Newton’s Cradle
Shiny Objects: While we have been focused on Trump/Russia/Comey/Kushner, all the President's men have been pushing harsh sentences for drug offenders, withdrawing from Paris, undermining worker retirement accounts, weakening worker safety, allowing more wage theft, encouraging polluters, and much more. Photo credit: Sheila Sund / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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Air Travel Discomfort Brought to You By … Wall St. (Jeff C.)

Relentless pressure on corporate America is creating an increasingly Dickensian experience for many consumers as companies focus on maximizing dwindling profits. And nowhere is the trend as stark as in the airline industry.

ISIS New Tactic: Fake Job Interviews (Russ)

Wikileaks released the terror groups new tactic to kill by “luring” victims to a “safe place”.

Libya’s Eastern Government Also Breaks Ties with Qatar (Dan)

Five Sunni-dominated nations have broken ties with Qatar over the country’s alleged support for Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood. Libya’s “eastern government”, as opposed to the U.N.-backed government in Tripoli, also broke ties with Qatar. Perhaps this is a game of follow the leader?

Democrat Challenging Iowa Republican Fears for Life, Quits Race (DH)

Kim Weaver quit her campaign to replace Iowa’s 4th Congressional District in a post on Facebook. The Democrat wrote, “Beginning during my 2016 campaign, I have received very alarming acts of intimidation, including death threats.”

Opinion: Replacing Trump With Pence Would Be Pointless (Trevin)

Rick Cooley points out that although Trump may be the worst president ever, Pence’s years of experience could make for a more efficient expedition of an extreme legislative agenda through Congress than anything Trump has been able to accomplish thus far.

L.A.’s Crisis: High Rents, Low Pay, Homelessness Rising and $2k Doesn’t Buy Much (Jimmy)

The author writes, “The median per capita income in L.A. County is less than $30,000, and for households it’s about $55,000. So for those who pay the median rental price of $1,995 for a one-bedroom apartment, or $2,400 for multiple bedrooms, there isn’t much left over.”