Saturday, February 10, 2018

In the news, Saturday, January 20, 2018


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from Asia Times Online

Abductions in Pakistan used to silence dissenting voices
An increasing number of Pakistani activists and human rights campaigners are coming under attack with many disappearing for months. Concerns are growing that Pakistan’s military and intelligence agencies are targeting them as part of a larger crackdown.

Can ‘fake news’ really be outlawed as Europeans intend?
Badly informed voters may be the nemesis of democracy, but crafting legislation that works in the digital age is fraught with challenges. Those seeking to spread misinformation and conspiracy theories now have more opportunities than ever to do so.

Are cryptocurrencies sorcery? Maybe the real magic is in blockchain
As the shine comes off Bitcoin, all the positives in this story of technological disruption seem to sit with the data network 'software'. Blockchain’s murky past as the software driver of bitcoin is very much over. The question now is how it will enter the mainstream.

While Germany slept, the world moved on
After years of a shocking lack of imagination, Germany needs a government free of stifling coalition agreements. The modicum of political insecurity Germany faces today may well be just what the country needs to give rise to new ideas and voices, and a better future.


from CBS News (& affiliates)

Government shuts down on one-year anniversary of Trump presidency
A Senate attempt to move forward with a short-term spending bill vote failed Friday night, sending the government into a shutdown on the one-year anniversary of President Trump's inauguration. By the end of Saturday, things didn't look much more hopeful. Friday night, Republican senators failed to capture the 60 votes they needed to even vote on the bill that would have funded the government for 30 days. Five Democrats voted with the Republicans to push a spending bill vote, and four Republicans voted with Democrats. The House passed the 30-day spending bill Thursday night. Debate over what to do next continued Saturday, with Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, saying he would be open to a three-week continuing resolution (CR), instead of a four-week one.


from CNN

A picture from the shutdown that will make you believe government can still actually work
There was a moment during Friday's failed attempt to avoid a government shutdown that was genuinely inspiring. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer sat at his desk on the Senate floor. South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham stood near him -- desperately trying to find a way to a deal that would keep the government open. As the conversation between Schumer and Graham continued, other members -- of both parties -- began to gather around the two men. The problem, of course, was that it was 11:45 pm -- 15 minutes before the government ran out of money and the third government shutdown since 1996 began. It was too little, too late; even as the conversation continued, the clock struck midnight and the shutdown officially began.


from Independent Sentinel

Shocking Report: Yale Professors Say There Are Nearly 23 Million Illegal Aliens in the US
For decades, we have been told there are 11 million as if that were even possible – the number never changes year after year? In fact, the 22.8 million is likely conservative.


from NBC News (& affiliates)

Without CHIP resolution, 1.7 million kids could lose healthcare in weeks
More than 1.75 million children in 20 states and Washington D.C. are at risk of losing their health insurance by the end of February if Congress does not reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which ceased being funded when lawmakers failed to pass a spending bill late Friday night.


from The Spokesman-Review
Newspaper in Spokane, Washington


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