Florida’s Felon Voting Problem

Turkey Edges toward Russia ; US + UK Kiss Up to Saudi Arabia Over Oil IPO ...and More Picks

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Erik Prince, King of Afghanistan? Erik Prince and Steven Feinberg are in the private military security business. They have been asked by White House advisers Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner to develop proposals for replacing US troops in Afghanistan with contractors. Prince is the former head of Blackwater security and brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. He lives in Abu Dhabi and his company is registered in Hong Kong. Photo credit: Marines / Flickr and Miller Center / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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Poor or Disrupted Sleep May Lead to Alzheimer’s (Russ)

A new study suggests the correlation. A lot of people may now pay more attention to getting proper rest.

George W. Bush: Bill Clinton is a ‘Brother with a Different Mother’ (Trevin)

The shallow presidential ‘bromance” on display Thursday night at a Dallas leadership summit serves to remind us how rivalry between the two major American political parties is largely theater.

Felon Waiting to Vote? Get in Line (Reader Steve)

20,000 former felons are waiting on Florida’s clemency pipeline to get back their right to vote. And it’s only getting worse.

Turkey Moving Toward Russia (Russ)

Turkey is buying Russia’s most advanced missile defense system. It’s a significant signal that the country is moving away from NATO after six decades.

US, Britain Challenge for Saudi Aramco Listing (Dan)

Yet another reason for the West to make nice with contentious ally Saudi Arabia.

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