Mon. July 9

Former US intelligence officer:
We’re in danger of losing the republic
AlterNet
nance— “We’re entering a very dangerous period in American history. It is terrifying. …The Russians have a plan and a strategy. They have been executing the strategy for 15 years, by finding Donald Trump and building him up as a character and fostering his betrayal of the United States of America. They clearly set out to destroy American democracy and Donald Trump is the man to do it. We are, as of this November, on the cusp of possibly losing the American constitutional republic forever.”
— “The Russians have been doing this in Europe with ultra-right-wing groups, fascist groups and others that have their origins with the Nazis. The Russians aren’t Communist anymore. They are ultra-conservative Christian nationalists.”
— Malcom Nance, author, The Plot to Destroy Democracy

Illinois governor profits from ICE prison
Politico
— Gov. Bruce Rauner this year reported turning a profit from a health care group that services U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention centers, including facilities that hold immigrant families with children.
— The multi-millionaire Republican governor disclosed earnings from a private equity fund that owns Correct Care Solutions, a for-profit health care provider that has millions of dollars in government contracts with jails and prisons across the country, including immigrant detention centers.

Why the Supreme Court is out of step with America
By Kevin J. McMahon
Professor of Political Science, Trinity College
The Conversation
— Consider Neil Gorsuch. He was supported by a majority of senators – 51 Republicans and three Democrats. But the votes earned by those 54 senators only added up to a total of 54,098,387.
— The 45 senators who opposed Gorsuch, all Democrats, collected 73,425,062 votes in their most recent elections – a nearly 20 million-vote difference.
There are now three Supreme Court justices – Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Gorsuch – that fit the description of a “minority justice.” And they are the only three in the nation’s history.

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… DUELING OPINIONS …

China makes only $8 per Iphone,
which is why Trump’s trade war is doomed

The Conversation
— Thanks to the globe-spanning supply chains that run through China, trade deficits in the modern economy are not always what they seem.

Trump is right, with giant trade deficit, US can’t lose trade war
The National Interest
— The conventional wisdom of the international expert class is that “you can’t win a trade war.” What they really mean is that you can’t win a trade war in a fair game.
— But if one country starts with a massive trade deficit, the existing rules are written to favor its opponents. And when the country with the trade deficit just happens to be the most powerful country in the world, there are multiple paths to victory.

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OUR LYING GOVERNMENT
tom-falseLIE: “80 percent of those who do file for asylum aren’t qualified for it.”
— Jeff Sessions, so-called Attorney General
TRUTH: “Many cases are denied for procedural reasons not related to the merit of the claim, or because the applicants are unrepresented or poorly represented … ”
— Jennifer Gordon, law professor, Fordham Law School.

“Beta cities” in US interior attracting more than their share of US young adults
Christian Science Monitor
— “People are starting to look at what you might call beta cities – Grand Rapids; Madison, Wisc.; Des Moines, Iowa.; and Orlando, Fla. – places that, in my generation, young ambitious people didn’t go,” says Joel Kotkin, executive director of the Center for Opportunity Urbanism.

√ A report from the weekend that’s worth repeating
US opposes breast feeding, 

stunning World Health officials
NY Times
Reasons To Breast Feed— A resolution to encourage breast-feeding was expected to be approved quickly and easily by the hundreds of government delegates who gathered this spring in Geneva for the United Nations-affiliated World Health Assembly.
— Based on decades of research, the resolution says that mother’s milk is healthiest for children and countries should strive to limit the inaccurate or misleading marketing of breast milk substitutes.
— Then the United States delegation, embracing the interests of infant formula manufacturers, upended the deliberations.

>>> “What happened was tantamount to blackmail, with the U.S. holding the world hostage and trying to overturn nearly 40 years of consensus on best way to protect infant and young child health.”<<<

At $3,500, San Francisco rent is world’s highest, study says
KRON

Another sneaky Trump move against Affordable Health Care
NPR

Trump’s driver sues, claims upaid overtime
The Hill

The Well-Regulated Militia
Houston toddler, 2, shoots himself dead (AP)
Fresno toddler, 2, shoots himself dead (ABC News)

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