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A federal judge concludes that the CIA practiced fraud on the court by failing to disclose that the defendant in a civil lawsuit was no longer a covert agent and thus entitled to protection. Senator Russ Feingold pushes the Obama White House for clarification of its position on the CIA’s disclosure obligations to Congress. With mounting evidence that the CIA has systematically misled congressional oversight committees, Congress ponders how to deal with the problem. The House Intelligence Committee promises its own probe. Others press for the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate whether the CIA was intentionally misleading Congress. I discuss these issues with David Shuster on MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann:
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Conversation — August 5, 2016, 12:08 pm
Sidney Blumenthal on the origins of the Republican Party, the fallout from Clinton’s emails, and his new biography of Abraham Lincoln
Conversation — March 30, 2016, 3:44 pm
Joseph Hickman discusses his new book, The Burn Pits, which tells the story of thousands of U.S. soldiers who, after returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, have developed rare cancers and respiratory diseases.
Amount New York City spends each year on air, bus, and train tickets to send homeless people out of town:
The Laboratory of Neurophenomics described a possible blood test for suicide.“Suicide,” said the laboratory’s director, “is a big problem in psychiatry.”
Beijing set its air-quality target for 2017 at twice the amount deemed acceptable by the World Health Organization.
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"It is an interesting and somewhat macabre parlor game to play at a large gathering of one’s acquaintances: to speculate who in a showdown would go Nazi. By now, I think I know. I have gone through the experience many times—in Germany, in Austria, and in France. I have come to know the types: the born Nazis, the Nazis whom democracy itself has created, the certain-to-be fellow-travelers. And I also know those who never, under any conceivable circumstances, would become Nazis."