February 25, 2017

Number of those arrested in Standing Rock raid rises to 46. “The protest site had developed into a make-do city, with semi-permanent buildings, medical tents and abandoned cars. If that washed into the Missouri River, the authorities said, the results could be damaging to the environment.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/23/us/standing-rock-protest-dakota-access-pipeline.html?_r=0

Some media organizations reportedly blocked from attending White House press briefing. “White House press secretary Sean Spicer banned reporters from CNN, the New York Times, Politico, the Los Angeles Times and BuzzFeed from attending a “gaggle,” a non-televised briefing, but gave access to a number of other reporters, including those representing conservative outlets.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/cnn-new-york-times-other-media-barred-from-white-house-briefing/2017/02/24/4c22f542-fad5-11e6-be05-1a3817ac21a5_story.html

Russian officials reportedly confirmed high-level contacts with Trump campaign staff. “Two days after Mr Trump’s election victory, the Russian deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov, said his government had been in touch with Mr Trump’s advisers during the campaign…. Then, earlier this month, the Russian ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak, said he had been in frequent contact during the election campaign with Michael Flynn, a senior adviser to Mr Trump who was appointed as the President’s national security adviser before being forced to resign last week over his links to Russia.”   http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-russia-michael-flynn-2016-election-campaign-us-security-services-a7592526.html

Trump executive order instructs government agencies to identify “costly and unnecessary” regulations. “…we don’t need 75 percent of the repetitive, horrible regulations that hurt companies, hurt jobs, make us noncompetitive overseas with other companies from other countries.”   http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/donald-trump-federal-agencies-regulatory-reform-task-force-235353

D.C. mayor will decide whether or not to release police body cam videos of police shooting. “Williams’ gun was recovered at the scene, and police said they believe it had been fired. Both officers turned on their body-worn cameras prior, and Mayor Muriel Bowser is currently consulting with the U.S. Attorney’s Office about when it will appropriate to release the footage.”   http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/feb/23/two-dc-police-officers-were-shot-trinidad-neighbor/   The suspect’s weapon “had been fired” earlier that evening or “was fired at police officers”?

Homeland Security draft report says lack of evidence showing citizens of travel ban countries pose a special threat. “A draft document obtained by The Associated Press concludes that citizenship is an “unlikely indicator” of terrorism threats to the United States and that few people from the countries Trump listed in his travel ban have carried out attacks or been involved in terrorism-related activities in the U.S. since Syria’s civil war started in 2011.”   http://bigstory.ap.org/article/39f1f8e4ceed4a30a4570f693291c866/dhs-intel-report-disputes-threat-posed-travel-ban-nations

J.C. Penney planning to close more than 130 department stores and 2 distribution centers. “The company said that it would also initiate a voluntary early retirement program for about 6,000 eligible employees.”   http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2017/02/24/j-c-penney-to-shut-130-plus-stores-offer-early-retirements/

Lobbyists plotting how to influence Trump tax reform. “By definition, tax overhaul creates winners and losers on tax day, and with billions of dollars at stake, the prospect of revamping the system has already created fierce infighting among Republicans and a massing of lobbyist forces underwritten by a divided but well-heeled business community.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/24/us/politics/tax-code-congress.html   Any bets on how this turns out? Lower taxes for the wealthy and businesses, higher taxes for the working and middle classes?

Internet security company accidentally leaks people’s private data all over the internet. “In plain English, Cloudflare’s software tried to save user data in the right place. That place got full. So Cloudflare’s software ended up storing that data elsewhere, like on a completely different website.”   https://gizmodo.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-cloudbleed-the-lates-1792710616

New FCC chairman wants to repeal strict rules for internet service providers. “The rules approved by the FCC in October in a 3-2 vote were aimed at protecting sensitive personal consumer data.”   http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-fcc-broadband-idUSKBN163222

Trump reportedly interviewing physicist who thinks global warming may be beneficial for science advisor post. “I see the CO2 as good, you know. Let me be clear. I don’t think it’s a problem at all, I think it’s a good thing.”   https://www.propublica.org/article/a-physicist-and-possible-adviser-to-trump-describes-his-love-of-science-co2

High sugar diet may be a factor in Alzheimer’s disease. “A new study has established a “tipping point” link between the blood sugar glucose and the disease, meaning people with high sugar diets could be at a greater risk of developing the degenerative neurological condition.”   http://www.foxnews.com/health/2017/02/24/excess-sugar-linked-to-alzheimers-study-finds-tipping-point.html

No retrial for police officers who shot homeless man near Albuquerque. “(James) Boyd’s death and the subsequent mistrial announcement sparked protests in the metro.”   http://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/da-to-announce-decision-in-sandy-perez-cases-/4409295/

Trump attacks journalists for using unnamed sources after White House officials ask not to be named by the press. “The president’s demand for reporters to name sources came just hours after White House officials held a briefing with reporters to discuss Chief of Staff Reince Preibus’ conversations with FBI officials regarding a New York Times story about Trump campaign communications with Russia. Administration officials in that briefing agreed to only be quoted on background, not identified by name.”   http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/trump-launches-attack-unnamed-press-sources-n725226

Liberal activists duped CPAC attendees into waving Russian flags that said TRUMP. “Clayton and Charters said the prank went better than expected because most of the wavers did not recognize the flag’s country of origin, forcing CPAC staffers to confiscate the free “souvenirs”.”    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/liberal-activists-prank-had-some-cpac-waving-russian-trump-flags-n725496

Japanese prime minister and his wife embroiled in nationalist school scandal. “Moritomo’s curriculum is designed to instill patriotism in its pupils, who are required to bow before portraits of members of the imperial family and go on field trips to military bases.”   https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/24/shinzo-abe-wife-akie-under-pressure-ties-ultra-nationalist-school-japan

White athlete sentenced to community service after sodomizing black teammate with coat hanger. “The case has prompted comparisons with the notorious Brock Turner case, in which the 20-year-old Stanford swimmer was convicted of multiple felonies for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman… and served only three (months in prison)…”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/24/idaho-football-player-rape-case-coat-hanger-light-sentence

70 year-old Australian author claims she was mistreated by CPB officers during two hours of questioning. “I have never in my life been spoken to with such insolence, treated with such disdain, with so many insults and with so much gratuitous impoliteness.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/25/australian-childrens-author-mem-fox-detained-by-us-border-control-i-sobbed-like-a-baby

No time for constituents, but plenty of time for fundraising. “The Intercept and the Center for Media and Democracy have obtained fundraiser invitations for a number of GOP lawmakers who rejected calls to meet with constituents.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/02/24/town-hall-meeting/

NRA CEO says leftists “literally hate everything America stands for – democracy, free market capitalism, representative government, individual freedom…. And they’ve got money – billions… They’re angry, they’re militant, and they’re willing to engage in criminal violence to get what they want.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/02/the-nras-chief-just-unleashed-a-frightfully-bonkers-cpac-speech-heres-three-of-the-craziest-clips/   Pretty slick how he slid that “free market capitalism” in there, as if it were in the Constitution or something. And with all the recent mass shootings of minorities and immigrants (sometimes in churches,mosques, synagogues and temples), the gunning down of a protester outside a Milo event, and the foiling of a massacre of Somali refugees in Kansas, I don’t know if playing the “criminal violence” card is gonna work for you here Wayne. And I’m really peeved to learn that the left is loaded and I’m not getting paid for this.

Trump caught lying, again. “President Donald Trump complained the media would not report that crowds lined up for six blocks to hear him speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference — and he’s right. There were no lines outside the Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center, where the annual CPAC gathering is hosted, because the event is private…”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/02/photos-easily-disprove-trump-boast-about-six-block-crowd-waiting-to-hear-him-speak-at-cpac/

It could cost the government $500 billion to deport illegal aliens. “If the U.S. would seek to remove the entire population of the estimated 11 million undocumented workers now in the U.S., it would cost upwards of half trillion dollars, according to one estimate.”   http://www.cnbc.com/2017/02/24/trumps-deportation-plan-could-cost-half-a-trillion-dollars.html

Number one threat for the Air Force – no budget allocation, says chief of staff. “There is no enemy on the planet that can do more damage to the United States Air Force than us not getting a budget.”   https://www.dodbuzz.com/2017/02/24/air-force-chief-lack-defense-budget-dangerous-enemy/

Turkish diplomats and soldiers sought asylum in Germany. “More than 130 Turkish diplomats, soldiers and their family members have sought refuge in Germany since last July’s failed coup, according to German government data in documents seen by AFP on Friday.”   https://www.yahoo.com/news/136-turks-diplomatic-status-sought-asylum-germany-ministry-094606112.html

CIA operative jailed over abduction of Egyptian cleric. “Former undercover CIA officer Sabrina De Sousa was one of 26 Americans convicted in absentia by an Italian court in 2007. They were charged with illegally seizing the cleric, Abu Omar, from the streets of Milan in 2003 and sending him to Egypt, where he was tortured during a four-year imprisonment.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/2/24/headlines/former_cia_officer_arrested_in_portugal_for_kidnapping_cleric


February 25, 2017

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