Tuesday

In Lefty Heaven, a Hell of a fight over college union
The Guardian
— A liberal arts college in Iowa is taking a hardline anti-union approach that could put student unions at private American colleges and universities in jeopardy across the whole country.
— Grinnell College filed an appeal last week to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) after the regional office in Minneapolis denied its request to stop a student union vote on 27 November.
— Students at the college had overwhelmingly voted in favor of unionizing all student workers on campus.
>>>>> Newly unionized Slate staff votes to strike


Neo-Nazi Charlottesville killer sentenced to life in prison
Vice News
— James Alex Fields, the young neo-Nazi convicted of first-degree murder for killing Heather Heyer during last year’s violent Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, will likely spend the rest of his life in prison.
— After about four hours of deliberating, a jury on Tuesday returned their sentencing recommendations to Circuit Court Judge Richard Moore, who issued Fields’ fate of life in prison.


N. Dakota surpasses Venezuela in oil production
Wall Street Journal


No one on the inside can talk about what’s happening
at the tent city for 2,300 migrant kids

RevealNews.org
— TORNILLO, Texas – About 40 miles southeast of El Paso, past the billboards for fast food joints and rugged desert hills, residents of this small community sometimes can see the lights of the nearby detention camp glowing in the night.
— Some of them have brought gifts for the roughly 2,300 children inside, only to be turned away by guards.
— Months after the government erected a tent city in the desert, most of what happens inside the encampment remains hidden, even from curious neighbors in the nearby town of 1,600 residents. The only images of the minors in the camp, standing outside in an orderly line or playing soccer, have been released by the Department of Health and Human Services.

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Religious leaders and other protesters rally outside the gates of the tent city in Tornillo, Texas, on Nov. 15. The secrecy surrounding the camp has frustrated town residents and alarmed lawyers and advocates who question its conditions.

The Great American Dog & Pony Shows
Congress grandstands, Google pretends to care
And not worth a link…
— Demented Trump says US troops will build border wall
— Paranoid loon Alex Jones makes PR squawks in DC


More than 130 arrested in green protest at Pelosi’s office
Fox News


Federal judge: Constitution protects recording of cops, gov’t officials
Courthouse News Service
— “On the core constitutional issue, the Court holds that secret audio recording of government officials,including law enforcement officials, performing their duties in public is protected by the First Amendment, subject only to reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions,” Chief U.S. District Judge Patti Saris wrote in a 44-page ruling.


Nun “best friends” admit stealing $500,000 for Vegas trips
The Guardian

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Under mounting pressure and a national media glare, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles now plans to support criminal charges against two nuns accused of embezzling as much as $500,000 from St. James Catholic School in Torrance.
The reversal comes amid a “deeper” investigation into the alleged actions of Sister Mary Margaret Kreuper and Sister Lana Chang. (Contra Costa Times)

New Trump proposal will weaken federal clean water rules
Axios
— The 2015 regulation limited farmers from certain types of plowing and planting certain crops on land near wetlands or streams, and mandated that farmers seek permits from the Environmental Protection Agency in order to use chemical pesticides and fertilizers that could run off into the water.
— Trump’s proposal will not get rid of federal protections on larger bodies of water, which were in place prior to the Obama-era rule, but it will chip away at protections of smaller streams and wetlands that don’t drain into or are directly adjacent to those larger bodies of water.
— The bottom line: “Those changes represent a victory for farmers and rural landowners, who lobbied the Trump administration aggressively to make them,” writes Davenport.
— What’s next: The administration will seek public comments on the new rule for 60 days, after which it may revise the proposal before implementing the finalized plan next year.

Federal judge: Constitution protects recording of cops, gov’t officials
Courthouse News Service
— “On the core constitutional issue, the Court holds that secret audio recording of government officials,including law enforcement officials, performing their duties in public is protected by the First Amendment, subject only to reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions,” Chief U.S. District Judge Patti Saris wrote in a 44-page ruling.


You make decisions quicker and based on less information than you think
The Conversation
… the widespread availability of information does not mean that you actually use it even if you have it. In fact, decades of research in psychology and behavioral science find that people readily make data-poor snap judgments in a variety of instances. People form lasting impressions of others in the span of milliseconds, evaluators judge teachers in less than a minute and consumers make shopping decisions based on little deliberation. Even voting decisions can seemingly be predicted from preliminary impressions formed during incredibly brief time periods.

At Climate Change Conference, US pitched coal
Time
— In a closely watched event Monday on the sidelines of official negotiations, U.S. officials touted natural gas and argued in support of coal’s place in the electricity mix.

Feds spending like drunken fools as deficit balloons
The Hill
— The country’s budget deficit in the first two months of fiscal 2019, which began Oct. 1, was 50 percent higher than in the same period the previous year, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), though the figure was inflated by timing.
— In October and November, the federal government spent $303 billion more than it took in, compared to $202 billion in the same period of fiscal 2018, according to the CBO.
— Tax revenues were just 3 percentage points higher than the previous year, largely because of the GOP tax law, while spending surged 18 percent.


Thousands of Florida votes not counted
AP


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