John Kiriakou | A Warning for Democrats, and Indeed for All Americans

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John Kiriakou | A Warning for Democrats, and Indeed for All Americans 
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and CIA Director John Brennan prepare to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill, January 29, 2014. (photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP) 
John Kiriakou, Reader Supported News 
Kiriakou writes: "Many Americans, at least most in my circle, are enjoying watching Donald Trump self-destruct. It's bad for the country, but to some of us it's as much fun as watching a train wreck." 
House Passes Legislation to Renew Key NSA Surveillance Program 
Karoun Demirjian and Josh Dawsey, The Washington Post 
Excerpt: "The House voted decisively Thursday to reauthorize a powerful government authority to conduct foreign surveillance on U.S. soil, overcoming opposition from privacy advocates and confusion sown by contradictory and seemingly misinformed tweets from President Trump questioning his administration's support for the program." 
Steve Bannon Lawyers Up... as Russia Investigators Get Ready to Pounce 
Betsy Woodruff, Lachlan Markay and Asawin Suebsaeng, The Daily Beast 
Excerpt: "Until recently, Bannon had largely avoided becoming publicly ensnared in the Russia investigation. But behind the scenes, Bannon sought to play a role in Team Trump's handling of the issue." 
I Started the Media Men List. My Name Is Moira Donegan. 
Moira Donegan, New York Magazine 
Donegan writes: "The anonymous, crowdsourced document was a first attempt at solving what has seemed like an intractable problem: how women can protect ourselves from sexual harassment and assault." 
Ecuador Grants Assange Citizenship, Seeks Solution With Britain 
Excerpt: "Ecuador has given citizenship to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been holed up in the country's London embassy for over five years, and is seeking a 'dignified and just' solution to his situation with Britain." 
Myanmar Prosecutor Seeks Official Secrets Act Charges Against Two Reuters Reporters 
Antoni Slodkowski and Simon Lewis, Reuters 
Excerpt: "Myanmar prosecutors sought charges on Wednesday against two Reuters reporters under the Official Secrets Act, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 14 years, the reporters' lawyer said." 
Choco at Epicenter of Colombia's Social, Environmental Conflicts 
Maximo Anderson, Mongabay 
Anderson writes: "To the fighters of the Che Guevera Front, a temporary end to the hostilities does not necessarily promise peace or a bright future for the Choco region." 

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