  
Gray Zone
 

The Generals’ Long Con on Afghanistan. ... So now we know that which many of us long surmised. The generals lied, repeatedly; in fact, the whole damn Afghan War was a lie.  TruthDig  

Kafka Down Under: the Threat to Whistleblowers and Press Freedom in Australia.  CounterPunch  

ABC’s Epstein Story Didn’t Kill Itself.  FAIR  

‘Corroboration Zero’: An Inspector General’s Report Reveals the Steele Dossier Was Always a Joke. ... The reports throws water on one “deep state” conspiracy theory of the Russia investigation, but validates complaints about “fake news”.  RollingStone  

Dear Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook Is an Engine of Anti-Muslim Hate the World Over. Don’t You Care?  Intercept  

Stephen Miller: why is Trump's white nationalist aide untouchable? ... Lawmakers and civil rights groups have called for the ‘quiet extremist’ to step down, but the White House stands by him.  Guardian  

I traced missile casings in Syria back to their original sellers, so it’s time for the west to reveal who they sell arms to. ... I don’t think either Nato or the EU has the slightest interest in chasing the provenance of weapons in the hands of Islamist fighters in Syria or anywhere else in the Middle East.  Independent  

Operation Condor 2.0: After Bolivia Coup, Trump Dubs Nicaragua ‘National Security Threat’ & Targets Mexico. ... Left-wing forces in Latin America are warning of a revival of a Cold War era campaign by the U.S. of violent subterfuge and support for right-wing dictatorships across the region, Ben Norton reports.  Consortium News  

(2013) CIA’s Gus Hunt On Big Data: We ‘Try To Collect Everything And Hang On To It Forever’  HuffPost  
Related:
CIA chief tech officer on collection.  
YouTube

Shoot First, Get Paid Later. ... The Police Accountability Report explores how a controversial shooting may lead to a lifetime pension for the officer involved, and why concepts like blanket criminality and moral disqualification drive the system that rewards questionable behavior.  TRN  

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WEEKEND OF DECEMBER 13-15, 2019

Weekend Read: Government in the Future - Noam Chomsky. "We have today the technical and material resources to meet man’s animal needs.We have not developed the cultural and moral resources or the democratic forms of social organization that make possible the humane and rational use of our material wealth and power.
IndieBound  

Britain’s General Election Is Heavy On Brexit And Disinformation. ... The ruling Conservative party has put up fake social media posts as Prime Minister Boris Johnson risks everything to “get Brexit done.”  
HuffPost  

A Very Difficult Night.  Craig Murray  

Congress to Vote on $22 Billion Defense Increase One Week After Trump Slashed Food Stamps.Intercept

AFGANASTAN PAPERS

Afghan War documents leak of 2010  Wiki

Afghan papers reveal US public were misled about unwinnable war. ... Interviews with key insiders reveal damning verdict on conflict that cost 2,300 US lives.   Guardian  

I Knew the War in Afghanistan Was a Lie.
 TruthDig  

Bombshell Afghanistan Report Lands With Thud On Capitol Hill. ... Lawmakers said they remain unaware of the revelations on how the government misled the public about the prolonged conflict.  HuffPost  

Afghanistan: a Pentagon Paradise Built on Lies.  CounterPunch  

US officials distorted statistics to mislead public about Afghan war, confidential documents reveal. ... An 18-year, trillion-dollar conflict was known to be failing from an early stage. This knowledge was concealed from the public. Craig Whitlock explains what has been going on behind closed doors.  Independent  

The Afghanistan war is more than a $1 trillion mistake. It's a travesty. ... If we don’t start holding the Washington DC foreign policy establishment to account, they will continue to act with impunity.  Guardian  

Why the Afghanistan Papers Are an Eerie Reminder of Vietnam.  CounterPunch  

The Afghan Files - Defence leak exposes deadly secrets of Australia’s special forces ABC-AU

UN: Climate Change Will Create “New Great Divergence” Between Rich and Poor.  TruthOut  

The U.S. Has Almost No Official Presence at COP25 But Is Still “Obstructing Any Progress”.
DemocracyNow  

Arctic In Dire Condition As Climate Change Ravages Long-Frozen Region, Report Warns. ... “The impacts of a changing Arctic are not confined to those who live there,” researchers wrote in the 14th annual Arctic Report Card.  HuffPost  

Netanyahu Moves to Annex West Bank, Indictment Be Damned.   TruthDig  

Did this happen in the home of Magna Carta?  John Pilger  (Assange)  

CN Live! Special Report: In Dreyfus Affair Hrafnsson Sees Hope For Assange. ... The late 19th Century trial of the wrongly accused French military officer gives hope to the WikiLeaks editor about the fate of Julian Assange.  Consortium News  

Incumbent Democrats Are Facing Serious Primary Challenges From Progressives.  TruthOut  

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DECEMBER 12, 2019

This Isn't How You End the Endless War': Trump Weighs Plan to Send 14,000 More US Troops to Middle East. ... "Trump ran on ending these endless wars. But he's sending more troops to the Middle East, making yet another war there more likely."  CommonDreams  

Julian Assange, Thanks for Warning Japanese About Washington.  CounterPunch

U.S. Lobbyists Prepare to Seize “Historic Opportunity” in Tory-Led Brexit to Shred Consumer Safeguards, Raise Drug Prices.  Intercept

Meet Virgil Griffith: America’s Newest Political Prisoner.  CounterPunch  

'Staggering' New Data Shows Income of Top 1% Has Grown 100 Times Faster Than Bottom 50% Since 1970. ... "The bulk of a generation of economic growth has been captured and concentrated in a few hands, and many people have barely seen any of it."  CommonDreams  

Trump campaign runs misleading anti-impeachment Facebook ads. ... The ads claim Democrats are pushing "treason" as part of the impeachment push. ABC News

Why Have No Republicans Turned on Trump? 
TruthDig
 

US government drops case against Max Blumenthal after jailing journalist on false charges. ... As the mysterious disappearance of Secret Service records and complete absence of evidence supporting its case came to light, the US government dropped its bogus charges against journalist Max Blumenthal.  
Gray Zone  

Trudeau will fuel the fires of our climate crisis if he approves Canada's mega mine. ... Alberta’s oil sands produce one of the dirtiest oils on the planet. If the Teck mega mine is approved, the damage to our planet will be colossal. Guardian

‘Sexy tricks’: How journalists demonize Venezuela’s socialist government, in their own words. ... Journalists revealed to me the tactics they use to sell stories painting Venezuela as a socialist dystopia. One described himself as a “mercenary,” explaining how he aims to please his employer’s funders. Gray Zone

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DECEMBER 26 THROUGH 31

DECEMBER 31, 2019

The Looming U.S. Water Crisis.  CounterPunch  

16 absolutely outrageous abuses detailed in the CIA torture report.  Vox  

(2003) Will the Real Daniel Ellsberg Please Stand Up!  CounterPunch  

IMMIGRATION

How ICE Uses Social Media to Surveil and Arrest Immigrants. ... ICE emails provide a rare inside look at the agency’s use of Facebook and commercial data brokers to track down an immigrant in California.  Intercept  

Who Is Making Money From CBP in Your State? ... U.S Customs and Border Protection has been detaining children in squalid conditions at the border. See which companies sell their goods and services to the agency and where they’re headquartered.  Sludge  

Immigration Detention Is Part of Mass Incarceration: The Case for Abolishing ICE and Everything Else.  Intercept  

Michael Moore on ‘Useful Idiots’: ‘If the Election Were Held Today, Trump Would Win’. ... The famed documentarian tells ‘Rolling Stone’ about solar storms, pedophile coffee, the Flint water crisis, Trump’s chances next year, and other horrors.  RollingStone  

"Don't Tell Me We Can't Afford Medicare for All," Says Sanders, After NYT Details Insanely Higher Costs of US Healthcare. ... The report compares prices of hospital care, outpatient procedures, and prescription drugs in the United States with other countries.  CommonDreams  

Why is this top Democrat absent from the fight against toxic pollution in Cancer Alley? Guardian  

Revealing the Real Threats and the Manufactured Ones: The Intercept’s 2019 National Security Coverage.
Intercept
 

Let 2020 Be the Year of a Truly Free Press
TruthDig  

Michael Moore: Republicans Who Oppose Impeachment Are “Dying Dinosaurs,” But Trump Could Win in 2020.  DemocracyNow  

Joe Biden Will Lose a General Election to Donald Trump.  Jacobin  

Here Are the Corporate Elites Hosting Biden’s Manhattan Fundraisers.  TruthOut  

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DECEMBER 30, 2019

Impeachment Theater While the Planet Burns.  CounterPunch  

The World Needs a Water Treaty. ... The world has enough water for 7 billion people, but not if countries waste, hoard, or weaponize it. 
Foreign Policy in Focus  

Proof Oil Companies Own America's Political System  TruthDig  

Donald Trump Will Easily Be Reelected: There Has Been No Repudiation of What He Represents and There Won’t Be. CounterPunch  

PBS Decides What Debate Watchers Need Is More Talk From Pundits. ... Debates are one of the few opportunities most voters outside of the early voting states have to hear directly from the candidates without being filtered by journalist spin. At least–they used to be.  FAIR      Related:  PBS Taps Journalist With Anti-Sanders Bias to Help Moderate Debate.FAIR

Behind the Scenes of One Middle East Investigation I’ll Never Forget.  CounterPunch  

When Native Americans Are Told To ‘Go Back’ To Where They Came From. ... The absurdity of a white supremacist slur laid bare.  HuffPost  

The Predator in Your Pocket A Multidisciplinary Assessment of the Stalkerware Application Industry.   The Citizen Lab  

Bolivia’s free territory of Chapare has ousted the coup regime and is bracing for a bloody re-invasion. ... Spending time with the union members of Chapare, who run society in a collective fashion, offers special insights into the resistance to the coup. They succeeded in expelling the police, but now fear a bloodbath in retaliation.  Gray Zone  

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WEEKEND OF DECEMBER 27-29, 2019

Weekend read:  Giants - the Globla Power Elite. by Peter Phillips. Who holds the purse strings to the majority of the world’s wealth? There is a new global elite at the controls of our economic future, and here former Project Censored director and media monitoring sociologist Peter Phillips unveils for the general reader just who these players are. The book includes such power players as Larry Fink, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Jamie Dimon, and Warren Buffett.  
Purchase from Project Censored
 

Just About Cruelty': Sanders and Tlaib Rip Trump 'Holiday Menu' of Gifts for the Rich and Nutrition Cuts for the Poor. ... "Two years after passing a $1.5 trillion tax giveaway to the wealthiest Americans and large corporations, the Trump administration plans to strip 3.7 million people of their nutrition benefits." 
CommonDreams  

Merry Christmas, America! Let’s Remember the Children Who Live in Fear of Our Killer Drones.  Intercept  

The Key to Solving the Climate Crisis Is Beneath Our Feet   TruthDig  

How Trump Planned to Turn Biden Into Clinton (A Playbook) Political Wire

Keep Your Head Down; Keep Your Passport Current.
CounterPunch  

‘It’s our biggest employer’: How a lucrative war in Yemen fuels conflict in Darfur 2,000km away. ... Sudanese soldiers who fought in Yemen tell Bel Trew about the ‘unimaginable’ riches driving thousands to fight, while raising tensions at home. Independent

Sanders, Warren, and Wyden Slam Assange Indictment, a Renegade Use of the Espionage Act to Criminalize Journalism.  Intercept  

Medical Opinion, Torture and Julian Assange.  CounterPunch  

Why the Trump campaign won’t pay police bills. ... Ten city governments from Arizona to Pennsylvania say the president’s political committee has stiffed them out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.  Public Integrity

The Guardian view on the rise of Christian-nativist populists: a troubling sign of things to come. ... Over the holiday period the Guardian’s leader column examines the challenges of the future by fathoming out the present. Today we look at the struggle for the soul of Christianity. The Guardian  

Buddhism is more Western than you think.
Robert Wright does a review of Adam Gopnik’s review (in the New Yorker) of Wright’s book “Why Buddhism Is True.” The whole piece is very clearly written and worth reading, and I want to pass on a few clips:  
Deric's Mindblog  

The United States of Impeachment. ... Trump's Real Sin: 'Hijacking' the Establishment's (Failed) Foreign Policy.  AntiWar  

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DECEMBER 26, 2019

The insider: How national security mandarins groomed Pete Buttigieg and managed his future. ... Pledging to “end endless wars,” Pete Buttigieg claims he has “never been part of the Washington establishment.” But years before he was known as Mayor Pete, an influential DC network of military interventionists placed him on an inside track to power.  Gray Zone  

The Lessons of the Afghanistan Papers. ... Americans need leaders who can tell them how and when they will decide to pull the plug.  The Atlantic  

ECONOMICS

Nearly half of American families have no retirement savings. Yet instead of expanding Social Security, Mitch and his Murder Inc. squad want to slash Social Security and Medicare spending to pay for their tax cuts

Trump's holiday menu: handouts for billionaires, hunger for the poor. ... Republicans defend cuts to food stamps by saying that keeping people hungry will make them work harder. But we know this is just about cruelty.  The Guardian  

Capitalism’s Consigliere: McKinsey’s Work for Insurance Companies, ICE, Drug Manufacturers, and Despots. ... The powerful global consulting firm McKinsey and Company is facing scrutiny over its work for a wide range of shady governments and companies. Intercept  

Despised Private Prison Companies Rebrand as Prison Real Estate Companies.  TruthOut  

Democrats Cave in Secret Budget Deal with Trump.  CounterPunch/Nader  

Robert Reich: Trump Has One Glaring Weakness.  TruthDig/Reich  

Trump Touts Weak Trade Deals That Likely Won’t Benefit US Workers.  TruthOut

Giants: The Global Power Elite Attend 2019 Bilderberg Group Meetings. Project Censored

Infographic: The AI Economy. ... The AI economy is exploding. Check out the infographic below to see just how big it already is and where it’s going next.  A New Domain  

Evo Morales Tells Glenn Greenwald What Led To The Coup (TMBS 119). YouTube  

Greenhouse Gas Emissions and the Right to Dump Sewage on Your Lawn.  CounterPunch  

Kellyanne Conway's husband and other Republicans launch a project dedicated to defeating Trump in 2020.  Business Insider  

UK Police Snowden Probe Declared "Inactive"  R J Gallagher  

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