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Peter Thiel is being considered to chair Trump’s intelligence advisory board 21.9.2017 TechCrunch
 In a fairly epic new Vanity Fair profile, the magazine reports that Peter Thiel is the frontrunner to become the chair of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board (PIAB), a meta intelligence entity that functions independently from the nation’s spy agencies. Read ...
New Hotel Act would ban federal agencies from doing business with Trump hotels 19.9.2017 Washington Post: Politics
The proposal comes days after The Post reported that Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club charged $1,092 for a federal official to stay for two nights in March.
The Daily 202: The reading list that helped Hillary Clinton cope 18.9.2017 Washington Post: Politics
Her new book reveals quite a literary journey.
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Still no charity money from leftover Trump inaugural funds 16.9.2017 AP Top News
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's inaugural committee raised an unprecedented $107 million for a ceremony that officials promised would be "workmanlike," and the committee pledged to give leftover funds to charity. Nearly eight months later, the group has helped pay for redecorating at the White House and the vice president's residence in Washington....
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Why is Virginia Using BOTH Crosscheck AND ERIC To Purge Voters? 16.9.2017

Palast speaking on September 9, 2017 at the launch of the Voting Rights Project in Virginia. There is no reason for Crosscheck in Virginia. There’s not been a single case of someone voting in Virginia and another state. Not one case. It’s a massive disenfranchisement to stop a crime which does not exist. That's why […]

The post Why is Virginia Using BOTH Crosscheck AND ERIC To Purge Voters? appeared first on Greg Palast.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders’s deeply disturbing prosecution from the briefing room 16.9.2017 Washington Post: Op-Eds
The whole incident is yet another reminder of the fragility of our political institutions.
Senate Rejects Amendment To Repeal AUMFs Authorizing The Bush-Obama-Trump Forever Wars 14.9.2017 Outside the Beltway
Once again, Congress is abdicating its Constitutional responsibilities.
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Founder of online Chinese lender sentenced to life for fraud 13.9.2017 AP Business
BEIJING (AP) -- The founder of a Chinese online peer-to-peer lender has been sentenced to life in prison on charges he defrauded investors of $7.7 billion in one of China's biggest financial scams....
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DreamHost considers fighting order to give prosecutors info on visitors to anti-Tump website 12.9.2017 L.A. Times - Technology News

Executives from a Los Angeles-based tech company said they are weighing whether to fight a judge's order to provide prosecutors with email addresses and other information from people who visited an anti-Trump website in the months leading to Inauguration Day.

The company, DreamHost, filed a motion...

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Echoes of Iraq-WMD Fraud in Syria 11.9.2017
Special Report: Just as the West ignored signs in 2002-03 that anti-government Iraqis were fabricating WMD claims, evidence is being brushed aside that Syrian jihadists have ginned up chemical attacks, reports Robert Parry. By Robert Parry The New York Times…Read more →
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Prosecutors and a tech company are embroiled in a battle over info from an anti-Trump website 11.9.2017 Washington Post
A D.C. superior court judge has ordered DreamHost to turn over email addresses and other information from people who visited an anti-Trump site before the inauguration.
Warrant issued for Brazil executive who implicated president 10.9.2017 Washington Post: World
A Brazilian Supreme Court justice has ordered the arrest of the former chairman of the world’s largest meatpacker whose testimony implicated the president in corruption.
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The Daily 202: Leading moderate announces retirement from House with parting shot at direction of GOP 8.9.2017 Washington Post
The Daily 202: Leading moderate announces retirement from House with parting shot at direction of GOP
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Trial to explore if Homeland Security ignored a potential breakthrough in efforts to block bioterrorism 8.9.2017 LA Times: Nation

Four years ago, a top Homeland Security scientist reported a potential breakthrough in the government’s race to detect deadly pathogens spread by bioterrorists or nature — germs that could cause calamitous infections.

A Silicon Valley company called NVS Technologies appeared on track to build a...

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Navy says tight budget, stress on fleet don't excuse crashes 8.9.2017 AP Top News
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A senior U.S. Navy officer told a congressional oversight panel Thursday that the hectic pace of military operations and a constrained military budget don't excuse two warship accidents in the Pacific region that killed 17 American sailors and led the sea-going service to order a broad investigation into its performance and readiness....
The Imperial President Spits the Bit 7.9.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Donald Trump gives remarks on tax reforms during an appearance at the Loren Cook Company on August 30, 2017, in Springfield, Missouri. (Photo: Michael B. Thomas / Getty Images) The Unitary Executive Theory (UET) recently took a big hit from a most unusual vandal: Donald J. Trump. The theory itself is as old as the country and, you'll recall, was a particularly passionate fever dream of Dick Cheney. For him, it wasn't just about power for the sake of power. Mr. Cheney used the theory during the administration of George W. Bush as a petri dish to road test every revenge fantasy against Congress he'd been fondling since Nixon got chased out of town. Congressional subpoenas? Bah and feh to you. There is nothing particularly clever or groundbreaking about the UET. It is basically the weaponized incarnation of the so-called "imperial presidency," a phenomenon that has been a going concern since Abraham Lincoln suspended habeas corpus and then ignored the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court when he ordered ...
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The Daily 202: DACA reaction shows how immigration has become a litmus test for Democrats 6.9.2017 Washington Post: Politics
Red state Democrats, plus Bernie Sanders, have changed their tune over the past decade.
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A two-decade crusade by conservative charities fueled Trump’s exit from Paris climate accord 6.9.2017 Washington Post
Tax-exempt groups lobbied and spent millions fighting climate science and environmental regulation. It was all part of a wave that crested with Trump’s rejection of the landmark international deal to limit greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.
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Even as Wells Fargo scandal deepens, GOP lawmakers push bank deregulation 5.9.2017 LA Times: Business

Far be it from me to see metaphors where none exist, but Wells Fargo’s good name was literally blown away when Hurricane Harvey roared into the Texas city of Corpus Christi last week.

As the local paper reported: “An ‘O’ came to rest near a fountain on the corner of Lower Broadway and Peoples streets....

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Brazil prosecutor probes wrongdoing in his office, top court 5.9.2017 Washington Post: World
Brazil’s top prosecutor said Monday that he was investigating potential wrongdoing in his own office and at the country’s highest court.
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