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Senate GOP Plans to Divert Health, Education Funds to Border Wall (DonkeyHotey)

From Roll Call: [The] $5 billion move would set up [a] clash with [the] Democratic House over fiscal 2020 spending.”

We Just Had the Hottest Month in History. Why Won’t Dems Have a Real Climate Debate? (Reader Jim)

The author writes, “Following an uproar over the lack of attention to climate change during the Miami debate, the DNC is now revisiting its earlier decision. Its members could vote Aug. 23 on whether a climate debate should move forward.”

‘They Wouldn’t Listen to Me’: The Story of Jimmy Aldaoud (Mili)

From Slate: “In June, the U.S. government deported 41-year-old Jimmy Aldaoud to Iraq. Aldaoud, who was born in Greece, said he had lived in the U.S. since he was 6 months old and had never even been to Iraq, the country where he was technically a national. … Aldaoud did not speak Arabic. He did not have a home or any contacts there. Aldaoud was also a diabetic, and on Tuesday, he died in a country that was not his own from what appeared to be a lack of access to insulin.”

Wired’s Gee-Whiz High-Tech Militarism (Russ)

The author writes, “It’s one thing to detail the technical properties of machinery, and quite another to try to leverage those properties into public support for US belligerence. In Wired’s propagandistic imagination, military weapons resemble otherworldly creations, high-tech spectacles, the stuff of science fiction. Within that framing, there’s no need to consider the people around the world for whom those weapons are all too real.”

Bernie Sanders Pledges to Reveal UFO Evidence If Elected President (Chris)

The author writes, “If Bernie Sanders makes it to the White House and learns something earth-shattering about aliens, he will reveal the information on Joe Rogan’s podcast, the Vermont senator said on Joe Rogan’s podcast Tuesday.”