May 7, 2016

London elects its first Muslim mayor. Sadiq Khan, the son of a bus driver, defeated the Conservative party candidate, a millionaire banking heir. “I am so proud that London has today chosen hope over fear”.

Jeb Bush says he won’t be voting for Trump or Clinton. “The former Florida governor and GOP presidential candidate announced on his Facebook page Friday that he wouldn’t vote for either Trump or Hillary Clinton.”

Turkey’s Erdogan rejects refugee deal, refuses to modify Turkey’s anti-terrorism laws. “Rights groups say Turkey has used broad anti-terrorism laws to silence dissent, including detaining journalists and academics critical of the government.

Turkish journalist escapes assassination attempt, is sentenced to prison for revealing arms shipments into Syria. “Earlier Friday, a gunman shouting “traitor” fired two shots at Dundar outside the courthouse during a break in proceedings before the attacker was apprehended by police.”

Pope outlines his vision for Europe in acceptance speech. “Speaking as he became the first pope to accept the prestigious Charlemagne prize for his work on behalf of European solidarity, the pontiff called for Europe to reclaim the principles that had been established after the second world war, above all by embracing integration and revamping its economic model to “benefit ordinary people and society as a whole”.”

Homeland Security employee arrested in connection with D.C. area shooting spree. “The arrest of Eulalio Tordil, 62, a federal police officer, ended a manhunt that began Thursday and forced authorities to put Montgomery County schools, government buildings and retail establishments on lockdown.”

Clinton campaign reportedly moving back to the center to woo Trump-hating voters. “More broadly, Mrs. Clinton’s campaign is repositioning itself, after a year of emphasizing liberal positions and focusing largely on minority voters, to appeal to independent and Republican-leaning white voters turned off by Mr. Trump.”

Little Rock, Arkansas settles lawsuit with family of 67 year-old police shooting victim. “The suit alleged that Officer Donna Lesher and Detective Tabitha McCrillis unlawfully entered Ellison’s home while the two officers were working as private security guards on Dec. 9, 2010.”

Panama Papers leaker issues manifesto, offers to cooperate with authorities in return for immunity. “The source was critical of banks, financial regulators, tax authorities, the courts, and the legal profession, as well as the media, saying he had offered the documents to several major media outlets that had chosen not to cover them.

California judge refuses to dismiss Facebook facial recognition lawsuit. “The social network lost the first round of a lawsuit on Thursday in which it is accused of “unlawfully” storing biometric data mined from people’s photographs.”

Government approves massive telecom merger. “The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved a $90 billion merger between three telecom corporations, a move that consumer advocates warn will create a “price-gouging cable giant”.”

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau takes on mandatory arbitration clauses. “Some state judges have called the class-action bans a ‘get out of jail free’ card, because it is nearly impossible for one individual to take on a corporation with vast resources.”

Many neo-conservatives reportedly prefer Clinton over Trump. “For all their bluster about bombing the Islamic State into oblivion, neither Donald J. Trump nor Senator Ted Cruz of Texas has demonstrated anywhere near the appetite for military engagement abroad that Clinton has.”

Some doctors would prefer a single-payer, national health care system. “Despite the passage of the Affordable Care Act six years ago, 30 million Americans remain uninsured, an even greater number are underinsured, financial barriers to care like co-pays and deductibles are rising, bureaucracy is growing, provider networks are narrowing, and medical costs are continuing to climb.”

95% of Greek bail-out money went to European banks instead of Greece, study alleges. “The report’s findings echo the charge levied by other economists including Nobel Prize-winner Joseph Stiglitz and former Greek finance minister for the anti-austerity Syriza party, Yanis Varoufakis.”


May 7, 2016

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