January 16, 2017

CIA director puts president-elect in his place on lifting sanctions on Russia. “I think he has to be mindful that he does not have a full appreciation and understanding of what the implications are of going down that road.”   http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/brennan-rips-trump-tweets-russia/   Is anyone else wondering why this argument is playing out in public?

Trump says his replacement for Obamacare will “beautifully” cover everyone with “great health care”, but provides no details. He has recently ruled out a “single-payer” national insurance system, however.   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/15/us/politics/trump-health-law-replacement.html?_r=0

The eight richest men in the world control as much wealth as half the world’s population says charity. “The eight individuals named in the (Oxfam) report are (Bill) Gates, Inditex founder Amancio Ortega, veteran investor Warren Buffett, Mexico’s Carlos Slim, Amazon boss Jeff Bezos, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Oracle’s Larry Ellison and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg.   http://www.reuters.com/article/us-davos-meeting-inequality-idUSKBN150009

Sea Shepherd conservation group claims to have caught Japanese whalers in whale sanctuary with a dead whale. “It’s illegal to kill, injure or interfere with whales, dolphins and porpoises within the sanctuary.”   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/01/16/asia/japan-whaling-sea-shepherd/

New York sanitation workers say they want a Martin Luther King holiday, too. “Orrett Ewen, a private sanitation worker in the city, says in 10 years he’s never gotten MLK day as a paid holiday.”   http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/mlk-holiday-denied-trash-haulers-private-nyc-firms-article-1.2947163

Trump’s chief of staff accuses director of government ethics office of “becoming extremely political” for his criticism of the president-elect’s conflicts of interest.   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/01/15/trump-aide-reince-priebus-to-ethics-chief-be-careful/

Republican House member reportedly ducks out of meeting with his Colorado constituents after a large crowd turns out with concerns about his support for abolishing Obamacare.   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/watch-colorado-republican-secretly-flees-town-hall-to-avoid-constituents-mad-about-gutting-obamacare/

Trump supporters who are upset at John Lewis’ accusation that Trump’s presidency is “illegitimate” have conveniently forgotten the “birther” movement. “I can’t imagine the fallout… you would have if a Republican ever implied that about Barack Obama…”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/conservatives-criticism-of-john-lewis-backfires-after-cnn-host-points-out-trumps-birther-lies/

1 million+ have reportedly signed Snowden pardon petition.   http://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/314221-org-delivers-11-million-signatures-in-support-of-snowden-pardon

Supreme Court to hear case of Muslim men rounded up after 9/11 attacks. “A divided panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said the men were detained “as if they were terrorists, in the most restrictive conditions of confinement available, simply because these individuals were, or appeared to be, Arab or Muslim.””   https://www.yahoo.com/news/supreme-court-takes-suit-over-142336119.html

Boston police drop plan to buy “social media surveillance” software. “After reviewing the submitted proposals I felt that the technology that was presented exceeds the needs of the department.”   http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jan/14/boston-pauses-plans-million-dollar-social-media-su/

 

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January 16, 2017

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