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Monday, February 11, 2019

Paul Krugman: In 1961, America faced what conservatives considered a mortal threat: calls for a national health insurance program covering senior citizens. In an attempt to avert this awful fate, the American Medical Association launched what it called Operation Coffee Cup, a pioneering attempt at viral marketing.


Sunday, February 10, 2019

Willie Brown: Make no mistake, President Trump's State of the Union address was the kickoff for his 2020 re-election campaign, and so far I've yet to see a Democrat who can beat him. So we Democrats really have our work cut out for us. If he carefully picks his fights, Trump can turn the light back on Democrats and force us to defend our progressive wing's "socialist" positions like health care for all, housing for all and guaranteed income.


Journalists in the two newsrooms spent more than six months reviewing thousands of pages of court, prison and police records and conducting hundreds of interviews. They built a database of former leaders in Southern Baptist churches who have been convicted of sex crimes. The newspapers' joint investigation revealed several conclusions including: "Some registered sex offenders returned to the pulpit. Others remain there, including a Houston preacher who sexually assaulted a teenager and now is the principal officer of a Houston nonprofit that works with student organizations, federal records show. Its name: Touching the Future Today Inc."


Andrew C. McCarthy: To summarize, then, we have an enterprise known as the Trump Inauguration Committee, at least some of whose activities the SDNY appears to regard as a conspiracy against the United States.


Sen. Elizabeth Warren formally announced her candidacy for the White House on Saturday, and hours later President Donald Trump weighed in on his newest campaign opponent, appearing to make a joke with reference to the Trail of Tears. read more


A huge tax break was supposed to create a manufacturing paradise, but interviews with 49 people familiar with the project depict a chaotic operation unlikely to ever employ 13,000 workers. read more


Islamic State is far from defeated, and instead is morphing into an asymmetrical warfare force after the militant group lost almost all of the territory it once controlled in Syria, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday. Merkel's remarks at the inauguration of the Berlin headquarters of Germany's foreign intelligence agency BND contradicted statements by U.S. President Donald Trump that the Islamist group has been defeated.


The average tax refund from the IRS dropped 8.4 percent in the first week of the 2019 filing season compared to the same period last year, according to agency statistics. The dip, to $1,865 from $2,035, is an early barometer of the season, which is being watched more closely than usual because it reflects the first full year under the 2017 tax overhaul and comes on the heels of a protracted government shutdown that hit the IRS just as it was gearing up for the annual exercise. read more


Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said Friday that there's no reason to interfere in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, undercutting President Donald Trump's frequent claim the probe is a "witch hunt." Whitaker gave key assurances in testimony before the House Judiciary Committee: "I have not interfered in any way" in Mueller's probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign. The special counsel is honest and "is complying with all regulations." And "I have not talked to the president of the United States" or "senior White House officials" about the probe. read more


Venezuela's self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido refused to rule out Friday the possibility of authorizing United States intervention to help force President Nicolas Maduro from power and alleviate a humanitarian crisis. National Assembly leader Guaido told AFP he would do "everything that is necessary ... to save human lives," acknowledging that US intervention is "a very controversial subject." read more


WASHINGTON: Pakistan has begun to play a behind-the-scenes but central role in supporting US peace talks with the Afghan Taliban, including by facilitating travel to negotiations, US officials and Taliban sources say. The Pakistani assistance, which has not been reported in such detail before, also includes exerting pressure on the Taliban leaders who fail to cooperate, including by detaining members of the militants' families, the insurgents say. read more


Saudi Arabia had "absolutely nothing to do" with the National Enquirer's reporting on an extramarital relationship involving Amazon.com Inc Chief Executive Jeff Bezos, the kingdom's minister of state for foreign affairs said. read more


Escobar started with four hippos during his reign of terror. Now they number in the dozens and Columbia doesn't know how to stop them. The giants, native only to Africa, are now running wild in Colombia, reports CBS News' Manuel Bojorquez. There's concern the hippos have already started to displace native wildlife, like the manatee, and keep getting too close for comfort. read more


Saturday, February 09, 2019

It's only Wednesday, but the increasingly sprawling investigations surrounding President Donald Trump this week have already sprawled even further. News came Monday that federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York served a wide-ranging subpoena digging into the finances of the Trump inaugural committee.


President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he stands by a few words ad-libbed into his State of the Union address and wants more legal immigration to the U.S. -- an apparent reversal of his administration's policies. Trump said Tuesday that immigration enriches the country and "I want people to come into our country, in the largest numbers ever, but they have to come in legally," he said. The words "in the largest numbers ever" weren't in his prepared remarks.


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