August 20, 2016

U.S. Olympic swimmers were reportedly held at gunpoint in Rio by security guard, forced to hand over $400 for cracked sandwich ad, which was reportedly the only permanent vandalism damage. https://www.tmz.com/2016/08/18/ryan-lochte-cracked-sign-robbery/

U.S. fighters drive off Syrian jets after Syrian government launches first air strike on Kurdish leftists. http://edition.cnn.com/2016/08/19/politics/syria-bombing-us-forces/

Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort steps down to avoid “distraction” of his Ukraine consulting work. http://www.politico.com/story/2016/08/paul-manafort-fall-trump-campaign-227212

More than half of major donors to Clinton Foundation are reportedly corporations or foreign entities. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/more-than-half-of-clinton-foundations-major-donors-would-be-barred-under-new-rule/2016/08/19/f2d21776-6631-11e6-be4e-23fc4d4d12b4_story.html

Face-eating Florida zombie was reportedly wearing a Trump “Make America Great Again” cap before the attack. https://boingboing.net/2016/08/18/while-eating-mans-face-flor.html

Federal judge reportedly asks that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio be charged for criminal contempt of court over racial profiling case. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/judge-recommends-sheriff-joe-arpaio-criminally-charged-article-1.2758586

Trump issues time-saving, blanket apology to everyone he has offended during his campaign for whatever reason. http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/national-international/Donald-Trump-Apologizes-But–Whom-390712041.html

Government report requested by Bernie Sanders confirms huge increase in inequality in U.S. over the last quarter century. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/27-years-of-economic-pain-for-most-americans/

Transsexual employee fired, company says employing a transsexual employee violates their religious beliefs, judge says in that case it’s ok. http://fusion.net/story/338300/detroit-funeral-home-trans-discrimination/

U.S. court sides with U.N., says organization has no legal liability for introducing cholera to Haiti, even though the U.N. admits its soldiers were responsible, and that as many as 10,000 Haitians have died. https://www.newsday.com/news/world/un-has-no-liability-in-haiti-cholera-outbreak-will-offer-aid-to-victims-1.12201704

Maternity-related deaths reportedly doubled in Texas after cuts of Planned Parenthood and women’s health programs. http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/08/19/coincidence-texas-slashed-womens-health-and-maternal-death-rate-soared

Unpublished Snowden documents allegedly prove that stolen programs really are NSA cyber weapons. http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/08/19/nsa-was-hacked-snowden-documents-confirm

Trump visits flooded areas of Louisiana, passes out relief supplies, Obama and Clinton say they will visit later to avoid disrupting relief efforts. http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/08/donald-trump-louisiana/496664/

Trump makes appeal to black voters: “You’re living in your poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58% of your youth is unemployed, what the hell do you have to lose?” https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/aug/20/what-do-you-have-to-lose-donald-trump-appeals-for-black-vote

Defense industry lobbyists accused of playing up Russian threat to boost business. https://theintercept.com/2016/08/19/nato-weapons-industry/

Trump TV ad allegedly claims that illegal immigrants convicted of crimes are allowed to stay in the U.S. and collect Social Security benefits. https://news.vice.com/article/trumps-first-general-election-ad-uses-syrians-and-mexicans-as-scare-props

Supply-side income tax cuts and government spending cuts implemented by Gov. Brownback in Kansas have reportedly resulted in -0.3% increase in jobs over the last 12 months according to government figures. http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article96635857.html

U.S. Army reportedly made $6.5 trillion in inappropriate accounting adjustments in 2015 to make its books balance. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-audit-army-idUSKCN10U1IG

Police at roadblocks reportedly ordering motorists suspected of traveling to Dakota Access pipeline protest to turn around. http://www.democracynow.org/2016/8/19/headlines/north_dakota_police_accuse_indigenous_protestors_of_bomb_possession

 

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August 20, 2016

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