December 20, 2016

Most Electors ignore appeals from voters and protesters, elect Donald Trump as president.   https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/nation/2016/12/19/electoral-college-vote-final/pYSqGLfLUw5zV5DmeDjbdN/story.html

Russian ambassador gunned down in Turkish capital by off-duty policeman.  http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-38376987

Armed Uber driver in Florida reportedly kills car-jacking suspect with a gun in each hand.   http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/aventura/article121628207.html

Atlanta area postal worker charged for allegedly dumping 4,500 pieces of mail in woods.  http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/postal-worker-charged-undelivered-mail-found-woods-44298157

Trump claims Christians are being “continually slaughtered” by Islamic extremists.  https://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/trump-christmas-market-berlin

Obama commutes sentences of 153 more prisoners, mostly being held for drug offenses.   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2016/12/19/obama-just-granted-commutation-to-more-than-150-people-here-are-their-names/

Trump reportedly planning to keep his private security guards in addition to  Secret Service protection.  http://www.politico.com/story/2016/12/donald-trump-security-force-232797

In response to probes by state attorney generals, more large retail firms vow to stop using on-call scheduling of workers.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/business/wp/2016/12/20/disney-store-and-other-retailers-ditch-on-call-scheduling/

New Orleans agrees to pay $13.3 million to settle fatal beating before, and police shootings after, Hurricane Katrina.  https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/dec/19/new-orleans-reaches-settlements-for-police-shootings-after-hurricane-katrina

300 Indiana jobs reportedly moving to Mexico, former U.S. employees have to train their Mexican replacements to receive severance deal.  https://theintercept.com/2016/12/19/factory-near-carrier-sends-jobs-to-mexico-but-trump-just-tweets/

Almost 3,000 U.S. cities have tap water with more lead than Flint, Michigan.  http://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/usa-lead-testing/

Only 40% of those polled have a favorable opinion of President Trump, the lowest approval rating ever recorded for an incoming president.  http://www.rawstory.com/2016/12/joy-reid-trumps-favorability-ratings-are-lower-than-any-incoming-president-in-history-of-poll/

Frontiers of neo-liberalism: Trump’s sons reportedly offering face time with the President in return for donations.  http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2016/12/19/trump-kids-selling-access-to-dad-for-1m.html

Homeland Security and Justice Department have a reported 400+ cellular tower simulators for diverting and monitoring cell phone traffic.  http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/dec/19/house-oversight-doj-dhs-have-more-than-400-cell-si/

 

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December 20, 2016

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