The California DMV is making $50 million a year selling drivers information. [Link]
Jordan Smith explains fingerprint analysis can be a complex and subjective science. The so-called experts who testify in criminal trials have dubious qualifications. [Link]
The New Cold War
NATO awards Boeing a $1 billion contract to upgrade AWACS recognisances planes. [Link]
Russia formally proposes to extend the NEW START Treaty for five years. Russia says it is also open to a shorter extension. [Link]
21 people were killed in a shootout between drug cartels and Mexican police. [Link]
Bolivia’s coup government is shifting its diplomatic ties towards the US and Brazil and away from Cuba and Venezuela. [Link]
Trump traveled to Afghanistan on Thanksgiving. He said he believes the Taliban would engage in a ceasefire. The Taliban confirmed they have resumed talks with the US. [Link]
The top US general says peace talks have a higher chance of working this time. [Link]
Fifteen members of an Afghan family were killed by a roadside bomb on the way to a wedding. [Link]
At least 45 protesters were killed by Iraqi security forces across southern Iraq. The protesters broke into then burned an important Iranian consulate. [Link]
Iraq’s Prime Minister Mahdi announces his resignation. In the past two months, more than 400 protesters have been killed. [Link]
Protests in Iraq continue after the Prime Minister announced his resignation. [Link]
Four Ebola workers in the Congo were killed in attacks on several Ebola treatment facilities by the Mai Mai militia. [Link]
Nineteen civilians were killed by militants in the eastern Congo. The ADF, a jihadist militia, is believed to be behind the attack. Last month, the Congolese government launched a crackdown against militants. Since militias have killed over 80 civilians in relititory attacks. [Link]
In a separate attack, 14 civilians were killed. It is believed jihadist militants are behind this attack. [Link]
US News A fire injured twenty-one people on the USS Bonhomme. The ship is docked in San Diego. [Link] The federal government ran an $867 billion deficit in June. The US is running a $2.7 trillion deficit for the year. With three months left in the year, the current...
US News Trump commutes Roger Stone’s prison sentence. [Link] Bail reforms that promote algorithms and risk matrices do not correct for racial disparities. [Link] A Super PAC with ties to John Bolton has spent over $300,000 in a congressional race in Maine. The PAC is...
US News MIT and Harvard file a lawsuit against a Trump decision to bar foreign students from remaining in the US if they are only taking online classes. [Link] The California prison system moved prisoners with coronavirus to the San Quentin Prison. A third of the...
US News A new law in northeastern Italy gives the government the power to arrest people who refuse Covid treatment. [Link] CENTCOM top Gen. Kenzie says he did not see a “causative link” between the alleged Russian bounties to the Taliban and the deaths of US soldiers...
US News The NYPD culture of impunity has allowed a police officer to keep his job for 18 years and receive thousands in raises even though the officer has routinely raped people on the side of the road. The city has paid out nearly a million dollars because of the...
US News Two Oklahoma police officers were charged with second-degree murder after they tased a man to death by shocking him 50 times. [Link] The anti-privacy EARN IT Act passes out of a Senate committee. [Link] The US sent two aircraft carriers into the South China...