Trump says Putin’s denials of U.S. election hacking were very persuasive, Russia may not be responsible for U.S. election hacking after all. Media and Deep State go nuts. “At a news conference after the summit, President Trump was asked if he believed his own intelligence agencies or the Russian president when it came to the allegations of meddling in the elections. ‘President Putin says it’s not Russia. I don’t see any reason why it would be,’ he replied.” https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-44852812 I think it’s safe to say that the turmoil going on in the U.S. now has far exceeded Russia’s wildest dreams, as the politerati tear each other to shreds over what was actually a pretty run-of-the-mill attempt at election tampering (hacked and leaked emails, inflammatory Facebook ads, phishing attempts on election officials) which probably did not effect the outcome of the election. A bigger deal by far would be if they helped Trump get the Republican nomination, either as a planted Russia-friendly candidate or simply as a wild-card who would create political chaos. Mucho bonus points if they influenced James Comey (directly or indirectly) to announce the reopening of the Hillary Clinton email investigation right before the election. It seems likely that, whatever the extent of the political interference, that it’s payback for overthrowing the Russia-friendly government in Ukraine (which is Russia’s Canada). All that being said, better relations with Russia would not be the end of the world, and would save the U.S. (and Russia) trillions in nuclear and conventional military spending. After the disastrous and incredibly expensive wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a little ‘peace dividend’ would be much appreciated by the taxpaying U.S. public. But you’re probably going to have to vote Green to actually get that, because Trump is just going to to blow it all on another war, probably in Iran this time.
Judge orders halt in deportations of reunited migrant families after allegations that parents are being forced to agree to deportation to get their children back. “The government gives reunited parents the option of being deported with their children or being deported alone while leaving their children in the USA to make their own claim to stay in the country (according to a lawyer representing the ACLU).” https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2018/07/16/judge-halts-deportations-parents-separated-children/788276002/
Russian citizen charged with attempting to influence National Rifle Association and other conservative organizations on behalf of her government. “(Maria) Butina is accused of trying to cultivate relationships with American politicians to establish ‘back channel’ lines of communication and seeking to infiltrate U.S. political groups, including an unnamed ‘gun rights organization’, to advance Russia’s agenda.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/maria-butina-russian-gun-rights-advocate-charged-in-us-with-acting-as-russian-federation-agent/2018/07/16/d1d4832a-8929-11e8-85ae-511bc1146b0b_story.html What timing!
‘Our Revolution’ fires its National Justice director Tezlyn Figaro after she points out that unlimited immigration hurts unskilled workers already in the U.S. “The (Democratic Party) claims to champion the economic well-being of black and Hispanic Americans. Yet it also supports unfettered immigration, which, according to a vast amount of economic literature—including a report by the National Academy of Sciences—depresses wages and reduces job opportunities for minority American workers.” https://www.newsweek.com/democrats-immigration-dogma-damaging-african-american-communities-opinion-1026181
Treasury Dept. and IRS say social-welfare organizations that advocate for specific policies and similar ‘non-political’, non-charity groups will no longer have to provide ‘dark money’ donor information. “…the move frees labor unions, issue advocacy organizations, veterans groups and other nonprofits that do not receive tax-exempt money from meeting confidential disclosure requirements set in place decades ago.” https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-tax-groups/us-treasury-moves-to-protect-identities-of-dark-money-political-donors-idUSKBN1K704F
Vineland, New Jersey police reportedly mauled unarmed suspect with attack dog AFTER shooting him three times. “After (Rashaun) Washington was shot he took a few steps and collapsed where a memorial now stands. But witnesses also said after Washington fell police released the K-9.” http://6abc.com/neighbors-capture-vineland-police-involved-shooting-on-video-/3773131/
Drug store manager calls police on black woman trying to use a coupon. “I don’t take issue — not then, not now — with him not accepting the coupon,” she said. “It’s how he didn’t accept the coupon.” https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/cvs-apologizes-after-white-manager-calls-police-black-customer-over-n891596
Bernie Sanders CEOs vs. Workers Town Hall: “How does it happen that there are major corporations in America where CEOs receive extravagant compensation packages, who pay their workers wages so low that many of them are forced to rely on food stamps, Medicaid, and public housing—subsidized by taxpayers—to survive?” https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/07/16/sanders-hosts-ceos-vs-workers-town-hall-take-extravagant-executive-pay-and-poverty
Inspired by the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling that lifted caps on political donations, PBS documentary “Dark Money” hits theaters. “… you could just see political power slipping out of the hands of the average citizen and into the hands of a handful of super-rich people.” https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/07/13/dark-money-new-documentary-offers-close-and-harrowing-portrait-how-secret-corporate
Trump administration: mission accomplished in War on Poverty. “Anti-poverty advocates are rejecting a new Trump administration report that ridiculously declares the ‘War on Poverty is largely over and a success’.” https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/07/13/carefully-calculated-strategy-slash-safety-net-underway-white-house-claims-war
Israeli parliament to vote on ‘apartheid’ bill. “The proposed legislation would allow the state to ‘authorize a community composed of people having the same faith and nationality to maintain the exclusive character of that community’.” https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/15/israel-turmoil-bill-allowing-jews-arabs-segregated
Mexico’s new left-populist president cuts his own pay by 60%. ” Lopez Obrador said he will take home 108,000 pesos a month, which is $5,707 at current exchange rates…. The transition team calculates that current Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto makes 270,000 pesos a month.” http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-mexico-president-salary-20180716-story.html
Amazon workers in Germany, Spain and Poland go on Prime Day strike. “The Verdi services union called the one-day strike to back its demand for labor contracts that guarantee healthy working conditions at fulfillment centers run by the world’s largest e-commerce company.” https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/amazon-workers-strike-germany-spain-poland-coincide-prime-day-n891691
Clayton, Missouri police reportedly accused black students of leaving IHOP without paying, even after they showed their receipts. “Even though some of the students had receipts showing they had paid for their meals, police made all of them walk three blocks back to the restaurant, with six squad cars following them…. the manager told officers the students were not those who had left without paying.” https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/black-washington-u-students-stopped-by-clayton-police-falsely-accused/article_eb3ed781-3449-5124-b1a2-037d86f0082f.html But they’re black!
International Criminal Court outlaws ‘crimes of aggression’. “Claims alleging that armed force has been used against the ‘sovereignty, territorial integrity or political independence’ of another state can, from Tuesday, be taken to the tribunal in The Hague. The new offense cannot, however, be enforced retrospectively over conflicts such as the 2003 Iraq invasion.” https://www.theguardian.com/law/2018/jul/17/icc-crimeof-aggression-comes-into-effect-without-key-signatories-uk-law-war
Australian authorities release video of death of aboriginal man while in police custody. “Shocking video footage of the death in custody of an Indigenous Australian man has been aired in court for the first time, depicting five officers restraining a man who said 12 times that he could not breathe.” https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/jul/16/harrowing-video-footage-shows-death-in-custody-of-aboriginal-man They were trying to stop him from… eating cookies in his cell.
Brett Kavanaugh allegedly screwed journalist’s lawyer out more than a decade of legal fees in JFK assassination case. “On the issue of compensation for successful FOIA litigants, (Senior Justice) Henderson said the prospective Supreme Court justice ignored the letter of the law while siding with a “recalcitrant” CIA over a working journalist — i.e., me — who had uncovered information of genuine public benefit.” https://theintercept.com/2018/07/17/brett-kavanaugh-supreme-court-cia/
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez proposes a Democratic version of GOP’s Freedom Caucus. “The current (Congressional Progressive Caucus), made up of 78 members, is too amorphous to act as a united bloc, which saps it of its strength, Ocasio-Cortez argued.” https://theintercept.com/2018/07/16/ocasio-cortez-floats-a-sub-caucus-of-progressives-willing-to-vote-together-as-a-bloc/
Colin Kaepernick still blacklisted for kneeling during national anthem in protest of police shootings. ” I believe that what has happened to Kaepernick is the single biggest injustice done to an athlete in my lifetime. It is on par with Muhammad Ali being stripped of his championship belt and being banned from boxing for three years because he was a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War.” https://theintercept.com/2018/07/14/colin-kaepernick-nfl-500-days/
Election software vendor VR systems claims it was never hacked by Russia, despite Robert Mueller indictment apparently claiming it was. “Compare that once more to the NSA report, which noted that Russian ‘cyber actors used the email@example.com account to contact U.S. email addresses 1 to 122 associated with named local government organizations’.” https://theintercept.com/2018/07/13/a-swing-state-election-vendor-repeatedly-denied-being-hacked-by-russians-new-mueller-indictment-says-otherwise/
IS forces in Afghanistan ‘remarkably resilient’. “(General John) Nicholson admits that an insurgency that receives support from a neighboring country — not to mention sanctuary — is almost impossible to defeat.” https://abcnews.go.com/International/isis-insurgents-afghanistan-prove-resilient-us-special-forces/story?id=56545752
Basra protests in Iraq spread to more cities as citizens protest unemployment and lack of basic services. “Protests have spread to more Iraqi cities after a week of violent demonstrations in the oil-rich city of Basra where at least seven people were killed, dozens wounded, and hundreds arrested, police and activists said.” https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/07/iraq-deadly-basra-protests-spread-cities-180716161530993.html
Jailed Reuters journalist in Myanmar claims police arranged their meeting, handed him documents he had not requested. “At the time of their arrest, the reporters had been working on an investigation into the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslim men and boys in the village of Inn Din in western Myanmar’s Rakhine State.” https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-myanmar-journalists/myanmar-police-insisted-on-meeting-gave-documents-reuters-reporter-idUKKBN1K50XS
Discrepancies noted between Zapruder and Nix films of John F. Kennedy assassination, and neither match testimony of Secret Service agent Clint Hill. “In the Zapruder film of the assassination, Jackie goes only just beyond the middle of the trunk before retreating. In the Nix film, Jackie goes noticeably further out on the trunk…. Hill said he saw JFK’s head come apart after he reached the car. But we know from all the films that JFK was shot in the head almost immediately after Hill got off the running board of the follow-up car.” https://whowhatwhy.org/2018/07/12/jfk-assassination-film-proof-of-tampering/
Pussy Riot claims responsibility for invasion of playing field during World Cup final. “Protest group Pussy Riot, long a thorn in Vladimir Putin’s side, claimed responsibility Sunday for four people who brought the World Cup final to a brief halt by running onto the field dressed in police uniforms as the Russian president and a global audience watched.” https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/soccer/2018/07/15/pussy-riot-claims-on-field-protest-at-world-cup-final/36888599/
Protesters in Helsinki urged action on human rights, environment and nuclear disarmament. “Basically, (Trump and Putin) care about themselves, their power, their future. And this is very, very irresponsible, because in every corner of the planet, we start to see that climate change is an existential threat to the people and the planet. And if these two leaders will not talk about it, then we will speak about these things in the streets and in the squares. And that’s what we’re doing. And secondly, we need to talk about human rights, because both are eroding human rights. Both are a danger to rule of law and democracy.” https://www.democracynow.org/2018/7/16/mass_protests_meet_trump_putin_summit