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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Two Republican operatives on Tuesday called out Attorney General Jeff Sessions' declaration that the "chaos" of Donald Trump's campaign rendered him unable to recall meetings in which Trump campaign aides told him of their efforts to reach out to Russian government officials. John Weaver, who served as top strategist for Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich's 2016 presidential campaign, mocked Sessions on Twitter for having a "possum memory" and noted that most people would remember conversations in which campaign officials floated the idea of getting help from hostile foreign powers to defeat their opponents. "Jeff, I've been involved in scores of presidential campaigns and politely suggest meetings with Russians or discussions about the candidate meeting with Putin ... ANYONE would remember," he wrote. read more


The U.S. Federal Communications Commission next month is planning a vote to kill Obama-era rules demanding fair treatment of web traffic and may decide to vacate the regulations altogether, according to people familiar with the plans.

The move would reignite a years-long debate that has seen Republicans and broadband providers seeking to eliminate the rules, while Democrats and technology companies support them. The regulations passed in 2015 bar broadband providers such as AT&T Inc. and Comcast Corp. from interfering with web traffic sent by Google, Facebook Inc. and others. read more


Tuesday, November 07, 2017

The "international oligarchy" of billionaires hiding their fortunes and secretly controlling the world's wealth is the "major issue of our time," Senator Bernie Sanders said Monday after a massive report about offshore accounts. "The major issue of our time is the rapid movement toward international oligarchy in which a handful of billionaires own and control a significant part of the global economy," the independent Vermont senator told The Guardian. He said the Paradise Papers, a sprawling investigation into offshore finances, "shows how these billionaires and multi-national corporations get richer by hiding their wealth and profits and avoid paying their fair share of taxes." read more


Following damning accusations made by Donna Brazile, the Democratic Party's favorability rating plunged Tuesday to a low not seen in 25 years -- and the number was eerily comparable to President Donald Trump's dreadful job rating.

The party received a 37 percent favorable rating, a drop of 7 points from March, while 54 percent had an unfavorable view of the Democrats, according to an SSRS poll conducted for CNN. Such figures have not been seen since 1992. The Republican Party, meanwhile, maintained a 30 percent favorable rating, equal to its rating in September -- and also mirroring that of 25 years ago. read more


Monday, November 06, 2017

For decades, Saudi Arabia's religious establishment wielded tremendous power, with bearded enforcers policing public behavior, prominent sheikhs defining right and wrong, and religious associations using the kingdom's oil wealth to promote their intolerant interpretation of Islam around the world.

Now, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is curbing their power as part of his drive to impose his control on the kingdom and press for a more open brand of Islam.

Before the arrests on Saturday of his fellow royals and former ministers on corruption allegations, Prince Mohammed had stripped the religious police of their arrest powers and expanded the space for women in public life, including promising them the right to drive.

Dozens of hard-line clerics have been detained, while others were designated to speak publicly about respect for other religions, a topic once anathema to the kingdom's religious apparatus. read more


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