January 24, 2017

Class action lawsuit filed in response to harsh police tactics at D.C. demonstrations. Police allegedly encircled and attacked “not only protesters who had engaged in no criminal conduct, but also members of the media, attorneys, legal observers, and medics … (Officers) proceeded to indiscriminately and repeatedly deploy chemical irritants, attack the individuals with batons, and throw flash-bang grenades…”   http://www.politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/2017/01/inauguration-protests-police-lawsuit-233942

Trump officially withdraws U.S. from TPP trade deal. http://www.bostonherald.com/business/business_markets/2017/01/donald_trump_wastes_no_time_in_exiting_tpp

Trump signs executive order to defund family planning organizations that discuss abortion when working in developing countries. “The global gag rule, introduced by President Ronald Reagan in 1984 as part of his Mexico City Policy, made discussion of abortion by a group receiving federal support for any purpose illegal.”   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/01/23/opinions/global-gag-rule-backlash-garrett/   Critics say an unintended effect of defunding mainstream family planning groups is an increase in abortions.

Trump’s win boosting far right parties in Europe. “We all stand for the same things, and if Trump is the winner, we are also winners.”   http://time.com/4643051/donald-trump-european-union-koblenz/

Deporting “dreamers” not at the top of Trump’s to-do list. He reportedly “quietly backed away from a pledge to end protections for nearly 750,000 immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children.”   http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-trump-20170123-story.html

Trump reportedly repeats his claim that he lost the popular vote (by almost 3 million votes) because of massive voter fraud by illegal aliens. “Two sources confirmed to NBC News that Trump spent about the first 10 minutes of his bipartisan meeting with congressional leaders at the White House talking about the campaign and about how 3 million to 5 million “illegals” voted in the election, causing him to lose the popular vote.”   http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/trump-lawmakers-illegals-cost-me-popular-vote-n711136

Federal judge reportedly rules that Aetna’s withdrawal from Obamacare markets was linked to federal action on Humana merger. “During a May 11 deposition of Bertolini, an Aetna lawyer said that if the company “was not ‘happy’ with the results of an upcoming meeting regarding the merger, ‘we’re just going to pull out of all the exchanges.’”   http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-hiltzik-aetna-obamacare-20170123-story.html

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau fines CitiMortgage $28.8 million for not helping borrowers avoid foreclosures. “Citi’s subsidiaries gave the runaround to borrowers who were already struggling with their mortgage payments and trying to save their homes.”   http://www.cnbc.com/2017/01/23/citi-units-to-pay-288-million-for-giving-us-homeowners-runaround-watchdog.html

Silicon Valley prepping for the apocalypse. “Reid Hoffman, the cofounder of LinkedIn and a notable venture capitalist, told the New Yorker he estimates more than 50% of Silicon Valley billionaires have bought some level of “apocalypse insurance,” like an underground bunker.”   http://www.businessinsider.com/silicon-valley-billionaires-apocalypse-preppers-2017-1

Trump’s plan to increase fossil fuel production only has the support of 27% of the public. “A Pew Research survey published Monday found that 65 percent of Americans “give priority to developing alternative energy sources, compared with 27 percent who would emphasize expanded production of fossil fuel sources.”   http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/01/23/trumps-dirty-climate-plan-out-step-most-americans-want-renewables

British public and members of parliament reportedly not informed of Trident missile test failure.   http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/01/23/uk-cover-trident-missile-failure-continues-amid-demands-inquiry

Lawsuit targets Trump’s income from foreign governments. “The complaint zeroes in on Trump Tower leases held by the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, a state-run bank, and the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, which is part of the government of the United Arab Emirates.”   http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/01/23/president-trump-sued-over-immediate-and-serious-constitutional-violations

Human Rights Watch official says Pompeo not an appropriate choice to run CIA. “Pompeo’s failure to unequivocally disavow torture and mass surveillance, coupled with his record of advocacy for surveillance of Americans and past endorsement of the shuttered CIA torture program, make clear that he should not be running the CIA.”   http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/01/23/cia-pick-mike-pompeo-open-re-authorizing-torture

South Dakota legislators unhappy with anti-corruption voter initiative reportedly plotting “emergency” legislation to make generous gifts from lobbyists legal again. “The South Dakota Government Accountability and Anti-Corruption Act makes it illegal for lawmakers to receive more than a total of $100 annually from lobbyists in the form of “any compensation, reward, employment, gift, honorarium, beverage, meal, food, or other thing of value made or given directly or indirectly”.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/south-dakota-lawmakers-declare-state-of-emergency-to-force-repeal-of-voter-imposed-ethics-law/

Trump establishes new national holiday. “One of Donald Trump’s first acts as president was to personally issue Proclamation 9570, which designates the day of his inauguration, January 20, 2017 as National Day of Patriotic Devotion.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/trump-declares-his-inauguration-national-day-of-patriotic-devotion-in-proclamation-littered-with-religious-buzzwords/

White House staffer says documents proving Trump has transferred ownership of his business empire to his oldest sons “are not public”.   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/sean-spicer-dodges-request-for-proof-trump-resigned-from-his-businesses/

 

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January 24, 2017

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