March 10, 2017

Former Trump advisor was allegedly in contact with Russian hacker.”Stone’s contact was with “Guccifer 2.0,” an online persona that U.S. officials say was created by Russian government officials to distribute and publicize material stolen during hacks of the DNC, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and Gmail accounts used by Clinton staffers like John Podesta, the campaign’s chairman.”

Director of EPA claims carbon dioxide not a major cause of global warming. “The EPA’s webpage on the causes of climate change states, “Carbon dioxide is the primary greenhouse gas that is contributing to recent climate change.” Pruitt’s view is also at odds with the opinion of NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.”

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police sniper allegedly shoots man holding a rifle in his own home. “When they got up on the porch and seen him with the gun on the inside, they told everybody to get out of the way and get back and get down.”

Witness and police accounts of fatal Durham police shooting differ. “…witness Reketa Bagley, who said she saw the encounter, said Barkley was patting Clark down when a gun went off. Police shouted “gun” and Clark “took off running,” she said.”

Nassau County police officer accused of beating suspect with taser, filing false police report. “The defendant is accused of beating the victim with a Taser gun, causing a severe laceration to his head and falsifying police paperwork after the incident.”

General who investigated Yemen SEAL raid says no mistakes were made, no further investigation needed. “Votel told the Senate Armed Services Committee that a separate investigation into potential civilian casualties found that between four and 12 innocent people were killed.”

Senate majority leader says Mexico is not going to pay for Trump’s wall. ““Uh, no,” McConnell said flatly, asked whether he thinks Mexico will foot the bill…”

Man fatally shot after Ohio police chase was reportedly unarmed. “The log said that officers saw the driver reach around below their line of sight to light a cigarette, and an officer opened fire one minute later, the report says.”

Congress reminds Trump to archive deleted tweets. “Many of the messages sent from [President Trump’s Twitter] accounts are likely to be presidential records and therefore must be preserved.”

Canadian judge who asked rape victim why she didn’t just keep her knees together resigns. “In addition to asking the 19-year-old why she didn’t keep her knees together to fend off her alleged attacker, he also asked her why she didn’t “skew her pelvis” to avoid penetration.”

D.C. wine bar sues Trump International Hotel. “They claim they can’t compete with the President because he has a “big leg up” with foreign dignitaries and business leaders who want to patronize Trump’s hotel to curry favor with him.”

Trump administration moves to block CIA officials from testifying at torture trial. “Hoping to prevent the officials, including Gina Haspel, the agency’s new deputy director, from being forced to testify, the administration is using the state secrets privilege, which means the executive branch is asking the judge in the case to keep information out of court by asserting that its disclosure would damage national security.”

Public housing, rent assistance targeted by Trump budget proposal to cut $6 billion. “Today, just one in four low income people in need of assistance, including seniors, people with disabilities, families with children, and veterans, get the help that they need.”

Study finds widespread corporate tax dodging. “As a group, the 258 corporations [in the analysis] paid an effective federal income tax rate of 21.2 percent over the eight-year period…”

Assange to give tech companies CIA hacking tools. “WikiLeaks will give technology companies exclusive access to alleged CIA documents to help them repair security flaws that allowed the government to spy on individuals through their smart devices, the organization’s founder Julian Assange said Thursday.”

British politician close to Trump visits Ecuadoran embassy in London where Julian Assange is hiding. “(Nigel Farage) told BuzzFeed News as he was leaving that he could not remember what he was doing there and refused to answer questions on whether he had met with Assange.”

Bernie Sanders warns that Trump may be trying to undermine democracy. “He charged Trump with devising a conscious strategy of lies denigrating key public institutions, from the mainstream media to judges and even the electoral process itself, so that he could present himself as the sole savior of the nation.”

Photo shaming of female service members more widespread than thought. “Hundreds of nude photos of female service members from every military branch have been posted to an image-sharing message board that dates back to at least May.”

NSA employees reportedly used government surveillance tools for personal spying. “At least a dozen U.S. National Security Agency employees have been caught using secret government surveillance tools to spy on the emails or phone calls of their current or former spouses and lovers in the past decade, according to the intelligence agency’s internal watchdog.”

Pay-to-stay jails in California offer security and amenities to those who can afford them. “…what started out as an antidote to overcrowding has evolved into a two-tiered justice system that allows people convicted of serious crimes to buy their way into safer and more comfortable jail stays.”


March 10, 2017

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