April 7, 2017

U.S. hits Syrian airbase with cruise missiles. “The U.S. military launched approximately 50 cruise missiles at a Syrian military airfield late on Thursday, in the first direct American assault on the government of President Bashar al-Assad since that country’s civil war began six years ago.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-weighing-military-options-following-chemical-weapons-attack-in-syria/2017/04/06/0c59603a-1ae8-11e7-9887-1a5314b56a08_story.html   Number of missiles launched rises to 59.   http://www.cnbc.com/2017/04/06/us-military-has-launched-more-50-than-missiles-aimed-at-syria-nbc-news.html

Republicans decide to go “nuclear” to end debate over Gorsuch Supreme Court appointment. “The controversial changes to Senate rules, made along partisan lines, allows filibusters of Supreme Court picks to be broken with only 51 votes rather than 60.”   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/04/06/politics/senate-nuclear-option-neil-gorsuch/

Twitter refuses to reveal user info on Trump critic who appears to be an immigration employee. “A copy of the summons filed with the lawsuit says the records are needed for an investigation to ensure compliance with duties, taxes and fines and other customs and immigration matters.”   http://www.reuters.com/article/us-twitter-lawsuit-idUSKBN1782PH

Russian court bans “Putin with makeup” image under law that prohibits violating a citizen’s dignity. “In the photograph, Putin has painted eyes, red lips and the caption reads, “They say there are many of them, but there aren’t any among the people I know.””   https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/04/06/russia-bans-image-putin-red-lips-heavy-makeup/100120306/

New Thai king approves new constitution, elections expected in late 2018. “From start to finish – the drafting by a select group, the strict control of discussion of the draft, and the last minute amendments – the new constitution risks institutionalising authoritarianism rather than paving the way for democracy.”   http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39499485

Las Vegas man charged with terrorism allegedly feared Scientologists. “(His mother) said that Mork was “extremely afraid and angry” with the Church of Scientology and that he believed he was being monitored by members of the group.”    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/mit-grad-nicolai-mork-arrested-terror-weapons-mass-destruction-charges-n743356

Jury awards Massachusetts jeweler $34,500 over fake negative Yelp review. “…an employee at a neighboring (jewelry) business posted a fake Yelp review that accused the store of theft and urged customers to stay away.”   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/jeweler-fined-yelp_us_58e661c8e4b07da81324672a

74% of Americans polled say lack of opportunity is a bigger cause of poverty than lack of hard work. “The findings show that by a margin of nearly three-to-one, respondents said that blocked opportunities, not personal decisions or lack of hard work, consign people to poverty.”   http://www.sparcchub.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/SPARCC_Poll-Results_Report.pdf

More Chinese, Mexican and French millennials own homes than their American peers. “A recent report from HSBC found that 70% of millennials in China and 46% of Mexican millennials own a home versus 35% of young adults in the U.S.”   http://www.marketwatch.com/story/nearly-half-of-all-millennials-living-in-this-state-own-a-home-2017-04-06

Western darling and Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi denies “ethnic cleansing” of Muslim minority has occurred in Myanmar.  “I don’t think there is ethnic cleaning going on.”   https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/05/myanmar-aung-san-suu-kyi-ethnic-cleansing

General strike over government austerity policies disrupts Argentina. “Protesters… clashed with police during marches over government austerity measures as labor unions challenged the president…”   https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/06/argentina-strike-labor-unions-austerity-wages-inflation

Nationwide “Medicare for All” day of action planned for Saturday, April 8th. “Participants in the day of action will ask their representatives to support HR 676, the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act, which would replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obamacare with a streamlined plan that researchers estimate will save about $500 billion annually, PNHP said.”   http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/04/06/now-time-nationwide-medicare-all-rallies-take-place-april-8

Trump budget reportedly cuts all Amtrak funding. “The president’s so-called “skinny budget” will eliminate all federal funding for Amtrak’s national train network, meaning 220 cities will lose all passenger service…”   http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/04/06/cutting-fly-over-states-trump-axe-amtrak-220-cities

Richest Americans live 15 years longer than poorest Americans, health care system partially to blame. “Researchers said these disparities appear to be worsened by the American health system itself, which relies on for-profit insurance companies, and is the most expensive in the world.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/apr/06/us-healthcare-wealth-income-inequality-lifespan

Trump did not obtain Congressional authorization for Syria missile strike. “While we all condemn the atrocities in Syria, the United States was not attacked.”   https://www.thenation.com/article/trump-launched-missile-strikes-on-syria-without-congressional-authorization/

Hillary Clinton reportedly called for attack on Syrian airfields. “I really believe we should have and still should take out his air fields and prevent him from being able to use them to bomb innocent people and drop sarin gas on them.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/04/hillary-clinton-calls-for-us-to-bomb-syrian-air-fields-hours-before-trump-does-exactly-that/

Islamic State propagandist killed in airstrike was U.S. man from Boston. “Abousamra, 35, was born in Paris but brought up in Boston, Massachusetts, where he studied computer science…”   http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamicstate-idUSKBN1782I0

30,000 Mexicans missing, 100,000 killed in drug violence in last ten years.   http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-violence-idUSKBN1782XN

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch accused of plagiarism. “In the most striking example, Gorsuch, in his book (The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia), appears to duplicate sentences from an Indiana Law Journal article written by Abigail Lawlis Kuzma without attributing her.”   https://secure.politico.com/story/2017/04/gorsuch-writings-supreme-court-236891


April 7, 2017

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