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Julián Castro Formally Confirms 2020 Presidential Run

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images. A fifth democratic challenger has officially entered the race for 2020. Julián Castro launched his bid for the White House on Saturday, becoming the first Latino candidate in an increasingly crowded field.

Trump Wants to Take Money from Actual Crises to Fund One He Made Up

The president is reportedly considering siphoning money from California, Texas, and Puerto Rico to pay for his border wall.

Oh: Trump Didn’t Realize a Government Shutdown Would Shut Down the Government

In February 2016, Donald Trump the candidate had no idea he was required by law to put a transition team in place to initiate preparations to run the federal government. Months later, after he had

Former Presidents Deny Supporting Border Wall, Despite Trump Claims

Win McNamee/Getty Images. Stop us if you’ve heard this before, but one of Donald Trump’s most shocking claims about a southern border wall has proven a bit exaggerated. The president claimed in Friday’s bizarre Rose

Christmas for Putin?: What the Left Can Learn from the MAGA Cult

Dear Democrats: Congratulations, you have officially retaken the House and put an end to one-party rule in Washington. As our Russian friends like to say, Thanks, God. Not that the Russians care. Vladimir Putin and

Trump, Free of Adult Day Care, Homes in on a 2020 Strategy: Lobbing Twitter Bombs to the Base

By Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg/Getty Images. Donald Trump’s tweets over the weekend blaming Democrats for “any deaths of children or others at the border” were as ugly as could be imagined, after a year in which Washington

Bloomberg Ready to Put 0.2 Percent of His Money Where His Mouth Is

By Theo Wargo/Getty Images. Money can’t buy presidencies, as Jeb Bush discovered in 2016, when he spent more than $130 million, only to drop out without winning a single state in the Republican primary. It

“Let’s Make a Deal”: Trump’s Unlikely Truce at Mar-a-Lago

When Donald Trump wakes up before dawn at Mar-a-Lago, if he indeed ever gets there, a stack of newspapers will likely be waiting for him, including one printed on paper that will not smudge. That’s

The Secret History of Christmas at Mar-a-Lago, an Unlikely (and Increasingly Uncomfortable) Oasis for the Palm Beach Jewish Community

When Donald Trump walks out on the veranda at Mar-a-Lago to sit down for dinner at his favorite table—if he ever makes it out of Washington, that is—he will be joining a room that is

7 Siblings Were Adopted From Foster Care By One Family Before Christmas | NowThis

This couple adopted 7 siblings out of foster care just in time for the holidays. » Subscribe to NowThis: http://go.nowth.is/News_Subscribe This couple adopted 7 siblings out of foster care just before Christmas. Terri and Michael

Boko Haram Kidnapping Survivors Visit U.S. for the First Time | NowThis

These women escaped the unthinkable horrors of being kidnapped by Boko Haram. Now they’re sharing their stories of bravery and resilience, with dreams of becoming lawyers. » Subscribe to NowThis: http://go.nowth.is/News_Subscribe In the latest NowThis

HBO and Steve Burrows’ ‘Bleed Out’ Explores Flaws in Our Healthcare | NowThis

Steve Burrows’s mother ended up with permanent brain damage while undergoing a routine hip replacement — now he’s examining the deeps flaws of the nation’s health care system in this chilling documentary. » Subscribe to

New York Senator Diane Savino On Cannabis Legalization | Op-Ed | NowThis

‘We shouldn’t be afraid to advocate for adult-use cannabis.’ — Public support is growing for cannabis legalization, and this state senator thinks it’s time for the federal government to catch up. » Subscribe to NowThis:

Taylor Swift Fans’ Faces Scanned At A Concert | NowThis

Taylor Swift fans had their faces scanned and analyzed without them even knowing.
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Taylor Swift fans had their faces scanned and analyzed without them even knowing.

Rolling Stone reported on Dec 12, 2018 that attendees of Taylor Swift’s 2018 Rose Bowl performance had their faces secretly scanned at a kiosk playing rehearsal footage so they could be cross-referenced with a Nashville-based database of the pop star’s known stalkers

The Chief Security Officer of Oak View Group, a live events consulting group, told Rolling Stone that he saw the tech in action.

Mike Downing, CSO, OVG: ‘Everybody who went by would stop and stare at it, and the software would start working.’

NowThis reached out to Oak View Group for comment but did not get a response. It’s still unclear who created the technology used at the concert and what happened to the data after it was collected.

Swift has frequently been the victim of stalking incidents. Most recently, a man pled guilty in December 2018 for criminal contempt and attempted burglary after taking a shower and sleeping in Swift’s NYC home. The use of facial recognition tech still raises privacy concerns and is considered invasive by many.

‘Stalking of celebrities is a serious problem. I understand why they’re worried about it but this is a very powerful technology. I don’t think they should use it without telling people that they’re using it.’

But according to the ACLU, private companies don’t need consent to use facial recognition tech.

‘Generally private companies and private individuals have a right to take photographs on their own property and they can analyze those photographs using face recognition or any other way.’

Neither the Rose Bowl Stadium nor Swift’s representatives could be reached for comment by NowThis.

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It’s Time to End U.S. Involvement in Yemen, Says Sen Chris Murphy | Op Ed | NowThis

The U.S. is partly responsible for the worst humanitarian crisis in the world — Senator Chris Murphy says it’s time Congress ends our involvement in the war in Yemen.
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The war in Yemen has resulted in the worst humanitarian crisis in the world to be happening right now. And it’s in part caued by the United States. Senator Chris Muprhy (Democrat – Connecticut) has been sounding the alarm about the crisis in Yemen but it’s taken recently for other members of Congress to wake up to the situation. In 2015, the Houthis took over Yemen, pushing out a government that was backed by Saudi Arabia. That created a civil war in the country that is on-going. Saudi Arabia is an ally of the United States, and as a result the U.S. has supported the Saudi campaign against the Houthis. The U.S. has sold bombs, tanks, and supplies to Saudi Arabia, helped the country pick targets in Yemen, and until recently helped them refuel bomb-dropping planes in mid-air. The war has allowed groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS to grow. The humanitarian crisis inside Yemen is growing worse as the civil war rages on. Chris Murphy says most of the humanitarian crisis has been caused by Saudi Arabia that is supported by the United States. Murphy is calling on Congress to stop the U.S. from supporting Saudi Arabia in this war.

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Craig Unger: There Is a Russian Asset in the White House | The Russia Desk | NowThis

‘There’s a Russian asset in the White House.’ — This journalist isn’t holding any punches in his new book that connects the many dots between Trump, Putin, and Russia’s complex history of influencing U.S. politics.
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Craig Unger: “One doesn’t like to say it but there is a Russian asset in the White House. The Russians were able to install their man in the White House without firing a single shot”

Versha: ‘That man, who certainly isn’t pulling any punches, is journalist and author Craig Unger. He’s worked for Vanity Fair and Esquire but most recently he’s written a book called ‘House of Trump House of Putin’ where he outlines President Trump’s direct connection with the Russian mafia dating back more than 30 years.

Recently I got the chance to sit down with Craig to discuss the book, ‘House of Trump House of Putin: The Untold Story of Donald Trump and the Russian Mafia,’ where he lays out Trump’s connection to Russian organized crime via money laundering rackets, the origins of the strategy Russia used to attack the US, and what the ordinary citizen (like you and me) can do to fight back! ‘

Unger: ‘In 1984 Donald Trump met with a man named David Bogatin who was tied to the Russian mafia and Bogatin and came in with six million dollars, that’s equivalent of about 15 million today, and said, “I’ll five condos”. That according to the state attorney general’s office of New York was laundering money. It was a transaction that was all cash and bought through anonymous shell companies. That kind of transaction happened again and again. And if it had only happened two or three times I think you could make a strong case that we don’t know what’s going through his mind.’

‘But there has been investigations that found at least 13 hundred similar transactions, all cash transactions, in which anonymous shell companies are buying Trump real estate. That is probably billions of dollars. And you know the legal concept known as willful ignorance or deliberate ignorance and I think a good case can be made that there’s a real pattern here and that Trump was pretty much aware of going on on some level because it was so highly profitable.’

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Sens. Sherrod Brown, Jeff Merkley Want to Stop Congresspeople From Trading Stocks | Op-Ed | NowThis

It’s legal for members of Congress to buy and sell stock in businesses they write laws on — but Senators Sherrod Brown and Jeff Merkley want to end ‘conflicted trading’ once and for all.
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It’s perfectly legal for members of Congress to buy and sell stock in the very businesses that they are writing laws on. 34 members of Congress traded more than 100 stocks while in office in 2017-2018. Senator James Inhofe bought over $50,000 in stock in a top military contractor days after he pushed for a record $750 billion in military spending. Rep. Chris Collins was arrested on insider trading charges in 2018. He allegedly traded stocks while standing on the White House lawn.

Democratic Senators Sherrod Brown and Jeff Merkley are introducing the Ban Conflicted Trading Act to end this form of insider trading. The bill prohibits members of Congress from abusing their positions by voting on issues while holding stock in individual companies. It would also prohibit members of Congress from serving on any corporate boards while in office.

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Bush Official Col. Wilkerson Says Trump Is Priming America for War With Iran | Op-Ed | NowThis

Former official Col. Larry Wilkerson says the Trump admin is priming Americans for war with Iran — and he would know, since he helped George W. Bush do the same for Iraq.
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Colonel Larry Wilkerson: I realized that we had probably pulled the wool over the American people’s eyes and certainly over the international community’s eyes and so I felt pretty low about it.

This state department official regrets his role in promoting the Iraq War. Now he’s speaking out to stop war with Iran.

Colonel Larry Wilkerson: One of the things that disturbs me most about this is that the same tactics are being used as were used in 2002 and early 2003 with regard to Iraq. The same people the same tactics the same litany the same strategy the same everything. And yet there seems to be as Gore Vidal called the American people we are the ‘United States of Amnesia.’ There seems to be no reasonable attitude out there about this that hey we’ve seen this before. We do not need to do this again. We’ve been at war for 17 years now. […] But that’s the problem we have in this country. No one remembers these things. No one associates them with the present or the future. […] And we keep repeating the same mistakes over and over again.

Wilkerson helped Colin Powell prepare his famed presentation to the UN in which he primed the world for war with Iraq.

Colin Powell: The gravity of this moment is matched by the gravity of the threat that Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction pose to the world.

Colin Powell: The United States will not and cannot run that risk to the American people. Leaving Saddam Hussein in possession of weapons of mass destruction for a few more months or years is not an option, not in a post-September 11th world.

Colin Powell: Indeed, the facts and Iraq’s behavior show that Saddam Hussein and his regime are concealing their efforts to produce more weapons of mass destruction.

Colonel Larry Wilkerson: When I listened to [Powell] present, I realized that the six days and seven nights that we spent preparing his presentation had not allowed me to look at the whole thing to understand exactly what he was saying, particularly the part where he connected the 9/11 attacks from al Qaeda the terrorist organization with Saddam Hussein which I and others in the intelligence community knew was a real stretch. […] So this was bogus information we were putting out at the United Nations. And Richard Cheney the vice president and George Tenet the DCI knew that it was bogus information and never told the secretary of state. […] It was one of the lowest points if not the lowest points in my professional life and Powell has said she’ll ever be ever be remembered for that moment at the United Nations talking about Iraq’s WMD. I suspect he’s right.

George W Bush: My fellow citizens, at this hour American and coalition forces are in the early stages of military operations to disarm Iraq, to free its people and to defend the world from grave danger.

Colonel Larry Wilkerson: This decision in 2003 to invade Iraq was and will be ever interpreted by historians as a catastrophic strategic mistake. What we did when we invaded Iraq was violate 40+ years of U.S. foreign and security policy. We destroyed the balance of power in the Persian Gulf. […] and we started what is going on now and probably will be going on for years to come this massive chaos, killing, death, starvation, states failing and so forth. Syria, Libya, Iraq, and possibly Lebanon, maybe Jordan. […] What we have is chaos and we produce that chaos. Just as sure as we produce the chaos, we produced ISIS. […] We produced all this by that really unwise decision in 2003 to invade Iraq. […] The campaign to convince the American people to support the war in Iraq which is quite effective and when you consider it was built on a house of lies, it was quite effective.

Wilkerson says Trump is using the same tactics to foster an Iran war.

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