AT&T Preps for New Layoffs Despite Billions in Tax Breaks and Regulatory Favors

Pentagon’s Shadow Military Bases ; Potential Democratic Presidential Candidates Visit Wall Street ...and More Picks

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From Motherboard: “Internal documents obtained by Motherboard show that the company is preparing for layoffs — megamergers, deregulation, and tax breaks aren’t providing the public benefits AT&T promised.” Photo credit: Bill Bradford / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Brazil’s Bolsonaro Makes His Impact (Dan)

Last week, Brazil’s new president, Jair Bolsonaro, shifted some indigenous land rights to the government, a move many speculate will make the land available for developers. This week, Bolsonaro has pledged to withdraw Brazil from the UN’s migration accord, stating “not just anyone can come in our home.”

The Pentagon’s Shadow Military Bases (Reader Steve)

From the Nation: “Many well-known and secretive bases have long been left off the Defense Department’s books.”

Nancy Pelosi Gets a Delivery of 10,000 Roses, Thanks to an Online Fundraiser (Jimmy)

The author writes, “Newly minted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was the recipient of the unusual gift Wednesday, courtesy of an online fundraiser among readers of liberal site DailyKos.”

Potential Democratic Presidential Candidates Visit Wall Street (Dan)

Senators Kamala Harris and Cory Booker both visited Wall Street as recently as last month, meeting with Blackstone’s Jonathan Gray and others. The meeting has the potential of raising some eyebrows amongst Democrats’ left-leaning voting bloc.

Elwood, Illinois (Pop. 2,200), Has Become a Vital Hub of America’s Consumer Economy. And It’s Hell. (Reader Steve)

From the New Republic: “The rural town south of Chicago is now a crucial stop for Amazon, Wal-Mart, IKEA, Home Depot, and other giant retailers. Developers had promised growth and good jobs. So why is everyone so miserable?”

WaPo, USA Today, NBC Go Full Breitbart on ‘Prisoners Eating Steak’ Non-Story (Jimmy)

From FAIR: “Several corporate media outlets thought it newsworthy to point out that prisoners at Coleman federal prison in Wildwood, Florida, received a routine holiday meal that was slightly above their normal, bottom-of-the-barrel provisions.”

The Reason Journalist William Arkin Left MSNBC and NBC (Dan)

Last week, investigative journalist William Arkin abruptly quit MSNBC and NBC, calling the network a “Trump circus” that “encourages perpetual war.” Hear him speak more about the reasons for his resignation here.

California Police Unions Are Preparing to Battle New Transparency Law in the Courtroom (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “Just as a landmark police transparency law is going into effect, some California police agencies are shredding internal affairs documents and law enforcement unions are rushing to block the information from being released.”

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