July 31, 2016

Fleeing Chicago teen car theft suspect was shot in the back by officers according to autopsy. http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2016/07/30/18-year-old-suspect-killed-by-chicago-cops-was-shot-in-back-autopsy/

Illinois becomes 21st state to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. http://time.com/4431893/illinois-marijuana-decriminalization-bruce-rauner/

DNC protesters attempt citizen’s arrest of Hillary Clinton, get arrested. http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2016-07-29/citizens-arrest-of-hillary-clinton-fails-ending-week-of-defiant-dnc-protests

President Obama signs GMO food labeling law that allows companies to use scan codes and toll free numbers instead of printing GMO information on the package. http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/press-releases/4438/president-obama-signs-gmo-non-labeling-bill-leaves-millions-of-americans-in-the-dark

Bernie Sanders may have lost up to 184 delegates due to voting fraud, voter suppression and voter registration irregularities. http://heavy.com/news/2016/07/election-justice-usa-report-were-delegates-stolen-from-bernie-sanders-election-fraud-voter-suppression-evidence-allegations/15/

Justice Department to investigate shooting of native American woman Loreal Tsingine in Arizona. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jul/30/native-american-police-deaths-loreal-tsingine

Clinton advisor says a Clinton administration will shift policy on Syria, focus on regime change. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/29/hillary-clinton-will-reset-syria-policy-against-murderous-assad/

U.N. investigator says U.S. police are violating protesters human rights. http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/07/un-representative-us-police-protesters

Son of New York billionaire accused of failing to pay a taxi driver. http://www.rawstory.com/2016/07/son-of-new-york-billionaire-released-after-allegedly-fleeing-28-cab-fair-and-resisting-arrest/

 

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July 31, 2016

July 30, 2016

No charges for deputies in Jack Yantis shooting, 20 shots fired, some from an assault rifle, with 12 hitting rancher. http://www.krem.com/news/local/northwest/ag-no-charges-for-deputies-who-killed-council-rancher/284435650

Judge blocks Kansas voting rule that would throw out state and local votes of those who registered when they got their driver’s license.  http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article92683522.html

Federal judges reject North Carolina and Wisconsin voter ID laws as racially targeted and intended to stop largely hypothetical voter fraud. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/30/us/federal-appeals-court-strikes-down-north-carolina-voter-id-provision.html?_r=0

Prosecutors’ Lives Matter! Ex-police officer sentenced to 40 years for trying to hire someone to kill the prosecutor who charged him for his wife’s murder. http://www.reuters.com/article/illinois-crime-idUSKCN1092IC

Canadian judge rules that couple were entrapped into terror plot by police, who allegedly led them to believe they would be killed if they backed out. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-canada-security-idUSKCN10929U?il=0

Six Michigan employees face charges over Flint water crisis coverup. https://news.vice.com/article/six-state-employees-charged-in-alleged-flint-lead-water-coverup

Facebook may face billions in fines over shift of assets to Ireland. http://money.cnn.com/2016/07/29/technology/facebook-irs-penalty/

Pennsylvania Attorney General deal results in shake-up at $12 billion Hershey Trust charity after concern over excessive salaries, expenses. http://www.witf.org/news/2016/07/pa-ag-forces-resignations-lowers-pay-at-hershey-trust.php

Zika virus cases in Florida appear to be caused by local mosquitoes, additional funding still tied up in Congress. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/07/29/florida-zika-cases-game-changer-puts-pressure-congress-act/87736966/

On the final night of DNC, the convention took a sharp turn to the right – what does the party really stand for? http://fusion.net/story/331449/democratic-convention-republicans/

U.S. economic growth slows to 1.2% https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/jul/29/us-economy-gdp-growth-second-quarter

Judge reprimands Uber for hiring an unlicensed private investigator to pry into a plaintiff’s personal life. https://theintercept.com/2016/07/29/federal-judge-rips-uber-apart-over-dirt-digging-investigation/

Florida Walmart employees reportedly charged in death of suspected shoplifter. https://www.salon.com/2016/07/30/3_wal_mart_employees_charged_in_suspected_shoplifters_death/

Kentucky fire chief accused of racism for refusing help to black family  after traffic accident but helping white driver, asking Asian-American reporter if she speaks English. https://www.salon.com/2014/11/20/kentucky_fire_chief_refuses_to_help_black_family_after_traffic_accident_we_aint_taking_no_n_gers_here/

Some of Mexico’s elite called out on social media for being road bullies, spoiled aristocrats. https://news.vice.com/article/driver-tells-a-cop-to-call-my-dad-dude-in-the-latest-video-shaming-mexicos-elite

Hedge funds have reportedly donated $48.5 million to pro-Clinton political groups. https://news.vice.com/article/hillary-clinton-is-raising-millions-from-hedge-funds-thanks-to-citizens-united

Officer present after Sandra Bland arrest claims Officer Encinia told him he was trying to think of something to charge her with – he claims this was scrubbed from his police report. http://www.rawstory.com/2016/07/texas-cop-present-at-sandra-blands-arrest-says-prosecutors-warned-him-not-to-speak-out/

Montana builder says he has been deluged with death threats over rumors he is building housing for Syrian refugees. http://www.rawstory.com/2016/07/conservative-montana-builder-faces-death-threats-over-rumors-hes-making-homes-for-muslim-refugees/

Ann Coulter reportedly calls decorated soldier’s father an “angry Muslim with a thick accent” after his DNC speech. http://www.rawstory.com/2016/07/im-ashamed-to-have-known-you-conservatives-rip-ann-coulter-for-ugly-smear-of-hero-marines-dad/

28 more civilians reportedly killed by U.S. airstrikes in Syria. http://news.antiwar.com/2016/07/29/us-airstrikes-kill-28-civilians-in-north-syria/

As Turkey hints at U.S. involvement in coup, writer says U.S. may have also assisted previous coups in Greece and Italy. https://consortiumnews.com/2016/07/27/coups-inside-nato-a-disturbing-history/

UK warns pregnant women to avoid non-essential travel to Florida. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-36929641

July 30, 2016

July 29, 2016

Massachusetts mayor says “Black Lives Matter” doesn’t imply that other lives don’t, refuses to take city hall banner down, police union protests. http://www.bostonherald.com/news/local_politics/2016/07/somerville_mayor_joe_curtatone_not_backing_off_black_lives_banner

Two Virginia restaurant employees fired after complaint from offended police officer. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/noodles-and-company-employees-fired-for-refusing-to-serve-police-officer/2016/07/28/fa0b9080-54d9-11e6-88eb-7dda4e2f2aec_story.html

Wisconsin school district made transgendered student wear green bracelet alleges lawsuit. http://thinkprogress.org/education/2016/07/20/3800220/trans-students-file-federal-suits/

Billionaire for Hillary: Michael Bloomberg endorses Clinton, says Trump doesn’t know how to run a business. http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2016/07/bloombergs_take_on_trump_is_on_the_money_editorial.html

Wall Street titans reportedly at the DNC, rubbing elbows with future policymakers. http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/hillary-clinton-wall-street-226061

U.S. airline pilots reportedly allowed to legally work up to a 16 hour shift. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-07-28/american-airlines-pilots-say-carrier-is-on-edge-of-flight-rules

New law reportedly allows drug companies to submit “action plans” for combating prescription drug abuse, makes it harder for DEA to take action on black market sales. http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-pharma-bill-20160728-snap-story.html

Obama speaks at DNC, “America is already great!”, “Yes, we can!”, passes the baton to Hillary to presumably stay the course. http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/obama-speech-dnc-2016-1.3698398

Seven protesters arrested by Secret Service at DNC on Wednesday night after breaching the fence around the convention. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/07/28/protests-arrests-barricades-democratic-national-convention-wells-fargo-arena/87648836/

Journalist says Trump supporters are like Brexit voters – so unhappy with the current situation that they just want to destroy it, elites are again ignoring the message. http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/07/28/greenwald-explains-what-out-touch-media-doesnt-get-about-trump-russia-and-us

Philippines files complaint against 47 worst corporate greenhouse gas emitters to cease and desist damaging the world’s climate. http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/07/28/landmark-human-rights-complaint-lodged-against-worlds-worst-polluters

Orlando police arrested man after roadside drug test mistook the glaze from his donuts for meth. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jul/29/us-police-mistake-icing-from-krispy-kreme-doughnuts-for-crystal-meth

The DNC’s all-gender restroom – a solution in search of a problem? https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jul/28/all-gender-restroom-democratic-convention

Clinton’s anti-gun violence proposals out of step with those of most gun control groups. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jul/28/hillary-clinton-gun-control-policies-1990s

Democratic Party will be to blame if Trump is our next president, says journalist. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jul/27/hillary-clinton-general-election-bernie-sanders-campaign

Clinton VP pick Tim Kaine reaches out to Republicans, “…we’ve got a home for you here in the Democratic Party.” http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/tim-kaine-dnc-appeal-to-republican-voters

Toronto police officer sentenced to six years for shooting of teenager with a knife. https://news.vice.com/article/toronto-cop-sentenced-to-six-years-in-jail-in-shooting-death-of-teenager

U.S. men fall from third tallest in the world to 37th tallest, women from fourth tallest to 42nd tallest, according to study. https://news.vice.com/article/america-is-getting-shorter-compared-to-the-rest-of-the-world

Family of slain Idaho rancher Jack Yantis filed tort claim against Adams County. http://magicvalley.com/elko/news/state-and-regional/rancher-s-family-initiates-wrongful-death-lawsuit/article_587aacd8-3559-5e99-812a-d62dd66b312c.html

 

July 29, 2016

July 28, 2016

Federal judge rules that Pennsylvania’s ballot access process is too difficult for minor parties, drops signatures required from about 67,000 (2% of votes cast in previous election) to 5,000. http://www.phillytrib.com/news/judge-eases-ballot-access-for-third-party-hopefuls/article_d996dcbc-5108-5e29-a10b-c1c8c7555144.html

Because that’s what politicians do – Democratic Party insider hints that Clinton will flip after election, support TPP trade deal. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/07/27/clinton-mcauliffe-reverse-tpp/87634732/

Charges against last Freddie Gray police homicide defendants dropped, no one sentenced. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/07/27/all-charges-dropped-in-freddie-gray-case-no-convictions.html

Trump asks Russians to release 33,000 missing Clinton emails. http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/election/donald-trump/article92103212.html

Pope Francis – world is at war but it’s not really about religion. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/28/world/europe/pope-francis-poland-world-youth-day.html?_r=0

Turkish government reportedly shuts down 130 media organizations.  http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/07/27/turkey-shuts-down-130-media-outlets-after-failed-military-coup.html

Activists who reported on Thai military torture face defamation charges. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-36894212

Fox’s Bill O’Reilly says slaves who helped build the White House “were well fed and had decent lodgings,” historian calls him out. http://edition.cnn.com/2016/07/27/opinions/bill-oreilly-slavery-opinion-tim-naftali/

Judge dismisses charges against deputy who shot man with air rifle, despite evidence that police lied when they said the victim, who did not respond to commands, was not wearing earphones. http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/judge-tosses-charge-against-florida-cop-who-killed-man-carrying-n618131

Iowa public utility announces plan to invest an additional $1 billion in wind power. http://www.computerworld.com/article/3101325/sustainable-it/iowa-invests-1b-in-new-wind-farms.html

IRS launches investigation into Clinton Foundation “pay-to-play” allegations that donors received political favors in return for donations. http://dailycaller.com/2016/07/26/exclusive-irs-launches-investigation-of-clinton-foundation/

Some DNC delegates chant “No more war!” during former Secretary of Defense/CIA Director Leon Panetta’s speech, while others respond with chants of “USA!” http://fusion.net/story/330961/panetta-interrupted-antiwar-protesters/

Forgotten history: The Battle of Negro Fort. On July 27, 1816 the U.S. destroyed a settlement of armed native Americans and escaped slaves in Spanish Florida. http://fusion.net/story/330065/battle-of-negro-fort-anniversary/

New York and Massachusetts attorney generals refuse to comply with Congressional subpoena for info on their climate change investigations aimed at oil companies. http://www.reuters.com/article/exxon-mobil-climatechange-idUSL1N1AC1RS

Muslim-Americans unhappy that former NYC Mayor Bloomberg will speak at DNC due to police mass surveillance program. https://theintercept.com/2016/07/27/dnc-insults-muslims-by-giving-michael-bloomberg-a-starring-role-at-convention/

UK’s M15 pushes back against data collection oversight. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/jul/26/mi5-resisted-independent-oversight-of-communications-data-collection

News outlet close to Turkish government accuses U.S. general of orchestrating coup attempt. http://dailytimes.com.pk/world/26-Jul-16/former-nato-commander-behind-failed-coup-against-erdogan

Man who filmed “I can’t breathe” video of Eric Garner sues NYC over alleged police harassment. http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2016/07/27/chokehold-cellphone-video/

 

July 28, 2016

July 27, 2016

Democrats nominate Hillary Clinton with Bernie “Sheepdog” Sanders’ support.  http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-democratic-convention-day-two-20160726-snap-story.html

Michael Moore thinks Donald Trump will be our next president. http://michaelmoore.com/trumpwillwin/

Black Lives Matter protesters accuse Clinton of not really supporting their cause. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/07/26/black-lives-matter-protesters-hillary-clinton-democratic-national-convention/87580080/

Attorney who refused to remove BLM pin was actually jailed for 5 hours, as more details about incident emerge. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2016/07/25/this-attorney-wore-a-black-live-matter-pin-to-court-and-went-to-jail-for-it/

Senate candidate Alan Grayson’s ex-wife makes domestic violence allegations, Grayson claims he was the victim, no charges ever filed. http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/alan-grayson-wife-florida-226090

As Jewish neighborhoods expand in eastern Jerusalem, Israeli military destroying Palestinian homes. http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/IDF-razes-15-illegal-Arab-homes-in-east-Jerusalem-and-West-Bank-462450

Omaha home explosion followed eviction. https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/inspector-dies-after-recently-evicted-home-explodes-in-omaha/2016/07/26/4d7433f6-5392-11e6-b652-315ae5d4d4dd_story.html

“USA Freedom Kids” to sue Trump campaign over cancelled performance. http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/289287-freedom-kids-who-performed-at-a-trump-rally-plan-to-sue

Green Party’s Jill Stein in Philadelphia courting disappointed Sanders supporters. http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/green-partys-jill-stein-offers-glimpse-hope-bernie/story?id=40860418

Staff at Japanese home for the mentally disabled called police at 2:30 a.m. to report a man with a knife, but no information yet on when police arrived. Killer turned himself in at police station at about 3:00 a.m. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-attack-idUSKCN1052D0

Michelle Obama is right, slaves did help build the White House, and it was their owners who got paid. http://abcnews.go.com/US/fact-checking-lady-michelle-obamas-speech-white-house/story?id=40887848

Bernie Sanders reportedly leaving Democratic Party, going back to the Senate as an Independent. http://fusion.net/story/329994/bernie-sanders-independent/

Leaked DNC emails show party officials tried to conceal details about use of state parties to evade donation limits, direct funds to Clinton campaign. http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/dnc-leak-clinton-team-deflected-state-cash-concerns-226191

Philadelphia police trying a different approach at DNC after 2000 RNC backlash. http://www.slate.com/articles/business/metropolis/2016/07/police_were_brutal_during_the_2000_rnc_but_they_seem_to_have_chilled_out.html

Pentagon tries to make peace with journalists, stops calling them “unprivileged belligerents”. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/war-correspondents-are-no-longer-spies-eyes-pentagon-180959890/?no-ist

Angry Sanders supporters walk out of DNC, occupy media tent. http://time.com/4425475/dnc-bernie-sanders-protest-walkout-convention/

Angry DNC protesters storm the “secure area” outside the convention, get maced. http://www.pennlive.com/nation-world/2016/07/sanders_supporters_storm_gates.html

July 27, 2016

July 26, 2016

Sanders urges his supporters to vote for Clinton, but many resist. http://www.npr.org/2016/07/25/487385184/raucous-repeated-chants-of-bernie-and-hillary-fill-convention-hall-on-day-1

More Afghan civilians are being killed says U.N. http://in.reuters.com/article/afghanistan-casualties-idINKCN1052AL

Australian juveniles victims of “Guantanamo-style” abuse at detention centers according to investigative journalists. http://edition.cnn.com/2016/07/26/asia/australia-juvenile-detention-center-abuse/

Green Party’s Jill Stein invites Sanders to run for President as a Green. http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/jill-stein-green-party-bernie-sanders-226181

Clinton-Kaine: Two Wall Street insiders? http://www.wsj.com/articles/some-democrats-questioning-tim-kaines-support-for-the-financial-industry-1469399603

Sincerity of Trump denunciations of white supremacists questioned. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-kkk-racism_us_57966095e4b0d3568f8415ea

E. coli recall expands to 45 millions pounds of General Mills flour. http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2016/07/more-sick-general-mills-recalls-more-flour-traced-to-outbreak/

Turkey issues arrest warrants for 42 journalists. http://www.newsweek.com/turkey-issues-arrest-warrants-42-journalists-after-failed-coup-483606

19 killed, 20 more injured in knife attack west of Tokyo. http://abcnews.go.com/International/15-killed-stabbing-attack-toyko/story?id=40864533

55 Sanders supporters detained for breaching police line outside DNC. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/dozens-of-pro-sanders-demonstrators-cited-by-police-near-dnc/

Man who shared Alton Sterling police shooting video claims he is out of work due to losing his security clearance. http://fusion.net/story/329448/alton-sterling-video-chris-leday-arrest/

Amnesty International accuses Turkish government of torturing coup suspects. http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/07/25/amid-chilling-evidence-torture-post-coup-purge-continues-turkey

Trump reportedly surges ahead of Clinton in poll, 44% to 39% in four-way race. http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/07/25/cant-win-post-convention-bump-sends-trump-surging-polls

Some neo-conservative hawks are reportedly backing Clinton. https://theintercept.com/2016/07/25/robert-kagan-and-other-neocons-back-hillary-clinton/

Facebook accused of blocking links to Wikileaks DNC emails. http://thenextweb.com/facebook/2016/07/25/facebook-wikileaks-links/#gref

Black man dies after alleged beating by Ottawa, Canada police. https://news.vice.com/article/a-somali-man-is-dead-after-a-violent-altercation-with-canadian-police

 

July 26, 2016

July 25, 2016

Medicare expenditures soar as drug companies charge billions for drugs. http://www.wral.com/ap-exclusive-medicare-safeguard-overwhelmed-by-pricey-drugs/15873910/

Syrian government air strikes said to hit four hospitals. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-aleppo-idUSKCN1040EG?il=0

Tim Kaine accused of accepting gifts from businesses and individuals with issues before state government. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/25/us/politics/as-pick-for-no-2-tim-kaine-sees-gifts-come-under-scrutiny.html?_r=0

Debbie Wasserman Schultz to step down as DNC chair after email scandal. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/hacked-emails-cast-doubt-on-hopes-for-party-unity-at-democratic-convention/2016/07/24/a446c260-51a9-11e6-b7de-dfe509430c39_story.html

Progressives demonstrate against Democratic Party in Philadelphia. http://www.cnbc.com/2016/07/24/berning-with-anger-protesters-take-philadelphia-streets-ahead-of-democratic-convention.html

Hillary Clinton appoints Debbie Wasserman Schultz as her honorary campaign chair. http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/07/24/mission-accomplished-dnc-clinton-hires-wasserman-schultz-top-post

Protesters rally for “Clean Energy Revolution” in Philadelphia. http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/07/24/demonstrators-demand-clean-energy-revolution-eve-dem-convention

Wildfire burning near NATO LANDCOM base in Turkey. http://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20160725/1043572493/fire-turkey-nato-sabotage-erdogan.html

American YPG volunteer Levi Jonathan Shirley dies in battle for Syrian town of Manbij. http://ktla.com/2016/07/22/american-volunteer-levi-shirley-killed-fighting-isis-in-syria/

Man who set up Hillary Clinton’s private email server apparently did so without the knowledge of his State Department bosses, meanwhile another high level State Department employee reportedly told others Clinton’s email arrangement had been approved by their legal department. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/07/24/the-missing-man-at-the-center-of-hillary-clinton-s-email-scandal.html

 

July 25, 2016