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500 Canadian doctors protest: pay raise is too much!
> In Canada, more than 500 doctors and residents, as well as over 150 medical students, have signed a public letter protesting their own pay raises.
> “We, Quebec doctors who believe in a strong public system, oppose the recent salary increases negotiated by our medical federations,” the letter says.
> The group say they are offended that they would receive raises when nurses and patients are struggling.
> “These increases are all the more shocking because our nurses, clerks and other professionals face very difficult working conditions, while our patients live with the lack of access to required services because of the drastic cuts in recent years and the centralization of power in the Ministry of Health.”

Hundreds of religious leaders ask Trump admin
to stop expansion of offshore drilling
The Hill
> In a letter sent to Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Thursday, the religious leaders said the drilling plan should be reconsidered as it brings “unacceptable risks to God’s oceans and coastal communities.”
> The group of religious leaders, mainly of individual churches representing Catholic, Jewish and evangelical faiths among others, warned that no drilling company could guarantee the safety of ecosystems and the environment.

Trump to Stormy: Shut the fuck up
NY Times
> President Trump’s lawyer secretly obtained a temporary restraining order last week to prevent a pornographic film star from speaking out about her alleged affair with Mr. Trump, according to legal documents and interviews.
> The order, issued by an arbitrator in California and reviewed by The New York Times, pertained to the actress Stephanie Clifford, who had been paid $130,000 shortly before the 2016 election in what she calls a “hush agreement.” In recent weeks, she had prepared to speak publicly about Mr. Trump, claiming his lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, had broken the agreement.
> The details of the order emerged on Wednesday after the White House’s spokeswoman, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said that Mr. Trump’s lawyer had won an arbitration proceeding against Ms. Clifford, who goes by the name of Stormy Daniels.

And maybe America has lost its sense of the absurd because…
“Abstinence” sex ed making gains under Trump
The Hill
Guided by Trump’s sexual morality?

Tariffs to join wall, Muslim ban in Trump’s steaming pile of bullshit
Voice of America
> Trump is expected to sign tariffs on steel and aluminum imports as early as Thursday, with some trading partners receiving temporary exemptions.
> White House officials said Mexico and Canada would get a 30-day exemption that could be extended.
>>> China vows “necessary response”
The Guardian

“When large companies can pressure politicians to force everyday Americans to fork over unearned millions, we should all question the fairness of the system.”
–Charles Koch
(Another American whose sense of irony has apparently failed. Koch recently shoveled $500,000 to Paul Ryan to grease the GOP tax cut.)

Tillerson not ready to kiss & make up with N. Korea
Vice News
Sec’y o’ State says said before there can be any negotiations about denuclearization, there need to be “talks about talks,” adding he wasn’t certain that conditions were right for negotiations about North Korea’s nuclear program.

no12-trickedDrunkest states:
N. Dakota, Wisconsin, Alaska

Tennessee, W. Virginia, Utah

USA Today
Fargo, Green Bay, Fairbanks among the most soused cities.

The “right to repair” movement comes home to California
> The right to repair battle has come to Silicon Valley’s home state: Wednesday, a state assemblymember announced that California would become the 18th state in the country to consider legislation that would make it easier to repair your electronics.
> “The Right to Repair Act will provide consumers with the freedom to have their electronic products and appliances fixed by a repair shop or service provider of their choice, a practice that was taken for granted a generation ago but is now becoming increasingly rare in a world of planned obsolescence,” Susan Talamantes Eggman, a Democrat from Stockton who introduced the bill said in a statement.

Citing “security threat”, US bans gov’t workers from Playa Del Carmen
The Yucantan Times
This after a ferry explosion, and the discovery of explosives attached to another vessel. Motives and suspects unknown. US Consular Agency shut down.

The poisoning of Russian spy Sergei Skripal, explained
Reuters/Moscow Times

Sinclair TV group urges anchors to read “fake news” proclamations on air
Raw Story

How biased is your news source? This chart might give you a clue.
Market Watch

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