April 6, 2017

Steve Bannon no longer on National Security Council, unclear why. “A senior White House official told NBC News that the changes were not the result of any “power struggle” within the administration.”   http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/steve-bannon-removed-national-security-council-n742926

Kansas high school principal resigns after student newspaper looks into her background. “On Friday, the students questioned the legitimacy of Corllins University, an unaccredited, online school where Robertson said she received her master’s degree and doctorate after earning her bachelor’s degree at the University of Tulsa.”   https://nypost.com/2017/04/05/high-school-journalists-reveal-their-principal-is-a-fraud/

278 bodies reportedly removed so far from site of March 17th Mosul airstrike. “Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, the top U.S. general commanding the fight against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, has said that there was “at least a fair chance” that the U.S.-led coalition was responsible for the strike, but if so, it was “an unintentional accident of war, and we will transparently report it to you.””   http://www.latimes.com/world/middleeast/la-fg-iraq-mosul-casualties-20170405-story.html   Since IS does not have any aircraft besides drones, I think there is more than a “fair chance” that this was a coalition airstrike.

Muslim man dies after being beaten by “cow vigilantes” in India. “Gangs of “cow protectors” have been implicated in killing at least 10 people in the past two years as the welfare of the animal has become an increasingly charged issue in Indian politics.”   https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/05/muslim-man-dies-in-india-after-attack-by-hindu-cow-protectors

Secret Service agent suspended after allegedly “meeting” with prostitute. “A Secret Service agent on Vice President Pence’s detail has reportedly been suspended after meeting with a prostitute at a Maryland hotel.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/04/05/secret-service-agent-on-pences-detail-suspended-after-meeting-with-prostitute/   No information yet on what was discussed during this meeting.

Supreme Court ruling in Riley v. California likely protects citizens from electronic device searches at borders. “…when the government asserted the so-called “incident to arrest” exception to justify searching a cell phone without a warrant during or immediately after an arrest, the Supreme Court called foul.”   https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/04/bill-rights-border-fourth-amendment-limits-searching-your-data-and-devices

Northern Cheyenne Nation sues Dept. of Interior over proposed coal leases on federal land. “The tribe’s March 30 lawsuit said coal mining near the reservation would cause “significant environmental and socioeconomic harms to the Tribe”.”   https://indiancountrymedianetwork.com/news/environment/northern-cheyenne-lawsuit-block-coal-public-land/

Pepsi “protest” ad angers activists, meme counterattack launched. “If only Daddy would have known about the power of #Pepsi. pic.twitter.com/FA6JPrY72V — Be A King (@BerniceKing) April 5, 2017″  and  “”Yo Kendall, im gonna need you to come through with a pepsi, these cops are wildin” pic.twitter.com/dOpKnTq8LU — Kim Jong Tun (@ignant_) April 5, 2017″   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2017/04/05/nevertheless-she-pepsisted-kendall-jenner-made-a-pepsi-ad-the-internet-made-glorious-memes/

Australian consumer watchdog agency sues Apple over allegedly attempting to establish a phone repair monopoly. “Denying a consumer their consumer guarantee rights simply because they had chosen a third party repairer not only impacts those consumers but can dissuade other customers from making informed choices about their repair options including where they may be offered at lower cost than the manufacturer.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/apple-inc-sued-over-iphones-error-53-right-repair-issue-australian-consumer-authority-2521579

Company that makes tasers changes its name to Axon. “Taser International Inc., maker of the eponymous device used by police to stun and incapacitate a person temporarily, is changing its name to Axon as it pushes further into the software business.”   http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-taser-idUSKBN177265

Massachusetts bans 8,000 Uber and Lyft drivers after “lifetime” background checks. One driver “…did not pass the state background check because of a 25-year-old (continuance without a finding) for assault and battery he received after a fight with a family member.”   http://money.cnn.com/2017/04/05/technology/massachusetts-uber-lyft-background/

Few details released in Goshen, Indiana police shooting that killed suspect and wounded bystander. “Smith, the state police spokesman, said he could not confirm the man fired at officers…. Smith also could not say whether the man gestured toward police or had the shotgun with him after he exited his Durango in the Double D’s parking lot…. Neither the suspect nor the second injured person had been identified Wednesday afternoon.”   http://www.southbendtribune.com/news/publicsafety/state-police-investigating-apparent-officer-involved-shooting-in-goshen/article_792f3522-1a11-11e7-bb08-9fcbcfc34a2c.html

Police release video of fatal Oklahoma City police shooting. “Seeton allegedly disregarded the officers’ commands to stop and reversed the car in the direction of the officials, causing them to shoot.”   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4381126/Oklahoma-authorities-release-video-fatal-police-shooting.html

Vallejo, California police to investigate beating of suspect captured on video. “A video of the incident taken by a bystander and posted on social media shows Muniz-Bottomley striking Hall with a flashlight as Hall lay on the ground and again when another officer arrives.”   https://patch.com/california/benicia/officer-nearby-vallejo-accused-using-excessive-force-during-arrest

Man hit with police car for riding his bicycle on the wrong side of the road sues for loss of his eye. “The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Fresno last week, says Leeds used his patrol car to knock Valdez off his bicycle. The officer then punched Valdez several times in the face and torso.”   http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/article141231693.html

NBA player injured during NYPD arrest reportedly wins $4 million settlement. “During his arrest on April 8, 2015, outside the 1 Oak nightclub in Manhattan, (Thabo) Sefolosha suffered a broken fibula and ligament damage, causing him to miss the rest of the regular season and the playoffs.”   http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/news/thabo-sefolosha-lawsuit-arrest-nyc-police-settlement-excessive-force/1v6wa76zk4eud1e7lb0ipjgb1b

Rutland, Vermont man sues after allegedly being arrested at gunpoint, pulled from the cab of his truck, for speeding. “A request for all videos of the incident was made by Mr. Elnicki through his attorney only to be told that none existed.”   https://vtdigger.org/2017/03/29/lawsuit-rutland-officer-used-excessive-force-traffic-stop/

Miami-Dade police officers apparently caught falsifying a police report. “The family of a man accused of resisting arrest and battery on an officer says the charges are incorrect and a surveillance camera recorded the true story.”   http://wsvn.com/news/local/man-accused-of-resisting-arrest-says-video-shows-innocence/

Las Vegas reportedly pays $199,000 settlement to three men who were mistaken for burglars and arrested. “Police also shot and killed a family dog during the incident.”   http://www.ktvn.com/story/35015302/las-vegas-settle-excessive-force-lawsuit-for-199000

Republicans fail to reach agreement on second attempt to repeal Obamacare. “…late night talks between Pence and members of competing factions of the House Republican caucus stalled and no deal was reached.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/apr/05/freedom-caucus-mike-pence-healthcare-bill-compromise

Trump speaks out on behalf of Bill O’Reilly as sponsors of The O’Reilly Factor pull their ads over sexual harassment allegations. “I don’t think Bill did anything wrong.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/apr/05/donald-trump-defends-bill-oreilly-sexual-harassment-claims

Who is more unpopular than Donald Trump? Only “…20 percent of Americans viewed White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer favorably, and just 11 percent held a positive opinion of Chief Strategist Steve Bannon.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/do-americans-trump-administration-spicer-bannon-more-unpopular-president-2521176

Trump supporter’s “model citizen” husband deported to Mexico. “Beristain’s wife, Helen, last month told Indiana Public Media that she voted for Trump in November because she supported his policies on deporting undocumented immigrants.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/04/indiana-trump-supporters-husband-gets-deported-to-mexico/

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach ordered to turn over “secret immigration plan” to court. “Magistrate Judge James O’Hara is requesting that the memo be produced for in camera review as part of a suit challenging a Kansas law asking for proof of citizenship requirements for those registering to vote.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/04/judge-orders-architect-oftrumps-immigration-policy-to-turn-over-secret-plan-he-presented-to-trump/

Breitbart reporter allegedly jumps to Sputnik network, “a news organization owned and operated by the Russian government”. “I’m on the Russian payroll now…”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/04/former-breitbart-news-reporter-joins-russian-propaganda-news-agency-sputnik/

Gay men allegedly being arrested, disappearing in Chechnya, government spokesman says it’s not true because there are no gay men in the country. “Some are allegedly being arrested, tortured and killed by police because of their sexuality.”   http://www.euronews.com/2017/04/06/chechen-gay-men-go-missing-in-alleged-anti-gay-campaign

U.S. reportedly conducted 70 airstrikes on Yemen in March, 20 more so far in April. “(Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula) gained considerable territory after the Saudi invasion, because the focus of the invasion was on chasing the Shi’ites out of southern Yemen, and little effort was made to secure broad chunks of rural territory…”   http://news.antiwar.com/2017/04/05/us-launched-over-20-airstrikes-against-yemen-this-past-weekend/

Noam Chomsky calls complaints about Russian interference in U.S. elections “a joke”. “Half the world is cracking up in laughter. The United States doesn’t just interfere in elections. It overthrows governments it doesn’t like, institutes military dictatorships.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/4/4/chomsky_half_the_world_is_laughing

Turkey accuses newspaper of “asymmetric war methods”. “(Cumhuriyet) started an intense perception operation targeting the government and president of the republic …”   http://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-security-media-idUSKBN1771TX

Anti-brutality “Cop Watch” activist accuses NYPD officers of illegal search, destruction of evidence during one of his multiple arrests for filming police. “They’d rather tamper with the evidence, which they did, and have this audio erased, than have this go out into the community.”   http://gothamist.com/2017/04/04/bronx_activist_shares_audio_of_cops.php



April 6, 2017

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