February 14, 2017

Justice Department releases copy of Senate’s “torture report” to federal court. “The report documents abuses in the CIA program that waterboarded some captives, rectally abused others and held at least 119 foreign prisoners out of reach of the International Red Cross or attorneys.”   http://www.unionleader.com/article/20170212/NEWS06/170219830/-1/

Trump’s national security advisor resigns. “…Michael Flynn has resigned over allegations he discussed U.S. sanctions with Russia before Donald Trump took office.”   http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38965557

Environmental groups warned government officials about danger of Oroville emergency spillway. “In October 2005, as the Oroville Dam was going through a re-licensing process, the three groups filed a motion urging a federal regulatory agency to require state officials to armor the emergency spillway with concrete so that in the event of extreme rain and flooding, water would not freely cascade down and erode the hillside.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/02/13/officials-were-warned-the-oroville-dam-emergency-spillway-wasnt-safe-they-didnt-listen/

North Korean leader’s elder brother dies under mysterious circumstances in Malaysia. “The estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been killed in Malaysia, a South Korean government source told Reuters on Tuesday.”   http://www.businessinsider.com/kim-jong-nam-killed-2017-2

Steve Mnuchin confirmed as secretary of the treasury. “When millions of American families were losing their jobs, homes, savings, pensions and hope, Steven Mnuchin was making a fortune off their misery.”   http://thehill.com/policy/finance/319335-senate-confirms-mnuchin-as-treasury-secretary

Trump and Japanese prime minister Abe deal with North Korean missile launch at restaurant table in crowded Trump resort. “Trump fan takes selfie with the guy carrying the “nuclear football” and posts his face and ID on his FB. This is not supposed to happen.”   http://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-dealt-with-north-korea-missile-launch-as-his-clubs-members-dined-nearby/

Boeing machinists in South Carolina voting in closely watched union election. “It was freedom from strikes and escalating wages, a Boeing executive said in 2010, that was the overriding motivation for the company to place its new production line for 787 Dreamliners in South Carolina rather than Washington.”   https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-14/boeing-floods-airwaves-in-south-carolina-union-grudge-match

Researchers discover that deep sea creatures have high levels of banned chemicals. “Not only are (the pollutants) in every single sample, regardless of species, depth, trench, whatever, the concentrations are extraordinarily high.”   http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/02/13/scientists-deep-sea-creatures-full-toxic-chemicals/97846814/

Kris Kobach fails to deliver proof of massive illegal voting. “(CNN) host Kate Bolduan asked Kobach repeatedly if he had found actual cases of illegal voting. He wouldn’t say, but said he would have “more information at the end of the month.”   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kris-kobach-donald-trump-voter-fraud_us_58a21270e4b094a129edcacb

Researcher says humans now the primary agents of climate change. “The human magnitude of climate change looks more like a meteorite strike than a gradual change.”   https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/feb/12/humans-causing-climate-to-change-170-times-faster-than-natural-forces

Bernie Sanders event in West Virginia cancelled when National Guard says political events are prohibited at their facilities. “…the state’s National Guard announced the meeting, which was slated to be aired on MSNBC‘s “All In with Chris Hayes,” would not be able to take place at the Welch National Guard Armory two days before it was scheduled to occur.”   http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/02/13/after-cancellation-sanders-vows-hold-wv-town-hall-streets

Six TSA employees accused of helping smuggle 20 tons of cocaine into the U.S. “U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez said the defendants smuggled suitcases containing at least 8 to 15 kilograms each of the drug through the TSA security system at the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/dr-gridlock/wp/2017/02/13/tsa-and-airport-workers-indicted-for-allegedly-smuggling-20-tons-of-cocaine-through-puerto-rico-airport/


February 14, 2017

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