Lockheed Martin, F-35
Deficit Hawks? Eight senators voted against the budget busting $700 billion defense policy bill for 2018: Corker, R-TN; Lee, R-UT; Paul, R-KY; Gillibrand, D-NY; Leahy, D-VT; Merkley, D-OR; Wyden, D-OR; and Sanders, I-VT. The Senate also failed to pass measure from Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY, to sunset America’s current war authorizations. Photo credit: US Air Force

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Did Saudi Arabia Pay a PR Firm $1M For 55 Tweets? (Trevin)

The promoted tweets, created by Targeted Victory — which was founded by Zac Moffat, the digital director for Mitt Romney’s failed 2012 presidential campaign — painted the Saudi Kingdom as being supportive of counter-terrorism, women’s rights, and green technology. Despite the consulting firm’s slogan of “digital is in our DNA,” response to the social media campaign was almost “universally negative and dismissive.”

Trump’s Court Nominee Has Deep Religious Ties (Russ)

Elected representatives often attend church and mention God in public. But what if they started speaking in tongues? Trump’s judicial nominee has ties to a tight-knit Christian group and it’s raising many eyebrows.

Bill to Make Firearm Silencers Easier to Purchase (Jimmy)

The author writes, “A bill now working its way through the House would remove silencers from the list of devices regulated by federal authorities under the 1934 National Firearms Act. In addition, the bill would weaken regulations for transporting firearms across state lines and purchasing armor-piercing bullets.”

Flint’s Lead Water Caused a ‘Horrifying’ 58% Increase in Miscarriages (Jimmy)

According to The Real News Network, “A new study on the Flint water crisis, co-authored by Dr. David Slusky, finds that fertility rates decreased by 12% and fetal death rates increased by 58% compared to other cities in Michigan.”