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McCaskill plays watchdog ahead of tough 2018 race 23.7.2017 Politico
The Missouri Democrat is bringing new scrutiny to the opioid epidemic, an effort that could boost her chances in a state Trump won overwhelmingly.
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Judge blocks Taylor Swift’s expert witness testimony about former Denver radio host’s threatened masculinity 22.7.2017 Headlines: All Headlines
A U.S. District Court judge partially blocked the testimony of Taylor Swift’s expert witness, University of Colorado Boulder gender studies professor Lorraine Bayard De Volo, whose written report showed that she intended to testify that Mueller fit the profile of a man likely to sexually assault a woman because of perceived threats to his masculinity.
Is the CIA Reformable? 20.7.2017 Truthout.com
In The Failure of Intelligence, I documented the CIA's resistance to reform and the corruption in both the analytical and operational directorates. But not every agency or department of government can be reformed, and it is possible that the intricate web of habits, procedures and culture places the CIA in the non-reformable category. Once the political culture of an institution such as the CIA has been broken, it is extremely difficult -- if not impossible -- to rebuild or repair it. The CIA symbol is shown on the floor of CIA Headquarters, July 9, 2004, at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. The CIA's mission has gone dangerously and lethally astray, argues Melvin A. Goodman, former CIA intelligence analyst. (Photo: Mark Wilson / Getty Images) In this excerpt, the former CIA intelligence analyst ponders the meanings of the words whistleblower, dissident and contrarian, how they apply to himself and others, and whether the CIA can ever be repaired or rebuilt. Whistleblowers. Dissidents. ...
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Business News Roundup, July 20 20.7.2017 SFGate: Business & Technology
Congress took the first step toward setting rules for self-driving cars, as a House panel unanimously approved a measure that would allow thousands of automated vehicles to hit the road while federal regulators develop safety standards and preempt state rules. The legislation garnered bipartisan support after Republican leaders adopted Democratic proposals to bolster safety oversight by federal regulators. “Today’s markup represents the most significant step this subcommittee has taken to date to ultimately enact comprehensive legislation on self-driving technologies and services,” said Bob Latta, the Ohio Republican who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection panel. The legislation is the U.S. government’s first major step toward establishing a clear regulatory framework for autonomous vehicle deployment. The full House Energy and Commerce Committee may vote on the bill as soon as next week, and it could reach the House floor after the August recess. ...
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Charlie and the MBTA 19.7.2017 American Prospect
This article originally appared in the Summer 2017 issue of The American Prospect. Subscribe here .  “Let the governor know that you are out here!” That shout went up under a hot morning sun in mid-May, as orange-shirted transit union workers and their labor, community, and political allies spread out on the pavement below the Massachusetts State House in Boston to protest the latest privatization proposal by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, the Boston-area transit agency, known as the T. This one involved outsourcing its bus maintenance work to a private company, a move that would eliminate many jobs. But Republican Governor Charlie Baker wasn’t around to hear the cheering or the speeches. He had decamped to the other side of town for a ribbon-cutting marking the opening of a new, privately financed commuter rail station in Allston-Brighton—one underwritten by New Balance, the Boston-based athletic shoe company. The theme here is a reliance on the private sector to underwrite or partially ...
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Charlie and the MBTA 19.7.2017 American Prospect
This article originally appared in the Summer 2017 issue of The American Prospect. Subscribe here .  “Let the governor know that you are out here!” That shout went up under a hot morning sun in mid-May, as orange-shirted transit union workers and their labor, community, and political allies spread out on the pavement below the Massachusetts State House in Boston to protest the latest privatization proposal by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, the Boston-area transit agency, known as the T. This one involved outsourcing its bus maintenance work to a private company, a move that would eliminate many jobs. But Republican Governor Charlie Baker wasn’t around to hear the cheering or the speeches. He had decamped to the other side of town for a ribbon-cutting marking the opening of a new, privately financed commuter rail station in Allston-Brighton—one underwritten by New Balance, the Boston-based athletic shoe company. The theme here is a reliance on the private sector to underwrite or partially ...
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Under attack, Backpage.com has its supporters as anti-trafficking tool. But many differ. 19.7.2017 Washington Post
Under attack, Backpage.com has its supporters as anti-trafficking tool. But many differ.
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The Daily 202: After Senate bill falls apart, Republicans don’t have the votes to repeal Obamacare 18.7.2017 Washington Post: Politics
McConnell’s new gambit unlikely to work.
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An overdose, a young companion, drug-fueled parties: The secret life of USC med school dean 17.7.2017 LA Times: Commentary
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The Energy 202: Macron tried to soften Trump's stance on climate change. Others have failed. 17.7.2017 Washington Post: Politics
See Al Gore and Elon Musk.
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An overdose, a young companion, drug-fueled parties: The secret life of then-USC med school dean 17.7.2017 LA Times: Commentary
Photos and video show then-head of Keck School of Medicine partying with criminals and drug-users.
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Fate of Kushner’s security clearance could ultimately lie with Trump 16.7.2017 Politico
The president’s son-in-law and adviser has come under fire for initially failing to disclose meetings with Russian officials.
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Darrell Issa was Obama's toughest critic. Here's why he's suddenly sounding like a moderate 16.7.2017 LA Times: Commentary

The hundreds of protesters who show up weekly to wave signs outside Rep. Darrell Issa’s office in a drab office park in Vista, Calif., have written a song for him to the tune of “Oh! Susanna.”

“Darrell Issa, you’ve got to oversee. You need to check-and-balance [Trump] before it’s World War III,”...

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George F. Will: Bet your bottom dollar that, tomorrow, Congress won’t act on its war responsibilities 16.7.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
WASHINGTON — Predictably and sensibly, a three-judge panel of the nation’s second-most important court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, recently dismissed, unanimously, a lawsuit brought by a Yemeni man, two of whose relatives were collateral fatalities in a 2012 U.S. drone attack that killed three terrorists. The suit asked the court to declare the attacks illegal under several U.S. statutes. The court, however, invoked the “political question” doctrine: Some politically charged... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Congress is fleeing its warmaking responsibilities 15.7.2017 Washington Post: Op-Eds
The United States needs a clear authorization of military force.
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MeWe builds a bridge between government and business 14.7.2017 techCrunch
 Manik Suri, a former D.E. Shaw hedge fund wunderkind, has been wrestling with how best to help government put compliance policy into practice. Suri’s public service included a stint on the White House National Economic Council, where he saw how difficult it was for government agencies to ensure proper oversight. MeWe, the “TurboTax for compliance,” was born out of his… Read ...
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The Finance 202: Trump's agenda imperiled -- by him 14.7.2017 Washington Post: Politics
Hill Republicans wish the president would provide more backup.
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Wells Fargo stuck mortgage borrowers with extra fees, whistle-blower's lawsuit says 14.7.2017 LA Times: Business

As Wells Fargo & Co. continues to be hit with fallout from its sham-accounts scandal, the bank is facing allegations that it put the screws to customers in yet another way: by slapping them with fees for delays in processing mortgage applications.

A former Wells Fargo mortgage banker who worked...

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Regents choose LAPD inspector general for new UC system oversight role 14.7.2017 LA Times: Commentary

The inspector general for the Los Angeles Police Department, who for six years has played a key role in civilian oversight of the agency, will take on a new watchdog role for the University of California.

The UC Board of Regents on Thursday approved Alexander Bustamante for a position in the president’s...

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'Uncertainty and dysfunction' have overtaken USDA program for organic foods, key lawmaker says 14.7.2017 Washington Post
'Uncertainty and dysfunction' have overtaken USDA program for organic foods, key lawmaker says
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