#WTFWarner: Sen. Mark Warner is voting to confirm (fmr.) Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson?

Mark Warner — the Democratic senator from Virginia that wasn’t Hillary Clinton’s running mate — is going to vote to confirm (now, former) Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson to be secretary of state today (Wednesday).

Tillerson has only ever worked at Exxon, one of the largest oil and gas companies in the world, which, BTW, totally knew that climate change was a thing in the 1970s but did everything it could to confuse the public about the reality of the impacts of increased CO2 emissions.*

Allow me to state that again in slightly different terms:

Mark Warner (D!!!) is voting to install a man as head of the state department who has known for many, many years that the better his company does, the more desperately poor, unlucky people will become homeless, destitute and, with absolutely no hyperbole, die.

If you disagree with that analysis, that’s fine with me. We’re obviously dealing with a separate set of facts,

Warner, on the other hand, has somewhat of a history of endorsing this expert-driven, peer-reviewed, globalist conspiracy of >97 percent of the world’s climate scientists. So, either he’s been lying to his constituents about what he believes (politicians will say anything…), or he has something to gain personally from confirming Tillerson — something worth dangerously jeopardizing his and our children’s future…

Here’s what Warner has said about climate change:

According to The Hill, in a July 2014 debate against Republican candidate Ed Gillespie, he said this:

“My opponent has never been willing to acknowledge the science around climate change, and that man has an effect on it. I’d love to take my opponent to Norfolk where seas are rising so much that the Navy is spending tens of millions a year just to raise the barriers.”

Here he is endorsing Obama’s Clean Power Plan:

He has an 86-percent rating with the League of Conservation Voters. Clean Water Action gave his 2015–2016 record a 75 percent.

Here’s Rex Tillerson’s record on climate issues:

In an April 2015 interview with the AP he said:

We are in the depletion business. There will come a time when all the resources that are supplying the world’s economies today are going to go in decline. This will be what’s needed next. If we start today it’ll take 20, 30, 40 years for those to come on.

Via Buzzfeed:

“I agree with the consensus view that combustion of fossil fuels is a leading cause for increased concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere,” [Tillerson] wrote to Cardin. “I understand these gases to be a factor in rising temperature, but I do not believe the scientific consensus supports their characterization as the ‘key’ factor.”

In reality, the 2013 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report that synthesized thousands of climate studies to examine the physics behind a warming atmosphere concluded that increased carbon dioxide, a byproduct of burning coal, oil and natural gas, caused the “largest contribution” to global warming, followed by other greenhouse gases that are likewise emitted by human industry.

Here is the NRDC’s argument against Tillerson.

On Tuesday, the Virginia chapter of the Sierra Club condemned Warner’s expected yes vote:

Rex Tillerson is an unacceptable candidate for Secretary of State. While CEO of Exxon, he knowingly covered up the reality of climate change, showing his willingness to put his company’s profits over people’s health and safety.

So what has Warner said to explain his odd infatuation with this man, whose parents literally named him after a prehistoric man-eating monster?

“Climate change is a problem, but not a big OOOOOOONNNNEEEEEE!!!” — [T] Rex Tillerson (probably)

From WaPo:

“There are clearly going to be some Trump nominees that give me pause, but there are some I’m going to be supporting,” Warner said in an interview on Capitol Hill Tuesday. “I argued strenuously, both as a governor and under President Obama, that you give the president, or the governor, the chance to put his team in place.”

Warner said he’s opposed to Trump picks Betsy Devos and Steve Mnuchin.

Here he is on Devos:

Access to a quality public education is key to ensuring every child has a fair shot, and the Secretary of Education’s role in safeguarding students’ civil rights and safety cannot be understated. Ms. DeVos has not demonstrated that she appreciates the scope of these responsibilities, or that she is prepared to effectively fulfill them. For these reasons, I will not be supporting her nomination to be Secretary of Education.

On Mnuchin:

Throughout the confirmation process, Mr. Mnuchin has failed to adequately demonstrate that he will be a forceful advocate for innovative policies that will make the U.S. economy work better for the majority of Americans.

How he came to the conclusion that the CEO of a fossil fuel company would be one to “appreciate the scope” of climate change or “be a forceful advocate for innovative [clean energy] policies” he has yet to explain.

And he owes that to the people who elected and reelected him in 2008 and 2014. #WTFWarner???

Top donors to Sen. Mark Warner (via VPAP). Dominion is Virginia’s largest carbon emitter.

What have Warner’s constituents said to him about Tillerson?

From WaPo:

“They need to do anything they can to defeat or delay the seating of Senator Sessions, Mr. Tillerson and Mr. Price,” said Maggie Godbold, 62, a retiree and Democratic activist from Fairfax County, Va., who helped organize the protest at Warner’s office, one of 200 across the country Tuesday. “They’re unqualified.”

https://www.facebook.com/events/1844253852486534/

“We need Democrats who are willing to stand up and fight for the people, not give concessions to Trump. VA deserves more and we’re going to fight one way or another.”

https://twitter.com/khaldrugo/status/826612486275268609

Oh, and they were pretty pissed that he helped prevent a filibuster of the vote for Tillerson altogether on Tuesday…


I, by no means, want to appear to be telling activists and organizers what to do… but if they want to remake the Democratic Party (or Congress, more broadly), Warner is up for re-election again in 2020…


*You can read Inside Climate News’ reports on Exxon’s early knowledge of climate change, which got them nominated for a Pulitzer, HERE.

“I mean what the F*** dude” pic: New America

Cmnd+F: 1/27/2017 [A.M.]

This week was overwhelming. Here’s what you need to know for Jan. 27, 2017

Trump/cabinet/related

https://ifttt.com/propublica
https://ifttt.com/propublica

This really felt surreal and dangerous:

DAVID MUIR: … concerned — are you at all concerned it’s going to cause more anger among Muslims …

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Anger?

DAVID MUIR: … the world?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: There’s plenty of anger right now. How can you have more?

DAVID MUIR: You don’t think it’ll …

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Look, David …

DAVID MUIR: … exacerbate the problem?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: … David, I mean, I know you’re a sophisticated guy. The world is a mess. The world is as angry as it gets. What? You think this is gonna cause a little more anger? The world is an angry place. All of this has happened. We went into Iraq. We shouldn’t have gone into Iraq. We shouldn’t have gotten out the way we got out.

The world is a total mess. Take a look at what’s happening with Aleppo. Take a look what’s happening in Mosul. Take a look what’s going on in the Middle East. And people are fleeing and they’re going into Europe and all over the place. The world is a mess, David.

DAVID MUIR: You brought up Iraq and something you said that could affect American troops in recent days. You said, “We should’ve kept the oil but okay maybe we’ll have another chance.” What did you mean by that?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, we should’ve kept the oil when we got out. And, you know, it’s very interesting, had we taken the oil, you wouldn’t have ISIS because they fuel themselves with the oil. That’s where they got the money. They got the money from leaving — when we left, we left Iraq, which wasn’t a government. It’s not a government now.

And by the way, and I said something else, if we go in and do this. You have two nations, Iraq and Iran. And they were essentially the same military strength. And they’d fight for decades and decades. They’d fight forever. And they’d keep fighting and it would go — it was just a way of life. We got in, we decapitated one of those nations, Iraq. I said, “Iran is taking over Iraq.” That’s essentially what happened.

DAVID MUIR: So, you believe we can go in and take the oil.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: We should have taken the oil. You wouldn’t have ISIS if we took the oil. Now I wasn’t talking about it from the standpoint of ISIS because the way we got out was horrible. We created a vacuum and ISIS formed. But had we taken the oil something else would’ve very good happened. They would not have been able to fuel their rather unbelievable drive to destroy large portions of the world.

DAVID MUIR: You’ve heard the critics who say that would break all international law, taking the oil. But I wanna get to the words …

(OVERTALK)

DAVID MUIR: … that you …

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Wait, wait, can you believe that? Who are the critics who say that? Fools.

https://ifttt.com/propublica

Using data from the Cooperative Congressional Election Study, which interviews tens of thousands of people every election year, the ODU study concluded that, at most, “maybe 14 percent of non-citizens engaged in some type of voting behavior,” Richman said.

Repeat: That’s not 14 percent of all voters. That’s 14 percent of all non-citizens.

“And keep in mind that non-citizens are a fraction of the total U.S. population,” Richman said, around 20 million adults. “So they maybe make up, at the very, very high end, 1 percent of an electorate.”


Note: The measures Trump has taken, and the responses to them, over the last week are not included in this post. I’m working on a separate post to cover that.


Climate Change

https://ifttt.com/propublica
https://ifttt.com/propublica

https://ifttt.com/propublica

With a capacity of 20 MW/80 MWh, the project can hold enough energy to power more than 2,500 households for a day, but that’s not really what Southern California Edison is using it for on its grid covering 15 million people.

Instead, the system will charge using electricity from the grid during off-peak hours, when demand is low, and then deliver electricity during peak hours to help maintain the reliability and lower SCE’s dependence on natural gas peaker plants.

On (the) Media

https://ifttt.com/propublica

“We are not the opposition,’’ Stephen Engelberg, editor in chief of the nonprofit news organization ProPublica, wrote in an email. “We are part of an essential function in any democracy.” He added that ProPublica had no intention of “shutting up in response to this or any other president’s demand.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kv5LkYH07tIhttps://ifttt.com/propublica

The White House seemed to be using the same tactics the Chinese government routinely uses against the foreign press corps: Make false claims to support an alternative narrative. When challenged, threaten reporters — and then try to delegitimize them.

Like the new White House, the Chinese government has tried over the years to convince citizens not to believe their own eyes. For instance, when smog enveloped Chinese cities, the government would insist it was really just fog. This tactic grew increasingly absurd as air reached staggeringly toxic levels and people faced post-apocalyptic scenes that no propaganda campaign could overcome.

https://ifttt.com/propublica
https://ifttt.com/propublica

“What does an assessment mean? It’s not a national intelligence estimate. If you had a real estimate, you would have five or six dissents. One time they said 17 agencies all agreed. Oh really? The Coast Guard and the Air Force — they all agreed on it? And it was outrageous and nobody did that story. An assessment is simply an opinion. If they had a fact, they’d give it to you. An assessment is just that. It’s a belief. And they’ve done it many times.”

On Resistance

This is a new section dedicated to important and interesting perspectives on protest and resistance.

https://ifttt.com/propublica

Through this perspective, we might view today’s blac bloc activists not as cynical, nihilistic criminals, but as deeply concerned, yet seemingly powerless, citizens whose love of their fellow man surpasses their reverence for property rights and/or the law in general (the reality is really only known to the protesters themselves).

That might sound totally ridiculous, but it’s exactly how we talk about the Boston Tea Party and other insurrections against our previous colonial ruler.

https://ifttt.com/propublica

What makes me the enemy, you may ask? In their mind it’s very simple: if you’re not among the victims, you’re among the culprits. In your case, you’re that modern bogeyman called the liberal urbanite hipster who thinks all cultures and religions are valid and equally worthy, who thinks of the working-class disparagingly. You are, in short, ‘a citizen of nowhere’ whose utopia is a massive, world-wide kumbaya with carrot chips, no church, and no soul either.

https://ifttt.com/propublica

It may surprise you to learn that most of the time those who break windows or get into scuffles with the police at these kind of things are not the equivalent of human non sequiturs but highly committed and rational individuals, who–right or wrong–choose their actions after careful deliberation and in sharp awareness of the personal risk they run. Although you may not immediately see it, there is no small amount of strategic thought behind such tactics…

Civil disobedience, like blocking a port, can incur costs in the millions of dollars, while other actions widely accepted as ‘non-violent’ like pouring fake blood over draft cards or mortgage records can amount to incredibly costly direct property destruction. Breaking cheap windows may look scarier to some, but appearing intimidating is hardly an atrocity.

https://twitter.com/babycommie666/status/824470856004833280

Other

https://ifttt.com/propublica

If Christians refuse to help and actually use their political advocacy and opinions to further hurt refugees, immigrants, women, foreigners, minorities, the poor, the oppressed, the persecuted, the sick, the LGBTQ community — and aren’t abiding by the golden rule of loving their neighbors as themselves, then who exactly are Christians supposedly loving?

What benefit are Christians providing their communities, and what good are they contributing to the world around them? Because in America, it appears that the sole purpose of Christianity is to selfishly protect people’s own self-interests instead of sacrificially serving others.

The election of President Donald Trump has proven that numerous Christians are more worried about power, influence, and control than the gospel messages of humility, generosity, ministering to others, and love.

Cmnd+F: Inauguration Day -1

Everything worth reading for Jan. 19, 2017.

Inauguration Protests

https://www.poynter.org/2017/covering-the-inauguration-a-resource-guide/445748/
https://www.poynter.org/2017/covering-the-inauguration-a-resource-guide/445748/
https://www.poynter.org/2017/covering-the-inauguration-a-resource-guide/445748/
https://www.poynter.org/2017/covering-the-inauguration-a-resource-guide/445748/

“There’s an opportunity here for education and awareness building through the march,” Lake says. “Yes, it is going to be messy. It is going to be all these positions that aren’t the same, but what’s wonderful is that all these conversations are happening and it’s making people think. Just because things are challenging doesn’t mean it’s bad.”

And that’s exactly the point. The march has become momentous both because of the number of people attending who have been steeped in the fight for justice on multiple fronts and for the groundswell of people who have never been politically active at all, for whom just the act of showing up to a protest is, well, uncomfortable.

https://www.poynter.org/2017/covering-the-inauguration-a-resource-guide/445748/

“Being able to attend the march is a privilege, and if you are unable to march that likely means that you will be one of the people hit hardest under the Trump regime.”

https://www.poynter.org/2017/covering-the-inauguration-a-resource-guide/445748/
https://www.poynter.org/2017/covering-the-inauguration-a-resource-guide/445748/

Trump/Cabinet Hearings


https://www.poynter.org/2017/covering-the-inauguration-a-resource-guide/445748/

The whole thing has been a vanity show from the second he ran to the Republican Convention. I think we can expect to see the same on Inauguration Day. He’s been unable to find a clean division between his own emotional needs and his own insecurities and simply being a healthy, strategically committed leader who wants to parse through good policy options and a wide series of public statements about the direction in which he’ll take the country

But one thing I think that we have overlooked as we see Trump trying to delegitimize others is what I suspect is a feeling he has inside that nothing he’s ever achieved himself has ever been legitimate. This is a person who has never known whether anybody wants to be around him because he’s a person they want to be around or they want to be around his money. And since he’s promoted himself as this glamorous, incredibly wealthy person, that’s the draw he’s always given. So he doesn’t know if he has any legitimate relationships outside of his family, and that’s why he emphasizes family. … He’s always kind of gaming the system — not, in my view, winning on the merits. And even his election was with almost 3 million fewer votes than his opponent. So he has this deep fear that he is himself not a legitimate president, and I think that’s why he goes to such great lengths to delegitimize even the intelligence community, which is the president’s key resource in security, and he’s going to do this demeaning and delegitimizing behavior rather than accept what they have to tell him.

The cabinet appointments seem to me to be people who have been successful in some realm, so he takes that as proof of their abilities. But he’s also looking for people that will be in conflict with everyone in that department. Down the line, it’s the same kind of sowing-conflict mode that he’s used throughout his career of setting people against each other so that they’re not going to be loyal to each other and they’re going to be loyal to him.

https://www.poynter.org/2017/covering-the-inauguration-a-resource-guide/445748/

At the end of the day, there is going to be an education secretary, and that person is going to be a member of Trump’s administration. It’s in the Republican Party’s interest, more than anyone else, that that person be an effective member of the team. Shielding DeVos’s flaws from public scrutiny by scheduling an unusually brief hearing with limited questions at an odd time works well if your goal is to spare her embarrassment.

Climate Change

https://www.poynter.org/2017/covering-the-inauguration-a-resource-guide/445748/

At the center of all this is Standing Rock and Black Lives Matter, symbols and anchors of intersectionality and community power. Environmental and climate justice have always operated at that intersection of racial, social, gender and economic justice…

https://www.poynter.org/2017/covering-the-inauguration-a-resource-guide/445748/


https://www.poynter.org/2017/covering-the-inauguration-a-resource-guide/445748/

On (the) Media

https://www.poynter.org/2017/covering-the-inauguration-a-resource-guide/445748/

The Post‘s announcement says he’ll be looking at the “remarkable reversal of fortune” in which “the nation’s largest cities have become magnets for money, innovation and young professionals, while its small towns and farms have become poorer, older, sicker and more resentful of urban elites.”

“Blowing stuff up isn’t hard. Crapping on the republic isn’t hard. Bullying reporters: not hard. These things don’t take genius. Come on.”

https://www.poynter.org/2017/covering-the-inauguration-a-resource-guide/445748/

Another myth is that Trump’s victory represented some sort of catastrophic failure for the polls. Trump outperformed his national polls by only 1 to 2 percentage points in losing the popular vote to Clinton, making them slightly closer to the mark than they were in 2012. Meanwhile, he beat his polls by only 2 to 3 percentage points in the average swing state… the result was not some sort of massive outlier; on the contrary, the polls were pretty much as accurate as they’d been, on average, since 1968…

… there are real shortcomings in how American politics are covered, including pervasive groupthink among media elites, an unhealthy obsession with the insider’s view of politics, a lack of analytical rigor, a failure to appreciate uncertainty, a sluggishness to self-correct when new evidence contradicts pre-existing beliefs, and a narrow viewpoint that lacks perspective from the longer arc of American history….

White voters without college degrees, by far Trump’s strongest demographic group, were disproportionately concentrated in swing states, while Clinton’s coalition of minorities and college-educated whites (but with declining turnout among black voters) produced huge gains for her in states such as California and Texas without winning her any additional electoral votes.

https://www.poynter.org/2017/covering-the-inauguration-a-resource-guide/445748/
https://www.poynter.org/2017/covering-the-inauguration-a-resource-guide/445748/
https://www.poynter.org/2017/covering-the-inauguration-a-resource-guide/445748/
https://youtu.be/VZl37py_rOQ?t=5m46s

“we are greatly, greatly supportive of national treasures such as Julian Assange, Edward Snowden, and Peyton Manning. And we really support their efforts to really get the truth out there.”

https://www.poynter.org/2017/covering-the-inauguration-a-resource-guide/445748/

Americans who said they voted for Clinton reported a more diverse array of news sources than Americans who said they voted for Trump, with no one news source named by more than one in five self-identified Clinton voters. About 18 percent of Clinton voters said they relied on CNN as their main source of election news; other sources, like The New York Times and MSNBC, hovered between 5 and 9 percent.

Eight percent of Trump voters relied on CNN for their main election news, according to the survey results.

All in all, most respondents said they relied on television news as their main source of election news. About the same percentage of Trump and Clinton voters relied on news sources like CBS and NBC News, as well as local television stations.

Other

https://www.poynter.org/2017/covering-the-inauguration-a-resource-guide/445748/

“Wednesday’s incidents came just over a week after 16 Jewish institutions across several eastern states received similar threats. The calls were said to be prerecorded in some cases and live in others, with the caller using voice disguising technology, and likely came from a single source.”

https://www.poynter.org/2017/covering-the-inauguration-a-resource-guide/445748/

North Dakota Guard spokesman William Prokopyk told The Daily Beast that the Avenger’s missile tubes aren’t loaded. “These systems have observation capabilities and are used strictly in the observation role to protect private property and public safety,” Prokopyk said.

https://www.poynter.org/2017/covering-the-inauguration-a-resource-guide/445748/

I think that we can’t say “This school is not good enough for my child” and then sustain that system. I think that that’s just morally wrong. If it’s not good enough for my child, then why are we putting any children in those schools?

Cmnd+F: Inauguration Day -2

Everything worth reading (and watching)(and listening to) for Jan. 18 2017

Inauguration Protests

https://twitter.com/fcarltonbigbuck/status/821874630617075712http://www.disruptj20.org/get-organized/events/
http://www.disruptj20.org/get-organized/events/

Trump/Cabinet Hearings

http://www.disruptj20.org/get-organized/events/

While Democrats slammed him for suing the agency more than a dozen times as attorney general, Republicans worked to cast those lawsuits as a counterweight to federal overreach, and Pruitt was receptive to their framing.

“Your goal is not to do away with regulation, your goal is to make it such that the EPA follows their regulatory authority,” Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.) said.

“The idea that her own mother’s foundation would accidentally list her as a vice president for years as result of a clerical error is just not believable. The Democrats should go to town on this obvious attempt to mislead the Senate. This alone should disqualify DeVos, though there is a vast ocean of other reasons they could fish from.”

https://wapo.st/2iAbgoWhttp://www.disruptj20.org/get-organized/events/

Her financial disclosure notes that she will receive a “cash payout for my deferred stock compensation” upon confirmation as Secretary of Transportation. The document discloses that the payments will continue throughout her time in government, if she is confirmed. The payouts will begin in July 2017 and continue yearly through 2021.

http://www.disruptj20.org/get-organized/events/

Her hands visibly shaking as she held a copy of her statement, Zervos said she had “no alternative” but to sue Trump to vindicate her reputation. The lawsuit seems designed to either force Trump into a confession or into giving potentially embarrassing or incriminating testimony in court. Both Zervos and Allred said the lawsuit would be dropped if Trump retracted his statements calling the women who accused him of assault and misconduct “liars.”

… She did note, however, that Allred and Zervos would be attending the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday to protest Trump’s Friday inauguration and that “other accusers” would “be there marching with us.”

http://www.disruptj20.org/get-organized/events/


… white Americans are five times more likely than black Americans to say they didn’t vote simply because they “did not like candidates or campaign issues”. Meanwhile, black voters are more likely than white voters to cite obstacles to voting, such as “inconvenient polling place” or “transportation problems”…

Answers like “too busy” are also more likely to be chosen by non-white voters who are questioned by the census, a fact which is often met with an eye-roll as being an “excuse”. But people of color are more likely than white people to live in single-parent households and are more likely to work in roles with less pay and less job security. For many of those voters, heading to a polling station for a few hours on a Tuesday is particularly difficult.

Climate Change

His findings show that if human-induced climate change was not part of the equation, the amount of warming in 2016 would have less than one-in-a-million odds of occurring.

“One could argue that about 75 percent of the warmth was due to human impact,” Dr. Mann said.

(^Peep the byline. My college roommate is kicking ass)

On (the) Media

http://www.disruptj20.org/get-organized/events/

44:15: I like the stories about people who are dismissed as monsters… ‘Trump’s a monster,’ well great we don’t need to wrestle with, ‘uh oh. he’s not a monster. He’s in this human family with us.’ I’m not normalizing him, I’m acknowledging the fact that… if Trump is human, what’s wrong with you? What’s wrong with the human condition?

48:45: When I was in the midst of that crowd, there’s no way I would’ve said I was a journalist… No question, I know I would’ve gotten clocked. I was standing around with people that were talking about how much they would like to get their hands on a CNN reporter…

They were just clearly religious events… talk about press failure. Every one of those rallies started with a preacher. Did you ever see that covered?…

And the preacher at the Youngstown [Trump rally] — the first one I went to — I know the religious right, this guy was hard right… And the people around me weren’t real churchgoers. We don’t understand this, but [there are] lots of people who aren’t actually religious, but they like the idea of it. This, by the way is Putin’s Russia too…

Many, many of the rallies would begin with a black preacher… This was a smart move right? This was inoculating the white crowd from the idea that they’re racist: ‘I really like that black preacher up there!’ right?…

53:49: We’ve just experienced a radical, profound failure of comprehension. Youd on’t fix that with hard news. You fix that with stories.

http://www.disruptj20.org/get-organized/events/

I’m watching this later tonight. It looks REALLY good.

Other

http://www.disruptj20.org/get-organized/events/

It is very difficult to argue, in light of all that has happened in the three years since the Snowden revelations, that there was no public interest in what he did. Numerous lawyers, judges, legislators, nonprofit organizations and academics have demonstrated the contrary. Even Eric H. Holder Jr., the former attorney general, acknowledged last year, “We can certainly argue about the way in which Snowden did what he did, but I think that he actually performed a public service by raising the debate that we engaged in and by the changes that we made.”

http://www.disruptj20.org/get-organized/events/

“No young man should spend four months in jail for stealing a candy bar and soda,” Roxanne Adams, the aunt of Jamycheal Mitchell, said during a news conference at the General Assembly Building. “The mentally ill should be in treatment centers, not jails.”

Mitchell lost 46 pounds over 101 days at Hampton Roads Regional Jail after allegedly stealing $5 in snacks from a convenience store. He died Aug. 19, 2015 of extreme weight loss and heart problems.


Cmnd+F: 1/6/2017

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Trump and Related

https://www.yahoo.com/news/u-intel-report-says-putin-directed-cyber-campaign-211116712.html

The elaborate campaign included, according to the report:*Covert operations such as “cyber activity” and overt operations through state-funded media and “paid social media users or ‘trolls’.”*Russian military intelligence relaying material to media outlets *And gaining access to “elements of multiple US state or local electoral boards” although it was clear to say those systems were “not involved in vote tallying.”

https://www.yahoo.com/news/u-intel-report-says-putin-directed-cyber-campaign-211116712.html

Climate Change

https://www.yahoo.com/news/u-intel-report-says-putin-directed-cyber-campaign-211116712.html

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced today that it had denied applications from six companies seeking to do seismic airgun blasting along the coast, including off Virginia.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/u-intel-report-says-putin-directed-cyber-campaign-211116712.html

“Those who believe that we are talking about the Grand Canyon and the Catskills, but not Harlem and Watts are wrong.”

For decades, environmentalism and what we now call environmental justice were deeply intertwined. Care for the earth and for vulnerable human communities belonged together. Empowering workers, protecting public health, and preserving landscapes were part of a single effort. Maybe it’s time to reclaim that older environmental movement, and see that it was an environmental-justice movement all along.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/u-intel-report-says-putin-directed-cyber-campaign-211116712.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/u-intel-report-says-putin-directed-cyber-campaign-211116712.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/u-intel-report-says-putin-directed-cyber-campaign-211116712.html

Virginia Politics

2017 is gonna be lit

https://www.yahoo.com/news/u-intel-report-says-putin-directed-cyber-campaign-211116712.html

Danica Roem, a journalist for the Montgomery County Sentinel and a lifelong resident of Manassas, Va., has announced she will run as a Democrat against longtime Republican Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas, Manassas Park, Bull Run), who is known best for his socially conservative views, including his vehement opposition to LGBT rights

https://www.yahoo.com/news/u-intel-report-says-putin-directed-cyber-campaign-211116712.html

Obviously, Perriello’s anti-abortion vote does not disqualify him from Virginia’s Democratic gubernatorial primary. It does, however, call into question the lazy narrative that Perriello represents a progressive challenge to Northam’s centrist disposition. Northam is a liberal with a strong track record on gun safety and reproductive health, two core tenets of the contemporary Democratic Party. Perriello’s voting record suggests he is a blue dog Democrat who deviates sharply from the party line on gun control and abortion rights. If the Perriello of 2017 wants to run as a proud progressive, that’s his prerogative. But he owes it to voters to explain why he deserves to be seen as a liberal champion for Virginia.

Virginia Sierra Club is organizing a social media ‘thunderclap’ to oppose Scott Pruitt’s nomination to head the EPA on Jan. 17:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/u-intel-report-says-putin-directed-cyber-campaign-211116712.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/u-intel-report-says-putin-directed-cyber-campaign-211116712.html

On (the) Media

https://www.yahoo.com/news/u-intel-report-says-putin-directed-cyber-campaign-211116712.html

Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough is cozying up to Trump, the network is literally paying Trump through Celebrity Apprentice, and MSNBC is reportedly in talks to hire Greta Van Susteren, a longtime Fox News host with a history of treating Trump with kid gloves. And now Megyn Kelly, who famously buried the hatchet with Trump by lobbing him a softball interview and then withheld information about him until after the election, is also going to work for NBC.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/u-intel-report-says-putin-directed-cyber-campaign-211116712.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/u-intel-report-says-putin-directed-cyber-campaign-211116712.html

Other

https://www.yahoo.com/news/u-intel-report-says-putin-directed-cyber-campaign-211116712.html

Perry’s hypothesis for the disconnect is that much of the population, especially that rising portion with no clear memories of the first Cold War, is suffering from a deficit of comprehension. Even a single nuclear explosion in a major city would represent an abrupt and possibly irreversible turn in modern life, upending the global economy, forcing every open society to suspend traditional liberties and remake itself into a security state. “The political, economic and social consequences are beyond what people understand,” Perry says. And yet many people place this scenario in roughly the same category as the meteor strike that supposedly wiped out the dinosaurs — frightening, to be sure, but something of an abstraction…

“I am not suggesting that this Cold War and this arms race is identical to the old one,” Perry added. “But in many ways, it is just as bad, just as dangerous. And totally unnecessary.”

https://www.yahoo.com/news/u-intel-report-says-putin-directed-cyber-campaign-211116712.html


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Cmnd F: 1/3/2017

Everything worth reading from Jan. 3, 2017

Trump and Related

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/king-not-opposing-trump-fierceness-deserves-article-1.2931856

South Korea should be our role model. For months on end, in fierce opposition to corruption with their President, millions of people filled the streets in protest. At first, what it would accomplish was not clear, but the people knew that corruption necessitates opposition. As the opposition grew and grew and grew, it gripped the nation and eventually broke the back of the administration, causing the ouster of their President.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/king-not-opposing-trump-fierceness-deserves-article-1.2931856

“With a record number of people selecting plans for Jan. 1, Americans are once again proving that HealthCare.gov coverage is vital to them and their families,” said Wakana, referring to the federally run Obamacare exchange that sells health coverage in 39 states.

About 6.4 million people signed up for individual health plans on that exchange in time for coverage that kicked in on New Year’s Day. That was 400,000 people more than had signed up during the same time period in the last open enrollment season.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/king-not-opposing-trump-fierceness-deserves-article-1.2931856

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/king-not-opposing-trump-fierceness-deserves-article-1.2931856

[T]here’s one realm in which Perry will have plenty of preparation: doling out taxpayer money in the form of government grants to the energy industry.

What often gets lost in all the talk of the Texas job boom under Perry is how much economic development strategy was driven by direct subsidies to employers who promised to relocate to the state or create jobs there. Of course, many states have for years engaged in the game of luring companies with tax incentives. But by the count of a2012 New York Times investigation, Texas under Perry vaulted to the top, giving out $19 billion in incentives per year, more than any other state.

Climate Change

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/king-not-opposing-trump-fierceness-deserves-article-1.2931856
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/king-not-opposing-trump-fierceness-deserves-article-1.2931856

There’s a reason the U.S. military cares so much about climate change. Not only will climate change drive wars in the future, it will affect some of their own installations. Naval Air Station Key West, for example, will lose 70 to 95 percent of its land to the ocean by 2100, and as much as 45 percent of its land will be inundated by 2050.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/king-not-opposing-trump-fierceness-deserves-article-1.2931856

On (the) Media

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/king-not-opposing-trump-fierceness-deserves-article-1.2931856

The one thing Fox insiders are in agreement on is that whoever replaces Kelly will be a pro-Trump conservative. In the wake of Ailes’s ouster, some media observers speculated that 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch wanted to reposition Fox to the center, bringing it more in line with his moderate political views. But the selection of a pro-Trump host to fill Kelly’s slot would suggest that Fox is instead doubling down on its right-wing politics and planning to align itself with the new administration…

If Fox News’ politics ultimately solidify as more pro-Trump than they were during the campaign, that might be to the benefit of Murdoch’s business interests. According to a well-placed source, Trump has asked Murdoch to submit names for FCC Chairman. Murdoch, another source said, also wants conditions put on the AT&T-Time Warner merger, and he could lobby Trump to make that happen.

Activism

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/king-not-opposing-trump-fierceness-deserves-article-1.2931856

“As a matter of conscience and conviction, we can neither be mute nor mumble our opposition to Sen. Jefferson Beauregard Sessions becoming attorney general of the United States,” Brooks said in a statement. “Sen. Sessions has callously ignored the reality of voter suppression but zealously prosecuted innocent civil rights leaders on trumped-up charges of voter fraud. As an opponent of the vote, he can’t be trusted to be the chief law enforcement officer for voting rights.”

Other

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/king-not-opposing-trump-fierceness-deserves-article-1.2931856

[T]he midterms will offer the first nationwide referendum on Donald Trump’s presidency. The whole House of Representatives, a third of the Senate, and most governorships will be at stake, along with hundreds of state legislative seats and local offices around the country. The better Democratic candidates perform, the more strength they’ll have to block legislation or nominees they don’t like in Trump’s third and fourth years…

[I]n 36 states, the governor who will be in office for the next redistricting will be elected in 2017 or 2018. And in 31 states, half or more of state senators whose terms extend through the next redistricting will be elected in 2017 or 2018.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/king-not-opposing-trump-fierceness-deserves-article-1.2931856

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/king-not-opposing-trump-fierceness-deserves-article-1.2931856
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/king-not-opposing-trump-fierceness-deserves-article-1.2931856

(Interview starts at 32:30)


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Cmnd+F: 1/2/2017

The good stuff. Jan. 2, 2017

Climate Change

Want to Survive Climate Change? You’ll Need a Good Community

Just as the temperature of a heat wave, the height of a storm surge, or the thickness of a levee, it’s the strength of a neighborhood that determines who lives and who dies in a disaster. Building against climate change can either support vibrant neighborhood conditions or undermine them.

Want to Survive Climate Change? You’ll Need a Good Community


https://twitter.com/mattharding51/status/815631889914621952

Indeed, most worrisome is that climatologists have been expecting just this kind of “jump” in global temperatures for a while. There is “a vast and growing body of research,” that “humanity is about to experience a historically unprecedented spike in temperatures.” One 2015 study concluded that we could even see Arctic warming rise an alarming 1 degree Fahrenheit per decade by the 2020s.

On (the) Media

Want to Survive Climate Change? You’ll Need a Good Community

Mainstream commentators suggested Trump’s working-class supporters would eventually feel betrayed by their candidate’s sudden lurch towards plutocracy. But judging by my sample size, the news from the #swamp wasn’t even coming across their computer screens…

In that regard they’re no different from other partisans. But there is a distinction between wearing political blinders, as we all do, and actively embracing ludicrous untruths manufactured for the purpose of making money. The tragic irony of the new credulousness is that it badly exacerbates the tribalism and distrust that turned so many fake news adherents against “establishment” politicians and journalists in the first place.

Other

Want to Survive Climate Change? You’ll Need a Good Community

The waves of protests in Portland, Los Angeles, Oakland, New York, Chicago, and Washington, D.C., in the days after the election look less like spontaneous outrage and more like a preview of what the next four years may hold. Unlike the specific protests that emerged during the Obama Administration, the post-election demonstrations have been directed at the general state of American democracy.

Want to Survive Climate Change? You’ll Need a Good Community

No single factor “explains” American political history, but this basic divide — North vs. South, free vs. slave, democracy vs. racist regime — comes the closest. The idea that we should celebrate the losing side in this long battle not only dishonors the brave warriors who finally defeated the forces of bigotry; it undermines the victory itself. And it was a resounding, triumphant victory, in both the Civil War and a century later.

To put it bluntly: The Confederates were the bad guys, as were their Jim Crow descendants. They lost, and the country is immeasurably better for it.

Want to Survive Climate Change? You’ll Need a Good Community

“Gutting the independent ethics office is exactly the wrong way to start a new Congress,” said Chris Carson, spokesperson for League of Women Voters, in a statement. “This opens the door for special interest corruption just as the new Congress considers taxes and major infrastructure spending.”

Want to Survive Climate Change? You’ll Need a Good Community

Want to Survive Climate Change? You’ll Need a Good Community

“Those people nowadays who say they would have stood up against the Nazis — I believe they are sincere in meaning that, but believe me, most of them wouldn’t have.” After the rise of the Nazi party, “the whole country was as if under a kind of a spell,” she insists.

Cmnd+F: 12/20

you already know


Trump and Related

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-electoralcollege-idUSKBN1480FQ

At least four Democratic electors voted for someone other than Clinton, while two Republicans turned their backs on Trump.

With nearly all votes counted, Trump had clinched 304 electoral votes to Clinton’s 227, according to an Associated Press tally of the voting by 538 electors across the country.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-electoralcollege-idUSKBN1480FQ

The findings unambiguously debunk repeated statements by President-elect Donald J. Trump that millions of illegal voters backed his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. They also refute warnings by Republican governors in Maine and North Carolina that election results could not be trusted.

And they underscore what researchers and scholars have said for years: Fraud by voters casting ballots illegally is a minuscule problem, but a potent political weapon.

via GayRVA

via the Atlantic

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-electoralcollege-idUSKBN1480FQ

International

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-electoralcollege-idUSKBN1480FQ

“Don’t forget Aleppo! Don’t forget Syria!” the man can be heard screaming. “Until they are safe, you will not taste safety! Go back, go back, only death will take me from here. All those who have taken part in this cruelty will pay one by one!”

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-electoralcollege-idUSKBN1480FQ

Investigators said they suspect the driver of a truck that plowed into a crowd at a Berlin Christmas market, killing 12 people and injuring 48, did so in a deliberate terrorist attack, and Chancellor Angela Merkel said he may have been an asylum-seeker.

https://twitter.com/MazMHussain/status/810938709965152256https://twitter.com/MahirZeynalov/status/811051583026802688

Climate Change

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-electoralcollege-idUSKBN1480FQ

While climate change advocates often frame their message as a warning about the future of the planet, it might be more effective to speak about restoring the environment to its former glory. “Activists can use this research to more effectively market climate change science. We know that scientific evidence alone is often not an effective way to convince people,” says Baldwin. “Taking care to understand the audience and tailor the message to fit the audience is as important in science as it is in any other marketing domain.”

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-electoralcollege-idUSKBN1480FQ
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-electoralcollege-idUSKBN1480FQ

On (the) Media

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-electoralcollege-idUSKBN1480FQ

Mussolini’s success in Italy normalized Hitler’s success in the eyes of the American press who, in the late 1920s and early 1930s, routinely called him “the German Mussolini.” Given Mussolini’s positive press reception in that period, it was a good place from which to start. Hitler also had the advantage that his Nazi party enjoyed stunning leaps at the polls from the mid ‘20’s to early ‘30’s, going from a fringe party to winning a dominant share of parliamentary seats in free elections in 1932.

But the main way that the press defanged Hitler was by portraying him as something of a joke. He was a “nonsensical” screecher of “wild words” whose appearance, according to Newsweek, “suggests Charlie Chaplin.” His “countenance is a caricature.” He was as “voluble” as he was “insecure,” stated Cosmopolitan.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-electoralcollege-idUSKBN1480FQ

This is a great interview

Other

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-electoralcollege-idUSKBN1480FQ

The trail of painkillers leads to West Virginia’s southern coalfields, to places like Kermit, population 392. There, out-of-state drug companies shipped nearly 9 million highly addictive — and potentially lethal — hydrocodone pills over two years to a single pharmacy in the Mingo County town…

As the fatalities mounted — hydrocodone and oxycodone overdose deaths increased 67 percent in West Virginia between 2007 and 2012 — the drug shippers’ CEOs collected salaries and bonuses in the tens of millions of dollars. Their companies made billions. McKesson has grown into the fifth-largest corporation in America. The drug distributor’s CEO was the nation’s highest-paid executive in 2012, according to Forbes…

Between 2007 and 2012 — when McKesson, Cardinal Health and AmerisourceBergen collectively shipped 423 million pain pills to West Virginia, according to DEA data analyzed by the Gazette-Mail — the companies earned a combined $17 billion in net income.

Over the past four years, the CEOs of McKesson, Cardinal Health and AmerisourceBergen collectively received salaries and other compensation of more than $450 million.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-electoralcollege-idUSKBN1480FQ

The palpable delight that many boomers display when they ridicule millennials calls into question how they feel about their own children, but it also indicates that they long ago filed for divorce from the truth. Because the dopamine rush of mocking young people is so irresistible, no one bothers to actually investigate the veracity of the charges against the so called “snowflake generation.”

Anyone who has spent time teaching in the college classroom would relate to my testimony that the biggest problem of political participation among American youth is that it does not exist. Too many college students are apathetic — not only about politics, but about the arts, and history and culture in general.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-electoralcollege-idUSKBN1480FQ

No DC house venues have been shut down, but their inclusion on lists of “places to research” is alarming members of the local punk scene.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-electoralcollege-idUSKBN1480FQ

Command+F: 12/2

Only 30 more days until this merciless dumpster fire of a year is over…


What is Command+F???

Trump and Related

https://www.thenation.com/article/wilbur-ross-and-steve-mnuchin-profiteers-of-the-great-foreclosure-machine-go-to-washington/

Ross and Mnuchin were profiteers in a crisis that bore nearly all its misery on the backs of working people who suffered from the misfortune of acquiring a bad loan at the wrong time. But there’s a supreme irony here: The foreclosure crisis that these two moguls (and Trump himself) used as a moneymaking scheme may have handed Trump the election…

In an unusual deal with the FDIC, Mnuchin led an investment team that bought the predatory lender IndyMac, saddled with tens of thousands of failing mortgages, for $1.65 billion. The FDIC had a standard deal for buyers of crisis-era banks; they would cover all losses above the first 20 percent on loan defaults. Mnuchin, who became CEO of the lender, treated this as a money-printing machine: his bank, renamed OneWest, could foreclose on homeowners, harvest fees for appraisals and inspections and late payments, and get protected by a federal backstop. The FDIC lost $13 billion on IndyMac; Mnuchin and company made $3 billion in profits, most of that coming directly from the FDIC in loss-sharing costs.

https://www.thenation.com/article/wilbur-ross-and-steve-mnuchin-profiteers-of-the-great-foreclosure-machine-go-to-washington/

“I just wish that I had not voted,” said Colebrook, 59. “I have no faith in our government anymore at all. They all promise you the world at the end of a stick and take it away once they get in.”

It’s worth considering that many people who voted for Trump for economic reasons may become so disillusioned with the political system that they A) disengage, taking votes away from a future populist progressive candidate/movement like Bernie Sanders/Our Revolution, and B) turn to alternative means to affect the political system. That includes violence, terrorism and/or whatever we’re calling what the Bundys did.

In other words, the “I told you so”s won’t even register…

https://twitter.com/samueloakford/status/804059291078578178
https://www.thenation.com/article/wilbur-ross-and-steve-mnuchin-profiteers-of-the-great-foreclosure-machine-go-to-washington/

From the Internet Archives’ post:

On November 9th in America, we woke up to a new administration promising radical change. It was a firm reminder that institutions like ours, built for the long-term, need to design for change.

Climate

https://www.thenation.com/article/wilbur-ross-and-steve-mnuchin-profiteers-of-the-great-foreclosure-machine-go-to-washington/

In which the Rockefellers’, who started the company that became Exxon Mobil and whose wealth was made in the oil industry, take on Exxon Mobil’s funding of climate denial, etc.

https://www.thenation.com/article/wilbur-ross-and-steve-mnuchin-profiteers-of-the-great-foreclosure-machine-go-to-washington/

Why are the Treaties of Fort Laramie from 1851 and 1868, which gave the Sioux much larger territorial claims over the land in dispute with the pipeline’s construction, not being honored by the U.S. government?

Ablavsky: In the late 19th century, Congress diminished the boundaries of the Sioux Reservation established in the 1851 and 1868 treaties. Although this violation of the treaties occurred without tribal consent, unfortunately the Supreme Court’s 1903 decision in Lone Wolf v. Hitchcock allows Congress to abrogate Indian treaties unilaterally.

Other

https://www.thenation.com/article/wilbur-ross-and-steve-mnuchin-profiteers-of-the-great-foreclosure-machine-go-to-washington/
https://www.thenation.com/article/wilbur-ross-and-steve-mnuchin-profiteers-of-the-great-foreclosure-machine-go-to-washington/

For the next few months, my insatiable curiosity dragged me to conduct intense research. I learned many things: our history, our stories, our theories, our movements, and our ideas. It was inspiring.

The process taught me that I cannot just learn from digesting the narratives that our fed to us. I learned that I had to push back and dig a little deeper. I felt the deep and unrelenting sense that I couldn’t just look the other way all the time…

For the queer and trans community, this year could mark a major turning point. I worry that our future is uncertain. Now, we face something that could be more vicious and terrifying than almost anything we’ve had to fight together as a community. There will be attempts to divide us — to turn us against each other. There may be efforts to roll back legal protections that have helped us survive. There may be forces in government aimed at subjecting us to discrimination or worse. It is scary to think about.

Petition to commute Chelsea Manning

Command+F: 11/29

The/another ultimate daily reading list


Trump and Related

http://www.vox.com/2016/11/28/13772342/trump-tom-price-obamacare

It would replace the law with a plan that does more to benefit the young, healthy, and rich — and disadvantages the sick, old, and poor. Price’s plan provides significantly less help to those with preexisting conditions than other Republican proposals…

http://www.vox.com/2016/11/28/13772342/trump-tom-price-obamacare

[The Chinese-based Huajian Group] has made about 100,000 pairs of Ivanka Trump-branded shoes over the years, according to spokesman Liu Shiyuan.

In August it filled an order for 20,000 — just weeks after Trump accepted the Republican nomination, with a speech vowing to bring jobs back to the US…

Huajian’s shoes are a fraction of the more than 1,200 shipments of Trump-branded products that have flowed into the US from China and Hong Kong over the last decade, according to an examination of US import data by anti-Trump political action committee Our Principles PAC.…

Now, for the price of one Chinese worker, Huajian can hire five Ethiopians, Zhang told AFP.

http://www.vox.com/2016/11/28/13772342/trump-tom-price-obamacare
http://www.vox.com/2016/11/28/13772342/trump-tom-price-obamacare
http://www.vox.com/2016/11/28/13772342/trump-tom-price-obamacare

Climate

http://www.vox.com/2016/11/28/13772342/trump-tom-price-obamacare

In the worst-affected area, 67% of a 700km swath in the north of the reef lost its shallow-water corals over the past eight to nine months… According to government agencies, 22% of the reef was killed in one hit, as unusually warm waters bleached and killed the coral.

http://www.vox.com/2016/11/28/13772342/trump-tom-price-obamacare
http://www.vox.com/2016/11/28/13772342/trump-tom-price-obamacare

The fire has killed at least three people and injured at least 14 others, officials said Tuesday. The victims have not yet been identified.

The fire also forced employees at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies to evacuate, leaving behind more than 10,500 animals,

http://www.vox.com/2016/11/28/13772342/trump-tom-price-obamacare

Through October, Tennessee is also having its third-warmest year on record. That’s ensured the entire state is mired in drought with the epicenter in the southeast part of the state that’s currently ablaze.

Whether climate change will make fires more common in the region is an ongoing area of research. It’s unclear if the Southeast will become wetter or drier due to climate change and that will have a big influence on future wildfire activity.

The region is likely to keep warming, though, and that means that any future dry spells will be more likely to lead to drought, creating more fuel for fires to burn.

On (the) Media

http://www.vox.com/2016/11/28/13772342/trump-tom-price-obamacare

Newsroom employment at the nation’s 1,375 dailies could fall below 28,000, less than half of its high point in 1990. Further, current federal Bureau of Labor Statistics data projects continuing slides as long as the forecasting eye can see. Through 2024, newspaper reporter positions are projected to decline by 28% and editor jobs by 34%, from their 2014 level…

[N]umbers — ranging from 11% for Tronc to 15% for Gannett to 18% for The New York Times — signal the accelerating decline of the newspaper-based business…

Other

Bernie Sanders’ first in-depth interview since the election:

http://www.vox.com/2016/11/28/13772342/trump-tom-price-obamacare


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