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Doomstead Diner Daily 12/10
« Reply #510 on: December 10, 2019, 06:26:59 am »

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Democrats expected to unveil articles of impeachment against Trump, focusing on abuse of power, obstruction of Congress

washingtonpost.com - Rep. Douglas A. Collins (R-Ga.) reacts during the House Judiciary Committee hearing, with Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) to his right, as the committee considers likely articles of impeachment agai…

DOJ report finds Russia probe was justified, not biased against Trump

nbcnews.com - WASHINGTON — The FBI mishandled parts of its application to monitor a Trump campaign aide as it was probing possible Russian interference in the 2016 election, but the overall investigation was justi…

France braces for further strikes over pension changes

theguardian.com - French unions are staging a second round of mass street demonstrations as the country entered its sixth day of a nationwide strike and transport standstill over proposed plans to change the pensions …

NZ PM: Questions 'must be asked' about eruption

bbc.com - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said there are questions which "must be asked" after the volcanic eruption on White Island. Five people are dead and eight are missing on the island - th…

The Government Has Taken At Least 1,100 Children From Their Parents Since Family Separations Officially Ended

theintercept.com - “You can’t imagine the pain,” Dennis said. “If you’re not a dad, you don’t know what it’s like.” I reached Dennis by phone in a small town in the Copán Department of Honduras, where he lives with his…

Here’s More Evidence the War in Afghanistan Was a $2 Trillion Mistake

nymag.com - Long after most supporters of the invasion of Iraq conceded that the war was a bloody error, the war in Afghanistan benefited from more conciliatory coverage. It was the necessary war. Perhaps it was…

UPS Joins Media Chorus In Thanking Police For Murder of Frank Ordonez

mintpressnews.com - 27-year-old UPS driver Frank Ordonez was killed as police officers riddled his vehicle with bullets Friday. A pair of suspected robbers had hijacked his truck as he drove through Broward County in So…

Newsweek Journo Quits After Editors Kills Report On Syria Chemical Attack Scandal

mintpressnews.com - A top journalist has resigned from his post after management killed his report on the bombshell news that the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) suppressed a mountain of evid…

Cops: Argument Over Impeachment Turned Violent

thesmokinggun.com - DECEMBER 9--An argument about the impeachment hearings targeting Donald Trump turned violent Friday evening when a man allegedly shoved his 60-year-old girlfriend to the ground in the couple’s Florid…

U.S. Lobbyists Seek Brexit Deal That Raises Drug Prices, Shreds Consumer Safeguards

theintercept.com - Departing the EU could mean that British consumers would no longer be protected by broad EU-wide regulations on chemicals, food, and cosmetics, among other products. Several international corporate g…

Opinion | The massive triumph of the rich, illustrated by stunning new data

washingtonpost.com - (John Bazemore) By Greg Sargent close Greg Sargent Opinion writer covering national politics Email EmailBio BioFollow Follow Opinion writer December 9, 2019 at 9:28 AM EST The triumph of the rich, wh…

For Sama: A Beautiful Yet Deceptive Documentary That Betrays Reality in Syria

mintpressnews.com - The documentary movie “For Sama” has won a host of awards in Europe and North America. Its producers and protagonists, Syrians Waad Kateab and her husband Dr. Hamza Kateab plus English film-maker Edw…

Of Two Minds - The Taxonomy of Collapse

oftwominds.com - The higher up the wealth-power pyramid the observer is, the more prone they are to a magical-thinking belief that the empire is forever, even as it is crumbling around them. How great nations and emp…

Why a computer will never be truly conscious

theconversation.com - Many advanced artificial intelligence projects say they are working toward building a conscious machine, based on the idea that brain functions merely encode and process multisensory information. The…

Sydney gets tough new water rules amid bushfires

bbc.com - Sydney residents are facing the city's toughest water restrictions in more than a decade amid deadly bushfires in eastern Australia. On Tuesday, level two restrictions will come into force in three d…

Donald Trump Is the Mad-King President Our Founders Feared Most

rollingstone.com - WASHINGTON — Three and a half years after candidate Donald Trump bragged he could shoot someone in Fifth Avenue and not lose a vote, a lawyer for President Donald Trump was asked about the same scena…

Sydney's air 11 times worse than 'hazardous' levels as Australia's bushfires rage

theguardian.com - Sydney disappeared behind a thick layer bushfire smoke that blanketed the city and pushed air quality 11 times higher than considered “hazardous” on Tuesday, while Australia’s weary firefighters face…

US President wants to roll back 25 years of water saving toilets and showers

treehugger.com - Billions of gallons of water may be wasted because of this. When the President of the United States proposed changing the rules on light bulbs, he was really maintaining the status quo by stopping th…

Ice baths and deep breaths: How ‘rewilding’ myself left me feeling superhuman

theguardian.com - I drop into an outdoor freezer full of water and ice, with no clothes on, in December. My body starts to buck, breath unable to leave my lungs. It feels as if I’m going into cardiac arrest. I suspect…

Hong Kong’s Protest Movement and the Fight for the City’s Soul

newyorker.com - A cloudless mid-September afternoon in Hong Kong. At City Hall, two flags—one of the People’s Republic of China, the other of Hong Kong—flap halfheartedly in the wind coming off the harbor. Inside, u…

Putin, Zelensky meet in Paris push to end Ukraine war

news.yahoo.com - Paris (AFP) - Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Monday met Ukranian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky for the first time ever at a Paris summit aimed at agreeing measures to help end five years of confli…

Establishment media’s mass deception

intrepidreport.com - On major geopolitical and other issues, mass deception overrides truth and full disclosure in establishment media print editions and daily broadcasts—wealth, power and privileged interests served ove…

Mainstream Media Disregarding Poll Findings Showing Bernie Sanders' Progress

opednews.com - A simple review of the recent polls shows that the mainstream media are ignoring polling trends that favor Bernie Sanders. The Real Clear Politics web site performs a great service by tracking and ar…

Kamala Harris’ Next Act: Destroying Stephen Miller

vanityfair.com - When she ended her 2020 bid last week, Kamala Harris vowed to “keep fighting every day for what this campaign has been about...justice for the people. All the people.” The California senator wasted n…

A Powerful Statement of Resistance from a College Student on Trial in Moscow

newyorker.com - “This court hearing is concerned primarily with words and their meaning. We have discussed specific sentences, the subtleties of phrasing, different possible interpretations, and I hope that we have …


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Re: The times, they are tragic 😟
« Reply #511 on: December 10, 2019, 06:32:18 am »

The times, they are tragic 😟

Dec 9, 2019

Today is the day that you can officially say the United States has become a Banana Republic. When the president says and is supported by his lackeys like Jordan, Meadows and Rand Paul, that it is OK to knowingly break a federal law by exposing a whistleblower. Then I believe it is impossible for those people to say they support the Constitution. We are a nation of laws. The whistleblower complaint has been verified under oath by multiple people and is no longer open to questioning the facts. It is deeply disturbing the drafter dodger president continues to slander and demean long serving ambassadors and Purple Heart awarded soldiers with no push back from veterans. Inexcusable!

Two of the president’s closest supporters have been proven to lie. Three people have now testified that they told Pompeo that the lady ambassador was being forced out, and he still said with a straight face he did not know about it. The “acting secretary of state,” Ruday Giuliani, has been revealed to have been paid more than $500,000 by a Ukrainian company for advice. He said that is OK, but not OK for Biden’s son? Beyond belief!


Hypocrisy is just part of the skill-set. Speaking of that "Libertarian™" sock-puppet, Rand Paul, that most beloved by the late and unlamented Golden Oxen, you should be aware of the following:

Rand Paul moves to ban collection of congressional phone records after Nunes was caught calling Giuliani associates

By Matthew Chapman December 9, 2019
On Monday, Politico reported that Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is pushing to change congressional rules to prohibit subpoenas from committee chairmen from seeking the phone records of members of Congress, as well as those of journalists.

This comes directly after a subpoena served to AT&T revealed that Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) had been covertly communicating with indicted Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas, as well as right-wing reporter John Solomon, who was responsible for disputed reports attacking former Vice President Joe Biden’s son and former Ukrainian Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch.

“Nobody should get your phone records,” said Paul in conversation with reporters. “This is a big deal, this is a huge deal.” He then warned that those reporters should be pushing back against House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA), or they could be next.

Schiff has denied GOP accusations that the Intelligence Committee subpoenaed phone records for Nunes or Solomon, asserting that they were simply discovered during a narrower investigation into the phone records of Parnas specifically.

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The times, they are tragic 😟

Dec 9, 2019

Today is the day that you can officially say the United States has become a Banana Republic. When the president says and is supported by his lackeys like Jordan, Meadows and Rand Paul, that it is OK to knowingly break a federal law by exposing a whistleblower. Then I believe it is impossible for those people to say they support the Constitution. We are a nation of laws. The whistleblower complaint has been verified under oath by multiple people and is no longer open to questioning the facts. It is deeply disturbing the drafter dodger president continues to slander and demean long serving ambassadors and Purple Heart awarded soldiers with no push back from veterans. Inexcusable!

Two of the president’s closest supporters have been proven to lie. Three people have now testified that they told Pompeo that the lady ambassador was being forced out, and he still said with a straight face he did not know about it. The “acting secretary of state,” Ruday Giuliani, has been revealed to have been paid more than $500,000 by a Ukrainian company for advice. He said that is OK, but not OK for Biden’s son? Beyond belief!


Hypocrisy is just part of the skill-set. Speaking of that "Libertarian™" sock-puppet, Rand Paul, that most beloved by the late and unlamented Golden Oxen, you should be aware of the following:


By Matthew Chapman December 9, 2019
On Monday, Politico reported that Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is pushing to change congressional rules to prohibit subpoenas from committee chairmen from seeking the phone records of members of Congress, as well as those of journalists.

This comes directly after a subpoena served to AT&T revealed that Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) had been covertly communicating with indicted Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas, as well as right-wing reporter John Solomon, who was responsible for disputed reports attacking former Vice President Joe Biden’s son and former Ukrainian Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch.

“Nobody should get your phone records,” said Paul in conversation with reporters. “This is a big deal, this is a huge deal.” He then warned that those reporters should be pushing back against House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA), or they could be next.

Schiff has denied GOP accusations that the Intelligence Committee subpoenaed phone records for Nunes or Solomon, asserting that they were simply discovered during a narrower investigation into the phone records of Parnas specifically.

You know, these fascists have a track record of carefully studying how they got caught doing their skullduggery and taking steps to take that enforcement tool away from government. Back in the 1970's after the Church Committe uncovered much of the despicably illegal skullduggery of the CIA, the reputation and career of every politician with integrity on the Church committee was methodically destroyed. Also, steps were taken before that to make sure the process taken by the House to impeach Nixon would be severely hampered in the future (as long as the POTUS was a Republican, of course). That's where that "You cannot prosecute a sitting POTUS" bullshit came from. That's why the impeachment of Clinton NEVER alluded to "crime" per se. That's why Graham talked all that ya-yada-ya during the Clinton Impeachment about Impeachment "not being about breaking the Law". As you said, hypocrisy is an integral part of the skillset of these lying, doubletalking, fascist BASTARDS.

So, it is par for the Orwellian course for Senator Rand Paul, an inveterate crook and liar, to engage in the old fascist whack-a-mole of the lawful tools that can be used to prosecute crooks like him, Nunes, Guiliani and Trump (etc. long Trump Administration list, but you get the idea).

Right after WWII, the German fascist industrialists, who had run the cartels to build up NAZI Germany under Hitler, joined with their pals in the USA and South America (the rest of western Europe came a decade or so later into the "New Capitalist" fascist fold) to make sure they were NOT unprofitably "penalized" by the U.S. Court System for their MANY War Crimes during WWII. They KEPT their patents and strengthened the cartelization of industry, the exact opposite of what the history books say happened to Germany after WWII. They did all this through whack-a-mole (by 🎩😈 rich, influential fascist sympathisers in the USA) of inconvenient laws AND making sure the "right" people were running the chemical and oil indistries in the USA. A HUGE debt Germany had was "forgiven" by the USA while countries like Haiti, that never killed off millions of people and who's only "crime" was to fight a European power for their independence, continued to be forced to pay a debt to France (for over a CENTURY!) that should never have been imposed.

It's an old story. Orwell had their number.

The brave fellow, James Stewart Martin, who wrote the book explaining, among other things, how the fascist modus operandi works, described their total dedication to fascism with a metaphor. The metaphor applies TOTALLY to our NOW hollowed out Government Institutions. Hollowed out structures collapse without warning.

This quote from the book, "All Honorable Men", pretty much sums up WHY these SCUM enjoy such a corrosive influence on human society:

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Termites are able organizers, and thoroughly attached to their way of life. The area they occupy is small in relation to the house (just the heavy underpinnings). They object vigorously to outside interference from the people who live in the other parts of the house. They object especially to structural changes, which they are bound to consider unwarranted.

They have two good reasons for objecting to changes. In the first place exposure to light and air kills them. In the second place any movement of the underpinnings ruins the whole structure of tunnels and channels which their enterprise has built within the framework of the house.

We hated to disturb them. They looked busy and enterprising. They seemed to want nothing more than a comfortable existence in accordance with their way of life.

We cleared the termites out to save the house, but I think I know how they looked at the whole matter. At the end of the Second World War I spent two and a half years in Germany dealing with some people who must think pretty much the same way. http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/geopolitics/key-historical-events-that-you-may-have-never-heard-of/msg12774/#msg12774

Did Boston Pro-Trump racist Libertarian stamp collecting greedball Golden Oxen really kick the bucket, or did your "late and unlamented" phraseology refer to a permanent departure by GO from the Doomstead Diner forum? ???
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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Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains 🦀 Trump
« Reply #513 on: December 10, 2019, 07:57:08 pm »
The Guardian

The American sportswriter and author Rick Reilly, holding his book about Donald Trump, Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian

Tue 10 Dec 2019

SNIPPET:

“His lies were hilarious until he becomes the most powerful man in the world. Then it got scary. I don’t know what his plan is for my kids and grandkids. I don’t know who’s going to pay off this giant debt he’s created to give his fat-cat buddies a tax cut. Look what he did [last] week in London. He pissed off two of our best allies. It’s terrifying.” 😱

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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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Doomstead Diner Daily 12/11
« Reply #514 on: December 11, 2019, 06:00:34 am »

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Congress to Vote on $22 Billion Defense Increase One Week After Trump Slashed Food Stamps

theintercept.com - In a joint statement, presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders and Khanna, who is Sanders’s campaign chair, called the National Defense Authorization Act “a bill of astonishing moral cowardice,” an…

The Legal Strategy Behind Keeping Impeachment Simple

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Russian FM warned on election meddling but invited by Trump

news.yahoo.com - Washington (AFP) - President Donald Trump warned Moscow against meddling in next year's election, the White House said Tuesday, but Russia's foreign minister denied the issue came up in a Washington …

Opinion | The inspector general report just blew up Trump’s lies. So Barr is rushing to the rescue.

washingtonpost.com - Attorney General William P. Barr and President Trump on Nov. 26. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images) By Paul Waldman and close Paul Waldman Opinion writer covering politics Email EmailBio BioFollow Follow Gr…

No-fly rule for Saudi students after US base attack

bbc.com - The US has grounded hundreds of Saudi military aviation students at bases across the country in the wake of Friday's deadly shooting in Florida. All flying will be paused, though classroom studies wi…

Of Two Minds - Why "This Sucker Is Going Down"

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The Israel Lobby’s Hidden Hand in the Theft of Iraqi and Syrian Oil

mintpressnews.com - KIRKUK, IRAQ — “We want to bring our soldiers home. But we did leave soldiers because we’re keeping the oil,” President Trump stated on November 3, before adding, “I like oil. We’re keeping the oil.”…

Why the Afghanistan Papers Are an Eerie Reminder of Vietnam - CounterPunch.org

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Emails Show St. Paul Police Targeted Protest Organizers Seeking Justice for Philando

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Chile military plane disappears with 38 aboard: Air Force

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A day of history accentuates America’s divide and the distortions of truth in the Trump era

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Federal judge blocks Trump plan to spend $3.6 billion in military funds on border wall

washingtonpost.com - A new segment of border wall near Donna, Tex., this month. (Veronica Cardenas/Reuters) By Nick Miroff close Nick Miroff Reporter covering immigration enforcement and the Department of Homeland Securi…

White Island eruption: 'too unsafe' to retrieve bodies as volcanic activity rises

theguardian.com - New Zealand police have vowed to return to White Island as soon as possible to retrieve the bodies of eight tourists who died there, as the first Australian victims of the fatal volcanic eruption wer…

Tucker Carlson Guest Suggests Immigrants Make New York Dirty

nymag.com - On Tuesday night, conservative editor Seth Barron went on Fox News to discuss Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Addressing a perceived “irony” about the congresswoman — that she sponsored the …

Super rats or sickly rodents? Our war against urban rats could be leading to swift evolutionary changes

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The ‘Russia Hoax’ Is a Hoax

theatlantic.com - Republicans’ claim that the investigation began because the FBI misled the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to obtain permission to surveil the former Trump campaign aide Carter Page was false…

The Arctic may have crossed key threshold, emitting billions of tons of carbon into the air, in a long-dreaded climate feedback

washingtonpost.com - Permafrost, seen at the top of the cliff, melts into the Kolyma River outside Zyryanka, Russia, on July 4. Melting permafrost is altering Siberia's landscape and economy. (Michael Robinson Chavez/The…

Record low level of Bering Sea ice causes profound, widespread impacts

news.uaf.edu - Sea ice in the Bering Sea shrank to its lowest levels in recorded history in 2018, profoundly affecting northwest Alaska residents who depend on marine resources for food, cash and culture, according…

The Arctic Is Undergoing Changes Scientists 'Never Expected Would Happen This Soon'

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The Subtle Seduction of the 'Warm' in Global Warming

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Corporate media silent on journalists’ letter demanding freedom for Julian Assange

wsws.org - In a glaring act of political censorship, media corporations in the English-speaking world have maintained a complete silence on a powerful open letter by journalists and media workers issued last we…

A Novel Retells the Assassinations that Marked the End of the Cold War in El Salvador

theintercept.com - The assassination of six Jesuit priests in El Salvador 30 years ago this month was the last great crime of the Cold War. It happened on November 16, 1989, a week after German protesters began demolis…


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Doomstead Diner Daily 12/12
« Reply #515 on: December 12, 2019, 06:22:27 am »

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General election 2019: nation faces 'historic' choice – polling day live news

theguardian.com - France’s media have been following the UK election campaign closely, and did not take long to draw their conclusions. “Boris Johnson: the liar weakening Europe,” was the front-page splash in the popu…

Lavrov, White House disagree on whether election interference was discussed during meeting with Trump

newsweek.com - After a Tuesday afternoon meeting with President Donald Trump, Sergey Lavrov contraindicated the official White House readout of their meeting, which said they spoke to one another about election int…

Senate Republicans look to hold short impeachment trial despite Trump’s desire for an aggressive defense

washingtonpost.com - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has yet to publicly lay out his plan for a Senate impeachment trial. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post) By Seung Min Kim, close Seung Min Kim White House…

How Trump's New Anti-Semitism Order Effectively Criminalizes Dissent

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Christopher Steele and Ivanka Trump | Gaslit Nation on Patreon

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Mexico Joins List of Nations That See US As Greatest Threat To World Peace: Poll

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Wasteful spending and half-baked ideas: U.S. officials reveal how massive rebuilding projects in Afghanistan backfired

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Elected by Donors: How the University of Cape Town Was Bullied into Embracing Israel

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Jersey City Shooting: Suspect Linked to Black Hebrew Israelite Group

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If Trump Is Reelected, He Will Come for Your Amazon Prime

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The King of Sweden Gives Peter Handke a Disgraceful Nobel Prize

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The U.S. Government Lied about the Afghanistan War, They Couldn’t Have Done It Without Media Lapdogs - CounterPunch.org

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FBI obtained FISA warrant to monitor former Trump adviser Carter Page

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USMCA: The 3 most important changes in the new NAFTA and why they matter

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Greenpeace chief locked out of UN climate meet amid protests

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NASA: Greenland’s ice melt is accelerating, aligning with ‘worst case’ projections

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Historical Discovery Shows The Coal Industry Was Well Aware of Climate Change Over 50 Years Ago

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THE FUTURE IS FASCIST — GODS & RADICALS PRESS

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Jeff Bezos’s Vision of the Future Is Basically Blade Runner

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Reach ‘peak meat’ by 2030 to tackle climate crisis, say scientists

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Trump’s Executive Order to Stifle Israel Critics Probably Violates Constitution

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Papers Owned by Oligarchs Unsurprisingly Oppose a Wealth Tax

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Who’s afraid of Medicare for All?

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To Combat Climate Change, See the Forest for the Trees

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Running in Circles: Why Our GPS Devices Can Betray Us

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Doomstead Diner Daily 12/13
« Reply #517 on: December 13, 2019, 07:21:15 am »

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EU leaders prepare for Brexit after Johnson win

msn.com - European leaders will charge EU negotiator Michel Barnier on Friday with negotiating a close trade deal with Britain, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson's apparent election win set the stage for Brex…

House Judiciary Committee abruptly adjourns after marathon debate, will vote on articles of impeachment Friday morning

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What Jolly Good Fun It All Is ❧ Current Affairs

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Economist Dean Baker: Systemic Change Needed to Fight Big Pharma Price Gouging

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Meet the Tucson 12: Under Trump, Protesters Are Being Hit With Felony Riot Charges

theintercept.com - The Tucson 12 — so named by their supporters — now face the charge of felony riot, a statute that hasn’t been used by Arizona prosecutors in years and, until Donald Trump’s presidency, had been rarel…

Trump called for Seoul evacuation at height of North Korea tensions, new book says

theguardian.com - Donald Trump called for the population of Seoul to be moved during an Oval Office meeting when tensions between the US and North Korea were at their height, according to a new book about the presiden…

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…

Jersey City shooters driven by anti-Semitism, officals say

news.yahoo.com - Jersey City (United States) (AFP) - A shooting at a kosher deli in a New York suburb was fueled by "anti-Semitism" and a hatred of police, authorities said Thursday, the latest in a rash of attacks a…

Chlorine’s Unique Fingerprints: The April 7, 2018 Douma Incident Through A Chemistry Lens - bellingcat

bellingcat.com - The leak of an internal e-mail from an OPCW employee using the pseudonym “Alex” has stirred a controversy over the integrity of the OPCW Fact Finding Mission (FFM) into the April 7, 2018 chemical att…

Australia is facing its hottest day on record as heatwave baking Perth travels east

abc.net.au - Australia could experience its hottest day on record next week as a hot air mass building in Western Australia makes its way east. Perth is enduring an unprecedented heatwave for December, with the c…

The dangers of depicting Greta Thunberg as a prophet

theconversation.com - She came from obscurity and ignited a global movement. Beginning with a small but persistent act of protest outside the Swedish parliament, she inspired millions to join her. Her fiery speech to the …

How Coca-Cola Undermines Plastic Recycling Efforts

theintercept.com - In response to questions for this article, Noah Ullman, a spokesperson for Keep America Beautiful, wrote in an email that “KAB is not against bottle bills. We believe all options to address recycling…

Anti-Zionism Is Not Antisemitism

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

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Why we need to hear from those in the margins of society 

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So, the Fascists ☠️ won in "jolly old England", eh?     

Well, it looks like that movie we all watched several decades ago (made from the "fictional" dystopia that Orwell portrayed in his book "1984") was quite prophetic. The year in the title was 36 years early, but there is no need to quibble over details.

Here's the trailer from the 2008 remake:

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It was supposed to be a novel, not a manual

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Orwell's 1984 (1956) The best one

 

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Doomstead Diner Daily 12/14
« Reply #519 on: December 14, 2019, 06:42:28 am »

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House set for historic floor vote next week after committee approves two articles of impeachment against Trump

washingtonpost.com - House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) speaks briefly to the media after the panel voted on articles of impeachment against President Trump on Friday. (Astrid Riecken/For The Wash…

Analysis | McConnell indicates he’ll let Trump’s lawyers dictate Trump’s impeachment trial

washingtonpost.com - By Aaron Blake close Aaron Blake Senior political reporter, writing for The Fix Email EmailBio BioFollow Follow December 13, 2019 at 12:42 PM EST As soon as the House votes to impeach President Trump…

Fact-based impeachment can’t penetrate the pro-Trump Web

washingtonpost.com - President Trump accused Democrats of “trivializing” the impeachment process. His efforts to undermine the case against him have been aided by the crowdsourced nature of social media, where many Ameri…

Washington Post's Afghanistan Story Reveals Core Folly of American Defense Strategy

rollingstone.com - The Washington Post this week released a blockbuster expose called “The Afghanistan Papers: A Secret History of the War.” After a lengthy legal battle, the Post got hold of documents compiled by SIGA…

Matt Bevin Is Still Wreaking Havoc on His Way Out the Door

nymag.com - Matt Bevin reluctantly conceded the Kentucky governor’s race to Democrat Andy Beshear, but he’s not done wreaking havoc on the voters who rejected him. Before he formally left office, he pardoned hun…

Kentucky governor's 428 pardons include murderer

bbc.com - Former Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin issued 428 pardons in his final days in office, a list that includes multiple violent offenders. The Republican pardoned a convicted child rapist as well as a conv…

EU prepares for Brexit hardball after Johnson win

bbc.com - "Friday the 13th really has lived up to its hype," an EU diplomat texted me this morning. The same diplomat who mournfully noted as soon as the first exit polls were published: "This means bye-bye to…

US axes tariffs on Chinese goods in trade war thaw

au.news.yahoo.com - The United States and China announced a major thaw in their trade war Friday, including immediate cuts to punishing import tariffs, but a lack of detail in the partial deal left markets cautious. "We…

The 10 Most Stoned Moments of the 2020 Presidential Campaign

rollingstone.com - With Donald Trump on one side and a field huge enough for a seventies ensemble comedy on the other – Michael Bloomberg is the record 29th entrant in the Democratic primary – the 2020 election is alre…

How the Fossil Fuel Industry Is Attempting to Buy the Youth Climate Movement

theintercept.com - The same day that 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg gave a stirring speech at the United Nations Climate Action Summit in September, in which she criticized delegates for “stealing my dream…

Of Two Minds - The "Trade Deal": A Pathetic Parody, Credibility Squandered

oftwominds.com - Anyone who thinks this bogus "deal" has resolved any of the issues or uncertainties deserves to be fired immediately. Here's a late-night TV parody of a trade deal: The agreement won't be signed by b…

Icebreaker Pt 7: ICE Case Management Handbook Based on Federal Law Enforcement “System of Systems”

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In Climate Fraud Suit, Exxon Mobil Earns Win Over New York State

undark.org - On Tuesday, a New York state judge dismissed a lawsuit against Exxon Mobil alleging that the company had misled investors about the potential effects of climate change regulation on its business. The…

The 100 Memes That Defined The 2010s

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US-China trade deal: 3 fundamental issues remain unresolved

theconversation.com - The U.S. and China have reportedly reached a so-called phase one deal in their ongoing trade war. While few details have been disclosed, the agreement principally seems to involve the U.S. calling of…

This was a stunning victory for the bullshit-industrial complex | Marina Hyde

theguardian.com - Well. A new dawn has shat, has it not? Shortly after 7am, Boris Johnson slipped into the costume Dominic Cummings has been sewing for him out of the skins of missing statesmen. “I am humbled that you…

Brazil's Amazon deforestation this year nearly size of Puerto Rico, says agency

theguardian.com - Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon jumped to the highest level for the month of November since record-keeping began in 2015, according to preliminary government data published. Destruction of the world…

Trump wants criticism of Israel equated with anti-Semitism

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A Major but Little-Known Supporter of Climate Denial: Freight Railroads

theatlantic.com - Since 2017, ACCCE has lobbied in support of President Donald Trump’s plan to bail out coal plants. It has also celebrated Trump’s repeal of the Clean Power Plan, which would have dramatically cut U.S…

‘We are the vaccine against unilateralism’: Non-Aligned Movement gathers in Venezuela to resist dictatorship of dollar

thegrayzone.com - Late in the evening on July 19, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif stepped out of a plane and met his Venezuelan counterpart, Jorge Arreaza, on the tarmac outside Caracas with an enthusiastic embra…

How a Right-Wing Troll Managed to Manipulate the Mainstream Media

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Aesop: The Frogs Ask for a King

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Opinion - Why Did A Saudi Pilot Kill U.S. Sailors While Three Others Filmed It?

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Re: Doomstead Diner Daily
« Reply #520 on: December 14, 2019, 12:07:21 pm »
Yes, the bullshit-industrial complex has scored significant victories this past week. Excuse me a moment.


The future is bright , for Tardigrades (and other extremophiles).
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 12/15
« Reply #521 on: December 15, 2019, 06:02:32 am »

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Senators Have a Choice: Convict Trump or Crown Him

dcreport.org - The two articles of impeachment, which have drawn criticism as either too much or too little, strike me as cleverly drafted to put Senate Republicans in a most uncomfortable box. The second article, …

‘The grand finale’: Inside Trump’s push to rack up political victories as impeachment looms

washingtonpost.com - President Trump speaks during a meeting with Paraguay’s president, Mario Abdo Benítez, in the Oval Office on Friday. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) By Ashley Parker and close Ashley Parker Whit…

Trump Is Trying to Pick His Opponent Just Like Nixon Did

gen.medium.com - As the House begins to move its two articles of impeachment against President Trump, there’s been much chatter about how President Trump’s dire political situation parallels President Nixon’s Waterga…

Lies, Newsweek and Control of the Media Narrative: First-Hand Account

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Supreme Court to Rule on Release of Trump’s Financial Records

nytimes.com - That the subpoena in the Nixon case came from a federal court rather than a state grand jury made no difference, Mr. Vance wrote. “The states’ strong interests in operating a fair and just criminal j…

What Kind of House Democrat Would Switch Parties? - Lawyers, Guns & Money

lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com - “Jeff stabbed us in the back, certainly,” said a seething Michael Suleiman, the Atlantic County chairman. “It’s disgusting. It’s a disgrace. Good riddance.” He added, “Maybe he’ll be the new ambassad…

The Wax and Wane of J Street’s Influence Over U.S.-Israel Policy

theintercept.com - Jeremy Ben-Ami has a story he tells about why he started the liberal, pro-Israel group J Street a decade ago. It begins in 1882, when his great-grandparents fled persecution in Russia and emigrated t…

Media Silent as Nobel Prize Winning OPCW Found “Fixing” its Own Findings on Syria

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Jim Bakker Threatens 'An Explosion' If Trump Impeached

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Too Big to Fail: the Epstein Investigation - MintPress News

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We Have to Take the Roses Seriously: Talking to Nathan J. Robinson

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Ravenous for Meat, China Faces a Climate Quandary

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A judge ordered up to 234,000 people to be tossed from the registered voter list in a swing state

washingtonpost.com - (iStock) By Marisa Iati close Marisa Iati General Assignment reporter Email EmailBio BioFollow Follow December 14, 2019 at 7:44 PM EST A Wisconsin judge ordered the state to take as many as 234,000 p…

Turkey renews military pledge to Libya as threat of Mediterranean war grows

theguardian.com - The threat of a military clash in the Mediterranean has drawn nearer following talks in which Turkey has underlined its willingness to send troops to Libya to defend the country’s UN-recognised gover…

Corbyn 'sorry' over Labour's heavy election defeat

bbc.com - Jeremy Corbyn has apologised to Labour supporters over his party's heavy defeat in the general election. Writing in the Sunday Mirror and the Observer, he acknowledged the party's failings in the pol…

5-Year-Old Sells Hot Cocoa, Cookies to Pay Off Over 100 Classmates’ Lunch Debt

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Alaska’s Coastal Communities Face a Growing Climate Threat

scientificamerican.com - Climate change is threatening dozens of Alaskan towns and villages, according to a new study, and local officials said the findings are another sign that additional funds and research are needed to h…

Gold and Jewels Found on Minoan Island Devoted to the Color Purple

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Former Israeli Spy Details Motive Behind Epstein’s Sexual Blackmail Operation

themindunleashed.com - (MPN) — In recent weeks, renewed attention has been brought to the allegations that Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex trafficking and sexual blackmail operation was run on behalf of Israeli…

South Korea is not Willing to Pay 5 Times More for Stationing American Troops | New Eastern Outlook

journal-neo.org - The present relationship between Seoul and Washington is plagued with problems, and recently the amount of money South Korea spends on U.S. military forces stationed in its territory has become the m…

The election in the media: against evasion and lies, good journalism is all we have | Alan Rusbridger

theguardian.com - In his first 1,000 days in office Donald Trump made 13,435 false or misleading claims, according to the good folk at the Washington Post who painstakingly monitor the president’s habit of bending the…

New Film Dark Waters Shines Light on Chemical Pollution History in Ohio River Valley

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The Earth needs multiple methods for removing CO2 from the air to avert worst of climate change

theconversation.com - Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are higher than at any time in human history, and nine of the warmest years have occurred since 2005. Even with the progress made in introducing alt…

Argentina Wants a Fracking Boom. The US Offers a Cautionary Tale | naked capitalism

nakedcapitalism.com - By Nick Cunningham, an independent journalist covering the oil and gas industry, climate change and international politics. He has been featured in Oilprice.com, The Fuse, YaleE360 and NACLA. Origina…

What winter solstice rituals tell us about indigenous people

theconversation.com - On the day of winter solstice, many Native American communities will hold religious ceremonies or community events. The winter solstice is the day of the year when the Northern Hemisphere has the few…


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A Prophetic Glimpse into America's Future
« Reply #522 on: December 15, 2019, 01:54:16 pm »
Agelbert NOTE: This abandoned sculpture is a visual prophetic metaphor of what Trump and Republicans ARE NOW DOING to the USA. >:(

SNIPPET:

He’s tried to have his name removed from all his abandoned buildings here, but it’s still there if you look hard enough.”

One such place is the grounds of the Taj, where an elephant has the Trump name emblazoned below its feet. This flashy monument was created by sculptor Michael MacLeod, who was never paid for his work. Rose believes the elephant, which remained at the site when he visited in 2016 because it was too heavy to move, is a great metaphor for Trump’s own legacy in Atlantic City: “Making a lot of noise and stomping his weight around, but ultimately only leaving a trail of destruction.”


Full article:

The Guardian

By Thomas Hobbs

Mon 8 Apr 2019 01.00 EDT Last modified on Thu 27 Jun 2019 06.36 EDT


When Trump won the election, photographer Brian Rose made straight for the gambling town – to show the reality behind his billionaire boasts. The broken city he captured speaks volumes about today’s America

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Doomstead Diner Daily 12/16
« Reply #523 on: December 16, 2019, 06:16:15 am »

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U.N. climate talks end with hard feelings, few results and new doubts about global unity

washingtonpost.com - Chilean Environment Minister Carolina Schmidt, who chaired the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, or COP25, attends the closing session in Madrid on Sunday. Marathon climate talks ended wit…

UN climate talks a 'lost opportunity', says Guterres

news.yahoo.com - Madrid (AFP) - A major climate summit wrapped up in Madrid Sunday with a compromise deal that left little to show, prompting UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to lament a "lost opportunity" to ac…

‘He is planning to rig the impeachment trial’: McConnell vows ‘total coordination’ with Trump on Senate process

intrepidreport.com - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Fox News Thursday night that while he has “no choice” but to hold a trial if the House votes to impeach President Donald Trump, that does not mean the proc…

Schumer calls for testimony from Mulvaney, Bolton in proposal to GOP on parameters for Trump impeachment trial

washingtonpost.com - By Seung Min Kim, close Seung Min Kim White House reporter Email EmailBio BioFollow Follow Karoun Demirjian and close Karoun Demirjian Congressional reporter focusing on national security Email Email…

Nadler calls for Trump's removal in committee's 658-page report on articles of impeachment

foxnews.com - Rep. Mike Johnson on House preparing historic floor vote on Trump impeachment. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, wrote that President Trump is a threat to the Consti…

Of Two Minds - A "Market" That Needs $1 Trillion in Panic-Money-Printing by the Fed to Stave Off Implosion Is Not a Market

oftwominds.com - It was all fun and games enriching the super-wealthy but now the karmic cost of the Fed's manipulation and propaganda is about to come due. A "market" that needs $1 trillion in panic-money-printing b…

Newsbud Exclusive- Israel’s Mossad Replaces CIA as Handler of Libyan Strongman Khalifa Haftar

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Volodymyr Zelenskyy: Ukraine's Man in the Middle | DCReport.org

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Finland is winning the war on fake news. Other nations want the blueprint

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Ivanka Trump Caught Faking Propaganda Interview At Forum

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Australia 'mega blaze' spreads ahead of heatwave

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They built a Chinese boomtown. It left them dying of lung disease with nowhere to turn.

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Greece says it's 'reached limit' as arrivals of refugees show no sign of slowing

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Stop Believing in Free Shipping

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A cinema, a pool, a bar: inside the post-apocalyptic underground future

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Protests erupt across India over citizenship law

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Military Investigating Possible White Power Hand Signal at Army-Navy Game

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John Atcheson: The Influence of Liars and the Failure of Corporate Media

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Opinion - Former Spy Details Israel’s Main Motive Behind Epstein’s Sexual Blackmail Operation

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Scientists call for more trees, fewer cows, to restore climate

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Deforestation is leading to more infectious diseases in humans

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The ultimate non-stick coating

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If you want to stay successful, learn to think like Leonardo da Vinci

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Star Member RKP5637 (57,068 posts)   Response to brooklynite Mon Dec 16, 2019, 11:05 AM

2. Yet another day in "UC" United Corporatism, formerly known as "US" United States.

One day to be known as "UD" United Dystopia! The fallen Rome of the 21st Century.

Yep.

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Congress to permanently repeal 3 major health taxes in year-end spending deal
Source: Politico

Congress is expected to permanently repeal three major health industry taxes that were supposed to help pay for Obamacare in a final year-end spending agreement, in a big win for the health care industry.

Lawmakers have agreed to ax the Cadillac tax on pricey employer plans, a 2.3 percent tax on medical devices and a health insurance fee, four individuals familiar with the talks confirmed to POLITICO on Monday.

Congressional leaders struggled over the weekend to wrap up the remaining disputes over what would be included in the nearly $1.4 trillion fiscal 2020 spending text and which policy bills would ride to enactment along with the appropriations measures. While leaders are still racing to finalize a deal, top appropriators are said to be on track to release the text of the final fiscal 2020 funding bills by midday, setting up passage in both the House and Senate this week.

The repeal of the three taxes represents an expensive windfall victory for the health care industry 
, which lobbied intensely against all three taxes since they were first mandated by the Affordable Care Act.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2019/12/16/congress-repeal-major-health-care-taxes-spending-deal-086138

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