March 22, 2017

Company of former Trump campaign manager accused of receiving $750,000 from pro-Russian Ukrainian party disguised as computer invoice. “(Ukrainian) lawmaker Serhiy Leshchenko published a 2009 invoice purportedly signed by Manafort that shows a $750,000 payment for 501 computers to a company called Davis Manafort. The money came from a Belize-registered offshore company via a bank in the Central Asian state of Kyrgyzstan.”   https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/world/2017/03/21/trump-campaign-official-tried-hide-payment-claims-ukrainian-lawmaker/wuuq3P8Mj3r5HFM93mmjjI/story.html

Sharp drop in calls for police assistance from Los Angeles undocumented alien community says police chief. “Reports of sexual assaults and domestic violence among Los Angeles’ Latino population have plummeted since the beginning of the year, amid fears that immigrants in the country illegally could face deportation if they interact with police or appear in court, the city’s police chief said Tuesday.”   http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/03/22/los-angeles-latinos-report-fewer-sex-assaults-amid-immigration-fears-police-say.html

Some Republican lawmakers are suddenly concerned about warrantless surveillance after Trump supporters are caught up in it. Nunes: “The big problem I see here is that you have an American citizen who had his phone calls recorded.”   http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2017/02/republicans_who_pushed_for_invasive_surveillance_are_now_complaining_about.html

NSA officials deny city-wide electronic dragnet deployed during Salt Lake City Olympics. “The Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed sources, was the first to report in 2013 that the NSA and FBI “monitored the content of all email and text communications in the Salt Lake City area,” around the 2002 Games.”   http://www.sltrib.com/news/5075989-155/top-nsa-officials-deny-blanket-surveillance

Nominee for Washington D.C. police chief position accused of overseeing excessive use of force during inauguration demonstrations. “On January 20, 2017, MPD indiscriminately assaulted and illegally arrested a large group including peaceful demonstrators, legal observers, journalists, passersby, and others.”   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/newsham-does-not-respect-the-first-amendment-should_us_58d07830e4b0537abd95741d

Lawyer for the late Sergei Magnitsky reportedly seriously injured in fall from fourth floor of building. “…Mr Gorokhov was due to appear in an appeals court in Moscow on Wednesday to contest its refusal to investigate allegations of organised crime.”   http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39347461

First “black site” prisoner to appear in court. “The judge in the Sept. 11 war crimes case has agreed to hear testimony next week from forever prisoner Abu Zubaydah, the guinea pig in the CIA’s post- 9/11 interrogation program who has never been charged with a crime and never been allowed to speak in public.”   http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/guantanamo/article139657118.html

Sears and Kmart may fold without cash infusion says owner. “Our historical operating results indicate substantial doubt exists related to the company’s ability to continue as a going concern.”   http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2017/03/21/sears-says-substantial-doubt-can-stay-business/99479726/

Dakota Access pipeline reportedly vandalized. “Someone used a torch to cut open a piece of the 1,172-mile oil pipeline on March 13 or earlier in Iowa’s Mahaska County…. There was a similar complaint on March 17 about a section in South Dakota’s Lincoln County…”   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/dakota-access-pipeline-vandalism_us_58d1ab66e4b0f838c62d9880

Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager, reportedly pitched scheme to influence U.S. on behalf of Putin. “Manafort proposed in a confidential strategy plan as early as June 2005 that he would influence politics, business dealings and news coverage inside the United States, Europe and the former Soviet republics to benefit the Putin government…”   https://apnews.com/122ae0b5848345faa88108a03de40c5a/AP-Exclusive:-Manafort-had-plan-to-benefit-Putin-government

Michigan sued over plan to reimburse private schools for meeting state health and safety standards. “Our state constitution specifically bans this type of budget action, and we simply cannot allow it.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/03/groups-sue-to-block-michigan-funding-private-schools-with-public-money/

Former chairman of Colorado Republican Party  reportedly charged with voter fraud. “According to the criminal complaint,  Curtis tampered with a 2016 General Election mail-in ballot, signing his wife’s name, which led to the forgery charge.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/03/busted-former-colorado-republican-party-chairman-charged-with-voter-fraud-in-2016-election/

White Florida court official allegedly posted on Facebook that black prosecutor who refused to ask for the death penalty for a suspect “should be tarred and feathered if not hung from a tree.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/03/florida-gop-official-calls-for-state-attorney-to-be-hung-from-a-tree-for-not-seeking-death-penalty/

Trump’s attorneys reportedly sent “cease and desist” letter to 17 year-old who designed website where people can attack pictures of Trump with cats. “… I think it’s, pardon my French, f%$#ing outrageous that the president of the United States has his team scouring the internet for sites like mine to send out cease and desists and legal action claims if we don’t shut down.”   http://observer.com/2017/03/trump-cease-and-desist-kitten-punch-site/

 

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March 22, 2017

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