Federal Judge Blocks Keystone XL Pipeline, Says Trump Admin Ignoring Climate Change Facts

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Keystone Pipeline
From the Washington Post: “A federal judge temporarily blocked construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, ruling late Thursday that the Trump administration had failed to justify its decision granting a permit for the 1,200-mile long project designed to connect Canada’s oil sands fields with Texas' Gulf Coast refineries.” Photo credit: shannonpatrick17 / (CC BY 2.0)

US Second Amendment Comes to Italy? (Dan)

Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini of Italy’s coalition government is attempting to loosen the country’s gun laws. Here’s why.

Delaware Politicians Bury a Hatchet in Post-Election Ritual (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “On Thursday in the tiny southern Delaware hamlet of Georgetown, the electoral winners and losers shook hands and embraced one another in a show of goodwill known as Return Day, with nary a frown on any face.”

UK Spy Agencies Knew Source of False Iraq War Intelligence Was Tortured (Jimmy)

The author writes, “Through a close analysis of redacted official documents, Middle East Eye has established that an MI6 officer was aware that CIA officers had placed Ibn al-Sheikh al-Libi inside a sealed coffin at a US-run prison in Afghanistan. The officer had then watched as the coffin was loaded onto a truck and driven to an aircraft that was waiting to fly to Egypt.”

Oregon Now Alone in Allowing Non-Unanimous Jury Convictions (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “Oregon is now the only state to allow non-unanimous jury verdicts after voters in Louisiana approved a constitutional amendment to end their system of split-verdict convictions. For decades, juries in both states had been allowed to convict most felony defendants with a 10-2 vote, though Oregon still requires a unanimous vote to find defendants guilty of murder.”

Sussex University Professor Who Claimed Israelis Carried Out 9/11 Must Have Emeritus Status Removed, Jewish Group Says (Jimmy)

The author writes, “A Jewish group has called on the University of Sussex to strip a professor of his emeritus status after he claimed Israelis were behind the 11 September attacks. Professor Kees van der Pijl, who was formerly head of the university’s international relations department, tweeted to say: ‘Not Saudis, Israelis blew up Twin Towers with help from Zionists in US govt.’”

Afghan Anti-Corruption Program Is Corrupt, US Officials Say (Reader Luke)

The author writes, “An anti-corruption program once seen as a beacon of hope in Afghanistan is failing to accomplish much, according to US officials who say the nation’s top prosecutor is corrupt.”

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