February 8, 2017

Army approves Dakota Access pipeline project. “The granting of an easement, without any environmental review or tribal consultation, is not the end of this fight… Expect mass resistance far beyond what Trump has seen so far.”   http://www.reuters.com/article/us-north-dakota-pipeline-idUSKBN15M2DU

DeVos approved as secretary of education in closest possible vote. “It marked the first time in U.S. history that a vice president was called upon to break a tie vote over a presidential Cabinet nomination.”   http://www.freep.com/story/news/politics/2017/02/07/betsy-devos-education-secretary-vote/97585322/

Hummer driver freezes to death after getting arm caught in charity drop box. “After allegedly removing several bags filled with clothes and shoes (from the donation box), she slipped as the stepladder collapsed, her arm catching in the door.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/02/08/her-arms-stuck-in-a-clothing-donation-box-all-night-she-died-alone-in-the-freezing-air/

Elizabeth Warren ordered to stop speaking against Sessions nomination. “In setting up the votes to rebuke Warren, McConnell specifically cited portions of a letter that (the late Coretta Scott) King, the widow of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., wrote to the Senate Judiciary Committee in opposition to Sessions’s 1986 nomination to be a federal judge.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/02/07/republicans-vote-to-rebuke-elizabeth-warren-for-impugning-sessionss-character/

4,400 more public employees fired in Turkey, accused of “membership of, or links to, terrorist organizations or groups deemed to be acting against national security interests”.   http://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-security-dismissals-idUSKBN15N0KS

70 dead after police in Brazilian town go on strike. “Criminals ran amok in the south-eastern city (of Vitoria) after police stopped patrolling on Saturday in a row over pay.”   http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-38900824

Trump repeats false claim of record murder rate. “On multiple occasions Trump has suggested the murder rate is at a historic high, a claim that has been repeatedly debunked. In fact, the murder rate is currently at less than half its peak.”   http://www.wbur.org/npr/513952870/in-meeting-with-sheriffs-trump-repeats-false-murder-rate-statistic

Deported Cleveland Clinic doctor from Sudan readmitted during travel ban suspension. “Abushamma, who carried a passport from Sudan, was sent back to Saudi Arabia, where she had been visiting her family.”  http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/cleveland-clinic-doctor-deported-under-trump-order-comes-back-n718131

FBI reportedly seeking information on donors to Barrett Brown’s defense fund. “The subpoena was sent to the host of the crowd-funded legal defense fund, directing it to send “any and all information” pertaining to the legal defense fund to the FBI.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/02/07/barrett-brown-defense-fund-accuses-justice-department-of-illegally-surveilling-its-donors/

Unarmed blacks more than twice as likely to be fatally shot by police as unarmed whites say researchers. “Fifteen per cent of black people killed were not carrying a weapon at the time, compared to six per cent of whites and 11 per cent of other minority groups.”   http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/black-americans-shot-dead-police-shooting-twice-likely-white-people-us-african-american-a7567471.html

Anarchist groups reportedly ranked equally dangerous as al Qaeda, ISIS, Sovereign Citizens, white supremacists/neo-nazis and militia groups by New Jersey Office of Homeland Security. “Last year, this group organized and directed counterprotests during white supremacist rallies and incited violence during anti-law enforcement and post-U.S. presidential election protests.”   http://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2017/02/why-new-jersey-grouping-american-black-separatists-isis/135175/


February 8, 2017

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