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‘Arming Ukraine has always been a bad idea. It was a bad idea when it was first proposed by the Brookings Institution in early 2015 and it’s a bad idea now that Defense Secretary James Mattis is reviving it. It was a bad idea under Barack Obama, before Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and it’s a bad idea today, with Donald Trump in the White House …’

http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/are-trumps-generals-verge-committing-their-biggest-blunder-his-presidency

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Horsemen of the Trumpocalypse ~ John Nichols

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‘John Nichols of The Nation talks about his new book, “Horsemen of the Trumpocalypse: A Field Guide to the Most Dangerous People in America.” The book looks at who is running the government under President Trump, from Betsy DeVos, to Scott Pruitt and Elaine Chao, to Steven Miller.’

https://www.thenation.com/article/horsemen-of-the-trumpocalypse/

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https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/29/john_nichols_horsemen_of_the_trumpocalypse

 

Texas Republicans Helped Chemical Plant That Exploded Lobby Against Safety Rules

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‘The French company that says its Houston-area chemical plant is spewing“noxious” smoke — and may explode — successfully pressed federal regulators to delay new regulations designed to improve safety procedures at chemical plants, according to federal records reviewed by International Business Times. The rules, which were set to go into effect this year, were halted by the Trump administration after a furious lobbying campaign by plant owner Arkema and its affiliated trade association, the American Chemistry Council, which represents a chemical industry that has poured tens of millions of dollars into federal elections …’

http://www.ibtimes.com/political-capital/texas-republicans-helped-chemical-plant-exploded-lobby-against-safety-rules

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/9/1/should_texas_residents_know_the_chemicals

Surrounded by oil refineries, Port Arthur, TX faces new environmental crisis following Harvey floods

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/31/surrounded_by_oil_refineries_port_arthur

‘Receding floodwaters have revealed widespread chemical contamination stemming from the city’s petrochemical plants.’

http://www.mintpressnews.com/superfund-sites-oil-refineries-poison-houston-harvey-wreaks-havoc/231425

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/08/31/hell-hath-no-fury-mother-earth-scorned

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Explosion at Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Texas causes massive fire (VIDEO):

https://www.rt.com/usa/401783-arkema-chemical-plant-explosion-fire-crosby/

‘Toxicity a relative thing’:  Worst industrial chemical disasters in human history:

https://www.rt.com/news/401796-chemical-disasters-history-toxicity/

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/09/01/analysis-harvey-triggered-release-nearly-million-pounds-toxic-air-pollutants

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/will-new-scientific-breakthroughs-pave-the-way-for_us_59b1a8efe4b0bef3378cdeb2

Venezuela, Afghanistan and North Korea: 3 conflicts which represent the US vs. China and Russia

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‘China and Russia are now, not only on the same side of many global issues but they are speaking in a singular voice with a similarly loud volume.

Three areas where this has manifested itself include of Venezuela, Afghanistan and North Korea. In each of these cases, both Russia and China are saying almost identical things at the same time and are doing so forcefully.’

http://theduran.com/venezuela-afghanistan-and-north-korea-3-conflicts-which-represent-the-us-vs-china-and-russia/