January 14, 2017

CIA nominee Pompeo reportedly gave written response that agency would accept information collected by foreign spy agencies which it would be illegal for the CIA to collect itself, but tells the Senate that actually might be illegal. Also allegedly says it would be “grossly negligent” not to take advantage of publicly available information on Americans.   https://theintercept.com/2017/01/12/pompeo-goes-dark-in-cia-nomination-hearing/

National Lawyers Guild official files lawsuit against Chicago police for “Stingray” practices. “The suit, which aims to be certified as a class action, alleges that the Stingray devices are frequently used without warrants or any official guidance, indiscriminately sweeping up cell phone data from innocent people, including attendees at political rallies, demonstrations and other 1st Amendment-protected activities.”   http://www.loevy.com/blog/federal-suit-challenges-chicago-police-use-stingray-spying-devices/

Republicans likely to fund Obamacare subsidies for one more year.   http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/republicans-obamacare-subsidies-233618

Democrats accuse FBI director Comey of double-standard on security breaches. “Why, the House Democrats demanded to know, did Mr. Comey believe it was O.K. to make repeated disclosures during the campaign about the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails but to this day refuse to say if the F.B.I. is investigating links between the Trump campaign and Russia?”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/13/us/politics/democrats-confront-james-comey-fbi-chief.html

Wikileaks reportedly tweets that Julian Assange will give himself up if Chelsea Manning is pardoned.   http://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/01/13/chelsea-manning-pardon-would-get-me-to-surrender-julian-assange/21654573/

Government officials reportedly informed CNN about intelligence briefings on Russian blackmail claims.   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/01/10/politics/donald-trump-intelligence-report-russia/index.html

Trump says he may lift sanctions on Russia if the country cooperates with U.S. on shared goals.   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/01/13/politics/donald-trump-russia-sanctions-taiwan/

Millennials have 1/2 the net worth, make 20% less than baby boomers at the same ages.  “Ledesma graduated from college four years ago. …she now earns $18,000 (a year) making pizza at Classic Slice in Milwaukee, shares a two-bedroom apartment with her boyfriend and has $33,000 in student debt.”  http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2017/01/13/millennials-falling-behind-boomer-parents/96530338/

New gold Liberty coins will depict Lady Liberty as an African American, Hispanic and Native American.  http://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/first-time-lady-liberty-will-be-depicted-woman-color-u-n706391

Five refugees have died in Europe due to extremely cold weather, thousands camping in flimsy tents or sleeping in unheated buildings.   http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/13/refugees-migrants-dying-gates-europe-heavy-snow-hits-balkans/

1/3 of fast food workers have children, 52% of fast food workers receive some form of public assistance, while the fast food industry made $6.6 billion in profits in 2015 says ABC News.  “I’ve been at Burger King, what 11 years now, $8 an hour after 11 years of service.”   http://abcnews.go.com/US/working-fast-food-jobs-16-hours-day/story?id=44707695

D.C. National Guard commander will reportedly be relieved of duty at 12:01 pm on the day of Trump’s inauguration. “At the time Schwartz departs, he will be in the midst of commanding thousands of Guard troops from the District and around the country who are providing support for the inauguration.”   http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/01/13/head-dc-national-guard-to-step-down-during-inauguration.html

Department of Justice report says Chicago police denied citizens’ their constitutional rights by engaging in a long-term pattern of use of excessive force. “This pattern included . . . shooting at people who presented no immediate threat and tazing people for not following verbal commands.”   http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/chicago-police-misconduct-findings-released-today-by-ag-lynch/

Reagan and Bush campaign worker tells Paul Ryan that Obamacare saved his life. “Being both a small business person and someone with pre-existing conditions, I rely on the Affordable Care Act to be able to purchase my own insurance.”  http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/ryan-asked-repeal-obamacare-republican-cancer-patient

Why do Republicans hate Obamacare so much? “…the repeal would give to each of the top 400 highest-income taxpayers—who averaged incomes of roughly $318 million in 2014—a tax cut of about $7 million a year.”   http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/01/13/obamacare-repeal-7-million-tax-cut-nations-richest-400-people

Arizona Republican introduces bill to ban the promotion of social justice and solidarity. House Bill 2120 “would ban any school courses or extracurricular activities that “promote” any kind of “social justice” or “solidarity” based on race, class, gender, politics, or religion”.   http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/01/13/arizona-bill-would-ban-discussion-social-justice-solidarity-schools

EPA says neonicotinoid pesticides are killing our bees, but refuses to do anything about it. “This is a rejection of science that should be deeply troubling to all Americans….”   http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/01/13/epa-acknowledges-neonics-harm-bees-then-bows-pesticide-industry

President Obama reportedly signs executive order allowing NSA to release raw, hoovered data to other government agencies. “…information that was collected without a warrant—or indeed any involvement by a court at all—for foreign intelligence purposes with little to no privacy protections, can be accessed raw and unfiltered by domestic law enforcement agencies to prosecute Americans with no involvement in threats to national security.”   http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/01/13/obama-expands-spy-agencies-access-private-data-just-time-trump

Trump’s pledge to halt new foreign deals does not exclude expanding on current foreign projects says spokeswoman. “Implementing future phasing of existing properties does not constitute a new transaction…”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jan/14/trump-scotland-golf-resort-conflicts-of-interest

South Dakota legislature votes down proposal to ban sex with pages and interns. “I’m hesitant to pass something when we get into itemizing every potential wrongdoing that a legislator could commit, lest this become a criminal code rather than a code of ethics.”   http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/article126503584.html

Techies say cybersecurity czar Rudy Giuliani can’t even secure his own website. “A 7-year-old could take that site down.”   http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/national-security/article126417814.html

3 Doors Down to perform at Trump inauguration. “Trump IS creating jobs. This is 3 Doors Down’s first paying gig since ’07.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/was-nickelback-busy-internet-relentlessly-mocks-3-doors-down-for-playing-trumps-inauguration/

Judge tosses drug conviction due to use of “unreasonable force” during search. “The SWAT team executed a “military-style assault” and detonated a flash-bank grenade in close proximity to a 9-month-old (child) after a confidential informant told detectives that he had seen marijuana, cocaine and a firearm in the home…”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/01/13/indiana-court-overturns-drug-conviction-after-swat-team-detonates-stun-grenade-near-a-baby/

Delegation from Israeli’s West Bank settlements reportedly invited to Trump inauguration. “… the West Bank settlers’ council said Friday it has been invited to send a delegation to the presidential inauguration next week.”   http://www.timesofisrael.com/settler-leader-delegation-to-attend-trump-inauguration/

Instability in Mexico may lead to leftist government says intelligence report.  http://elpais.com/elpais/2017/01/13/inenglish/1484304111_431189.html

 

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January 14, 2017

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