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/

 

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July 28, 2016

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