May 12, 2016

Sanders campaign says nominating Clinton “risks disaster”. “We’re going to have a contested convention where the Democratic Party must decide if they want the candidate with the momentum who is best positioned to beat Trump, or if they are willing to roll the dice and court disaster simply to protect the status quo for the political and financial establishment of this country.” https://www.salon.com/2016/05/11/nominating_clinton_risks_disaster_simply_to_protect_the_status_quo_sanders_campaign_says/

Trump says you won’t be seeing his tax forms any time soon. “The presumptive nominee told the Associated Press Tuesday that despite the pressure to release his tax returns as decades of past presidential candidates have done, he likely won’t be releasing them before November due to an audit of his returns since 2009.” http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2016-election/nothing-learn-trump-says-he-wont-release-taxes-until-after-n572306

Former police officer Michael Slager pleads not guilty in Walter Scott shooting. “(Slager) fired eight times, hitting the unarmed Scott with five of those bullets.” http://edition.cnn.com/2016/05/11/us/north-charleston-police-michael-slager-indicted-walter-scott-shooting/

Sparks fly as Alan Grayson confronts Harry Reid over alleged ethics violations. “Grayson, one of the most liberal House Democrats, is running in a divisive primary against the more centrist Rep. Patrick Murphy to fill outgoing Sen. Marco Rubio’s seat.” http://edition.cnn.com/2016/05/11/politics/harry-reid-alan-grayson-democrats/

School supply vendor bribed Detroit principals to approve $2.7 million in fake invoices. “From 2009 through 2013, Norman H. Shy says his school supplies company, Allstate Sales — a tiny company he operated out of his home — bribed nearly a dozen principals with money and other gifts.” http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2016/05/businessman_admits_to_stealing.html

Receptionist sent home without pay after showing up for work without high heels. “Temp worker Nicola Thorp, 27, from Hackney, arrived at finance company PwC to be told she had to wear shoes with a “2 inch to 4 inch heel”. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-36264229

Nationwide decline in middle class say researchers. “As the middle class has shrunk, Pew points out, the lower and upper classes in America have grown in size and significance.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/05/11/the-middle-class-is-shrinking-just-about-everywhere-in-america/

North Carolina school district reportedly okays pepper spray for students to protect themselves from transgendered students in restrooms. “Depending on how the courts rule on the bathroom issues, it may be a pretty valuable tool to have on the female students if they go to the bathroom, not knowing who may come in.” http://fusion.net/story/301013/north-carolina-pepper-spray-rowan-salisbury-county-hb2/

New England car chase suspect beaten by police officers after he surrenders, live TV zooms out as beating begins. “Helicopter video of the end of a high-speed police pursuit from Massachusetts to New Hampshire shows a driver stepping slowly out of his truck, kneeling and putting his hands on the ground before several officers rush him and start pummeling him.” http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/may/11/video-police-beating-driver-new-hampshire-massachusetts

9/11 attack defendant’s attorney alleges collusion after judge allowed prosecution to destroy evidence. “On 10 February, the defense team received a sealed order from (Judge/Army Col James) Pohl revealing that 20 months earlier, (he) had permitted the government to destroy the evidence.” http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/may/11/911-khalid-sheikh-mohammed-trial-alleged-destroyed-evidence

Health insurance CEO, lobbyists reportedly running Democratic Party’s convention host committee.  “…the 2016 convention in Philadelphia will be officially hosted by lobbyists and corporate executives, a number of whom are actively working to undermine progressive policies achieved by President Barack Obama, including health care reform and net neutrality.” https://theintercept.com/2016/05/11/lobbyists-dnc-2016-convention/

Affluenza teen gets two years in jail for DUI crash that killed four people, his lawyers complain the sentence is excessive. “(Ethan) Couch, now 19, has been incarcerated in Tarrant County since January after being deported from Mexico, where he had fled with his mother and was later captured along with his mother by Mexican authorities.” http://www.rawstory.com/2016/05/texas-judge-upholds-jail-term-for-affluenza-teen-ethan-couch/

 

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May 12, 2016

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