December 27, 2016

Hidden in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act that President Obama signed just before Christmas is a section establishing a national anti-propaganda center to counter “foreign state and non-state propaganda and disinformation”.   http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/12/26/under-cover-christmas-obama-establishes-controversial-anti-propaganda-agency

New York’s attorney general says Trump can’t shut down his foundation until their investigation is completed.   http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/trump-shutter-namesake-foundation-probed-ag-article-1.2924863

Fights and disturbances at malls around the country after Christmas.   http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/12/26/fights-at-malls-across-us-trigger-arrests-evacuations.html

Newt Gingrich reportedly tells conservatives that Trump administration will be “the third great effort to break out of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt (New Deal) model”.   https://www.salon.com/2016/12/26/rendezvous-with-destiny-newt-gingrichs-long-war-against-fdr-and-the-new-deal-enters-its-final-stage/

Democrats in Congress gear up for pay back. “The United States Senate has a rich, bipartisan tradition of vetting nominees to the president’s Cabinet.”   http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/12/26/new-party-no-dems-prepare-for-battle-with-trump-on-cabinet-picks-agenda.html

Psychologist theorizes that Trump supporters are people who are angry about being treated like objects. “…when our social milieu is indifferent to our needs and inattentive to our suffering, widespread damage is done to our psyches, causing distress, anger, and hopelessness.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2016/12/a-psychologist-explains-how-a-nationwide-breakdown-of-empathy-has-created-todays-toxic-gop/

Fired Versace employee claims a code word was used to alert staff when black customers were in the store.   https://www.tmz.com/2016/12/26/versace-sued-discrimination-black-man-fired/

Turkish cafeteria manager is reportedly arrested, his home raided, after being accused of insulting the country’s president. According to the man’s lawyer, his client “…was detained after a police officer… said he heard him use a derogatory term to describe Erdogan and say he would refuse to serve the president tea if he ever visited the cafeteria…”    http://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/turkey/1.761498

Government discovers its estimates on the number of people killed during encounters with the police were far too low. “Extrapolating the data, and correcting for the police-reporting disparity, the bureau estimated there were about 1,900 arrest-related deaths in the 12 months ending May 2016.”   http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/12/bjs-data-deaths-police-custody

Minnesota man who was charged a $25 “booking fee” when jailed and a $7.25 debit card charge to withdraw the rest of the money he had on him when he was arrested, loses his case for a refund in court.   http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2016/12/police-departments-find-yet-new-ways-steal-peoples-money

New York Times accused of helping Republicans flim-flam the public on health insurance. “The phrase “universal access” sounds nice, but is a meaningless slogan clearly aimed to confuse the status quo, in which healthcare is a commodity, with everyone actually being able to get the medical treatment they need.”   http://fair.org/home/media-legitimizing-gops-universal-health-plan-that-doesnt-exist/

Democracy Now! celebrates 20 years of “real news” reporting.  “While CNN, MSNBC and ABC News iced out Sanders and appeared to cover Donald Trump 24/7, “Democracy Now!” held substantive debates between Sanders and Hillary Clinton supporters that illuminated the differences between the two Democratic candidates.”   https://www.salon.com/2016/12/10/a-hero-of-real-news-amy-goodman-and-democracy-now-celebrate-20-years-of-fearless-journalism-in-the-age-of-lies/

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December 27, 2016

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