Making America great again,
Trump serves junk food to national champs 

ABC News

Michael Wolff, author of the book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” wrote that  Trump “had a longtime fear of being poisoned, one reason why he liked to eat at McDonald’s — nobody knew he was coming and the food was safely premade.”

“the thing that troubles me the most about this is how cold that fast food is going to be by the time they have to eat it – you ever try to reheat mcdonalds? there ain’t no bringing that shit back to life.”
— Tracy Wai de Boer on Twitter

Creepy details emerge in Wisconsin double murder, kidnapping
Yahoo News
— A Wisconsin man accused of abducting 13-year-old Jayme Closs and holding her captive for three months made up his mind to take her when he spotted the teenager getting on a school bus near her home, authorities said Monday.
— Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, told detectives that “he knew that was the girl he was going to take,” and he made two aborted trips to her family’s home before finally carrying out an attack in which he fatally shot Jayme’s mother in front of her, according to a criminal complaint filed hours before Patterson’s first court appearance.
>>> Two prior attempts to kidnap Closs girl

GOP strips racist Congressman of all committee posts
and hopes that’s enough whitewash to cover him for a while
The Hill
— The move by GOP leaders severely hamstrings Rep. Steve “Whitey” King’s ability to wield influence as a member of Congress. The Agriculture Committee in particular is considered a prime spot for lawmakers like King who represent states with agricultural industries.

Trump rejects senator’s proposal for temporary government reopening
… Trump told reporters he did not agree with Republican Senator Lindsey Graham’s proposal to reopen the government for three weeks.
>>> Air traffic controllers in civilized nation
send pizzas to payless American counterparts

More TSA lanes close … long delays at some airports
Wall Street Journal

Harvard astronomer defends theory that odd space object is alien probe

Judge Blocks Wing-Nut Birth Control Policy In 13 States And D.C.
— A federal judge has blocked a Trump administration rule that would greatly expand the number of employers that could decline to offer contraceptive coverage on moral or religious grounds.
— The policy was set to go into effect nationwide Monday, but that’s been put on hold for 13 states and the District of Columbia, which challenged the rule in court.

Rand Paul, who calls socialized medicine “slavery”
turns to Canada’s socialized medicine for hernia repair
USA Today
“With regard to the idea whether or not you have a right to health care … It means you believe in slavery,” Paul said in 2011. “You are going to enslave not only me but the janitor at my hospital, the person who cleans my office, the assistants, the nurses. … You are basically saying you believe in slavery.”

Rand Paul, American phony. Like his hero Ayn Rand, he disparaged socialized medicine until he needed it.

China’s next move in chess match: Kill a Canadian pawn
— A Chinese court sentenced a Canadian man to death Monday in a sudden retrial in a drug smuggling case that is likely to escalate tensions between the countries over the arrest of a top Chinese technology executive.
— The court in northeastern Liaoning province announced that it had given Robert Lloyd Schellenberg the death penalty after rejecting his plea of innocence and convicting him of being an accessory to drug smuggling. It gave no indication that the penalty could be commuted, but Schellenberg’s fate is likely to be drawn into diplomatic negotiations over China’s demand for the top executive’s release.

Vulture fund about to gobble up another news outfit
— USA Today publisher Gannett Co. received an unsolicited $1.36 billion offer from MNG Enterprises Inc., a company that has bought newspapers across the country and is known for its drastic cost cuts.
— A deal would turn MNG, backed by hedge fund Alden Global Capital, into the largest owner of U.S. daily newspapers. MNG already has more than 200 daily and weekly titles, including the Denver Post and Orange County Register, and has been eliminating jobs to try to squeeze profits from the troubled sector.

Googlers campaign vs. sexual harassment
after protests brought ‘no meaningful gains’


New Jersey move to legal pot stalls, meanwhile
dozens arrested for possession every day
— In 2016, New Jersey police arrested more than 32,000 people for marijuana possession, according to a report from the State Police. At that rate, more than 87 people every day are arrested in the state for marijuana possession. Those arrests will keep happening until the governor puts pen to paper on the legalization bill.
>>> The mature stoner: why are so many seniors smoking weed?
The Guardian

L.A. teachers on strike for first time in 3 decades
LA Daily News
… differences over teachers salaries, class sizes and the expansion of charter schools, among other issues.

Apple’s “walled garden” shows cracks as iPhone sales slow
 In a series of uncharacteristic partnerships with tech rivals, Apple has shown its willingness to rethink how its tightly-controlled ecosystem of software and services can expand beyond the iPhone.

Atlanta passenger slips through TSA checkpoint carrying gun

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