August 18, 2016

Trump says more police will make black neighborhoods safer, Democrats have failed the black community by “peddling the narrative of cops as a racist force”. http://edition.cnn.com/2016/08/16/politics/donald-trump-african-americans/

Real flags on fire trucks – safety hazard, patriotism or nationalistic overkill? http://triblive.com/usworld/nation/10987254-74/fire-flags-gallante

23 clergy found guilty of trespassing during Missouri State Senate protest in favor of expanding Medicaid to cover uninsured residents. http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/missouri-clergy-guilty-trespassing-capitol-protest-41476389

Bicyclist hit by suspect who alleged shot mosque leaders in New York was an Iraqi refugee, claims the man seemed to intentionally try to hit him. https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/man-says-suspect-charged-in-killing-of-queens-imam-struck-him-in-crosswalk/2016/08/17/8be418c0-64b0-11e6-be4e-23fc4d4d12b4_story.html

Minneapolis suburb where Philando Castile was shot is reportedly only 7% black, but 50% of 2016 arrestees were black. http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/minnesota-police-chief-defends-officer-july-shooting-death-philando-castile-n633206

Obama administration reportedly blocked FBI probe of Clinton Foundation donations from foreigners. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/aug/11/obama-admin-blocked-fbi-probe-clinton-foundation/

New Jersey governor Chris Christie claims he had no knowledge of $25 million tax reduction for Trump casinos. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/08/17/christie-says-aware-huge-trump-nj-tax-reduction/88929464/

Target to add private bathrooms with locks to all of its stores to ease the fears of those afraid of transgendered customers. http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/08/17/490420043/target-announces-expansion-of-bathroom-options-in-u-s-stores

Local residents and officials accused of hindering public access to Malibu’s public beaches. http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-0817-lopez-20160816-snap-story.html

Amnesty International says torture common in Syrian prisons, 18,000 estimated deaths in custody since 2011 uprising. http://www.france24.com/en/20160818-amnesty-nearly-18000-dead-syria-prisons

California’s indigenous peoples were wiped out in a genocide “not all that different from what happened to Jews, Armenians or Rwandans”. http://www.newsweek.com/2016/08/26/california-native-americans-genocide-490824.html

U.S. already banning would-be visitors based on ideological screening, and often targets people with no connection to terrorism, including Canadian Pierre Trudeau, who would later become the country’s prime minister. https://theintercept.com/2016/08/17/donald-trump-proposes-banning-immigrants-based-on-ideology-but-bush-and-obama-got-there-first/

NPR’s David Greene repeatedly presses Julian Assange to reveal his anonymous sources. https://theintercept.com/2016/08/17/npr-cant-accept-assange-protect-sources/

200 U.S. soldiers who served in Iraq have sought asylum in Canada, but only 24 remain, the rest having given up. A total of 36,195 deserted, but only about 2,000 were prosecuted, half of whom had left the country. https://news.vice.com/article/these-american-deserters-from-the-iraq-war-may-finally-get-refuge-in-canada

President of Christian “Family Research Council” says his Louisiana home has been destroyed by a flood of “near biblical proportions”, unclear if this was divine punishment for the group’s anti-gay positions. http://www.rawstory.com/2016/08/god-destroys-home-of-anti-gay-leader-tony-perkins-in-flood-of-biblical-proportions/

Business intelligence company releases list of 2015 military expenditures by country, U.S. spending ($569 billion) almost three times as much as second biggest spender China ($191 billion). http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/defence/11936179/What-are-the-biggest-defence-budgets-in-the-world.html

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August 18, 2016

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