Dreamland, The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones published in 2015. Opiates are prescribed legally for pain. From opiates which are addictive, users move on to heroin which arrives mostly from growers in Mexico. The drugs are smuggled into the US in vehicles crossing at legal checkpoints and concealed in goods imported legally. Some is imported through tunnels. Walls will not stop the tide of drugs.

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Racism in the US

Everybody Lies, Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz published in 2017. Not all Trump supporters are racists and not all racists are Trump supporters. However, in 2016, Trump gained more support in racist areas of the US than in non-racist areas. Racism in the US is more common in the North and South than in the West.

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Why Syria?

Putin’s Reset, The Bear Is Back and How America Must Respond by Fred Fleitz, editor and others published in 2016. Russia has a number of reasons for being in Syria and two of them were new to me. Russia uses Syria as a place to test new weapons. And driving refugees out of Syria into Western Europe is a way to destabilize the West.

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Democracy depends on the truth

Dollarocracy, How the Money-and-Media Election Complex Is Destroying America by John Nichols and Robert W. McChesney published in 2013.

“In a manner that would likely surprise most contemporary observers, nineteenth-century Americans thought the partisan press system was ideal for spawning diversity, getting at the truth, and making democracy effective. It was the free press, and it worked. ‘I am a firm believer in the people,’ Lincoln said. ‘If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis.'”

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