January 5, 2017

Baltimore unable to find emails discussing aerial surveillance program.   https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/police-emails-on-surveillance-plane-unable-to-be-retrieved-baltimore-officials-say/2017/01/03/b3610f9e-cee0-11e6-a87f-b917067331bb_story.html

U.S. health care: higher costs and poorer results than other developed countries.  http://www.visualcapitalist.com/u-s-healthcare-system-global-outlier-not-good-way/

U.S. special forces troops reportedly deployed along Russian border.   http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/us-special-forces-russia-border-lithuania-latvia-estonia-putin-scared-to-death-a7509736.html

Macy’s department stores to lay off 10,000 employees, close 100 stores after poor holiday sales.   http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/04/business/macys-jobs-layoffs.html?_r=0

108 Kmart stores, 42 Sears stores to close by April due to declining sales.   http://www.businessinsider.com/list-of-sears-and-kmart-stores-closing-2017-1

Sanders warns Trump to honor his promise not to cut Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid or risk being accused of lying.   https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/politics/2017/01/04/bernie-sanders-uses-giant-trump-tweet-senate-floor-speech/qdNOuiDDqwMfjulXxyZo3M/story.html

103 injured when Brooklyn commuter train drives over block at end of the track.   http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/LIRR-Train-Derails-in-Brooklyn-409638225.html

Trump reportedly planning to cut intelligence agency budgets to counter “politicization” of national security.    http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/01/donald-trump-plans-to-slim-down-top-u-s-spy-agency.html

Christie aide implicated in Bridgegate scandal hired by Trump as White House political director. “Mr. Stepien asked about what story are we going to use,” Wildstein told jurors in September. “I explained to Mr. Stepien that I was going to create the cover of a traffic study.”   http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/presidential/20170105_Ex-Christie_aide_Stepien__cited_in_bridge_scandal__gets_White_House_job.html

Flagstaff police officer caught punching female suspect in the face during eviction resigns.   http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/01/04/flagstaff-officer-resigns-punching-woman/96177500/

China reportedly makes Apple remove New York Times app from its Chinese store.   http://www.reuters.com/article/us-apple-new-york-times-china-idUSKBN14O29L

Politics makes strange bedfellows: Trump and Assange question Russian involvement in hack of Democratic Party emails, honesty of news media.   http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/04/us/politics/julian-assange-donald-trump.html

Muslim women in U.S. say they are afraid to wear headscarves.   http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2016/1220/To-protect-themselves-more-American-Muslim-women-give-up-hijab

Bill O’Reilly claims “reverse McCarthyism” is reason for Trump inauguration talent boycott. “A number of entertainers believe their careers will be harmed should they associate with a new Trump administration.”   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bill-oreilly-reverse-mccarthyism_us_586ccc87e4b0eb58648b3802?ir=Celebrity&utm_hp_ref=celebrity

Philadelphia police officer under investigation after video of her punching a teen suspect is posted on social media.   http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Philadelphia-Police-Teen-Girl-Punches-Caught-on-Camera-409423755.html

Israeli prime minister says soldier who killed wounded Palestinian with a shot to the head should be pardoned.   http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/01/04/netanyahu-wants-pardon-idf-soldier-who-shot-defenseless-wounded-palestinian-head

Activists say Trump’s pick for head of SEC is another “fox guarding the hen house”. “While Mr. Clayton may be an excellent lawyer representing Goldman Sachs and Wall Street’s too-big-to-fail banks, America’s families need to know that he will represent them as zealously and as effectively.”  http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/01/04/head-sec-trump-taps-another-fox-guard-wall-street-henhouse

NYPD police beating “under internal review” after video posted on social media.   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/his-hands-were-already-tied-video-captures-nypd-cops-violently-beating-bronx-man/

After former CIA official calls Julian Assange a pedophile on CNN, Wikileaks says it will sue for defamation unless the network airs a documentary on the smear campaign against him. “Whoever is behind the dating site (claiming to be leading the campaign) has marshaled significant resources to target Assange, enough to gain entry into a United Nations body, operate in countries in Europe, North America and the Caribbean, conduct surveillance on Assange’s lawyer in London, obtain the fax number of Canada’s prime minister and seek to prod a police inquiry in the Bahamas.”   http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/article124566504.html#storylink=latest_side

Arkansas judge accused of pressuring female defendants for sex in exchange for release with low or no bail.   http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/01/05/judge-swapped-sex-and-pills-for-freedom.html

Statue of native American activist Leonard Peltier, who has been imprisoned for 40 years, reportedly removed from American University campus after pressure from FBI agents. Artist says he was told by the university that it was being removed due to “credible threats” against the statue and the community.   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/1/4/american_university_removes_leonard_peltier_statue

Trump tweets hint at opposition to quick repeal of Obamacare. “Massive increases of ObamaCare will take place this year and Dems are to blame for the mess. It will fall of its own weight – be careful!” and “Don’t let the Schumer clowns out of this web.”   http://protectingyourpocket.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2017/01/04/trump-tweets-be-careful-as-fla-obamacare-sign-ups-surge-5/

Provider of Swiss government-mandated workplace accident insurance says Uber drivers are employees.   http://www.reuters.com/article/us-swiss-uber-idUSKBN14P0J9

 

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January 5, 2017

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