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Don’t let Clinton off the hook

December 1, 2016
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USA Today USA Today
by Tom Fitton  

"President-elect Donald Trump seems to be harboring misgivings about the investigation and possible prosecution of Hillary Clinton for her email, national security and Clinton Foundation pay-for-play scandals. The president-elect has said that he 'does not want to hurt the Clintons,' and that is very gracious. But Clinton’s transgressions were not committed against him personally; they were committed against the nation at large. And it is to the American people that she must be held accountable." (11/29/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/11/29/let-clinton-hook-opposing-view/94629732  

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The real reason Hillary asked for a recount

December 1, 2016
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Town Hall
by Ed Klein  

"Why did Hillary Clinton join Jill Stein, the Green Party’s oddball presidential nominee, in asking for a recount of the votes in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania when everyone knows that such a recount won’t change the outcome of the 2016 election? Part of the answer is that people close to Hillary (Huma Abedin, Chelsea Clinton, and Sidney Blumenthal) encouraged her to ask for a recount as a way of lifting her spirits. ... In addition, President Obama convinced Hillary that it was in the best interest of the Democratic Party if the Clinton legal team got involved with the recount and didn’t leave it to Jill Stein." (11/30/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/edklein/2016/11/30/the-real-reason-hillary-asked-for-a-recount-n2252841  

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US regime to forgive at least $108 billion in student debt in coming years

December 1, 2016
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Fox News Fox News    

"The federal government is on track to forgive at least $108 billion in student debt in coming years, according to a report that for the first time projects the full cost of plans that tie borrowers’ payments to their earnings. The report, to be released on Wednesday by the Government Accountability Office, shows the Obama administration’s main strategy for helping student-loan borrowers is proving far more costly than previously thought. The report also presents a scathing review of the Education Department’s accounting methods, which have understated the costs of its various debt-relief plans by tens of billions of dollars. Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi [R-WY] ordered the report last year amid a sharp increase in enrollment in income-driven repayment plans, which the Obama administration has heavily promoted to help borrowers avoid default. The most generous version caps a borrower’s monthly payment at 10 percent of discretionary income, which is defined as any earnings above 150 percent of the poverty level." [editor's note: So what's all this talk about the need for "free college" then?- SAT] (11/30/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/11/30/us-to-forgive-at-least-108b-in-student-debt-in-coming-years.html  

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What safe spaces & trigger warnings actually are

December 1, 2016
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Cracked
by Isaac Cabe  

"The American university is quite the weird place to be right now. Despite it being harder and harder to get into a lot of schools, the current climate of the country tends to show less respect and more ever-growing middle fingers for kids in college. Universities aren't the bastions of education they used to be. Instead, everyone from 'grrrrrr, I'm angry' comedians to President Obama has told them to buck up and ditch the 'trigger warnings' and 'safe spaces.' I want this on record. Mr. President, you're wrong. And it starts with a fundamental misunderstanding of what these things actually are." [editor's note: This is actually a pretty objective consideration of this topic - SAT] (11/30/16)

http://www.cracked.com/blog/safe-spaces-arent-new-they-shouldnt-make-you-angry  

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Thompson’s widow to sell his personal strains of marijuana

December 1, 2016
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Raw Story Raw Story    

"Over a decade after his death, people can soon smoke some of 'Gonzo' journalist Hunter S. Thompson’s personal strains of marijuana thanks to the efforts of his wife, Anita Thompson. The late writer’s widow told the Aspen Times last week of her plan to cultivate and sell the author’s strains of cannabis. Thompson said she was working with a marijuana company to grow and distribute six kinds of marijuana that she saved, which were once smoked by her husband. 'Since it became legal I get approached probably once a month by cannabis growers, dispensaries,' Thompson reportedly said. 'I’ve had probably 10 meetings in the last three years and I always ended up saying "No" because it’s the same story every time: Somebody wants to slap Hunter’s name on their strain ... If I put Hunter’s name on somebody else’s strain, I can never go back and say, "No, this is the authentic one."' She joked that she was 'looking forward to being a drug lord,' but put those plans on hold for so long on purpose." (11/30/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/11/hunter-s-thompsons-widow-to-sell-his-personal-strains-of-marijuana  

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The left’s fidelity to Castro-ation

November 30, 2016
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In These Times
by Slavoj Zizek  

"I am critical of Cuba not because I am anti-Communist but because I remain a Communist. We all remember the classic scene from cartoons: a cat walks over the precipice and magically goes on, floating in the air; it falls down only when it looks down and becomes aware that it has no ground under its feet. In the same way, one can say that, in the last decades, Cuban 'socialism' continued to live only because it didn’t yet notice it was already dead. ... One gets tired of the conflicting stories of the economic failure and human rights abuses in Cuba, as well as of the twins of education and healthcare that are always trotted out by the friends of the revolution. One gets tired even of the really great story of how a small country can resist the biggest superpower (yes, with the help of the other superpower)." [editor's note: This one is here only to make you think a bit on this - SAT] (11/30/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/19677/the-left-fidelity-castration-slavoj-zizek-fidel-castro-cuba-che-communism  

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After OPEC deal, oil expected to rally

November 30, 2016
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Reuters Reuters    

"Oil's blistering rally of up to 10 percent to $50 a barrel on Wednesday should continue into next week, analysts and fund managers said, after the world's top producers announced a historic deal to rein in output. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries reached its first deal to cut oil output since 2008 -- signaling its return to managing supply in world markets. The path ahead for the oil market, however, is expected to be volatile, as those who positioned for a rally unwind their trades to book profits. The possibility that OPEC will be unable to meet its commitment to cut production could also undermine prices as well. That makes the long-term path for oil more uncertain, as few expect the commodity to reach $60 a barrel soon." (11/30/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-markets-oil-opec-idUSKBN13P2MZ  

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Colombia: Leaked tape shows Brazilian plane “ran out of fuel”

November 30, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"The plane carrying Brazilian footballers which crashed in Colombia had run out of fuel, according to a leaked audio recording. In the air traffic tower tape, a pilot can be heard repeatedly requesting permission to land due to a 'total electric failure' and lack of fuel. Just before the tape ends, the pilot says he is flying at an altitude of 9,000 ft (2,743m) Just six of the 77 people on board the plane survived. The plane was carrying most of Brazil's Chapecoense football team and 20 journalists were also among those killed. The recording, which has been published by several Colombian media outlets, confirmed earlier reports that a lack of fuel might have contributed to the crash." [editor's note: I was going to say "soccer" in the headline, but restrained myself - SAT] (11/30/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-38160713  

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The Democrats’ circular firing squad

November 30, 2016
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The American Prospect The American Prospect
by Robert Kuttner  

"If you are like me, you are probably very weary of debates about Who Lost America to Donald Trump. The debate goes something like this: Hillary blew it! What a terrible campaign. What a blemished candidate. What horrible judgment to take those speaking fees from Wall Street, to keep classified data on her personal server, to fail to ask her top aide Huma Abedin to leave her employ once the Anthony Weiner mess blew up, yet again. She handed her enemies a loaded gun. And now we’re stuck with Trump!! Hillary screwed up; we pay the price. Hold on, misogynist pig. Hillary won! She won the popular vote by more than two million. Even apart from the alleged hacking of election results, old-fashioned voter suppression ... probably cost her at least three swing states where the winning margin was razor thin. ... Yeah, but a decent candidate would have beat Trump by ten points. There was no excitement for Hillary outside the bubble. Did you even see Hillary lawn signs, or bumper stickers?" (11/29/16)

http://prospect.org/article/democrats%E2%80%99-circular-firing-squad  

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Words as weapons of authoritarian control

November 30, 2016
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The New Republic The New Republic
by "Primary Concerns"  

"When the public can not agree upon a shared reality (when confusion and distrust and propaganda reign), politics devolves into a pre-democratic struggle for power, which will disfavor resisters. Donald Trump may not understand this dynamic academically, but it was a hallmark of his campaign and has become a hallmark of his pre-presidency. Sometimes his false pronouncements are buffoonish and ill-considered, but make no mistake: he is taking a hammer to one of liberal society’s guardrails. Dartmouth College Political Scientist Brendan Nyhan has studied the ways information and disinformation affect political processes extensively. He joins us to explore why propaganda and conspiracy theory are so prevalent today, how this plays neatly into Trump’s hands, and what can be done about it." (11/30/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/139060/primary-concerns-episode-38-words-weapons-authoritarian-control  

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Android malware infects 1M phones globally

November 30, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"A new variant of a well-known malware program has infected more than one million phones that run older versions of Google's Android operating system, mostly outside the U.S., a security firm reported Wednesday. The malware, dubbed Googlian, is delivered via apps downloaded from non-approved, third-party app sites. That's made users outside the U.S., who are more likely to use these sites, more vulnerable. It affects an estimated 1,000 users in the United States." (11/30/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2016/11/30/android-malware-infects-1-million-phones-globally/94676546  

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North Dakota law dogs to block pipeline protesters’ supplies

November 30, 2016
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Reuters Reuters    

"North Dakota law enforcement will begin to block supplies from reaching protesters at a camp near the construction site of an oil pipeline project in an effort to force demonstrators to vacate the area, officials said on Tuesday. Activists have spent months protesting plans to route the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline beneath a lake near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, saying the project poses a threat to water resources and sacred Native American sites. Supplies, including food and building materials, will be blocked from entering the main camp following Governor Jack Dalrymple's signing of an 'emergency evacuation' order on Monday, said Maxine Herr, a spokeswoman from the Morton County Sheriff's Department. ... The order was effective immediately. As of Tuesday morning, however, no vehicles carrying supplies had been turned back, said Cecily Fong, a spokeswoman for the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services." (11/29/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-north-dakota-pipeline-idUSKBN13O2FD  

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The danger of doubting Donald Trump’s legitimacy

November 30, 2016
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The New Republic The New Republic
by Brian Beutler  

"It’s strange that the impending recount of votes in Wisconsin has driven President-elect Donald Trump to a nervous breakdown, because the process will almost certainly show that his Electoral College victory was legitimate. All elections, even blowouts, give rise to scapegoating and conspiracy theory. In 2008, when the outgoing GOP president was historically loathed, and the economy had begun to collapse under his watch, some conservatives still couldn’t accept that the election had been fair. After a Democratic landslide, they alleged widespread fraud and cited the practically non-existent New Black Panther Party as evidence of voter intimidation. In this year’s election, the winner came up 2.3 million votes (and counting) short in the popular ballot. Trump won the Electoral College by 100,000 votes over three states -- too many for the result of the election to be overturned, in all likelihood, but tiny in any statistical sense." (11/29/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/139039/danger-doubting-donald-trumps-legitimacy  

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Syria: With Aleppo poised to fall, Assad is set to rise

November 30, 2016
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"The expected fall of Aleppo to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could prove a decisive moment in Syria's grueling civil war, granting potential momentum for the Syrian Army and its multinational allies to roll back rebel forces from other areas of the war-torn country. The Syrian Army has been dogged by manpower shortages from early on in the war due to casualties, defections, and desertions. More than once, those have threatened doom for the Assad regime. But the deployment of foreign, Iran-supported Shiite paramilitaries, the creation of numerous loyalist militias and, in the past year, the arrival of Russian firepower may have finally tipped the military balance in Assad's favor." (11/29/16)

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2016/1129/With-Aleppo-poised-to-fall-Syria-s-Assad-is-set-to-rise  

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Will Marine le Pen become France’s next President?

November 30, 2016
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The American Prospect The American Prospect
by Arthur Goldhammer  

"Yesterday, François Fillon won the primary of the French Republican Party (Les Républicains, known as LR). As I predicted last week, Fillon handily eliminated his lone remaining rival, Alain Juppé, by a margin of 2-1. How does this stunning victory affect the handicapping of next spring’s presidential election? The short (and perhaps surprising) answer is that it makes the election of the Front National’s Marine Le Pen more likely. I will explain why in a moment. But first a word about Fillon." (11/29/16)

http://prospect.org/article/will-marine-le-pen-become-france%E2%80%99s-next-president  

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The high price of Turkey’s “witch-burning” crackdown

November 30, 2016
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Reuters Reuters
by David Kaye  

"Necmye Alpay greeted me warmly. Dressed casually in a workout-style jacket and sneakers, her spirit of optimism stood in stark contrast to the spareness of the setting: the Bakirkoy Women’s Prison in Istanbul. Alpay has been held in Bakirkoy since the beginning of September. I met with her when I was in Turkey this month on an official mission as the United Nations’ monitor for freedom of opinion and expression worldwide. The government invited me to visit back in February, before the July 15 coup attempt, before the state of emergency declared by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that same month, but well after a crackdown on government criticism had begun. Alpay is a prominent translator, linguist and writer based in Istanbul. She was detained along with her friend, Asli Erdogan, one of Turkey’s most accomplished novelists and essayists. The government refused my request to meet with Erdogan (no relation to the president), but allowed me to spend an hour with Alpay on Nov. 17." (11/29/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-crackdown-commentary-idUSKBN13O20Q  

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SCOTUS sympathetic to death row inmate on “intellectual disability”

November 30, 2016
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Reuters Reuters    

"A majority of U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday appeared ready to side with a man sentenced to death for a 1980 Houston murder who is challenging how Texas gauges whether a defendant has intellectual disabilities that would preclude execution. The Supreme Court ruled in 2002 that the execution of people who are intellectually disabled violates the U.S. Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment. At issue in the arguments the eight justices heard on Tuesday was whether Texas is using an obsolete standard to assess whether a defendant is intellectually disabled." (11/29/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/11/us-justices-sympathetic-to-death-row-inmate-on-intellectual-disability  

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TN: Wildfires scorch Smoky Mountains, thousands flee

November 29, 2016
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Fox News Fox News    

"As roaring flames and choking smoke driven by high winds continued to bear down on the Great Smoky Mountain region of Tennessee, emergency officials said that 14,000 people were evacuated from Gatlinburg alone and at least 100 buildings have been damaged. The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency said in a news release that at least 10 of the homes that were impacted were in Gatlinburg, including a 16-story hotel and an apartment complex. According to Fox 17 Nashville, 30 structures have been burned in Gatlinburg. Authorities issued a Level 3 state of emergency and ordered the evacuations of Gatlinburg, Mynatt Park, Park Vista, Ski Mounty and Pigeon Forge on Monday. The National Guard was being deployed to help with evacuations." (11/29/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/11/29/wildfires-scorch-tourist-area-in-tennessee-thousands-flee.html  

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Three Democratic delusions

November 29, 2016
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USA Today USA Today
by Michael Medved  

"As Democrats try to regroup after their recent presidential defeat, they tend to delude themselves on three crucial points. First, they seek comfort in Hillary Clinton’s popular vote margin of more than two million, marking the sixth election of the last seven in which a Democrat won more raw votes than his or her Republican rival. But this meaningless 'winning streak' masks a far more serious losing streak: in the last 50 years, over the course of thirteen presidential elections, Barack Obama is the only Democratic nominee to reach a solid popular vote majority of 51% or more -- and he did it twice. Going beyond Lyndon Johnson’s landslide against Barry Goldwater in 1964, you’d need to reach all the way back to Franklin D. Roosevelt to find another Democratic nominee who connected with an unmistakable majority of his fellow citizens." [editor's note: I don't usually care much for Medved, but he pretty much nails this one - SAT] (11/29/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/11/29/popular-vote-clinton-democrats-trump-medved-column/94545452  

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California targets dairy cows to combat global warming

November 29, 2016
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"California is taking its fight against global warming to the farm. The nation's leading agricultural state is now targeting greenhouse gases produced by dairy cows and other livestock. Despite strong opposition from farmers, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation in September that for the first time regulates heat-trapping gases from livestock operations and landfills. Cattle and other farm animals are major sources of methane, a greenhouse gas many times more potent than carbon dioxide as a heat-trapping gas. Methane is released when they belch, pass gas and make manure. 'If we can reduce emissions of methane, we can really help to slow global warming,' said Ryan McCarthy, a science adviser for the California Air Resources Board, which is drawing up rules to implement the new law." [editor's note: So they are finally admitting that controlling cow farts is part of the problem? Can't wait to see the bureaucracy for that one - SAT] (11/29/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/California-targets-dairy-cows-to-combat-global-10641403.php  

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Relax, liberals, the Third Reich isn’t on the way

November 29, 2016
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Town Hall
by Bernard Goldberg  

"Perhaps you've noticed that some of the most illiberal people in America these days ... are liberals. Liberals are the ones who pride themselves on being open-minded. But who are the ones on college campuses stifling speech they don't like? It's not conservative students. In 1944, college-age men were storming the beach at Normandy. Today, more than a few liberal cupcakes on campus are demanding 'safe spaces' and 'cry rooms' to protect them from the bogeyman we just elected president -- and from any ideas that don't conform to their own. And hasn't it been liberals who say they don't want to be lectured about morality, especially if it's by a bunch of smug conservatives? But it was smug liberals who rudely lectured the vice president-elect from a Broadway stage recently about how he and Donald Trump should behave when they take office." (11/29/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2016/11/29/relax-liberals-the-third-reich-isnt-on-the-way-n2251990  

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Education advocacy in the time of Trump

November 29, 2016
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Jeff Bryant Our Future
by Jeff Bryant  

"'At the count of three, SCREAM.' That’s what John Jackson suggested public education advocates do in response to the surprise election of Donald Trump. Jackson, president and CEO of the Schott Foundation for Public Education was one of the headliners at an event in Boston celebrating the organization’s twenty-fifth anniversary. The event included a panel discussion titled, 'Addressing Racism -- Strategies for Systemic Change: A Post-Election Analysis.' This was the nation’s first prominent event addressing the election outcome from an education justice perspective, and few, if any, of the panel participants had anticipated a discussion about the incoming Trump administration." (11/28/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20161128/education-advocacy-in-the-time-of-trump  

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Syria: US admits mistakes led to strike on state forces

November 29, 2016
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"The US has admitted carrying out an attack in eastern Syria that killed dozens of Syrian forces fighting so-called Islamic State (IS). The US-led coalition said the 'mistake' on 17 September was intended to target IS positions. Coalition aircraft from the UK, US, Denmark and Australia were involved in the attack near Deir al-Zour. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has maintained that the deadly airstrikes were intentional. The attack, which the Russian army says killed at least 62 Syrian troops, were halted when Russia informed the US it was hitting Syrian forces." (11/29/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-38149963  

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Report: Petraeus knowingly leaked secrets to biographer, lied to FBI

November 29, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"Retired Army general David Petraeus, who stepped down as CIA chief amid the scandal of an extramarital affair and pleaded guilty to divulging classified information, has emerged as a top contender as secretary of State in the incoming Trump administration. Petraeus’ fall from grace was swift but not complete. He resigned immediately from the CIA in November 2012 after the affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell became known. The most famous military leader of his generation, Petraeus remained in limbo, under FBI investigation and generally avoiding public life, until March 2015 when he accepted a plea agreement in which he admitted to spilling a massive amount of sensitive information to Broadwell and lying to FBI agents about it." (11/28/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/11/28/state-contender-petraeus-knowingly-leaked-secrets-biographer-lied-fbi/94547624  

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NJ: Principal apologizes after speaker lectures teens on “white privilege”

November 29, 2016
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Fox News Fox News    

"An assembly at a New Jersey high school devolved into name-calling and racially charged drama after the speaker drifted from her topic of 'digital safety' into a lecture admonishing students for their white privilege. The principal later apologized to students and parents for the speaker’s comments. Prestigious Princeton High School invited Alison Macrina, the head of the Library Freedom Project, to speak to students about cyber security. Students assumed this would be a practical lecture on how to protect themselves online, but instead got an anti-Trump screed on identity politics. The speech went south when Macrina began speaking about racist and sexist online trolls. Some of the students in the audience started laughing; they would later argue that they were simply laughing at the idea of trolls." (11/28/16)

http://heatst.com/culture-wars/principal-apologizes-after-speaker-lectures-teens-on-their-white-privilege  

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