March 30, 2017

Members of Congress who voted to revoke FCC privacy rules for internet service providers reportedly received campaign donations from internet service providers. “…here is a list of the lawmakers who voted to betray you, and how much money they received from the telecom industry in their most recent election cycle.”   http://www.theverge.com/2017/3/29/15100620/congress-fcc-isp-web-browsing-privacy-fire-sale

Rights group says unconstitutional presidential power to imprison citizens accused of “terrorism” without a trial urgently needs to be revoked. “Sections 1021 and 1022 (of the 2012 NDAA) authorized President Obama, and now authorize President Trump, to order the arrest and indefinite detention–without charge or trial–of anyone labeled a “suspected terrorist” or “belligerent”.   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/this-administration-has-the-power-to-indefinitely-detain_us_58d919f5e4b0f633072b39be

Federal judge blocks Trump travel ban until issue is decided in court. “Watson’s order Wednesday blocks Trump’s travel ban until the state lawsuit works its way through the courts.”   http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/03/29/hawaii-judge-extends-halt-trump-travel-ban/99793954/

Britain formally informs E.U. of its intention to exit. “Britain has officially launched the Brexit process, triggering Article 50 and starting a two-year countdown before the country drops out of the European Union.”   https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/article-50-trigger-latest-theresa-may-brexit-begins-leave-eu-talks-negotiations-a7655636.html

Mexican state prosecutor arrested at border on drug trafficking charges. “The attorney general of the western Mexican state of Nayarit was in a federal jail in San Diego on Wednesday night on charges of conspiracy to smuggle cocaine, heroin, marijuana and meth, according to court documents.”   http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/u-s-arrests-mexican-prosecutor-san-diego-alleging-massive-drug-n740406

Christie aides sentenced to 18 and 24 months in connection with “Bridgegate” scandal. “The sentencing of two former aides to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for creating traffic jams at the busiest bridge in the U.S. for political revenge may not prevent the scandal from hanging over the Republican’s final year in office.”   http://www.sacbee.com/latest-news/article141630069.html

State Department employee accused of concealing gifts from Chinese agents. “The Justice Department said that between 2011 and 2016, agents for the People’s Republic of China gave Claiborne’s family tens of thousands of dollars in gifts…, including cash, electronics, trips, an apartment and tuition at a Chinese fashion school.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/us-charges-state-dept-employee-with-concealing-contacts-with-chinese-agents/2017/03/29/d0fcb802-148e-11e7-9e4f-09aa75d3ec57_story.html

Undocumented immigrant shows her tax return in social media video, challenges President Trump to do the same. “A 2016 study by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy found that undocumented immigrants pay nearly $12 billion a year in state and local taxes.”   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/03/28/us/dreamer-viral-post-taxes-trnd/   They also have federal income tax withheld from their paychecks, but rarely file for refunds.

EPA refuses to ban the pesticide chlorpyrifos aka Lorsban.  “”The chance to prevent brain damage in children was a low bar for most of Scott Pruitt’s predecessors, but it apparently just wasn’t persuasive enough for an administrator who isn’t sure if banning lead from gasoline was a good idea.”   http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-trump-epa-declines-ban-pesticide-20170329-story.html

Senate investigating election hacking. “Warner and Burr both stressed the importance of exposing the activity of Russian hackers, which Warner said included reports of “upwards of 1,000 paid Internet trolls” who spread false negative stories about Clinton.”   http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-idUSKBN1702UI

Trump tax plan “a tax paradise for himself and other very rich people”. “Under his plan, those in Trump’s personal sub-class of ultra-rich business owners would get an even more lavish break– a tax rate of just 15%.”   http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/03/29/donald-trump-s-tax-plan-the-rich-pay-less-and-you-make-up-the-difference.html

U.S. becoming increasingly involved in multiple conflicts. “Two months after the inauguration of President Trump, indications are mounting that the United States military is deepening its involvement in a string of complex wars in the Middle East that lack clear endgames.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/29/world/middleeast/us-war-footprint-grows-in-middle-east.html

“People’s Summit” to be held in Chicago from June 9-11. “Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will headline a major progressive conference later this spring that aims to galvanize the resistance to President Donald Trump into a larger movement for a just world.”   http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/03/29/moving-beyond-resistance-bernie-sanders-headline-progressive-peoples-summit

Nuclear contractor Westinghouse, reportedly $9.8 billion in debt, files for bankruptcy. “… it is unclear whether the company will be able to complete any of its projects, which in the United States are about three years late and billions over budget.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/29/business/westinghouse-toshiba-nuclear-bankruptcy.html?_r=0

George W. Bush on Trump inauguration speech: “That was some weird shit.”   http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/03/what-george-w-bush-really-thought-of-trumps-inauguration.html

Oregon man’s home vandalized after he is mistake him for a Muslim. “”I’m not Muslim. I just grow a beard.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/man-mistaken-muslim-terrorist-threatened-racist-anti-islam-vandalism-2517686

GOP candidate reportedly comes up with novel explanations for global warming. “… the earth moves closer to the sun every year–you know the rotation of the earth,” Wagner said. “We’re moving closer to the sun.” and “We have more people,” he said. “You know, humans have warm bodies. So is heat coming off?”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/03/gop-candidate-for-pennsylvania-governor-thinks-climate-change-caused-by-earth-moving-closer-to-the-sun/

Interior Secretary allegedly hints that border wall will be built on Mexican side of the Rio Grande River. “We’re not going to put it on our side and cede the river to Mexico. And we’re probably not going to put it in the middle of the river.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/03/trump-interior-secretary-suggests-u-s-will-seize-mexican-land-to-build-border-wall-report/

Furloughed Fox commentator Napolitano says he still believes GCHQ spied on Trump at request of the Obama administration. “Napolitano, the news network’s senior judicial analyst, defended his March 14 report, saying his “sources stand by it”.”   http://thehill.com/homenews/media/326355-napolitano-stands-by-british-surveillance-claim-in-fox-news-return

Senator says he’s waited 5 weeks for reply from Homeland Security to his letter on phone searches at borders. “The senator wrote that the searches not only violate civil liberties but could reduce international business travel or force companies to outfit employees with “burner” laptops and mobile devices, “which some firms already use when employees visit nations like China”.”   http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/03/ron-wyden-search-phones-border-airports

Estimated 600 migrant deaths crossing Mediterranean so far this year. “Migrant arrivals to Italy are up more than 50 percent this year on the same period of last year.”   http://www.reuters.com/article/us-europe-migrants-rescue-idUSKBN17021E

Privacy activist will try to buy internet browsing histories of GOP politicians who voted to revoke privacy rules. “Once the law is signed by President Trump, geolocation data along with browsing history data will again be on the market for ISPs. That means a company with dedication and resources could likely, with a reasonable degree of certainty, pinpoint Blackburn, Pai, Ryan, or anyone they seek to take down based on their browsing data and IP address alone.”   http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/03/29/this-politician-gave-away-your-data-now-buy-hers.html

Amnesty International claims professor in United Arab Emirates sentenced to 10 years for political tweets. “By imposing this ludicrous sentence in response to his peaceful tweets, the authorities have left no room for doubt: those who dare to speak their minds freely in the UAE today risk grave punishment.”   https://www.yahoo.com/news/amnesty-says-uae-sentences-dissident-professor-10-years-194213136.html

Trump declares parts of Somalia areas of “active hostilities”. “President Donald Trump granted the U.S. military more flexibility in conducting operations in Somalia on Wednesday, declaring the country a “war zone” and easing restrictions that protect civilians.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/us-war-africa-trump-prepares-military-combat-somalia-2518050

 

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March 30, 2017

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