February 7, 2017

Tech companies muddy the water, file friend-of-the-court brief against Trump travel ban. “The order makes it more difficult and expensive for U.S. companies to recruit, hire, and retain some of the world’s best employees.”   http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-tech-companies-travel-ban-20170206-story.html   Not to mention some of the world’s cheapest and most docile.

Trump accuses press of under-reporting terrorist attacks. “… terrorists attacks are so pervasive at this point that they do not spark the wall-to-wall coverage they once did.”   http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/white-house-terrorist-attacks-234718   Anderson Cooper debunks Trumps claim that media is intentionally downplaying terrorist attacks. “To be sure, this program did not cover each and every incident on the list, however other programs, as well as CNN International, covered most if not all of them, most of them exhaustively.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/02/anderson-cooper-debunks-trumps-latest-lie-with-personal-montage-of-himself-covering-terror-attacks/

Amnesty International accuses Syrian government of hanging as many as 13,000 of its political opponents since September 2011.  http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-38885901

Trump and California headed for showdown over illegal immigrants. “California in many ways is out of control. Obviously the voters agree or otherwise they wouldn’t have voted for me.”   http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN15M01V    In fact, Clinton received 61.5% of the vote in California, while Trump received only 31.5%.   http://www.nytimes.com/elections/results/california-president-clinton-trump

Missouri’s governor signs “right-to-work” law. “Right-to-work laws give workers the option to stop (paying union dues) while still enjoying the benefits of union representation.”   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/missouri-governor-signs-right-to-work-bill-passed-by-republican-legislature_us_5898c2d2e4b09bd304bcab13

Open carry activists arrested at gunpoint after entering Dearborn, Michigan police station to file complaint about a traffic stop, unclear what they were charged with.   http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/wayne-county/2017/02/06/armed-men-tactical-vests-arrested-dearborn-pd/97556140/

Trump’s Secretary of Labor nominee admits he hired an illegal alien as a housekeeper. “My wife and I employed a housekeeper for a few years, during which I was unaware that she was not legally permitted to work in the U.S.”   http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/318195-report-trump-labor-pick-hired-undocumented-worker

House votes to require search warrants for law enforcement agencies to get old emails from service providers.  http://www.reuters.com/article/usa-congress-emails-idUSL1N1FS01E

Conservative candidate for French presidency refuses to drop out despite allegations that his wife and children were on the government payroll but did no government work. “Her salary was perfectly justified because her work was indispensable to my activities as an elected official.”   http://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-02-06/scandal-threatens-french-conservative-presidential-hopeful

Citizens protest after suspect allegedly sodomized with baton by French police officer. “Eric Dupond-Moretti, a lawyer representing the young man, told Europe 1 radio that his client underwent emergency surgery for a “deep anal tear” and had been hospitalized since.”   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-4196078/1-French-policeman-charged-rape-3-assault.html

Israel’s parliament legalizes seizure of Palestinian property. “Israel’s parliament passed a contentious law late Monday that allows the state to seize land privately owned by Palestinians in the West Bank and grant the properties to Jewish settlements for their exclusive use.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/israel-passes-bill-to-seize-private-palestinian-land-for-jewish-settlements/2017/02/06/b6d14220-ec90-11e6-a100-fdaaf400369a_story.html

List of conflicts of interest for President Trump. “Unless Trump acts to put actual distance between himself and his business ventures, these questions are likely to continue throughout his time in the Oval Office.”   https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/02/donald-trump-conflicts-of-interests/508382/

Melania Trump sues “Daily Mail”, claims $150 million in damages. “Plaintiff had the unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, as an extremely famous and well-known person…to launch a broad-based commercial brand in multiple product categories…”   https://nypost.com/2017/02/06/melania-trump-sues-mail-online-for-claiming-she-was-an-escort/

CNN reportedly turned down Kellyanne Conway appearance due to “serious questions about her credibility.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/05/business/the-massacre-that-wasnt-and-a-turning-point-for-fake-news.html?_r=2

Some Republican lawmakers and Trump supporters are allegedly blaming anti-Trump protests on “paid protesters”. “Who is bankrolling the protests taking place at airports across the country?”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/02/republicans-are-inventing-delusional-lies-about-paid-protests-erupting-across-the-us-and-it-will-backfire/

Target of deadly Yemen SEAL raid was reportedly al Qaeda leader. “It is unclear whether al-Rimi was at the compound at the time of the U.S. strike and escaped, or whether he was somewhere else altogether.”   https://origin-nyi.thehill.com/policy/international/318185-strike-in-yemen-missed-al-qaeda-leader-report

Land-based nuclear missiles are intended to attract enemy missiles, which is a bad idea says peace activist. “The United States can safely phase out the existing ICBMs without replacing them. This would save a boatload of money and take the missile states out of the crosshairs.”   http://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2017/02/welcome-americas-nuclear-sponge/135135/?oref=d-skybox


February 7, 2017

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