Law

Grand Jury of District of Columbia indictment of 13 Russians: 2/16/2018

Submitted: Feb 19, 2018
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Sometimes original documents are useful. -- blj

 

 

2-16-18

The Atlantic

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Some Trump un-appointments

Submitted: Feb 18, 2018
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

These are a few articles concerning some Trump nominations for important, unfilled positions in the government. The first two concern nominations of people whose records show they are opposed to the mission they are being considered to lead. That would be like appointing Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the EPA.

But, of course, Pruitt was appointed to that position.

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Consistent deceit

Submitted: Feb 17, 2018
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

When asked about immigration enforcement fears, Perdue told ABC 30 that “ICE are not after the people out here working on our farms.” The Bee reached out Thursday to the Department of Agriculture for clarification, and a spokesperson refused to comment.

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California Water: Trump, Brown, and a Highfalutin Romeo-and-Juliet tale

Submitted: Feb 14, 2018
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Badlands Journal editorial board

“One wonders if they couldn’t deliver the project more quickly and more efficiently,” he (Jeffrey Mount, a water expert with the Public Policy Institute of California) said. -- Kasler and Sabalow, Sacramento Bee, Feb. 13, 2018

 “Putting someone who is in charge of DWR who you might say is married to the Metropolitan Water District in more ways than one sort of makes sense if you look at it from the governor’s standpoint,” said George Hartmann, a Stockton attorney who represents Delta farmers. “But is it ethical? I don’t think so. Is it proper? I don’t think so.” -- Sabalow and Kasler,  Sacramento Bee, Jan. 19, 2018

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Mad cowboy congressman haunted by smolts?

Submitted: Feb 06, 2018
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Is it frivolous to suggest that the burr under Rep. Devin "Cowboy" Nunes' saddle blanket is the success of the San Joaquin River Restoration Project? Spring-run Chinook salmon are spawning again where they have not been able to for 60 years because most of their river has been diverted down south in a canal to help farmers who had overdrafted their groundwater. There are also towns serviced by the Friant-Kern Canal, which are politically deployed as piteous hostages to the large agricultural interests, in a tradition first recognized by Walter Goldschmidt's late-1940's study of Cutler, Dinuba and Orosi, As Ye Sow: Three Studies in the Social Consequences of Agribusiness.

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Muckraker in the Haight

Submitted: Feb 03, 2018
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wmh

A guy in a black suit that looked like he slept in it showed up on Haight Street in 1967, smack dab in the middle of the Summer of Love. He fit in with all the other costumed characters of the street at the time, and the notebook always at hand completed his outfit -- a Muckraker among Che Guevaras, Crazy Horses, Kit Carsons, Pocahontases,  Custers, Wild Bills, Calamity Janes, Nasrudins,  Midsummer's Night folk, gentlemen from outer space, and assorted nymphs, nixies, and fairy queens.

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Trump's stooge from the dairy lagoon

Submitted: Jan 30, 2018
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 1-29-18

The Atlantic

The Circumscribed Ethics Investigation Into Devin Nunes

The House Intelligence Committee chair claimed he’d been completely cleared, but the panel probing his conduct never gained access to the intelligence he was accused of divulging.

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Portrait of a tortured river

Submitted: Jan 27, 2018
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

More than 20 years ago, Jim Nickles, Stockton Record reporter, wrote one of the outstanding newspaper series on California water that we've ever seen. With his dual focus on the Delta and Friant Dam, he captured the central flaw in the federal Bureau of Reclamation's grand Central Valley Project, the largest (and most destructive) irrigation system in the world, like few before or after him.

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Proud of local resistance

Submitted: Jan 27, 2018
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

“I am Turlock,” Ray-Reyes said. “I am not afraid of you.” -- John Holland, Modesto Bee, Jan. 24, 2018

1-24-18

Modesto Bee

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