April 18, 2016

Mass arrests continue at anti-corruption protests in Washington. “U.S. Capitol Police have arrested more than 900 protesters through Saturday.” http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/04/16/hundreds-democracy-spring-protesters-arrested-dc/83123326/

Company taking pre-orders for fast, affordable, electric two-seater. “The Arcimoto SRK is expected to go into production later this year, and the company is taking reservations with a $100 deposit (said to be fully refundable) from interested drivers.” http://www.treehugger.com/cars/little-two-seater-ev-has-70-130-mile-range-top-speed-80mph-and-costs-12000.html

Philippine presidential candidate reportedly jokes that he should have been the first to gang rape a prison hostage, refuses to apologize. “A YouTube video appeared over the weekend of (Rodrigo) Duterte joking about the 1989 rape and murder of an Australian missionary that took place in Davao City, in the country’s southeast, where he is mayor, CNN Philippines reported.   http://edition.cnn.com/2016/04/17/asia/philippines-election-rodrigo-duterte-gang-rape-comments/

Life insurance companies under investigation for not paying up. “In a little-known series of settlements, 25 of the nation’s biggest life insurance companies have agreed to pay more than 7 and a half billion dollars in back death benefits.” http://www.cbsnews.com/news/60-minutes-life-insurance-investigation-lesley-stahl/

Sanders supports shower Clinton with $1 bills on her way to  fundraiser. “Tickets to the fundraiser started at $33,400, and tickets to sit at the table with Clinton and Clooney sold for $353,400.” http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2016/04/sanders_supporters_protest_cli.html

Native Americans say University of New Mexico’s seal is racist. “Oceti Sakowin tribe member and UNM doctoral student Nick Estes designed his own version of the seal, with the conquistador and frontiersman standing atop a pile of bones, in protest.” http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/apr/17/university-of-new-mexico-students-denounce-seal-racist

Artist reportedly receives death threats, threat of lawsuit over nude Trump painting. “The LA-based artist (Illma Gore) has received thousands of death threats and travelled to the UK to escape the frenzy, agreeing to allow Mayfair to manage the sale of the controversial painting, now priced at £1m. (Warning: link contains image of painting of a nude figure.) http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/apr/17/nude-donald-trump-painting-illma-gore-lawsuits

Pennsylvania reportedly legalizes medical marijuana. “Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signed a bi-partisan bill into law on Sunday legalizing medical marijuana across the state.” http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2016/04/17/pennsylvania-legalizes-medical-marijuana.html

Turkish border guards accused of firing on Syrians fleeing fighting. “Human Rights Watch reported on Friday that Turkish border guards responded to the refugees approaching the border with live ammunition, opening fire on the crowds to drive them back.” http://news.antiwar.com/2016/04/17/turkey-denies-shooting-at-fleeing-syrian-refugees/

Democracy Now! journalists allegedly ordered to stop filming arrests of anti-Trump protesters, were themselves violently arrested by police. “They threw me to the ground. They slammed my head against the pavement. And they twisted my arm. And, I mean, my wrists are red.” http://www.democracynow.org/2016/4/15/first_amendment_rights_two_democracy_now

People close to the Clintons were reportedly clients of Mossack Fonseca according to Panama Papers leak. “Among them are Gabrielle Fialkoff, finance director for Hillary Clinton’s first campaign for the U.S. Senate; Frank Giustra, a Canadian mining magnate who has traveled the globe with Bill Clinton; the Chagoury family, which pledged $1 billion in projects to the Clinton Global Initiative; and Chinese billionaire Ng Lap Seng, who was at the center of a Democratic fund-raising scandal when Bill Clinton was president.” http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/election/article72215012.html

State Department’s Human Rights Report all talk, no action say critics. “The takeaway for many human rights advocates is that the report remains an invaluable historical record, but don’t count on it to spur a response from the White House, especially when some of the worst offenders are U.S. allies.” http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/national-security/article71943597.html

 

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April 18, 2016

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