Tuesday Jan. 16



Bannon shuts up

Politico

Trump’s former adviser Steve Bannon refused to answer questions Tuesday from the House intelligence committee about his time in the White House, prompting panel members to subpoena him on the spot, according to a person familiar with the interview.

In last year, 3 million Americans lost health insurance The Hill
> Most likely 1.2 million (40%)  of them didn’t vote in 2016
> Of the 1.8 million who did vote, 830,000 (46%)  voted for Trump so …
> About 2 million of them kind of asked for it.  

A bit better than Mongolia, though
Where does US rank on “freedom score?” Not even in top 50 Freedom House
But not up there with the leaders such as Uruguay, Barbados, Chile, Cyprus, Slovinia, Palau, Latvia… US score dragged down by restrictive voting …

uruguay-vote
Voters in Uruguay. US citizens will have to look south to see American exceptionalism

Federal offshore drilling plan is DOA with coastal governors EcoWatch

Researchers: Human lice, not rats, spread Great Plague disease Newser

Smiling kids on Facebook, but tortured at home USA Today

So, that DNA testing turns out to be bullshit after all Gizmodo
 “Everyone is sort of just making it up as they go along.”

…. The subpoena is a sign that Bannon is not personally the focus of the investigation. Justice Department rules allow prosecutors to subpoena to the targets of investigations only in rare circumstances.
… On Tuesday, Bannon testified behind closed doors before the House Intelligence Committee, which is also investigating Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election and ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Why the price of Bitcoin just tanked Vice News

EU leaders say Britain is welcome to change its Brexit mind The Guardian

A Starbucks at Yosemite? The outrage, the outrage Sacramento Bee

Alaska secretly recorded talks between lawyers, defendants Anchorage Daily News
Does the Constitution not apply in our 49th state?

Trump shithole Mar-A-Lago cited for unsafe, dirty conditions Miami Herald
… safety violations and … the staff’s failure to track the freshness of potentially hazardous foods.

Renewables cheaper than fossil fuel within 2 years? Futurism

Senate needs 1 more (GOP) vote to pass Net Neutrality bill Motherboard

 

 

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