January 4, 2017

Trump lashes his Twitter whip at swamp creatures trying to neuter House ethics watchdog, they scurry back to their holes.   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/01/02/politics/office-of-congressional-ethics-oversight-of-ethics-committee-amendment/

Ford cancels plan to build huge factory in Mexico saying market is too weak, will expand production at existing factories in U.S. and Mexico instead.    http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38497898

Saudi Arabia allegedly flogged some of the 49 foreign workers who were arrested for burning buses during a protest over unpaid wages. “Construction sector workers, chiefly at the Binladin Group and Saudi Oger, were left waiting for pay after a collapse in oil revenues left the kingdom unable to pay private firms it had contracted.”  http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/workers-get-jail-flogging-over-saudi-unpaid-wage-unrest-1300740236

Protesters from civil rights groups arrested for sit-in against Trump’s pick for attorney general, Jeff Sessions.   http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/01/03/naacp-asks-sessions-withdraw-ag-nomination-process/96124980/

North Carolina “school resource officer” on leave after video of student being body slammed emerges.   http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/video-shows-school-resource-officer-throwing-n-c-girl-ground-n702866

West Virginia sheriff accused of stealing meth from evidence room.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/sheriff-who-admits-meth-addiction-charged-with-stealing-meth/2017/01/03/5951f67e-d1fd-11e6-9651-54a0154cf5b3_story.html

United Airlines flight reportedly left with baggage handler trapped in cargo hold.  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article124228119.html

Credit reporting companies agree to pay $23 million to settle consumer deception investigation.   http://www.wsj.com/articles/equifax-transunion-settle-cfpb-claims-of-deceptive-marketing-1483488627

Trump resort allegedly sold $500 a person tickets to spend New Year’s Eve partying with the president-elect and his family.   http://www.politico.com/story/2016/12/mar-a-lago-donald-trump-new-years-eve-party-233070

Environmental groups announce People’s Climate Mobilization protest on April 29th in Washington D.C. “If we don’t put forward our own vision—of an economy built on justice and powered by clean, renewable energy—then we let fossil-fuel-soaked nationalism, xenophobia, and hatred win.”   http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/01/03/climate-campaigners-announce-new-major-mobilization-resist-trump

Nuclear weapons experts urge Trump not to scrap Iran deal.   http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/01/03/nuclear-experts-warn-trump-do-not-torpedo-successful-iran-deal

Leaked memo from California prosecutors alleged that  bank run by Trump nominee for Secretary of Treasury “rushed delinquent homeowners out of their homes by violating notice and waiting period statutes, illegally backdated key documents, and effectively gamed foreclosure auctions.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/01/03/treasury-nominee-steve-mnuchins-bank-accused-of-widespread-misconduct-in-leaked-memo/

St. Louis anti-abortion protester charged with making bomb threat against Planned Parenthood clinic.   http://fox2now.com/2017/01/03/pro-life-protester-charged-with-making-terrorist-threat-to-st-louis-clinic/

Rebecca Ferguson will accept offer to sing at Trump inauguration if she can perform anti-lynching song “Strange Fruit”.   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jan/02/rebecca-ferguson-says-she-will-play-trump-inauguration-if-she-can-sing-strange-fruit

 

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January 4, 2017

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