December 22, 2016

Government anti-terrorism “fusion centers” have reportedly tracked suspects in categories such as “third party voters”, “Muslim lobbyists”, Tea Party supporters, death penalty opponents and 2nd amendment supporters.  http://www.utne.com/politics/fusing-california-zm0z16wzsel

Two men reportedly removed from Delta Airlines flight after other passengers complained about them speaking in Arabic.  http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/gossip/la-et-mg-adam-saleh-youtube-delta-flight-arabic-20161221-htmlstory.html

Final popular vote count shows Clinton received 2.87 million more votes than Trump.  http://edition.cnn.com/2016/12/21/politics/donald-trump-hillary-clinton-popular-vote-final-count/

Government reportedly deducting student loan payments from Social Security checks of retirees.  http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/12/21/older-americans-pushed-poverty-feds-garnish-social-security-student-debt

Top European court says bulk storage of citizen data is illegal, governments should only collect personal data for investigations into serious crimes.   http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/12/21/eus-top-court-delivers-major-blow-mass-surveillance

Four top Flint, Michigan officials face charges in water scandal.   http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/12/20/austerity-trial-flint-emergency-manager-slammed-criminal-charges

Trump phasing out “drain the swap” theme says key ally. “He now says it was cute, but he doesn’t want to use it anymore.”  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/12/21/newt-gingrich-says-trump-is-done-with-drain-the-swamp/

Lawyer says newly-released FBI warrant for Abedin emails on Anthony Weiner’s computer fails to provide evidence of probable cause that there was classified material.   http://www.11alive.com/news/nation-now/lawyer-appalled-by-fbi-warrant-that-shook-clinton/376352604

Trump appoints Carl Icahn as deregulation advisor. “Voters who wanted Trump to drain the swamp just got another face full of mud.”   http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/markets/2016/12/21/trump-gives-carl-icahn-surprising-role/95717604/

Workers at Las Vegas Trump hotel win union contract, while workers at D.C. Trump hotel win right to organize by collecting signature cards.   https://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2016/12/21/trump-organization-moves-avoid-possible-labor-conflicts/v3i5vI2JcPg7zYihRhxKHM/story.html

6.4 million enroll for Obamacare through federal exchange for 2017, breaking previous record.   https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/enrollment-for-affordable-care-act-insurance-running-ahead-of-last-year/2016/12/21/1d720dec-c7a3-11e6-bf4b-2c064d32a4bf_story.html

An estimated 40% of young Americans are reportedly living with their parents, more than at any time since 1940.   http://denver.cbslocal.com/2016/12/21/study-finds-young-americans-living-home-highest-since-wwii/

After 147 days without a press conference, Trump talks to reporters for 74 seconds.   http://www.msnbc.com/brian-williams/watch/147-days-since-a-presser-trump-talks-to-reporters-for-74-seconds-839117379857

White nationalist groups have collected millions through  “educational” charities, received tax breaks.   http://www.cbsnews.com/news/feds-let-white-nationalist-groups-raise-millions-claiming-theyre-charities-ap-says/

Man released from prison 90 years early goes straight, officials discover their mistake six year later and send him back to prison.   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/dec/22/robber-freed-90-years-early-by-mistake-says-he-reformed-while-free

Exxon Mobile accused of delaying government ban on phthalates in consumer products.   https://theintercept.com/2016/12/20/exxonmobil-is-fighting-to-keep-its-dangerous-chemicals-in-childrens-toys/

Government officials accused of trying to loosen 4th amendment restrictions on collection of private data.   http://www.rawstory.com/2016/12/us-intel-official-the-fourth-amendment-doesnt-apply-to-robots-searching-your-emails/

Homeless couple reportedly charged with child neglect after five malnourished children were found living with them in a car parked in a Walmart parking lot.  http://www.wptv.com/news/region-c-palm-beach-county/greenacres/5-malnourished-children-found-living-in-car-parked-at-greenacres-walmart

Birthrate in California hits lowest rate ever recorded, even lower than during the Great Depression.   http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-ln-birth-rate-20161220-story.html

U.N. official urges Philippine authorities to investigate President Duterte. “…unthinkable for any functioning judicial system not to launch investigative and judicial proceedings when someone has openly admitted being a killer.”   http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/12/20/1655416/un-rights-chief-investigate-duterte-killings

Future national security advisor Mike Flynn allegedly met with leader of Austrian Nazi-linked political party.   https://www.democracynow.org/2016/12/21/headlines/trump_pick_for_national_security_adviser_met_with_austrias_far_right_nazi_founded_party

Security forces reportedly kill 26 pro-democracy protesters in Congo.   https://www.democracynow.org/2016/12/21/headlines/congo_security_forces_kill_26_protesters_demanding_president_step_down

More than 500 pro-independence protesters reportedly arrested by Indonesian police in West Papua area of New Guinea.   https://www.democracynow.org/2016/12/21/headlines/indonesian_police_arrest_500_in_west_papua_calling_for_self_determination

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December 22, 2016

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