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What We Read Today 12 September 2017

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Topics today include:

  • What We Know about the Climate Change–Hurricane Connection

  • Things You Didn't Know about The Early Humans

  • Global Fingerprints of Sea Level Rise Revealed by Satellites

  • Bin Laden’s Son Is Poised to Unify Terrorists Worldwide

  • GOP lawmakers jittery over lack of tax reform details

  • Where Dems stand on Sanders's single-payer bill

  • How Hillary Clinton Embodies the Democrats’ Unfair but Very Real Problem

  • Trump press secretary: Feds should consider prosecuting Comey

  • The Trump Campaign Has Begun Turning Over Documents to Mueller

  • Tagging fake news on Facebook doesn't work, study says

  • The Middle Class is Shrinking

  • As Moscow Votes Against Putin, His Cronies Turn On Each Other

  • Burning Rohingya Villages

  • And More

Articles about events, conflicts and disease around the world


  • Bin Laden’s Son Is Poised to Unify Terrorists Worldwide (The Daily Beast)  Hamza bin Laden isn’t just being prepared for a leadership role in his father’s organization. He’s now the figure best placed to reunify the global jihadi movement.  Read about the emergence of this new 28-year old Al Qaeda leader.


  • GOP lawmakers jittery over lack of tax reform details (Politico)  Congressional Republicans came back to Washington ready and eager to work on tax reform, but they’re still missing one thing: a plan.  That’s triggered frustration among rank-and-file lawmakers who feel pressure from President Donald Trump to pass a tax reform bill but have seen no plans and worry they’ll be backed into a corner on legislation they haven’t even seen, much like they were with the failed Obamacare repeal earlier this summer.

  • Where Dems stand on Sanders's single-payer bill (The Hill)   Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is set to release his long-awaited “Medicare for all” bill Wednesday afternoon with the backing of several prominent Democrats.  Sanders has championed single-payer healthcare for decades, but the idea is catching fire among Democrats following his strong run for the White House in 2016. Several Democrats who could run for the White House in 2020 — a category that includes Sanders — are expected to appear at the bill’s unveiling.  Still, not everyone is on board with the Sanders plan. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), for instance, on Tuesday said she is focused on protecting ObamaCare.   

  • How Hillary Clinton Embodies the Democrats’ Unfair but Very Real Problem (The Daily Beast)  Clinton, whose new book is out today, talked incessantly about people’s struggles but still was easy to caricature as remote. This is the puzzle the Democrats in general need to solve.

  • Trump press secretary: Feds should consider prosecuting Comey (The Hill)   President Trump's top spokesperson said Tuesday that federal prosecutors should consider bringing a case against former FBI Director James Comey.  White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said at a press briefing Tuesday that it's up to the Justice Department to prosecute Comey, but said the move "should be looked at."  Sanders said:

“I think if there was ever a moment where we feel someone has broken law, particularly if they are the head of the FBI, I think that's certainly something that should be looked at.” 

A team of attorneys at Jones Day, the firm representing the Trump campaign, is finding the documents that relate to Mueller’s queries of the campaign, sources have told The Daily Beast. And John Dowd, an attorney representing the president, said that the campaign is in “total cooperation” with Mueller on the matter.



While the electoral divide between urban and rural voters, and between provinces and the capital is wide and deepening around the world, from the United States to Spain to Iraq, rarely has it proved so conspicuous as in Russia on Sunday. While voters all across the country elected pro-Kremlin governors, Muscovites showed a huge demand for change, for reform, for new voices in politics. More than 250 independent and opposition candidates won seats around district councils in downtown Moscow.


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Other Scientific, Health, Political, Economics, and Business Items of Note - plus Miscellanea

  • What We Know about the Climate Change–Hurricane Connection (Scientific American)  There are certain indisputable linkages that we can talk about immediately because they have already been vetted in general rather than for any specific storm.  Examples:  Sea levels are rising and ocean surface temperatures are higher.  Other possible connections are more subtle, such as stronger storms moving more slowly resulting in far greater rainfall totals.  Econintersect:  This is a very readable explanation of the title question.

  • Things You Didn't Know about The Early Humans (Bob's Hideout)  Millions of years have passed since our ancestors roamed this earth, and we've learned much about them from archeological and anthropological discoveries and scientific conclusions. What factors have affected our evolution and adaptation? Here are some surprising insights and facts into the lives of the early humans.  For example:

  • Homo Sapiens are now known to have started migrating out of Africa over 1 million years ago and in so doing began replacing earlier examples of the human species - the Homo Erectus. 

  • The early Homo Sapiens had surprisingly low genetic diversity.  A group of approximately 15,000 early ancestors have recreated today's society of over 7 billion people.

  • About 80,000 years ago Homo Sapiens  populations collapsed drastically.  The reason is not understood, but may have been a result of rapid climate change.

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