March 7, 2017

Republican Obamacare replacement bill cuts subsidies for working class Americans, cuts taxes for wealthy. “…Americans who have benefited most from the tax subsidies in the Affordable Care Act — individuals earning less than about $30,000 — would get substantially less help.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/06/upshot/gop-health-bill-would-cut-funding-for-poor-and-taxes-on-rich.html?_r=0

Paulsboro, New Jersey port receives its first cargo – 60,000 tons of Russian steel. “The port is the first link in a supply chain for steel manufacturer NLMK USA, the nation’s fifth largest steel producer and Russia’s steel leader.”   http://www.courierpostonline.com/story/news/2017/03/03/american-steel-starts-paulsboro-port/98608256/

Housing secretary Carson: “There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less. But they too had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great-grandsons, great-granddaughters, might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land.”   http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/03/06/ben-carson-calls-slaves-immigrants/98816752/   As slaves? Or after the slave revolt?

Khizr Khan cancels Toronto speech after he is reportedly informed his “travel privileges” are “under review”. “Late Sunday evening Khizr Khan, an American citizen for over 30 years, was notified that his travel privileges are being reviewed.”    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/03/06/inside-the-khizr-khan-travel-privilege-mystery.html

Sessions claims he did not lie to Congress when he said he was unaware of anyone connected with the Trump campaign having contact with Russian officials during the run-up to the election . “I answered the question, which asked about a “continuing exchange of information during the campaign between Trump’s surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government,” honestly. I did not mention communications I had had with the Russian Ambassador over the years because the question did not ask about them.”   http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/03/06/518897565/sessions-defends-his-testimony-about-russian-contacts

Former Davao cop testifies that he killed about 200 for Duterte. “Arturo Lascanas, a retired police officer, told the Philippine Senate that (Davao Death Squad) members received money from the then-mayor in exchange for brutal killings of not only criminals but also of Duterte’s enemies in politics and the media.”   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/03/06/asia/davao-death-squad-leader-testimony/

Maui police officer reportedly opened fire on fleeing vehicle. “Maui police have launched an attempted murder investigation into an incident in which an officer fired their weapon at a suspect vehicle fleeing from the McDonald’s restaurant at 2138 Main Street in Wailuku.”   http://mauinow.com/2017/03/06/police-investigation-underway-at-wailuku-mcdonalds/

Family of police shooting victim demands Arlington, Texas police release video of incident. “I just want to know the truth about how he died.”   http://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/arlington/article136533578.html

West Virginia judge refuses to throw out lawsuit over police shooting which occurred during underwear prank investigation. “(Trooper Gillespie) decided to pull-over to question the boys, but did not call in his position to the WVSP or turn on his in-car dashboard camera.”   http://www.wvgazettemail.com/news-cops-and-courts/20170305/case-moves-forward-in-state-police-shooting-of-teen

Friends of journalist accused of anti-Jewish bomb threats say it is out of character. “I knew Juan as a caring, deeply intellectual man, who had a deep and abiding respect for people of all faiths.”   http://europe.newsweek.com/juan-thompson-jcc-bomb-suspect-college-564126?rm=eu   “Some of the threats named (his ex); in others, he allegedly named himself in order to pretend that the woman was framing him, authorities said.”   Right. To throw the authorities off his trail?

ACLU official: New Trump travel ban is “still religious discrimination in the pre-textual guise of national security. And it’s still unconstitutional.”   http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/03/06/still-unconstitutional-critics-lambast-trumps-muslim-ban-20

Las Vegas police arrest suspect in homeless murders. “Surveilling the area with hidden cameras and officers, police saw Schindler bludgeon the dummy and immediately arrested him on charges of carrying a concealed weapon without a permit.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/07/homeless-murders-las-vegas-police-arrest-mannequin-plot

Donald Trump’s grandfather reportedly begged not to be deported from Bavaria for draft-dodging. “My wife has been overcome by anxiety, and my lovely child has become sick. Why should we be deported? This is very, very hard for a family.”   http://harpers.org/archive/2017/03/the-emigrants/   I believe his grandfather’s name was “Drumpf”, however, and that someone in his family later changed it to “Trump”.   http://www.dw.com/en/what-donald-trump-learned-from-his-german-grandpa-friedrich-drumpf/a-18701551

Some top non-profit employees reportedly paid millions. “Around 2,700 employees of tax-exempt organizations, including hospitals, colleges and traditional charities, received millions in compensation in 2014, a Wall Street Journal analysis of newly public Internal Revenue Service data found.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/who-are-really-rich-charity-leaders-are-increasingly-becoming-millionaires-wsj-2503133

 

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March 7, 2017

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