For our Francophone readers, if any, Canada Papers (which includes our Richard Smith’s international TV debut at 2:40).
This Dutch video on Trump has gone viral because, well, just watch it Mashable (Sherry). In case you missed it….
How Life (and Death) Spring From Disorder Quanta (David L)
“Reform” Isn’t the Answer for Everything Satyajit Das, Bloomberg. Lead piece in Bloomberg’s daily newsletter.
Prices of essential medicines cut by 30-50% The Economic Times, India (martha r)
France prosecuting citizens for ‘crimes of solidarity’ Al Jazeera (Userfriendly)
Italy’s Five-Star Movement Suffers Electoral Blow Roubini Global Economics
How to handle political unrest caused by IMF policies!: CIA Files unbalanced evolution
UK court: Nigeria citizens cannot sue Shell for oil spill Jurist (J-LS) :-(
UK government publishes Brexit bill Politico
Farms and factories ‘will compete for migrants’ after Brexit Financial Times
West sidelined to the bar in Russia-led Syria talks Financial Times
Johnson: Britain may accept Assad staying in power The Times. Funny how this is not being reported in the US….
The Syrian People Desperately Want Peace Tulsi Gabbard, AntiWar (YY)
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: ‘Syrians tell me there are no moderate rebels’ YouTube (YY). How dare anyone official let that cat out of the bag?
Gabbard meeting with Assad draws disgust from fellow lawmakers The Hill (furzy)
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
EXPOSED: Docs Show Trump Quietly Killing Ethics Rule That Blocks Aides From Enriching Fmr Clients David Sirota, International Business Times
Donald Trump and Republicans Strain to Set Agenda Wall Street Journal
U.S. government scientists go ‘rogue’ in defiance of Trump Reuters (furzy)
Government Scientists at U.S. Climate Conference Terrified to Speak with the Press Intercept (martha r)
Trump’s Obsession with Faux Election Fraud Sets the Stage for Federal Voter Suppression Intercept (martha r). Story oddly omits overvote in 37 Detroit precincts…although that would not be fraud by voters, but by people manning those precincts.
Elon Musk: I’m Trump’s voice of reason BBC. Help me (martha r)
Trump: Military more important than balanced budget The Hill (Userfriendly). That’s actually how it works now although no one admits to it. There’s never been problem finding $1 billion for the next bombing run in the Middle East. But obviously not good news at all re Trump’s priorities.
Here’s how President Trump has it wrong on welfare CNBC (furzy)
White House Adviser Steve Bannon Says Media Should ‘Keep Its Mouth Shut’ Vice (resilc). The whole quote is a smidge less awful:
“The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for awhile,” Bannon said. “I want you to quote this: The media here is the opposition party. They don’t understand this country. They still do not understand why Donald Trump is the president of the United States.”
Steve Bannon wants to turn the press into the new Hillary. New Republic (resilc)
Trump pressured Park Service to find proof for his claims about inauguration crowd Washington Post (furzy)
Mexico Grudge Match
U.S.-Mexico Rift Deepens Over Trade Threat, Canceled Meeting Wall Street Journal
White House Sows Confusion About Plan for a 20% Import Tax New York Times
US Consumers to Pay for Wall: Trump Plans 20% Border Tax on Mexican Goods Michael Shedlock. EM: “Note the appreciable push-back in the comments with respect to the simplistic ‘this is bad for US consumers’ thesis.”
U.S.-Mexico crisis deepens as Trump aide floats border tax idea Reuters (furzy)
Is NAFTA Over? Atlantic (resilc)
AP source: Border Patrol chief says he’s been forced out Associated Press (furzy)
State’s federal lands may face new pressures from Washington VTDigger (martha r)
Senators’ ObamaCare replacement bills highlight GOP divide The Hill (Userfriendly)
Signs Democrats Are Rejecting The Gutter Politics Of David Brock & Peter Daou Liberal Values (Sherry)
Resistance To Donald Trump Won’t Come From Democrat Leaders, Glenn Greenwald Warns Inquisitur (martha r)
Nuclear ‘Doomsday Clock’ ticks closest to midnight in 64 years Reuters (furzy)
Compromise doesn’t work with our political opponents. When will we learn? Chelsea Manning Guardian (martha r). Too charitable, but not hard to understand why.
The Trump DAPL-Keystone XL Pipeline Story No One Is Talking About Liberty Investor (furzy)
Post-truth politics will be debunked by online facts Simon Jenkins (J-LS).
Antidote du jour (Dr. Kevin):