January 28, 2017

Pence addresses anti-abortion rally. “We will not rest until we restore a culture of life in America.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/27/us/politics/march-for-life.html?_r=0   Are reducing police shootings, executions and foreign military interventions also on the agenda?

IWW union issues statement on shooting of one of its members at Yiannopoulos protest. “We appear to be in a period when the right wing can murder unarmed protesters and claim self-defense.”   http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/trump-supporter-shot-anti-fascist-journalists-inauguration-protest-prison

Surveillance cameras appear around Seattle, city officials barred by judge from releasing information about them. Councilwoman Sawant: “I think it is totally unacceptable for the city of Seattle to be complicit in federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies surveilling Seattle’s public spaces.”   http://www.seattlepi.com/local/article/Sawant-aims-to-stop-FBI-s-warrantless-10887334.php

Jewish group say Holocaust Remembrance Day is not the time for refugee ban. “It was during the Holocaust that the world shamefully refused to give asylum to Jews and to others who were being murdered or about to be murdered in Nazi Germany.”   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/01/27/politics/trump-refugee-holocaust-remembrance-day/

Russian parliament votes overwhelmingly to decriminalize “minor” and infrequent incidents of domestic violence. “Russia’s parliament voted 380-3 on Friday to decriminalize domestic violence in cases where it does not cause “substantial bodily harm” and does not occur more than once a year.”   http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/01/27/russian-parliament-decrimiinalizes-domestic-violence/97129912/

Georgia police chief apologizes for mob killing of jailed black suspect in 1940. “The nonprofit Equal Justice Initiative, which announced plans last year to build a memorial to African-American lynching victims in nearby Montgomery, Alabama, said its research shows more than 4,000 blacks were killed by lynching in about a dozen Southern states between 1877 and 1950.”   http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/01/27/georgia-city-police-chief-mayor-apologize-for-1940-lynching.html

More Trump staffers and family members discovered to be registered to vote in more than one place. “(In addition to Jared Kushner and Sean Spicer,) the others are chief White House strategist Stephen K. Bannon; Tiffany Trump, the president’s youngest daughter; and Treasury Secretary nominee Steven Mnuchin…”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/01/26/it-turns-out-trump-son-in-law-jared-kushner-is-also-registered-to-vote-in-two-states/

Man behind illegal immigrant voting accusations refuses to release his data. “While the kinds of voter rolls that Phillips says he has are public, Becker says there is no way they would be ready as soon as two days after the election, when Phillips originally tweeted his 3m figure.”   http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38774428

California secessionists need signatures of 585,407 voters by July 25th. “If passed by voters, the measure… would remove language from the state constitution describing California as “an inseparable part of the United States of America” and require the governor to request admission for California to the United Nations.”   http://www.npr.org/2017/01/27/512055991/after-trump-inauguration-calexit-ballot-measure-builds-steam

Petition asking Trump to release his tax returns breaks signature record. “A current WhiteHouse.gov petition seeking to have Trump release his tax returns has already garnered more than 385,000 signatures, easily making it the most widely supported initiative to ever appear on the White House website.”   https://www.yahoo.com/tech/petition-donald-trump-release-tax-returns-shatters-white-002240620.html

First lady’s dark facial expressions launch “Free Melania” movement. “A series of upsetting interactions between Donald Trump and his First Lady, caught on video during inauguration festivities, has spawned a wave of speculation about the health of their union, along with the hashtag #FreeMelania.”   http://nymag.com/thecut/2017/01/melania-doesnt-want-your-help.html

Portrait of Andrew Jackson hung in Oval Office. Jackson was “…the only president who drove trains of naked slaves shackled by their necks… (a) frontier soldier whose ethnic cleansing emptied the south of Native Americans and launched the era of plantation slavery.”   http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/andrew-jackson-americas-vile-vindictive-7th-president-seen-trump-and-his-team-their

Twitter acknowledges it received two “national security letters”. “In the newly published NSLs, the FBI asked Twitter to turn over “the name, address, length of service, and electronic communications transactional records” of two users.”   https://techcrunch.com/2017/01/27/twitter-releases-national-security-letters/

Abby Martin accuses New York Times of misrepresenting her departure from RT network. “It appears that the Times is, once again, working to push a false perspective being promoted by US government officials and agencies.”   https://mediaroots.org/abby-martin-responds-to-exploitation-by-ny-times/

Former utility company lobbyist appointed as acting Dept. of Justice prosecutor of environmental crime cases. “…Wood will be overseeing the division that enforces civil and criminal environmental laws to reduce pollutants discharged into the air, water and land, and brings cases to enable the clean-up of contaminated waste sites.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/01/27/coal-doj-trump/

Governor Christie will not face charges in Bridgegate scandal say New Jersey prosecutors. “Two of Christie’s former aides were convicted in federal court in November in the scandal. Christie has denied wrongdoing and was never charged in the case.”   http://abc7ny.com/politics/bergen-county-wont-pursue-charges-against-christie-in-bridgegate-complaint/1724309/


January 28, 2017

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