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Protesting Putin: Small bands of protesters took to the streets across Russia Sunday in support of opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s call to boycott the March 18 presidential election. Alexei was arrested and police raided his offices. Photo credit: putnik / Wikimedia (CC BY 3.0)

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How Trump’s Unconfirmed Nominees Stay in Government (Russ)

It’s as annoying as it sounds. Did we also mention they’re not qualified?

Trump IRS Nominee Built Career Helping the Rich Avoid Taxes (Jimmy)

The author writes, “President Trump’s reported nominee for commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service is a longtime tax lawyer who has helped a range of affluent individuals shield their wealth from the prying hands of government, according to court documents and press accounts. Based in Beverly Hills, Charles ‘Chuck’ Rettig has represented a bevy of rich clients in disputes with tax collectors, with a special emphasis on offshore account holders who may run afoul of US law.”

Judge Finds Aetna Deceived Public About Its Reasons for Quitting Obamacare (Jimmy)

The author writes, “Aetna claimed this summer that it was pulling out of all but four of the 15 states where it was providing Obamacare individual insurance because of a business decision — it was simply losing too much money on the Obamacare exchanges. Now a federal judge has ruled that that was a rank falsehood.”

Pentagon Gives Nation Building Another Go (Dan)

A new batch of American troops and advisors are headed to Afghanistan. To do what exactly? To take another stab at a task that has plagued the Afghanistan campaign for nearly two decades.

Oakland Cuts Ties With ICE in Response to Controversial Raid (Reader Luke)

The author writes, “Public outcry over Oakland police’s involvement in an Aug. 16 Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid prompted the city to cut all ties with the federal agency. City council members unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday that expands the sanctuary city policy to bar any branch of city government from cooperating with any ICE action.”

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