PICKS are stories from many sources, selected by our editors or recommended by our readers because they are important, surprising, troubling, enlightening, inspiring, or amusing. They appear on our site and in our daily newsletter. Please send suggested articles, videos, podcasts, etc. to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dem Senator Promises to Reinstate 60-Vote Threshold (Dan)
If Democrats again become the majority in the Senate, Senator Ed Markey promises they will reinstate the 60-vote threshold, rather than embrace the ‘nuclear option’, for Supreme Court justice nominees.
West African Migrants Being ‘Sold in Libyan Slave Markets’ (Jimmy)
Slave markets and private prisons can be added to the list of atrocities playing out in post-Gaddafi Libya.
How Bannon Got to the White House (Russ)
Interested in the man behind the legend? Read this.
Challenge for Millennials: They’ve Never Known Peace (Jimmy)
Starting a peace movement is hard. Especially if all your life the US has been at war overseas. And unlike the days of the draft, now less that 1% of US citizens serve in the all volunteer military.
Trump Admin Keeps Focus on Russia Amidst Syria Campaign (Dan)
Various members from Trump’s administration, not just UN ambassador Nikki Haley, questioned Russia’s commitment to Assad and if the country is really against chemical weapons use.