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#DressLikeAWoman (warning: I went a little overboard!)

https://twitter.com/nycjim/status/827544300204523520
https://twitter.com/KristinAquilino/status/827542262779240448
https://twitter.com/SideshowAmi/status/827542185419616256
https://twitter.com/BlackOutdoors1/status/827541366045605888
https://twitter.com/PersiHellecat/status/827369943733780481
https://twitter.com/fundamentalmag_/status/827526984787955712
https://twitter.com/sarahmozal/status/827432314284040197
https://twitter.com/KBCanB/status/827369927233318913
https://twitter.com/dsherman2407/status/827357128977416192
https://twitter.com/sooatwoo/status/827371568640749568
https://twitter.com/gretchenwhitmer/status/827543517291507712
(Gretchen Whitmer is running for Governor in Michigan )

Senate votes to repeal transparency rule for oil companies

Source: The Hill

The Senate voted strictly along party lines Friday morning to repeal a regulation requiring disclosures for the payments that energy companies make to foreign governments.

The measure passed 52-47 in a pre-dawn vote.

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) foreign payments rule was mandated by a key provision of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform bill and was meant to reduce corruption in resource-rich countries by detailing the royalties and other payments that oil, natural gas, coal and mineral companies make to governments.

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The oil industry has made it a priority to lobby against the SEC rule. Exxon Mobil Corp., whose former CEO Rex Tillerson was confirmed this week to be secretary of State, was one of the most outspoken opponents, owing in part to its business operations in scores of countries around the world.

Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/317700-senate-votes-to-repeal-transparency-rule-for-oil-companies

The Highlights of Trump's Black History Month Speech

Source: The Nib



https://thenib.com/don-t-know-much-about-black-history?t=recent

Trump to sign executive actions targeting Obama financial regulations

Source: The Hill

President Trump will sign an executive order that could effectively kill a contentious investment adviser rule that had been a top priority of President Obama.

The president is expected to sign a pair of executive orders targeting rules imposed on the financial sector Friday, according to senior White House officials. And one of those orders takes square aim at the “fiduciary duty” rule written by the Labor Department, finalized after years of effort in June.

That rule establishes significantly stricter standards on investment advisers for retirement plans and had been fiercely opposed by the financial industry.

The second order will direct financial regulators, under the guidance of the Treasury Department, to review regulations from the Dodd-Frank financial reform law for potential revisions or outright removal.

Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/finance/317698-trump-to-sign-executive-actions-targeting-obama-financial-regulations

The People Speak, Ian McKellen performance

Willie Nelson and His Famous Guitar: The Tale of Trigger



What Is Evil? 8-Bit Philosophy (Hannah Arendt)



(Hannah Arendt on Adolf Eichmann and the Nature of Evil)

The Nation: Why We Support Keith Ellison for DNC Chair

Source: The Nation



The Democratic Party hasn’t faced this serious a crisis of confidence and direction since the 1920s. Republicans control the White House, Congress, 33 governorships, and 67 of 98 partisan state legislative chambers nationwide. Even as Americans fill the streets demanding resistance to the extremist agenda of Donald Trump, congressional Democrats often lack the numbers for the pushback.

The right response to this crisis is a retooling of the Democratic National Committee to align it more closely with movements for social and economic justice. The party must make the inside/outside connection that will strengthen immediate resistance to the Trump regime, while improving the long-term electoral prospects of Democrats. Keith Ellison, co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, is prepared to do just that. In an impressive field of contenders for the position of DNC chair—including party leaders that The Nation has often praised, like former labor secretary Tom Perez, as well as energetic newcomers like Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana—it is Ellison who combines the ideals, skills, and movement connections that will revitalize the party.

That’s why The Nation enthusiastically endorses Ellison in the contest to lead a DNC that must repurpose itself in order to derail Trump, while at the same time speaking to young voters who won’t settle for anything less than an aggressively progressive opposition party. The job of DNC chair is to build a party that can win elections on every ballot line and in every state. But in an age when party loyalties are weakening, and when movements matter more to tens of millions of Americans than partisan labels, Ellison is ready to build an activist party. In fact, the high-energy congressman (who says he’ll quit his House seat if he wins the DNC post) is already doing that: calling for mass rallies to oppose Trump’s Muslim ban, taking part in those rallies, and then appearing on the Sunday-morning talk shows to rip discriminatory policies as un-American.

Ellison is recognized as a pioneering political figure—the first Muslim congressman, the first African American to represent Minnesota in Washington—who has boldly opposed wars, defended civil liberties, protested racial injustice, and rallied for “$15 and a union.” His leadership bid has excited activists who have marched with him for labor rights, women’s rights, and criminal-justice reform. It has also inspired blowback from some party insiders, who gripe that Ellison is too outspoken in his support for Middle East peace, too close to Bernie Sanders (though he joined Sanders in ardently backing Hillary Clinton last summer), and too passionate in his belief that the DNC must campaign not just for candidates but for justice.


Read more: https://www.thenation.com/article/why-we-support-keith-ellison-for-dnc-chair/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=socialflow

Drudge Report Stokes Iran Fears With Fake Missile Photo Featuring Jar Jar Binks

Source: Gizmodo

The Drudge Report published a peculiar image on its homepage this morning featuring the Star Wars character Jar Jar Binks peeking out over a set of photoshopped ballistic missiles. The headline read “Iran Rattles,” indicating that the story was meant to be taken seriously.

The large image linked to a somber story from Yahoo about Iran saying it would not yield to “useless” threats from Donald Trump, who was also called “an inexperienced person.” How exactly Jar Jar Binks plays into the Drudge Report’s take on the story is still unclear.

The absurd image was first noticed by Twitter users, who promptly called out the site for not checking the image thoroughly enough.

https://twitter.com/msilangil91/status/827174559883284480/photo


Read more: http://gizmodo.com/drudge-report-stokes-iran-fears-with-fake-missile-photo-1791918585?utm_campaign=socialflow_gizmodo_twitter&utm_source=gizmodo_twitter&utm_medium=socialflow

U.S. makes sanctions exceptions for some transactions with Russian intelligence agency

Source: Reuters

The U.S. Treasury Department said it will allow companies to do some transactions with Russia's Security Service (FSB), despite cyber-sanctions put in place by former President Barack Obama.

U.S. intelligence agencies accused the FSB of involvement in hacking of Democratic organizations during the 2016 presidential election.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-cyber-russia-idUSKBN15H244?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=Social
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