October 21, 2016

U.S. intelligence officials admit pressuring Ecuador to cut off internet access for Wikileaks’ Assange.  http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/u-s-urged-ecuador-act-against-assange-n669271

Clinton’s “intelligence surge” refers to hunting down IS leaders and expanded domestic surveillance, not a re-thinking of U.S. foreign policy.  https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/sep/23/hillary-clinton-national-security-plan-isis-baghdadi  and  http://www.politico.com/tipsheets/morning-cybersecurity/2016/10/debate-leads-to-one-trump-concession-not-another-216967

Philippine leader announces realignment away from U.S. during China visit, apparently in exchange for billions in aid and less criticism on human rights.  http://www.latimes.com/world/asia/la-fg-philippines-us-20161020-snap-story.html

NSA contractor Harold T. Martin III allegedly stole “breathtaking” amount of secrets over 20 years, some stored in the back seat and trunk of his car.  http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-harold-martin-nsa-theft-20161020-story.html

First U.S. soldier killed in Mosul offensive hit by IED explosion.  http://time.com/4539480/us-casualty-mosul-offensive-isis/

Obama emails included in latest Wikileaks release. http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article109527082.html

Oakland cop arrested, accused of tipping off prostitute about undercover police stings.  http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Oakland-police-officer-arrested-on-suspicion-of-9988275.php

Montana judge sentences man convicted of raping his 12 year old daughter to 60 days and probation, despite “mandatory” 25 year sentencing guideline. Identity of the offender not being released to protect the identity of his daughter. Is he an affluent or well-connected, white professional?  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/10/19/father-who-repeatedly-raped-his-12-year-old-daughter-gets-60-day-sentence-fury-erupts/

CNN assures the public it is “essentially” impossible to throw an election by hacking voting machines, because it would “require physical tampering on a grand scale across in counties across multiple states”. What if it’s a very close election and the results in one county could decide who gets the electoral votes of one swing state?  What if the party that controls a state’s electoral machinery or outside operatives could throw the election in multiple, strategically selected counties?  http://edition.cnn.com/2016/10/19/politics/election-day-russia-hacking-explained/

25% of U.S. votes will reportedly be cast on machines that do not produce paper records.  “We can’t do recounts. We don’t have paper ballots.”  http://www.npr.org/2016/10/18/498255215/why-worries-about-paperless-voting-loom-larger-this-year  and  http://www.itworld.com/article/3126820/election-hacking/if-the-election-is-hacked-we-may-never-know.html

Clinton Foundation employee allegedly wrote that he could give “500 different examples” of conflicts of interest at the foundation according to leaked email.  http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-10-20/clinton-foundation-aide-said-to-have-cited-conflicts-of-interest

Trump “bad hombres” line sparks ridicule on social media. http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/Trump-s-Bad-hombres-gaff-becomes-10000650.php  Notable mention:  https://twitter.com/TheRosepepper/status/789194440971657222/photo/1

Experts debunk Trump abortion claims, only 1.3% of abortions in the U.S. reportedly occur after 21 weeks, live babies are never “ripped from the womb” days before delivery.  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/21/health/donald-trump-debate-late-abortion-remarks.html?_r=0

International groups will monitor U.S. elections in some states, but some state bar election observers.  http://www.businessinsider.com/international-observers-at-us-presidential-voting-rigged-elections-2016-10

Clinton likely to win election by wide margin based on electoral vote projection.  http://www.businessinsider.com/electoral-map-trump-clinton-2016-10

$4.7 billion Watts Bar 2 nuclear power station goes on line in Tennessee. “There is just absolutely no justification for the stunning sums of money and time and energy poured into this reactor.”  http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/10/20/last-gasp-dying-industry-nuclear-experts-decry-first-new-us-reactor-20-years

Bureau of Land Management allegedly cancels environmentalist’s leases of federal land because she won’t drill for gas or oil.  http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/10/20/feds-only-those-committed-destroying-planet-can-bid-fossil-fuel-leases

Federal judge restores voting rights of purged Ohio voters who still reside in counties where they were originally registered.  http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/10/20/key-swing-state-ohio-thousands-voters-rights-restored-weeks-go

The obscure, conservative anti-deficit group reportedly cited in four debate questions.  https://theintercept.com/liveblogs/thirddebate/this-conservative-special-interest-group-has-been-cited-four-times-during-the-debates/

Activists who want a history marker for lynched black farmer in South Carolina reportedly facing harassment.  http://www.rawstory.com/2016/10/relatives-of-lynched-black-man-harassed-as-troublemakers-for-holding-remembrance-ceremony-in-sc/

Even if Trump loses, white nationalists are happy. “The success of the Trump campaign just proves that our views resonate with millions.”  http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/10/donald-trump-hate-groups-neo-nazi-white-supremacist-racism

Air Force commander says he expects war-related deployments to continue for another 15 or 20 years.  http://www.military.com/daily-news/2016/10/19/air-force-chief-sees-decades-more-war-operations.html

Turkish warplanes reportedly attack Kurdish leftists advancing on IS in Syria, Turkey estimates 160 to 200 killed.  http://edition.cnn.com/2016/10/20/middleeast/turkey-syria-air-raid/

Two U.S. soldiers killed, three wounded in possible “insider” attack at base in Afghanistan.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/two-americans-killed-in-attack-on-base-in-afghanistan/2016/10/19/bcb4680c-9605-11e6-9cae-2a3574e296a6_story.html

Pentagon press secretary tells reporters they “are still assessing” whether or not missiles were actually fired at naval vessels off the coast of Yemen before U.S. strikes on radar stations.  http://www.defense.gov/News/Transcripts/Transcript-View/Article/976635/department-of-defense-press-briefing-by-pentagon-press-secretary-peter-cook-in

Iowa farmer reportedly arrested for blocking Dakota Access pipeline workers trying to cross her land.  http://www.democracynow.org/2016/10/20/headlines/iowa_landowner_arrested_blocking_dakota_access_trucks_on_her_farm

 

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October 21, 2016

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