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IRS hires Equifax to “help prevent fraud” Politico
The IRS will pay Equifax $7.25 million to verify taxpayer identities and help prevent fraud under a no-bid contract issued last week.
Trump: US to “wipe out” Puerto Rico’s debt CBS
In other words, bail out the bankers?
— Budget chief says no way. Bloomberg
“I think what you heard the president say is that Puerto Rico is going to have to figure out a way to solve its debt problem,” Mick Mulvaney, director of the White House budget office, said Wednesday. “We are not going to bail them out. We are not going to pay off those debts. We are not going to bail out those bond holders.”
— Why aid isn’t reaching many Puerto Ricans NY Times
— Fake news: San Juan truckers on strike Politifact
Gerrymander supreme Courthouse News Service
— Algorithms supercharged gerrymandering, and they can fix it Motherboard
Chemistry Nobel The Guardian
… for cryo-electron microscopy, which allows scientists to study molecules in unprecedented resolution … could help with drug discovery and fundamental understanding of biological processes.
— Three people won physics Nobel for work of a thousand Popular Science
How a new era of astronomy will ride Christian Science Monitor
on gravitational waves
… gravitational waves allow astronomers to look at the universe in an entirely different way: through motion.
> “Everything generates gravitational waves. You and I generate gravitational waves by opening our mouths and talking. Every time matter moves around, gravitational waves are generated,” explains Lawrence Krauss, a theoretical physicist and cosmologist at Arizona State University.
Congressman opposed abortion, but …
was willing to make an exception for his young mistress
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
“And you have zero issue posting your pro-life stance all over the place when you had no issue asking me to abort our unborn child just last week when we thought that was one of the options.”
— Shannon Edwards on her relationship with the Congressman.
NBC News Tillerson threatened to quit on “moron” Trump
Multiple senior-level sources cited but unnamed. Hmmm. Somebody wants this info out there. Is this Tillerson’s revenge? Or his final notice to Trump?
— Tillerson won’t deny he called Trump a moron CNN
This story answers the question: How did the Trump family get away with their bullshit for all those years. Why NY prosecutors dropped case vs. Kushner, Ivanka Politicus USA
The gun lobby: see how much your rep. gets Politico
— Bannon: Trump dares not advocate gun control The Independent
Russian Facebook ads targeted Wisconsin, Michigan The Daily Beast
— Facebook fought political ad disclosure for years Bloomberg
Surprise! GOP tax plan favors the wealthy NPR
Stat How beagles and goldens help researchers
find the next cancer therapy for humans