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  • Trump, McConnell and Ryan in the Rubble of Hubris

    By William Rivers Pitt, Truthout | Op-Ed

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (center) talks to reporters with other Republican senators following the weekly Senate Republican policy luncheon at the U.S. Capitol July 18, 2017 in Washington, DC.  (Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (center) talks to reporters with other Republican senators following the weekly Senate Republican policy luncheon at the US Capitol July 18, 2017, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)

    What began in secrecy with Mitch McConnell and twelve angry men has been ended, for now, at the hands of three women in the bright light of day. Trump, McConnell and Ryan have the world at their feet, politically speaking. So what happened? Resistance -- and the hubris of Republicans.

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  • Trump Team, ALEC, Koch Industries Debate Gerrymandering the US Senate in Denver

    Trump Team, ALEC, Koch Industries Debate Gerrymandering the US Senate in Denver

    By Mary Bottari and David Armiak, The Center for Media and Democracy | Report

    This week in Denver, the American Legislative Exchange Council will welcome Republican state legislators and its corporate funders to vote on corporate legislative priorities. On the agenda for debate and discussion? A model bill to repeal the 17th Amendment, which established the popular election of United States senators.

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  • Is the CIA Reformable?

    Is the CIA Reformable?

    By Melvin A. Goodman, City Lights Books | Book Excerpt

    In The Failure of Intelligence, I documented the CIA's resistance to reform and the corruption in both the analytical and operational directorates. But not every agency or department of government can be reformed, and it is possible that the intricate web of habits, procedures and culture places the CIA in the non-reformable category. Once the political culture of an institution such as the CIA has been broken, it is extremely difficult -- if not impossible -- to rebuild or repair it.

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