April 13, 2017

Another United passenger, who paid full price for first class seat,  says a United employee threatened what would happen to him if he refused to get off the plane to accommodate a “more important” passenger. “They said they’d put me in cuffs if they had to.”   http://www.latimes.com/business/lazarus/la-fi-lazarus-united-low-priority-passenger-20170412-story.html

Daily Mail apologizes for stories about Melania Trump’s past, agrees to settlement. “Trump sued the Daily Mail in Britain and Mail Online in the United States over an August 2016 article, which ran in the newspaper under the headline “Racy photos and troubling questions about his wife’s past that could derail Trump”.”   http://www.cbsnews.com/news/melania-trump-wins-damages-apology-from-daily-mail-publisher/

Republican North Carolina legislator allegedly posts that Lincoln was similar to Hitler. “And if Hitler had won, should the world just get over it? Lincoln was the same sort (of) tyrant, and personally responsible for the deaths of over 800,000 Americans in a war that was unnecessary and unconstitutional.”   http://www.wral.com/nc-lawmaker-likens-lincoln-scotus-to-hitler/16640853/

Sacramento, California police officer caught on video beating man accused of jaywalking. “(Sacramento) police… said there were “insufficient grounds” to charge Cain with jaywalking.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/04/12/video-shows-an-officer-slamming-then-pummeling-a-black-man-accused-of-jaywalking/

Witnesses say man dragged from United flight was not being “disruptive and belligerent”. “The Cummingses both said Dao never raised his voice when speaking to the officers and airline officials, and that reports that Dao acted belligerent are simply not true.”   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/04/12/travel/united-passenger-pulled-off-flight/   and   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dk2Y_VL5e7s

PBS documentary examines impact of WWI on American society, writer notes parallels to United States today. “Creel was masterful in controlling the narrative of the conflict at home and spreading the view that if you weren’t actively down with the war effort, then you were disloyal.”   http://www.motherjones.com/media/2017/03/great-war-wwi-documentary-pbs-american-experience-10-takeaways

United Airlines has reportedly spent $41 million on lobbying members of Congress over last 10 years. “A MapLight/International Business Times review of records kept by the Center for Responsive Politics found that during the last two-year session of Congress, the airline spent $7.26 million to fight legislation that included measures to create minimum airline seat sizes; require airlines to allow families to sit together on flights; and prohibit airlines from charging customers to use an airplane bathroom.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/political-capital/united-airlines-spent-millions-fighting-proposals-protect-passenger-rights-2524734

Bernie Sanders is the most popular U.S. Senator in the country among his constituents. “His socialist outlook was appealing to a large section of society, especially the youth, earning him an approval rating of 75 percent in his home state of Vermont.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/bernie-sanders-most-popular-us-senator-poll-2523812

Facebook video claims to show Gwinnett, Georgia police officer kicking handcuffed suspect in the head. http://www.rawstory.com/2017/04/blood-splattered-everywhere-disturbing-footage-shows-cop-stomping-on-handcuffed-black-mans-face/

IS allegedly cutting an ear off of deserters instead of executing them. “The source said it was significant that the group did not execute the delinquent members as it… used to do since operations to retake Mosul launched in October, adding that the new punishment was apparently adopted as the group was shrinking in numbers.”   http://www.iraqinews.com/iraq-war/islamic-state-cuts-ears-members-flee-mosul-battles/

Japanese ships reportedly joining U.S. flotilla headed for North Korea. “Citing two well-placed sources who spoke on condition of anonymity, Reuters and the Kyodo news agency said several destroyers from Japan’s maritime self-defence forces would join the USS Carl Vinson and its battle group as it enters the East China Sea.”   https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/12/japanese-warships-join-us-fleet-north-korea

Former Trump campaign manager was reportedly paid more than $1 million on behalf of former pro-Russian Ukrainian president. “The Associated Press is… reporting that financial records show… Paul Manafort received at least $1.2 million in payments for doing political consulting work for former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/4/12/headlines/ap_manafort_received_12m_for_consulting_for_fmr_pro_russia_ukrainian_president

Phoenix, Arizona police fatally shoot fleeing suspect. “He refused the commands and refused to come out of his vehicle, and he began to ram the officers’ vehicles.”   http://www.12news.com/news/local/valley/phoenix-police-shoot-kill-suspect-after-chase/430881579

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April 13, 2017

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