February 27, 2017

French holocaust scholar detained for 10 hours at Houston airport. “Rousso’s scholarship focuses on the memory of the Vichy regime, the darkest chapter in modern French history, when the government of (occupied) France collaborated with Nazi Germany in World War II.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/02/26/u-s-detains-and-nearly-deports-french-jewish-historian/

Second Jewish cemetery vandalized, “hundreds” of headstones damaged. “The incident at the Mt. Carmel Cemetery in the Wissinoming neighborhood is being classified as institutional vandalism, but investigators have not established a motive, said Detective Jim McReynolds of the police department’s Northeast Detectives Division.”   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/02/26/us/jewish-cemetery-vandalism-philadelphia/   UPDATE: Rabbi says he counted 460 damaged headstones.   http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Jewish-Headstones-Cemetery-Vandalism-Wissinoming–414818793.html

Birth of the “Black Lives Matter” movement – the shooting of Trayvon Martin five years ago is remembered. “After (George) Zimmerman was acquitted, three activists — Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi and Patrisse Cullors — created the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter in protest.”   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/02/26/us/trayvon-martin-death-anniversary/

Trump staffers claim FBI called Russia influence allegations “BS”. “The labelling of the story as “BS” has been attributed to the FBI’s deputy director, Andrew McCabe, by anonymous administration officials.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/26/white-house-scrambles-to-damp-down-scandal-over-fbi-inquiry-into-russia-ties   However, according to Trump, anonymous sources = fake news.

Trump reportedly upset he is not getting credit for $12 billion dip in national debt since he took office a month ago. Obviously, “…the federal government is still operating under the budget passed before Trump came into office, so even if the overall debt decreased, his administration had little to do with it.”   http://www.businessinsider.com/trump-tweet-on-national-debt-in-first-month-under-obama-stock-market-2017-2

Man who was allegedly shooting at Florida natural gas pipeline killed by police after chase. “When the suspect got out of his truck, he had the rifle in hand, Gaskins said. That’s when deputies and a trooper opened fire, killing him.”   http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/os-shooting-suspect-killed-after-firing-at-fhp-trooper-and-deputies-20170226-story.html

Pruitt emails show links to fossil fuel companies. “One of the major themes that emerged from the emails is that Pruitt’s staffers and top deputies often went to great lengths to assist fossil fuel, utility and conservative interests and often used talking points and analysis from them.”   http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/321093-five-takeaways-from-the-scott-pruitt-emails

Musk says Tesla worker’s complaints are fake news. “The Tesla CEO stated that these allegations were a ploy by the UAW, in tandem with bigger automobile companies, to derail Tesla’s success and growth.”   http://www.techtimes.com/articles/199219/20170225/elon-musk-completes-investigation-of-poor-factory-condition-claims-heres-what-he-says-about-these-allegations.htm

Thousands march on anniversary of assassination of Russian opposition leader. “We gathered here to demand the bringing of Boris Nemtsov’s killers to justice, not only its performers but also its organisers and those who ordered it.”   http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/world/325418/thousands-remember-slain-russian-politician

Trump policies panned at Oscars. “…after Mahershala Ali won the first major acting award of the night, best supporting actor for Moonlight, thus becoming the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar, there was a surge of tweets directed at Trump and his efforts to ban refugees and immigrants from Muslim-dominated countries.”   http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/2017/02/26/oscars-2017-political-snark-starting-early/98310532/

California state senator introduces single-payer health insurance bill. “In a single-payer system, residents would pay into a state agency that essentially functions as an insurance company. The agency would pay doctors and hospitals when people sought treatment.”   http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-ln-california-plan-20170219-story.html

Republican lawmakers in no hurry to investigate Trump campaign’s contacts with Russians. “There’s no allegations of any crime occurring.”   http://europe.newsweek.com/gop-resists-calls-independent-russia-trump-probe-561058?rm=eu

Before the EPA, many parts of the U.S. looked like China and India. “The Cuyahoga River actually caught fire many times—including once in 1952, and quite spectacularly in 1958.”   http://www.popsci.com/getting-rid-of-the-environmental-protection-agency


February 27, 2017

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