April 27, 2016

House approves terrorism anti-recruitment bill, Democrats say it singles out Muslims, ignores more deadly, right-wing domestic terrorism. “The bill (H.R. 4820), introduced two days ago, would require the Department of Homeland Security to collect and use the testimony of former terrorists, and possibly their friends and family, in efforts to stymie the recruitment efforts of violent extremist groups like the Islamic State…” http://www.politico.com/story/2016/03/terrorist-recruitment-bill-house-221167

Charges dismissed against suspected Phoenix freeway shooter, his attorney asks that court records be unsealed to clear his client’s name. “(Leslie Merritt Jr.), who spent those seven months in jail before his release last week, has maintained he is innocent and that authorities arrested the wrong person.” http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/attorneys-unseal-records-phoenix-freeway-shooting-38690957

British court finds police lied when they said soccer fans rushed gate, leading to 96 deaths in 1989. “A false narrative that blamed drunken, ticketless and rowdy Liverpool fans was created by police and spread by a lawmaker in Sheffield.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/hillsborough-disaster-verdicts-set-to-be-delivered/2016/04/26/75b6debc-0b86-11e6-bc53-db634ca94a2a_story.html

Anti-corruption protesters mass outside Iraqi parliament. “The demonstrators, many carrying Iraqi flags, marched from central Baghdad to an entrance to the heavily fortified Green Zone, where the government has its headquarters, chanting that politicians “are all thieves”.” http://www.thenational.ae/world/middle-east/iraqi-mps-approve-five-candidates-for-new-cabinet

New Guinea Supreme Court rules that Australian prison camp is illegal. “In their order, the judges said Australia and Papua New Guinea must “take all steps necessary” to stop the “unconstitutional and illegal detention of the asylum seekers or transferees” on Manus Island, according to a report by Australia’s ABC network.” http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/04/26/475706611/australian-refugee-detention-center-is-declared-illegal-by-papua-new-guinea-cour

Mitsubishi Motors reportedly admits it used improper fuel mileage testing methods since 1991. “It said aggressive internal targets may have put pressure on employees to overstate the fuel economy of its vehicles, and would set up an external committee to investigate the matter.http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mitsubishimotors-regulations-idUSKCN0XN0DV

Stanford University refuses to divest from fossil fuel industry investments. “The school’s board of trustees said Monday that after evaluating a divestment proposal from Fossil Free Stanford, an anti-investment campus group, it had concluded the companies the university endowment invests in inflict no “social injury,” so there was no reason to dispose of the holdings.” http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Stanford-rejects-student-push-to-divest-fossil-7377162.php

State Department accused of withholding Freedom of Information Act document to conceal that Hillary Clinton was using a personal email address. ““If the State Department disclosed the email when first supposedly found, Clinton’s email server and her hidden emails would have been disclosed nearly two years ago, before Clinton authorized the alleged deletion of tens of thousands emails,” the group stated in a press release.” http://dailycaller.com/2016/04/26/state-dept-delayed-releasing-email-that-could-have-blown-lid-off-hillary-email-scandal/

Kansas sued by ACLU over voter registration laws. “Over the last three years [since Kansas changed its voting laws] Defendants have placed more than 35,000 would-be Kansas voters on a “suspense list,” and of these individuals, approximately 22,000 remain in suspense or have been purged altogether from the registration system, solely because they purportedly did not submit documentary proof of citizenship.” http://fusion.net/story/295412/kansas-voting-aclu/

Cleveland police union official suggests that part of settlement paid to family over police shooting of Tamir Rice be used to educate kids about the dangers of playing with toy guns. “…(Steve) Loomis issued a news release that said “we can only hope the Rice family and their attorneys will use a portion of this settlement to help educate the youth of Cleveland in the dangers associated with the mishandling of both real and facsimile firearms.” http://www.cleveland.com/court-justice/index.ssf/2016/04/tamir_rice_settlement_should_h.html Or, perhaps, it could be used to educate officers about the danger of shooting first and asking questions later?

Report of black male attempting to abduct white, South Carolina schoolchildren turns out to be false. “But after conducting an investigation, county officials determined that the two boys had made the story up as a cover for skipping school, the Herald said.” http://fusion.net/story/294962/york-county-fake-abduction-black-man/

Critics say cable mega-merger will hurt consumers. “The merger will combine the nation’s second-, third-, and sixth-largest cable-TV and Internet service providers (ISPs) and effectively place two-thirds of the nation’s high-speed Internet subscribers under the authority of just two corporations, Charter and Comcast.” http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/04/26/fcc-green-lights-crushing-charter-cable-mega-merge

Journalist not allowed to write about casino magnates resigns. “If a Las Vegas columnist is considered ‘conflicted’ because he’s been unsuccessfully sued by two of the most powerful and outspoken players in the gaming industry, then it’s time to move on.”  http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/apr/26/columnist-resigns-sheldon-adelson-las-vegas-review-journal

Trump and Clinton both allegedly control companies registered at the same Wilmington, Delaware address. “A building that has become famous for helping tens of thousands of companies avoid hundreds of millions of dollars in tax through the so-called “Delaware loophole”.” http://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/apr/25/delaware-tax-loophole-1209-north-orange-trump-clinton

U.S. upper class accused of selfishness. “Today’s rich avoid taxes, military service, and charitable giving.” http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/apr/25/america-wealthy-class-betrayed-inequality

Internet trolls reportedly get eight Sanders Facebook pages banned by posting elicit content and having it reported. “Erica Libenow, a Sanders supporter and member of one of the pro-Bernie groups, told US Uncut, “We had what looked like a kiddie porn posted in one of our groups today. I reported that one.” https://www.salon.com/2016/04/26/mystery_over_booted_bernie_groups_on_facebook_speculation_swirls_regarding_hillary_clinton_super_pacs_role_in_deletion/

Prison guard reportedly fired for spraying restrained inmate with pepper spray. “Chatham County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Charlesetta Hawkins was charged with cruelty to an inmate after she was caught on video pepper spraying inmate Jonathan Mahone, the sheriff’s office said in a statement.” http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/georgia-sheriff-s-deputy-fired-after-pepper-spraying-inmate-county-n562496

LuxLeaks whistle blowers go on trial for revealing corporate tax dodging. “Whilst many of the corporations implicated in the scandal have not technically broken the law by funnelling profits through a tax haven, the “LuxLeaks” scandal has drawn European leaders’ attention to the loopholes that allow multinational corporations to hugely boost their profits by dodging the tax collector, and have driven global demands for reform.” https://news.vice.com/article/the-whistleblowers-behind-the-luxleaks-scandal-are-on-trial-in-luxembourg

Elderly woman who danced with Obamas at the White House was reportedly unable to get a photo ID. “According to columnist Courtland Milloy, in order for Virginia McLaurin to get her D.C. nondriver’s license as photo ID, she needs a copy of her birth certificate from South Carolina, where she was born. However, in order to get that birth certificate (from South Carolina), she needs a photo ID.” http://www.theroot.com/articles/news/2016/04/_107_year_old_woman_who_danced_with_obama_unable_to_get_government_issued.html?wpisrc=topstories

Washington Post gets Pulitzer for police shooting database “Fatal Force”, but the original alternative news project, “Fatal Encounters”, is overlooked. “Then Wesley Lowery appeared on the PBS News Hour with Judy Woodruff on April 19.* PBS’s description of his appearance read: “No one kept track of police shootings until this Pulitzer-winning project.”” http://gawker.com/what-i-learned-about-the-washington-post-from-four-year-1772856986


April 27, 2016