January 15, 2017

Contest-winning Ferguson painting banned from Capitol. “Exhibits depicting subjects of contemporary political controversy or a sensationalistic or gruesome nature are not allowed.”   http://fox2now.com/2017/01/14/controversial-ferguson-painting-to-be-removed-from-us-capitol/    Republican politicians need their safe spaces, too!

North Dakota bill would pardon motorists who run over protesters. Legislator says it will protect motorists who accidentally “punched the accelerator rather than the brakes” when they encountered protesters in the road.   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bill-would-legalize-accidentally-driving-into-and-killing-protesters_us_587a3dabe4b0e58057ff1ebc

Marchers in D.C. remember King, call for unity to protect gains. “We are not going to let Donald Trump or anyone else turn back the clock on social justice in the United States of America.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/in-rain-and-cold-marchers-led-by-sharpton-call-for-unity-in-weathering-trump/2017/01/14/118ebf70-da8b-11e6-b8b2-cb5164beba6b_story.html

Philippine president Duterte says he may have to declare martial law, if he feels it’s necessary to fight drug war. “My country transcends everything else, even the limitations.”   http://www.reuters.com/article/us-philippines-duterte-drugs-idUSKBN14Z02O?il=0

Massachusetts judge orders Exxon Mobil to turn over documents on link between fossil fuels and climate change. “Here you have the judiciary ordering Exxon to provide documents about what they knew and when they knew it.”   http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-exxon-mobil-climate-change-documents-20170112-story.html

Economists split about 50-50 over whether or not raising the minimum wage increases unemployment. https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/01/economism-and-the-minimum-wage/513155/

Biloxi, Mississippi reportedly renames Martin Luther King, Jr. Day “Great Americans Day”. Then deletes tweet.   http://fusion.net/story/380792/biloxi-mississippi-great-americans-day-mlk-twitter/

List of some of the protest events taking place in Washington during Trump inauguration – marijuana smoke-in, LGBT dance party (outside Pence’s home), protest marches, a conference for civil rights and elections lawyers, etc.  https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/14/inauguration-protests-guide-where-events-happening-donald-trump-president

Muslim-Americans report being harassed, even assaulted, at border crossings. “Customs and Border Protection agents have been invasively questioning Muslim-Americans at U.S. border crossings about their political and religious beliefs, asking for their social media information, and demanding passwords to open mobile phones…. (an) American citizen alleges that he was choked by a CBP agent after declining to hand over his phone.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/01/14/complaints-describes-border-agents-interrogating-muslim-americans-asking-for-social-media-accounts/

John Lewis’ constituents tweet pictures of his “horrible” district.   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/trump-trolled-by-john-lewiss-constituents-after-insulting-their-district-as-horrible-and-crime-ridden/

High school senior raising funds for college after parents allegedly cut her off for dating a black guy, father says it’s because she was seeing him secretly.   http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/teen-fundraises-cut-black-boyfriend-article-1.2945070

 

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January 15, 2017

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