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Facebook to advertisers: Get ready for Clear History  Marketing Dive

Dive Brief: Facebook warned in a Tuesday blog post that its new tool to control off-Facebook user data might not be welcomed by advertisers. Announced last …

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“wilbur ross” – Google News: Commerce Sec. Ross: Rural Telecoms Won’t Be Forced to Pull Huawei Tech – Newsmax

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Commerce Sec. Ross: Rural Telecoms Won’t Be Forced to Pull Huawei Tech  Newsmax

Rural telecom carriers that use telecommunications equipment made by China’s Huawei Technologies will be dealt with separately so they will not have to pull …

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“Mueller’s Russia investigation” – Google News: Preet Bharara talks Mueller report on Kara Swisher podcast Recode Decode – Vox.com

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Preet Bharara talks Mueller report on Kara Swisher podcast Recode Decode  Vox.com

“The ‘fake news’ the Donald Trump decried, I think there’s an argument that it sort of saved him.”

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“Conspiracy Against US” – Google News: Yes, the United States Certainly DID Land Humans on the Moon – Smithsonian

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Yes, the United States Certainly DID Land Humans on the Moon  Smithsonian

Space scholar and former NASA chief historian Roger Launius in new book “Apollo’s Legacy,” says moon-landing deniers are full of stuff and nonsense.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): “trump as danger to National Security” – Google News: How other countries are responding to Trump’s Huawei threat – The Guardian

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How other countries are responding to Trump’s Huawei threat  The Guardian

The US threatens allies with a ban on intelligence sharing for using Chinese 5G equipment.

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“elections 2016 russian ads on social media” – Google News: Jay Inslee touts $9 trillion climate plan as economic boom – CNYcentral.com

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Jay Inslee touts $9 trillion climate plan as economic boom  CNYcentral.com

Democratic presidential candidate Jay Inslee is pitching a $9 trillion-plus climate action plan that he touts as an economic renaissance and scientific necessity, …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): “trump in financial times” – Google News: Jens Weidmann backs critics of Germany’s trade surplus – Financial Times

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Jens Weidmann backs critics of Germany’s trade surplus  Financial Times

Bundesbank head blames companies’ savings for driving current account imbalance.

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“barr to investigate fbi” – Google News: AP source: Barr working with intel chiefs on Russia review – KSTP

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AP source: Barr working with intel chiefs on Russia review  KSTP

Attorney General William Barr is stepping up the probe into the origins of the Russia investigation, naming a U.S. attorney to oversee the investigation and …

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Barr teases Pelosi, asks if she brought her handcuffs on sidelines of DC event – Fox News

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The U.S. Is Ramping Up for a New Mideast War Before Finishing the Last One – Slate

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The U.S. Is Ramping Up for a New Mideast War Before Finishing the Last One  Slate

As the White House sets its sights on Iran, ISIS is still active and Syria’s civil war still rages.

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Trump To Outline Immigration Plan That Would Overhaul Who Is Allowed Into The U.S. – NPR

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Iran tensions spotlight Trump’s questionable credibility – CNN

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NASA image reveals where Israel’s doomed lunar lander crashed into the moon – Daily Mail

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Medical examiner: Chokehold triggered Eric Garner’s death – Fox News

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GOP sees end of Russia probe after Don Jr. subpoena fight fizzles – POLITICO

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Germany’s democracy problem – POLITICO

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BERLIN — Germany, like many places in Europe, is badly in need of democratic rejuvenation.

But where other countries are experimenting with bringing voices from the street into the political process, Germany’s dark history casts a shadow on efforts to break down barriers to political participation.

There’s no question Germany would benefit from listening to its citizens and engaging in some talk therapy.

Across the country, families, friends and colleagues are deeply divided over political issues such as migration, climate change and gender quotas. Even politicians who have built their careers on striking compromises across party lines now struggle to find common ground.

After the 2017 general election, it took party leaders a whopping 171 days to form a new government. No wonder then that a third of Germans believe that politics-as-usual will no longer suffice, or that only 42 percent of east Germans (citizens living in territory that once belonged to the German Democratic Republic) believe that democracy as it is found in Germany is the best political system.

Would you really want to let the mob decide, a friend asked me recently. What if the Germans suddenly want to bring back the death penalty?

But despite growing disillusionment with the current system, many Germans are not yet sold on alternatives that would involve giving people more power in the political process, for example by establishing referendums or citizens’ assemblies.

After the Germans lost World War II, democracy was imposed on a nation that had wholeheartedly embraced Hitler and his genocidal politics. Many feel that, at the tender age of 70, the Federal Republic is still comparatively young and that democracy is not as deeply entrenched as in other Western countries.

The result is a lingering sense that people cannot be trusted.

Germans have made a huge effort to deal with the country’s Nazi past. The famous term for it — Vergangenheitsbewältigung, or “coping with the past” — also implies that Germans should feel remorse for what happened and learn from it.

Over the past 70 years, Germans have made a huge effort to deal with the country’s Nazi past | Hulton Archive/Getty Images

When the Federal Republic was founded, re-education was crucial. A government institution founded at the time, the Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung, or the Federal Agency for Civic Education, aims to “strengthen and spread the notion of democracy among the German people.” Germans were meant to evolve into mündige Bürger — responsible citizens. But how do you create responsible citizens in the long term without giving citizens responsibility?

Would you really want to let the mob decide, a friend asked me recently. What if the Germans suddenly want to bring back the death penalty?

It’s a question worth considering. Let’s take the notion that German democracy is young at face value and look at child rearing. Teaching your kid to walk to school alone means letting them cross the street and find their way by themselves. They might make mistakes. They might be more exposed to danger. But what is the alternative? Keeping them at home forever, or supervising them at all times? The same goes for politics. Trusting people with democracy shouldn’t be all that different.

In ancient Greece, that cradle of democracy, citizens’ assemblies consisted of 500 people who were elected by lot. After serving for a year, they were replaced by others. Lately, with democracy in crisis, the Greek model has served as an inspiration for modern-day democracies. Ireland, for example, set up a citizens’ assembly in 2016.

As part of the initiative, 99 randomly selected citizens spent several weekends discussing contentious issues such as abortion, which was prohibited in nearly all circumstances in Ireland. After five weekends of deliberating and listening to experts, the group recommended changing the law and making abortion legal. The abortion ban was overturned in a historic referendum last year.

In ancient Greece, citizens’ assemblies consisted of 500 people who were elected by lot | Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP via Getty Images

The Germans have been more reluctant to tinker with their political system. But on a Saturday morning in late February, 44 people gathered in Frankfurt. The choice of venue had symbolic value. Frankfurt, nowadays known as the country’s financial hub, was home to the first freely elected German parliament in 1848. This time around, people gathered for an event called Demokratiekonvent. It’s the brainchild of Dominik Herold, a 27-year-old politics major who wanted to take a cue from Ireland, knowing full well that “Germany still has a long way to go.”

Rather than debating controversial topics such as migration or climate change, the 44 participants, randomly chosen and representing a wide cross-section of society, talked about how citizens can get involved in decision-making on the municipal level. After two full days of talking, they presented their demands to Frankfurt Mayor Uwe Becker, including a call to institutionalize citizens’ assemblies.

Participants were between 19 and 79 years old and came from all walks of life. One of the people I spoke to was a nurse who had to swap shifts at the hospital in order to attend. “This was a once-in-a-lifetime chance,” she told me. Another organization, inspired by the event in Frankfurt, is planning too hold a citizens’ assembly in the city of Freiburg, in southern Germany, where the assembly will be asked to discuss the issue of rising rents.

“We want to promote cohesion by having people talk with each other” — Claudine Nierth, board member at Mehr Demokratie

Local initiatives like this one could be the blueprint for the big thing and are gathering momentum that could feed into nation-wide efforts. The nongovernmental organization Mehr Demokratie, which has been advocating participatory democracy for years, will host a nationwide citizens’ assembly this fall.

“Conventional debates and processes tend to adhere to a hierarchical ordering,” said Claudine Nierth, a board member at Mehr Demokratie. “We want to promote cohesion by having people talk with each other. Dissenting voices should be perceived as an enrichment, not as a threat.”

In preparatory meetings, citizens and politicians will work hand in hand to set the agenda for the Bürgerrat, a citizens’ assembly, consisting of 160 randomly selected people from across the country who will discuss how to enhance Germany’s parliamentary democracy.

So the people will speak. And it’s up to politicians to respond.

Verena Friederike Hasel is a contributing journalist for Die Zeit. She is currently working on a book on democratic innovation in Germany, to be published by DTV in September 2019.


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Ex-FBI lawyer: Officials were ‘quite worried’ Comey appeared to be blackmailing Trump with dossier

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Former FBI general counsel James Baker said this week that he and other officials were “quite worried” that former FBI Director James Comey appeared to be blackmailing then President-elect Trump during a 2017 meeting regarding salacious allegations found in the Steele dossier.

On the latest episode of the Yahoo News podcast “Skullduggery” published Tuesday, Baker said he and others were so concerned about Comey briefing Trump on January 6, 2017 on Russia’s interference in the election as well as the controversial dossier that “analogies” were made to J. Edgar Hoover, the former FBI director who famously abused his power to blackmail individuals.

“We were quite worried about the Hoover analogies, and we were determined not to have such a disaster happen on our watch,” Baker said, hoping to convey to the incoming president that they did not want to continue the “legacy” of Hoover’s blackmailing.

Baker did not recall the moment he first heard about the Steele dossier but remembered the bureau taking it “seriously” and said that they were “obligated to deal with it” and determine whether or not anything about it was true, but insisted they didn’t accept it “as gospel.” He did, however, believe Trump had to be briefed on the dossier because it was “about to be disclosed to the press.”

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The former top FBI lawyer explained why he clashed with Comey over whether to tell Trump that he wasn’t the subject of the Russia investigation. According to Baker, he argued that the then President-elect’s activities “fell into the category” of being a subject and he didn’t think it was “accurate” to say otherwise. By contrast, Comey repeatedly told Trump that the president was not under investigation before his dismissal in May 2017.

Nonetheless, Baker said he supported any investigation that is looking into the origins of the Russia probe.

“I welcome scrutiny,” Baker said. “I plan to fully cooperate with the department to help them figure out what happened. Because I believe what happened was lawful, at least based on every piece of information that I have.”


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“paradise papers” – Google News: Appian CEO Matt Calkins: openness is the way to go – ComputerworldUK

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Appian CEO Matt Calkins: openness is the way to go  ComputerworldUK

Appian founder and board game designer Matt Calkins believes that “openness is the way to go” with regards to running the proprietary low-code provider, and …

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Britain has scrambled Typhoon fighters twice in two days in the Baltic to intercept Russian aircraft, the defense ministry said. British Typhoons were launched on …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): “Trumpism” – Google News: A High-Brow Breitbart Wants to Become the New Home of Trumpism – POLITICO

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A High-Brow Breitbart Wants to Become the New Home of Trumpism  POLITICO

A block away from the former Capitol Hill headquarters of Breitbart News — known in Washington as the “Breitbart embassy” — sits a second-floor apartment its …

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