September 24, 2016

President Obama vetoes bill that would allow 9/11 victims to sue Saudi government. http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/09/23/495249958/obama-vetoes-bill-to-allow-sept-11-victims-to-sue-saudi-government

Baltimore County police officer reportedly shoots suspected get-away driver dead through the windshield after bank robbery, no weapons found in vehicle. http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/authorities-police-shooting-greater-baltimore-wounded-42313452

Government agrees to allow native Hawaiians to form a tribal government. http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/09/23/495212183/native-hawaiians-now-have-a-pathway-to-form-a-government

In response to media lawsuit, Orlando releases transcript of 911 conversations with Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen, tells police the government needs to stop airstrikes on Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. http://www.miamiherald.com/news/state/florida/article103878026.html

U.S. appeals court rules that Ohio’s practice of purging inactive voters is illegal. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-ohio-idUSKCN11T2KN?il=0

75% of Puerto Ricans have power again after two-day, island-wide black out. http://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/cheers-erupt-power-flickers-back-after-massive-puerto-rico-blackout-n653761

Charlotte police union spokesman admits that most of the protesters are local residents after claiming they were from out of state, newspaper says 79% of those arrested were Charlotte residents.  http://www.businessinsider.com/i-didnt-quote-facts-charlotte-police-official-walks-back-statement-on-protesters-2016-9

Seattle passes employee scheduling law that requires employers to post work schedules two weeks in advance, give employees a 10 hour break between shifts, and pay employees on-call who are not called in to work. http://www.bna.com/seattles-new-scheduling-b57982077434/

More Americans are now dying from drug overdoses than from car accidents. http://www.livescience.com/56248-america-opioid-use-epidemic.html

Clinton campaign tries to document all of Donald Trump’s lies ahead of first debate. It takes 25 pages. http://fusion.net/story/350633/clinton-trump-fact-check-document/

Scientists issue report saying that most forensic testing done by police departments is scientifically unproven “junk science”, and that only DNA analysis is proven to be reliable. http://fusion.net/story/350212/white-house-study-forensic-science-prosecutors/

New Brazilian president Michel Temer reportedly says former president Dilma Rousseff was ousted because she would not go along with economic reforms. http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/09/23/safe-oligarchs-and-imperialists-us-brazils-new-president-admits-coup-plot

Clinton proposes 65% estate tax on fortunes of more than $3.5 million left as inheritances. Campaign promise most likely to be broken? http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/09/23/channeling-sanders-clinton-proposes-whopping-billionaire-estate-tax

Facebook decides Charlotte protests are disaster-level dangerous, activates “Safety Check” program which lets users tell their Facebook contacts they are “safe”. Fatal police shootings do not appear to trigger similar warnings. https://theintercept.com/2016/09/23/who-decides-when-a-protest-becomes-a-facebook-disaster/

Students who kneel or refuse to stand for the national anthem or pledge of allegiance are being punished or threatened, even though this is illegal at public schools.  https://theintercept.com/2016/09/23/students-are-pulling-a-kaepernick-all-over-america-and-being-threatened-for-it/

Police make arrest in fatal shooting of Charlotte protester, but witness says victim dropped just as police opened fire with “rubber” bullets. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/man-arrested-shooting-death-charlotte-protester-article-1.2803345

President Obama claims he was unaware that Hillary Clinton was using a private email address when she was secretary of state until he “learned it through news reports”. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/obama-weighs-in-hillary-clinton-private-emails/

$148 million F-35 fighter reportedly “catches fire” on runway, 8 people sent to hospital. http://www.defensenews.com/articles/f-35a-damaged-in-fire-at-air-force-base

U.S. troops reportedly using white phosphorus shells during campaign against IS. https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/world/2016/09/23/the-military-using-controversial-white-phosphorous-iraq-again/0vKHzb71gZnRX5I5IhFf8K/story.html

Lawmakers complain that Obama administration has been slow to release bin Laden documents seized during Pakistan raid. https://www.yahoo.com/news/lawmakers-want-speedier-release-bin-laden-documents-204056541.html

Action reportedly taken against sailors who refused to stand for national anthem. http://www.military.com/daily-news/2016/09/23/second-sailor-under-review-for-refusing-to-stand-for-anthem.html

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu call U.N. a “farce”, U.N. Human Rights Council a “joke”, claims U.N. has an “obsessive bias against Israel”. http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.743788

Former Senate “torture report” author Daniel Jones upset by lack of accountability for CIA officials, role of Bush and Obama administrations in attempted cover-up.  https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/sep/11/cia-torture-report-aftermath-daniel-jones-senate-investigation

 

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September 24, 2016

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