April 27, 2017

Trump tax plan would be a windfall for the wealthiest. “The president would eliminate the estate tax and alternative minimum tax, a parallel system that primarily hits wealthier people by effectively limiting the deductions and other benefits available to them — both moves that would richly benefit Mr. Trump.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/26/us/politics/trump-tax-cut-plan.html

Labour Party’s Jeremy Corbyn says Conservatives are “strong against the weak and weak against the strong” in UK parliament debate. “…when it comes to the Prime Minister and the Conservatives, they only look after the richest, not the rest.”  http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/the-tories-strong-against-weak-10298445

U.S. test fires ballistic missile, no reports of threats of sanctions by other countries. “The U.S. Air Force test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile which traveled over 4,000 miles before splashing down in the South Pacific after launching early Wednesday from a base in California.”   http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/04/26/air-force-launches-unarmed-missile-for-test-in-california.html

U.S. comes in 43rd in press freedom ranking. “(Reporters Without Borders) singled out campaigns by President Donald Trump in the U.S. and the Brexit campaign in the U.K. to explain the drop by those two countries in its rankings. Both campaigns “were marked by high-profile media bashing, a highly toxic anti-media discourse that drove the world into a new era of post-truth, disinformation, and fake news.”   https://www.usnews.com/news/best-countries/articles/2017-04-26/global-press-freedoms-weakening-group-warns

Trump administration will allow military to determine troops levels in Iraq and Syria. “Bringing the authority really back here where it’s historically been enables military commanders to be more agile, to more quickly and efficiently support partners, to have more rapid decision-making, and to keep units together.”   http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump-pentagon-authority-set-troop-levels-syria-iraq/story?id=47044082

Supreme Court justices grill government lawyers in case involving revocation of U.S. citizenship, point out that not admitting to driving over the speed limit could put naturalized citizens at risk. “One question on the naturalization form, for example, asks citizenship applicants to disclose any and all crimes, offenses or attempts to break the law for which they haven’t been arrested — ever.”   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/john-roberts-speeding_us_5900e426e4b0026db1dd9bda

FCC proposes ending “net neutrality”rules, allowing internet service providers to sell faster internet connections at higher prices. “The head of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday proposed overturning the landmark 2015 Obama-era net neutrality rules that prohibit broadband providers from giving or selling access to certain internet services over others.”   http://www.cnbc.com/2017/04/26/fcc-chairman-to-propose-reversing-net-neutrality-rules.html

Woman allegedly sexually assaulted by Uber driver. “Prosecutors say the woman had been attending a company gathering in Newport Beach and her colleagues requested an Uber ride to take her home.”   http://www.reuters.com/article/us-uber-rape-idUSKBN17T041

Seven Hartford, CT police officers found guilty of using excessive force, some face “remedial training”. “A West Hartford police camera appears to show Hartford officers kicking or stomping one of the two suspects, who was in handcuffs, police said. The suspects, Ricardo Perez, 34, of Hartford, and Emilio Diaz, 38, of Hartford, had to be hospitalized.”   http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/Hartford-Police-Officers-Disciplined-Following-Excessive-Force-Investigation-420455394.html

Colorado Springs settles excessive force lawsuit over passenger dragged from car. “According to an internal investigation of the incident, Nelson was suspicious that the brothers, who are black, were involved “in some drug activity or some kind of criminal activity”.”   http://www.csindy.com/coloradosprings/cspd-pays-212000-to-settle-excessive-force-case-stills-denies-wrongdoing/Content?oid=5296561

Trump decides not to withdraw U.S. from NAFTA trade deal. “President Trump agreed not to terminate NAFTA at this time and the leaders agreed to proceed swiftly, according to their required internal procedures, to enable the renegotiation of the NAFTA deal to the benefit of all three countries.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/trump-contemplating-plans-to-let-us-withdraw-from-nafta/2017/04/26/f1e326f2-2ab7-11e7-b605-33413c691853_story.html

Trump orders review of “National Monument” nature areas. “Americans have already deemed these places as too beautiful, too fragile, and too unique for extraction. It would be unconscionable if we let Trump hand them over to his polluter cronies and campaign contributors.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/04/26/unconscionable-trump-looks-gut-protections-national-monuments

Sanders reintroduces bill to raise minimum wage to $15/hour. “In 2015, Sanders introduced similar legislation with just five co-sponsors. On Wednesday, he boasted 21, in addition to lead co-sponsor Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.).”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/04/26/22-dems-supporting-sanders-15-minimum-wage-bill-and-24-who-arent

Trump will not release his tax returns, says Treasury secretary during tax plan launch. “The president has released plenty of information, and I think has given more financial disclosure than anybody else. I think the American population has plenty of information on his taxes.”   http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/26/trump-no-tax-returns-steven-mnuchin-237642

Trump tax plan is a return of Reagan’s “voodoo economics”. “Reagan’s tax cuts and higher defence spending were certainly accompanied by higher growth but they did not pay for themselves. Far from it. The US ran high budget deficits and the national debt spiralled.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/apr/26/voodoo-reaganomics-wont-cut-it-for-trump-on-the-hill   While in Kansas, there was little growth and budget deficits spiraled. “On the horizon both for the Legislature and Brownback is a state budget shortfall of more than $1 billion through June 2019.”   http://cjonline.com/news/local/2017-04-06/kansas-house-senate-send-brownback-deficit-elimination-budget-bill

Wrong people executed in Oklahoma say investigators, “systemic flaws” in its death penalty system. “It is undeniable that innocent people have been sentenced to death in Oklahoma.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/04/26/innocent-people-have-been-sentenced-to-death-in-oklahoma-commission-concludes/

Would-be revolutionary Eric Frein sentenced to death. “He was found guilty last week of murder and terrorism. On Wednesday the jury deliberated for five hours before returning a death sentence.”   http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39728188

Florida legislators apologize for abuse at reform school. “…a forensic investigation carried out by the University of South Florida… identified 55 graves sites at the Jackson County facility, although there were only official records for 24 burials.”   http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article146974259.html

Ivanka Trump reportedly starting foundation to benefit female entrepreneurs. “…First Daughter Ivanka Trump is starting her very own foundation that she will operate while working inside the White House — and she’s reportedly already securing money from foreign governments.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/04/ivanka-is-starting-her-own-foundation-and-is-accepting-checks-from-foreign-governments-report/

9,000 Turkish police officers suspended over alleged Gulen ties. “The latest purge comes just over a week after President Erdogan narrowly won a controversial referendum on increasing his powers.”   http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39723371

ACLU supports Ann Coulter’s right to speak. “The heckler’s veto of Coulter’s Berkeley speech is a loss for the 1st Amendment,” ACLU National tweeted on Wednesday. “We must protect speech on campus, even when hateful.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/04/we-must-protect-free-speech-even-when-hateful-aclu-backs-ann-coulters-cancelled-berkeley-speech/

Kurds and Turks exchange artillery fire over Syrian border. “Turkey reported four of their army outposts along the border came under attack from artillery and mortar fire, though they denied any casualties were inflicted. They responded by carrying out heavy artillery strikes against the Kurdish town of Darbasiya.”   http://news.antiwar.com/2017/04/26/turkish-army-syrian-kurds-trade-artillery-fire-across-border/

Iraqi officials reportedly seize $500 million Qatari ransom at airport. “It is now clear that the money was ransom for 24 Qataris, several of them leading members of the Qatari royal al-Thani family, and two Saudis who had been hunting with falcons with official permission in supposedly safe southern Iraq when they were kidnapped 16 months ago by a Shia militia task force.”   https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/qatari-royals-kidnapped-iraq-ransom-half-billion-shia-militia-syria-saudi-hunters-baghdad-a7703946.html

Anonymous reports of massive North Korean nuclear weapons build-up impossible to verify but still receiving wide coverage. “Once again, the essential antecedents of war are being established based on anonymous “experts” and “officials,” and hardly anyone notices, much less pushes back.”   http://fair.org/home/nyts-impossible-to-verify-north-korea-nuke-claim-spreads-unchecked-by-media/

Maoist rebels in India kill 23 security personnel in ambush. “”When you allow multinational companies and private corporations to carry out mining projects in the name of development in areas populated by indigenous communities this uprising is bound to happen,” (says) E. N. Rammohan, a former police officer, who has chronicled the Maoist rebellion.”   http://www.dw.com/en/india-struggles-to-fend-off-maoist-menace/a-38598839

Indigenous protesters dispersed by police in Brazil. “… more than 3,000 indigenous people demonstrated in front of Congress Tuesday, protesting ongoing theft of their land and resources, which they say has worsened under President Michel Temer.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/4/26/headlines/brazil_3_000_indigenous_people_protest_land_theft_outside_congress

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April 27, 2017

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