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DHS Approves More Seasonal Workers: Because there are “not enough U.S. workers who are able, willing, qualified, and available to do the temporary work,” the Trump administration will increase the number seasonal visas to fill H-2B non-agricultural jobs by 15,000 for 2017. Photo credit: World Relief Spokane / Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

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What Revolution? Shale to Lose $20B More in 2017 (Jeff C.)

This report insists the U.S. shale oil industry is going to chalk up another lousy year of financial losses in 2017. This shouldn’t be a surprise as the U.S. shale oil industry hasn’t made any real money since 2008.

Even the Wall Street Journal Has Had It With Trump (Russ)

When Rupert Murdoch’s paper demands Trump come clean, you know it is late in the game.

Vets Demand Disclosure of Secret Pentagon Chemical Weapons Testing on US Troops (Jimmy)

The author writes, “The Pentagon conducted a series of secret chemical and biological weapons tests involving military personnel in the 1960s and 1970s. Veterans groups and members of Congress are demanding to know exactly what happened – and who has suffered.”

Russ Feingold: US Steals Votes from Felons (Jimmy)

The former US Senator (D-WI) writes, “…since the Civil War, states have intentionally denied the right to vote to a certain category of citizens – those with a felony conviction. Today, felony disenfranchisement bars roughly 6.1 million citizens from the ballot box – one in 13 African Americans nationally.”

A Collection of British Political Insults (Dan)

Because who doesn’t need this?