January 25, 2017

U.N.: ‘Grave concern’ over Israel’s new West Bank settlement plans.   http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/un-expresses-grave-concern-about-israeli-settlement-action-117012500075_1.html

Trump green lights Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipeline projects.   http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/315852-trump-orders-keystone-dakota-access-pipeline-applications-to-move

James Comey will stay on as FBI director under Trump administration. “Many Democrats still blame him for Clinton’s loss, and his decisions to discuss the (Clinton/Weiner email) probe publicly in the final months of the race are being investigated by the Justice Department inspector general.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/fbi-director-james-comey-to-say-on-in-trump-administration/2017/01/24/033d3bc8-e246-11e6-a453-19ec4b3d09ba_story.html

Man who fatally shot Arizona trooper’s assailant comes forward. “Police say Pennelas-Escobar had rolled his car on Interstate 10 before he inexplicably attacked (Officer) Andersson, who had stopped to help…. Pennelas-Escobar had no known criminal history.”   http://www.cbsnews.com/news/thomas-yoxall-citizen-who-killed-man-assaulting-trooper-edward-andersson-i-was-put-there-by-god/

Secret Service agent in trouble after reportedly posting on Facebook that she would rather go to jail than take a bullet for Trump. “She also posted a photo of Princess Leia from Star Wars with the words, “A woman’s place is in the resistance”.”   http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/315887-secret-service-agent-i-wouldnt-take-a-bullet-for-trump

U.S. drops into “flawed democracy” category of international survey. “America’s score fell to 7.98 last year from 8.05 in 2015, below the 8.00 threshold for a full democracy, the EIU announced in a report on Wednesday.”   http://www.cnbc.com/2017/01/25/us-is-no-longer-a-full-democracy-eiu-warns.html

Sanders and Senate Democrats float $1 trillion public infrastructure spending plan. “Advisers to Trump have said they would rely on federal tax credits and public-private partnerships rather than federal spending to pay for a new infrastructure program.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/democrats-set-to-unveil-a-trump-style-infrastructure-plan/2017/01/23/332be2dc-e1b3-11e6-a547-5fb9411d332c_story.html   However, many economists think the Trump administration’s for-profit plan is unworkable. “…it will function largely as a giveaway to contractors on projects that would have happened anyway.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/economists-pan-infrastructure-plan-championed-by-trump-nominees/2017/01/17/0ed1ad5e-dc5e-11e6-918c-99ede3c8cafa_story.html

Environmental activists vow to continue their struggle. “These orders (to restart blocked oil pipelines) will only reignite the widespread grassroots opposition to these pipelines and other dirty energy projects. Trump is about to meet the fossil fuel resistance head on.”   http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/01/24/tsunami-outrage-vows-resistance-follow-trumps-pipeline-order

No charges for L.A. police officers involved in fatal Ezell Ford shooting. “The Los Angeles police commission ruled in June 2015 that the officers had no reason to stop and question Ford, and that violation of department policy led to an altercation that ended with Ford’s death.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jan/24/ezell-ford-police-shooting-no-charges-lapd

Number of journalist charged with felony rioting while covering Trump inauguration protests rises to six. “None of the arrest reports for the six journalists makes any specific allegations about what any of them are supposed to have done wrong.”   https://www.theguardian.com/media/2017/jan/24/journalists-charged-felonies-trump-inauguration-unrest

Trump administration restricts agency interactions with news organizations and social media. “The two blackouts reported on Tuesday bring to at least five the number of federal agencies which have been ordered silent by Trump in as many days.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jan/24/epa-department-agriculture-social-media-gag-order-trump

14 Democrats voted to approve Trump’s nominee for director of the CIA, despite opposition from Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International.    https://theintercept.com/2017/01/23/14-senate-democrats-fall-in-line-behind-trump-cia-pick-who-left-door-open-to-torture/

Pattern of medical negligence alleged at Texas prison. “Complaints about health care and record-keeping at Clements are not hard to come by, and many of them center on the prison’s alleged refusal to test inmates for tuberculosis.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/01/24/malnourished-prisoners-death-reveals-horrific-conditions-in-a-texas-prison/

Minnesota police officer compares racist text messages he exchanged with his friend, who would later shoot five Black Lives Matter protesters, to “locker room talk”.  http://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/minnesota-cop-claims-racists-texts-exchanged-with-black-lives-matter-shooter-just-locker-room-talk/


January 25, 2017

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