Now Mattis Admits There Is No Evidence Assad Used Poison Gas on His Own People (Jimmy)
The author writes, “Secretary of Defense James Mattis [said] that the US has ‘no evidence’ that the Syrian government used the banned nerve agent Sarin against its own people. This assertion flies in the face of the White House (NSC) Memorandum which was rapidly produced and declassified to justify an American Tomahawk missile strike against the Shayrat airbase in Syria.”
How the FISA Court Works (Dan)
Have questions about what the Memo business is all about? The FISA court? Well, look no further.
The Next Bathroom Bill (Reader Steve)
The Bathroom Bill wars are coming to Kentucky. Here’s what you need to know.
Media Ignoring Puerto Rico’s ‘Shock Doctrine’ Makeover (Jimmy)
The author writes, “As initial life-sustaining recovery efforts still grind toward completion, Puerto Rico’s Gov. Ricardo Rosselló has wasted no time using his territory’s recovery as an opportunity to push a number of policy proposals right out of the ‘disaster capitalism’ playbook: from privatizing the island’s power utility to converting nearly all of its public schools to charters.”
Jeff Bezos’s Quest To Find America’s Stupidest Mayor (Reader Luke)
The author writes, “The contest to find the stupidest mayor in America is best understood in this context, as yet another episode in Amazon’s efforts to shaft taxpayers. And judging by the quantity and enthusiasm of the bids, the taxpayers still haven’t caught on.”
The European Left’s Fight Against the EU (Dan)
Yanis Varoufakis, former finance minister of Greece from the left party Syriza, is assembling a pan-European left movement to reform the EU. This comes despite many right-leaning governments, as well as some leftists, who want to abolish the European Union.