Member of House Intelligence committee says she can’t talk about post 9/11 assassination program involving Blackwater. “Yeah, I can’t—I really can’t, I don’t think even at this point, tell.” https://www.democracynow.org/2018/3/14/congresswoman_confirms_erik_prince_tied_to
Senate passes bill to roll back Dodd-Frank restrictions on major banks. “I urge my colleagues to ask themselves — whose side are we on? The side of special interests and Wall Street, or taxpayers and homeowners and students and workers?” http://thehill.com/policy/finance/378491-senate-passes-bipartisan-bill-to-rollback-dodd-frank
Toys R Us reportedly seeking permission to sell off its inventory. “Toys ‘R’ Us said on Thursday it is seeking approval to liquidate inventory in its 735 U.S. stores, which debtors anticipate will close by the end of this year.” https://www.reuters.com/article/us-toys-r-us-bankruptcy/toys-r-us-to-close-doors-leaving-void-for-toy-lovers-idUSKCN1GR0E6
Democratic candidate wins tight special election for Pennsylvania’s vacant seat in Congress. “(Conor) Lamb, for all his fresh-faced charm, ran and won as a Trump Democrat – a flashback to the “Republican Lite” candidacies the Democrats specialized in during the Clinton ’90s and ’00s.” https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/why-democrats-should-worry-about-conor-lambs-victory-w517866
Muslim groups suspect incoming Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of being a hater. “After the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013, Pompeo — then a member of Congress — falsely accused American Muslim organizations of not condemning terrorism. Despite a steady stream of such condemnations since the Sept. 11 attacks — including many in the hours after the Boston attacks — Pompeo accused American Muslims of being ‘potentially complicit’.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2018/03/13/sweeping-comments-by-trumps-state-dept-pick-about-islam-have-long-worried-muslim-advocates/
Supporters of incoming CIA director Gina Haspel using the “Nuremberg defense” to justify her participation in torture program. “She was following orders.” https://theintercept.com/2018/03/15/washington-breaks-out-the-just-following-orders-nazi-defense-for-cia-director-designate-gina-haspel/
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says “konnichiwa” to third generation Japanese-American congresswoman, before responding during hearing to concerns about defunding of internment camp history programs. “The phrase ― which, let’s remember, (Colleen) Hanabusa’s grandfather imprisoned on Oahu was a U.S. citizen ― means “good afternoon” or “good day” in Japanese.” https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ryan-zinke-internment-camp-wwii-konnichiwa_us_5aaacf27e4b05b2217fd44c6
Court orders release of Parkland, Florida high school shooting video. “(Deputy Scot) Peterson stood by the building for about 26 minutes.” https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/03/15/parkland-surveillance-video-shows-officer-standing-outside-school-during-shooting/428147002/
Comedian who ordered Trump merchandise discovers most of it is made overseas in low wage countries or is unlabelled. “…he was a little surprised when he came across two products that didn’t have nation of origin labels at all, because when (Jimmy) Kimmel looked at import law, it said that ‘failure to properly report product origin can result in substantial penalties’.” http://time.com/5201084/jimmy-kimmel-on-trump-merch/ If I were a betting man, I’d bet those unmarked items were made in a Muslim-majority country, like Indonesia or Bangladesh.
Jealous girlfriend accused of attacking sleeping boyfriend with sword. “On March 3, the 30-year-old reportedly taped a samurai sword underneath the couple’s bed and waited for Lovell to fall asleep. The enraged girlfriend then began to hack at her boyfriend in the dark.” http://denver.cbslocal.com/2018/03/15/woman-samurai-sword-attack-boyfriend/
New Miami pedestrian bridge collapses. “It stretched 174 feet and weighed 960 tons, according to the release, and was built using what are called “Accelerated Bridge Construction” methods being worked on at the university.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2018/03/15/new-pedestrian-bridge-collapses-at-florida-international-university-injuring-several/ A 960 ton pedestrian bridge? This must be a typo.
Trump mangles story about Japanese ‘bowling ball’ test on imported cars. “When he said, ‘If the hood dents, then the car doesn’t qualify’, that would be a test of the strength of the hood. In contrast, the test is all about a person’s head and the force it has to absorb in (a pedestrian strike) accident.” http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2018/mar/15/donald-trump/trump-botches-japanese-bowling-ball-test/ In other words, if the hood is too rigid it could kill the pedestrian, so the bigger the dent the better.
Biggest operator of U.S. radio stations files for bankruptcy. “IHeart, with about 850 radio stations and 17,000 employees worldwide, filed for Chapter 11 protection Wednesday in Houston, a move that allows iHeart to keep operating while it tries to cement its turnaround plan.” http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-iheart-bankrtuptcy-20180315-story.html
Sen. Elizabeth Warren criticizes Wells Fargo CEO’s pay raise. “The firm announced this week that it paid Sloan $17.4 million for 2017, a 36 percent increase from a year earlier.” https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-15/wells-fargo-ceo-s-36-pay-increase-criticized-by-senator-warren
Parent company of grocery store chain Winn-Dixie to file for bankruptcy. “Southeastern Grocers, the parent company of Winn-Dixie grocery stores, said it’s restructuring to save $500 million, but will be forced to file bankruptcy and close 94 stores.” http://www.newsweek.com/winn-dixie-bankruptcy-southeastern-grocers-restructuring-stores-closing-ceo-847416
Federal appeals court throws out law requiring investment and insurance brokers to act in the best interests of their clients. “In a 2-1 ruling, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals said the fiduciary rule bears the hallmarks of “unreasonableness” and constitutes an arbitrary and capricious exercise of administrative power.” http://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/378722-federal-appeals-court-tosses-out-obama-era-labor-dept-fiduciary-rule “The lawsuit stems from a challenge the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and eight other business and financial groups brought against the rule.”
Police shooting of pregnant, unarmed 16 year old in Hayward, California receiving little press coverage. “The undercover officers were dressed in plain clothes and armed with AR-15 rifles when they ambushed the car of teenagers.” https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/mar/15/elena-mondragon-police-shooting-california-no-video
New Hampshire state trooper cleared in fatal shooting of fleeing suspect shot in the back. “(Trooper) O’Toole told investigators that (Jesse) Champney repeatedly said he had a gun and would shoot him and refused O’Toole’s demands to stop during the foot chase.” https://www.chron.com/news/crime/article/No-charges-in-police-shooting-that-inspired-12753705.php
Supreme Court accused of making up its own legal doctrine on police immunity. “One provision (of the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871) said that ‘any person’ who acts ‘under color of any law’ and who deprives someone of ‘any rights, privileges or immunities secured by the Constitution shall be liable to the party injured’. It includes no exceptions and gives no officials immunity.” http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-court-police-suits-20180315-story.html
Attorneys at Chicago double police shooting trial accuse paramedic of changing his testimony. “It’s not until (DiGiovanni) had conferred with the city’s lawyers that the bodies started moving outside.” http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-rahm-emanuel-deposition-police-shooting-20180312-story.html
Protesters demand that Elgin, Illinois officials release video of fatal police shooting. “Police said (Decynthia) Clements, 34, had a knife and was shot early Monday by Lt. Christian Jensen after an hour-long standoff that came after she fled from a traffic stop.” http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20180314/elgin-activists-say-they-will-protest-until-police-shooting-video-is-released
Jury clears Zion, Illinois police officer who shot fleeing, teenage suspect twice in the back. “Andrew Stroth, one of the family’s lawyers, said (Justus) Howell’s relatives were ‘devastated’ by the verdict. He said that surveillance video of the shooting ‘speaks for itself’.” https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/jury-finds-for-zion-police-officer-who-shot-boy-17-twice-in-back-killing-him/
Anti-abortion group makes huge donation to Democrat facing primary challenge. “Now that progressive primary challenger Marie Newman is ‘within striking distance’ of ousting Blue Dog Democrat Rep. Dan Lipinski in Illinois’s 3rd District, a right-wing group that typically backs Republicans has made a ‘six-figure investment’ in a ‘last-minute push’ to bolster the anti-choice incumbent.” https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/03/15/fend-progressive-primary-challenger-marie-newman-anti-choice-group-throws-big-money
Oklahoma to move to new method of executing prisoners after drug companies cut off access to execution drugs. “According to the Independent, the American Veterinary Medical Association has deemed the use of nitrogen gas as unacceptable for euthanizing animals, and has said it would take several minutes for a 70-pound animal to die if the gas was administered.” https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/03/15/stunning-critics-oklahoma-turns-experimental-use-nitrogen-gas-kill-people
U.S. falls to 18th in ‘happiness’ ranking. “The World Happiness Report ranks countries according to per capita GDP, social support, life expectancy, freedom to make life choices, generosity, and corruption levels.” https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/03/14/while-progressive-nordic-nations-thrive-global-happiness-index-us-drops-alarming-18
Elizabeth Warren introduces bill that would jail bankers. “Today, I introduced the Ending Too Big to Jail Act, which would help make sure big bank executives are hauled out of their corner offices in handcuffs the next time they break the law.” https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/03/14/blasting-banklobbyistact-warren-unveils-ending-too-big-jail-act-fight-wall-street If you trick a convenience store clerk into giving you $10 too much in change you would probably go to jail, so why not bankers who cheat?
Facebook has reportedly hidden a web page that touted the site’s power to influence the outcomes of elections. “Facebook’s (campaign on behalf of) Florida’s Republican Gov. Rick Scott ‘used link ads and video ads to boost Hispanic voter turnout in their candidate’s successful bid for a second term, resulting in a 22% increase in Hispanic support and the majority of the Cuban vote’. Facebook’s work with the Scottish National Party, a political party in the U.K., was described as ‘triggering a landslide’.” https://theintercept.com/2018/03/14/facebook-election-meddling/
Ford recalls more than 1.3 million vehicles over faulty steering wheels. “The Dearborn, Michigan company said it was ‘issuing a safety recall in North America for approximately 1.3 million 2014-18 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles for potentially loose steering wheel bolts that could result in a steering wheel detaching from the steering column’.” http://www.ibtimes.com/ford-cars-safety-recall-13-million-fusion-lincoln-focus-vehicles-affected-2662815
Canadian journalist suggests Trump may have fabricated the entire meeting with Justin Trudeau that he referred to in a recent speech. “The Canadians are unsure what meeting Trump’s referring to…. (the) anecdote (about the trade deficit) from Trump most resembles a chat they may have had by phone.” https://www.rawstory.com/2018/03/trump-apparently-made-meeting-lied-canadas-trudeau/
Spanish government digs hole deeper, raids offices of Catalan regional government. “Spanish police searched the seat of the Catalan regional government in Barcelona on Thursday as part of an investigation into how last year’s banned independence referendum was funded.” https://www.yahoo.com/news/spanish-police-raid-catalan-govt-hq-referendum-probe-004334274.html
U.S. movie rating system flags gun carnage but not gun violence. “When comparing the PG-13 theatrical release of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) to the R-rated ‘Ultimate Edition’, both feature the same kind of violence, but only the latter shows the blood spray and human suffering that results, including shots of blood being smeared on walls, clouds of blood after people are shot, and blood spraying on the wall after a character is hit with an assault rifle. Screenrant described the Ultimate Edition as being ‘a bit more realistic’ because of its inclusion of human suffering after the gunfire.” https://fair.org/home/republicans-want-to-look-at-gun-violence-in-movies-ok-lets-look/
House “School Safety” bill does not contain any gun control measures. “The protests came as the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill authorizing $50 million in grants to schools for safety protocols and training.” https://www.democracynow.org/2018/3/15/headlines/house_passes_school_safety_bill_without_any_gun_controls
Turkish forces encircle city of Afrin in Syria, cut off city’s water supply. “Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to crush the Kurdish YPG militia, known as the People’s Protection Units, who control Afrin.” https://www.democracynow.org/2018/3/15/headlines/syria_turkish_military_surrounds_kurdish_held_city_of_afrin