### Doctors and scientists say that microwave weapons are the main suspect behind the mysterious ailments of dozens of American diplomats and family members in Cuba and China.
How to blow $700 billion:
A tale of exploding US defense budgets and military failure
(A long read from Raw Story/Salon)
— Fifteen years in Iraq. Seventeen years in Afghanistan. There is no end in sight…
>>> US military to cancel $300,000,000 in aid to Pakistan
Why? Not enough done to fight terrorism
The Village Voice shuts up
Columbia Journalism Review
Canada considers “right to disconnect” from work
The National Post
Man-free music fest begins in Sweden
Canada talks shaky after Toronto Star prints Trump’s arrogant remarks
— He said, “off the record,” that he is not making any compromises at all with Canada — and that he could not say this publicly because “it’s going to be so insulting they’re not going to be able to make a deal.”
— In another remark he did not want published, Trump said that any deal with Canada would be “totally on our terms.” He suggested he was scaring the Canadians into submission by repeatedly threatening to impose tariffs on imports of Canadian-made cars.
NJ police chiefs admit “blue rats” face harsh reprisals
Asbury Park Press
Florida couple accused of selling drugs at “drive-thru” window
Ocala Police said the couple had turned a kitchen window into a drive-thru so customers would not have to constantly enter and exit their home, potentially drawing unwanted attention, WFTV reported. The house had signs directing people where to drive and indicated whether it was open or closed, police said.
### A Republican political consultant linked to Paul Manafort and Cambridge Analytica has admitted to funneling $50,000 from a Ukrainian oligarch to Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration committee.
Sam Patten used the money to buy tickets for the oligarch and a Russian associate to Trump’s inauguration in January 2017, according to a plea agreement made public on Friday. The inauguration fund was not allowed to accept money from foreigners.
Russia has Trump “over a barrel” ???
— A senior Justice Department lawyer says a former British spy told him at a breakfast meeting two years ago that Russian intelligence believed it had Donald Trump “over a barrel,” according to multiple people familiar with the encounter.
— The lawyer, Bruce Ohr, also says he learned that a Trump campaign aide had met with higher-level Russian officials than the aide had acknowledged, the people said.
### An arbitrator advanced claims Thursday that all 32 NFL team owners colluded against quarterback Colin Kaepernick because he takes a knee during the national anthem to protest social injustice.
China, oh clever China, using Linked-In to recruit people to spy on US
… the Chinese campaign includes contacting thousands of LinkedIn members at a time … declined to say how many fake accounts U.S. intelligence had discovered, how many Americans may have been contacted and how much success China has had in the recruitment drive.
Former Producer Accuses NBC of Trying to Stop Weinstein Reporting
### But … NBC News said Friday that claims it tried to stop journalist Ronan Farrow from investigating allegations of sexual abuse by Harvey Weinstein were“an outright lie.”
Judge blocks trophy hunts for grizzly
### The Trump administration is cracking down on applications for passports by lifelong US residents whom they suspect of being born outside the country, according to attorneys working near the US-Mexico border. >>>The Independent
Neo-Con rally on UNC campus ends in pepper spray, arrests
— Protesters carrying Confederate battle flags rallied around the site of the toppled “Silent Sam” statue Thursday night — until they were escorted to their cars by police who used pepper spray to keep counter-protesters at bay.
Coming soon to Facebook: Flood of extreme political ads
Wall Street Journal