The Paris Attack, Iraq’s WMDs & Jeb’s Business: Jan. 7, 2015

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Jeb Bush’s Foundation Connected Public Officials With Industry Execs
Now that Jeb is positioning himself to take his turn in the Oval Office, the scrutiny of his business dealings is just beginning. The Washington Post looks at his Foundation for Excellence in Education, which connected policymakers with business leaders and established a valuable network of influence for the former governor. According to critics, it amounted to a backdoor for corporations eager to profit from education reforms and government spending. Sound familiar?

A Majority Of Republicans Believe The US Found WMDs In Iraq
EXCERPT: “According to a Farleigh Dickinson University poll released Wednesday, 51 percent of Republicans believe that it’s ‘probably” or ‘definitely’ true that the U.S. uncovered an active WMD program following its March 2003 invasion.” This is good news for Jeb as he tries to burnish the Bush brand in advance of his forthcoming presidential run.

These Three American Families Are Funding Half Of Netanyahu’s Re-Election Bid
While it is not unusual to hear about the role of Israeli influence on Capitol Hill, little is said about the power of U.S. influence-peddlers in Israel … until now. Buzzfeed looked at funding for Bibi Netanyahu’s re-election campaign and found that a staggering 90% of his cash comes from the U.S. More than half of his total campaign funding came from just three American families. As one Likud activist said, “Why get money from Israel when you can get it from the U.S.?”

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The Provocative History of French Weekly Newspaper Charlie Hebdo
Time outlines the circuitous history of the controversial newspaper targeted by gunmen during an apparent terrorist attack in the heart of Paris. The Daily Beast compiled many of the cartoons that generated outrage … some of which are being censored by other media outlets in their coverage of the ongoing story.

Intel Tech Brings Us Closer To The World Of ‘Minority Report’
Tech giant Intel made a big splash at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas when it showcased Real Sense 3D—a “depth-sensing camera technology” that gives drones “a full 360-degree view of its surrounding area, essentially giving it the ability to see.”

WHY

Toyota Frees Fuel-Cell Vehicle Patents To Open Door For Rivals To Expand Market
The world’s largest automaker made good on its stated commitment to shift automobiles away from gasoline by “making available for free more than 5,000 patents related to fuel-cell vehicles (FCV)” to help catalyze efforts by other carmakers. The FCV is “the ultimate clean-air car because it emits only water and heat, and no carbon dioxide or other pollutants,” according to Asahi Shimbun.

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