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William Boardman | Saudis Try Hostage-Taking as Diplomacy
William Boardman, Reader Supported News
Boardman writes: "The Persian Gulf nation of Qatar has been held in a weird kind of hostage situation since June 5. That's when Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and a few other countries decided to try to isolate and manipulate Qatar by cutting diplomatic relations and imposing an embargo and something of a blockade."
Trump's Tape Blunder Risks Fresh Legal Jeopardy in Russia Probe
Jennifer Jacobs, Justin Sink, and Margaret Talev, Bloomberg
Excerpt: "President Donald Trump's admission that he never taped his conversations with ousted FBI Director James Comey risks exposing him to fresh legal jeopardy and weakens his credibility in the eyes of investigators probing ties between his associates and Russia."
Sanders to Headline 'Don't Take Our Health Care' Bus Tour
John Bowden, The Hill
Bowden writes: "Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will headline a MoveOn.org bus tour this weekend urging senators to oppose the Senate GOP healthcare plan, the progressive organization announced Thursday."
America's Long, Disturbing History of Black People Calling the Police and Ending Up Dead
Muna Mire, Fusion
Mire writes: "This past Sunday morning, Seattle police responded to a 911 call from 30-year-old Charleena Lyles reporting an attempted burglary at her home. Shortly after police entered her apartment, Lyles was dead - officers fatally shot her while three of her children were present."
Number of Refugees Admitted to US Drops by Nearly Half Under Trump
Sabrina Siddiqui, Guardian UK
Siddiqui writes: "The number of refugees admitted to the US has fallen by nearly half under Donald Trump when compared with the final months of Barack Obama's presidency, according to statistics released by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)."
Thousands of Haitian Workers Are on Strike Against Foreign-Owned Sweatshops
Jeff Abbott, In These Times
Abbott writes: "Thousands of textile workers in Haiti have stopped work in factories and taken to the streets to demand of improved working conditions in the country's maquiladora export industry."
Politician Working to Curb Pipeline Protestors Has Ties to Shadow Lobbyists
Itai Vardi, DeSmogBlog
Vardi writes: "A recent intensification in protests against Williams Partners' planned Atlantic Sunrise pipeline in Pennsylvania prompted a state senator to propose legislation aimed at limiting demonstrations."
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