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Oscars Propaganda on Syrian Civil War

Fate of the ‘Dreamers’ ; German Intel Spied on Journalists ... and more Picks

Fate of the ‘Dreamers’ ; German Intel Spied on Journalists ... and more Picks for 2/27.

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Financial Horror Show Looms in DC? (Jeff C.)

Could the mother of all debt showdowns hit after all the April tax collection figures are in? This author and former Congressman sure thinks so.

What Will Happen to the ‘Dreamers’? (Dan)

Trump’s movements on Immigration have already stirred controversy. His next move may be on the fate of so-called “Dreamers”, young children brought here by immigrant parents. Trump voters and Immigration hardliners would like the Dreamers to be deported. Trump’s comments however are less harsh than some of his other rhetoric.

Brazil’s Unemployment Shoots to 12.6% (Jeff C.)

The rate is more than double the 6.2% in December 2013, and has been trending relentlessly upward for over two years now.

Declassified CIA Memo Reveals Press Pool (Jimmy)

An internal memo from 1965 provides a glimpse of how the CIA cultivated select journalists from major news organizations to help “fight misinformation” and “restore faith in the agency.”

Syrian War Propaganda at the Oscars (Jimmy)

The White Helmets, a documentary film about an NGO in Syria that rescues civilians from bombed buildings, won the Oscar last night for best short documentary. The organization is also pushing for a no-fly zone in Syria and regime change.

Germany Intel Spied on Journalists (Dan)

According to Der Spiegel, German intel BND spied on the NYT, BBC, Reuters and others. While no connection has been made between the BND and the NSA, which was caught tapping German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone in 2013, a final report will be released this summer.

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