January 6, 2017

Even some conservatives have a problem with Jeff Sessions as attorney general.  “…both Democrats and Republicans should join in concern over Sessions’ knee-jerk deferral to law enforcement and government authority.”   http://www.nationalreview.com/article/443499/donald-trump-jeff-sessions-attorney-general-record-troubling-libertarians-conservatives

Intelligence chiefs claim “only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorized the recent election-focused data thefts and disclosures, based on the scope and sensitivity of the targets” but provide no hard evidence at congressional hearing.   http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-russia-intel-20170104-story.html

Texas assistant governor pushing “bathroom bill” that would require transgendered Texans to use the restroom which matches their gender at birth.   http://www.wsj.com/articles/texas-lt-gov-dan-patrick-lays-out-transgender-bathroom-bill-1483656286

Washington Post publication uses wrong gender symbol on cover story about Women’s March on Washington.   http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-38518943

Mexico is apparently not going to pay for the wall, transition team reportedly asks GOP House leaders for funding bill.   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/01/05/politics/border-wall-house-republicans-donald-trump-taxpayers/

Kicked off flight after argument with flight attendant, two sisters too late to see dying father.   http://www.khou.com/news/sisters-kicked-off-flight-missing-chance-to-see-dying-dad/382647108

Trump tweets at Toyota to build Corollas  in U.S. “or pay big border tax”.   https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-01-05/trump-assails-toyota-over-company-plan-to-open-plant-in-mexico

“Defunding” Planned Parenthood will effect health care, not abortions, since federal law already bans funding abortions and abortions only account for 3% of the group’s procedures.  http://www.businessinsider.com/defunding-planned-parenthood-abortions-donald-trump-congress-paul-ryan-republicans-2017-1

Death rate from cancers has dropped 25% since 1991 says American Cancer Society.   http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-cancer-drop-20170105-story.html

“Non-employment rate” almost twice unemployment rate. “According to the November 2016 data, over 5.5 million Americans said they want a job, but don’t have one, and are not considered a part of the labor force. If these people were included in the unemployment rate, it would jump to 8.2%.”   https://qz.com/877432/the-us-unemployment-rate-measure-is-deceptive-and-doesnt-need-to-be/

Republicans accused of plotting to overload news media by scheduling multiple Trump confirmation hearings and a long-awaited Trump press conference on same day, “preventing any one nominee from dominating a news cycle”.   http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/01/05/gops-brilliant-plan-distract-critical-confirmation-hearings

Republicans accused of using big government to crush local progressive initiatives. “Republican legislators around the country say liberal cities and counties vastly overstepped their bounds by implementing new taxes on sodas and sugary beverages, by raising local minimum wages or through strict new environmental regulations.” http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/312766-gop-aims-to-rein-in-liberal-cities

Progressives planning to use Tea Party tactics on Republicans. “If a small minority in the Tea Party can stop President Obama, then we the majority can stop a petty tyrant named Trump.”   http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/01/05/anti-gop-uprising-grows-indivisible-guide-resisting-trump-goes-viral

U.S. accused of meddling in Russian politics on behalf of Boris Yeltsin – with disastrous consequences. “The surge in mortality was “beyond the peacetime experience of industrialised countries”. While it was boom time for the new oligarchs, poverty and unemployment surged; prices were hiked dramatically; communities were devastated by deindustrialisation; and social protections were stripped away.”   https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jan/05/americans-spot-election-meddling-doing-years-vladimir-putin-donald-trump

Corporations change their tune: If granted a “tax holiday” on foreign profits they probably aren’t going to focus on creating more U.S. jobs after all. “The Intercept’s examination of dozens of earnings calls and investor conference talks since Trump won the presidential election finds that many executives are telling analysts at large banks that they are eager to take the money to increase dividends and stock buybacks as well as snap up competitors.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/01/05/corporations-prepare-to-gorge-on-tax-cuts-trump-claims-will-create-jobs/

Protests and looting in Mexico after government hikes gasoline prices, more than 700 reportedly arrested, including four police officers.   http://www.startribune.com/mexico-gas-protests-looting-leave-1-dead-600-arrested/409808555/

Pretzel chain CEO say California sales up after minimum wage increases. “My overall sales were something like 15 percent ahead after the first minimum wage bump, and now they’re about 12 percent ahead this year.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/i-was-stunned-by-the-business-fast-food-ceo-says-profits-soared-after-minimum-wage-hike/

Only 3 of the 30 groups who want to protest at Trump inauguration have reportedly received government permits required to exercise their 1st amendment rights.   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/anti-trump-activists-threaten-suit-over-inauguration-protest-permits/

Hacker reportedly breaches FBI’s website, leaks personal information of agents.   http://tech.firstpost.com/news-analysis/cyberzeist-a-hacker-breaches-fbi-website-and-posts-information-on-pastebin-356245.html

No charges against French troops accused of sexual exploitation of children in Central African Republic due to “insufficient evidence”.   http://www.dw.com/en/no-charges-in-french-military-child-sex-abuse-inquiry/a-37031422

Engine reportedly falls off B-52 flying over North Dakota.   http://www.military.com/daily-news/2017/01/05/b52-loses-engine-flying-north-dakota.html

150 inmates escape from Philippine prison after prison attacked by armed men.  http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38504266


January 6, 2017

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