A dozen for Wednesday

  1. 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.
  2. Trump: US to “wipe out” Puerto Rico’s debt CBS
    prdebtIn 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
  3. Gerrymander supreme Courthouse News Service 
    — Algorithms supercharged gerrymandering, and they can fix it Motherboard
  4. 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
  5. How a new era of astronomy will ride
    on gravitational waves
    Christian Science Monitor

    … 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.
  6. Congressman opposed abortion, but …
    was willing to make an exception for his young mistress

    Pittsburgh Post Gazette
    murphy“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.
  7. Tillerson threatened to quit on “moron” Trump NBC News
    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
  8. Why NY prosecutors dropped case vs. Kushner, Ivanka Politicus USA
    This story answers the question: How did the Trump family get away with their bullshit for all those years.
  9. The gun lobby: see how much your rep. gets Politico
    — Bannon: Trump dares not advocate gun control The Independent
  10. Russian Facebook ads targeted Wisconsin, Michigan The Daily Beast
    — Facebook fought political ad disclosure for years Bloomberg
  11. Surprise! GOP tax plan favors the wealthy NPR
  12. How beagles and goldens help researchers
    find the next cancer therapy for humans
    Stat
    dogsurgeon

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