Trump Admin Hiding Report on NSA Spying ; The Lobbying Group Pushing Regime Change in Iran ...and More Picks 7/13

Worker Wages Drop While Companies Spend Billions to Boost Stocks (Jimmy)

The author writes, “Six months after the Tax Cut and Jobs Act became law, there’s still little evidence that the average job holder is feeling the benefit.”

How We Got the Images You Weren’t Meant to See in Yemen (Reader Luke)

The author writes, “Once inside, there is an unnerving quiet to the children’s ward. The healthier babies cry, but many just stare blankly. It’s not immediately clear if their eyes look too big or their faces too small.”

Why President Trump Is Positioned to Be Marijuana’s Great Savior and How the Democrats Blew It (Reader Jane)

The author writes, “This idea is not so far-fetched. Trump has every reason politically to become an unlikely champion of marijuana legalization. Given the overwhelming public support of the issue, legalizing marijuana will certainly improve his chances of reelection in 2020. If he does, the Democrats will have nobody to blame but themselves.”

This Think Tank Is Pushing Regime Change in Iran — and the White House Is Listening (Jimmy)

The author writes, “What is clear is that FDD, awash in funding by stalwart advocates of Israel, has adopted policy positions that rarely — if ever — deviate from the preferred policies of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party. As one longtime Iran policy hand quipped to me recently, ‘They really should be called the Foundation for the Defense of Likud.’”

The Trump Administration Is Hiding a Crucial Report on NSA Spying Practices (Reader Luke)

From the ACLU: “Despite requests from a senator and the European Union, the Trump administration is refusing to make public an important report by a federal privacy watchdog about how the US government handles personal information swept up by its surveillance.”

Trump Admin Declares War on Poverty ‘Over’ and ‘A Success’ (Dan)

President Donald Trump’s Council of Economic Advisers, which has issued a new report declaring Lyndon B. Johnson’s “War on Poverty” a success, wants to tie social welfare benefits to new work requirements.