August 16, 2016

Aetna says it is dropping out of most state health insurance exchanges due to losing money since previously uninsured customers are turning out to be sicker than expected. http://money.cnn.com/2016/08/15/news/economy/aetna-obamacare/

Saudi coalition airstrike on charity hospital reportedly kills 11, wounds 19. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-idUSKCN10Q1E0

Milwaukee imposes curfew, deploys National Guard troops after second night of rioting. http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/after-two-nights-unrest-milwaukee-edge-curfew-approaches-n631476

Bankruptcy judge horrified by criminal court proceedings. https://www.themarshallproject.org/2016/08/11/i-m-a-judge-and-i-think-criminal-court-is-horrifying#.4wahEYjSl

Los Angeles County deputy who plead guilty to nine domestic violence-related felony charges, for reportedly breaking his girlfriend’s nose, setting her hair on fire, threatening to kill her and threatening her with a pistol, receives one year sentence. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-judge-domestic-violence-20160815-snap-story.html

Clinton campaign reportedly removes line from web page saying victims of sexual assault “have the right to be believed” – allegedly due to rape allegation against her husband which was not believed. https://nypost.com/2016/08/15/hillarys-site-edits-sexual-assault-pledge-after-rape-claims-against-bill-resurface/

Germany’s central bank suggests raising retirement age to 69 from current 67. http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/08/15/retirement-age-69-germany-europe_n_11527702.html

Hacker claims to have stolen NSA spy software, offers it for sale to anyone, experts say it is probably real. http://money.cnn.com/2016/08/15/technology/nsa-spy-tools-stolen/

China launches “hack-proof” quantum communication satellite. http://in.reuters.com/article/us-china-space-satellite-idINKCN10R07J

Only 5% of IS recruits have excellent knowledge of Islam, 70% said their knowledge of Islam was “basic”. https://news.vice.com/article/islamic-state-recruits-knew-pretty-much-nothing-about-islam-documents-show

Former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani allegedly tells Trump rally that first attacks on U.S. by Islamic extremists occurred during Obama administration. “I think a plane flew into #RudyGiuliani‘s head.” http://www.rawstory.com/2016/08/crazier-than-drumpf-internet-hilariously-flays-rudy-giuliani-for-ignoring-911-ever-happened/

Iowa district attorney reportedly approves no jail time plea deal for white athlete accused of sexually assaulting autistic woman. http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/investigations/readers-watchdog/2016/08/11/valley-high-school-tennis-ace-takes-plea-deal-sex-case/88574800/

Ivanka Trump reportedly sightseeing in Europe with Putin girlfriend. http://gawker.com/ivanka-trump-hanging-out-in-croatia-with-vladimir-putin-1785290129

Trump’s immigrant vetting plan would eliminate many of his supporters if they were immigrants. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/08/15/trump-s-ideological-vetting-plan-would-banish-most-republicans.html

Does having Bush-era officials who are largely responsible for the current foreign policy mess bash Trump on foreign policy make any sense for Clinton campaign? http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/michael-tracey-liberals-neocons-trump-article-1.2752285

Trump’s campaign manager denies he was paid by pro-Russian Ukrainian government or by Russia, but admits he worked as a political consultant for pro-Russian Ukrainian political party – says there were no cash payments. http://www.haaretz.com/world-news/u-s-election-2016/1.737048

NASA says July 2016 was the hottest July since data is available – which is 1880. http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/08/15/earth-just-experienced-hottest-month-books-period

Death of populism? Political author Thomas Frank says Americans are likely doomed to four more years of Democratic Party centrism and neoliberalism. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/aug/13/trump-clinton-election-chances-moderate-policies-economy

 

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August 16, 2016

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