May 9, 2017

Federal oversight of police departments needed for reforms says expert. “Sessions doesn’t want the federal government meddling in local policing. But federal meddling in local policing is why Slager is facing a felony charge.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2017/05/04/how-jeff-sessions-will-enable-more-michael-slagers/

17 U.S. states now have laws punishing organizations that boycott Israel. “Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a law on Tuesday that prohibited state agencies from contracting with companies that boycott Israel…. “Any anti-Israel policy is an anti-Texas policy.”   http://forward.com/fast-forward/370725/texas-becomes-17th-state-to-pass-law-countering-boycotts-of-israel/

Study shows that marijuana improves cognitive functioning in old rats. “…these results reveal a profound, long-lasting improvement of cognitive performance resulting from a low dose of THC treatment in mature and old animals.”   http://www.newsweek.com/cannabis-marijuana-restores-memory-learning-cognitive-decline-596160

Trump administration reportedly attempting to destroy evidence of intent to commit religious discrimination. “Minutes after a reporter asked White House press secretary Sean Spicer why President Donald Trump’s campaign website still broadcast his call for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,” that page went blank, according to reports on Monday afternoon.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/05/08/muslim-ban-20-court-trump-campaign-website-scrubs-call-ban

Republicans accused of lying about impact of Obamacare repeal. “Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price told CNN on Sunday that the bill’s $880 billion cuts to Medicaid would “absolutely not” result in millions losing coverage. That was after he made the claim on NBC‘s “Meet the Press” that coverage for people with pre-existing conditions will be “more affordable” under Trumpcare. …(while House Speaker Paul Ryan told) reporters “no matter what, you cannot be denied coverage if you have a pre-existing condition.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/05/08/gop-counters-voter-fury-over-trumpcare-lies-and-spin   Yeah, and a communist burned down parliament, and then Germany was attack by Poland.

Detention camps for illegal migrants lack adequate medical resources, resulting in deaths. “Raúl Ernesto Morales-Ramos, detained in California and ravaged by cancer, begged for treatment. He was given ibuprofen.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/08/immigrant-detention-centers-medical-care-deaths

Warren Buffet says cutting staff is a proven capitalist method for increasing profits. “People live better when there is more output per capita.”   https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/may/08/warren-buffett-jobs-us-3g-kraft-heinz-bid-unilever   Unless you are unfortunate enough to be an employee.

ACLU sues for Yemen raid details. “On Monday, the ACLU filed suit against the Trump administration to try and uncover basic information about the raid — who was killed, how the raid was approved, and its legal basis.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/05/08/aclu-sues-trump-administration-for-files-on-botched-seal-raid-in-yemen/

Halliburton board member reportedly made large donation to Colorado Republican super PAC before legislators blocked anti-fracking bill. “Soon after the contribution from Halliburton board member J. Landis Martin, Republican lawmakers lined up against the legislation.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/political-capital/halliburton-colorado-board-members-donation-shows-power-oil-gas-industry-2536297

Protesters clash over removal of Confederate statues in New Orleans. “Instead of just taking them down, Mr. Suber, an African-American activist and organizer, would like to see the city pass out sledgehammers and “let everybody take a whack — just like the Berlin Wall.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/07/us/new-orleans-monuments.html

Think tank claims huge donations from Lockheed Martin and other military contractors are not in any way a conflict of interest.  “Five of (the Center for Strategic and International Studies)’s ten major corporate donors (“$500,000 and up”) are weapons manufacturers: Besides Lockheed Martin, they are General Dynamics, Boeing, Leonardo-Finmeccanica and Northrop Grumman.”   http://fair.org/home/lockheed-martin-funded-experts-agree-south-korea-needs-more-lockheed-martin-missiles/

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May 9, 2017

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