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Our picksFlorida’s poop nightmare; unraveling Trump-Russia tangle; WoT civilian casualties, and more

Published 18 September 2017
  • Florida’s poop nightmare has come true
  • Reports of civilian casualties in the war against ISIS are vastly inflated
  • Trump has 3 options for dealing with North Korea. They’re all bad.
  • Getting real with North Korea
  • Can Congress unravel the Trump-Russia tangle?
  • Independent monitors found benzene levels after Harvey six times higher than guidelines
  • Trump and the nuclear football: What could possibly go wrong?
  • Mike Flynn’s nuclear side-hustle gets even shadier

Florida’s poop nightmare has come true(Emily Atkin, New Republic)
Hurricane Irma caused massive sewage overflows, highlighting the twin dangers of an aging infrastructure and climate change.

Reports of civilian casualties in the war against ISIS are vastly inflated (Stephen J. Townsend, Foreign Policy)
U.S. officials care deeply about collateral damage and make every effort to investigate claims, which is why there has never been a more precise air campaign in the history of armed conflict.

Trump has 3 options for dealing with North Korea. They’re all bad. (Alex Ward, Vox)
North Korea has bedeviled past U.S. presidents, too.

Getting real with North Korea (James P. Rubin, Politico)
President Trump’s strategy isn’t working. It’s time for a different approach.

Can Congress unravel the Trump-Russia tangle? (Bob Dreyfuss, The Nation)
Not if a renegade California Republican can stop it.

Independent monitors found benzene levels after Harvey six times higher than guidelines (Lisa Song, Al Shaw, Kiah Collier, ProPublica)

After an oil tank in Houston’s Manchester neighborhood caved in, private monitors found levels that far exceeded California’s health guidelines

Trump and the nuclear football: What could possibly go wrong? (Tobin Harshaw, Bloomberg)
A Q&A with nonproliferation expert and former missileer Bruce G. Blair on the dangers of a “nuclear monarch.”

Mike Flynn’s nuclear side-hustle gets even shadier (Bess Levin, Vanity Fair)
Two weeks before the inauguration, Flynn reportedly met the king of Jordan while pushing a deal to build nuclear reactors … in Jordan.