Wednesday Jan. 17

Science panel: Set DWI limits at 2 or 3 drinks AP
 Most women would need to draw the line at two drinks, and men at two or three if states follow a blueprint by a prestigious scientific panel for eliminating the “entirely preventable” 10,000 alcohol-impaired driving deaths in the United States each year.

pattyDems score big win in Wisconsin’s Trump/Walker heart of darkness Alternet
>>> Uncle Scotty’s getting nervous Wisconsin State Journal
Patty Schachtner’s victory boosts state Democrats who have been struggling to make gains since Republicans took over state government in 2010 and represents a 28-point swing from Republican to Democrat since the 2016 general election.

Trump musing: Terror attack could save GOP in 2018
Washington Post via Raw Story
“In private conversations,” said the Post, “Trump has told advisers that he doesn’t think the 2018 election has to be as bad as others are predicting. He has referenced the 2002 midterms, when George W. Bush and Republicans fared better after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, these people said.”

accuAs opioid crisis grows,
states open Medicaid
to yoga, acupuncture, massage

…  could increase non-opioid options for low-income patients suffering from pain. But it also opens states to criticism from skeptics who say taxpayers are being forced to fund unproven treatments …

Bitcoin sinks again; down 50% in month Bloomberg
To rephrase the traders’ cliche: Don’t try to catch a falling Bitcoin.

Rebelling against surveillance state, he invents ‘ghost eyeglasses” Sputnik
Chicago dude’s a bit tired of his constant appearance on CCTV.

“New California” rejects coastal elites, seeks 51st state The Hill
Well, this goes to the back burner for sure. 

Money flows uncovered, and become focus of Russia probe BuzzFeed

michael_d_drobot_squareHospital exec to prison
in massive surgery kickback scheme

Courthouse News Service
>Largest fraud in California history
>Bribed surgeons to perform operations at his hospital

Most on National Park Advisory Board quit in frustration Orlando Sentinel
Zinke had refused to ever meet with them.
“… our requests to engage have been ignored … “

As Venezuela circles the drain, hungry mobs loot stores Reuters
> Skeptical that authorities can protect them, shopkeepers in the Andean town of Garcia de Hevia in the neighboring state of Tachira have taken matters into their own hands.
> “We’re arming ourselves with sticks, knives, machetes, and firearms to defend our assets,” recounted William Roa, the president of the local shopkeepers’ association.

Former CIA officer arrested over massive spy meltdown in China NPR

GOP senator denounces Trump’s use of “fake news” AP
Yep, Flake is running for President.

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