March 16, 2017

Leaked Trump tax return from 2005 is reportedly marked “Client Copy”. “(Some) reporters have highlighted how the returns are stamped with the words “Client Copy” and that Trump has a history of pitching and leaking favorable stories about himself to the press.”

Federal judge issues nationwide suspension of revised Trump travel ban. “…Derrick K. Watson of Federal District Court in Honolulu, wrote that a “reasonable, objective observer” would view even the new order as “issued with a purpose to disfavor a particular religion, in spite of its stated, religiously neutral purpose”.”

Preliminary election results for Netherlands parliament. VVD (center right) 33 seats, PW (euro-skeptic, anti-Muslim) 20 seats, CDA (center right) 19 seats, D66 (center left) 19 seats, SP (Socialist Party) 14 seats, GL (Green Left) 14 seats, other parties 31 seats. “This night is a night for the Netherlands – after Brexit, after the American elections – where we said “stop it”, stop it to the wrong kind of populism.”

Japanese labor authorities refer “death by overwork” case to prosecutors. “The employee worked more than 100 hours of overtime monthly just before his death, according to an internal investigation by Panasonic.”   I believe Japan’s national broadcaster, NHK, reported that he worked 180 hours of overtime, which would be about 11 hours a day, seven days a week.

Justice Department accuses Russian officials and hackers of Yahoo hack. “The Justice Department announced Wednesday the indictments of two Russian spies and two criminal hackers in connection with the heist of 500 million Yahoo user accounts in 2014…”

911 callers put on hold in Dallas due to phone glitch. “…at one point on March 6, there were 360 emergency calls on hold. Only days later, that record was dwarfed by a new one: 442 callers placed on hold for an average of 38 minutes.”

Former sheriff found guilty of obstructing FBI jail investigation. “The former sheriff of Los Angeles County has been convicted for his role in a scheme to block an FBI investigation into mistreatment of inmates in his jails.”

Trump operative Roger Stone, who had contacts with Assange and Guccifer 2.0 during the presidential campaign, claims Florida hit and run was to prevent him from testifying before Congress. “If I testify, it is going to prove that this whole narrative on which I believe surveillance of the president was based, i.e. that the Trump campaign was infiltrated by the Russians, is false.”

Climate change is real says defense secretary Mattis. “Climate change is impacting stability in areas of the world where our troops are operating today.”

Britain’s Conservative Party fined over dodgy campaign finance reports. “Our investigation uncovered numerous failures by a large, well-resourced and experienced party to ensure that accurate records of spending were maintained and that all of the party’s spending was reported correctly.”

Trump orders review of fuel efficiency standards. “Automakers, through their lobbying groups, have said the Obama rules were too expensive and could cost American jobs.”

Wrongful death lawsuit alleges worker was killed by malfunctioning robot. “The robot shouldn’t have gone into that section in the first place, and, furthermore, shouldn’t have tried to place a hitch assembly in a fixture that already had one loaded, per the lawsuit…”

Petition calls for members of Congress to give up their $5,000 to $10,000 government health insurance subsidies. “Highlighting the hypocrisy of members of Congress who benefit from large healthcare subsidies at the same time that they work to kick millions of Americans off of their health coverage, a man who lost his father to cancer because he was uninsured has created a petition demanding an end to those subsidies for lawmakers.”

Trump appoints another Goldman Sachs executive to his administration. “Donovan’s now-boss, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, also worked at the investment bank. National Economic Council director Gary Cohn; White House senior counselor for economic initiatives Dina Powell; and chief strategist Steve Bannon also formerly held positions within the very institution that Trump pointed to on the campaign trail as a symbol of Wall Street corruption and greed. Jay Clayton, Trump’s nominee to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), was a Goldman Sachs attorney.”

Second judge issues restraining order over Trump travel ban. “The history of public statements continues to provide a convincing case that the purpose of the Second Executive Order remains the realization of the long-envisioned Muslim ban.”

Military requests an additional 1,000 troops for Syria conflict. “To strengthen its hold in Syria against the Islamic State group militants, the U.S. military has plans to deploy up to 1,000 more troops into northern Syria in the coming weeks.”

Trump budget to include $4.1 billion for Mexican border wall. “Mulvaney said that the figure comprises the president’s request for $1.5 billion in a supplemental spending bill and $2.6 billion in his fiscal year 2018 budget.”

Trump advisor accused of ties to Nazi-aligned group. “Sebastian Gorka, President Trump’s top counter-terrorism adviser, is a formal member of a Hungarian far-right group that is listed by the U.S. State Department as having been “under the direction of the Nazi Government of Germany” during World War II, leaders of the organization have told the Forward.”

Member of Trump campaign’s Oklahoma leadership team allegedly arrested in motel room with under-aged boy, police reportedly recommending he be charged with soliciting prostitution of a minor.   and

Still unclear how many were killed in Kabul hospital attack. “A retired general who is currently a member of Parliament, Nazifa Zaki, also disputed the official figure. “I believe 200 people were martyred in the hospital.””


March 16, 2017

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