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Liana Engie
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"Last year Americans were less likely to be killed by Muslim terrorists than for being Muslim, according to Charles Kurzman of the University of North Carolina. The former is a risk of approximately one in six million; the latter, one in one million.

The bottom line is that most years in the U.S., ladders kill far more Americans than Muslim terrorists do. Same with bathtubs. Ditto for stairs. And lightning.

Above all, fear spouses: Husbands are incomparably more deadly in America than jihadist terrorists. And husbands are so deadly in part because in America they have ready access to firearms, even when they have a history of violence. In other countries, brutish husbands put wives in hospitals; in America, they put them in graves."

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"When the courts gave seafarers special protection in the early 1800s, the law recognized that because seamen were far from sight, they were left to the whims of their employers in a way that other workers were not. To some, the cruise companies’ ability to bypass American maritime law is a window into a future where more and more labor is globalized and out of view — and corporations can pick the jurisdictions most favorable to them. 'The cruise industry is a free-market dream,' says William Terry, a professor at Clemson University who studies labor in tourism, 'but it means that workers on their own are more vulnerable.'"

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"The new piece of legislation would direct the interior secretary to immediately sell off an area of public land the size of Connecticut. In a press release for House Bill 621, Chaffetz, a Tea Party Republican, claimed that the 3.3m acres of national land, maintained by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), served 'no purpose for taxpayers'.

But many in the 10 states that would lose federal land in the bill disagree, and public land rallies in opposition are bringing together environmentalists and sportsmen across the west.

[...]The vast majority of the thousands of parcels have 'impediments to disposal', according to the survey, including hosting endangered species and wetlands or having 'cultural significance'."

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"Various versions of the memo are expected to be consolidated and sent to the director of policy planning at the State Department through the 'dissent channel,'a means for diplomats to air their grievances without fear of retaliation. The channel was setup in 1971 during the Vietnam War to give rank-and-file diplomats a pipeline to senior leadership.

On Monday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer pushed back against the dissenting State Department officials, saying they 'should either get with the program or they can go.'

[...]Regardless of what comes of the backlash, Tillerson is likely to have a lot of frustrated and dispirited employees on his hands. Sebastian Gregg, a former foreign service officer, said his erstwhile colleagues in consular services are particularly concerned because they will be the ones rejecting or approving applications.

They’re making 'life-altering decisions on a daily basis,' he said, and some are 'abjectly horrified.'"

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This is so deeply disturbing.

"'He is running a cabal, almost like a shadow NSC,' the official said. He described a work environment where there is little appetite for dissenting opinions, shockingly no paper trail of what’s being discussed and agreed upon at meetings, and no guidance or encouragement so far from above about how the National Security Council staff should be organized.

[...] After the controversial draft orders were written, the Trump team was very selective in how they routed them through the internal White House review process, the official said.

[...] Retired Marine Gen. John Kelly, the secretary of homeland security, was being briefed on the executive order, which called for immediately shutting the borders to nationals from seven largely Muslim countries and all refugees, while Trump was in the midst of signing the measure, the New York Times reported."

http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/01/30/steve-bannon-is-making-sure-theres-no-white-house-paper-trail-trump-president

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"'When he makes claims like this,' Zito said, 'the press takes him literally, but not seriously; his supporters take him seriously, but not literally.'

[...] In truth, Trump was taken neither literally nor seriously during the campaign. No one quite believed that he believed what he was saying, and so he became a vessel for whatever they wished he was really saying, because they were certain he would later become convinced of it. They were wrong."

http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/1/30/14427228/donald-trump-snake-story-refugees

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Read this, it's so good. Fascinating how the Office of Presidential Correspondence worked and then more about the letters themselves and their effect on the President.

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"I was arrested eight times in the two-and-a-half years I was inside IS-held Mosul. My brother was whipped 450 times for smoking and shaving beards.

I've dug at least 100 graves."

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Well they're not mincing words: 'A Republican leader in the House, David Lewis, defended the moves, telling reporters that Republicans would 'work to establish that we are going to continue to be a relevant party in governing the state.'"
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