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GOP’s Safety Net War ; Democrats Need a New RFK? ; Sessions and Marijuana ...and More Picks

GOP’s Safety Net War ; Democrats Need a New RFK? ; Sessions and Marijuana ...and More Picks 12/8

Don’t Expect Aggressive US Shale Drilling (Jeff C.)

Countless news articles have hyped the extremely low break-even prices of shale oil extraction. The reality is that right up through this year, the promise of big profits has continued to prove elusive.

The Coming Republican Assault on the Safety Net (Trevin)

Paul Waldman writes for the Week that “they plan to argue that our high national debt demands that we cut back social programs, right after they voted to increase the debt by $1.5 trillion.”

Do Democrats Need a New RFK? (Reader Steve)

Someone who can heal and unite factions, like RFK did, is exactly what Democrats need says Larry Tye at the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Will Jeff Sessions Get His War on Weed? (Jimmy)

The author writes, “The Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment is set to expire on Friday, and if it’s not renewed, it could open the door for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to do what he’s been hinting he wants to: Launch a federal war on states that have partly or completely legalized marijuana use.”

Pentagon Acknowledges 2,000 Troops in Syria (Jimmy)

The author writes, “The Pentagon on Wednesday acknowledged that 2,000 American troops are on the ground in Syria, the first time the military has admitted that it deployed well more than the Obama-era limit of 503 troops.”

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