May 26, 2016

Death penalty officially abolished in Connecticut. “The Connecticut Supreme Court on Thursday upheld its landmark ruling declaring the state’s death penalty unconstitutional and abolishing capital punishment.” http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/connecticut-supreme-court-upholds-death-penalty-abolishment-39398969

Louisiana makes targeting police officers a hate crime. “People convicted of intentionally targeting police officers, firefighters or emergency medical crews will now face stricter penalties — as one would for targeting someone for race… gender… age, color, creed, disability, sexual orientation, national origin (or) ancestry.” http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/05/26/479634098/in-louisiana-its-now-a-hate-crime-to-target-police-officers

Trump reportedly promoting use of fossil fuels as a way to achieve energy independence. “Donald Trump outlined an energy plan he’s calling “America First” on Thursday, using a speech in North Dakota to promote oil, natural gas and coal for the country’s future.” http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/281430-trump-outlines-america-first-energy-plan

Labor costs STILL not low enough! Chinese iPhone manufacturer reportedly replacing 60,000 employees with robots. “The Foxconn factory has reduced its employee strength from 110,000 to 50,000, thanks to the introduction of robots.” http://www.scmp.com/news/china/economy/article/1949918/rise-robots-60000-workers-culled-just-one-factory-chinas

Leaked secret TISA treaty section would reportedly target public utilities and other “state owned enterprises”. “The documents include a previously unknown annex to the TISA core chapter on “State Owned Enterprises,” which imposes unprecedented restrictions on SOEs and will force majority owned SOEs to operate like private sector businesses.” http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/WikiLeaks-Exposes-Text-from-Secretly-Negotiated-TISA-Trade-Deal-20160525-0013.html

Trump and Sanders campaigns reportedly exploring debate. “Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have seemingly agreed to a one-on-one debate ahead of California’s primary on June 7—or, as Politico puts it, “the debate the world has been waiting for”.” http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/05/26/sanders-trump-lets-debate-biggest-stadium-possible

Labor and activists groups launch “Take on Wall Street” campaign. “The big banks are bigger than they were before the 2008 crisis, and CEOs and Wall Street money managers continue to benefit from obscene tax loopholes that cost us billions.” http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/05/24/armed-policy-solutions-and-populist-rage-campaign-vows-take-wall-street

Senators warn of efforts to expand warrantless National Security Letters to internet activity. ““While this bill does not clearly define ‘electronic communication transaction records’, this term could easily be read to encompass records of whom individuals exchange emails with and when, as well as their login history, IP addresses, and internet browsing history,” Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon who voted against the bill, told the Guardian.” http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/may/26/fbi-intelligence-senate-bill-warrants-data-access

Trump reportedly wins enough delegates to lock up Republican nomination. “Donald Trump notched up his 1,238th committed Republican delegate on Thursday, carrying him across the threshold to clinch the party’s presidential nomination.” http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/may/26/donald-trump-delegates-count-republican-nomination-news-campaign-2016

Off-duty Boston cop under investigation after reportedly taking down a pedestrian who objected when the officer failed to yield to him in a crosswalk. “The Boston Police Department did not respond to a request for comment, but confirmed to The Globe that the officer is on the force and that it is reviewing the his actions internally.” http://www.vocativ.com/322848/most-boston-cop-ever-caught-on-video-roughing-up-jaywalker/

Chris Kyle overstated the number of military awards he received says journalist. “During his 10 years of military service and four deployments, Kyle earned one Silver Star and three Bronze Stars with Valor, a record confirmed by Navy officials.” In his book “American Sniper”, Kyle claimed he had received two Silver Stars and five Bronze Stars. https://theintercept.com/2016/05/25/american-sniper-chris-kyle-distorted-his-military-record-documents-show/

Uber has reportedly described itself differently in various lawsuits. “Uber is a traditional employer recruiting employees. Or Uber is a non-employer facilitating the work of independent contractors. Or Uber is a technology company supplying an app to small businesses. It depends on which lawsuit you read.” https://theintercept.com/2016/05/26/to-avoid-regulations-uber-describes-itself-as-either-neither-and-nor/

 

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May 26, 2016

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