February 19, 2017

Trump campaigns against the media in Florida. “They just don’t want to report the truth.”   http://www.cnbc.com/2017/02/18/trump-again-attacks-media-at-campaign-style-rally-in-florida.html   Mentions an incident in Sweden involving immigrants that apparently did not happen. “…when you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden — Sweden! Who would believe this? Sweden!”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/02/trump-cites-non-existent-terrorist-attack-last-night-in-sweden-to-justify-muslim-ban-at-florida-rally/

Man dies after arrest at Honolulu airport. “Even after he was detained, there was still a struggle and the suspect remained combative and at that point is when he became unresponsive.”   http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/34538443/hnl-airport-incident-leaves-one-man-dead

Republican senator John McCain tells Trump to lay off the press. “…if you want to preserve democracy as we know it, you have to have a free and many times adversarial press. And without it, I am afraid that we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time. That’s how dictators get started.”   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/02/18/politics/john-mccain-donald-trump-dictators/

“Jane Roe” of “Roe v. Wade” dies at 69. “Norma McCorvey, whose legal challenge under the pseudonym “Jane Roe” led to the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision that legalized abortion but who later became an outspoken opponent of the procedure, has died.”   http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/norma-mccorvey-center-landmark-abortion-ruling-dies-45592098

Junior high school student questioned after rock and 2 x 4 thrown at Trump motorcade. “The juvenile confessed “to throwing a 2 x 4″ and implicated four other students, according to the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office.”   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/02/17/politics/secret-service-donald-trump/

Oakland man dies after shoot-out with police. “Records obtained by the Express, however, reveal that the Oakland police had responded to two (previous) reports of gunfire involving Enjaian (a white computer engineer) in the past eight days. The police did not arrest or detain him on either occasion, despite physical evidence and witness statements.”   http://www.eastbayexpress.com/SevenDays/archives/2017/02/18/police-did-not-arrest-east-oakland-shooter-despite-two-earlier-gunfire-incidents-in-a-week-at-his-home

Republican lawmakers reportedly dodging constituents. “…as the opposition has grown more organized, Republicans have responded in kind, developing an elaborate array of evasive maneuvers to help them dodge unsympathetic constituents altogether.”   https://www.yahoo.com/news/republicans-take-evasive-maneuvers-to-avoid-feisty-town-halls-100021658.html

Trump appoints reported “dark money” guru Mike Dubke as White House communications director. “Long before Citizens United and other Supreme Court decisions helped trigger the proliferation of such outfits, (Dubke’s group)  went around the country advocating for and against candidates at the state and federal level and promoting the pet issues of its wealthy corporate and individual donors — who, of course, could remain unidentified under IRS rules.”   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-brings-dubke-in-from-the-dark_us_58a78171e4b026a89a7a2b10

World Bank prepares to bail out Mongolia after economic transition to capitalism goes off track again. “This marks the sixth time since 1990 that the IMF has bailed out Mongolia, the most recent a stand-by agreement in 2009-2010, according to an e-mail from IMF spokesman Keiko Utsunomiya.”   https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-19/imf-to-loan-mongolia-440-million-as-part-of-5-5b-bailout

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reportedly under siege. “Facing attacks under each branch of government, and with Congress’s ability to adopt resolutions challenging any new regulations, the CFPB finds itself facing a somewhat precarious future.”   http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/finance/320141-the-cfpb-is-under-siege-by-all-three-branches-of-government

Some “Water Protectors” reportedly facing federal charges. “The charges against Rattler, Angry Bird and three others could carry up to 15 years in federal prison and stem from a standoff with police on 27 October 2016 during which law enforcement deployed armored vehicles and pepper spray and ultimately arrested 141 people.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/18/standing-rock-activists-justice-department-new-arrests

New Maricopa County sheriff says he will no longer detain suspected undocumented aliens beyond their release dates as former sheriff Arpaio reportedly did, due to the questionable legality of the practice.   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/02/arizona-sheriff-who-replaced-arpaio-ends-practice-of-holding-immigrants-past-release-date/

U.S. admits it used depleted uranium munitions in Syria. “Foreign Policy magazine reported this week that Air Force A-10 attack planes fired more than 5,000 rounds of 30mm depleted uranium rounds during a pair of assaults on convoys in an ISIS-controlled part of eastern Syria in November 2015.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/2/17/headlines/pentagon_admits_it_used_depleted_uranium_munitions_in_syria

February 19, 2017

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