By Lambert Strether of Corrente
When host NPR Steve Inskeep pressed her, Warren repeated three times that she wasn’t running, then grew exasperated: “I am not running for president. Do you want me to put an exclamation point at the end?” [CNN]. Except that’s not a Sherman statement. Transcript [WaPo].
Jebbie releases 250,000 emails, loses 15 pounds [CNN]. Take that, Chris Christie! And that!
Schumer “bets” Hillary Clinton will run, praises Warren as “constructive” [Daily News].
48% of Democratic voters support Clinton, but 48% of Democratic voters also want a primary contest [Asbury Park Press].
Second O’Mally aide bails [Bloomberg].
Clinton in presser at Data 2x, an initiative between the Clinton Foundation, United Nations Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies (!): Advocates need “an evidence-based case for investing in women and girls” [USA Today]. I’ve heard Clinton say “evidenced-based” before, and didn’t think much of it. I’m sure it focus groups well, however.
Clinton’s support in Iowa today is double 2008’s [FiveThirtyEight].
Regulatory riders on a piece of must-pass budget legislation will be a common subject of debate over the next two years [The Hill]. For example:
Justice blocked from medical marijuana dispensary prosecutions under Federal law that conform to state law [Slate].
Federal judge rules cops can no longer use tear gas on protesters without declaring an illegal assembly [MSNBC].
“Witness 40: Exposing A Fraud In Ferguson” [The Smoking Gun]. Check out the handwriting…
Dorian Johnson’s account consistent across two interviews [CNN]. Now that McCulloch has released the material he “inadvertently” suppressed.
“As a result of his actions, he is gone” [Guardian]. Ugly interrogation.
“Mexico’s Graveyard”: Long-form backgrounder with photos on the city of Iguala in Guererro State near Ayotzinapa, where the 43 students disappeared [Mashable]. Detail shows much, much deeper roots than marches, protests.
Federal police implicated in Ayotzinapa attack, says study carried out with the support of Berkeley’s Investigative Reporting Program [Revolution News]. So not just the locals.
NPR interviews (self-identified) survivor of attack that killed the 43 [NPR].
21-year-old Mexican student disrupts Malala Yousafzai’s Nobel Peace Prize ceremony to show solidarity with the 43 missing students [CNN].
Serious clashes between federal police and protesters organizing a concert to honor the 43 missing college student in Guerrero [Voxxi].
“Today, with these crystal-clear examples of political and criminal collusion at hand, the three layers of government (federal, state and municipal) are being accused all at once of corruptive betrayal” [Seattle Times]. Oh, Mexico.
Sydney Hostage Situation
Uber charges $100 surge price to people fleeing armed hostage crisis in Sidney [Mashable]. They backed off, but that’s how the algorithm works, isn’t it?
Was this really the time and place for selfies? [Independent].
Meanwhile, five dead in Philly shooting spree [USA Today]. This story stays local, of course, since shootings in today’s America are a non-story, and of course no waronterra hook.
One (1) person was imprisoned over CIA torture [Independent]. A whistleblower, of course! John Kiriakou.
Torture pays off with million dollar home [The Intercept].
Police clear Causeway, last protest site [Wall Street Journal].
Democracy activist Benny Tai warns peaceful protest could be replaced by riots [Hong Wrong].
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Data mining in higher education via student ID cards [Minding the Campus]. Administrators love it!
Spain’s Xnet movement, inspired by 15-M indignados and fights graft using Tor dropbox and journalistic protection [Sidney Morning Herald].
Industrial production, November 2014: Up 1.3%. “[T]he output of every major industry group increased or remained unchanged” [Bloomberg].
Housing Market Index, December 2014: “6th reading in row that the index is above breakeven 50” [Bloomberg].
U.S. bond investors writing off inflation for years, maybe decades [Bloomberg].
Squillionaire David Koch: “I’m very worried that if the budget is not balanced that inflation could occur and the economy of our country could suffer terribly” [Political Wire]. Stupid or evil?
Shift workers more likely to suffer from poor health [Independent].
“[T]here is no empirical evidence that the private sector is intrinsically more efficient” [Business School of the University of Greenwich, UK (PDF)]. But wait! Because markets!
BlackRock managing director at has been banned from the industry for life by U.K. regulators for dodging fares on his commute [CNN]. There’ll always be an England….
News of the Wired
- Life hack on tagging and indexing your paper notebook [Social Media Week]. Neato!
- In the absence of strict moderation, we’d be much better off without comment sections [Guardian].
- The rise of the Y-Axis-Zero fundamentalists [Justin Fox].
- In the UK: “Migrants tend to be highly-skilled on average, contribute substantially to the economy, and do not compete with natives for social housing” [London School of Economics].
- How a 20-year-old Mexican immigrant co-founded the largest drone manufacturer in America while waiting for his green card [Robotic Trends (RTO)].
- The number of stateless people worldwide likely exceeds 15 million [Reuters].
- “Inside The Collapse Of The New Yorker’s Inside The Collapse Of The New Republic” [Wonkette]. Fractal snark!
- Socialize Uber! [The Nation]
- “Since the 1970s” [N+1]. “On or about ____ 197_, human character changed…”
- Mars Rover Curiosity findings findings suggest that lakes and rivers existed in many locations all over Mars, over tens of millions of years [CNET].
- The magnetic field along the galactic plane [European Space Agency]:
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