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Niger Ambush Came After 'Massive Intelligence Failure,' Source Says - NBC News
WASHINGTON — A senior congressional aide who has been briefed on the deaths of four U.S. servicemen in Niger says the ambush by militants stemmed in part from a "massive intelligence failure." The Pentagon has said that a force of 40 to 50 militants ambushed a 12-man U.S. force in Niger on Oct. via Pocket
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22 hours ago by Buffalo_Goku
Meet the animal scientist trying to grow human organs — in pigs
AVIS, Calif. — Like many of the scientists who helped usher in the groundbreaking creation of a part-human, part-animal chimera earlier this year, biologist Dr. Pablo Juan Ross is no stranger to cutting-edge tools such as CRISPR and stem cells. via Pocket
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23 hours ago by Buffalo_Goku
Julie Bishop reveals 'unprecedented' letter from North Korea, says pressure is working
North Korea has taken the unprecedented step of writing to the Australian Parliament in a blistering letter that demonises US President Donald Trump and which offers Australia "assurances of its highest consideration". via Pocket
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23 hours ago by Buffalo_Goku
There’s a Dangerous Bubble in the Fossil-Fuel Economy, and the Trump Administration Is Making It Worse | The New Yorker
"Rick Perry, the head of the Department of Energy, proposed a new rule that would force utilities in certain markets to cover the operating costs of some coal and nuclear-power plants. The measure would guarantee these aging facilities “a fair rate of return,” regardless of whether they are able to compete with cheaper alternatives such as natural gas, wind, and solar. Perry couched the new policy in terms of national security, but it amounts to a subsidy. (David Roberts, writing in Vox, called it “the crudest imaginable intervention on coal’s behalf.”) Many energy analysts have condemned the proposal, and even petroleum companies have questioned its legality. If passed, the rule would cost American taxpayers an estimated $1.4 billion per year." when spitefully poisoning the earth is more important than your free market ideals
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23 hours ago by aparrish
Better Angels
Reuniting our country – making us what the Constitution calls “a more perfect Union” – won’t happen until thousands and ultimately millions of Americans are willing to take a stand. Join Better Angels to help Americans move past the insults, and bring people together across the political spectrum to find common ground.
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yesterday by doglord
Listen First Project
The movement to rebuild civil discourse one pledge and one conversation at a time
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yesterday by doglord
London now more dangerous than New York, crime stats suggest
London is now more crime ridden and dangerous than New York City, with rape, robbery and violent offences far higher on this side of the Atlantic. via Pocket
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yesterday by Buffalo_Goku
Rigged: How Voter Suppression Threw Wisconsin to Trump – Mother Jones
good overview (a bit polemic) on the effect of voter id laws in 2016
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yesterday by aparrish

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