November 19, 2016

Trump fills several tops slots with white, male, paleo-conservative Republicans.  http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-11-18/trump-said-to-pick-senator-jeff-sessions-for-attorney-general

Trump’s National Security Advisor reportedly refusing to take torture or killing families of terrorists off the table.   https://www.hrw.org/news/2016/11/18/us-trumps-national-security-choice-wont-rule-out-torture

Washington state senator to introduce bill that would classify protests like the one at Standing Rock as “economic terrorism”, would also go after donors.  http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/trump-backing-gop-lawmaker-proposes-bill-define-protests-form-terrorism

Montgomery, Alabama officer charged with murder in shooting death of Greg Gunn, who ran after being stopped while walking home, and then allegedly threatened the officer with a paint roller when he was caught.  http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/local/greg-gunn/2016/11/18/officer-indicted-murder-charge-greg-gunn-death/94090800/

Trump reaches $25 million settlement in Trump University lawsuit, in which students claimed they were mislead about the curriculum and teachers.  http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/25-million-settlement-reached-trump-university-lawsuit-n686026

Civil rights activists say Attorney General Sessions likely to favor mass surveillance and mass incarceration.   https://www.wired.com/2016/11/jeff-sessions-nomination-attorney-general-alarms-civil-libertarians/   He has allegedly called the ACLU “un-American” and “communist”.   http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2016/11/18/aclu-statement-potential-sessions-and-pompeo-nominations

UK surveillance bill would reportedly make ISPs store their customers’ browsing history for a year.   http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/11/18/uk-set-approve-most-extreme-spy-bill-history-western-democracy

Author says Jared Kushner’s acceptance at Harvard surprised administrators at his high school, may have been linked to $2.5 million donation pledge by his father.   https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/18/jared-kushner-harvard-donald-trump-son-in-law

Obama says he can’t pardon Snowden, Trump’s new CIA director has reportedly said he should be executed.  https://theintercept.com/2016/11/18/obama-refuses-to-pardon-edward-snowden-trumps-new-cia-pick-wants-him-dead/

FBI general counsel reportedly says being forced to get warrants to obtain location information from suspects’ phone companies would be “crippling”.   https://theintercept.com/2016/11/17/top-fbi-lawyer-argues-against-requiring-warrant-for-data-that-tracks-peoples-location/

Bill O’Reilly says choosing David Petraeus as Secretary of Defense would be “a brilliant move”, despite his conviction for passing classified information to his biographer/girlfriend.  http://www.rawstory.com/2016/11/bill-oreilly-not-bothered-gen-david-petraeus-gave-classified-information-to-his-mistress/

Steve Bannon: “Darkness is good – Dick Cheney, Darth Vader, Satan. That’s power.”   http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/steve-bannon-trump-tower-interview-trumps-strategist-plots-new-political-movement-948747

Sanders accused of abandoning anti-war movement.  https://www.cato.org/blog/demise-anti-war-liberals

Portuguese Supreme Court rejects former CIA agent’s appeal, orders her extradited to Italy to serve prison sentence for involvement in CIA kidnapping program.   https://www.yahoo.com/news/ex-cia-agent-loses-latest-italy-extradition-appeal-174929083.html

Bill would impose fines on businesses and international organization, including the U.N. (!), that observe or promote anti-settler or anti-Israel boycotts.  http://www.timesofisrael.com/us-anti-bds-bill-would-impose-fines-not-criminal-penalties/

Outgoing Director of National Intelligence James Clapper criticized for misleading Congress on mass surveillance programs.  http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/306574-spy-critic-wyden-attacks-as-clapper-resigns

Malaysian police arrest pro-democracy activist and opposition leaders prior to demonstration to call for Prime Minister Najib to step down.   http://www.reuters.com/article/us-malaysia-scandal-idUSKBN13D0UT

Norwegian bank reportedly sells off $3 million interest in Energy Transfer Partners, company building Dakota Access pipeline.  https://www.democracynow.org/2016/11/18/headlines/norways_largest_bank_sells_assets_in_dakota_access_pipeline_company

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November 19, 2016

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