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  • America’s Conflicts Have Cost $5.6 Trillion Since 2001:  General, can you spare a dime? A new Brown University analysis has found that the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Pakistan have cost America $5.6 trillion, or $23,386 per taxpayer. That’s three times higher than a recent estimate by the Pentagon — likely because it factors in medical care for veterans and war-related bureaucratic costs in the Departments of State and Homeland Security. The study’s author explained, “When wars end, the costs don’t stop, they grow,” noting that 2 million veterans have joined the VA since 2001.  BuzzFeed

  • Rian Johnson to Launch New ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy:  Clearly, the force is with him. Johnson, who wrote and directed the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi, has been tapped to continue his work on the franchise in a new trilogy that will go beyond the Skywalker saga. He’s expected to write and direct the first installment, which focuses on new characters from a new part of the galaxy. On Twitter, Johnson joked, “Obviously I hope you like The Last Jedi. But man now I REALLY hope you like The Last Jedi.” The film hits theaters December 15.  Vanity Fair

  • Letter of the Day:    In which a bipartisan group of senators make their case for defunding the Trump administration’s plan to ramp up its civil asset forfeiture program.    Reason

  • Duterte Performs Pop Ballad on Trump’s ‘Orders’:  They’re singing the same tune. At a gala dinner in Manila ahead of the yearly ASEAN summit, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte took the stage to duet with singer Pilita Corrales on love song “Ikaw.” He later said he sang “upon the orders of the commander in chief of the United States.” Duterte and Trump have long had a chummy relationship, with Trump praising Duterte’s ruthless war on drugs. Meanwhile, 11 Asian countries agreed Saturday to resurrect the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, though the U.S. will be shut out.  New York Post

  • Report: Goodell Wants $50 Million Salary, Private Jet   Is he hoping to bring them to their knees? Embattled NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is reportedly seeking a compensation package of $49.5 million per year — a raise from his current $30 million — with lifetime use of a private jet. An NFL spokesperson denied the claims. Goodell has overseen a dramatic season so far, filled with political protests and declining viewership, and now Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is threatening to sue the NFL if his contract is extended. The league’s compensation committee will meet today to discuss Goodell’s contract.  Deadspin

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