February 16, 2017

Andy Puzder drops out of labor secretary confirmation process as his chances dim. “He was quoted by Business Insider as saying he wanted to try robots at his restaurants, because “They’re always polite, they always up-sell, they never take a vacation, they never show up late, there’s never a slip-and-fall, or an age, sex or race discrimination case.”   http://www.startribune.com/puzder-s-nomination-as-labor-secretary-in-serious-trouble/413865353/

Trump floats “one state” solution to Israel-Palestine conflict. “In what was tantamount to a radical shift in US policy, Trump moved from a 20-year-old approach to the Palestinian issue into unknown territory, seemingly offering Israelis and Palestinians a choice between one state or two.”   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/02/16/opinions/trump-israeli-palestinian-departure-miller/

Second woman arrested in connection with Kim Jong Nam murder. “A Malaysian police statement said the woman was carrying an Indonesian passport identifying her as 25-year-old Siti Aishah. On Wednesday, police arrested the first suspect in the case, a woman carrying Vietnamese travel documents identifying her as 28-year-old Doan Thi Houng.”   http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/02/15/malaysian-authorities-detain-suspect-in-killing-north-korean-dictator-kim-jong-un-s-half-brother.html

“Day Without Immigrants” protests spread around the country. “Businesses in cities across the country prepared to close Thursday as immigrants boycott their jobs, classes and shopping.”   http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2017/02/16/a-day-without-immigrants-strike/97965460/

Steep rise in number of hate groups says civil rights group. “The report says hate groups in the United States nearly tripled, from 34 in 2015 to 101 last year.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/southern-poverty-law-center-says-american-hate-groups-are-on-the-rise/2017/02/15/7e9cab02-f2d9-11e6-a9b0-ecee7ce475fc_story.html

Yahoo reportedly informs some users that “forged cookies” may have been used to access their accounts. “When you get to the site, it sees the cookie and knows who you are and logs you in automatically.”   http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2017/02/15/yahoo-notifies-users-forged-cookie-breach/97955438/

Trump accuses intelligence agencies of leaking classified information to the press. “The real scandal here is that classified information is illegally given out by ‘intelligence’ like candy. Very un-American!”   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-intelligence-leaks-un-american_us_58a46adfe4b0ab2d2b1af73b   Intelligence agencies preparing to “go nuclear” on Trump after his tweets about leaks. “He will die in jail.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/02/he-will-die-in-jail-intelligence-community-ready-to-go-nuclear-on-trump-senior-source-says/   Sounds like we’re about to find who is really in charge.

Large group of NYPD officers reportedly taser unarmed pregnant woman for resisting arrest. She was apparently being arrested for not letting officers enter her apartment without a search warrant. “…two officers knocked on her door and attempted to enter her apartment to investigate an allegation that she and her sister had been fighting inside—which she denied. After reportedly asking the officers for a warrant to enter her apartment, Rosario was pulled into the hallway.”   http://fusion.net/story/386918/dailene-rosario-nypd-police-stun-gun/

Trump unveils proposed changes to Obamacare program, cutting enrollment period in half while increasing premiums and deductibles. “Today the insurance lobby got its wish list.”   http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/02/15/welcome-trumpcare-proposed-changes-raise-costs-weaken-coverage

Woman who sought protection order from a Texas court against her partner is reportedly arrested by ICE agents. “…ICE allegedly arrested the woman after receiving a tip from her alleged abuser.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/02/ice-detained-undocumented-woman-in-texas-after-she-reported-her-abusive-partner/

More intelligence community melodrama as former CIA official reportedly calls Trump “the gravest threat to our institutions and our government since 1861”. “It’s graver than World War II, when Hitler never actually threatened our institutions or occupation of Washington.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/02/former-cia-official-says-having-trump-in-the-white-house-is-the-gravest-threat-since-civil-war/

Congressman planning to introduce bill that would assign a psychiatrist to the White House. “…the National Defense Authorization Act, which was supported by over 300 members of Congress on a bipartisan basis, required incoming military recruits to get a mental health exam. Keep in mind, the president is also the commander-in-chief of our armed forces, and he can launch 4,000 nuclear weapons in a matter of minutes.”    https://www.democracynow.org/2017/2/15/rep_ted_lieu_to_introduce_bill

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February 16, 2017

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