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Doomstead Diner Daily 12/17
« Reply #525 on: December 17, 2019, 05:46:53 am »

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Bolivia's New US-Backed Interim Gov't Wastes No Time Privatizing Economy

mintpressnews.com - It has been barely one month since the administration of Jeanine Añez seized power in a military coup in Bolivia, but it has wasted no time in attempting to transform the economy and society. Its lat…

U.N. Climate Talks Collapsed in Madrid. What’s the Way Forward?

nymag.com - You could see the failure of the United Nations’ COP25 climate conference, which just concluded in Madrid, coming from months away — if not years or decades. It was, of course, the 25th COP, and judg…

Boeing will halt 737 Max production in January as FAA reviews software fix

washingtonpost.com - By Jonathan O'Connell and close Jonathan O'Connell Reporter covering economic development with a focus on commercial real estate and the Trump Organization Email EmailBio BioFollow Follow Aaron Gregg…

Watch: Glenn Greenwald’s Exclusive Interview With Bolivia’s Evo Morales, Who Was Deposed in a Coup

theintercept.com - We also discussed the once-notorious but now forgotten extraordinary event in 2013, when Morales’s presidential plane was forced to land in Austria as he was traveling back to Bolivia from a state vi…

Purdue payments to Sackler family surged after OxyContin fine

theguardian.com - The wealthy owners of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma started taking far more money out of the company after it was fined for misleading marketing of the powerful prescription painkiller. Purdue made p…

Mormon Church has misled members on $100 billion tax-exempt investment fund, whistleblower alleges

washingtonpost.com - The Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City. (Douglas C. Pizac/AP) By Jon Swaine, Douglas MacMillan and close Douglas MacMillan Reporter covering corporate accountability Email EmailBio BioFollow Follow Mich…

The pound plummets after Boris Johnson's 'drastic' move that raises risk of Britain crashing out of the EU without a deal

businessinsider.com - The pound sank on Monday morning after Boris Johnson put forward a law that would raise the risk of Britain crashing out of the EU by the end of 2020 without a deal. The pound fell 1% against the dol…

British Weapons Manufacturers, Banks, See Share Price Rocket after Conservative Election Victory

mintpressnews.com - The big winner in last week’s conservative landslide elections in the United Kingdom? Weapons manufacturers. Almost every one of Britain’s top arms producers saw large spikes in their share price imm…

2019 Latin America in Review: Year of the Revolt of the Dispossessed

mintpressnews.com - Corte Madera, California — A year ago, John Bolton, Trump’s short-lived national security advisor, invoked the 1823 Monroe Doctrine making explicit what has long been painfully implicit: the dominion…

In Tulsa, an investigation finds possible evidence of mass graves from 1921 race massacre

washingtonpost.com - The Greenwood section of Tulsa, in the aftermath of the 1921 massacre. (Greenwood Cultural Center) By DeNeen L. Brown close DeNeen L. Brown Local enterprise reporter Email EmailBio BioFollow Follow D…

DCCC to Consultants: Helping to Elect a Republican? Sure, We’ll Work With You.

theintercept.com - The DCCC has faced intense scrutiny for the blacklist policy, which critics say is another example of the committee exploiting its position to keep centrist Democrats in power while discouraging wome…

Guinea protests turn bloody in fight to stop president's third term

theguardian.com - On the morning of 14 November Abdourahmane Diallo set out on his motorcycle taxi along the pothole-laden roads of Conakry, the bustling capital of Guinea. By nightfall he was dead. His family said th…

Federal Toxmap Shutters, Raising the Ire of Pollution Researchers

undark.org - Fifteen years ago, the U.S. National Library of Medicine launched Toxmap, a free, interactive online application that combines pollution data from at least a dozen U.S. government sources. A Toxmap u…

Glacial melt creates Andes time bomb | Climate News Network

climatenewsnetwork.net - The speed of glacial melt in parts of Latin America is threatening water supplies – and life and limb in cities downstream. LONDON, 16 December, 2019 – Rising regional temperatures in the Andes and t…

In New Documentary, Animal Rights Activists Prosecuted as Terrorists

theintercept.com - Still: Courtesy of Virgil Films “You see the train coming, but it hits you anyway,” said animal rights activist Josh Harper. “They just went down the list and it was ‘guilty as charged,’ ‘guilty as c…

Can We Break the Cycle of War and Famine?

undark.org - Vandana Shiva, an Indian environmental activist, once described growing one’s own food as “the most revolutionary act.” That idea is clearly echoed in “Food or War,” by Australian climate scholar Jul…

The mother of us all: Ancient India’s Vedic civilization

intrepidreport.com - Researchers have determined that the Vedic culture of India was the first global civilization. They have uncovered archeological and historical evidence indicating that the society which began millen…

Former Pakistan leader Musharraf sentenced to death: state media

news.yahoo.com - Islamabad (AFP) - A Pakistan court Tuesday sentenced former military ruler Pervez Musharraf in absentia to death for treason, state media reported, an unprecedented move in a country where the armed …

Antifascist Soccer Fans Are Refusing To “Stick To Sports” ❧ Current Affairs

currentaffairs.org - On their way to a soccer match on October 24th, a group of supporters of Lazio—a club based in Rome that was once supported by Benito Mussolini—gave Nazi salutes and sang a song from the Hungarian Re…

What Jeremy Corbyn Has Meant To Me ❧ Current Affairs

currentaffairs.org - A week before the 2019 General Election, I (temporarily) left the United Kingdom. The campaign had become increasingly bitter and fractious, and I’d watched as the Labour Party tried to claw back a s…


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Agelbert NOTE: This is two and ahalf years old, but still every bit as revealing of the odious nature of 🦀 Donald Trump.

To the 🐍 Trumper that locked the Impeachment Score thread: Don't bother. I'm here every single day and will unlock it. You are a coward. If you had any integrity whatsoever, you would sign up and argue your position instead of sneaking in here and trying to sabotage this forum. Have a nice deluded day, TRUMPER COWARD

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Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:
For the Lord will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them. Pr. 22:22-23

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To the 🐍 Trumper that locked the Impeachment Score thread: Don't bother. I'm here every single day and will unlock it. You are a coward. If you had any integrity whatsoever, you would sign up and argue your position instead of sneaking in here and trying to sabotage this forum. Have a nice deluded day, TRUMPER COWARD

Trumpsuckers are fully-fledged members of #TeamTreason and should be expected to act with the same menu of ethics as those embodied by their Cult Leader.

Cowardice is just part of their skill set. They certainly can't argue their points.

And to any Trumplurkers here, allow me to offer a holiday gift which you should feel free to enjoy after you wipe the Trump from your nose and cheek:


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Doomstead Diner Daily 12/18
« Reply #528 on: December 18, 2019, 07:07:01 am »

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Trump Writes Insane Letter to Pelosi Showing Why He’s Unfit for Office

nymag.com - If you worked in print media, you became accustomed to receiving long, unhinged letters from agitated members of the general public. Often these letters tied together facts, pseudo-facts, paranoid in…

Trump rips Democrats for ‘attempted coup’ on eve of likely impeachment

washingtonpost.com - President Trump’s letter called the impeachment process “invalid,” “spiteful,” “egregious,” “meritless,” “terrible,” “disingenuous,” “baseless,” “preposterous,” “dangerous,” “fake,” “fantasy” and “il…

More than 700 scholars pen letter urging House to impeach Trump

washingtonpost.com - By Felicia Sonmez close Felicia Sonmez National reporter on The Washington Post's breaking political news team Email EmailBio BioFollow Follow December 16, 2019 at 8:07 PM EST A group of more than 70…

Opinion | Don’t let Mitch McConnell conduct a Potemkin impeachment trial

washingtonpost.com - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) speaks to journalists about the impeachment inquiry during a news conference on Capitol Hill on Oct. 29. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post) By Laurence H…

Of Two Minds - OK Boomer, OK Fed

oftwominds.com - Eventually the younger generations will connect all the economic injustices implicit in 'OK Boomer' with the Fed. Much of the cluelessness and economic inequality behind the OK Boomer meme is the res…

A People's Guide to Revolution: Why Popular Protest Movements Fail

mintpressnews.com - Since the 2010 Arab Autumn, it has become clear that leaderless revolts only have two inevitable outcomes. In the first, a game of musical chairs between right-wing imperialist forces will be played …

Pope lifts 'pontifical secret' for sex abuse cases

news.yahoo.com - Vatican City (AFP) - Priests can no longer cite papal secrecy in abuse cases, the Vatican said Tuesday, the latest move by Pope Francis to combat silence surrounding paedophilia in the Roman Catholic…

A Coal Baron Funded Climate Denial as His Company Spiraled Into Bankruptcy

nytimes.com - Mr. Murray’s charitable giving over the past two years included $2 million to the Boy Scouts of America. He also funded an array of conservative political action committees as well as groups that den…

Coal Giant Provided Secret Financing to Group Challenging Climate Lawsuits

theintercept.com - Other think tanks listed in the filing as having received money from Murray Energy include the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, a group that claimed “there is no scientific consensus though tha…

The New York Times’s political coverage has completely imploded at the worst possible time | Press Watch

presswatchers.org - The New York Times’s three-year struggle to sustain its reporting algorithms, built for two political parties that have comparable relationships to reality, collapsed into sordid heap of nonsense ove…

An Angry Letter Reveals the Fiction of the Two Trumps

theatlantic.com - In other words: It’s more of the same. Much more. (At least his letter to Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was brief.) For the most part, the letter is a farrago of common complaints the president has i…

Giuliani Calls Up New York Times to Incriminate Trump

vanityfair.com - Mr. Giuliani told the president and Mr. Pompeo that Ms. Yovanovitch was blocking visas for Ukrainian prosecutors to come to the United States to present evidence to him—and also to federal authoritie…

Trump was elected by a little more than a quarter of eligible voters

vox.com - Before making sweeping statements about what Donald Trump’s Election Day victory says about everyday Americans, you might want to consider one fact: Only about one-fourth of Americans eligible to vot…

The Ongoing Effort to Write Wall Street Out of the 2008 Financial Crisis

theintercept.com - While the conservative response to the crisis was to blame black and brown homeowners, the more sophisticated academic response extends the blame more broadly to other borrowers. The new paper, autho…

How Corporate Cronies Corrupted the Department of the Interior Under Trump

gen.medium.com - Earlier this year, a top official at the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) was caught on tape praising President Trump’s ability to distract the American public. “One of the things I have found a…

Humans Are Driving the Evolution of Urban Rats

undark.org - It took only a few seconds to spot one. Then another. As I walked into the small park around noon, dozens of rats could be seen scurrying in every direction. They dashed in and out of burrows scatter…

Trump slashed Puerto Rico’s Medicaid money as part of budget deal

politico.com - Puerto Rico's Medicaid program has been relying on a series of short-term funding extensions since the fall, after confronting a fiscal cliff on Sept. 30 when a temporary boost in money — one of seve…

Of Science, Fear, and Nuclear Radiation

undark.org - For Andrew Maidment, the chief of physics for the Department of Radiology at the University of Pennsylvania, it was one of the oddest phone calls he’d ever received. “A woman called me up once,” he r…

Toys “R” Us Is Back—Now With More Surveillance!

wired.com - Physical stores are increasingly turning to tools like Wi-Fi beacons and sophisticated cameras to bring the same data collection to the real world. The information can inform everything from marketin…

Climate change and the threat to global breadbaskets

phys.org - Climate change is not just resulting in a steady increase in temperatures, but also in an increased frequency and severity of extreme climatic events, like droughts, heat waves, and floods. These ext…

Biological annihilation via the ongoing sixth mass extinction signaled by vertebrate population losses and declines

pnas.org - The strong focus on species extinctions, a critical aspect of the contemporary pulse of biological extinction, leads to a common misimpression that Earth’s biota is not immediately threatened, just s…

World’s first human-monkey hybrid created in China, scientists reveal - Rakoza.com

rakoza.com - Scientists say they have created the world’s first human-monkey hybrid in a laboratory in China. The researchers, who want to use animals to create organs for human life-saving transplants, say creat…

Brazil has become a cautionary tale for the world's democracies | Petra Costa

theguardian.com - I was a child when I saw Terry Gilliam’s Brazil for the first time. I expected a film about the stereotypes of my country – carnival, samba and football – but found something else. In Gilliam’s surre…


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Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:
For the Lord will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them. Pr. 22:22-23

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Re: Doomstead Diner Daily
« Reply #530 on: December 18, 2019, 12:21:38 pm »

To the 🐍 Trumper that locked the Impeachment Score thread: Don't bother. I'm here every single day and will unlock it. You are a coward. If you had any integrity whatsoever, you would sign up and argue your position instead of sneaking in here and trying to sabotage this forum. Have a nice deluded day, TRUMPER COWARD

Trumpsuckers are fully-fledged members of #TeamTreason and should be expected to act with the same menu of ethics as those embodied by their Cult Leader.

Cowardice is just part of their skill set. They certainly can't argue their points.

And to any Trumplurkers here, allow me to offer a holiday gift which you should feel free to enjoy after you wipe the Trump from your nose and cheek:



 
Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:
For the Lord will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them. Pr. 22:22-23

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Doomstead Diner Daily 12/19
« Reply #531 on: December 19, 2019, 06:00:59 am »

News digest brought to you by the Doomstead Diner.


Trump is impeached by the House, creating an indelible mark on his presidency

washingtonpost.com - By Philip Rucker, close Philip Rucker White House Bureau Chief Email EmailBio BioFollow Follow Felicia Sonmez and close Felicia Sonmez National reporter on The Washington Post's breaking political ne…

Pelosi says House may withhold impeachment articles, delaying Senate trial

washingtonpost.com - By Mike DeBonis close Mike DeBonis Congressional reporter covering the House of Representatives Email EmailBio BioFollow Follow December 18, 2019 at 10:21 PM EST Moments after a historic vote to impe…

Conservative radio host wishes for a ‘nice school shooting’ to distract from impeachment

washingtonpost.com - A conservative talk-show was canceled after host Chuck Bonniwell wished for a “nice school shooting” to interrupt impeachment headlines on air on Dec. 18. (CBS4 Denver) By Katie Shepherd close Katie …

We're More United Than We Are Divided | Gaslit Nation on Patreon

patreon.com - This week we discuss the dueling shitshows of the Boris Johnson sweep in the UK and the ongoing impeachment effort in the US. We debunk the media myths surrounding the British election – no, the loss…

It's Impeachment Season: Tens of Thousands Rally Across America In Support of Removing Donald Trump

theroot.com - On the eve of a House vote to impeach President Donald Trump, tens of thousands of Americans rallied across all 50 states and the District of Columbia in support of removing the quid-pro-ho from offi…

Of Two Minds - Skyrocketing Costs Will Pop All the Bubbles

oftwominds.com - The reckoning is coming, and everyone who counted on "eternal growth of borrowing" to stave off the reckoning is in for a big surprise. We've used a simple trick to keep the status quo from imploding…

New Zealand Soldier With Alleged Nazi Ties Arrested

unicornriot.ninja - New Zealand – On December 14, a soldier in the New Zealand Defense Forces (NZDF) was arrested in an investigation believed to be related to his suspected involvement in neo-nazi groups. According to …

BBC Director-General Calls for Media Critics to Be Purged From Social Media

mintpressnews.com - In the face of a mountain of condemnation over how it provided a key role in helping Boris Johnson win last week’s UK general elections, BBC Director-General Baron Hall of Birkenhead has called for t…

Rich Nations, After Driving Climate Disaster, Block All Progress at U.N. Talks

theintercept.com - Last Wednesday, over 300 demonstrators at COP25 in Madrid — this year’s 14-day U.N. climate talks, the group’s longest ever — watched from the courtyard of a conference center as a metal wall rose up…

How White Nationalists Have Been Inspired by the Genocide of Muslims in Bosnia

theintercept.com - On a spring day in 2017, a monument was raised in the Bosnian town of Višegrad, in memory of a terrible mass murder that had occurred there two decades earlier. In a somber ceremony attended by local…

New Chemical Complex Would Displace Suspected Slave Burial Ground in Louisiana’s “Cancer Alley”

theintercept.com - The former plantations that Formosa bought in July 2018 are not the only properties once owned by slaveholders that have gone on to become chemical or oil and gas plants. Down the Mississippi River f…

Impeachment Alone Won’t Stop Trump From Inflicting Lasting Damage on Ukraine

theintercept.com - What neither man mentioned was that the Ernst & Young study ranking Ukraine among the three most corrupt countries was conducted in 2012, two years before Paul Manafort’s client, the notoriously corr…

Farm Animals Are the Next Big Antibiotic Resistance Threat

wired.com - Laxminarayan and his colleagues were convinced that farm-created resistance was posing an equivalent danger to livestock, but—unlike in human medicine—there were no large data sources to help them pr…

Masterminds of Philippines' worst political massacre jailed

news.yahoo.com - Manila (AFP) - The masterminds of the Philippines' worst political massacre were on Thursday found guilty of murder, a decade after the slaughter in which gunmen killed 58 people in the conflict-plag…

Bolivia orders arrest of ex-president Morales

news.yahoo.com - Bolivia's ex-President Evo Morales gestures during a press conference in Buenos Aires, on December 17, 2019 (AFP Photo/RONALDO SCHEMIDT) La Paz (AFP) - Bolivia's attorney general on Wednesday ordered…

‘Point of no return’ fails to spur action against climate change - Red Deer Advocate

reddeeradvocate.com - “The point of no return is no longer over the horizon,” warned UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres as the 25th climate summit opened in Madrid two weeks ago, and the multitude of delegates from mor…

Chinese gangs are spreading African swine fever to make big bucks on infected hogs

scmp.com - Chinese criminals have been exploiting the country's African swine fever crisis by intentionally spreading the disease to force farmers to sell their pigs for a low price before smuggling the meat an…

Govt of India builds Mass Detention Camps for 2 million people 'Stripped of Citizenship' in Assam

sentinelassam.com - Guwahati: At a time when there is a widespread protest against CAA 2019 in Assam, here is a report stating the Government of India is building mass detention camps after almost two million people wer…

How St. Francis created the Nativity scene, with a miraculous event in 1223

theconversation.com - Around the Christmas season, it is common to see a display of the Nativity scene: a small manger with the baby Jesus and his family, shepherds, the three wise men believed to have visited Jesus after…

Toxic PFAS Chemicals Found in Artificial Turf

theintercept.com - But the mix of chemicals composing today’s turf are decidedly not grass. The rubber, which is used in huge amounts (some 40,000 tires are shredded to cover a single artificial turf field), contains h…

5 simple steps for soil-friendly eating

treehugger.com - If we don't take care of the soil, the soil will lose its ability to take care of us. Last month I attended a Food Tank Summit in New York City to listen to some of the leading lights in the food rev…

For Vulnerable Populations, the Thorny Ethics of Genetic Data Collection

undark.org - In 2009, researchers collected DNA from four elderly men in Namibia, each from one of the many San indigenous communities scattered across southern Africa. A year later, analyses of the men’s

Tracking your heart rate? 5 questions answered about what that number really means

theconversation.com - The rise of wearable fitness trackers has increased the number of people monitoring their heart rate, both throughout the day and during exercise. Whether you’re an athlete trying to gain the competi…

Temple Grandin predicts AI as the biggest change in 50 years

qz.com - In 50 years, scientists will fully understand how non-coding DNA and other mechanisms control the expression of the coding DNA. This will enable them to program in DNA code, making it possible to cre…

'There is no green heaven.'

treehugger.com - This phrase, from author Adam Minter, has become my newest mantra. There is a phrase I have used in numerous articles for TreeHugger. "There is no away." For me, it sums up perfectly the idea that, j…

China's ambassador to Australia says reports of detention of 1m Uighurs 'fake news'

theguardian.com - China’s ambassador to Australia has labelled reports that one million Uighurs are being held in detention “fake news”, seeking to excuse mass incarceration as a deradicalisation measure. At a rare pr…

Hundreds held in banned India citizenship protest

bbc.com - Indian police have detained hundreds who defied a ban on protests against a controversial new citizenship law. The ban has been imposed in parts of the capital Delhi, and throughout the states of Utt…


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December 19, 2019

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Following the impeachment vote, Pelosi said she would withhold the articles of impeachment until the Senate makes rules that she determines will be fair to the prosecution.

Nancy Pelosi: "We have 🦅 legislation approved...that will enable to decide how we send over the articles of impeachment."

"We cannot name managers until we see what the process is on the Senate side...so far we haven't seen anything that looks fair to us." https://t.co/KV8jBJCHcL pic.twitter.com/LcgasQXGHv

— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) December 19, 2019

Pelosi made it real clear that she is not going to play 😈 McConnell's corrupt 'quick Trump Acquittal for a Trump victory lap' game. The 🐘 Republicans spent the entire final impeachment discussion wailing and moaning about "the waste of time the impeachment inquiry was and they should all be working to pass legislation for the American People, for which they were all elected to work for and serve".  Well, that was a bold faced lie of the most craven, despicably dishonest, sort, it being that McConnell BRAGS about NOT allowing Bills (that DO serve the interests of the American People, but endanger campaign funding legal bribes for him and the rest of the Republican lackeys of 👹🎩 American Oligarchs) passed by the House to come to the floor of the Senate.

So, Pelosi. quite well versed in U.S. (in house) quid pro quo political hardball, is now throwing their disingenuous argument in their faces to show how ideologically committed those 🐘 elite lackey bastards are to OPPOSING any and all legislation that benefits the American people for which they were elected to serve. Good for her.

Agelbert NOTE: Keep watching Fox News, and you will never be told any of the above hard truths about who is REALLY hurting your pocketbook and your future. Keep watching Fox News and you will keep being SUCKERED out of house, home, job and health by the American Oligarchs that OWN the Republicans (and a significant amount of Democrats), Fox News and most, if not all, of the Mainstream Media. For your own good, and that of your loved ones, . If you think I am just some librul talking "commie socialist" baloney, ask yourself HOW MANY of the BIPARTISAN BILLS passed by the House of Representatives, but BLOCKED by Senator Mitch McConnell, were you informed of by FOX NEWS? Yeah, FOX News does human interest stories and lots of feel good stuff to tell you how "great" things are and how "wonderful" a person you are for watching them. It's what they DO to SUCKER YOU! While they are making you feel warm and fuzzy on the one hand, they are making sure you get economically fleeced by those who want to take ALL your freedoms away on the other, all the while making sure you blame all those "libruls" for your economic problems. Stop believing their clever mix of happy talk and carefully (fascist propaganda) orchestrated demonization of socially beneficial legislation (and those who foster it).

They have a plan to enslave all Americans not belonging to the Oligarchic 👹🎩 elite planet eaters. Study the following list and ask yourself WHY didn't you get ANY news on these 📢 BIPARTISAN legislative efforts to HELP YOU AND YOURS from Fox and Friends (See: Orwell).

In Senator 🐘 Mitch McConnell’s Legislative Graveyard , Senate Republicans Block Commonsense Legislation To Secure Our Elections, Protect Americans’ Health Care, And Safeguard Pensions Earned By Working Americans

November 5, 2019

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans have turned the Senate into a legislative graveyard, refusing to take action on critical legislation that already has bipartisan support. More than 250 House-passed bills are buried in Leader McConnell’s legislative graveyard, and that number continues to grow.

Republicans have kept the Senate at a standstill while urgently needed bills to protect our elections against the threat of foreign interference, protect Americans’ health care, shield survivors of domestic abuse, and meaningfully address the gun violence epidemic languish in Leader McConnell’s legislative graveyard,” said Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer. “Senate Republicans need to remember why they came to the Senate in the first place, make a U-turn, and allow the Senate to work for the people.”

On the Senate floor, Republicans have repeatedly blocked legislation to secure our elections, protect Americans’ health care, support workers, and take action on climate change. And Leader McConnell is refusing to allow the Senate to debate critical issues like universal background checks and prescription drug pricing. Democrats are ready to tackle these challenges and get to work for the American people. It’s time for Leader McConnell to stop standing in the way, because Americans deserve a Senate that is working for them.

SEE LIST OF REPUBLICAN BLOCKED LEGISLATION as of November 5, 2019 (there's more since then):

LEADER McCONNELL HAS PROUDLY PROCLAIMED HIMSELF THE “GRIM REAPER” FOR 🦅 LEGISLATION TO HELP  THE MIDDLE CLASS:
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“The one thing I get to do that the other 99 don’t get it do, is decide what we’re going to do.” [Remarks at Susan B. Anthony List, 6/3/19]
 
“Donald Trump still in the White House, and as long as I'm 🐘 Majority Leader of the Senate, I get to set the agenda, that's why I call myself the Grim Reaper.” [Fox News Hannity, 5/9/19]

“🐘 If I'm still the majority leader of the Senate, think of me as the Grim Reaper. None of that stuff is going to pass. None of it. 😈 [Remarks in Owensboro, KY via CNN, 4/22/19]

🐘 Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans have blocked efforts by Democrats to pass commonsense bills on the Senate floor, including:

Election Security

S.2238/H.R.2722, Securing America’s Federal Elections Act, legislation to help safeguard elections from foreign interference, which passed the House with bipartisan support.

S.2242, Foreign Influence Reporting in Elections Act, bipartisan legislation to require presidential candidates to report contact from foreign state actors to the FBI.

S.1247, Duty to Report Act, legislation to require candidates to report offers of assistance from foreign state actors to the FBI and FEC.

S.1540, Election Security Act, legislation to require paper ballots and provide election security grants.

S.2669, SHIELD Act, legislation to prevent foreign interference in elections.

S.1356, Honest Ads Act, bipartisan legislation to apply the existing rules on disclosures in political ads on TV to those on social media platforms.

S.949, For the People Act, a sweeping package of pro-democracy reforms that aims to make it easier, not harder, to vote; end the dominance of big money in politics; and ensure that public officials work for the public interest.

S.890, Senate Cybersecurity Protection Act, bipartisan legislation to provide cybersecurity assistance to the Senate.

S.1834, Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Protection Act, legislation to stop practices designed to prevent Americans from voting.

Health Care

S.1556, No Junk Plans Act, legislation to overturn the Trump administration’s expansion of junk health insurance plans.

H.R.986, Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act, which passed the House with bipartisan support.

S.Res.18, a resolution authorizing the Senate Legal Counsel to intervene in the federal court case that would undermine protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions.

S.Res.94, a resolution asking the Department of Justice to protect individuals with pre-existing conditions.

S.1905, ENROLL Act, legislation to help Americans find a quality health care plan.

S.916, MOMMA’s Act, legislation to reduce the maternal and infant mortality rate.

Worker Protections

H.R.7, Paycheck Fairness Act, bipartisan legislation to empower women to challenge pay discrimination in the workplace, which passed the House with bipartisan support.

S.2598, Pension Stability Act, legislation to protect workers’ and retirees’ pensions.

S.2254, Butch Lewis Act, legislation to protect workers’ and retirees’ pensions.

S.27, American Miners Act, legislation to protect coalminers’ pensions.

Climate Change

S.J.Res.9, bipartisan legislation calling on the United States and Congress to take immediate action on climate change.

S.Res.97, legislation to establish a Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.

Other Critical Issues

H.R.2486, FUTURE Act, legislation to reauthorize funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges, and Hispanic-Serving Institutions, which passed the House on a bipartisan voice vote.

H.J.Res.77, a bipartisan resolution opposing President Trump’s removal of US troops from northern Syria, which passed the House with bipartisan support.

S.2625, Syrian Allies Protection Act, legislation to make visas available to Kurdish Syrians supported to US armed forces in Syria.

H.R.549, Venezuela TPS Act, legislation to protect Venezuelans from deportation, which passed the House with bipartisan support.

S.2603, RELIEF Act, legislation to eliminate the green card backlog.

🐘 LEADER MCCONNELL HAS BURIED COMMONSENSE, BIPARTISAN PROPOSALS PASSED BY THE HOUSE IN HIS LEGISLATIVE GRAVEYARD.

More than 250 bills passed by the House are awaiting legislative action in the Senate, including:

H.R.986, Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act, which passed the House with bipartisan support.

H.R.987, Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act, legislation to counteract the Trump administration’s efforts to sabotage the healthcare system, which passed the House with bipartisan support.

H.R.8, Bipartisan Background Checks Act, legislation to enact the common sense, widely-supported expansion of background checks for gun purchases, which passed the House with bipartisan support.

H.R.1112, Enhanced Background Checks Act, legislation to close the “Charleston Loophole” for gun purchases, which passed the House with bipartisan support.

H.R.1, For the People Act, a sweeping package of pro-democracy reforms that aims to make it easier, not harder, to vote; end the dominance of big money in politics; and ensure that public officials work for the public interest.

H.R.2722, Securing America’s Federal Elections Act, legislation to help safeguard elections from foreign interference, which passed the House with bipartisan support.

H.R.4617, SHIELD Act, legislation to prevent foreign interference in elections.

H.R.2513, Corporate Transparency Act, bipartisan legislation to crack down on money laundering by Russian oligarchs, which passed the House with bipartisan support.

H.R.582, Raise the Wage Act, legislation to increase the federal minimum wage, which passed the House with bipartisan support.

H.R.7, Paycheck Fairness Act, bipartisan legislation to empower women to challenge pay discrimination in the workplace, which passed the House with bipartisan support.

H.R.397, Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act, bipartisan legislation to protect workers’ and retirees’ pensions, which passed the House with bipartisan support.

H.R.1585, Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, which passed the House with bipartisan support.

H.R.777, Debbie Smith Act, bipartisan legislation to help end the backlog of untested ra pe kits, which passed the House with bipartisan support.

H.R.5, Equality Act, legislation to prevent discrimination against the LGBTQ community, which passed the House with bipartisan support.

H.R.1500, Consumers First Act, legislation to strengthen the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

H.R.1994, SECURE Act, legislation to help workers save for retirement, which passed the House with bipartisan support.

H.R.1423, Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal Act, legislation to eliminate forced arbitration clauses in employment, consumer, and civil rights cases, which passed the House with bipartisan support.

H.J.Res.77, a bipartisan resolution opposing President Trump’s removal of US troops from northern Syria, which passed the House with bipartisan support.

H.R.6, American Dream and Promise Act, legislation to protect Dreamers and those with Temporary Protected Status or Deferred Enforced Departure by ensuring they have a path to citizenship, which passed the House with bipartisan support.

H.R.549, Venezuela TPS Act, legislation to protect Venezuelans from deportation, which passed the House with bipartisan support.

H.R.2486, FUTURE Act, legislation to reauthorize funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges, and Minority-Serving Institutions, which passed the House on a bipartisan voice vote.

H.R.9, Climate Action Now Act, legislation to hold the administration to the United States’ commitments under the Paris Climate Agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which passed the House with bipartisan support.

H.R.1146, Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act, legislation to block oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which passed the House with bipartisan support.

H.R.1941, Coastal and Marine Economies Protection Act, legislation to ban offshore drilling off the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts, which passed the House with bipartisan support.

H.R.205, Protecting and Securing Florida’s Coastline Act, Republican-sponsored legislation to ban offshore drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico, which passed the House with bipartisan support.

H.R.1644, Save the Internet Act, legislation to restore net neutrality, which passed the House with bipartisan support.

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« Reply #534 on: December 20, 2019, 12:41:18 pm »
Where the World's Unsold Cars Go to Die

In the past several years, one of the topics covered in detail on these pages has been the surge in such gimmicks designed to disguise lack of demand and end customer sales, used extensively by US

That 2014 article you posted, that applies even more today than in 2014, has a truth about car manufacturer insane economics that applies to houses as well.   

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The car industry would never sell these cars at massive reductions in their prices to get rid of them, no they still want every buck.  If they were to price these cars for a couple of thousand they would sell them.  However, nobody would then buy any expensive cars and then they  would end up being unsold.  Its quite a pickle we have gotten ourselves into.

All you need to do is replace the wording:

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The BANKS would never sell these EMPTY HOUSES at massive reductions in their prices to get rid of them, no they still want every buck.  If they were to price these HOUSES for a couple of thousand they would sell them. However, nobody would then buy any expensive HOUSES and then they  would end up being unsold.  Its quite a pickle we have gotten ourselves into.

The fact that cars and house prices are consistently overpriced while millions lack adequate transportation and a place to live gives the LIE to the so called "supply and demand" pricing mechanism that allegedly forms the basis of Capitalist economies.

The "pickle" is 🎩 CAPITALISM. It is eating us alive. 🤬

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Trump Should Be Removed from Office

It’s time to say what we said 20 years ago when a president’s character was revealed for what it was.

MARK GALLI

DECEMBER 19, 2019

SNIPPET:

The president of the United States attempted to use his political power to coerce a foreign leader to harass and discredit one of the president’s political opponents. That is not only a violation of the Constitution; more importantly, it is profoundly immoral.

The reason many are not shocked about this is that this president has dumbed down the idea of morality in his administration. He has hired and fired a number of people who are now convicted criminals. He himself has admitted to immoral actions in business and his relationship with women, about which he remains proud. His Twitter feed alone—with its habitual string of mischaracterizations, lies, and slanders—is a near perfect example of a human being who is morally lost and confused.


Trump’s evangelical supporters have pointed to his Supreme Court nominees, his defense of religious liberty, and his stewardship of the economy, among other things, as achievements that justify their support of the president. We believe the impeachment hearings have made it absolutely clear, in a way the Mueller investigation did not, that President Trump has abused his authority for personal gain and betrayed his constitutional oath. The impeachment hearings have illuminated the president’s moral deficiencies for all to see. This damages the institution of the presidency, damages the reputation of our country, and damages both the spirit and the future of our people. None of the president’s positives can balance the moral and political danger we face under a leader of such grossly immoral character.

This concern for the character of our national leader is not new in CT. In 1998, we wrote this:

The President's failure to tell the truth—even when cornered—rips at the fabric of the nation. This is not a private affair. For above all, social intercourse is built on a presumption of trust: trust that the milk your grocer sells you is wholesome and pure; trust that the money you put in your bank can be taken out of the bank; trust that your babysitter, firefighters, clergy, and ambulance drivers will all do their best. And while politicians are notorious for breaking campaign promises, while in office they have a fundamental obligation to uphold our trust in them and to live by the law.

And this:

Unsavory dealings and immoral acts by the President and those close to him have rendered this administration morally unable to lead.

Unfortunately, the words that we applied to Mr. Clinton 20 years ago apply almost perfectly to our current president. Whether Mr. Trump should be removed from office by the Senate or by popular vote next election—that is a matter of prudential judgment. That he should be removed, we believe, is not a matter of partisan loyalties but loyalty to the Creator of the Ten Commandments.

To the many evangelicals who continue to support Mr. Trump in spite of his blackened moral record, we might say this: Remember who you are and whom you serve. Consider how your justification of Mr. Trump influences your witness to your Lord and Savior. Consider what an unbelieving world will say if you continue to brush off Mr. Trump’s immoral words and behavior in the cause of political expediency. If we don’t reverse course now, will anyone take anything we say about justice and righteousness with any seriousness for decades to come? Can we say with a straight face that abortion is a great evil that cannot be tolerated and, with the same straight face, say that the bent and broken character of our nation’s leader doesn’t really matter in the end?

We have reserved judgment on Mr. Trump for years now. Some have criticized us for our reserve. But when it comes to condemning the behavior of another, patient charity must come first. So we have done our best to give evangelical Trump supporters their due, to try to understand their point of view, to see the prudential nature of so many political decisions they have made regarding Mr. Trump. To use an old cliché, it’s time to call a spade a spade, to say that no matter how many hands we win in this political poker game, we are playing with a stacked deck of gross immorality and ethical incompetence. And just when we think it’s time to push all our chips to the center of the table, that’s when the whole game will come crashing down. It will crash down on the reputation of evangelical religion and on the world’s understanding of the gospel. And it will come crashing down on a nation of men and women whose welfare is also our concern.

Mark Galli is editor in chief of Christianity Today.

Read more: 

https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2019/december-web-only/trump-should-be-removed-from-office.html


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December 19, 2019

7. Garrett Graff: Fox News Is Now a Threat to National Security

The idea that Fox News represents a literal threat to our national security, on par with Russia’s Internet Research Agency or China’s Ministry of State Security, may seem like a dramatic overstatement of its own—and I, a paid contributor to its competitor CNN, may appear a biased voice anyway—but this week has made clear that, as we get deeper into the impeachment process and as the 2020 election approaches, Fox News is prepared to destroy America’s democratic traditions if it will help its most important and most dedicated daily viewer.


The threat posed to our democracy by Fox News is multifaceted: First and most simply, it’s clearly advancing and giving voice to narratives and smears backed and imagined by our foreign adversaries. Second, its overheated and bombastic rhetoric is undermining America’s foundational ideals and the sense of fair play in politics. Third, its unique combination of lies and half-truths has built a virtual reality so complete that it leaves its viewers too misinformed to fulfill their most basic responsibilities as citizens to make informed choices about the direction of the country.


The network’s pantheon of Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, Laura In, Lou Dobbs, and the rotating couch-cast of Fox & Friends’ morning show dunces-by-choice together represent a level of ill-informed demagoguery that would make Father Coughlin and Huey Long wince.


More than simply embarrassing themselves by spouting obvious falsehoods, though, Fox News’ incendiary, fanatical rants serve to delegitimize to its viewers the very idea of a political opposition. Every Democrat is evil. Every person who disagrees with President Trump is an enemy of the state. Every career federal employee is a member of a deep state opposition.

Let’s hope that Fox News today, unlike in Orwell’s world, doesn’t manage to succeed in transforming our country from a functional democracy into an authoritarian cult. https://www.wired.com/story/fox-news-is-now-a-threat-to-national-security/

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The A to Z of Things Trump Could and Should Have Been Impeached For
theintercept.com - Over the past 12 months, six migrant children aged between 2 and 16 — five from Guatemala and one from El Salvador — have died in federal custody. Over the previous 10 years, not a single migrant chi…


Impeachment Alone Won’t Stop 🦀 Trump From Inflicting Lasting Damage on Ukraine
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Washington Post: Trump said he believes Ukraine interfered in 2016 election because 'Putin 😇 told me'
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Pelosi: I Don’t Give a Rat’s Ass What 🐘 😈 McConnell Has to Say About Impeachment
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The House speaker is unmoved by McConnell’s BULLSHIT claim that she’s stalling for time. McConnell is desperately trying to NOT talk about all the BIPARTISAN legislation passed by the House that he is 😈 BLOCKING, so he tries to bum rush Pelosi. 

Pelosi let McConnell have it with both barrels (see quote below). Good for her!

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Asked about the taunts after 🐘 😈 McConnell’s remarks, Pelosi effectively said that McConnell and his ilk can off, and that perhaps they wouldn’t be in this position if the senator from Kentucky had an ounce of integrity in his neck pouch. “Frankly, I don’t care what the 🐘 Republicans say,” Pelosi said. “It reminded me that our founders, when they wrote the Constitution, they suspected there could be a rogue president. I don’t think they suspected we could have a 🦀 rogue president and a 🐘 😈 rogue leader in the Senate at the same time,” she added.
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Mormons and money: An unorthodox and messy history of church finances

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As Fracking Companies Face Bankruptcy, US Regulators Enable Firms to Duck Cleanup Costs

desmogblog.com - In over their heads with debt, U.S. shale oil and gas firms are now moving from a boom in fracking to a boom in bankruptcies. This trend of failing finances has the potential for the U.S. public, bot…

Why we need airtight buildings: Outdoor air quality is getting worse

treehugger.com - A recent post, If you're going to live a one tonne lifestyle, it's easier in a Passivhaus, was inspired by a discussion about air quality: Should we be sealing ourselves up in airtight buildings? It …


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The A to Z of Things Trump Could and Should Have Been Impeached For

theintercept.com - President Donald Trump walks out of the Oval Office prior to his departure for a campaign event in Battle Creek, Mich., on Dec. 18, 2019 at the White House in Washington, D.C. Photo: Mark Wilson/Gett…

Trump touts Putin speaking out against his impeachment

washingtonpost.com - A souvenir shop in Moscow displays Matryoshka dolls featuring President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Misha Friedman/AFP/Getty Images) By Colby Itkowitz and close Colby Itkowitz Congre…

Australia fires: NSW devastation laid bare as 72 homes destroyed in SA bushfires

theguardian.com - The devastation from Australia’s bushfire crisis became clearer on Sunday, as the South Australian premier said 72 homes had been destroyed and his New South Wales counterpart revealed there was “not…

'Catastrophic' conditions fuel Australia wildfires

bbc.co.uk - Warnings of 'catastrophic conditions' are in place across the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW), where firefighters are tackling more than 100 blazes.

Report: Trump’s Ukraine Extortion Scheme Was Financed by Russians

nymag.com - President Trump is facing impeachment primarily for abusing his power for political gain, extorting a foreign country to discredit his political rivals. The secondary aspect of the plot is that the t…

Inside the Plot to Murder Honduran Activist Berta Cáceres

theintercept.com - It has been more than three years since Berta Cáceres was murdered in her home in Honduras. Cáceres was a 44-year-old activist, mother of four, and an international celebrity — she won the 2015 Goldm…

US Military Convoy Enters Oil Fields In Northeast Syria

popularresistance.org - Above Photo: A convoy of US military vehicles drives near the town of Tal Tamr in the northeastern Syrian province of Hasakah on the border with Turkey, on November 10, 2019. (Photo by AFP) A large U…

Former NSA Director Is Cooperating With Probe of Trump-Russia Investigation

theintercept.com - The inquiry has been a pillar of Attorney General William Barr’s tenure. He appointed Durham to lead the inquiry last spring, directing him to determine whether the FBI was justified in opening a cou…

Trump’s untruths about Veterans Choice illustrate the sheer audaciousness of his lies

vox.com - One particular untruth from President Donald Trump’s speech on Wednesday at a tank factory in Lima, Ohio, illustrates just how audaciously he lies. As part of his bizarre, one-sided feud with the lat…

Live Blog: Digging into the #UkraineDocs – Center for Public Integrity

publicintegrity.org - The Center for Public Integrity is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates betrayals of public trust. Sign up to receive our stories. Late on Dec. 20, the Department of Justice sent a batch of documen…

Macron says French forces 'neutralise' over 30 jihadists in Mali

news.yahoo.com - Abidjan (AFP) - President Emmanuel Macron said French forces had "neutralised" several dozen jihadists in Mali on Saturday, as he visited West Africa with a pledge to give new force to the battle aga…

Trump administration demanded Democrats strip Ukraine aid language from spending package

washingtonpost.com - Reporters surround White House legislative affairs director Eric Ueland on Capitol Hill on Dec. 12. (Drew Angerer/AFP/Getty Images) By Erica Werner close Erica Werner Congressional reporter focusing …

As Droughts Spread Across India, So Does Water Budgeting

undark.org - Every year many of the inhabitants of Jalna, a semi-arid district in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, are forced to buy drinking water as their wells dry up through the burning summers. This …

Waters Off California Acidifying Faster Than Rest of Oceans, Study Shows

nytimes.com - California’s coastal waters are acidifying twice as fast as the rest of the oceans, a study published Monday shows. And some of California’s most important seafood — including the spiny lobster, the …

Media's Anti-Sanders Bias on Full Display in L.A. Debate

truthdig.com - Tonight’s Democratic presidential debate will be sponsored by Politico and PBS, simulcast by CNN, and moderated by Politico chief political correspondent Tim Alberta, along with PBS NewsHour’s anchor…

Our Genetic Timebomb

peaksurfer.blogspot.com - In the original, unfinished paper, the late Danny Brower explained MORT this way: “We are polluting the earth and changing the climate in ways that we can’t predict, and likely at some point, can’t e…

Banksy's nativity - with bullet hole in place of star - unveiled in Bethlehem

And

theguardian.com - Banksy’s latest piece – the artist’s take on a nativity scene – has been unveiled at a hotel in Bethlehem. The Scar of Bethlehem features a nativity scene with Mary and Joseph and the baby Jesus, but…

The 2020s Will Be When America Experiences a Social Breakdown

opednews.com - The United States, like the other parts of the world that have been ravaged by rampant economic inequality and corporate despotism, is headed for a social breakdown. This gets more apparent every tim…

‘Responsibility for This Crisis Belongs on the Corporations That Have Created It.’

fair.org - Janine Jackson interviewed the Intercept’s Sharon Lerner about plastic recycling for the December 13, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. Janine Jackson: Those of a cer…

1 in every 4 circuit court judges is now a Trump appointee

washingtonpost.com - President Trump, shown in the Oval Office on Thursday, said in November, “I’ve always heard, actually, that when you become President, the most — single most important thing you can do is federal jud…

The 1968 sci-fi that spookily predicted today

bbc.com - We look to fiction for eternal truths about our world and timeless insights into the human condition – either that or giddy escapism. But sometimes, in striving to achieve any or all of the above, a …

Committee to Protect Journalists Excludes Assange From Annual List Of Jailed Journalists

popularresistance.org - Above Photo: Kati Marton and Joel Simon at CPJ’s 2019 International Pess Freedom Awards (Photo: Barbara Nitke) The decision by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) not to include Julian Assange…

The Education Department Is Ripping Off Defrauded Students

opednews.com - Students who got defrauded by for-profit colleges were going to get loan forgiveness until Betsy DeVos showed up. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is back in the news on a topic close to my heart: stu…

Why we are Running Toward the Cliff at Full Speed: One of the Reasons is that People Never Change their Mind.

cassandralegacy.blogspot.com - Years ago, one of my acquaintances told me the story of when he had ended up in jail accused of various financial crimes (but it was a political trap - I'm sure). He told me that he had a very intere…

Opinion | Americans are at each other’s throats. Here’s one way out.

washingtonpost.com - (Brian Stauffer/for The Washington Post) By Amanda Ripley December 20, 2019 at 1:49 PM EST Amanda Ripley is an Emerson Collective senior fellow and a contributor to the Atlantic. For a brief moment t…


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