In the News: Military commission pre-trial proceedings for United States v. Khalid Shaikh Mohammad et. al., are in progress at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. About these photos: Khalid Shaikh Mohammed after capture. (large) and Khalid Shaikh Mohammed in 2009. (inset) Photo credit: US Department of Defense / Wikimedia and Unknown / Wikimedia

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Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters Heading to Flint (Dan)

There is no set date, but the “water protectors” have vowed to show solidarity with residents still without clean water in Flint.

Sears on the Brink; Top Execs Flee Company (Jeff C.)

Speculation grows among Sears and Kmart employees, suppliers, and several banks that the retailer will soon go bankrupt — something Sears has repeatedly dismissed. Though two top executives leaving this week amid the holiday shopping season suggests otherwise.

Merkel Goes Right on Islam (Dan)

Angela Merkel has called for a burqa ban “wherever possible” in Germany. An appeal to the right-wing populist in her country?

Former 9/11 Firefighter Won’t Cast Electoral Vote for Trump (Trevin)

Calls for electors to unite behind a Republican alternative in a NY Times op-ed.

Flint Residents Required to Receive Bottled Water, Despite Protests (Dan)

Despite many appeals from state officials, the residents of Flint will be given bottled water in the midst of their water crisis. A small but notable win.

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