Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Joe Biden, Vice President, Veep
In the News: Today is another important day in Electoral College process. The electoral votes must be received by the President of the Senate and other designated Federal and State officials. As Vice President, Joe Biden is the President of the Senate. About this photo: Vice President Biden jokes with Julia Louis-Dreyfus of the TV show, “VEEP,” in the West Wing of the White House. Photo credit: The White House / Wikimedia

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How to Teach Respect for Others in a Troubled Time (Russ)

This study provides ideas on how, in a time of fragmentation and hate, schools can begin bringing people together.

Russia Accuses Obama Admin. of Demonizing Them, Again (Dan)

Obama’s recent signing of a new National Defense Authorization Act(NDAA) includes language that sends troops to Eastern Europe, allows Syrian rebels to have anti-aircraft weapons, and prevents any cooperation with Russia on Ukraine.

Does the US Government Garnish Social Security Checks to Curtail Dissent? (Trevin)

Retired Army Colonel Ann Wright claims her payments were stopped in retaliation for her protesting at a US drone base

US Government Collecting Social Media Info from Foreign Travelers (Jimmy)

The US Customs and Border Protection agency is asking select travelers who request a visa waiver for their social media account information.

Study Breaks Down Why US Most Expensive for Healthcare (Russ)

Among other revelations, leading costs are for chronic care of diabetes and heart disease. Guess which industries contribute most to these – and keep in mind how the sugar promoters want you to worry about heart disease, and vice versa with the fat pushers.

To Stifle More ‘Sit-in’ Protests, House GOP Bans Livestreaming (Dan)

House Republicans feel it was the image, not intent, that hurt them during House Democrats sit-in protest to advocate for tighter gun regulation. Now if House members partake in any such protest – and share it via livestream – a hefty fine will come their way.