Are Stock Buybacks Starving the Economy? The Atlantic
Where do people get money to buy California homes these days? Often, from mom and dad KPCC. “It’s almost like we’re feudal now. You inherit the manor from your family if you happen to be a landowner. If you’re not a landowner, it’s really hard to get in.”
A ‘unique’ opportunity for investors spells mass eviction for tenants Los Angeles Times
Opinion: Donald Trump is playing good cop/bad cop with Iran Deutsche Welle
Brussels willing to accept fudge on vital Brexit pact FT. Paragraph 13: “The main condition would be a watertight backstop arrangement, enshrined in the withdrawal treaty, to avoid a hard border dividing the island of Ireland under all circumstances. Such measures would in practice keep much of Northern Ireland’s economy under EU legal control, something Mrs May has said is intolerable.” So the Irish border circle remains circular and not squared.
Chances of no-deal Brexit growing by the day, says Hunt The Scotsman (Clive).
New N. Korea missiles unlikely to doom talks, experts say Agence France Presse
China still focused on reducing debt, creating jobs despite trade row with United States South China Morning Post
The Western Illusion of Chinese Innovation Project Syndicate
How the “Happiest Muslims in the World” are Coping with Their Happiness art of life in chinese central asia
New Cold War
“You are Criminalizing Diplomacy” (video) CNN. “Anderson Cooper joined by Russia expert Stephen Cohen and Max Boot debate if Trump-Putin summit at Helsinki was a positive thing.”
A Russian Perspective On Foreign Affairs: An Interview with Konstantin Zatulin The National Interest
Let Mikey do it? Maybe not. Sic Semper Tyrannis
Trump launches extraordinary attack on Koch brothers after oil tycoons refuse to back Republican candidate Independent. The #Resistance adopts the Koch Brothers in 3, 2, 1…
All Eyes on Paul Manafort Trial This Week Courthouse News
DoD unveils final JEDI Cloud RFP, sticks with single-vendor approach Federal News Radio (CO).
Behind The Magical Thinking Center for a New American Security. Drones.
Democrats in Disarray
Tom Steyer’s $110 million plan to redefine the Democrats Politico. Clinton blew through $1.4 billion, so that’s not very much.
Democrats Will Regret Becoming the Anti-Russia Party Foreign Policy
Facebook finds ‘sophisticated’ efforts to disrupt elections AP. Paragraph 14: “Facebook says the pages ran about on Facebook and Instagram, paid for in U.S. and Canadian dollars.” And Paragraph 13: “This time, though, the pages Facebook found focused ‘exclusively at engaging and influencing the left end of the American political spectrum,’ according to the Atlantic Council researchers.”
Facebook data privacy scandal: A cheat sheet Tech Republic
Big Brother Is Watching You
The Danger of Invisible Government Deeds Wired. Privatization.
The Fiscal Firebomb Looming for Small Cities in Illinois Governing. Pensions.
The Market Police The Boston Review (Olga).
The Worker’s Economy as Global Strategy Grassroots Economic Organizing
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