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Saturday, February 24, 2018

John Kiriakou | Why Does the CIA Prefer Corporate Media?


John Kiriakou | Why Does the CIA Prefer Corporate Media?




Fact Checker: No, 40% of firearms (still) aren’t purchased without a background check


Fact Checker: No, 40% of firearms (still) aren’t purchased without a background check



Make Charlie Baker ONE & DONE!


Make Charlie Baker ONE & DONE!




Week of February 19, 2018


Week of February 19, 2018




William Boardman | Russian Disinformation Bots, Fake News, Fox News



William Boardman | Russian Disinformation Bots, Fake News, Fox News



Michael Moore | The NRA Is a Terrorist Organization


Michael Moore | The NRA Is a Terrorist Organization




Friday, February 23, 2018

MASSterList: Panned in Boston | Retail pot delay? | Althea’s destiny


MASSterList: Panned in Boston | Retail pot delay? | Althea’s destiny


ON CHARLIE BAKER'S WATCH, PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SHUT DOWN IN 2015. 
CHARLIE BAKER WAS GOING TO MAKE IT BETTER....DID HE? 

NOW CHARLIE BLAMES OTHERS FOR FAILURES...SORRY CHARLIE! IT HAPPENED ON YOUR WATCH! 



Baker: Latest T debacle 'unacceptable’
 
Gov. Charlie Baker, who has made an overhaul of the MBTA a top priority of his administration, yesterday blamed this past week’s Red Line derailment fiasco on an antiquated T system and declared the mishap “unacceptable.” He also said the T needs to do its “homework” to determine what other problems may be lurking within the system. SHNS’s Katie Lannan at the Patriot Ledger and the Herald’s Matt Stout have the details.
 
 

Jill Abramson | How Long Will White Women Continue to Vote Republican?


Jill Abramson | How Long Will White Women Continue to Vote Republican?




POLITICO Massachusetts Playbook: BAKER’S labor nod — GAMING COMMISSION finds no issue over WYNN cash — ARROYO complaint dropped


POLITICO Massachusetts Playbook: BAKER’S labor nod — GAMING COMMISSION finds no issue over WYNN cash — ARROYO complaint dropped



Marc Ash | Fuck Wayne LaPierre


Marc Ash | Fuck Wayne LaPierre


REPUBLICAN FAMILY VALUES HYPOCRITE Missouri Governor Eric Greitens

Missouri governor Eric Greitens. (photo: AP)
Missouri governor Eric Greitens. (photo: AP)

Republican Missouri Governor Indicted and Arrested Over Blackmail Allegations
Rafi Schwartz, Splinter
Schwartz writes: "Missouri Governor Eric Greitens was indicted and arrested on Thursday afternoon late Thursday afternoon on one count of 'felony invasion of privacy.' His arrest is in connection with a lengthy police investigation into allegations he'd taken incriminating photographs of a bound, blindfolded sexual partner, and threatened to release them publicly if the woman spoke out about his marital infidelity."
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar | On Race and Redemption in 'Three Billboards'


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar | On Race and Redemption in 'Three Billboards'


THE BLIND LEADING THE INCOMPETENT? 

ALBERT KELLY COULDN'T RUN A BANK, HAS NO SCIENCE BACKGROUND 


Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, left, and Albert Kelly, senior adviser, visit Bird Creek on the Chapman Ranch in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, May 26, 2017. (photo: Getty)
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, left, and Albert Kelly, senior adviser, visit Bird Creek on the Chapman Ranch in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, May 26, 2017. (photo: Getty)

Scott Pruitt's Superfund Adviser Holds Stake in Company Responsible for Major Contamination
Mark Hand, ThinkProgress
Hand writes: "A disgraced banker who Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt hired to advise him on the nation's toxic waste cleanup program holds as much as $75,000 in financial stakes in several fossil fuel companies, including a company responsible for contaminating a bayou in southwestern Louisiana and a stretch of river in Oregon."
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Kelly had never worked in the environmental field or developed environmental policy prior to being named last April as an adviser to Pruitt and head of the EPA’s Superfund Task Force. His home city of Bristow, Oklahoma, though, has a Superfund site and several other contaminated sites.

Under the terms of a settlement reached with the EPA and the U.S. Department of Justice in 2010, Phillips 66 and Sasol North America agreed to reimburse the EPA Superfund program more than $4.5 million and pledged to spend about $10 million to clean up Bayou Verdine within the Calcasieu estuary.

Kelly also has holdings between $1,001 and $15,000 in Alliance Resources Partners, Chesapeake Energy, NGL Energy Partners, and Phillips 66 subsidiary Phillips 66 Partners, Politico reported Wednesday. Among his other income, Kelly disclosed in a financial form filed with the U.S. Office of Government Ethics that he is the sole proprietor of a ranch that has earned him $40,000 in oil, gas, and mineral rent and royalties on lands in Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, and Alberta, Canada, according to Politico.

Pruitt appointed Kelly to lead an effort to streamline the Superfund program. Around the same time, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) fined Kelly $125,000 over banking violations. That was followed by a ruling in July by the FDIC to ban Kelly from banking for life, The Intercept reported in December. The FDIC determined that Kelly’s actions showed his “unfitness to serve as a director, officer, person participating in the conduct” of a bank, according to documents obtained by E&E News.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Mueller’s New Charges Scar Skadden


Mueller’s New Charges Scar Skadden




Trump Picks Judges 'He Can Relate To,' McGahn Tells CPAC



Trump Picks Judges 'He Can Relate To,' McGahn Tells CPAC



Read the New 32-Count Indictment Against Manafort, Gates


Read the New 32-Count Indictment Against Manafort, Gates



CC News Letter 22 Feb - Is Earth the Largest Garbage Dump in the Universe?



CC News Letter 22 Feb - Is Earth the Largest Garbage Dump in the Universe?



Gabby Giffords SUES Trump (!!)


Gabby Giffords SUES Trump (!!)



Trump Listens but Only Hears the NRA


Trump Listens but Only Hears the NRA




Bernie Sanders Says His 2016 Team Saw Effects of Russian Anti-Clinton Campaign


Bernie Sanders Says His 2016 Team Saw Effects of Russian Anti-Clinton Campaign




The Post Most: ‘ATTACKS WOULD END!’: Trump doubles down on arming some teachers, defends NRA


The Post Most: ‘ATTACKS WOULD END!’: Trump doubles down on arming some teachers, defends NRA




MASSterList: Pot Bank? | Failure is an option | No takers



MASSterList: Pot Bank? | Failure is an option | No takers


GOVERNOR BAKER WAS GONNA FIX THE MBTA....WAS THAT WHY HE HIRED INCOMPETENT OVERPAID BOOBS TO 'FIX' THE PROBLEMS?

CHARLIE'S RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION! LET'S MAKE IT ONE AND DONE!   
 
 
‘The T is failing before our very eyes’
 
It’s getting to the point where another day, another train derailment is no longer another day, another train derailment at the T – and former transportation secretary James Aloisi says that we reached that point yesterday, after the latest Red Line debacle that included a train derailment, 300 feet of damaged electrified track, plumes of smoke billowing into Andrew Station and widespread service disruption for thousands of riders. Aloisi at CommonWealth magazine: “Wednesday’s Red Line meltdown didn’t happen because of harsh winter weather. Ironically, it happened during a gloriously warm day in February, a day when the one blessing of a failed subway system was that many people could walk to their destinations in relative comfort.”
CommonWealth’s Bruce Mohl, the Globe’s Danny McDonald and Alana Levene and Boston Magazine’s Spencer Buellhave more. SHNS’s Matt Murphy (pay wall) has Democratic gubernatorial candidate Setti Warren’s enough-is-enough reaction. Edmilson Silva at the Herald describes what it was like waiting inside a stranded train yesterday.
CommonWealth

The Daily 202: Trump tries to show empathy for gun violence victims, but don’t expect tears



The Daily 202: Trump tries to show empathy for gun violence victims, but don’t expect tears



-- Twitter suspended thousands of bot accounts, drawing ire from some conservative media figures who lost followers. Eli Rosenberg reports: “Many of these figures, such as pro-Trump host Bill Mitchell and white nationalist Richard Spencer, took to the service to complain about losing a small portion of their followers in the move. Other conservative accounts were suspended pending verification that they are run by people. Twitter did not confirm the number of accounts that it suspended but released a statement saying that it was continuing to identify ‘suspicious account behaviors’ that represented automated activity or other violations of its terms of service.”




How did Melania Trump's parents become permanent legal residents?













ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN (AND WOMEN):
-- The first lady’s parents, as legal U.S. residents, are likely benefiting from the family reunification system, which Trump has derided as “chain migration,” report Carol D. Leonnig, David Nakamura and Nick Miroff. “The Knavses, formerly of Slovenia, are living in the country on green cards, according to Michael Wildes, a New York-based immigration lawyer who represents the first lady and her family. ‘I can confirm that Mrs. Trump’s parents are both lawfully admitted to the United States as permanent residents,’ he said. … The Knavses are awaiting scheduling for their naturalization oath ceremony, according to a person with knowledge of their immigration filings. …
“David Leopold, an immigration lawyer and a past president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, said the first lady’s sponsorship of her parents appears to be the only reasonable way they would have obtained green cards because the process currently gives preferential treatment to parents of U.S. citizens. ‘That would be the logical way to do it, the preferred way to do it and possibly the only way to do it under the facts that I know,’ Leopold said.”


ANOTHER INCOMPETENT TRUMP APPOINTMENT INADEQUATELY VETTED:

-- Trump’s nominee to lead the Indian Health Service withdrew from consideration following reports that he overstated his work experience. The Wall Street Journal’s Dan Frosch and Christopher Weaver report: “In one case, [Robert] Weaver said he had held leadership roles at a large hospital; however, some of his former colleagues and supervisors said his role there was as a registration clerk. … The Journal reviewed public records that showed he had filed for personal bankruptcy and had tax liens against one of his businesses as recently as 2011.”


POLITICO Massachusetts Playbook: Much ado about a BREAKFAST — MASSHEALTH restructures — WELD sues over voting system


POLITICO Massachusetts Playbook: Much ado about a BREAKFAST — MASSHEALTH restructures — WELD sues over voting system



Explosion at US embassy in Montenegro


Explosion at US embassy in Montenegro




Charles Pierce | Mueller Just Made Many More People Much More Nervous


Charles Pierce | Mueller Just Made Many More People Much More Nervous



Elizabeth Warren | Republicans AND Democrats Are Gutting the Rules on Wall Street


Elizabeth Warren | Republicans AND Democrats Are Gutting the Rules on Wall Street


Please read the article and sign the PETITION: 

We need to make some noise about this big wet kiss to the big banks by reminding Senators as loudly as possible: they work for the American people, not for big bank lobbyists. Sign our urgent petition right now to tell the Senate not to weaken the rules on big banks.

Cornel West and Margareta Matache | Roma and African Americans Share a Common Struggle


Cornel West and Margareta Matache | Roma and African Americans Share a Common Struggle




Mort Rosenblum | On Celebrating Gabby and Calling Bullshit


Mort Rosenblum | On Celebrating Gabby and Calling Bullshit




Wednesday, February 21, 2018

MASSterList: DA scramble | Tipping point? | Poor Seamus


MASSterList: DA scramble | Tipping point? | Poor Seamus




The Daily 202: Jury still out on Trump’s seriousness about banning bump stocks, improving background checks after Florida massacre


The Daily 202: Jury still out on Trump’s seriousness about banning bump stocks, improving background checks after Florida massacre




Russia Case: Read Ex-Skadden Associate's Plea Agreement, Statement of Offense


Russia Case: Read Ex-Skadden Associate's Plea Agreement, Statement of Offense




An RBG Trifecta—A SCOTUS First?


An RBG Trifecta—A SCOTUS First?




Guarding Gun Rights | SCOTUS First | Souter, Spotted


Guarding Gun Rights | SCOTUS First | Souter, Spotted




POLITICO Massachusetts Playbook: More change for AMHERST — CONLEY is out — SYRUP not officially sweet


POLITICO Massachusetts Playbook: More change for AMHERST — CONLEY is out — SYRUP not officially sweet


THE MASSACHUSETTS FISCAL ALLIANCE IN THE NEWS....CHARLIE BAKER HAS BLUNDERED WITH THE MBTA....IS MFA TARGETING CHARLIE'S MASSIVE FAILURES? 

THERE IS TALK OF RAISING FARES YET AGAIN TO COVER CHARLIE'S FAILURES. 
WHERE IS THE MFA ON THIS MAJOR ISSUE? PROTECTING CHARLIE! 


- "Complaint seeks to force Mass. Fiscal Alliance disclosure," by Michael P. Norton, State House News Service: "Lawmakers who say they've been targeted recently in their districts by the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance plan to call on state regulators Tuesday to force the non-profit group to register as a political committee and disclose its donors. The Massachusetts Democratic Party joined the lawmakers in filing the complaint with the Office of Campaign and Political Finance, which asks the independent agency to conduct an investigation and also to fine MassFiscal for failing to disclose the top five donors behind the flier campaign."

What Is Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance’s Problem?



THE ARTICLE BELOW IS FROM 2014 WHEN MASSACHUSETTS FISCAL ALLIANCE WAS MISREPRESENTING AN ISSUE RATHER THAN INFORMING VOTERS. SOME MIGHT CALL IT A LIE. 

DO THEY DESERVE TAX-EXEMPT 501c(4) STATUS AND THE RIGHT TO CONCEAL THEIR DONORS? 



What Is Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance’s Problem?


Bernie Sanders: Trump Not Speaking Out Against Russia 'Is a Horror Show


Bernie Sanders: Trump Not Speaking Out Against Russia 'Is a Horror Show




Terry Crews | From Racist Black Characters to 'Black Panther,' We've Come So Far



Terry Crews | From Racist Black Characters to 'Black Panther,' We've Come So Far


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

MASS ALLIANCE GLOSSY MAILING & HORSE MANURE


MASS ALLIANCE GLOSSY MAILING & HORSE MANURE




The Daily 202: Florida shooting aftermath shows a generation that’s more impressive than typically portrayed


The Daily 202: Florida shooting aftermath shows a generation that’s more impressive than typically portrayed




Clarence Thomas, in Dissent, Asserts Gun Rights Aren't 'Favored' at High Court



Clarence Thomas, in Dissent, Asserts Gun Rights Aren't 'Favored' at High Court



Former Skadden Associate Charged In Mueller Probe



Former Skadden Associate Charged In Mueller Probe



Robert Reich | The 3 Choices When It Comes to Trump



Robert Reich | The 3 Choices When It Comes to Trump



MASSterList: Tweet truce | Student Shooting Industrial Complex | Gloves off


MASSterList: Tweet truce | Student Shooting Industrial Complex | Gloves off




Jeffrey Toobin | Trump's Miss Universe Gambit


Jeffrey Toobin | Trump's Miss Universe Gambit





RBG Clerk Trifecta | Learned Counsel | What Justice Thomas Regrets


RBG Clerk Trifecta | Learned Counsel | What Justice Thomas Regrets



**Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance** POLITICO Massachusetts Playbook: GOP's primary concern — Harassment claims 'skyrocket' — Gaming the downtown parking system



*****Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance******

MORE WILL BE SAID ABOUT THIS GROUP THAT IS BLASTING VOTERS WITH OUTRIGHT LIES AT WORST OR MISINFORMATION AT BEST. 

WHY THE OUT-OF-STATE POSTMARK ON THOSE GLOSSY MAILINGS? 

DON'T BELIEVE THEM! 



**Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance** POLITICO Massachusetts Playbook: GOP's primary concern — Harassment claims 'skyrocket' — Gaming the downtown parking system




DATA BREACHES


DATA BREACHES



Clarence Thomas's Confirmation Faces #MeToo Microscope


Clarence Thomas's Confirmation Faces #MeToo Microscope




Top Democrat Adam Schiff Suggests Proof of Trump-Russia Collusion Still to Come



Top Democrat Adam Schiff Suggests Proof of Trump-Russia Collusion Still to Come



Clarence Thomas's Confirmation Faces #MeToo Microscope


Clarence Thomas's Confirmation Faces #MeToo Microscope




John Oliver: Not The Moment to Discuss Guns? Yes, It F*cking Is!



John Oliver: Not The Moment to Discuss Guns? Yes, It F*cking Is!



Monday, February 19, 2018

CC News Letter 19 Feb - The Price of the Earth



CC News Letter 19 Feb - The Price of the Earth








The Post Most: Trump lashes out over Russia probe in angry and error-laden tweetstorm


The Post Most: Trump lashes out over Russia probe in angry and error-laden tweetstorm



Jill Abramson | Do You Believe Her Now? The Case for Impeaching Clarence Thomas


A MUST READ! 

Jill Abramson | Do You Believe Her Now? The Case for Impeaching Clarence Thomas



Dahlia Lithwick | It's Going to Be Much, Much Harder for Trump to Fire Rod Rosenstein Now


Dahlia Lithwick | It's Going to Be Much, Much Harder for Trump to Fire Rod Rosenstein Now



MASSterList: Costly protests? | ‘OMG! Stink bomb’ | JOB BOARD MONDAY


MASSterList: Costly protests? | ‘OMG! Stink bomb’ | JOB BOARD MONDAY



The NLJ's Most Popular Stories of the Week


The NLJ's Most Popular Stories of the Week



CC News Letter 18 Feb - West Asia In Flux: Connecting The Dots


CC News Letter 18 Feb - West Asia In Flux: Connecting The Dots



The Post Most: Trump’s Russia ‘hoax’ turns out to be real


The Post Most: Trump’s Russia ‘hoax’ turns out to be real




Robert Reich | When Will This Nation Wake Up?


Robert Reich | When Will This Nation Wake Up?




REPUBLICAN PROSTITUTION....What's your PRICE?....Make America THINK Again


REPUBLICAN PROSTITUTION....What's your PRICE?....Make America THINK Again





Sunday, February 18, 2018

How Would Trump’s Immigration Crackdown Have Affected His Own Team? I traced their family histories. Their ancestors wouldn’t have been welcome.


How Would Trump’s Immigration Crackdown Have Affected His Own Team? I traced their family histories. Their ancestors wouldn’t have been welcome.




The Post Most: ‘They are laughing their asses off in Moscow’: Trump takes on the FBI, Russia probe and 2016 election


The Post Most: ‘They are laughing their asses off in Moscow’: Trump takes on the FBI, Russia probe and 2016 election




Bernie Sanders | The Great Moral Issue of Our Time


Bernie Sanders | The Great Moral Issue of Our Time


Damaged plants. (photo: Karen Pulfer Focht/Reuters)
Damaged plants. (photo: Karen Pulfer Focht/Reuters)

Arkansas Banned a Weedkiller. Now, Monsanto Is Suing. 
Nathanael Johnson, Grist 
Johnson writes: "When Monsanto introduced a new kind of seed that wouldn't die when exposed to the herbicide dicamba, it triggered a crisis in the southeastern United States." 
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MUST READ! 
SINCLAIR BROADCASTING IS KNOWN FOR ITS SLANTED REPORTING & PROPAGANDA

Ajit Pai. (photo: Tom Williams/Getty Images)
Ajit Pai. (photo: Tom Williams/Getty Images)

By acquiring Tribune Media, Sinclair would have a total of 223 TV stations in 108 media markets across the U.S., including 39 in the top 50 markets. It would also allow Sinclair to reach 72 percent of all U.S. households—well above the since-removed cap of 39 percent and considerably more reach than any of its competitors, all of which have abided by the ownership restrictions.


FCC Chair Ajit Pai Under Investigation by Inspector General 
AJ Dellinger, International Business Times 
Dellinger writes: "Ajit Pai, the chairman of the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC), is reportedly under investigation by the FCC's inspector general for potential wrongdoing regarding the chairman's decision to change broadcast TV ownership rules." 
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Because we pushed back


Because we pushed back



Pentagon













For FY 2019, defense agencies are asking taxpayers to pay nearly $1.2 trillion for our national security. But the Pentagon just doesn't need that kind of money—it needs to be smarter with taxpayer dollars.





The Daily Caller
Scott Amey, general counsel of the Project on Government Oversight, said “he couldn’t get a waiver for that, that would have required outright recusal.” Making it potentially even worse than failing to recuse, Ohr’s pressing the Trump case appears to be something he decided to do on his own, rather than something assigned to him. 

[...] Amey said, “As a lawyer and a top Justice official, Ohr should know that he can’t participate in anything related to his wife’s work … Ohr should have been upfront about his wife’s employment and not touched anything related to Steele, the dossier, and Fusion GPS.” The DOJ’s judgment is only as good as the information volunteered to them by Ohr, he said, and because he didn’t list the name of his wife’s employer, they likely had no reason to suspect it might have impacted his work.




Dan Rather | 10 Questions in the Wake of Parkland Shooting


Dan Rather | 10 Questions in the Wake of Parkland Shooting



Indigenous women protesting in Guatemala. (photo: Elena Hermosa/Trócaire)
Indigenous women protesting in Guatemala. (photo: Elena Hermosa/Trócaire)



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"A lawyer poised to represent 11 Guatemalan women in a Canadian court says his clients are eager to 'tell their story' in their lawsuit against Minerals, the Toronto-based mining company named in an alleged 2007 gang rape in ." @CTVNews https://buff.ly/2p3v1sF 


Demanding Justice: Indigenous Women in Guatemala Battle Canadian Mining Giant
Heather Gies, Upside Down World
Gies writes: "In early 2007, hundreds of military, police, and private security personnel stormed Choc Quib's community, Lote Ocho, and raped the women while the men in the subsistence farming community tended their fields. State and private forces had attempted to force the Indigenous peasants from their land days earlier, burning several homes."
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