January 11, 2017

Russian intelligence agencies allegedly had embarrassing info on Trump but did not release it during election, could possibly be used to blackmail him later.   https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/politics/2017/01/10/unsubstantiated-report-has-compromising-information-trump-intelligence-chiefs-say/dbMeVpdIBL8bd16NzHylkI/story.html   But, as Trump reportedly said during the election, “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot people and I wouldn’t lose voters.” http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/gop-primaries/266809-trump-i-could-shoot-people-in-streets-and-not-lose-support   Sad!

Dylann Roof sentenced to death for murdering nine at Charleston church.   http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-charleston-roof-sentencing-20170110-story.html

Swiss court rules that Muslim girls must swim with boys at school, in another case of Europeans refusing to accommodate immigrants. “In Denmark, pork meatballs and other pork dishes that are popular staples became part of a debate on national identity last year after the central Danish town of Randers voted in January to require public day care centers and kindergartens to include the meat on their lunch menus.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/10/world/europe/swiss-muslim-girls-must-attend-swim-classes-with-boys-court-says.html  Growing up in the United States, I believe all of my gym classes were male only.

Austin police claim handcuffed 19 year-old shoplifting suspect shot himself in the head while sitting in the back of patrol car.  “…the arresting police officer failed to conduct a thorough pat-down in apprehending the suspect, which led to his shooting himself while under arrest.”  http://patch.com/texas/southaustin/teen-shoplifting-suspect-shoots-himself-austin-squad-car

Yesterday’s stories of quick resolution of Shirley, Massachusetts prison riot disappear from internet, authorities now claim incident started in the afternoon, lasted three hours and involved significant damage to the facility.   https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/01/10/officials-thankful-one-was-hurt-brief-uprising-mass-prison/HCNaBf1i1cKoa4x4rEBVPK/story.html

Welcome to the new America: Four Republican lawmakers have repeatedly removed an art panel-selected student painting from a Capitol wall because they don’t like the content.   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/01/10/house-battle-over-controversial-student-painting-spirals-out-of-control/

Bankers face criminal charges over exchange rate fixing!  “The indictments come after years of criticism against the [Obama] Justice Department for securing multibillion-dollar corporate penalties without holding individuals to account.”   https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-01-10/-cartel-group-currency-traders-charged-in-market-rigging-case   Now, let’s see if anyone actually goes to jail.

New Jersey’s Port Authority fined over misuse of bond funds to pay for repairs of other roads. “The spending allowed Christie to embark upon major repairs in New Jersey without raiding the state’s Transportation Trust Fund or raising the state’s low gasoline tax…”   http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/01/10/port-authority-federal-fine/96404584/

Merchants unable to charge customers a surcharge for using credit cards claim this violates their free speech, take their case to Supreme Court, which agrees to hear it. “They are forcing the merchant to speak in a particular way.”  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/10/business/supreme-court-credit-card-fees-free-speech.html

Texas man jailed for possession of drugs fights to clear his name after field tests mistake cat litter for methamphetamine. “It turns out the sock contained cat litter, which Lebeau’s father had used to absorb moisture inside a vehicle and keep the windshield from fogging up.”   http://www.chron.com/neighborhood/cyfair/news/article/Cypress-man-arrested-for-meth-actually-had-cat-10845181.php

Attorney General nominee Sessions says rise is crime is due to criticism of police. “…morale has been affected. And it’s impacted the crime rates in Baltimore, crime rates in Chicago, I don’t think there’s any doubt about it…”  http://fusion.net/story/379781/jeff-sessions-senate-judiciary-trump-hearing/

Remembering the Obama presidency – through memes. Lady bites into taco, shell falls apart. “Thanks, Obama!”  http://fusion.net/story/379652/best-obama-memes/

Residents of Flint, Michigan reportedly barred from water quality meeting.   http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/01/10/flint-residents-barred-closed-door-water-quality-meeting

Saudi airstrike reportedly hits elementary school in Yemen, killing 8 and wounding 15, famine continues.   http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/01/10/saudi-airstrike-hits-yemen-school-killing-children-humanitarian-crisis-worsens

Sasha Obama misses her father’s farewell speech because she was either studying for a test or writing a school report. “If Sasha Obama really missed this because of an exam in the morning, there are no more excuses for anything, ever.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jan/11/where-is-sasha-obama-twitter-goes-nuts-over-missing-member-family

Unsuccessful recount efforts revealed major problems with U.S. election process says Green candidate Stein. “The effort to re-examine our votes revealed not only a broken recount process, but a deeply flawed election.”   https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jan/10/running-president-elections-broken-we-can-fix-them

Troubling allegations of possible war crimes committed by Seal Team 6. “Evidence was presented that Slabinski gave an order to shoot all the men they encountered during another raid, whether or not they were armed.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/01/10/the-crimes-of-seal-team-6/

Conservative group conducting an apparent sting operation is caught on video offering money to a progressive group if they will disrupt Trump’s inauguration. Which would be… illegal.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwJ1HUEZ5Ds

Carl’s Jr. employee tells Congress that after seven years with the company she is paid $8.75 an hour and has to rely on housing assistance, food stamps, and Medicaid to support herself and her children. “If I didn’t survive on these things, I would be homeless…”   http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/01/elizabeth-warren-andrew-puzder-labor-department-carls-jr-hardees


January 11, 2017

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