January 10, 2017

Two experts claim DNC emails were likely leaked, not hacked. “Because NSA can trace exactly where and how any “hacked” emails from the Democratic National Committee or other servers were routed through the network, it is puzzling why NSA cannot produce hard evidence implicating the Russian government and WikiLeaks.”   http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-hacking-intelligence-20170105-story.html

Army and National Guard reportedly involved in planning to contain Trump inauguration protesters.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-politics/dc-authorities-vow-to-respect-trumps-inaugural-protesters–if-theyre-peaceful/2017/01/06/4951e74c-d44c-11e6-a783-cd3fa950f2fd_story.html

Volkswagen executive arrested by FBI in connection with emissions cheating scandal.   http://www.cbsnews.com/news/fbi-arrests-volkswagen-exec-in-emissions-scandal/

BBC World News reports that Ft. Lauderdale airport gunman may have planned to strike in New York City on New Year’s Eve. No stories found on internet yet to support this however, not even from the BBC. UPDATE: ABC has now posted the story.   http://abcnews.go.com/US/santiagos-terror-ticket-fort-lauderdale/story?id=44648391

Trump will reportedly appoint son-in-law Jared Kushner as senior advisor to the president.   http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/source-jared-kushner-serve-trump-senior-adviser-n704786

Obama mentions failure to enact stricter gun control laws and failure to liberalize immigration among his regrets.   http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/01/05/obamas-long-goodbye-president-touts-record-shares-regrets-in-farewell-leg.html

Hong Kong must release seized military vehicles says Singapore’s defense minister.   https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-01-09/singapore-calls-on-hong-kong-to-return-seized-military-vehicles

Navy destroyer operating off the coast of Iran fires “warning shots” at Iranian patrol boats.   http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/01/09/navy-destroyer-reportedly-fires-warning-shots-at-iranian-vessels-in-strait-hormuz.html

British student group reportedly complains about being forced to study works of “white philosophers”.  http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jan/9/university-of-london-students-demand-white-philoso/

American citizen captured with Taliban in Afghanistan was reportedly required to withdraw allegations of torture and agreed to gag order as part of plea deal.   http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/38983-give-john-walker-lindh-the-american-taliban-a-chance-to-tell-his-story

Michigan motorist allegedly gets ticket for letting his unattended car warm up in his driveway.   http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/roseville-man-criticizes-officer-who-gave-him-ticket-for-warming-up-car-in-own-driveway

Jewish community centers in at least six states reportedly receive bomb threats.   http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-jewish-centers-bomb-threats-20170109-story.html

Julian Assange calls intelligence report on Russian hacking a “press release”. “There is no evidence of any kind supplied.”   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/01/09/politics/wikileaks-assange-us-hacking/

Dylann Roof, representing himself, calls no witnesses, presents no evidence in his defense at church massacre trial.  http://www.postandcourier.com/church_shooting/tywanza-sanders-family-describes-their-loss-to-jury-in-dylann/article_756f914c-d615-11e6-937d-2f583e2d05fc.html

Customers reportedly leave racist note for Virginia waitress, “Great service don’t tip black people.”  http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38561883

Judge rules that family can’t sue San Francisco for protecting illegal immigrant who killed their daughter from deportation, but allows them to pursue case against BLM employee who left loaded pistol in car. “San Francisco’s so-called “sanctuary policy” bars city employees from cooperating with federal immigration officials in deportation efforts.”  https://www.salon.com/2017/01/09/judge-san-francisco-cant-be-sued-over-death-by-immigrant/

Dept. of Agriculture estimates cost of raising a child to age 17 averages $233,610, or about $14,000 a year.   http://www.usnews.com/news/business/articles/2017-01-09/parents-save-up-cost-of-raising-a-child-is-more-than-233k

Astronomers reportedly detected large asteroid 2 days before it passed earth at 1/2 the distance to the moon.   https://www.cnet.com/news/asteroid-2017-ag13-passes-earth-moon-slooh/

7 activists reportedly arrested in Tampa park for feeding the homeless. “The hunger enforcement officers are here.”   http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/01/09/despite-arrests-peace-activists-vow-keep-feeding-citys-homeless

Law prohibits James Mattis from taking post of secretary of defense, if Congress chooses to enforce it. “But so far only one Democratic senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, has come out against the waiver, calling civilian control of the military “fundamental to the American democracy”.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/01/09/the-law-says-a-civilian-must-run-the-pentagon-does-gen-mattis-deserve-an-exception/

Former Fox News anchor reportedly accepts settlement over sexual harassment allegations.   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/fox-news-quietly-settles-with-former-host-over-oreilly-sexual-harassment-claims/

Fort Worth police officer who thought littering possibly justified the alleged choking of 7 year-old black boy by a white neighbor reportedly gets a 10 day suspension. “Why don’t you teach your son not to litter?”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/fort-worth-officer-in-viral-arrest-video-suspended-for-10-days/

Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer proposes using the same procedure for approving Trump’s appointees as was used for Obama’s, tweets McConnell’s own 2009 letter to Reid.  http://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/schumer-brilliantly-exposes-gop-hypocrisy-by-sending-mcconnell-his-own-2009-confirmation-letter/

Misleading Washington Post headline implies that death of police officer on motorcycle who was accidentally hit by an elderly driver was somehow connected with earlier Walmart shooting. “‘He shot her down’: Two officers dead in Orlando manhunt for murder suspect”  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/01/09/manhunt-underway-after-fatal-shooting-of-orlando-police-officer/  and   http://www.clickorlando.com/news/deputy-in-critical-condition-after-being-hit-by-car

Trump nominee for senior director of strategic communications post allegedly caught in second case of plagiarism. “An examination of (her PhD.) dissertation and the sources it cites identified around… a dozen sections of text that have been lifted, with little to no changes, from other scholarly works without proper attribution.”   http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/01/monica-crowley-plagiarism-phd-dissertation-columbia-214612   Not to mention that she used two colons in her title, which is always a bad sign: “Clearer Than Truth: Determining and Preserving Grand Strategy: The Evolution of American Policy Toward the People’s Republic of China Under Truman and Nixon”.

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January 10, 2017

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