May 5, 2016

Sanders and Trump win in Indiana, Cruz and Kasich drop out. “Unlike in the Republican contests, there have been pretty consistent patterns that have defined the Democratic match-ups. Bernie Sanders consistently does better with younger and more liberal voters; Clinton does better with older, more moderate and black voters.”

Russia to respond to NATO troop build-up in eastern Europe with huge counter-deployment. “Russia says it will deploy three divisions of troops along its borders to counter NATO’s increasing military presence in Eastern Europe.”

Supreme Court justices suggest bribing public officials is so common that it should not be illegal. “Chief Justice John Roberts went so far as to say that upholding the (Hobbs Act) case would “cripple the ability of elected officials to fulfill their role in our representative democracy”.”

Third U.S. “advisor” is killed in undeclared war against IS. “…the White House insists there are no U.S. “boots on the ground” in Iraq or Syria.”

Video reportedly shows U.S. troops in combat against IS. “The footage – filmed on a cellphone during the battle, which lasted more than half a day – reveals the extent to which the US military is once again engaged in intense combat in Iraq.”

Mother of police shooting victim addresses Kent State massacre ceremony. “The mother of Tamir Rice was the keynote speaker as Kent State University observed the 46th anniversary of when National Guard troops opened fire on Vietnam War demonstrators, killing four students and wounding nine others on May 4, 1970.”

Boeing reportedly received more than $300 million in tax breaks and credits from state of Washington in 2015. “The figures also show Boeing apparently has been able to drive its state business taxes down by 80 to 95 percent, compared with what it would have paid without the breaks.”

Student with $2 bill in the school cafeteria sparks police investigation. “(The student’s) $2 bill was eventually returned. She did not, however, get her chicken nuggets for lunch that day.”

Transportation safety agency expands airbag recall to cover up to 69 million vehicles. “The recall now stretches to 17 different manufacturers, including the just-added Tesla Motors Inc.”

Justice Department warns North Carolina that restroom access law violates civil rights of transgendered people. “In a letter to Republican Governor Pat McCrory the Justice Department said North Carolina was “engaging in a pattern or practice of discrimination against transgender state employees”.”

Health insurance companies, service providers reportedly primary donors to campaign to kill Colorado single-payer health plan. “The anti-single-payer effort is funded almost entirely by health care industry interests, including $500,000 from Anthem Inc., the state’s largest health insurance provider; $40,000 from Cigna, another large health insurer that is current in talks to merge with Anthem; $75,000 from Davita, the dialysis company; $25,000 from Delta Dental, the largest dental insurer in the state; and $100,000 from SCL Health, the faith-based hospital chain.”

Arrests in Berta Cáceres murder case allegedly point to military officers and energy company employee. “Adding credence to suspicions that Cáceres’ killing was politically-motivated, among those arrested were Honduran military officials as well as an employee of Desarrollos Energéticos (or DESA), the private energy company behind the Agua Zarca dam, which Cáceres fiercely opposed.”

Colorado follows Texas in blocking local fracking bans. “The Colorado Supreme Court ruled on Monday that state law trumps two cities’ attempts to stem the domestic fracking boom, issuing “a severe slap in the face” to Coloradans and local democracy alike.”

Rolling Stones join Adele, Steven Tyler and Neil Young, ask Trump to stop using their music at rallies. “In a statement Wednesday, the rock band said they have not given permission to the Trump campaign to use their songs and “have requested that they cease all use immediately”.”

House committee votes not to project long term costs of nuclear arms spending. “In October, the DOD signed a contract with Northrop Grumman to produce a new long-range strike bomber, and its proposed budget plan sets aside hundreds of billions of dollars to buy a new generation of ICBMs, nuclear submarines, and cruise missiles.”

Brazilian judge orders total shut down of WhatsApp service for 72 hours. “The ruling, issued on April 26, became public on Monday when it was served on mobile service providers.”

Some pundit cred crashes after Trump becomes likely Republican nominee. “With a few exceptions, those who purported to see the future of the 2016 GOP nomination process spent many months categorically assuring everyone that, polls notwithstanding, Donald Trump simply could not, would not, become the GOP nominee.”


May 5, 2016

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