December 30, 2016

35 Russian diplomats and their families expelled from U.S. over election hacking allegations.   http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38463025

Co-chair of New York Trump campaign Carl Paladino reportedly tells alternative newspaper one of his wishes for 2017 is that he’d like to see Michelle Obama “…return to being a male and let loose in the outback of Zimbabwe where she lives comfortably in a cave with Maxie, the gorilla.”   http://artvoice.com/2016/12/23/want-2017-lot-different-opinions/

British prime minister Theresa May reportedly planning to withdraw U.K. from European Convention on Human Rights. “We urge the prime minister to spend her time trying to protect our rights, not do away with them.”  http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/12/29/theresa-may-seeks-pull-uk-european-convention-human-rights

Trump Foundation reportedly made a $7 donation to the Boy Scouts “…at a time when it cost $7 to register a new Scout. Trump’s oldest son was 11 at the time.”  http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/12/29/damning-investigation-finds-trumps-philanthropy-largely-facade

Incoming President Trump will have almost unlimited power to declare war. “There are few limits on what he can do.”  http://www.politico.com/story/2016/12/congress-trump-military-force-232815

2016 law enforcement deaths: 135 officers killed in the line of duty, at least 1,058 suspects killed during encounters with police.   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/dec/29/police-killed-2016-average

Guardian accused of misrepresenting Italian journalist’s interview with Julian Assange. “Ever since the Guardian article was published and went viral, Maurizi has repeatedly objected to the false claims being made about what Assange said in their interview.”  https://theintercept.com/2016/12/29/the-guardians-summary-of-julian-assanges-interview-went-viral-and-was-completely-false/

Federal judge orders government to provide copy of Senate’s “torture report” and to preserve evidence “relating to the torture, mistreatment, and/or abuse of detainees held in the custody of the Executive Branch”.   http://www.mcclatchydc.com/article123605214.html

Russian embassy in Syria hit repeatedly by mortar shells.  http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-russia-syria-diplomacy-idUSKBN14I1MH

Turkish media blaming CIA for assassination of Russian ambassador.  http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/turkey-russian-ambassador-shooting-anti-west-conspiracy-theories-andrey-karlov-a7486901.html

Internet Archive to build Canadian server to protect politically sensitive information from deletion during Trump administration. “The campaign promises that have been made in the past, or policies and the like, can be changed by anybody that controls the current website. So those who control the present control the past.” https://www.democracynow.org/2016/12/29/facing_possible_threats_under_trump_internet

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December 30, 2016

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