Yellowstone Bears Eat 40,000 Moths a Day In August Yellowstone Park
Big Tobacco and right-wing US billionaires funding anti-regulation hardliners in the EU Corporate Europe Observatory (MT).
Why is neoliberalism back in Latin America? Al Jazeera
Lawmakers divided over a ban on Venezuelan oil amid fears of a Russian takeover McClatchy. “Takeover” of Citgo, in which Rosneft has a 49.9% stake, Citgo being a subsidiary of Venezuela’s state-owned oil company, Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA).
TRUMP: END THE SYRIA WAR NOW Eric Margolis (SS).
Iran unveils new missile production line Al Jazeera
BREXIT WARNING: Millionaire Remainers to launch party if Corbyn goes further left Express. “Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has reportedly held talks with a number of wealthy individuals including Hull City owner Dr Assem Allam, who donated £700,000 to Labour under Ed Miliband.”
How Greece lost a great chance to break the chains from the European Financial Dictatorship the unbalanced evolution of homo sapiens (ChrisSp).
China’s Hukou System Foreign Policy
New Cold War
John Brennan and Jim Clapper trash Trump for his relations with Putin, attacks on intelligence community. Politico. A torturer and a perjurer, respectively.
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The Long-Delayed Jeff Sessions Reveal emptywheel
How our Intel Agencies Screwed us by Letting Sessions, Trumpies get away with Russia Scheme Juan Cole (Re Silc). Cole:
Me, I’m angry. I’m angry because the US intel community had this information in summer of 2016 and they’re only leaking it now. You mean they could have blown the whistle on the Trump gang over the Russian contacts and they didn’t bother? It is too late now
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Yes, Trump can legally pardon himself or his family. No, he shouldn’t (Jonathan Turley) and No, Trump can’t pardon himself. The Constitution tells us so (Larry Tribe) WaPo
How Will Trump’s Attack Dogs Affect Mueller’s Russia Investigation? Foreign Policy. From the heart of The Blob and a must-read.
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Big Oil warns new Russia sanctions could deal out US companies New Europe (MT).
Will Donald junior’s conduct jolt Republicans? The Economist
Democrats in Disarray
Could Kamala Harris revive the fractured Democratic party for the 2020 election? Guardian. “[R]eportedly wowing big Democratic donors at an event in the Hamptons this month…”
Bernie Sanders needs a protégé The Week
In Colorado Fracking Fight, Emails Show Constituents ‘Begging’ Lawmakers For Help International Business Times
Our Famously Free Press
Pence puts subtle squeeze on Portman over healthcare at Columbus fundraiser Cleveland Plain-Dealer. Portman sounds squishy.
CBO Finds Growing, Harmful Impact of Senate GOP Bill’s Medicaid Per Capita Cap Center for Budget and Policy Priorities
Medicare For All Is Coming, No Matter What They Say Richard Eskow, Moyers and Company
Thousands flock to free medical clinic, as Washington dithers on health care WaPo. Third World stuff.
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Amazon may give app developers access to Alexa audio recordings The Verge. Yikes.
Imperial Collapse Watch
Donald Trump and the Coming Fall of American Empire The Intercept
America’s New $13 Billion Aircraft Carrier Is Still Far From Ready Jalopnik. Can’t launch or recover aircraft, planned to be F-35Cs….
A Dozen Lessons on Investing from Ed Thorp 25iq (via Felix Salmon). “The first thing people who have control do is tilt the playing field. Maybe the majority of wealth is accumulated because of tilted playing fields. Not because of merit.”
Subversion of Social Movements by Adversarial Agents (PDF) International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence. “Regardless of size, one fact about social movements is unchanging: their physical embodiment is always local. That is, social movements are the sum of the actions of individuals who are themselves in only one place—omnipresence is something that exists only in fantasy movies.”
A snapshot of the jobs malaise Axios (Re Silc).
The ideology of “the market” Stumbling and Mumbling
The Class Renegade NYRB
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