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Exxon Boss for State, Republicans in a Bind

Sunday, December 11, 2016

In Transition: Rex Tillerson, the chief of Exxon Mobil who’s had extensive dealings with Russia and its President Vladimir Putin, is expected to be named Donald Trump’s choice for Secretary of State. Trump aides have signaled that Tillerson is the …

High Confidence Russia Influenced Election

Saturday, December 10, 2016

The Manchurian Candidate: The NY Times reports that US intelligence agencies have concluded “with high confidence” that Russia acted covertly to sway the November election to Donald Trump. The Times report says US intelligence believes the Russians hacked Republican computer …

John Glenn at 95, Boss in Charge of Labor

Friday, December 9, 2016

Godspeed: John Glenn, the last surviving member of the Mercury 7 astronauts and the first American to orbit Earth, died yesterday at age 95. In 1962 with the US losing the space race and the nuclear arms buildup to the …

Climate Denier Gets EPA, “They Will Own It”

Thursday, December 8, 2016

In Denial: Donald Trump has chosen Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, a climate change skeptic and ally of the fossil fuel industry, to head the Environmental Protection Agency.  Pruitt has been a leader in the fight against President Obama’s climate …

Indonesia Quake, Air Force None

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Earthquake: A 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck in the Aceh province on the island of Sumatra, burying an unknown number of people in homes and buildings. Indonesian authorities say up to 100 people are already known to be dead. Aceh was …

Charges May Follow Fire, Rumors and Security

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Ghost Ship: The Alameda County prosecutor says charges of murder or manslaughter may result from the warehouse fire that killed at least 36 people over the weekend in Oakland, Calif. “It’s too premature to say where the investigation will lead …

33 Dead in Oakland, Pipeline Protesters Win

Monday, December 5, 2016

Ghost Ship: Thirty-three people are confirmed dead in the Oakland warehouse fire and authorities expect to find still more bodies. Some of the bodies were found with personal identification, and the names of seven have been released. Identification of others …

Oakland Inferno, Tweeter-in-Chief

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Oakland Fire: At least nine people died overnight Friday and about 30 remain missing in a warehouse fire in Oakland, Calif., where a large party was being held. Portions of the roof collapsed. The two-story building, which has been described …

Trump Talks to Taiwan, Unemployment Low

Saturday, December 3, 2016

In Transition: In a break with 37 years of US diplomatic policy, President-elect Donald Trump spoke on the telephone yesterday with the president of Taiwan. The US cut off formal relations with the island of Taiwan when it formally recognized …

Protests in Charlotte, Obamcare Popular

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Black Lives: Protests broke out in Charlotte, NC, last night after the local prosecutor chose to bring no charges against the police officer who shot and killed Keith Scott in September.  Police said Scott was holding a gun, although that …