Iraqi Artifacts Return Home

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Home Again: 3,800 ancient Iraqi artifacts that were smuggled into the US for Hobby Lobby in violation of federal law have been returned. The items included cuneiform tablets, cylinder seals, and clay bullae. Photo credit: ICE

Preparing for Mueller’s Long Haul (Reader Steve)

We’re passing the one-year mark of Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. This article details that, if history is our guide, the investigation has much, much longer to go.

Don’t Expect NAFTA Deal Before Midterms (Dan)

The Trump White House was hoping a NAFTA deal would be completed before the midterm elections in November. That outcome looks increasingly doubtful.

Facebook Partners With the Atlantic Council to Fight Election Propaganda (Jimmy)

The author writes, “The social networking giant said Thursday that a partnership with the Washington, DC-based think tank would help it better spot disinformation during upcoming world elections.”

Lawyer Who Repped Equifax Will Run Office That Investigates Equifax (Reader Luke)

The author writes, “Giant companies facing federal scrutiny for exposing sensitive consumer data have good reason to unclench their stress balls: Their own lawyer was just put in charge of the office that is investigating them.”

Scaramucci and Avenatti to Get TV Deal? (Dan)

MSNBC and CNN were pitched a television show featuring ousted White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci and Stormy Daniels’s lawyer Michael Avenatti. No, it won’t be in a pro wrestling ring.

US War Footing in Korea Remains Major Roadblock to Peace (Jimmy)

The author writes, “Many have rightly voiced fears that the Trump administration’s plan may be to come to the table with North Korea with unrealistic, maximalist demands so that it can claim that it tried diplomacy and diplomacy failed, making it easier to build a case for war.”

Gina Haspel and Torture: Not Just Immoral, but a Tool for More War (Reader Luke)

The author writes, “Some have made an issue of videos of torture being destroyed — but it’s been widely assumed that they were destroyed simply because of the potentially graphic nature of the abuse or to hide the identity of those doing the torture. But there’s another distinct possibility: They were destroyed because of the questions they document being asked.”

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