President George W. Bush signed the Patriot Act on October 26, 2001. Senator Harry Reid sports a big smile and Senator Patrick Leahy documents the event with his camera.  Photo Credit: Eric Draper / White House

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US Military Has Acknowledged (and Made Plans for) Global Warming for Decades (Klaus)

The US military has studied climate change and its implications on future conflicts for many years. At a time when a sizeable chunk of the American public and an entire political party are denying that global warming is a problem, the military continues to prepare for its effects.

Clinton Emails Reveal Foreign Meddling in Last Haitian Presidential Election (Trevin)

“Recently-released emails from Hillary Clinton’s private server revealed details of how US officials worked closely with the Haitian private sector as they forced Haitian authorities to change the results of the first round of presidential elections in late 2010.” No wonder Democrats never really fight back very hard when Republicans steal elections from them. They can relate.

Likely New Speaker Is a Darling of the Koch Brothers (Klaus)

The Koch brothers are among the top donors to Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), the likely new Speaker of the House. In this election cycle, other Ryan backers include Halliburton, Exxon and Southern Company.

Why Hillary Doesn’t (and Won’t Really) Take on Banks (Russ)

Has a lot to do with her husband’s acquiescence in creating the mega-banks that dominate the discourse and the donations — and the economy.

Honor Roll Student Faces Assault Charges for Throwing Baby Carrot at Teacher (Kristina)

A 13-year-old Virginia girl is facing juvenile assault-and-battery charges after tossing a baby carrot into the forehead of her ex-teacher as a school prank, according to school records and the girl … ‘I was in the hall and saw my French teacher who I had last year. It looked like she was holding books or papers. I figured if I got the carrot near her or on the papers, it would have been funny for her to look down sand [sic] see it.’” Instead, she accidentally hit the teacher in the forehead, and is now “charged with assault and battery with a weapon …”

From the moment a child enters one of the nation’s 98,000 public schools to the moment she graduates, she will be exposed to a steady diet of draconian zero tolerance policies that criminalize childish behavior …”

Quentin Tarantino Leads NYC Rally Against Police Brutality (Trevin)

“If it was being dealt with, then these murdering cops would be in jail or at least be facing charges,” the director said Saturday. The three-day #RiseUpOctober rally was organized by Carl Dix of the Revolutionary Communist Party, and Dr. Cornel West. The NYPD union has called for a boycott of his films.

Walker Signs Bill Making It More Difficult for People to Investigate Him (Klaus)

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) signed legislation last year that prohibits prosecutors from using a tool that was used to convict four of his aides already.

GOOD NEWS DEPARTMENT

US Leads Industrialized Nations In Shifting Away from Coal (Russ)

A study shows US ahead of France, Britain, Canada, Italy, Germany and Japan.