April 24, 2017

Poll: Trump least popular modern president but would still beat Clinton if election were held again today. “A new Washington Post poll that declares President Trump as “the least popular president in modern times,” waits until the second to last paragraph to reveal another tidbit: He’d still beat Hillary Rodham Clinton if the election were held today and in the popular vote, not just Electoral College.”   http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/wash-post-poll-hides-trump-still-beats-clinton-43-40/article/2621016

Prisoner with cancer petitioned for early release, prison officials reportedly blocked his petition from reaching a judge. “Some bureaucrat in the BOP or the U.S. Department of Justice felt that Rice had not served enough time behind bars, and refused to pass his petition along to the judge ― regardless of the fact that his case met their own criteria that should have forced them to do so.”   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/a-de-facto-death-sentence-for-an-iowa-father_us_58f8e532e4b086ce58980e82

Hundreds of thousands around the world march for science. “Saturday’s marches in over 600 cities around the world—including a massive march in Washington, D.C.—mark an unprecedented mobilization of researchers and experts who are fighting back against President Donald Trump’s war on (climate) science.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/04/22/march-science-sweeps-cities-around-world

Washington Post story on Social Security disability benefits accused of cherry-picking data. “Out of more than 3,100 counties in the U.S., only McDowell County, West Virginia ― one of the most impoverished counties in the country ― comes close to one-third participation, with 32.2 percent of residents receiving either SSDI or SSI benefits.”   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/disability-rights-washington-post-benefits_us_58fabc0ae4b06b9cb9172add

Uber accused of tracking former customers after they thought they had deleted the app. “Kalanick had been directing his engineers to camouflage a feature in the ride-hailing app that allowed Uber to secretly identify and tag iPhone users, even after the app had been deleted from users’ phones…”   https://www.cnet.com/news/apple-tim-cook-threatened-to-pull-uber-from-app-store-privacy-iphone-kalanick/

Trump administration reportedly willing to keep subsidizing Obamacare for low income Americans if Democrats will fund border wall. “Mulvaney told Bloomberg Live on Friday that White House officials have told Democrats they’re willing to fund $1 in Obamacare subsidies for every $1 that’s provided for the border wall as both parties look to avert a government shutdown next Friday.”   http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/21/chuck-schumer-obamacare-subsidies-border-wall-237469    I thought Mexico was going to pay for this.

Israel reportedly strikes pro-government militia base in Syria. “Three fighters from the pro-government National Defence Forces (NDF) were killed and at least two more were wounded in the attack, an NDF official told AFP news agency.”   http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/04/deadly-israeli-strikes-hit-syria-quneitra-province-170423055729975.html

More than 100,000 Windows computers may be infected by NSA backdoor access program. “…people should know that there’s growing consensus that from 30,000 to 107,000 Windows machines may be infected by DoublePulsar.”   https://arstechnica.com/security/2017/04/10000-windows-computers-may-be-infected-by-advanced-nsa-backdoor/

90 more civilians reportedly killed during battle for Mosul. “An Iraqi Rapid Response officer said the victims had been caught in the fight between the militants and Iraqi forces trying to capture Al-Thawra district in the city’s western side.”   http://aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/90-civilians-killed-in-mosul-fight-iraqi-officer/803158

White House budget official hints that president may not sign government funding bill without border wall money in it. “We don’t know yet,” said the White House budget director, Mick Mulvaney, on Fox News Sunday. “We are asking for our priorities.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/apr/23/donald-trump-mexico-border-wall-threatens-government-shutdown

Man sues Zion, Illinois police over shooting, video shows officer shooting him through the driver’s window as he speeds away. “Devon Davidson, 25, became the third man to be shot by Zion police in fewer than two years’ time when Officer Paul Sage shot him through the window of his car around 11 p.m. on July 26, 2016.”   http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/man-whom-zion-police-shot-sues-saying-he-posed-no-threat/

Ohio lawsuit alleges police used excessive force during arrest when officers rammed plaintiff’s motorcycle during chase, beat him during arrest. “…Woolf then was struck with a Taser and drive stunned repeatedly before McCord followed up with a kidney punch. The complaint alleges that the other officers, including five who were not identified in the suit, participated in excessive force, including “sadistically stomping on (his) scrotum”.”   http://www.the-review.com/local%20news/2017/04/19/alliance-mccord-sued-again-for-excessive-force

Man arrested at gunpoint for “loitering” outside his family’s business wins $20,000 settlement from city of Camden, New Jersey. “When he went inside the store, his suit claims, Miles pointed her gun at him and later slammed him against an ice machine and struck him.”   http://www.nj.com/camden/index.ssf/2017/04/camden_reportedly_pays_20k_to_settle_police_excess.html

Jury awards Virginia man $150,000 in excessive force arrest case. “The dash cam footage from Danville Police shows multiple law enforcement officers trying to arrest Wyatt.”   http://wset.com/news/local/jury-finds-law-enforcement-officer-guilty-of-using-excessive-force

April 24, 2017

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