January 26, 2017

Draft of executive order to examine reopening of secret CIA “black site” prisons apparently leaked to the press. “If Mr. Trump signs the draft order, he would also revoke Mr. Obama’s directive to give the International Committee of the Red Cross access to all detainees in American custody.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/25/us/politics/cia-detainee-prisons.html?_r=0

Fake government Twitter accounts spring up to defend the environment. “Honestly, if we’re building walls, Florida could really use one around its entire coastline.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/01/25/rogue-pro-science-protest-sites-are-sticking-up-for-federal-research/

Article 4 of the 25th amendment to the Constitution describes how an “unfit” president can be removed from office. “It stipulates how a vice president, together with a majority of the cabinet, can inform Congress that the president is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office”.”    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/an-obscure-way-to-oust-an-american-president/

Pentagon tweets have people talking. “From refugee to #Marine. @USMC Cpl Ali J. Mohammed takes the fight to the doorstep of those who cast his family out.” “Social media postings sometimes provide an important window into a person’s #mentalhealth. Know what to look for.”    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/perfect-timing-pentagon-tweet-highlights-marine-who-was-refugee-n712066

Trump reportedly claims intelligence officials told him torture works. “Trump said that he asked top intelligence officials whether waterboarding and other forms of torture work, and “the answer was yes, absolutely”.”   http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/01/25/lying-once-again-trump-declares-torture-absolutely-works

Greenpeace activists hang “RESIST” banner over White House.   http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/01/25/call-arms-giant-resist-banner-dropped-above-trumps-white-house

EPA data reportedly to be subjected to “political review” before being released to the public. “The communications director for Donald Trump’s transition team at the EPA, Doug Ericksen, said on Wednesday the review also extends to content on the federal agency’s website, including details of scientific evidence showing that the Earth’s climate is warming and man-made carbon emissions are to blame.”   https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jan/25/donald-trump-epa-gag-order-political-review

Trump’s wall could cost $31 billion, take 40,000 workers five years to build. “Steer said the workforce would probably be drawn mostly from the Mexican side of the border as semi-skilled construction wages are much lower and there are more Mexican settlements close to the border. “There would be a certain irony of getting Mexicans to build it.””   https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/jan/25/donald-trump-border-wall-mexican-construction-firms-workers-biggest-winners   Actually, the cost would very likely exceed $31 billion because the firm doing the estimate is considering the Rio Grande to be a sufficient natural barrier to immigration that a wall would not be needed along it.

Sales of George Orwell’s “1984” reportedly surging after election, but other “dystopias” – the opposites of utopias – may hit closer to Trumpland.   https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jan/26/1984-dystopias-reflect-trumps-us-orwell

Trump advisor Steve Bannon reportedly registered to vote in Florida AND New York. “(Bannon’s pal Andy) Badolato, who was also registered to vote at the home with his adult sons, declined at the time to answer questions on whether Bannon actually lived at the property, which is required under the registration rules of the Florida division of elections.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jan/25/steve-bannon-voter-registration-trump-election-voter-fraud

Journalist questions Treasury nominee Mnuchin’s claim that his bank did not “robo-sign” foreclosure documents. https://theintercept.com/2017/01/25/mnuchin-lied-about-his-banks-history-of-robo-signing-foreclosure-documents/

Trump allegedly interrupts meetings to take calls from cable TV hosts.   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/trump-regularly-interrupts-high-level-meetings-to-take-phone-calls-from-morning-joe-report/

Senior Trump staffers reportedly using private email accounts. “The rnchq.org email address used by the Bush administration is now hosting active Trump staff email addresses, verifiable through the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol.”   http://europe.newsweek.com/trump-emails-rnc-reince-priebus-white-house-server-548191?rm=eu

Iraqi government and U.S. intelligence officials puzzled by Trump’s comments to CIA employees about seizing Iraq’s oil. “…former CIA Director and Defense Secretary Robert Gates told NBC: “I have no clue what he’s talking about.”   http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-threat-seize-iraq-oil-reserves-cia-middle-east-us-president-petroleum-a7545106.html

50,000 gallon oil spill reported in Saskatchewan, indigenous tribal land said to have been contaminated.   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/1/25/headlines/canada_50_000_gallons_of_oil_spill_from_saskatchewan_pipeline


January 26, 2017

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