Thurs. July 26

House Cons move to impeach top lawyer, derail Mueller probe
— House conservatives have filed articles of impeachment in an effort to oust Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the overseer of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
The articles, filed late Wednesday by Reps. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) blast Rosenstein for what they allege was a failure to respond to congressional document demands. Senior Justice Department officials have rejected the criticism and described historic levels of cooperation with Congress.
>>> Ryan won’t get behind it (Reuters)

Cohen sent up distress flares to Trump, but rescue never came
“I don’t understand why no one’s calling me. I don’t understand why no one’s communicating with me.”
>>> Gov’t seized more than 100 tapes from Cohen (Raw Story)

Suspect held in blast at US Embassy in Beijing
South China Morning Post
— According to the embassy’s regional security officer, there was one individual who detonated a bomb. Other than the bomber, there were no injuries.

Summer jobs for teens …
… A thing of the past?

— A summer job, like lifeguarding or scooping ice cream, used to be a rite of passage for teens. Thirty years ago, nearly two-thirds of U.S. teenagers worked summer jobs. Twenty years ago, more than half of them did. Now, only a third of teens are in summer jobs.

Something fishy on the high seas
Eureka Alert
— “Because catches from different boats are mixed up during transshipment, we often have no idea what was caught legally and what wasn’t,” said Kristina Boerder, lead author on a Science Advances paper, published this week.

Just 13% of oceans undamaged by humanity
The Guardian
— The remaining wilderness areas, mostly in the remote Pacific and at the poles, need urgent protection from fishing and pollution, scientists say.

Gov’t thugs stole $29,000 from him at O’Hare man says
CBS Sacramento
— Yuba City resident Josh Gingerich buys and flips trucks.  A recent buying trip to do that cost him a bag of cash which was seized by a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) drug interdiction task force at O’Hare Airport.

No more free lunch at Facebook, California city rules
San Francisco Chronicle
— The freebies hurt local restaurants …
>>> Facebook’s huge stock plunge (AP)

Feds going soft on (corporate) crime
“When it comes to large corporations, the supposedly ‘tough-on-crime’ Trump administration is undertaking an epic retreat from law enforcement—slashing fines, declining to bring cases against corporate wrongdoers, and cutting enforcement programs,”
— Public Citizen president Robert Weissman
√ In general, it’s not worth reporting the crazy lies that spew from Trump’s mouth. What his government does, however, is another story.

Why is Trump trying to start a war he cannot win?
By John R. Schindler
The Observer
… I’ve participated in Pentagon war games for Iran and though I can’t say much, because such exercises are classified, let me state that anyone who thinks the mullah regime can be toppled with a few days of airstrikes is pitifully naïve.
… War with Iran will collapse the tired U.S. military, which is weary from a generation of failed wars in that region, while shredding what remains of American prestige and power on the world stage. To sum up, there are no military options vis-à-vis Iran which any sane, reality-based strategist wants to contemplate.
… Right now, the only cabinet member clearly blocking the war with Iran that’s desired by the Trump-Bolton-Pompeo triumvirate is James Mattis, our defense secretary. Mattis understands strategic realities and, like our top military leadership, wants nothing to do with a shooting war with Iran.

Citizenship question on Census? Judge allows challenge
The Hill

Screw you, Big Pharma, we’ll make our own medicines
… leading a volunteer network of anarchists and hackers developing DIY medical technologies, Michael Laufer has spent the last decade working to liberate life-saving pharmaceuticals from the massive corporations that own them.

23&Me swaps your gene data to Big Pharma for $cash$
— 23andMe customers might just play a role in helping create one of Big Pharma’s next blockbuster drugs. On Wednesdaythe genetic testing company announced it was entering a partnership with pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to develop new drugs and therapies. As part of the collaboration, the company will allow GSK to peek at the (voluntarily shared) genetic data of millions of people who have taken 23andMe’s DNA home testing kits.

Missouri home for seniors boots lesbian couple
Raw Story
… “because their relationship violated its policy that married couples at its facilities be “one man and one woman, as marriage is understood in the Bible.”

Alzheimer’s drug shows big promise in early trial
NY Times
— The long, discouraging quest for a medication that works to treat Alzheimer’s reached a potentially promising milestone on Wednesday. For the first time in a large clinical trial, a drug was able to both reduce the plaques in the brains of patients and slow the progression of dementia.
— More extensive trials will be needed to know if the new drug is truly effective, but if the results, presented Wednesday at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Chicago, are borne out, the drug may be the first to successfully attack both the brain changes and the symptoms of Alzheimer’s.
>>> or read the paywall-free version at STAT

Why are so many American mothers dying?
USA Today
— Every year, thousands of women suffer life-altering injuries or die during childbirth because hospitals and medical workers skip safety practices known to head off disaster, a USA TODAY investigation has found.
— Doctors and nurses should be weighing bloody pads to track blood loss so they recognize the danger sooner. They should be giving medication within an hour of spotting dangerously high blood pressure to fend off strokes.
— These are not complicated procedures requiring expensive technology. They are among basic tasks that experts have recommended for years because they can save mothers’ lives.

Millennials not so keen on America the Powerful
The Conversation
… Only 44 percent of millennials believe maintaining superior military power is a very important goal, much less than the other generations. They also are less supportive of increasing defense spending.

Sabatoge? Someone set DeVos’ $40M yacht adrift
— An unknown person untied a yacht owned by the oligarch family of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos from its dock in Huron, Ohio, this past weekend, according to the Huron Police Department.
— The captain of the vessel, which is reportedly worth $40 million, realized at sunrise that the163-foot boat was unmoored and called the authorities around 6 a.m. Sunday, according to the police report.
√ Not to worry. The family has 10 yachts.

Betsy’s rowboat

Let’s not get too excited about that journey to Mars
» Senators briefed on the many complexities
Courthouse News Service
—  “Getting to Mars is like hitting a hole-in-one at Pebble Beach in California while teeing off from Paris, while standing on a moving pickup truck…The orbital mechanics piece, alone, is very difficult.”
— The complexity of getting off the ground and into orbit is compounded by concerns over major health problems for astronauts such as cancer, cataracts and more. But long-term radiation exposure is the number one threat.



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