Weekender

This doc casts doubts on whether “bad” foods are really bad NPR

New Orleans elects first woman mayor in 300-year history The Independent

US pursues quiet troop buildup in Somalia Politico

General in charge of nukes says he’d refuse illegal order from Trump Stars & Stripes

Cops mistake hibiscus for pot, attack retired couple AlterNet


Earlier stories:

Former Defense Sec’y Perry:
Don’t count on Cabinet to stop Trump lunatic nuke strike Politico
He says nuclear war has “become more probable in the last year, partly because of President Trump,” and partly due to events beyond the president’s control. He thinks Trump doesn’t understand the North Koreans, and doesn’t understand what his rhetoric is doing.
That the president and his Cabinet secretaries are so often putting out conflicting messages makes the situation worse. And though Perry subscribes to the idea that Mattis and Tillerson are a “stabilizing influence,” he said that with this president, “I’m not really comfortable with anybody.”

Trump hiring lawyers to seize land for border wall Newsweek
It is not clear how many Americans will have their land seized, how long the process will take, or how much it will cost, according to a new report published by Democrats on the Senate Homeland Security Committee Monday. But the administration is gearing up for a fight nonetheless.
It is seeking $2 million to hire 12 land acquisition attorneys at the Department of Justice to mount an “initial surge” of land seizures from holdout landowners who aren’t willing to part with their property on the government’s terms.

Salt Lake County suing Big Pharma for “irresponsible” distribution of opiods KSL.Com
It’s not yet clear how much in damages Salt Lake County officials will be seeking or which companies they will be suing, but District Attorney Sim Gill said his legal team will be working through the specifics over the next two weeks while the suit is prepared for filing.

Sen. Menendez jurors can’t decide NY Times
This case gets very little traction nationally, perhaps because everyone assumes a Senator from NJ is corrupt?

> The jury in the federal corruption trial of Senator Robert Menendez, a Democrat from New Jersey, told the judge on Monday that it could not reach a unanimous decision on any of the charges in the case, raising the prospect of a mistrial.
> Menendez and a co-defendant, Dr. Salomon Melgen, a wealthy eye doctor from Florida, have been accused of bribery and conspiracy. Prosecutors say Mr. Menendez used his office to provide favors to Dr. Melgen in exchange for gifts, rides on his private plane and political contributions. Both men have denied the charges.

Trump gets a partial win on travel ban Courthouse News Service
> Exception to Trump ban:  “foreign nationals who have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”

Snopes takes on “news” of Clinton’s supposed uranium deal Snopes
Not that reality matters to Clinton haters …
> Among the ways these accusations stray from the facts is in attributing a power of veto or approval to Secretary Clinton that she simply did not have.

Analaysis: Senate bill would raise takes for more than 13 million AP
Promoted as needed relief for the middle class, the Senate Republican tax overhaul actually would increase taxes for some 13.8 million moderate-income American households, a nonpartisan analysis showed Monday.

Budweiser’s former marketing guru: Weed is the new craft beer Syracuse.com
> “This bud’s for you” has taken on a new meaning for Chris Burggraeve.
> The former chief marketing officer for Anheuser-Busch InBev NV, the brewer of Budweiser beer, is moving from barley and hops to cannabis as the alcohol industry casts its sights on the burgeoning market for state-sanctioned marijuana.
> “The same way that craft beer started and, for the longest time, was ignored and then exploded, there’s no reason why the same thing wouldn’t happen in this space,” he said. “There will be part supplementing and part complementing. The jury is out on how and where that will happen.”

Wikileaks urged Trump Junior to advise his father not to concede in case of loss. Newsweek
> The Atlantic broke this story but it is a slog of a read. Therefore, we’re linking to the Newsweek account.
> Basically, US intelligence has said that Wikileaks was doing the bidding of Putin and Julian Assange during the Clinton vs. Trump election. The implication here is that Trump Junior, who corresponded with Wikileaks, was therefore cooperating with Russian agents.
There’s also a simplified breakdown on Axios

Video leads to charging 26 in Penn State frat death Newser
> Newly recovered security camera footage from inside a Penn State fraternity house showed a pledge had been given at least 18 drinks in less than 90 minutes, investigators said Monday in announcing dozens of new charges related to the pledge’s death. Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller charged 10 new defendants, reinstated charges against two people whose cases had been dropped, and added counts against five who had previously been charged for actions surrounding the Feb. 4 death of Beta Theta Pi pledge Tim Piazza.

Fear of losing health care locks Americans into lousy jobs The Guardian
> Uncertainty surrounding the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), widely known as Obamacare, has left many people feeling too scared to risk leaving full-time employment to attempt something on their own. After several failed attempts to repeal the ACA, the current administration may, in its latest tax plan, get rid of the individual mandate that requires most Americans be insured.
> The cost of job-lock may, however, be more damaging than keeping people glued to full-time work: America may be becoming a less creative place – and a less attractive place for creative people.

 

 

 

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