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How the U.S. Government Hides Foreign Interventions from the Public
https://nationalinterest.org/feature/how-us-government-hides-foreign-interventions-public-40017

The U.S. Is On the Side of Terrorists and War Criminals in Yemen
https://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/the-u-s-is-on-the-side-of-terrorists-and-war-criminals-in-yemen/

Saudi Arabia recruited Darfur children to fight in Yemen: NYT
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/saudi-arabia-recruited-darfur-children-fight-yemen-nyt-181229111259452.html

C.I.A.’s Afghan Forces Leave a Trail of Abuse and Anger
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/31/world/asia/cia-afghanistan-strike-force.html

US acknowledges additional civilian deaths in fight against ISIS
https://thehill.com/policy/defense/423246-us-acknowledges-additional-civilian-deaths-while-fighting-isis

Senator Lindsey Graham: Trump in 'Pause Situation' on U.S. Withdrawal From Syria
https://www.newsweek.com/trump-slowing-us-troop-withdrawal-syria-ensure-isis-defeat-says-senator-1275127

Trump digs in on 'slowly' withdrawing troops from Syria
https://www.politico.com/story/2018/12/31/trump-withdrawing-troops-from-syria-1077181

Former Afghanistan commander warns of plans to cut troops, says Trump is immoral
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/retired-gen-stanley-mcchrystal-warns-troop-cuts-says-trump-immoral-untruthful/

Mattis' Farewell Message: 'Keep Faith In Our Country And Hold Fast'
https://taskandpurpose.com/mattis-farewell-message

Trump Hits Back At ‘Failed Generals’ Who Were ‘Unable To Do The Job’ Over Syria Withdrawal
https://www.mediaite.com/online/trump-hits-back-at-failed-generals-who-were-unable-to-do-the-job-over-syria-withdrawal-criticism/

Trump Contradicts Outgoing Chief of Staff: “All Concrete Wall Was NEVER ABANDONED”
https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/12/trump-contradicts-outgoing-chief-of-staff-all-concrete-wall-was-never-abandoned.html

A year of unprecedented deception: Trump averaged 15 false claims a day in 2018
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2018/12/30/year-unprecedented-deception-trump-averaged-false-claims-day/

Trump’s tweet about migrant kids' deaths caps a year that was horrible for children
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2018/12/31/trumps-tweet-about-migrant-children-deaths-caps-year-that-was-horrible-children/

Migrant kids are dragged, shoved in video footage from Arizona shelter
https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/immigration/2018/12/28/migrant-kids-dragged-shoved-video-footage-arizona-shelter/2436296002/

Alabama sheriff has personally kept over $1.5M through contract to house undocumented immigrants: report
https://thehill.com/latino/423293-alabama-sheriff-has-personally-kept-over-15-million-through-federal-contract-to-house

Coach Nick Saban Could Get a $2.4 Million Annual Pension, Courtesy of Alabama Taxpayers
http://reason.com/blog/2018/12/29/nick-saban-is-eligible-for-24-million-an

Millions To See Pay Hikes In 2019 As Minimum Wage Increases In 20 States
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/minimum-wage-increase_us_5c29cad1e4b08aaf7a91f7c2

U.S. companies repatriate over half a trillion dollars in 2018, but pace slows
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-us-repatriation-companies/u-s-companies-repatriate-over-half-a-trillion-dollars-in-2018-but-pace-slows-idUSKCN1OU0ME

GE drags premier U.S. corporate debt, which posts worst year since 2008
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ge-debt-bonds-analysis/ge-drags-premier-u-s-corporate-debt-which-posts-worst-year-since-2008-idUSKCN1OT0KM

GM’s decline truly began with its quest to turn people into machines
https://qz.com/1510405/gms-layoffs-can-be-traced-to-its-quest-to-turn-people-into-machines/

DARPA program blending robots in the squad to find and destroy threats
https://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/your-army/2018/12/30/darpa-program-blending-robots-in-the-squad-to-find-and-destroy-threats/

Let’s Work Out The Ethical Rights Of Killer Robots
https://hotair.com/archives/2018/12/30/lets-work-ethical-rights-killer-robots/

POLITICS and FLEAS

“They Say We’re White Supremacists”: Inside the Strange World of Conservative College Women 
https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2018/11/conservative-college-women-university-of-north-carolina-republicans

Ann "Black Liberationist" Coulter KNOWS The FBI Invented Kwanzaa, So White Liberals Can Suck It
https://www.wonkette.com/ann-black-liberationist-coulter-knows-the-fbi-invented-kwanzaa-so-white-liberals-can-suck-it

Elizabeth Warren Announces Presidential Bid and Chose a Black Woman as Her Chief of Staff
https://www.theroot.com/elizabeth-warren-announces-presidential-bid-and-chose-a-1831400562

Sen. Elizabeth Warren launches presidential 'exploratory committee' as 2020 campaign comes into focus
https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-news-elizabeth-warren-running-2020-story.html

FOREIGN ENTANGLEMENTS

Bangladesh PM Wins 3rd Term After Violent Election, Accusations Of Rigging
https://www.npr.org/2018/12/31/681114062/bangladesh-pm-wins-3rd-term-after-violent-election-accusations-of-rigging

Video shows bags believed to contain Khashoggi's remains: report
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/video-shows-bags-believed-khashoggi-remains-report-181230215116612.html

A Day, a Life: When a Medic Was Killed in Gaza, Was It an Accident?
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/30/world/middleeast/gaza-medic-israel-shooting.html

PANDORA'S BOXCUTTER

This Year’s Natural Disasters Show Climate Change’s Dire Consequences Are Already Here
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/2018-natural-disasters-climate-change_us_5c0b1cdfe4b035a7bf5b4479

The Next Climate Frontier: Predicting a Complex Domino Effect
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-next-climate-frontier-predicting-a-complex-domino-effect/

Galaxy May Be Littered With Dead Aliens Blindsided By Natural Climate Change
https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucedorminey/2018/12/31/galaxy-may-be-littered-with-dead-aliens-blindsided-by-natural-climate-change/

THE MEDIA SCRUM

'I loved New York for 20 years, now I would rather be in Auschwitz': Unabashed Louis CK in risque sold-out comeback, cracking gags about Parkland school shooting, Holocaust and transgenders
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6541323/Louis-CK-makes-fun-Parkland-shooting-victims-shocking-leaked-stand-audio.html

Twitter furious as Louis C.K. reportedly heard mocking Parkland survivors, non-binary youth
https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2018/12/31/louis-c-k-slammed-twitter-reportedly-mocking-parkland-kids-non-binary/2448618002/

Facebook took down Franklin Graham’s virulent, anti-trans post, then apologized for doing it.
https://thinkprogress.org/facebook-took-down-franklin-grahams-virulent-anti-trans-post-then-apologized-for-it-33017c890e92/

After Facebook apologizes for ban, Franklin Graham says tech giant should have standard based on 'God's word'
https://www.foxnews.com/tech/facebook-apologizes-for-ban-franklin-graham-says-tech-giant-should-have-standard-based-on-gods-word

New Year’s Eve shows why Facebook is so hard to quit
https://qz.com/1511929/how-facebook-messenger-works-on-new-years-eve/

ODDS, ENDS

These Booze-Making Capitalist Monks Will Make Your Day
http://reason.com/archives/2018/12/31/booze-profit-prayer

New brew: the Native American women upending craft beer
https://www.theguardian.com/food/2018/dec/28/native-american-women-craft-beer-brewing-bow-and-arrow-new-mexico

Which Hangover Cures Actually Work, According to Science?
https://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-mythbust-five-popular-hangover-cures

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