Good gal with a gun shoots a good gal with no gun (KNTV News).
Owner of juvenile centers order to pay $4.75m in 'kids for cash' scheme (PennLive).
Congress is at it again ... the "Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act" is not only a "VW Bailout Bill" but would also cripple class action suits in the future (Fiscal Times).
Another reason economists don't know much about the economy: The story of robots (Truth Out).
Climate disruption amplifies Atlantic currents' contribution to sea level rise (Truth Out).
Big oil braced for impact of global warming while fighting regulations (LA Times).
Ten weather extremes that defined hottest year recorded (Common Dreams).
AMERICA'S CULTURE WARS
Armed idiots (terrorists?), led by Bundy brothers, take over federal building in Oregon (Washington Post).
What's happening in Oregon is nothing less than armed sedition (Common Dreams).
Religious delusions are destroying us: "Nothing more than man-made contrivances of domination and submission" (Salon).
How race baiting and fear mongering are creating "the Great Republican Revolt" ... and how Donald Trump is riding the wave of fear (David Frum / Atlantic).
Al Qaeda is using Donald Trump's comments to recruit terrorists, and he's OK with that (Fiscal Times).
Trump cites Israel's illegal separation wall to justify banning Muslims (Salon).
CALIFORNIA: THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY
California cranks out new businesses and jobs despite criticism (LA Times).
Why the gas leak in California no one is talking about is such a disaster (Fiscal Times).
The San Joaquin Valley is sinking (Fiscal Times).
THE MIDDLE EAST
I'm no expert but I'm thinking southern slave owners had similar rules ... "Islamic state ruling aims to settle who can have sex with female slaves" (Thanhnien News).
Iranian protesters attack Saudi embassy after prominent Shiite cleric is executed (World Press).
Saudis, allies cut diplomatic ties with Iran (Ozy).
China suspends forex business for some banks (Thanhnien News)
China clamps down on coal (Climate News Network).
Our George Orwell/Noam Chomsky paradox: Let's decipher the doublethink the media and government peddles about American foreign policy (Salon).
Japan tries to resolve WWII island dispute with Russia (Ozy).
The three reasons U.S. oil production hasn't declined ... yet (Money Morning).
At stake in 2016: End the vicious cycle of wealth and power (Robert Reich).