January 12, 2017

176 retired military officers urge Trump not to torture. “Most importantly, torture violates our core values as a nation.”   http://www.voanews.com/a/retired-us-military-officers-urge-trump-not-to-reinstate-torture/3670259.html

Trump denies Russia blackmail allegations, accuses intelligence agencies of leaking details. “…that’s something that Nazi Germany would have done and did do.”   http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-idUSKBN14V18L

Government ethics watchdog calls Trump’s plan to retain his investments while stepping away from direct management “meaningless from a conflicts of interest perspective”.    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/01/11/ethics-watchdogs-dismiss-trump-business-plan/96448828/

Tillerson urges tougher China policy in confirmation hearing. “…it’s going to require a new approach with China in order for China to understand our expectations of them, going beyond certainly what they have in the past, which has fallen short.”   http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/national/2017/01/11/64/0301000000AEN20170111012852315F.html

Davos World Economic Forum report says market capitalism needs to be reformed: “The combination of economic inequality and political polarization threatens to amplify global risks, fraying the social solidarity on which the legitimacy of our economic and political systems rests.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/growing-gap-between-rich-and-poor-seen-as-key-economic-risk/2017/01/11/7e290a78-d7e3-11e6-a0e6-d502d6751bc8_story.html

Federal prosecutors to criminally charge six Volkswagen executives over emissions cheating, ” a substantial turn by a departing administration that is trying to remake its image of being soft on corporate crime”.   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/11/business/volkswagen-diesel-vw-settlement-charges-criminal.html

Baltimore agrees to court-enforced police reforms. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/01/11/baltimore-doj-reach-agreement-police-consent-decree/96463712/

China’s leader urges world to continue on the path of globalization. “With the rise of populism, protectionism, and nativism, the world has come to a historic crossroad where one road leads to war, poverty, confrontation and domination while the other road leads to peace, development, cooperation and win-win solutions.”   http://www.reuters.com/article/us-davos-meeting-china-idUSKBN14V0AV   But if everyone is winning from globalization, where did these populist movements come from?

Fact check: Trump makes press conference claim that 96 million Americans are looking for work, but the number is actually closer to “only” 14.7 million if you include those who “are working part time because they can’t find full-time work, all the unemployed and those marginally attached to the workforce.”   http://www.cnbc.com/2017/01/11/donald-trumps-colossal-error-on-jobs-during-his-presser.html

Limits on political donations from developers proposed to prevent influence on L.A. city officials.  http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-contributions-ban-20170110-story.html

Trump refuses question from CNN reporter at press conference, says the outlet is “fake news”.  Jake Tapper later defends CNN, saying they only reported the existence of the information and that it had been raised during briefings of the president and president-elect.   http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/01/11/jake-tapper-defends-cnn-from-trump-s-fake-news-attack-buzzfeed-s-the-irresponsible-one.html

No protests in Davos this year?   https://news.vice.com/article/this-year-in-davos-opponents-of-the-world-economic-forum-arent-even-bothering-to-protest

Senator asks Rex Tillerson about Exxon’s alleged cover-up of evidence linking fossil fuels to climate change. “Since I’m no longer with ExxonMobil, I’m in no position to speak on their behalf.”   http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/01/11/tillerson-called-out-lying-about-climate-during-confirmation-hearing

“Ghost bike” group in Houston places memorials to dead cyclists. “Twenty-three cyclists have been killed – seven of them by hit-and-run drivers.”   https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/jan/04/houston-hit-run-personalised-ghost-bikes-invisible-dead-cyclists

The B Street Band, ‘America’s number one Bruce Springsteen cover band’, to perform at Trump inauguration.   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/trump-finally-lands-big-name-inaugural-act-americas-number-one-bruce-springsteen-cover-band/

Trump accuses drug companies of overcharging the government. “…we have to…create new bidding procedures for the drug industry, because they’re getting away with murder…”   http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/trump-press-conference-drug-industry-233475

FBI allegedly sought surveillance warrants for four Trump campaign staffers over Russia contact allegations, FISA court reportedly said “no”.   http://news.antiwar.com/2017/01/10/report-fbi-sought-fisa-court-warrant-to-surveil-trump-campaign-officials/

Man arrested in shooting of U.S. consular official in Guadalajara, Mexico was reportedly a U.S. citizen from Chino Hills, California studying at a local medical school.   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4104254/Indian-born-American-citizen-31-arrested-trying-shoot-dead-U-S-consulate-official-Mexico-medical-student-grew-affluent-neighborhood-California.html

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January 12, 2017

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