February 17, 2017

Intelligence community Trump leaks: helping or hurting democracy? “It is a story not about rogue intelligence agencies running amok outside the law, but rather about the vast domestic power they have managed to acquire within it.”   https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/02/american-deep-state-trump/516780/

Trump holds testy press conference at which he claims press is “dishonest” and full of “hatred”,  Russian contacts story is fake news and points out that Hillary Clinton also wanted to “reset” relations with Russia. He dodged a question about rising anti-semitism, and asked a black reporter if she could set up a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus. “Trump also railed against embarrassing leaks of his phone calls with world leaders including Australia and Mexico, suggesting that people within the White House could potentially put the US at risk by leaking confidential future conversations about how to handle North Korea.”  https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/16/alexander-acosta-labor-secretary-nomination-donald-trump

75 killed, 200 wounded in reported terror bombing at Sufi shrine in Pakistan. “The Amaq news agency, which is affiliated with ISIS, reported the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber in an explosives vest.”   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/02/16/asia/pakistan-shrine-bombing/

Former Ohio congressman Dennis Kucinich says intelligence community trying to sabotage peace with Russia.”…and at the bottom of that is money, is an agenda for somebody to cash in on the conflict between the U.S. and Russia…”   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZEks0N66vM

Bi-partisan congressional Cannabis Caucus formed to protect states rights on marijuana legalization. “Its goal is to keep federal policies from standing in the way of states that have passed legislation that allows the medical and recreational use of marijuana.”   http://www.ktuu.com/content/news/Rep-Young–414027323.html

Fifth American reportedly dies fighting with the YPG in Syria. “…a Turkish airstrike west of Manbij killed a 27-year-old American named Michael Israel, an anarchist from Lodi, California, who had recently posted a photo of himself on Facebook wearing a YPG uniform and stomping on a Confederate flag.”   http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/american-anarchists-ypg-kurdish-militia-syria-isis-islamic-state-w466069

FBI arrests white supremacist who was allegedly plotting terror attack. “A 29-year-old white supremacist from South Carolina allegedly plotting an attack inspired by Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof was arrested by federal agents in an FBI sting this week.”   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/benjamin-mcdowell-fbi-dylann-roof_us_58a5e7f6e4b045cd34bf9312

Man shot by Kentucky state trooper during domestic disturbance call dies. “Police say Huntzinger drove directly at the trooper, who opened fire. Coyle, a 16-year state police veteran, wasn’t injured.”   http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/02/17/kentucky-man-shot-during-police-confrontation-dies.html

Drug company reportedly wants $89,000 for a year’s supply of muscular dystrophy medication. “The company’s yearly estimate of $89,000 is a stark contrast to the $1,200 that some families pay to import the drug from overseas…”   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/02/16/health/duchenne-muscular-dystrophy-deflazacort-drug-prices/

Protests planned for April 15th to demand that President Trump release his tax returns. “Trump and his associates have repeatedly claimed that people “don’t care” about the returns—a claim that has been disproved multiple times over.   http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/02/16/plans-nationwide-anti-trump-tax-day-protests-gain-momentum

Two congressional Hispanic Caucus members reportedly ejected from ICE hearing. “On Thursday, Democratic Representatives Luis Gutiérrez of Illinois and Norma Torres of California said Republicans asked them to leave a meeting with the agency’s acting director, Thomas Homan, about the rash of raids on immigrant communities.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/16/hispanic-caucus-immigration-raids-meeting-ejected

Trump Winery reportedly files new request for permission to hire 23 foreign workers. “Trump Vineyard Estates, LLC is looking to hire the workers under the federal H-2 visa program at a rate of $11.27 per hour. The H-2 visa program provides temporary work visas, allowing US employers to hire foreign laborers.”    http://www.rawstory.com/2017/02/trump-winery-begs-labor-dept-to-hire-more-foreign-workers-over-americans-for-second-time-in-3-months/

Congressional Black Caucus tweets response to Trump request for meeting. “Hi, @realDonaldTrump. We’re the CBC. We sent you a letter on January 19, but you never wrote us back. Sad! Letter: https://t.co/58KiuHmITF  — The CBC (@OfficialCBC) February 16, 2017”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/02/you-never-wrote-us-back-congressional-black-caucus-calls-out-trump-claiming-hed-love-to-meet-them/

ICE agents reportedly pounce on Latino men leaving homeless shelter. “Oscar Orlando Ramirez, Marvin Roach and Thermon Brewster told Covering the Corridor that they were leaving Rising Hope Mission Church’s hypothermia shelter on Feb. 8 when about a dozen ICE agents descended on them and other Latino men.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/02/ice-agents-ambush-latino-men-spending-the-night-in-church-hypothermia-shelter/

Trump unlikely to have actually graduated “first in his class” at college. In 1968, The Daily Pennsylvanian published a list of the 56 students who were on the Wharton Dean’s List that year — Trump’s name is not among them.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/02/trump-claim-of-being-first-in-his-class-at-wharton-was-another-lie-report/

Saudi jets reportedly hit two funerals in Yemen in 48 hours. “Saudi warplanes have been repeatedly criticized by human rights groups for deliberate attacks on civilians, with many thousands of civilians killed in such attacks.”   http://news.antiwar.com/2017/02/16/saudi-warplanes-attack-yemeni-mourners-killing-10-civilians/

CIA allegedly attempted to infiltrate and hack all the major French political parties during that country’s 2012 elections. “The CIA officially ordered its agents to penetrate all the major political parties in France and their electronic systems before the country’s 2012 presidential election, WikiLeaks revealed with a cache of agency documents made public on Thursday.”   https://sputniknews.com/science/201702161050765286-cia-french-parties-wikileaks/

German Chancellor Angela Merkel claims she learned only two years ago that the country’s intelligence agency was spying on allies. “…the scandal widened in March 2015 with reports that the BND had helped the NSA eavesdrop on EU targets including the French presidency and foreign ministry as well as the European Commission.”   https://www.yahoo.com/news/merkel-says-didnt-know-germany-spied-allies-175309827.html


February 17, 2017

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