February 24, 2017

33 Water Protectors reportedly arrested at Standing Rock camp as police clear the site. “Dozens of national guard and law enforcement officers marched into the Dakota Access pipeline protest encampment on Thursday in a military-style takeover, one day after a deadline for the camp’s eviction.”  https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/23/dakota-access-pipeline-camp-cleared-standing-rock   Some were reportedly arrested at gunpoint.   https://twitter.com/MsKellyMHayes/status/834834102763266050/photo/1   and   https://twitter.com/JordanChariton/status/834836577402642432/photo/1

Customs and Border Patrol officers demanded ID from domestic flight passengers during search for illegal alien. “According to the agency, two CBP agents asked passengers who had been on Delta Flight 1583 from San Francisco to show their identification while deplaning after landing at John F. Kennedy Airport at about 8 p.m. Wednesday… but the person they were seeking was not on the flight.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/02/23/federal-agents-ask-domestic-flight-passengers-to-show-ids-in-search-for-undocumented-immigrant/   Your papers, please!

Woman with brain tumor reportedly removed from hospital and taken to ICE detention center. “Doctors at the hospital diagnosed Sara with a tumor and told the Daily Beast they would soon perform surgery.”   http://thehill.com/latino/ice-immigration-detainee-brain-tumor-taken-from-hospital

Steve Bannon says one of the pillars of the Trump administration is “deconstruction of the administrative state”. “If you look at these cabinet nominees, they were selected for a reason, and that is deconstruction.”   http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/02/23/bannon-heralds-deconstruction-administrative-state-and-trumps-new-political-order

Kansas man allegedly shoots two Garmin Aviation Systems employees from India and a bystander who tried to intervene, one dies. “At least one witness reportedly heard the man yell “get out of my country” shortly before shooting Kuchibhotla and Madasani.”  http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/crime/article134459444.html

Trump reportedly calls deportation push “a military operation”. “We’re getting really bad dudes out of this country, and at a rate that nobody’s ever seen before. And they’re the bad ones. And it’s a military operation.”   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/02/23/politics/donald-trump-deportation-military/

VX nerve agent used to kill Kim Jong-nam say Malaysian police. “Police in Malaysia say the half brother of North Korea’s leader, who was killed in a Kuala Lumpur airport more than a week ago, had a nerve agent on his eye and his face.”   http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2017/02/23/malaysian-police-say-kim-jong-nam-killed-by-chemical-weapon/

Japan launches campaign to cut working hours, Deutsche Bank says its a bad idea. “In October, the government released its first study on karoshi (death from overwork), finding that workers at 12 percent of companies work more than 100 hours of overtime monthly and 23 percent of companies have workers putting in more than 80 hours of overtime monthly.”   http://www.cnbc.com/2017/02/19/japans-move-to-end-death-by-overwork-will-drag-economic-growth-deutsche-bank.html   As the article points out, that is just reported overtime. Many workers do not report overtime work to avoid the disapproval of their bosses.

Anaheim police reportedly arrest two boys, 13 and 15 years-old, in yard-crossing dispute, but not the off-duty officer who opened fire during the confrontation. “…footage of the encounter stirred uproar across the country, prompting criticism of the off-duty cop’s actions and questions over why investigators arrested two teenagers — but not the officer — at the scene.”   http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-anaheim-video-20170223-story.html

Senator critical of Philippine president Duterte arrested. “In mid-August, (Duterte) publicly declared that during her tenure as Secretary of Justice, de Lima had permitted the sale and use of drugs to flourish at New Bilibid Prison in metropolitan Manila in exchange for monetary kickbacks, which she used to fund her senatorial campaign.”   http://time.com/4681484/leila-de-lima-arrested-rodrigo-duterte-philippines/

Pope Francis says it’s better to be an atheist than a hypocritical Christian. “There are those who say, ‘I am very Catholic, I always go to mass, I belong to this and that association, but my life is not Christian. I don’t pay my workers a just wage, I exploit people, I am dirty in my business, I launder money. This is a double life and so many Christians are like this, and they cause scandal.”   http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/pope-francis-it-better-be-atheist-bad-catholic-1608296

Six White House staffers reportedly dismissed after failing to clear background checks. “The SF86 security questionnaire is required for White House staffers in national security positions “to determine whether you are reliable, trustworthy, of good character, and loyal to the U.S.””   http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/white-house-staffers-dismissed-failed-background-checks-n724896

Trump administration stands up for states’ rights on transgendered students, but not for state referendums on recreational marijuana. “I think that when you see something like the opioid addiction crisis blossoming in so many states around this country the last thing that we should doing is encouraging people, there’s still a federal law that we need to abide by in terms of … when it comes to recreational marijuana and other drugs of that nature.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/02/23/white-house-defers-to-states-rights-on-transgender-protections-but-not-on-legalizing-marijuana/

Tennessee member of Congress claims 2/3 of people at her town hall event were not from her district, but journalists dispute this. “Everyone was required to show ID before entering to prove they lived in the district.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/02/marsha-blackburn-claims-out-of-state-people-infiltrated-her-town-hall-records-seem-to-show-shes-lying/

Trump called out for “too busy to play golf” hypocrisy. “Trump has visited his two golf courses near his Mar-a-Lago estate — Trump International Golf Course in West Palm Beach and Trump National Golf Course in Jupiter — six times in his first month in office…. By comparison, Obama played his first round of golf as President on April 26, 2009, at Andrews Air Force Base.”   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/02/20/politics/donald-trump-golfing-presidency/

Pence: “America’s Obamacare nightmare is about to end.” However, “He did not provide any specifics on what the replacement plan would entail.”   http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2017/02/24/pence-obamacare-nightmare-almost-over.html

U.S. troops likely to remain in Iraq. “The US military is contemplating a long-term presence in Iraq to stabilize the country after the anticipated defeat ISIS, America’s top military officer said Thursday.”   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/02/23/politics/dunford-us-iraq-commitment/

Israel bans Human Rights Watch. “This organization has put itself at the disposal of Palestinian propaganda [and] is acting clearly and unequivocally against the State of Israel, in a totally biased manner.”   http://www.haaretz.com/misc/article-print-page//.premium-1.773567

Arms control groups say Trump is misleading the public. “Every world leader on Earth except for President Trump knows that the United States already has the ‘top of the pack’ nuclear arsenal. No U.S. military leader would trade our nuclear weapons for the Russian stockpile, let alone any other nuclear power’s arsenal.”   http://thehill.com/policy/defense/320927-arms-control-groups-slam-trumps-alternative-facts-on-nukes


February 24, 2017

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