Monday

Proposed US budget is a “debt bomb”
Reason

Trump’s budget relies on “accounting gimmicks” long popular with both parties, such as using overly rosy economic projections to make an end-run around budget caps that his fellow Republicans once championed. The proposed budget would run trillion-dollar deficits in each of the next four years, and would take 15 years to balance—even with the optimistic assumptions about future economic growth—five years longer than the Trump administration’s first budget promised.

The budget proposal released Monday also puts to bed the question of whether Trump can keep his campaign promiseto eliminate the national debt in eight years.

Indeed, under the projections included in the budget plan, the country would run a deficit of $631 billion in 2025 (which would be Trump’s eighth budget, if he remains in office that long)—hardly smaller than the $666 billion deficit in the final fiscal year of  Obama’s time in office.

Federal court move could make Epstein documents public,
revealing the extent of international sex slave trade
Miami Herald

Most of the documents, including court orders and motions, were filed under seal or heavily redacted, similar to other cases in New York and Florida involving Epstein, a wealthy, politically connected money manager.

Gap, Tesla and Victoria’s Secret among 5,000 store closings already in 2019
CNBC

Venezuela hospitals in blackout panic
Reuters

A group of doctors on Sunday held a mass to pray for the sick, and later walked to the J.M. de los Rios hospital to seek more details about the situation there.

The doors were locked even though they arrived during visiting hours. Women shouted from the windows that they needed help and that there was no food, but police at the entrance blocked their way, according to a Reuters witness.

Woman gets attacked by bull in New Jersey, screams that it’s going to ‘kill her’
Yahoo

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Sparta NJ police report that Wendy McDermott began screaming that the animal was going to kill her and needed to be shot. Officer Arlene Lippencott then distracted the bull while McDermott got into the patrol car. Other units and Sparta EMS arrived on the scene where the bull was put down by two officers, after it attempted to charge a patrol vehicle.

Milwaukee chosen as 2020 Democratic National Convention site
ABC News

Toyota seeks patent for anti-theft device — tear gas!
Futurism

26 women rescued at Seattle massage parlors in human trafficking bust
CBS News

11 businesses raided, 6 people arrested.

China database lists ‘breedready’ status of 1.8 million women
The Guardian

NY’s Hudson Yards building to offer highest viewing deck in the Americas
CNN

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Gee, some Arizona ranchers just now realized Trump’s a fraud
L.A. Times
They weren’t paying attention when Trump admitted his “university” was a scam? 

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When Donald Trump was elected president, rancher John Ladd said smuggling traffic on his ranch immediately dipped, and he slept soundly for the first time in years.

Ladd, 63, a fourth-generation cattle rancher, had voted for Trump and his promise to build a border wall and have Mexico pay for it. But the wall hasn’t been constructed, the respite didn’t last, and Ladd, along with other vocal southern Arizona ranchers, has lost faith in the Border Patrol’s barrier plans.

Students find it’s shockingly easy to identify strangers via Google
NPR

“It’s really quite easy,” Klonick says. “Which is part of … the scary, kind of, learning tool about this exercise.”

One student found the name of a man on a plane after hearing him arrange his pickup from the airport. Another pinned down the identity of a stranger on a train by putting together the name of the college on his shirt with a first name overheard in conversation.

People getting whacked out on dangerous “catnip cocktail”
WaPost

Cops in North Jersey responding to calls about doped-out people doing outrageous things.

According to its ingredients list, Catnip Cocktail doesn’t actually contain any catnip. It does, however, contain caffeine and “1-4 BDO” — short for 1,4-butanediol. The compound is listed as a Schedule 1 controlled dangerous substance under New Jersey’s administrative code, but is not illegal at the federal level.

In a 2009 report, the National Drug Intelligence Center warned that 1,4-butanediol metabolizes into the “date rape” drug GHB after it’s ingested, and is often marketed as “fish tank cleaner,” “ink stain remover” or “nail enamel remover.” It’s unclear who manufactures Catnip Cocktail, and a request for comment sent through the website where it’s listed for sale wasn’t immediately returned.

Missouri cops search room of dying cancer patient for marijuana
Slate

Nathan Sousley said it all apparently began when a hospital security guard entered his room and told him he smelled marijuana. “He said I smelled marijuana coming from you room. I was like, it’s not me. I didn’t have any marijuana, so leave me alone because I’m trying to sleep,” Sousley told a local Fox affiliate.

Chicago cop shot while breaking down door of pot suspect
Fox News

——> Maybe it’s time to stop refer madness once and for all?

2 paragliders die after mid-air collision in San Diego
Orange County Register

Dude invades Taco Bell kitchen, Makes Own “Mexican Pizza”
The Smoking Gun

Guy’s beef? Not enough meat. Never mind the whole issue of what is a Mexican pizza. Cops reviewing surveillance video … seeking man with indigestion?

Workers finally have a little more power to demand better wage
WaPost

Workers are receiving the fattest wage increases since the Great Recession as employers struggle to find enough people to fill their ranks and employees have more leverage to demand higher pay and jump to better jobs.

Wages grew 3.4 percent in the past year, the government reported Friday, the fastest pace in nearly a decade and well above inflation, suggesting that employers are hustling to lure and retain workers. Many are slashing requirements for jobs and are hiring workers quickly to prevent them from being scooped up by competitors, a far cry from the days when job seekers felt lucky to even get a callback.

Kansas Doctor Sentenced To Life In Prison For Patient’s Opioid Death
HuffPo

A federal investigation into Henson’s practice was launched in 2014 after a pharmacist expressed concern that he was overprescribing controlled medications. The investigation determined that drugs were offered to patients for $300 cash, with few questions asked.

After Ethiopian Air Crash, 737 Max May Face Global Grounding
Bloomberg

Yes, there is at least some water on the moon
SciTech Daily

Goddard manages the LRO mission for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Funding for the research came from LRO, and the team received additional support from a NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) cooperative agreement.

NASA is leading a sustainable return to the Moon with commercial and international partners to expand human presence in space and bring back new knowledge and opportunities.

Harris poll: About 70% of young people want universal health care and tuition-free college
Axios

Town By Town, Local Journalism Is Dying In Plain Sight
AP/Talking Points Memo
>>>>>>> Enter the age of robo-stories

Iconic Chrysler building will sell at huge loss
CNN

Venezuela’s Guaido calls for massive protest as blackout drags on
Reuters

Activity at 2nd North Korean missile site could mean preparing for a launch 
Daily Mail

Even in defeat, ISIS fighters plod on
AP

Pix of the Week:

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Joan Stiltner, 6, of Chicago, holds a ball for White Sox left fielder Joel Booker to autograph before the team’s spring training baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers in Glendale, Ariz. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)

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