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Puerto Rico declares bankruptcy. $123 billion in debt compared to Detroit's $18 billion. $74 billion in bond debt and $49 billion in pension debt. First territory to declare bankruptcy and largest government bankruptcy in history of U.S.

Rand Paul: "Budget deal should be renamed Status Quo Protection Act."

FBI Director James Comey calls Wikileaks intelligence porn...echoes CIA Director Mike Pompeo's attacks on Julian Assange.

Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard introduces Federal cannabis decriminalization bill.

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Trump flip flops on five core issues in one week:

1. Chinese currency manipulation.

2. Fed bubble finance and not reappointing Yellen. 3.Export-Import Bank subsidies to Boeing and GE.

4. NATO’s obsolescence.

5. Intervening on both sides of Syrian and Afghanistan civil wars.

Bill O'Reilly finally fired.

Assemblyman Miguel Santiago of LA's Assembly bill to raise standard of proof in cops lying cases

from "more likely than not" to "clear and convincing".

Populist Dialogues - Now for Universal Affordable Health Care

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Host David Delk talks with Lee Mercer, President of Health Care For All Oregon on the problems of Obamacare, Trump(Ryan)Care, and how a universal affordable health care system would solve those problems. Includes a history of how the American system developed; and a description of various proposals to create a single payer system, nationally and in Oregon.

Panel Discussion on Pending Homeless Initiatives

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The Davis Chamber of Commerce presented a Panel Discussion on Pending Homeless Initiatives.

Featured speakers included City of Davis Mayor Robb Davis, City of Davis Chief of Police Darren Pytel, Communications and Strategy Manager Homeless Coordinator for Yolo County Tracy Dickinson, Davis Community Meals Executive Director Bill Pride, and faith organization representative and Board President of Davis Opportunity Village, Martha Teeter.

Each panelist gave a brief update.   Davis Chamber of Commerce CEO Christina Blackman facilitates a Q&A session afterwards.

Public Forum on Pesticide Use by the City of Davis

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The City of Davis and the Davis Natural Resources Commission - Hazardous Materials Subcommittee hosted a forum on pesticide use in Davis.

Date & Time: Wednesday, December 7th at 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Location: Davis Senior Center, 646 A St.

The forum discussed current herbicide and insecticide use by the City in public parks, greenbelts, City-owned open spaces and farm lands, City facilities, streets, and sidewalks as well as providing information on why pesticides are used and alternatives to reduce or eliminate continued pesticide use.

Populist Dialogues - The Remaking of an American City with Steve Early

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Steve Early talks with host David Delk about his new book, Refinery Town - Big Oil, Big Money, And The Remaking Of An American City. Richmond CA has historically been a company town. The company has been Chevron. Steve talks about the formation of the Richmond Progressive Alliance and the transformation of Richmond into a progressive light port on the west coast. The role special interest money has played is a large part of the story as is how the RPA has used reforms lke public funding of political candidates and "tag" lines on political ads to take control of the city government.

Populist Dialogues - Climate Jobs and Community Solar

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Host David Delk talks with Mark Darienzo and Joana Kirchhoff with Climate Jobs Portland. They discuss the organization's origins and purpose in presenting labor to environmental organization, recognizing the unions need to join in the movement for a renewable, and a sustainable energy economy. Then we talk about community solar, described as providing a chance for Oregonians to invest in solar power even if they individually cannot purchase and install their own solar system. Community Solar is designed to help people work together for the good of the environment and the community.