February 23, 2017

Some inauguration protesters claim the government is after their social media info. “Law enforcement is compelling Apple and Facebook to hand over the personal information of users who were mass arrested at protests against the inauguration of Donald Trump in Washington, D.C., AlterNet has confirmed.”   http://www.alternet.org/activism/law-enforcement-using-facebook-and-apple-data-mine-accounts-trump-protest-arrestees-0

Protest camp burns, most leave, but some Standing Rock protesters remain. “Months after a protest of the Dakota Access oil pipeline swelled into a movement that drew thousands of people and national attention, most of the remaining demonstrators left the protest camp ahead of deadline Wednesday, leaving a few dozen to face possible arrest.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/02/22/this-hasnt-been-all-for-nothing-dakota-pipeline-protesters-face-deadline-to-evacuate-camp/

Foreign minister of Mexico expresses disapproval of Trump deportations, including deportation of non-Mexicans to Mexico. “…the Mexican government and the people of Mexico do not have to accept measures unilaterally imposed on a government by another government.”   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/02/22/politics/tillerson-kelly-trip-to-mexico/

Trump administration reverses Obama guidelines on transgendered students. “This President, who previously promised to maintain LGBT nondiscrimination protections, has turned his back on the transgender community and shown a willful disregard for the safety of transgender students everywhere.”   http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/white-house-reverses-obama-era-transgender-bathroom-protections-n724426

Off-duty LAPD officer reportedly fires gun during tussle with teenagers. “Tuesday’s confrontation began over what Anaheim police described as “ongoing issues” with the juveniles walking across the officer’s property.”   http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-lapd-anaheim-20170221-story.html

Muslim group reportedly raises $100,000 for repairs to vandalized Jewish cemetery. “People are putting their politics aside and working to fight bigotry together.”   http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/muslim-fundraiser-repair-jewish-cemetery-raises-100k-n724221

Amnesty International expresses concern about recent political trend. “Whether it is Trump, Orban, Erdoğan or Duterte, more and more politicians calling themselves anti-establishment are wielding a toxic agenda that hounds, scapegoats and dehumanizes entire groups of people.”   https://www.usnews.com/news/best-countries/articles/2017-02-22/amnesty-international-political-climate-hinders-global-rights

ACLU files lawsuit against Milwaukee police over mass questioning of citizens. “The ACLU said Milwaukee police stopped tens of thousands of people between 2007 and 2015 without reasonable suspicion of criminal activity. The lawsuit also claims African-Americans and Latinos have been disproportionately pulled over.”   http://www.wpr.org/aclu-sues-milwaukee-police-over-stop-and-frisk-program

Constituents reportedly putting pictures of “missing” representatives on milk cartons. “His repeated failure to schedule a town hall points to one, unavoidable conclusion: Congressman Paul Cook is missing. Help us find him.”   http://www.mediaite.com/online/missing-stickers-placed-on-milk-cartons-after-lawmaker-dodges-town-halls/   Congressman calls constituents at “Coffee with the Congressman” event “an angry mob”. “It became somewhat one-sided, not necessarily a lynch mob, but at least an angry mob that was not going to be happy with anything I said.”   http://fusion.net/story/388146/steve-womack-arkansas-lynch-mob/   House Speaker Paul Ryan reportedly among those missing. http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/02/22/ryan-dodges-constituents-horseback-voters-demand-be-heard

Trump approval rating down to 38% according to poll. “Thirty-eight percent of American voters said they trust Trump to do the right thing “almost all of the time” or “most of the time…”   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/02/22/politics/donald-trump-approval-rating-quinnipiac-poll/

Half of internet traffic now encrypted thanks to increased use of https. “For the first time ever, one half of all internet traffic is now encrypted according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation.”   http://www.techspot.com/news/68268-eff-half-all-web-traffic-now-encrypted.html

Released records reportedly show close ties between EPA director Pruitt and fossil fuel industry. “The close relationship between Scott Pruitt, the new administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, and fossil fuel interests including the billionaire Koch brothers has been highlighted in more than 7,500 emails and other records released by the Oklahoma attorney general’s office on Wednesday.”   https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/feb/22/scott-pruitt-emails-oklahoma-fossil-fuels-koch-brothers

Federal judge says Texas cannot block Medicaid patients from Planned Parenthood clinics. “Such action would deprive Medicaid patients of their statutory right to obtain healthcare from their chosen qualified provider.”   http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/02/22/judge-stops-texas-cutting-medicaid-funds-planned-parenthood

Protesters hang “Refugees Welcome” sign from Statue of Liberty. “…turning away refugees, like we did to Anne Frank, does not make us great.”   http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/02/22/reclaiming-statue-libertys-message-activists-drop-refugees-welcome-banner

Department of Justice says it will likely block testimony by CIA deputy director at trial of psychologists. “Mitchell and Jessen designed for the CIA the so-called “enhanced interrogation” program that three of the (plaintiffs) endured and which killed one of them.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/22/cia-torture-gina-haspel-court-deposition-trump

Not on Trump’s list of under-reported terrorist incidents. “When a plot by a pro-white militia to bomb a Somali mosque in Kansas was foiled by the FBI last October, the aborted conspiracy received little national coverage.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/video/2017/feb/22/kansas-mosque-bomb-plot-video

Private prison companies about to reap the benefits of their political donations. “Geo Group was one of the first large publicly-traded firms to make significant campaign contributions to the Trump election effort last year. The firm gave $50,000 to a pro-Trump Super PAC and $45,000 to the Trump campaign via its joint fundraising committee with the Republican National Committee. CoreCivic also donated $250,000 to Trump’s inauguration, recent filings show.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/02/22/geo-group-trump/

FBI agent allegedly threatened terror sting suspect with a knife, told him he knew where he and his family lived. “The agent cautioned Hester that once he decided to proceed there was “no turning back”.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/02/22/trumps-first-terror-arrest-a-broke-stoner-the-fbi-threatened-at-knifepoint/

Kansans decide not to drink any more of the supply-side Kool-Aid. “Kansas Republican Gov. Sam Brownback suffered a major defeat on Wednesday after the Kansas House of Representatives voted to override his veto of the legislature’s tax hikes aimed at filling massive gaps in the state budget.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/02/tea-party-gov-brownback-suffers-humiliating-tax-defeat-at-hands-of-kansas-house/

Mexican man jumps off bridge after deportation, dies in hospital. “Witnesses said Mr Olivas was shouting that he did not want to return to Mexico and seemed to be in severe distress.”   http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-39049670

Trump supporters smack down Pope Francis over immigration. “So, it is ok for heaven to have a gate, but not the US? Why don’t you take down your wall and security at the Vatican?”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/02/you-distort-the-lords-words-furious-christians-lecture-pope-francis-over-pro-immigrant-tweet/

Red-baiting Democratic Party supporters now targeting Jill Stein. “Putin has cultivated dupes, fellow travelers, and purblind fools among plenty of American progressives who, whether by accident or design, have facilitated the rise of the most extremist and reactionary president this country has ever elected.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/02/rachel-maddow-why-hasnt-jill-stein-said-anything-about-the-trump-russia-scandal/   [Sarcasm alert!] That’s right, it’s all Jill Stein’s fault. She advised Hillary not to pick Bernie Sanders as her running mate, told her it was ok to accept six figure Wall Street speaking engagements, and said she should use a private email server instead of her State Department email account. Stein even wrote Clinton’s speeches: “Despite what you hear, we don’t need to make America great again. America has never stopped being great.”   http://www.politico.com/blogs/2016-dem-primary-live-updates-and-results/2016/02/hillary-clinton-donald-trump-slogan-219908

Two U.S. Senators say deputy CIA director is “unsuitable for the position”. “The choice of Gina Haspel for the second-highest position in the agency has been praised by colleagues but sharply criticized by two senators who have seen the still-classified records of her time in Thailand.”   https://www.propublica.org/article/cia-cables-detail-its-new-deputy-directors-role-in-torture

Federal judge orders Trump administration to provide list of travel ban detainees. “The order includes travelers who arrived with refugee applications, valid visa holders and people from the seven countries — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — who were legally authorized to enter the U.S.”   http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump-admin-ordered-produce-list-travelers-detained-ban/story?id=45646957

Canada gives U.S. CBP agents authority to strip search people in Canada who decide not to enter the U.S. “Travelers who change their minds and decide not to enter the United States are currently allowed to leave. The new law permits U.S. agents to question and if need be strip search people (deciding) not to enter the United States.”   http://www.reuters.com/article/us-canada-border-idUSKBN1612UK


February 23, 2017

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