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Friday, July 20, 2018

RSN: Mort Rosenblum | EXTRA: Treason, Pure and Simple - Now What?





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RSN: Mort Rosenblum | EXTRA: Treason, Pure and Simple - Now What? 
U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin give a joint press conference after a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki on July 16. (photo: Brendan Smialowski/Getty)
Mort Rosenblum, Reader Supported News
Rosenblum writes: "Here are some real-news observations from an old-crocodile reporter after what may be the most ignominious five days the United States has seen since the Civil War."
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Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh with Mitch McConnell and Mike Pence. (photo: Getty)
Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh with Mitch McConnell and Mike Pence. (photo: Getty)
Don't Let Donald Trump Pick a Supreme Court Justice Unless and Until Mueller Clears Him
Richard Greene, USA Today
Greene writes: "Why should a candidate or campaign that may have accepted and-or benefited from Russian money and help escape penalties? And even more importantly, why should such a candidate, as president, be given the ultimate, sacred opportunity to define the U.S. Supreme Court in his image for generations?"
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NRA meeting in 2017. (photo: AP)
NRA meeting in 2017. (photo: AP)
Trump Treasury Department Drops Requirement That NRA and Koch Groups Must Identify Their Donors to the IRS
Chris Isidore, CNN
Isidore writes: "Some nonprofit groups will no longer have to give the IRS the names of donors who give them $5,000 or more."
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US Veterans. (photo: Getty)
US Veterans. (photo: Getty)
White House: US Can't Afford Veterans' Health Care Without Cuts
Eric Levitz, New York Magazine
Levitz writes: "Last year, the Trump administration insisted that its regressive tax cuts were so important, it was worth adding $1.5 trillion to the national debt to ensure their passage. Now, the White House is warning Congress that the United States cannot afford to add $1.6 billion to the deficit to expand health-care options for veterans."
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ICE detention facility. (photo: Reuters)
ICE detention facility. (photo: Reuters)

Conditions in ICE Jail Are Abusive and Dangerous, According to Former Detainees
Eoin Higgins, The Appeal
Higgins writes: "Conditions in one Massachusetts jail being used to hold ICE detainees are abusive and dangerous, according to former detainees."
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Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (photo: AP)
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (photo: AP)

In Recording, Netanyahu Boasts Israel Convinced Trump to Quit Iran Nuclear Deal
Alexander Fulbright, Times of Israel
Fulbright writes: "In a video clip aired Tuesday by Israeli television, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu boasted that Israel was responsible for US President Donald Trump’s decision to quit the Iran nuclear deal."
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A remote camera captured this grizzly bear in Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming. The state is now selling tickets to a lottery to hunt some of the bears this fall, prompting a new protest campaign. (photo: Charlie Hamilton James/National Geographic)
A remote camera captured this grizzly bear in Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming. The state is now selling tickets to a lottery to hunt some of the bears this fall, prompting a new protest campaign. (photo: Charlie Hamilton James/National Geographic)

Jane Goodall Joins Wyoming Protestors in Buying Up Grizzly Hunt Tickets
Todd Wilkinson, National Geographic
Wilkinson writes: "Within the last few days, Goodall, 84, and Moss, 78, entered a lottery hoping to win a coveted hunting license in Wyoming allowing them to sport shoot a grizzly bear in the Yellowstone region. They have no aspirations to actually kill a bruin."
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders Are Trying to Prove Their Case in Kansas





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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders Are Trying to Prove Their Case in Kansas 
Sen. Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. (photo: Gary Miller/Getty; Andres Kudacki/The Intercept)
David Dayen, The Intercept
Dayen writes: "After defying the odds in the Bronx and Queens, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is hitting the road. In her first campaign trip to another congressional district since her June 26 primary victory, Ocasio-Cortez will join Bernie Sanders for rallies this Friday in ... Kansas?"
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Former FBI Director James Comey. (photo: Getty)
Former FBI Director James Comey. (photo: Getty)

James Comey: 'All Who Believe in This Country's Values Must Vote for Democrats This Fall'
Jessica Estepa, USA Today
Estepa writes: "Ex-FBI director James Comey's message to Americans was clear: Vote for Democrats in the 2018 midterms."
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Prosecutors said on Wednesday the FBI has information that Maria Butina has been in contact with Russia's FSB spy agency for as long as she has been in the United States. (photo: AP)
Prosecutors said on Wednesday the FBI has information that Maria Butina has been in contact with Russia's FSB spy agency for as long as she has been in the United States. (photo: AP)



Maria Butina Was in Contact With Russian Intelligence, Feds Say in New Documents
Carrie Johnson, NPR
Johnson writes: "A Russian woman charged this week with serving as a foreign agent has been in regular contact with Russian intelligence, the Justice Department says, and she attempted to offer sex in exchange for a position with an organization she targeted."
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Senator Kamala Harris was among the bill's sponsors. (photo: Irfan Khan/Getty)
Senator Kamala Harris was among the bill's sponsors. (photo: Irfan Khan/Getty)

Senate Democrats Unveil Bill to Reunite Immigrant Families 'Immediately'
Lauren Gambino, Guardian UK
Gambino writes: "Democratic senators on Tuesday unveiled a new family reunification bill that they said would 'immediately' reunite the 2,600 immigrant children still separated from their parents as a result of the White House's zero-tolerance enforcement policy."
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Polling station. (photo: Stephen Hui)
Polling station. (photo: Stephen Hui)

Was Georgia's Election System Hacked in 2016?
Kim Zetter, Politico
Zetter writes: "Robert Mueller's latest indictments raise new questions about the integrity of Georgia's voting infrastructure. Why is the state stonewalling?"
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Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Mexico's president-elect. (photo: AP)
Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Mexico's president-elect. (photo: AP)

AMLO to Create Truth Commissions for Disappeared People
teleSUR
Excerpt: "Mexico's future secretary of the interior said the government of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will implement a national plan to repair relatives of victims and prevent further forced disappearances, as well as a new strategy to combat this national problem that has left tens of thousands missing."
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Rep. Raul Grijalva and Nanci Pelosi. (photo: Mark Hand/Think Progress)
Rep. Raul Grijalva and Nanci Pelosi. (photo: Mark Hand/Think Progress)

Trump Officials Conceal Information as Military Base Water Contamination Victims Fight for Justice
Mark Hand, ThinkProgress
Hand writes: "There were glimmers of hope during the Obama administration that the federal government, particularly the U.S. military, was turning the corner on taking responsibility for the contaminated water disaster at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina."
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FOCUS: Charles Pierce | There Are Dozens of Brett Kavanaughs Haunting the Lower Courts





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FOCUS: Charles Pierce | There Are Dozens of Brett Kavanaughs Haunting the Lower Courts 
Judge James Ho sits on the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals. (photo: Getty)
Charles Pierce, Esquire
Pierce writes: "Assuming we can do the job at all, the task of fumigating American democracy from what modern conservative Republicanism has done to it, which naturally includes the elevation to the presidency of a vulgar talking yam, is going to take decades, if not the odd century."
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RSN: William Boardman | Beyond Any Treasonable Doubt - Isn't the President There Yet?





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RSN: William Boardman | Beyond Any Treasonable Doubt - Isn't the President There Yet? 
Trump and Putin in Helsinki. (photo: Unknown)
William Boardman, Reader Supported News
Boardman writes: "Today's press conference in Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory."
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Will the $4.7 Billion Talc Verdict Hold Up On Appeal?

By Max Mitchell
The nearly $4.7 billion verdict that a St. Louis jury handed down Thursday against Johnson & Johnson over its talcum... Read More


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NY State Officials Open Probe of Jared Kushner's Real Estate Co. Over Allegations It Forced Out Tenants

By Dan M. Clark
The investigation is being handled by the governor's Tenant Protection Unit, an office within the state Division of... Read More


Charles Pierce | Another Russian Shoe Just Dropped - and It's Tied to the NRA




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Charles Pierce | Another Russian Shoe Just Dropped - and It's Tied to the NRA 
Maria Butina. (photo: Zuma Press)
Charles Pierce, Esquire
Pierce writes: "Maria Butina certainly has been busy. Some of her work as an unregistered lobbyist involved work for the National Rifle Association."
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Senator Bob Corker, Republican of Tennessee, said 'It feels like the dam is breaking,' but was 'not sure' whether the summit was a turning point for US politics. (photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)
Senator Bob Corker, Republican of Tennessee, said 'It feels like the dam is breaking,' but was 'not sure' whether the summit was a turning point for US politics. (photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)


Trump Back-Pedals on Russian Meddling Remarks After Outcry
Sabrina Siddiqui, Guardian UK
Siddiqui writes: "Donald Trump sought to partially reverse course on Tuesday in the face of furious, bipartisan criticism of his public undermining of US intelligence agencies during a press conference with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki."
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D.C. residents protest a recent ICE raid. (photo: Alan Pyke/ThinkProgress)
D.C. residents protest a recent ICE raid. (photo: Alan Pyke/ThinkProgress)

Hundreds of DC Residents Take to the Streets in Protest as ICE Targets Their Neighbors
Alan Pyke, ThinkProgress
Pyke writes: "Hundreds of Washingtonians took to the streets in protest of reports that District of Columbia police officers had assisted Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials in rounding up a dozen D.C. residents on immigration charges over the weekend."
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People run from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival in Las Vegas last October. (photo: David Becker/Getty Images)
People run from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival in Las Vegas last October. (photo: David Becker/Getty Images)

MGM Resorts Is Suing Las Vegas Shooting Victims - Yes, Really
Jennifer Kang, Splinter News
Kang writes: "Here's an astonishing but true sentence: MGM Resorts International has filed federal lawsuits against more than 1,000 victims of last October's mass shooting in Las Vegas in an apparent attempt to avoid liability."
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Boots Riley. (photo: YouTube)
Boots Riley. (photo: YouTube)

Boots Riley's Dystopian Satire "Sorry to Bother You" Is an Anti-Capitalist Rallying Cry for Workers
Democracy Now!
Excerpt: "Boots Riley's 'Sorry to Bother You' is the dystopian social satire being hailed as one of the best movies of the summer."
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Jewish girls walk home from school in Jerusalem. Critics of the law say it could be used to block anyone who criticises Israel to a foreign entity from speaking in schools. (photo: Maya Hitij/AP)
Jewish girls walk home from school in Jerusalem. Critics of the law say it could be used to block anyone who criticises Israel to a foreign entity from speaking in schools. (photo: Maya Hitij/AP)

Israeli Parliament Passes Ban of State and Army Critics From All Schools
Oliver Holmes, Guardian UK
Holmes writes: "Israel's parliament has passed a law that could ban groups critical of the armed forces or the state from entering schools and speaking to students."
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Emergency teams rest outside of structural damage caused by heavy rains, Monday, July 9, 2018, in Hiroshima, Japan. (photo: Haruka Nuga/AP)
Emergency teams rest outside of structural damage caused by heavy rains, Monday, July 9, 2018, in Hiroshima, Japan. (photo: Haruka Nuga/AP)

This Year's Global Hurricane Boom Could Go Into Overdrive
Eric Holthaus, Grist
Holthaus writes: "The powerful weather pattern known as El Niño has been blamed for massive wildfires, crippling droughts, and global food shortages. And it's looking increasingly likely that another one is on the way."
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Charles M. Blow | Trump, Treasonous Traitor







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Charles M. Blow | Trump, Treasonous Traitor 
Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump. (photo: Reuters)
Charles M. Blow, The New York Times
Blow writes: "Put aside whatever suspicions you may have about whether Donald Trump will be directly implicated in the Russia investigation. Trump is right now, before our eyes and those of the world, committing an unbelievable and unforgivable crime against this country."
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The National Rifle Association's annual convention. (photo: AJC.com)
The National Rifle Association's annual convention. (photo: AJC.com)


Russian Woman Charged With Spying for Moscow by 'Infiltrating' NRA
Rosalind S. Helderman, Tom Jackman and Devlin Barrett, The Washington Post
Excerpt: "Butina is accused of trying to cultivate relationships with American politicians to establish 'back channel' lines of communication and seeking to infiltrate U.S. political groups, including an unnamed 'gun rights organization,' to advance Russia's agenda."
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Ajit Pai. (photo: Tom Williams/Getty Images)
Ajit Pai. (photo: Tom Williams/Getty Images)

FCC Sends Sinclair Mega-Deal to Likely Doom
Margaret Harding McGill, Politico
McGill writes: "FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced Monday he has 'serious concerns' about Sinclair Broadcast Group's acquisition of Tribune Media, saying he would send the transaction through a lengthy administrative process often viewed as a deal-killer."
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Mark Zuckerberg. (photo: B&T)
Mark Zuckerberg. (photo: B&T)

Facebook Has Donated $6,000 to Nunes This Year, Despite Claiming to Be Politically Neutral
Addy Baird, ThinkProgress
Baird writes: "Facebook has donated thousands of dollars in recent months to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), one of the leading congressional voices fighting Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election."
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A worker at an Amazon assembly line. (photo: AP)
A worker at an Amazon assembly line. (photo: AP)

Amazon Employees Are Using Prime Day to Push for Better Working Conditions
Chavie Lieber, Vox
Lieber writes: "Some Amazon employees in Europe are on strike, and people around the world are boycotting in support."
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Viji Penkoot leading a protest of shop assistants over the 'right to sit' in Kerala. (photo: Guardian UK)
Viji Penkoot leading a protest of shop assistants over the 'right to sit' in Kerala. (photo: Guardian UK)

'The Right to Sit': Indian Law Change Allows Female Workers to Rest
Amrit Dhillon, Guardian UK
Dhillon writes: "Cybil Wilson's salary at the shop, in Trivandrum, has been consistently low but it is the pain and swelling in her legs that troubles her the most."
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A fish market. (photo: USAID)
A fish market. (photo: USAID)

Intelligent Drones Crack Down on Illegal Fishing in African Waters
United Nations Environment Programme
Excerpt: "Today, thirty-seven-year-old Idrissi, from Morocco, is CEO and co-founder of ATLAN Space, a deep technology startup using drones and artificial intelligence to crack down on illegal fishing and protect natural resources in Africa."
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