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  • The high costs of Trump’s attacks on the FBI.  When no one speaks up in their defense career officers, loyal staffers, lose morale, feel undermined in their work. By Jack Goldsmith.  The Atlantic

  • Logan’s run. Trump administration officials should fear enforcement of the Logan Act, an old, rarely-used law that criminalizes unauthorized contact with foreign officials. The New York Times

  • Virtual Kitten Craze Disrupts Ethereum Trade:  It’s the cat’s meow. The blockchain network has seen traffic spike sharply since the Nov. 28 introduction of CryptoKitties, a game where users collect and breed digital pets that can only be bought with Ethereum’s cryptocurrency, Ether. Developers say the game was created to make blockchain technology more popular, and CryptoKitties has raked in $3.5 million, now accounting for 11 percent of Ethereum’s transactions. But as the feline frenzy slows the network and crowds out more serious transactions, non-kitty traders may instead pounce on Ether competitors like Bitcoin.  BBC

  • Renewable Energy Is Helping Syrian Refugees:  They’re powering change. Jordan, which imports 98 percent of its energy, was struggling to accommodate its 1.3 million Syrian refugees until the United Nations stepped in with a bright idea: Solar power farms now provide electricity to two major camps, serving around 100,000 refugees. That’s helped store food, charge mobile phones and make other everyday activities accessible for the displaced and disconnected Syrians. Meanwhile, the push toward renewable energy in Jordan has freed up $7 million annually that the U.N. can now divert to other lifesaving services for Syrian refugees.  CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR

  • Reports: Weinstein Relied on Network of Enablers - He had help. In an industry where many knew about allegations of sexual assault and harassment against Harvey Weinstein, a web of agents, journalists and sometimes unwitting workers continued to assist him, according to new reports. At least eight agents knew about the allegations yet continued to send actresses to his casting couch. Tabloid journalists killed stories. And a National Enquirer editor, himself now accused of sexual misconduct by a dozen employees, allegedly sent reporters to dig up dirt on accusers. Weinstein continues to deny all allegations of non-consensual sex.  Daily Beast

  • Have a Coke. And turn over your food stamps.  Retired Oklahoma judge Thomas Landrith is hailed as a justice reformer in his state. But now even his most loyal fans know a dark secret about the drug rehabilitation work camp he founded. Defendants there are forced to work full-time for free at a local Coca-Cola bottling plant, among other jobs, and are required to pretend that they are unemployed so that they could obtain food stamps, which they then are required to turn over to Landrith under penalty of prison.  Reveal

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