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Editors’ Picks for Nov 13

CIA Investigations of Employees Reveal Child Porn and War Crimes, Still Within Obama's Power to Close Guantanamo, Welsh Town Moves 'Offshore' to Avoid Tax on Local Business, and More Picks

CIA investigations of employees reveal child porn and war crimes, still within Obama's power to close Guantanamo, Welsh town moves 'offshore' to avoid tax on local business, and more Picks.

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Death Threats, Child Porn, and War Crimes: Inside CIA Investigations of Its Own Employees (Trevin)

Between January 2013 and May 2014, the agency’s Office of Inspector General concluded 111 investigations of alleged crimes.

Still Within Obama’s Power to Close Guantanamo (Russ)

Human Rights lawyer says president copping out.

Welsh Town Moves ‘Offshore’ to Avoid Tax on Local Business (Kristina)

“When independent traders in a small Welsh town discovered the loopholes used by multinational giants to avoid paying UK tax, they didn’t just get mad” … they moved offshore.

Latest Tamir Rice Report Likely to Fan Flames Again (Klaus)

A new report on the death of Tamir Rice in Cleveland said that while what happened was tragic, the shooting of the 12-year-old boy, who was holding a pellet gun, was justified. Attorneys for the family of the kid believe the reports are an attempt to shield the officer from accountability and have asked the prosecutor in the case to step aside.

Michael Hand, Fugitive Who Ran Scandalous CIA Front Bank, Found Alive in US (Michael)

Michael Hand ran the Nugan Hand bank, a CIA-linked cesspool of drugs, money laundering, and organized crime. Will Australia have the political will to seek his extradition?

New Sneaky Barcodes Scheme Would Hide GMOs from Most (Russ)

Industry wants new voluntary barcodes that people could scan and maybe kinda sorta figure out that something has GMOs.

Voting Shenanigans in Ohio’s Rejection of Legalized Pot? (Michael)

As the smoke clears from Ohio’s vote on pot legalization, alleged voting irregularities have some calling foul.

Trump Unloads on Ben Carson in Wild Interview (Trevin)

“You don’t cure these people. You don’t cure a child molester. There’s no cure for it. Pathological, there’s no cure for that.”

Not so Bad in Democratic Socialism After All (Reader Inez)

That’s what an American expat living in Denmark reports. (Bernie Sanders alert)

Jeb Finally Finds a Way to Prove He’s Hip: Chest Bumps! (Trevin)

Remains to be seen if it bumps his polling.


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