Weekend open thread – colorado pols 76 gas station locations

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Aides to Donald Trump, the US president, hired an Israeli private intelligence agency to orchestrate a “dirty ops” campaign against key individuals from the Obama administration who helped negotiate the Iran nuclear deal, the Observer can reveal.

People in the Trump camp contacted private investigators in May last year to “get dirt” on Ben Rhodes, who had been one of Barack Obama’s top national security advisers, and Colin Kahl, deputy assistant to Obama, as part of an elaborate attempt to discredit the deal.

Although sources have confirmed that contact and an initial plan of attack was provided to private investigators by representatives of Trump, it is not clear how much work was actually undertaken, for how long or what became of any material unearthed.

Neither is it known if the black ops constituted only a strand of a wider Trump-Netanyahu collaboration to undermine the deal or if investigators targeted other individuals such as John Kerry, the lead American signatory to the deal. Both Rhodes and Kahl said they had no idea of the campaign against them. Rhodes said: “I was not aware, though sadly am not surprised. I would say that digging up dirt on someone for carrying out their professional responsibilities in their positions as White House officials is a chillingly authoritarian thing to do.”

Sorry, Gertie, but our local papers (which are Digital First owned since last year) explicitly will not cover events about Democrats, even with statewide candidates traveling here, even with concise, standard press releases submitted well in advance. My local papers will cover anything school-related, anything human-interest oriented, involving cute kids or cute animals, or non-political public events . We’ve had yawner pages full of an ongoing city council battle.

But nothing implying that locals are not 100% in the Trump brigade. Nothing about, say, why we don’t allow the confederate flag in the local parades, or the Klan history of the towns. Nothing from Somali refugees about the racism they’ve encountered and why they won’t live outside of their own enclaves. Nothing about choices for pregnant teens, other than "grin and bear it". Reporters will even tell you in confidence that they’re not allowed to run those stories.

You’re probably right that a visit or two with the publishers using my best "nice teacher" manners wouldn’t hurt – and we’ve written letters to the editor (not published) about the racist anti-Muslim cartoon- but reporters are saying that their parameters for stories they can cover are pretty narrow.

Today’s Sunday Post, with 50 some pages of actual news and another 50 of ads, has several original (and “content-shared” local stories. One front-pager on students protesting Coffman and Gardner’s silence on gun control. One puff piece on p2 of Denver & the West quoting Extraction O&G saying that they promise that they won’t drill (at Bella Romero K-8 academy) during school hours. No parents or protesters were quoted in the piece. One on the sanctuary movement in Boulder. One on a population boom in Grand Junction. (The GJ Sentinel is not a DFM property, by the way). One Business section article on a Lafayette nonprofit compiling data on Hepatitis.

These aren’t bad stories (except for the Extraction piece). My point is that a re-imagined Denver paper would benefit from real collaboration with rural papers that also see enlightenednself-interest in running real news, including controversial stories.