January 27, 2017

Trump administration pivots on 20% tax on Mexican imports after it’s pointed out that the tax would just be passed on to U.S. consumers. “Mucho Sad,” one Senator tweeted.   https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/nation/2017/01/26/mexico-president-cancels-meeting-with-trump-over-wall/kogoHugXFt8fEfyRF8RG9L/story.html

Massachusetts man charged with assault, hate crime after allegedly kicking Muslim airline employee and telling her, “Trump is here now. He will get rid of all of you.”  http://europe.newsweek.com/donald-trump-supporter-charged-hate-crimes-against-muslim-airport-worker-548977?rm=eu

Trump’s chief strategist: “The media here is the opposition party. They don’t understand this country.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jan/26/steve-bannon-media-trump-fox

Holocaust survivor remembers how the genocide started. “The Nazi newspapers showed Jews with big noses either dressed as Russian communists or American capitalists in top hats. Either way you couldn’t win.”   http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-38730273

French Socialist candidate Benoît Hamon offers party new ideas. “Hamon says the digital age calls for a new social model in which the resulting shrinking workload is spread out more, people get more leisure time, and companies who use robots to replace employees pay taxes on the wealth they create. And while critics say France’s 35-hour work week is too short, he wants to cut it further.”   http://www.france24.com/en/20170122-france-left-wing-primary-first-round-benoit-hamon-manuel-valls-french-election-policies

Number of people charged with “felony journalism” at inauguration reportedly rises to seven, little mainstream press coverage however. “This is in stark contrast to how the event would be covered if it were to happen overseas. No doubt headlines would scream “Journalists Among Dozens Arrested by Trump Regime” or “Crackdown on Resistance Marchers as Far-Right Government Takes Power.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/mainstream-media-looks-away-as-trump-era-begins-with-arrests-of-journalists/

Trump supporters flip out after journalist tweets Bible verse that condemns lying. “I’m surprised you didn’t burst into flames quoting that, journalist.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/trump-fans-are-furious-after-jake-tapper-posted-a-bible-verse-about-lying-being-a-sin/

9/11 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia (15), United Arab Emirates (2), Egypt (1) and Lebanon (1), but none of those countries are on Trump’s blacklist.   https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2017-trump-immigration-ban-conflict-of-interest/

British prime minister condemns torture, reminds Trump that most Muslims are not terrorists, and says imperialism is dead. “…the days of Britain and America intervening in sovereign countries in an attempt to remake the world in our own image are over.”   http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/trump-meeting-test-uk-us-special-relationship-45054987

Canadian military rejects use of torture. “Torture is against the Canadian Armed Forces (code of) conduct. It’s against the Geneva Convention.”   https://www.yahoo.com/news/canada-military-raises-torture-objections-204601588.html


January 27, 2017

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