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In the news, Tuesday, March 21, 2017


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from The Atlantic (CityLab)
[Information from this site may not be reliable.]

The Like Button Ruined the Internet
How “engagement” made the web a less engaging place

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from The Baltimore Sun

Businesses balk at Baltimore's minimum wage bill
The Baltimore City Council approved a bill Monday night that would raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022.

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from The Blaze (& Glenn Beck)
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Cyanide device explodes, killing family’s dog. They can’t believe who planted it behind their home.
Part of the job of the federal government is to protect landowners, farmers and people in general from dangerous animals that may threaten livestock or even attack humans. How the government protects Americans from these animals has been called into question after a family dog in Pocatello, Idaho, was killed by an M-44, a spring-activated device that releases cyanide when it’s pressed or pulled upward. The U.S. Department of Agriculture employs the M-44s for coyote control.

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from Breitbart

Exclusive — Rand Paul: ‘Easily 35 No Votes’ Against Paul Ryan’s Obamacare 2.0, ‘I Would Predict They Pull Bill, Start Over’
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) told Breitbart News exclusively on Tuesday afternoon that he expects House Speaker Paul Ryan will be forced to pull the American Health Care Act (AHCA) before a scheduled Thursday vote because Ryan will not get the votes to pass the legislation.

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from Business Insider

Wall Street Journal compares Trump to 'a drunk' clinging to 'an empty gin bottle' in scathing editorial
The words of President Donald Trump and his White House staff are, in no small way, a matter of national security and credibility, and those things have entered a danger zone, a Wall Street Journal editorial argued on Tuesday.

The retail apocalypse has officially descended on America
Thousands of mall-based stores are shutting down in what's fast becoming one of the biggest waves of retail closures in decades. More than 3,500 stores are expected to close in the next couple of months.

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from CNN

U.S. and U.K. ban laptops and other devices on flights from Middle East
The U.S. and U.K. on Tuesday banned people flying from much of the Middle East and North Africa from carrying laptops, tablets and other large electronic devices in the airplane cabin because of concerns about terrorism.

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from Coeur d'Alene Press

HARRISON HIT HARD BY FLOODING
With the Coeur d’Alene River running into Lake Coeur d’Alene at Harrison, it’s not surprising the little lakefront city is taking on water right now. Since the weekend, Harrison has had two landslides and deteriorating conditions on two streets from the ongoing precipitation and snow melt.

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from Competitive Enterprise Institute

Trump Must Avoid 'Read My Lips'-style Blunder on Carbon Tax
Is the White House considering a carbon tax as part of comprehensive tax reform? The Climate Leadership Club's plan is equally unserious as economic policy. The CLC proposes to redistribute the carbon tax revenues, estimated at $300 billion annually, in equal shares to every “family of four.” How could that possibly strengthen the economy? If random redistribution of $300 billion from millions of Peters to millions of Pauls is an economy builder, then a “share the wealth” scheme that confiscates and redistributes all income should work even better.   

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from The Heritage Foundation
[Information from this site may be unreliable.]

Where the Fight Against ISIS Stands, and How the US Can Win
The Trump administration has invited 68 countries and international organizations to attend a summit in Washington on Wednesday to coordinate policies to defeat the Islamic State, also known as ISIS. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will lead the two-day gathering of foreign ministers in synchronizing coalition efforts to destroy ISIS on the battlefield, prevent it from staging a comeback, and deprive it of money, arms, and recruits.

Judge Warns 9th Circuit’s Use of Trump Campaign Pledge ‘Judicial Psychoanalysis’
A federal judge is raising an alarm about “judicial psychoanalysis” resulting from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on President Donald Trump’s executive order on “extreme vetting.” Last week, the 9th Circuit voted against rehearing the case that a three-judge panel had previously ruled on in affirming the federal district judge’s temporary restraining order on Trump’s first executive order on immigration restrictions. The panel in part applied the Trump campaign’s assertion for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.” Applying campaign statements when interpreting law “sows chaos,” said Judge Alex Kozinski, who has been on the 9th Circuit since 1985, in his dissent.

Gorsuch Responds to Sexism Allegation From Former Student
During his Supreme Court confirmation hearing, Judge Neil Gorsuch addressed accusations from a former law student claiming he had encouraged sexist hiring practices in the classroom. Not a single student has corroborated Democratic operative Jennifer Sisk's version of events—but several students have challenged her assertion.

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from Indian Country Today Media Network
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Paying to Play Indian: The Dawes Rolls and the Legacy of $5 Indians
It may be fashionable to play Indian now, but it was also trendy 125 years ago when people paid $5 apiece for falsified documents declaring them Native on the Dawes Rolls. These so-called five-dollar Indians paid government agents under the table in order to reap the benefits that came with having Indian blood. Mainly white men with an appetite for land, five-dollar Indians paid to register on the Dawes Rolls, earning fraudulent enrollment in tribes along with benefits inherited by generations to come. “These were opportunistic white men who wanted access to land or food rations,” said Gregory Smithers, associate professor of history at Virginia Commonwealth University. “These were people who were more than happy to exploit the Dawes Commission—and government agents, for $5, were willing to turn a blind eye to the graft and corruption.”

ICWA: Goldwater Case Thrown Out of Federal Court
Decision is an ICWA victory for Native children and families
On March 16, the federal District Court for the District of Arizona dismissed A.D v. Washburn, a class action suit brought by the Goldwater Institute challenging the constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). Filed in 2015, the suit alleged that Native children who are the subject of state custody proceedings are given “separate and unequal treatment” based on their race.

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from Intellihub
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Report: Democratic operatives worked with a convicted terrorist to “investigate” Donald Trump
A former official with the Democratic National Committee has worked throughout the last few months with a convicted domestic terrorist to gather and spread opposition research on President Donald Trump, according to a report by The Daily Caller.

Sean Spicer exposes Hillary Clinton for selling off one-fifth of U.S. uranium to the Russians
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer took Trump administration critics to task Monday, noting that they continue to push the discredited claim that Trump worked with the Russians while totally ignoring the clear connections between Clinton and Russian based companies.

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from KHQ Local News (NBC Spokane)

Spokane mayor declares flooding emergency, closes river
Spokane Mayor David Condon has declared an emergency, closing the Spokane River through the city of Spokane and authorized additional city resources to address localized flooding caused by rising river levels fueled by the wettest winter on record. The Spokane Parks Department has closed the suspension bridges over the river in the park because of safety concerns, and the Centennial Trail under Division Street and the Washington Street because of flooding.

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from NBC News (& affiliates)

Learn the 5 top places in the US to retire (Craig Ferguson guesses No. 1)
Mark Ellwood of Conde Nast Traveler joins Craig Ferguson and Kathie Lee Gifford with a list of the top five places in the U.S. to retire, particularly if you’re a baby boomer, including Spokane, Washington, and Iowa City, Iowa. Craig correctly guesses the city at the top of the list!

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from The Seattle Times

Even without new commission, renters in Seattle and elsewhere have specific legal rights
With a new Renters’ Commission in the works, here’s a look at the state, local and federal laws that protect renters in Seattle.

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from The Spokesman-Review

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from The Verge

THE LONG, WEIRD HISTORY OF COMPANIES THAT PUT YOUR LIFE ONLINE
People search sites are a perennially controversial feature of the web, from the venerable Whitepages.com to the reviled upstart FamilyTreeNow, which was publicized and widely condemned earlier this year. They’re the perfect example of how scale and searchability can change the meaning of data: the contents of thousands of phone books accessible from anywhere in the world, with an unprecedented level of detail. It makes their data more useful, and more dangerous, than ever before.

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from Yahoo News

Franken calls Gorsuch dissent in trucker case ‘absurd’
Minnesota Sen. Al Franken recalled his comedic past in a contentious exchange with Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch Tuesday during the judge’s confirmation hearing. Franken was questioning Gorsuch on the case of Alphonse Maddin, a trucker who was fired after his trailer broke down in subzero temperatures. Gorsuch concluded in a dissent that it wasn’t illegal for the company to fire Maddin for seeking safety, writing that “it might be fair to ask whether TransAm’s decision was a wise or kind one, but it’s not our job to answer questions like that. Our only task is to decide whether the decision was an illegal one.”

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