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THE WEEK THAT WAS w/ the Newsvandal

White America is tops in the developed world when it comes to death by drugs, alcohol, and suicide
https://qz.com/940408/white-middle-aged-americans-are-much-more-likely-to-die-of-a-drug-overdose-than-their-peers-in-more-developed-countries-a-brookings-study-finds/

Many Americans are woefully unprepared for a surprise medical expense
http://www.cnbc.com/2017/03/21/many-americans-are-woefully-unprepared-for-a-surprise-medical-expense.html

White House Preparing to Blame Ryan If Health Bill Fails, Official Says
https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-03-24/white-house-said-to-prepare-to-blame-ryan-if-health-bill-fails

No, over there! Our case-by-case guide to the Trump distraction technique
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/21/donald-trump-distraction-technique-media

Trump's early policy moves benefit the industries he knows best — his own
http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/trump-business-policy-moves-ethics-236392

Congressman’s Trump Surveillance Claims Have an Obvious, Mundane Explanation
https://theintercept.com/2017/03/22/congressmans-trump-surveillance-claims-have-an-obvious-mundane-explanation/

Aid Officials Beg Congress to Help Yemen, While Trump Sends More Bombs
https://theintercept.com/2017/03/22/aid-officials-beg-congress-to-help-yemen-while-trump-sends-more-bombs/

'We are not afraid': Londoners defiant after parliament attack
http://www.euronews.com/2017/03/22/we-are-not-afraid-londoners-defiant-after-parliament-attack

 

Interview airs Friday 3pm | Sat 11am

Did you know Iowa is home of the oldest mosque in America?

In response to a distrurbing rise in reports of Islamophobia, talk of Muslim travel bans and the new administration's emphasis on radical "Islamic" terrorism, Imam Taha Tawil, the leader of North America's oldest mosque, has scheduled a multifaith rally for this Sunday, March 26th at 3pm to encircle the Mother Mosque of America in Cedar Rapids.

Enjoy a conversation about the rally and related topics. Imam Taha stresses that it's not as much a Muslim rally as a rally for Americans of all faiths and even non-faiths to stand for the Constitution, the freedom to practice religion, assembly and exercise free speech which are birthrights of all Americans.

RIP Chuck Berry | HAIL HAIL ROCK'N'ROLL

Interview with Francis Thicke on water quality in Iowa to air TUE 7pm | WED 6:35am & 12:30pm

World Water Day
is Wednesday, March 22nd and the Sierra Club Leopold group is sponsoring a free presentation by Francis Thicke, PhD, soil scientist, organic farmer, and owner of Radiance Dairy. Thicke will be speaking about Iowa’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy and following the presentation, will join a panel of farmers to respond to the talk and answer questions.

Jim Flinspach, Joe Ledger, and Jeremy Attwood
, local Farm Bureau leaders, will be taking part in this event. It will be held at the Fairfield Public Library (104 W Adams Ave) starting at 7:30pm. Farmers and community members from all backgrounds are encouraged to attend.

THE WEEK THAT WAS w/ the Newsvandal

Stephen Bannon wants to dismantle your government
http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/03/16/stephen-bannon-wants-to-dismantle-your-government-administrative-state-ross-baker-column/99180638/

Trump Gambles With Cuts to Programs His Base Relies On
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/16/us/politics/trump-budget.html

Trump boosts security budget while slashing anti-poverty programs
https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/politics/2017/03/16/trump-boosts-security-budget-while-slashing-anti-poverty-programs-medical-research-education/dkOh0GCX5rL5O0dcGeRPcP/story.html

Trump’s Mideast surge has Pentagon debating ‘mission creep’
http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/pentagon-syria-mission-creep-trump-236156

Tillerson’s Asia Trip Could Signal the End US Soft Diplomacy
http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Columns/2017/03/17/Tillerson-s-Asia-Trip-Could-Signal-End-US-Soft-Diplomacy

US makes formal apology to Britain after White House accuses GCHQ of wiretapping Trump Tower
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/17/us-makes-formal-apology-britain-white-house-accuses-gchq-wiretapping/

Sean Spicer’s angry, lonely defense of Trump’s wiretapping claim, annotated
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/03/16/sean-spicers-angry-lonely-defense-of-trumps-wiretapping-claim-annotated/

Rachel Maddow Turned a Scoop on Donald Trump’s Taxes Into a Cynical, Self-Defeating Spectacle
http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2017/03/15/rachel_maddow_s_trump_taxes_scoop_was_a_cynical_self_defeating_spectacle.html

Scandal Fatigue and the Trump Ethical Swamp
https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-03-14/scandal-fatigue-and-the-trump-ethical-swamp

Rising chanteuse Elizabeth Moen talks with James about her music and upcoming performance at the Depot Brewery this Saturday, March 18th at 8:30pm. Opening for Moen will be Eau Claire's WALDEMAR. Moen, a gifted guitarist and singer/songwriter, will be joined by drummer Justin Le Duc and bassist Blake Shaw.

Elizabeth Moen
Now residing in Iowa City, the music and writing communities inspired the small town girl from Vinton, Iowa to create her own sound. This sound is inspired by the likes of Joni Mitchell, Emmylou Harris, and contemporary female singer-songwriters like Angel Olson, Esmé Patterson, and Margaret Glaspy, Moen’s music is a compilation of the music she was raised on; folk, rock, blues, and soul.     https://elizabethmoen.com/

Waldemar
The sound of Waldemar is lush, intricate and layered; a vast array of instruments and elements woven tightly together. Often deviating from traditional indie song structures and favoring arrangements closer at times to modern and classical choral composers...Post-80's inspired electric guitar tones, nuanced rhythmic textures from dual drummers, trombone sectionals and near constant choral inspired harmonic vocal arrangements comprise the sonic landscape constructed by Gabe Larson's multi-instrumental artistry.
http://www.waldemarmusic.com/welcome

THE WEEK THAT WAS w/ the Newsvandal

Here are all the factions opposed to the GOP’s Obamacare replacement plan
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/congress/article137516488.html

Paul Ryan Fundraised With Health Insurance Lobbying Firm Just Before His PowerPoint
https://theintercept.com/2017/03/09/paul-ryan-fundraised-with-health-insurance-lobbying-firm-just-before-his-powerpoint/

Longtime allies, sworn enemies and temporary bedfellows collide on Syria battlefield
http://www.thenational.ae/world/middle-east/longtime-allies-sworn-enemies-and-temporary-bedfellows-collide-on-syria-battlefield

No 'Incompetence' or 'Bad Judgment' in Yemen Raid, Probe Finds
http://www.military.com/daily-news/2017/03/09/no-incompetence-bad-judgment-yemen-raid-probe-finds.html

The Marine Corps' nude-photo-sharing scandal is even worse than first realized
http://www.businessinsider.com/nude-photo-marine-corps-pentagon-scandal-2017-3

Donald Trump unaware Michael Flynn was a 'foreign agent', Sean Spicer says
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/09/michael-flynn-foreign-agent-sean-spicer

With Trump in White House, His Golf Properties Prosper
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/09/us/politics/trump-golf-courses.html

CEOs Widen Income Gap Over Staff as Survey Shows 5.5% Pay Jump
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-08/ceos-widen-income-gap-over-staff-as-survey-shows-5-5-pay-jump

A Tiny Bit Of Good News On Inequality Before It All Goes To Hell
http://theconcourse.deadspin.com/a-tiny-bit-of-good-news-on-inequality-before-it-all-goe-1793119444

The CIA can hack your TV? So what else is new?
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/national-security/article137272958.html

THE WEEK THAT WAS w/ the Newsvandal

A Who's Who of the Trump Campaign's Russia Connections
http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/a-whos-who-of-the-trump-campaigns-russia-connections-w469977

Sergey Kislyak, Russian Envoy, Cultivated Powerful Network in U.S.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/02/world/europe/sergey-kislyak-russian-ambassador.html

How much longer can Republicans defend Trump over Russia?
http://theweek.com/articles/683374/how-much-longer-republicans-defend-trump-over-russia

Russia asserts growing ambitions in Middle East with Libya talks
http://www.thenational.ae/world/europe/russia-asserts-growing-ambitions-in-middle-east-with-libya-talks

US Launches a Flurry of Airstrikes Against al-Qaeda in Yemen
http://news.antiwar.com/2017/03/02/us-launches-a-flurry-of-airstrikes-against-al-qaeda-in-yemen/

Trump pledges ‘great rebuilding’ of military on visit to new carrier
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/mar/2/donald-trump-pledges-great-rebuilding-military/

Palantir Provides the Engine for Donald Trump’s Deportation Machine
https://theintercept.com/2017/03/02/palantir-provides-the-engine-for-donald-trumps-deportation-machine/

EPA moves confirm Trump's climate hostility, but what of the Paris Agreement?
http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/3005760/epa-moves-confirm-trumps-climate-hostility-but-what-of-the-paris-agreement

Our Oceans Are Garbage
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/scientists-predict-there-could-be-more-plastic-than-fish-in-the-oceans-by-2050

SOUL SHERPA in the House!

Band performs this Saturday, Feb 25th at the Depot Brewery 8:30pm $5 cover.

Soul Sherpa, a 9-piece original horn band, was pieced together from the remains of members of a jazz combo from Kirkwood Community College.

After playing music with each other daily, there was such an indescribable connection that we just couldn't leave behind. Having similar inspirations and aspirations, Soul Sherpa emerged.

According to Ian Draves, the band's bassist, "We strive to bring the groove from our hearts to the audience, playing a mixture of R&B, Funk, Pop, Jazz, andSoul music."

THE WEEK THAT WAS w/ the Newsvandal

Amnesty: 'The world in 2016 became a darker place'
http://www.dw.com/en/amnesty-the-world-in-2016-became-a-darker-place/a-37646634

Why Trump’s Immigration Crackdown Could Sink U.S. Home Prices
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-22/why-trump-s-immigration-crackdown-could-sink-u-s-home-prices

Trump’s ‘big fat bubble’ trouble in the stock market
http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/trump-stock-market-bubble-235328

GOP Obamacare Plan Would Cover Fewer People; Blowback Grows
https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-02-24/gop-obamacare-plan-would-cover-fewer-people-blowback-grows

Town hall protesters scoff at Trump admin's claim they're paid agitators
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/some-town-hall-protesters-scoff-at-paid-allegations/

Trump's former campaign staff fed him positive news to keep him from rage-tweeting
http://theweek.com/speedreads/681654/trumps-former-campaign-staff-fed-positive-news-keep-from-ragetweeting

Trump Condemns FBI Leakers for Leaking That He Asked Them to Leak
http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/02/trump-decries-leakers-for-leaking-that-he-asked-them-to-leak.html

CPAC expels ‘alt-right’ leader, declares war on movement
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/feb/23/alt-right-ethno-nationalists-tossed-from-cpac-boun/

Bannon rips 'corporatist, globalist media' at CPAC
http://money.cnn.com/2017/02/23/media/steve-bannon-media-cpac/index.html?iid=hp-stack-dom

Majority of Americans trust the media more than Trump: poll
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/02/23/president-trump-media-quinnipiac-poll/98283962/
 
We're consuming too much media. It's time to detox our brains.
http://www.recode.net/2017/2/23/14669710/reprogram-brain-media-overload-political-fake-news

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