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Top Fossil Fuel Companies Paid No Tax (Jeff C.)

A recent report by the Institute on Tax and Economic Policy finds that 60 profitable companies that are on the Fortune 500 list paid no federal income taxes in 2018. Twenty-four of them are tied to the oil, gas, and utilities industries.

ICE Plans to Transport 225,000 Immigrant Kids to Shelters Over the Next Five Years (Chris)

From Quartz: “US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) says it needs a ‘highly responsible’ company to accompany tens of thousands of juvenile asylum seekers and families to … shelters every year, according to a newly issued federal procurement document … The solicitation highlights both the changing nature of immigration on the US southern border, and the expanding reach of Donald Trump’s hardline immigration policies. Trump is spending billions of taxpayer dollars to detain immigrants who have not committed any crime, move them to a growing number of detention centers, and house them there for weeks or months thanks in part to a ‘zero tolerance’ policy that automatically puts asylum-seekers into government custody.”

How States Can Mitigate the Potential Damage of Hacked Voter Registration Rolls (Chris)

From the Project on Government Oversight: “If state registration databases were hacked and compromised, it could have a catastrophic effect on elections, because for most states, only the weak safety net of provisional voting is in place to serve as a backup if the worst should occur. While backups using best security practices and making potential structural changes to election systems offer greater potential for preventing or limiting the harms of database hacks than does provisional voting, it is nonetheless important to examine how well this final backstop could serve following a successful breach.”

SF Police Try to Suppress the Press With a Sledgehammer (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “[Bryan] Carmody is a freelance video journalist who obtained a confidential police report about the death of Public Defender Jeff Adachi and sold it to some television stations. On Friday, police raided his home…”

Televangelist Jim Bakker Sells $45 Trump Coin, Calls It ‘Point of Contact’ With God (Mili)

The author writes, “The coin features Trump and Cyrus along with the words ‘The 70 Year Decree’ and ‘Cyrus-Trump Proclamation.’ Trump was compared by some to the Persian king after recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in 2017.”