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Why Millennials don’t like Clinton, and what she can do about it

September 26, 2016
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The American Prospect The American Prospect
by David Atkins  

"Hillary Clinton has long struggled with younger voters, but the problem now threatens to cost her the election. Clinton’s address to millennials this week underscored her awareness of how crucial they are to her chances in November. But her support from voters ages 18 to 35 has declined by double digits since August, raising an urgent question for Democrats: Why are millennial voters so reluctant to embrace Clinton? On the surface, Clinton should do well with younger voters. Millennials are the most progressive generation in America, and Hillary Clinton’s voting record in the Senate was reliably liberal on most issues. Millennials strongly support gender equality even more strongly than they do racial equality, so backing the first female candidate for president from a major party should be a no-brainer. But millennials also grew up in the shadow of the Great Recession, and this has radicalized them in a way that is often difficult for older generations to comprehend." (09/23/16)

http://prospect.org/article/why-millennials-don%E2%80%99t-clinton%E2%80%94and-what-she-can-do-about-it  

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Book review: How ADHD was sold

September 26, 2016
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The New Republic The New Republic
by Adam Gaffney  

"Rita was the wife of a chemist at the Swiss drug company CIBA who concocted a new stimulant by modifying amphetamine, and Rita enjoyed tennis. The chemist shared his invention with his wife, and—to their delight—the substance had a wonderful effect on her tennis game. He named the new drug in honor of his darling. He named the new drug Ritaline. In 1956, CIBA began marketing this drug as Ritalin in the United States, for a wide range of adult psychiatric maladies. But soon, evidence emerged that it might benefit what were then called “disturbed children.” In a landmark randomized clinical trial conducted in Baltimore by the child psychiatrist Leon Eisenberg and the child psychologist Keith Conners (then at Johns Hopkins) that was published in 1963, the drug improved behavioral symptoms, from 'demanding' and 'disobedient' to 'leads into trouble' and 'lying.' The diagnostic label 'attention deficit hyperactivity disorder' (ADHD) did not yet exist, but the pair had put the drug on the child psychiatry map." (09/23/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/137066/adhd-sold  

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Nebraska town considers banning smoking in apartments

September 26, 2016
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Fox News Fox News    

"Some leaders in the blue-collar Nebraska suburb of Bellevue, home to Offutt Air Force Base, are borrowing an idea from a vastly more liberal state: Ban apartment renters from smoking cigarettes and e-cigarettes inside. The proposal, which would be one of the few such restrictions outside of California and is similar to federal rules for public housing across the U.S., isn't meant to protect the health of the city's 50,000 residents, but instead to prevent fires. ... some residents in the city that borders Omaha set in a deeply conservative state see the proposal (set for a vote by the City Council on Monday) as an example of government overreach." [editor's not: And they would be correct; although many landlords might adopt such an idea, it should not be mandated - SAT] (09/25/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/09/25/nebraska-town-considers-banning-smoking-in-apartments.html  

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Trump to Netanyahu: Would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

September 26, 2016
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Reuters Reuters    

"Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Sunday told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that if elected, the United States would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the campaign said, marking a potential dramatic shift in U.S. policy on the issue. During the meeting that lasted more than an hour at Trump Tower in New York, Trump told Netanyahu that under his administration, the United States would 'recognize Jerusalem as the undivided capital of the State of Israel.' While Israel calls Jerusalem its capital, few other countries accept that, including the United States. Most nations maintain embassies in Tel Aviv. Palestinians want East Jerusalem, captured by Israel in a 1967 war, as capital of the state they aim to establish alongside Israel in the West Bank and Gaza Strip." (09/25/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-trump-netanyahu-idUSKCN11V0Q6  

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Trust me, you’d hate a Lincoln-Douglas debate

September 26, 2016
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USA Today USA Today
by Dan Payne  

"In presidential debate season, inevitably one of the candidates will ask for a Lincoln-Douglas style debate. This is commonly misunderstood as two candidates slugging it out without time limits or interruptions or moderators -- perhaps what Donald Trump had in mind when he envisioned a debate consisting of Hillary Clinton and himself just 'sitting there, talking.' But of course, the Lincoln-Douglas debates were nothing like that. The format for what were called the Great Debates of 1858 was one that very few voters and zero TV networks could tolerate today. One candidate spoke for 60 minutes uninterrupted, then the other took charge of the podium for 90 minutes; finally, the first candidate was allowed back for a 30-minute rejoinder. Imagine standing and listening to these endless monologues as the two men battled to put their respective parties in control of the Illinois legislature, which would choose the next senator. There were seven of these panegyric face-offs." (09/24/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/09/24/trump-clinton-debate-lincoln-douglas-column/91017246  

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New report confirms grim outlook for elephants

September 26, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Elephant populations in Africa have declined by around 111,000 over the past 10 years according to a new study. The African Elephant Status report says that poaching is the main driver of the fall, the worst losses in 25 years. However the authors say that long-term issues such as the loss of habitat also pose a significant threat. The report has been presented at the Cites meeting which is considering new proposals on elephant protection." (09/25/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-37466444  

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Alaska: Kenai council to vote on cat leash law

September 25, 2016
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"Cats will need leashes just like dogs if a proposal before the Kenai council wins approval. Kenai Mayor Pat Porter and council member Tim Navarre have proposed a cat leash law after complaints from residents about roaming felines. The Peninsula Clarion reports that current city code does not include cats on its list of animals that need to be restrained. The proposed ordinance also cites complaints about the impact of a growing cat population on the Kenai Animal Shelter's resources. Kenai City Manager Rick Koch says shelter resources are sufficient. He said he will research data and see whether other Alaska communities have similar laws." (09/25/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Alaska-council-to-vote-on-cat-leash-law-9263095.php  

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Isaiah Washington tells African Americans to boycott work Monday

September 25, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"Actor Isaiah Washington wants every single African American to boycott work on Monday. 'No work. No school. No shopping for 24 hours,' the former 'Grey's Anatomy' star wrote on Facebook. 'Imagine if every single African American in the United States that was really fed up with being angry, sad and disgusted, would pick ONE DAY to simply 'stay at home' from every single job, work site, sports arena and government office in the United States of America. I'm very sure that within 72 hours from Wall Street to the NFL...Black Lives Would Matter. September 26, 2016 is THE DAY.' In his post, Washington used the hashtags #RIPTerenceCrutcher and #HandsUpDontShoot. Terence Crutcher, 40, was shot and killed by Tulsa police on Sept. 16. after his SUV stalled on the road. His name started trending after video footage released by police circulated showing Crutcher getting shot after being confronted by four officers." (09/25/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/2016/09/25/isaiah-washington-tells-african-americans-boycott-work-monday/91078734  

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The bilingual lobby is back

September 25, 2016
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Debra J. Saunders Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders  

"Having to ask parents to sign a consent form should not be considered a burden -- and yet activists have put Proposition 58 on the November ballot so that they can relieve themselves of that pedestrian challenge. In 1998, 61 percent of Californians passed Proposition 227, which replaced bilingual education with English immersion classes. Prop. 227 allows parents to opt their children out of immersion classes, if they sign a form. 'We have to get waivers from every family every spring,' San Francisco school board member Emily Murase told The San Francisco Chronicle editorial board. She talked as if asking parents to sign a consent form is daunting. The waivers are 'barriers' which produce a 'chilling effect,' said Democratic state Sen. Ricardo Lara. Prop. 58 would remove this mandate. Lara himself was in English immersion and 'happened to excel,' but some of his siblings fared better in bilingual classes, he said. Prop. 227 allowed parents to opt their children out of immersion classes if they could find bilingual classes." (09/25/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2016/09/25/the-bilingual-lobby-is-back-n2222943  

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Merle Haggard memorial cannabis hits legal weed market

September 25, 2016
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San Francisco Chronicle Smell the Truth    

"Counterculture icon Merle Haggard now has a line of marijuana posthumously named in his honor. Haggard’s family members are working with the Colorado Weed Co. to release a line of connoisseur-grade cannabis strains called 'Merle’s Girls,' reports the Denver Westword. Before Haggard’s death in April earlier this year, the country music legend was already in talks with Colorado Weed Co. to release a line of Haggard-brand pot specific to his personal tastes. 'We’re starting out with what Merle liked to smoke,' said Michael Smith, Haggard’s business partner at Colorado Weed Co., to the Westword. 'The sativas kept him going, kept him creative, kept him getting out there and being able to play. He did contribute a lot of his success on the road to sativas.' Although Haggard was labeled as an outlaw country artist in his later years, he achieved success ironically with the conservative anthem 'Okie from Muskogee,' which contained lyrics berating the use of marijuana and hippie culture as a whole." (09/23/16)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2016/09/23/merle-haggard-marijuana-hits-legal-weed-market  

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The exasperating, never-ending sprawl of American empire

September 25, 2016
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In These Times In These Times
by Tom Engelhardt  

"Recently, sorting through a pile of old children’s books, I came across a volume, That Makes Me Mad!, which brought back memories. Written by Steve Kroll, a long-dead friend, it focused on the eternally frustrating everyday adventures of Nina, a little girl whose life regularly meets commonplace roadblocks, at which point she always says ... well, you can guess from the title! Vivid parental memories of another age instantly flooded back: of my daughter (now reading such books to her own son) sitting beside me at age five and hitting that repeated line with such mind-blowing, ear-crushing gusto that you knew it spoke to the everyday frustrations of her life, to what made her mad. Three decades later, in an almost unimaginably different America, on picking up that book I suddenly realized that, whenever I follow the news online, on TV, or ... on paper, I have a similarly Nina-esque urge. Only the line I’ve come up with for it is ... 'You must be kidding!'" (09/23/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/19491/adventures-in-an-american-world-of-frustration  

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GA: Walmart workers refuse to make cop’s “Blue Lives Matter” retirement cake

September 25, 2016
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Fox News    

"Three Walmart workers in McDonough, Ga., refused to decorate a 'thin blue line' cake for a police officer's retirement party because they said it was racist. [In an interview] ... with the police officer's daughter, she said. 'I was so shocked. I didn't know what to do or say or anything. I was trying not to lose my temper or make a scene.' For the record, Walmart has confessed that most of her allegations are true." (09/25/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2016/09/25/walmart-workers-refuse-to-make-cops-retirement-cake.html  

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Solutions to the teacher shortage even Republicans will like

September 25, 2016
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Jeff Bryant Our Future
by Jeff Bryant  

"A new report is making big headlines for showing that public schools across the nation are experiencing severe problems with teacher shortages that are apt to develop into a 'crisis' if left unaddressed. The report from an education think tank called the Learning Policy Institute took off from last year’s widespread news stories that reported how schools were 'struggling with shortages of teachers, particularly in math, science, and special education.' Where this new report goes way beyond last year’s news stories is that it draws from a deep well of statistical validity, meticulous analysis, and wise counsel. The report not only finds clear and credible evidence of teacher shortages; it provides a baseline definition of the term, identifies the factors driving the shortfalls, forecasts a continuing problem, and offers policy recommendations to shore up the existing teacher supply and attract new, well-qualified entrants." (09/22/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160922/solutions-to-the-teacher-shortage-crisis-even-republicans-will-like  

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Pentagon claims Islamic State tried to use mustard gas on US troops

September 23, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"The top U.S. military officer confirmed Thursday that Islamic State militants targeted a military base in Iraq where U.S. troops were stationed with a potentially deadly chemical weapon this week. 'We assess it to be a sulfur-mustard blister agent,' Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate Armed Services Committee. Dunford did not elaborate, but the shell landed at a military base in northern Iraq where U.S. military advisers are helping Iraqi forces prepare for an upcoming offensive, according to an earlier account from two defense officials. They asked not to be named because they were not authorize to discuss the issue publicly. The defense officials suspected the Islamic State, also known as ISIL or ISIS, of launching the attack." (09/22/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/09/22/pentagon-confirms-isil-chemical-attack-near-us-troops-iraq/90841824  

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Obama poised to veto 9/11 bill, could face first successful override

September 23, 2016
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Fox News Fox News    

"Distribution of power is the essence of the U.S. Constitution. In fact, the Constitution does very little to pave the way for efficient government; rather, sparking conflict among the three branches in an effort to make power diffuse. Even in an atmosphere of constant conflict, however, a rare constitutional meteor shower is about to light up the skies. At issue is a white-hot bill approved by both bodies of Congress to permit families of 9/11 terrorism victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia. President Obama wants to veto the measure. Both bodies of Congress are tentatively prepping to override Obama's veto." (09/22/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/09/22/obama-poised-to-veto-911-bill-and-could-face-first-successful-override.html  

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Trump Foundation, charity in name only

September 23, 2016
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Debra J. Saunders Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders  

"Donald Trump famously said in January that his supporters were so loyal, 'I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose any voters.' It's amazing that Trump was able to exhibit his low view of his supporters, and not lose ground in the polls. Still, I wonder how his die-hard faithful will feel as they learn more about how Trump used the ostensibly charitable Donald J. Trump Foundation to launder purchases of high-ticket items the billionaire coveted and to settle legal issues for his luxury ventures. ... Mr. Big Spender hasn't given a dime to his namesake charity since 2008. Instead, other business people have contributed to the Trump Foundation -- while Trump took credit for their generosity." (09/22/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2016/09/22/trump-foundation-charity-in-name-only-n2221986  

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One other reason Johnson & Stein should be invited to the debates

September 23, 2016
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John Nichols The Nation
by John Nichols  

"Toward the end of the first Democratic presidential debate, CNN's Anderson Cooper turned to former US senator and Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee and asked, 'Edward Snowden, is he a traitor or a hero?' ... 'I would bring him home,' Chafee said of the American whistle-blower who leaked classified National Security Agency documents that exposed details of the NSA's surveillance programs in the United States and abroad. 'Bring him home, no jail time?' asked Cooper. '[What] Snowden did showed that the American government was acting illegally for the Fourth Amendment,' said Chafee. 'So I would bring him home.' Cooper then turned to former secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who was of a different opinion altogether. 'He broke the laws of the United States,' said Clinton, who claimed Snowden wasn't really a whistle-blower but someone who 'stole very important information.'" [editor's note: Gee, do you suppose that's maybe why neither she nor Trump wants either of them up there? SAT] (09/22/16)

https://www.thenation.com/article/theres-one-other-reason-gary-johnson-and-jill-stein-should-be-invited-to-the-debates  

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Cannabis is not a gateway drug, admits Obama’s Attorney General

September 23, 2016
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San Francisco Chronicle Smell the Truth    

"Marijuana is not the substance that pushes people to use harder drugs such as opioids, according to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch. In a Richmond, Kentucky town hall meeting on Tuesday, Lynch told a group of high school students that prescription pills can have a greater chance of leading to future drug abuse compared to marijuana, reports the International Business Times. 'In so many cases, it isn’t trafficking rings that introduce a person to opioids. It’s the household medicine cabinet. That’s the source,' Lynch told students before fielding questions from the audience." (09/22/16)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2016/09/22/marijuana-is-not-a-gateway-drug-admits-obamas-attorney-general  

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Wells Fargo shows exactly how structural racism works

September 23, 2016
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In These Times In These Times
by Theo Anderson  

"Wells Fargo is a curious case. Often overshadowed by banks like Chase and Citigroup, it was, until it took a hit from the recent uproar, the biggest bank in the world by market capitalization. It was also once 'viewed as one of the good guys,' as Bloomberg put it, because its 'conservative lending policies had helped it weather the worst of the housing bust' in 2008. On the 'Vision and Values' page of its website, Stumpf claims that 'everything we do is built on trust. It doesn’t happen with one transaction, in one day on the job or in one quarter. It’s earned relationship by relationship.' Despite its good-guy reputation in some quarters and its professed commitment to building trust, however, Wells Fargo was a central player in the lending practices that contributed to the housing crisis of the late 2000s. And it is still dealing with the fallout from lawsuits dating back to that era -- notably, a case to be heard by the Supreme Court in its coming term." (09/21/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/19488/wells-fargo-shows-exactly-how-structural-racism-works  

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CA: Swastikas, “hateful” language found inside San Jose state dorms

September 23, 2016
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"San Jose State University authorities are investigating the discovery of two swastikas and 'hateful language' found inside on-campus student housing, officials said. Staff at the school were informed on Tuesday that two swastikas were found on floors primarily with freshman students at Washburn Hall and Campus Village, according to a message sent by university’s president, Mary Papazian. 'I am both saddened and outraged by this news,' Papazian said in the message, which was also emailed to students, faculty and staff. 'Although I am in Long Beach for CSU meetings, I have spoken with campus and community leaders and shared our resolve to provide a safe learning environment where difficult issues can be addressed collaboratively and transparently.'" (09/22/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Swastikas-hateful-language-found-inside-9239237.php  

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Science: DNA hints at earlier human exodus from Africa

September 23, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Hints of an early exodus of modern humans from Africa may have been detected in living humans. People outside Africa overwhelmingly trace their descent to a group that left the continent 60,000 years ago. Now, analysis of nearly 500 human genomes appears to have turned up the weak signal of an earlier migration. But the results suggest this early wave of Homo sapiens all but vanished, so it does not drastically alter prevailing theories of our origins. Writing in Nature, Luca Pagani, Mait Metspalu and colleagues describe hints of this pioneer group in their analysis of DNA in people from the Oceanian nation of Papua New Guinea." (09/22/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-37408014  

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Third-party candidates don’t have to be spoilers

September 22, 2016
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The New Republic The New Republic
by Scott Lemieux  

"Donald Trump has between a 25 percent and 44 percent chance of becoming president (I'll pause while you fix yourself a stiff drink), although he doesn't crack 45 percent of the vote in prominent poll aggregators. One reason for this is an unusually strong collective showing by the Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and the Green Party's Jill Stein. Millennial voters, in particular, have the sound judgment to solidly disapprove of Trump, but are disproportionately attracted to third-party candidates. I think voters of any age who don't want Trump to be president, but are considering a vote for Johnson and Stein, are making a mistake. But voters should not be faced with this dilemma in the first place." [editor's note: The title is deceptive; this is a pitch for IRV or other voting reform, and not in any way an endorsement of 3rd-party options (he goes on to trash and dismiss both), though it is at least a challenge to the present mess - SAT] (09/22/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/137012/third-party-candidates-dont-spoilers  

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Senate splits over bill to avoid “government shutdown”

September 22, 2016
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Reuters Reuters    

"A behind-the-scenes congressional battle to avoid a U.S. government shutdown broke into public view on Thursday when Republicans produced a stop-gap funding bill that Democrats immediately rejected. The federal fiscal year ends on Sept. 30 and Congress must pass a spending measure by then to keep the government open. In recent years, lawmakers have seldom been able to agree on a full federal budget and instead have relied on stop-gap measures. Senate Majority Mitch McConnell capped weeks of labored negotiations by proposing a continuing resolution that would fund government agencies from Oct. 1 through Dec. 9 at an annual rate of just over $1 trillion. The measure also includes $1.1 billion to combat the spreading Zika virus, $500 million in flood relief for states including Louisiana and funding for U.S. military operations overseas at an annual rate of $74 billion." (09/22/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-congress-funding-idUSKCN11S2DF  

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The Republican purge to come

September 22, 2016
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USA Today USA Today
by Gabriel Schoenfeld  

"The message from Republican Party chairman Reince Priebus wasn't subtle: Anyone who ran for president this year and agreed to support the primary winner, best get on board the Trump Train. Otherwise, he said on CBS'[s] Face The Nation, 'I don't think it's going to be that easy for them' to run again. 'It's not a threat,' he added. 'It's just a question that we have a process in place.' He has it precisely backwards. If there's going to be a purge, banish Republican officeholders who supported Donald Trump. The GOP needs to rid itself of those who turned what should have been a banner year for Republicans into a moral disaster and, tightening polls notwithstanding, likely a political one as well." [editor's note: This is going to be fun to watch, regardless of how the GOP disintegrates; one down, one to go ... - SAT] (09/22/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/09/22/trump-penalties-kasich-bush-cruz-ryan-giuliani-racism-gop-column/90796472  

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Republicans would rather impeach than disclose

September 22, 2016
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The American Prospect The American Prospect
by Eliza Newlin Carney  

"From the upside-down perspective of Republicans, the biggest threat to American democracy comes not from the millions in unregulated, undisclosed money sloshing through campaigns, but from the slightest attempt to shed light on the big donors funding secretive political groups. So alarmed are conservatives by the specter that non-disclosing groups will be politically harassed and intimidated that they have set out to impeach Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen. It's a move that worries GOP leaders, but that has fired up the right-leaning House Freedom Caucus. It all goes back to a federal Inspector General's finding in 2013 that the IRS had improperly targeted tax-exempt Tea Party groups for special scrutiny." (09/22/16)

http://prospect.org/article/republicans-would-rather-impeach-disclose  

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