February 2, 2017

Americans more likely to be killed by tourists than refugees. “In the past 41 years, no American has been killed on US soil by a terrorist from any of the seven countries included in President Donald Trump’s controversial executive order on immigration.”   http://www.businessinsider.com/what-is-the-risk-of-being-killed-by-a-foreign-terrorist-trump-ban2017-1

Man who shot protester outside Milo Yiannopoulos speech was apparently a UW student.  http://komonews.com/news/local/reports-uw-shooter-enrolled-as-a-student

Yiannopoulos speech at UC Berkeley cancelled due to large, rowdy protest, UCLA speech also cancelled.   http://time.com/4657553/milo-yiannopoulos-berkeley-breitbart-protest-troll/

Pentagon admits civilian casualties possible in Yemen SEAL raid “after images of dead women and children were shared on social media allegedly from the raid…”   http://www.latimes.com/politics/washington/la-na-essential-washington-updates-navy-seal-raid-in-yemen-likely-killed-1485997828-htmlstory.html   Raid reportedly had initially targeted one dwelling, ended up destroying “much of the village”.   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/01/world/middleeast/donald-trump-yemen-commando-raid-questions.html

Trump accused bullying Mexico’s president during phone call, in which he allegedly “suggested to [Peña Nieto] that if they are incapable of combating [narco trafficking] he may have to send troops to assume this task.”   http://www.businessinsider.com/trump-enrique-pena-nieto-mexico-phone-call-humiliating-threatening-2017-2

Wealthy Trump advisor Peter Thiel has allegedly obtained dual U.S./New Zealand citizenship and bought property in the country. “The venture capitalist joins a growing list of super rich Americans who are preparing for a doomsday event amid fears of a popular uprising and collapse of the government.”   http://www.inquisitr.com/3942006/super-rich-trump-advisor-preparing-to-flee-u-s-joins-elite-doomsday-preppers/

Federal judge rules that immigrants with valid visas must be admitted. “The order came in response to a complaint filed on behalf of (Yemeni immigrants who) have been stuck in an airport in Djibouti since President Trump issued his executive order on Friday…”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/01/us/politics/california-judge-trump-immigrant-visa-holders.html?_r=0

Texas mayor tells constituents she is transgendered. “With a population of 670, New Hope is a small town in Collin County, which is considered one of the most conservative suburban areas in Texas.”   http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/02/transgender-mayor-jess-herbst-makes-history-texas-amid-fierce/

5 year-old boy detained at Dulles airport was allegedly handcuffed, is a U.S. citizen from Maryland.   http://metro.co.uk/2017/01/31/boy-5-handcuffed-at-us-border-for-being-security-threat-to-usa-6417601/   Tweet from Maryland’s U.S. Senator, Chris Van Hollen: “This 5-yr-old U.S. citizen & Maryland resident is not a threat to our country. Donald Trump’s executive order is.” https://twitter.com/ChrisVanHollen/status/826190267980079108

75 Dakota Access pipeline protesters arrested for camping on private property.   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/02/us/dakota-pipeline-protesters-arrested.html

Trump companies paid a reported $12.8 million by Trump campaign. “The FEC reports show that Trump’s campaign paid his businesses for everything from office suites and hotel stays to payroll, security and office supplies, revealing an integrated business and political operation that was without precedent in modern American presidential politics.”   http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/trump-campaign-paid-trump-business-234489

Deutche Bank hit with $630 million fine over money laundering. “The FCA said Deutsche’s anti-money laundering (AML) controls were not tough enough to stop the bank being used by unidentified customers to transfer approximately $10bn from Russia to offshore bank accounts “in a manner that is highly suggestive of financial crime”.”   https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/jan/31/deutsche-bank-fined-630m-over-russia-money-laundering-claims

Domestic terrorism investigations have revealed that many right-wing extremist groups have “active links to law enforcement officers”. “Although these right-wing extremists have posed a growing threat for years, federal investigators have been reluctant to publicly address that threat or to point out the movement’s longstanding strategy of infiltrating the law enforcement community.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/01/31/the-fbi-has-quietly-investigated-white-supremacist-infiltration-of-law-enforcement/

Trump administration planning to rebrand Countering Violent Extremism program to focus only on Islamic terrorists, will no longer target violent white nationalist groups.   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/02/trump-administration-will-ignore-white-supremacists-to-focus-on-islamic-domestic-terror-threat-report/

Trump’s Supreme Court nominee allegedly quoted Henry Kissinger for his Columbia University graduation photo. “The illegal we do immediately; the unconstitutional takes a little longer.”   https://twitter.com/bfouhy/status/826770367104552960/photo/1

Trump-owned golf course ordered to refund deposits of former members. “A federal judge has ordered a golf club owned by President Donald Trump to refund nearly $6 million to members who said Trump’s team essentially confiscated refundable deposits after taking over the country club in 2012.”   http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/trump-golf-club-membership-lawsuit-234494

Some Republican lawmakers reportedly dodging constituents with questions about repeal of Obamacare.   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/02/virginia-gop-lawmaker-invites-public-to-ask-her-about-obamacare-repeal-then-never-shows-up-to-event/

Massive demonstrations in Romania after politicians try to decriminalize corruption. “…the decree would, among other things, decriminalize abuse-of-power offences in which the sums involved are less than 200,000 lei ($48,000). ”   http://www.reuters.com/article/us-romania-government-corruption-idUSKBN15F29F

Protest by civil servants in Rio de Janeiro over unpaid wages turns violent. “Protesters included police officers who haven’t been paid fully for months, sanitation workers, pensioners and staff from the state court system.”   https://www.yahoo.com/news/anti-austerity-protest-turns-violent-rio-janeiro-191356283.html

Housing and foreclosure crisis not addressed in presidential campaign. “Today the majority of poor renting families in America spend half of their income on housing, and at least one in four over 70 percent to paying rent and keeping the lights on.”   http://whowhatwhy.org/2017/01/30/crises-hidden-plain-sight-homelessness-housing-affordability/

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power: “Through a masterful combination of just enough science and statistics, persuasive documentary footage and time-lapse photography, and a well-narrated story of one man doing something on behalf of us all, (this follow-up Al Gore documentary) makes a case (for the immanent danger of global warming) that almost no one can dispute — if they watch it.”   http://whowhatwhy.org/2017/02/02/dont-avert-eyes-inconvenient-climate-disaster/

Legislators around the country drafting laws to restrict and discourage protests. “Minnesota lawmakers are pushing an anti-protest bill that would allow cities to sue protesters in order to charge them for the cost of policing the demonstrations.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/2/1/headlines/lawmakers_push_anti_protest_laws_as_mass_resistance_to_trump_sweeps_us

February 2, 2017

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