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Why CIA Is Using Paris to Smear Snowden (Russ)
“Bodies were still lying in the streets of Paris when CIA operatives began exploiting the resulting fear and anger to advance long-standing political agendas. They and their congressional allies instantly attempted to heap blame for the atrocity not on Islamic State but on several preexisting adversaries: Internet encryption, Silicon Valley’s privacy policies and Edward Snowden.”
Rubio: It’s OK to Ignore Laws That Violate God’s Rules (Klaus)
In a move that will likely help him secure the ISIS vote, Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio said that “God’s rules always win” if there is a conflict between government authority and religious decrees.
Chicago Charged On-Duty Cop With Murder for First Time Ever (Trevin)
White police officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder for shooting the black 17 year old Laquan McDonald 16 times, killing him. The boy was shot “in the left scalp, neck, left and right chest, left elbow, upper arm, left forearm, right upper leg, left upper back, left elbow, right upper arm, right arm, right forearm, right hand, right lower back, and right upper leg.”
Disease Victims Often Shut out of Workers’ Comp System (Trevin)
Workers’ compensation rarely works for “job-triggered diseases that creep up over time.”
Emails Show Politico’s Mike Allen Promised Positive Coverage of Chelsea Clinton (Trevin)
A prime example of what some journalists will stoop to in exchange for access.
Pardoning Turkeys Is a Tradition Obama Could Clearly Do Without (Klaus)
A funny video showing that President Barack Obama would rather be doing something other than pardoning turkeys.