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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Thomas Klikauer: We live in the age of rampant right-wing populism. And we also live in an age of a looming ecological genocide -- ecocide. Together, they create ecocidal populism. The rise of populism during recent years may not have occurred unconnected to the environmental devastation caused by global warming.


The tantalizing leaks have spilled out in the weeks since the National Rifle Association's annual convention in Indianapolis devolved into civil war. Amid anxiety over falling revenue and mounting legal trouble has come news that the gun group's longtime chief executive, Wayne LaPierre, billed $275,000 for purchases at the Zegna luxury men's wear boutique in Beverly Hills. Its largely ceremonial president, Oliver L. North, had a contract worth millions of dollars a year. And a litany of payments benefited prominent officials, like the $60,000 for advertising on a TV show featuring the rock musician and N.R.A. board member Ted Nugent. read more


The vast majority of Republicans support Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders' plan to cap credit-card interest rates at 15% The vast majority of both Republican and Democratic primary voters support Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Bernie Sanders' plan to cap credit-card interest rates. read more


Sen. Bernie Sanders issued a sudden live video saying that war with Iran would be "many times worse than the Iraq War," in response to reporting by The New York Times saying that the Trump administration is reviewing a plan to send up to 120,000 troops to the Middle East.


Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein kicked off post-government life by slamming former FBI Director James Comey, calling him a "partisan pundit" whose firing was justified. read more


The House Intelligence Committee is investigating whether lawyers tied to President Trump and his family helped obstruct the panel's inquiry into Russian election interference by shaping false testimony, a series of previously undisclosed letters from its chairman show. read more


The top British general in the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS says there is not an increased threat from Iranian-backed forces in Iraq or Syria, despite claims to the contrary by the U.S. to justify increasing its presence in the region. read more


House Democrats are in a bind. The White House refuses to cooperate with their investigations. In response, Democrats have tried to retaliate, trying to hold AG Barr in contempt of Congress, subpoenaing Trump's tax returns and pressing for more information about the DOJ decision to argue that the ACA should be completely overturned. But they're running out of moves, especially with impeachment off the table for now. read more


Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Tim Conway, who once made viewers and castmates on the "Carol Burnett Show" variety show weep with laughter over his deadpan comic delivery, has died at the age of 85, his publicist Howard Bragman confirms. read more


Florida Governor Ron DeSantis revealed Tuesday that a second county in the state was hacked during the 2016 election. Special counsel Robert Mueller's report on interference in the election said that "at least one" Florida county had been breached. read more


Alabama is one signature away from enacting a near-total ban on abortions after the state Senate passed a controversial bill that makes performing the procedure a felony offense. Under the Human Life Protection Act, doctors who perform an abortion at any stage of pregnancy could face a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison. The only exception in the legislation is in cases where the life of the pregnant woman is at risk. read more


The state Republican Party fell so far behind financially in recent months that it missed payments to insurers and racked up nearly $600 a month in interest on a maxed-out credit card, according to a draft of an internal report. read more


The New Orleans Pelicans have won the 2019 NBA draft lottery and, more importantly, the Zion Williamson sweepstakes. The overwhelming favorite to be drafted No. 1 overall and lauded as one of the best NBA prospects since LeBron James, Williamson could change the trajectory of the Pelicans' franchise for years to come. New Orleans had a 6 percent chance of winning the lottery.


Trump campaigned against foreign aid. He has complained about foreign aid as president, but now that his trade war is pushing farmers to bankruptcy, the president suddenly wants to use taxpayer money to buy the crops and give them away as foreign aid. read more


At a meeting of President Trump's top national security aides last Thursday, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan presented an updated military plan that envisions sending as many as 120,000 troops to the Middle East should Iran attack American forces or accelerate work on nuclear weapons, administration officials said. read more


Carter Center: While leaving to go turkey hunting this morning, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter fell at his home in Plains, Georgia. He is recovering comfortably from surgery to repair a broken hip at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus, Georgia. His surgeon stated that the surgery was successful. His wife, Rosalynn, is with him. President Carter said his main concern is that turkey season ends this week, and he has not reached his limit. He hopes the State of Georgia will allow him to rollover the unused limit to next year.


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