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Senate candidate Roy Moore this year suggested 9/11 might have been punishment for US turning away from God

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[American Taliban. It's so reassuring that such level-headed folk hope to run the most powerful nation on the planet. *RON*]

Andrew Kaczynski & Nathan McDermott, CNN, 14 September 2017

Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore suggested earlier this year that the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks might have happened because the country had distanced itself from God. The Moore campaign did not respond to a request for comment.

(CNN)Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore suggested earlier this year that the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks might have happened because the US had distanced itself from God.
Moore, a hardline conservative running against fellow Republican and incumbent Sen. Luther Strange in a runoff primary race, made the comments in February during a speech at the Open Door Baptist Church, a video reviewed by CNN's KFile shows. Moore, the former chief justice of Alabama, quotes verses from the Old Testament's Book of Isai…

Obama Goes From White House to Wall Street in Less Than One Year

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[Self-seeking hypocrisy rules - Bernie for President! There is no meaningful difference between Democrats and Republicans. Ex-president speaks to Carlyle, Cantor, Northern Trust. 'If someone is willing to pay him to give a speech, God bless America.' *RON*]
Max Abelson, Bloomberg, 18 September 2017
Hillary Clinton says she made a mistake when she gave speeches on Wall Street after leaving government. Taking money from banks, she writes in her new memoir, created the impression she was in their pocket.

Her old boss doesn’t seem to share her concern.

Last month, just before her book “What Happened” was published, Barack Obama spoke in New York to clients of Northern Trust Corp. for about $400,000, a person familiar with his appearance said. Last week, he reminisced about the White House for Carlyle Group LP, one of the world’s biggest private equity firms, according to two people who were there. Next week, he’ll give a keynote speech at inv…

Trudeau Threatens to Halt Boeing F-18 Deal on Bombardier Dispute

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[They are both corporate welfare queens: "Earlier this year, Canada’s federal government pledged C$372.5 million ($302 million) in what it called 'repayable program contributions' to a pair of Bombardier projects, including the C Series. The U.S. Commerce Department is investigating whether to impose countervailing duties on the Bombardier planes." Then: "It is pure hypocrisy for Boeing to say that the C Series launch pricing is a 'violation of global trade law' when Boeing does the same for its new aircraft." *RON*]
Josh Wingrove, Robert Hutton, & Frederic Tomesco, Bloomberg, 18 September 2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada won’t buy Boeing Co. fighter jets while the company pursues a trade challenge against Montreal-based Bombardier Inc. over its commercial aircraft.

Trudeau made his threat to halt what he called Canada’s “significant procurement” of F-18 Super Hornets alongside U.K. Prime Mini…

B.C. government to ban union and corporate political donations

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[New government bill also caps individual political donations at $1,200. An excellent step toward more meaningful democracy in BC. *RON*]

Richard Zussman, CBC News, 18 September 2017
The B.C. government has introduced legislation to ban union and corporate political donations, including political donations from outside of British Columbia.

The government is also putting in place a $1,200 cap on individual donations. The cap is much smaller than the $5,000 the B.C. Liberals proposed in similar legislation and would be the second-lowest limit in the country. Quebec has the lowest cap in the country at $100 per person.

The B.C. Green Party worked with the NDP on the new rules and is expected to support them. Once they are voted into law, the use of all restricted or banned donations made after May 9, 2017, the last provincial election, will not be allowed in future elections.

"We're reforming campaign finance rules to make sure government…

Fact check: Seven quotes from Aung San Suu Kyi's speech that ignore the reality of the Rohingya crisis

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[Shockingly disappointing behaviour from a so-called Buddhist icon. See also: Aung San Suu Kyi condemns 'all human rights violations'. *RON*]

Roland Oliphant, Telegraph, 19 September 2017

It was Aung San Suu Kyi's "last chance" to halt a humanitarian catastrophe and save her reputation as a champion of human rights.

In her first public address since the outbreak of an apparent campaign of ethnic cleansing against Burma's Rohingya Muslim minority three weeks ago, Ms Suu Kyi on Tuesday pledged her government's commitment to universal human rights and promised diplomats access to Rakhine state to investigate the crisis.

But critics accused her of obfuscation, misleading statements, and ultimately failing to address the grim truth - that the army she nominally controls is conducting a brutal campaign of arson, rape, and murder.

Here are seven key lines from Ms Suu Kyi's speech that critics say will damage her reputat…