Love Is A Losing Game

May 27, 2017

“Love Is A Losing Game,” written and performed by Amy Winehouse. Released in 2007.

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Not Easy

May 27, 2017

IBM’s AI program Watson helped write this song with Alex Da KidX Ambassadors, Elle King, and Wiz Khalifa.

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The Thieving Magpie

May 27, 2017

“The Thieving Magpie,” a short film by Fabrice Mathieu. Music from the opera “La Gazza Ladra” by Rossini.

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Friday On My Mind

May 26, 2017

“Friday On My Mind,” written by George Young and Harry Vanda and performed by them with the other Easybeats on Bremen TV’s “Beat Club,” 1966.

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Montana Wrestles With the First Amendment

May 25, 2017

Montana Wrestles With the First Amendment
In Montana on Wednesday, a reporter attacked Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte with dangerous questions about the deadly House healthcare bill, so the candidate responded by body-slamming the journalist to the ground and punching him. Knowing Montana, that should get the GOP hopeful a victory in today’s special election as well as a Gallatin County misdemeanor conviction.

After all, Montana voters already elected a dangerously impulsive rich guy who hates the media and press freedom to the White House, so adding another one to Congress should be a snap.

More:

“Fox News crew ‘watched in disbelief’ as Montana’s Greg Gianforte ‘slammed’ and ‘began punching’ reporter,” Fred Barbash, Washington Post

“Three Montana newspapers rescind Gianforte endorsements after alleged body-slamming incident,” Louis Nelson, Politico
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Trump’s Big Mouth Makes It Harder To Fight Terrorism

May 25, 2017

When Donald Trump blabbed highly classified intelligence information to the Russian Foreign Minister last week, he made it more difficult for the U.S. to fight foreign terrorist threats. Vox explains.

Update:

“Trump Tells Murderous Dictator Location of U.S. Nuclear Subs,” NotionsCapital

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Trump Tells Murderous Dictator Location of U.S. Nuclear Subs

May 25, 2017

Trump Tells Murderous Dictator Location of U.S. Nuclear Subs
Weeks before revealing “codename-level” intelligence information to the Russian Foreign Minister, President Trump called Philippine strongman Rodrigo Duterte and told him where U.S. nuclear submarines are located. Subs are stealth assets, and defense officials, who never talk about their deployment, were horrified.

It’s getting harder for Americans to avoid asking if Mr. Trump is too incompetent to be president, or for foreign allies to ask themselves if the U.S. president can be trusted with sensitive information. Of course, we might want to ask why President Trump is praising a brutal dictator like Duterte, whose death squads have executed thousands without trials.

Read the Trump-Duterte call transcript here.

Related:

“Israel alters US intelligence-sharing rules after Trump’s Russia meeting: report,” Ellen Mitchell, The Hill

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House Health Care Bill Leaves 23 Million Americans Uninsured

May 24, 2017

House Health Care Bill Leaves 23 Million Americans Uninsured
The “American Health Care Act” was passed by the Republican-dominated House of Representatives before the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office could determine how much it would cost and who would be covered. The CBO has finished the analysis, and the AHCA score is, basically GOP +1, Americans less than zero. 14 million Americans would be without health insurance next year, 23 million within a decade. In states that seek waivers from providing essential health coverage mandates, a feature of the bill, insurance would be priced out of reach for many people with preexisting conditions. There would be a new tier of plans at lower cost that don’t actually cover major medical risks, so the CBO doesn’t count the projected buyers as insured.

The cynical, life-threatening measure might reduce the federal budget by $119 billion over a decade, less than the $150 billion in savings projected by Paul Ryan, who wants to use any health care savings to give the wealthy a tax break. For the GOP, there’s no problem that can’t be solved by tax cuts for the rich.

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Conflicts of Interest: The President Is Still a Businessman

May 24, 2017

President Donald Trump is advised by his daughter and son-in-law while profiting from the world-wide Trump Organization, run by his sons. NPR’s Marilyn Geewax explains the ethics and conflicts-of-interest issues.

Related:

“Trump’s connection to his businesses leaves more questions than answers in first 100 days,” Alexander Mallin, ABC News

“After 100 Days of Trump, America’s Gotten Corruption Fatigue,” Bridgette Dunlap, Rolling Stone

Updates:

“Trump’s Business Ties to Middle East Precede Him,” Steve Eder and Jesse Drucker, New York Times

“Donald Trump Jr., Dubai business partner discuss ‘new ideas,'” Jon Gambrell, Associated Press

“Trump Family Bolsters Its Dubai Connection,” Russ Choma, Mother Jones

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The NSA and DNI Told Trump to Take a Hike

May 23, 2017

The NSA and DNI Told Trump to Take a Hike
In March, after FBI Director James B. Comey told the House Intelligence Committee the FBI was investigating links between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, President Trump asked Director of National Intelligence (DNIDaniel Coats and NSA Director Michael Rogers to say there was nothing to the Trump-Russia story. They declined to spread disinformation about a sister agency’s ongoing investigation, even at the president’s request. The CIA had already determined that there was Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.

More:

“Trump asked intelligence chiefs to push back against FBI collusion probe after Comey revealed its existence,” Adam Entous and Ellen Nakashima, Washington Post

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