January 8, 2017

Portuguese socialist leader Mário Soares, who led his country back to democracy, dies at 92. “Soares suffered years of imprisonment, exile and political defeat.”   http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/07/world/europe/mario-soares-dead-portugal.html

Trump Organization reportedly owes three contractors who did work on D.C. hotel over $5 million, mechanic’s liens placed on property.   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/digger/wp/2017/01/06/third-lien-on-trump-hotel-brings-alleged-unpaid-bills-to-over-5-million/

Watchdog group sues Coca-Cola over health claims. Coke execs have allegedly claimed, “There is no scientific evidence that connects sugary beverages to obesity.”   https://gizmodo.com/5-of-the-most-egregious-health-claims-from-the-new-coca-1790823505

U.S. consular official shot in Mexico may be DEA agent. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/07/us-consular-official-shot-mexico

Detroit 9 year-old dies after tonsillectomy. “While on the way to retrieve a prescription, Anyialah died in the back seat.”   http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/detroit-girl-9-dies-after-routine-tonsillectomy

Red Cross says British health system in crisis due to government budget cuts.   http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/red-cross-calls-uk-hospital-crowding-humanitarian-crisis-44617360

Esteban Santiago “whitening” conspiracy theory, which had thousands of shares and retweets, reportedly concocted using photo of a different person.   http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/01/06/inside-the-alt-right-s-florida-airport-shooter-esteban-santiago-hoax.html

Trump’s appointee to head EPA has a “dark money” PAC supporting him. “…(Protecting America Now’s) 501(c)(4) status means individual and corporate donors can remain anonymous, and asks for contributions ranging from $25,000 to $500,000.” The group says funds are needed to counter opposition from “anti-business, environmental extremists”.   http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/scott-pruitt-epa-nonprofit-backers-233306

Celebrities and stars turn out for Obama farewell party.   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jan/07/obama-last-white-house-party-wonder-streep

ACLU says Trump’s pick for director of national intelligence needs to explain his involvement in rendition of German citizen to Afghanistan, where he was tortured and held for five months before being released.   https://theintercept.com/2017/01/07/donald-trumps-pick-for-spy-chief-took-hard-line-on-snowden-guantanamo-and-torture/

Top priority of Republican state governments – weakening labor unions. “In Kentucky, Missouri, and New Hampshire, three states that flipped to unified Republican control, legislators have prioritized passing Right to Work, a law that quickly diminishes union power by allowing workers in unionized workplaces to withhold fees used to organize and advocate on their behalf.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/01/07/gop-2017-business/

Will mainstream media blackout anti-Trump protests at inauguration like they did for George W. Bush?   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/you-can-expect-a-virtual-mainstream-media-blackout-of-the-trump-inauguration-protests-heres-why/

Government ethics office complains it “seems to have lost contact” with Trump officials. “… the emails show a surprising lack of interest on the part of the Trump team in divestment of assets to avoid conflicts of interest.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/government-ethics-office-we-seem-to-have-lost-contact-with-the-trump-team/

Robert Reich accuses Trump of financial interest in having good relations with Russia. “Over the years, Russian oligarchs, friends of Putin, have financed Trump’s projects and lent billions of dollars to Trump’s enterprises.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/follow-the-money-robert-reich-explains-exactly-why-trump-wont-condemn-russia/

German authorities and local press debunk Breitbart story claiming mob of 1,000 Muslims attacked police and set fire to Germany’s oldest church. “…the roof never caught fire, there was no “mob of Muslims” in the street and the church is not Germany’s oldest.”  http://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/police-shred-breitbart-for-manufacturing-fake-news-story-about-chanting-muslims-setting-fire-to-church/

Can Obama’s intelligence officials be trusted? James Clapper, director of national intelligence, reportedly lied to Congress about NSA mass surveillance programs. http://thehill.com/policy/defense/304009-clapper-denied-nsa-surveillance-in-us-weeks-before-verizon-tracking-program-began-   John Brennan, director of the CIA, reportedly lied about the CIA spying on Senate staffers.  https://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/31/cia-admits-spying-senate-staffers    And FBI director James Comey has reportedly said that there is no evidence of a national epidemic of shootings by police – this idea is only based on “anecdotes” and a “small group of videos”.   http://abcnews.go.com/US/fbi-director-comey-rejects-talk-epidemic-police-violence/story?id=42846387

Israeli diplomat caught saying he’d like to “take down” British deputy foreign minister.   http://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-britain-diplomat-idUSKBN14S0GM

 

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January 8, 2017

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