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KOCH BROTHERS ARE CITIES’ NEW OBSTACLE TO BUILDING BROADBAND via Wired

That’s when Simrall learned who had joined the forces determined to block Louisville from spending a dime on fiber for the city’s use: Charles and David Koch, the brothers backing environment-hostile fossil fuels and funding politicians who dole out goodies to the super-rich. “It’s widely known that they [the Taxpayers Protection Alliance] receive a lot of funding from the Koch brothers,” Simrall says.

Trump turning US into ‘world champion of extreme inequality’, UN envoy warns via The Guardian

“Instead of realizing its founders’ admirable commitments, today’s United States has proved itself to be exceptional in far more problematic ways that are shockingly at odds with its immense wealth and its founding commitment to human rights. As a result, contrasts between private wealth and public squalor abound.”

Teva stock soars as drugmaker plans to cut 14,000 jobs via MSN

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. shares jumped 15 percent in early trading Thursday. The company said it is now planning to cut 14,000 jobs, or 25 percent of its workforce, in the next three years.

The tax bill destroys an important part of the ACA. The states can save it. via Vox

For starters, the states can adopt their own individual mandates to replace the one that Congress repeals. There’s nothing stopping them. Before the ACA existed, Massachusetts had a mandate; it’s still on the books. And, as Vox’s Sarah Kliff reported last week, a number of states — including California, Maryland, and Washington, as well as the District of Columbia— are toying with creating their own mandates.

Puerto Rico Orders Review and Recount of Hurricane Deaths via The New York Times

The governor acknowledged on Monday that the death toll “may be higher than the official count certified to date.” Several news organizations, including The New York Times, conducted independent analyses and found that the number of deaths traceable to the storm was probably far higher than the official count of 64.

The Times’s review, based on daily mortality data from Puerto Rico’s vital statistics bureau, found that 1,052 more people than usual had died across the island in the 42 days after Maria struck. The analysis compared daily figures for 2017 with an average of figures for the corresponding days in 2015 and 2016.

Iowa Poll: 60 percent of Iowans disapprove of Donald Trump’s job performance via Des Moines Register

Iowans’ concerns about the direction of the country are even less optimistic than their views on Trump: Just 29 percent say the country is headed in the right direction. That view is consistent across Iowans of different ages, incomes and locations.

Among independents, views are almost exactly the opposite: 26 percent say the U.S. is on the right track against 63 percent who say it’s on the wrong track.

A PRIMARY CHALLENGE TO A RIGHT-WING DEMOCRAT IN ILLINOIS DIVIDES THE RESISTANCE via The Intercept

On paper, there is no question which candidate EMILY’s List or Planned Parenthood would be supporting in a straight-up race between a pro-choice, progressive woman and an anti-choice, conservative man. Newman knows the 3rd District well; she was raised in Palos Park, attended Carl Sandburg High School, and currently resides in La Grange with her husband and two children. She comes from a corporate background and made her career as a marketing professional, but she became a rights advocate and formed a nationwide coalition of anti-bullying nonprofits after her child, who is transgender, was bullied at school. More recently, Newman met with state and federal lawmakers to discuss gun control, as part of her work with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

THE U.S. AMBASSADOR TO YEMEN’S HARD-LINE APPROACH IS JAMMING UP PEACE EFFORTS via The Intercept

Tueller saw Saleh as corrupt and opportunistic, and despised the idea of him reclaiming the presidency. But as tensions began to increase between Saleh and the Houthis by September of 2017, he revisited the idea of exploiting a fracture. Tueller told the State Department that he thought a Saleh-Houthi split was likely and an opportunity the U.S. could take advantage of. He suggested the State Department prepare a white paper on how to exploit the tensions.

German Pilots Take Matters Into Their Own Hands: Pilots stop 222 asylum seekers being deported from Germany by refusing to fly via The Independent

Pilots have stopped 222 deportations of asylum seekers from Germany by refusing to take off with them on board. Many of the pilots refused to take control of flights taking people back to Afghanistan, where violence is still rife following years of war and occupation by Western forces. One of the airlines involved said pilots made the decisions on a “case-by-case” basis if they believed “flight safety could be affected”.

93-year-old woman arrested and jailed for 48 hours for not paying her rent. via Huffington Post

Juanita Fitzgerald, 93, has a birthday coming up Friday. She was held in the Lake County Jail on a $500 bond and has been there since Tuesday. Fitzgerald was released Thursday on her own recognizance, a Lake County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said.

As officers attempted to escort her out of the building, she intentionally slid out of her chair and onto the floor and resisted when officers tried to pick her up, the report said.

How Roy Moore helped me leave the Republican Party and join the Democrats via NBC

The reality is there is no moral compass guiding the Republican Party. There is no leadership or courage.

Trump is arguably the least transparent president we have ever had in the White House. The Republican Congress has passed a so-called tax reform bill that they can’t pay for and many haven’t even read.

Uranium firm lobbied Trump administration to scale back Bears Ears National Monument via Think Progress

Zinke said that it signaled a new kind of public lands management that “[listens] to the voices of the people, not Washington, D.C., special interests.”

According to the documents obtained by the Washington Post, however, Energy Fuels Resources (USA) Inc., a subsidiary of a Canadian firm that operates the nation’s last uranium mill just outside of the monument, argued that reducing the monument would allow them to access deposits of uranium located within the monuments’ original boundaries which could “provide valuable energy and mineral resources in the future.”

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