May 10, 2017

Trump fires FBI director Comey, Schumer demands special prosecutor for Russia investigation. “Without such an independent probe, Schumer said, “every American will rightly suspect that the decision to fire Director Comey was part of a cover-up”.”   http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/09/comey-firing-congress-reaction-238180

White House press secretary says Trump administration ignored Yates’ warning on Flynn “…because she was a top Justice Department official in the Obama administration and, Mr. Spicer insisted, a supporter of Hillary Clinton.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/09/us/politics/sally-yates-michael-flynn-white-house.html?_r=0

Jimmy Carter says he voted for Bernie Sanders at Democratic convention. “On Monday, Carter, 92, told an audience in Georgia that he had voted for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) over the former secretary of state.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/05/09/yall-see-why-i-voted-for-him-jimmy-carter-says-he-was-a-bernie-sanders-supporter/

Police clash with passengers at Fort Lauderdale International airport after multiple flight cancellations. “Video footage shows deputies struggling with travelers. Some were pulled aside from the crowd, while others were taken to the ground and placed in handcuffs.”   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/05/09/us/spirit-airlines-cancellations/

NYPD accused of removing Palestinian rights activists from Washington Square Park where they were leafleting. “When Makkawi and Barylka asked why they were being removed, an officer stated that the leafleting was causing the pro-Israel ravers “anxiety”.”   http://palestinelegal.org/news/2017/5/5/siwkfzql61ihshmgrpyjwy9yf4bnpu

Left candidate wins South Korean presidential election. “South Korea might see a sharp departure from recent policy under Moon, who favors closer ties with North Korea, saying hard-line conservative governments did nothing to prevent the North’s development of nuclear-armed missiles and only reduced South Korea’s voice in international efforts to counter North Korea.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/s-koreans-vote-for-new-president-to-succeed-ousted-park/2017/05/08/7b4070ec-344c-11e7-ab03-aa29f656f13e_story.html

U.S. will provide arms to Syrian opposition militias for Raqqa campaign. “The move also reinforces the idea that the entire Syrian Democratic Force, Syrian Kurds (YPG) and the Syrian Arab Coalition, has the backing of the U.S.”   http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/officials-trump-approves-plan-arm-syrian-kurds-n756886

Court reportedly orders Spirit airlines pilots to make additional flights. “In court documents, the Miramar-based carrier said the pilots’ refusal to accept junior assignments or pick up available “open time flying” led to the system wide flight cancellations that have hit operations at key cities such as Fort Lauderdale, Chicago O-Hare, Detroit and Las Vegas the hardest.”   http://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/fl-bz-spirit-airlines-pilot-delays-20170509-story.html

IS beheads alleged Russian government spy. “I was supposed to infiltrate the special services of the caliphate and the leadership of the caliphate.”   http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/05/09/isis-video-shows-beheading-alleged-russian-spy.html

Nuclear waste storage tunnel collapses at Hanford Site. “The tunnels in question were storing rail cars that once carried radioactive nuclear fuel from reactors to production facilities, back when the site was still used to manufacture nuclear weapons.”   http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/05/09/527605496/emergency-declared-at-nuclear-contaminated-site-in-washington-state

Rust belt men hit hardest by de-industrialization of U.S. economy. “All the men here are either on drugs or unemployed.”   https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/05/men-women-rust-belt/525888/

Ibuprofen and other similar pain relievers sharply increase risk of heart attack says study. “The likelihood of experiencing a heart attack was calculated to increase by an average of 20% to 50%, compared with someone not taking the drugs, regardless of the dosage and amount of time the medications are taken.”   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/05/09/health/nsaids-ibuprofen-drugs-heart-attack-study/

States with tough voter ID laws had lower voter turnout. “While states with no change to voter identification laws witnessed an average increased turnout of +1.3 percent from 2012 to 2016, Wisconsin’s turnout (where voter ID laws changed to strict) dropped by -3.3 percent.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/05/09/wisconsin-id-law-kept-200000-voters-polls-and-trump-won-just-22748-votes   Story mentions elderly woman who let her driver’s license lapse and was turned away at the polls.

Trump feeling the heat over Russia investigation? “trump changed his twitter header to push back on the russia story, showing he’s not concerned about it and its NOT A BIG DEAL AT ALL”.   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/09/trump-mocked-for-adding-one-of-his-own-tweets-to-twitter-banner

Insurance industry may have lobbied for exclusion of people with pre-existing conditions from Trumpcare, a group which makes up an estimated 27% of the population. “The insurance companies would’ve looked with a lot of nervousness at the measure that repealed the insurance mandate penalty….  coupled with the AHCA’s “dramatically” cutting subsidies that help low-income people purchase health insurance, (which) would inevitably leave insurers with smaller, disproportionately unhealthy and expensive markets.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/political-capital/are-pre-existing-conditions-still-covered-insurance-industry-may-have-lobbied

Reporter allegedly arrested after asking Trumpcare architect Tom Price about the bill. “Price’s speech was about the opiod epidemic, but according to Tegethoff, (Dan Heyman) was arrested when asking a supposedly off-topic question about the bill.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/05/watch-reporter-arrested-for-trying-to-ask-tom-price-questions-about-gops-obamacare-repeal/

Newark Airport CBP agents claim they were sexually assaulted by co-workers. ““Once the lights go out, they grab you up like a gang, and they forcibly throw you on the table and one officer ended up mounting me and pretty much riding me like a horse,” one officer told NBC 4.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/05/newark-airport-customs-agents-under-investigation-for-assaulting-fellow-employees-on-a-rape-table-report/

Americans without health insurance actually are more likely to get sick and die. “…the emergency room may stop the bleeding, but… people without health insurance may have challenges controlling diabetes or high blood pressure.”   http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/article149454364.html

Court rules that California agency doesn’t have to release information on water wells. “Nothing in the House report says that protecting oil and gas companies was the House’s only concern.”   http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/article149538579.html

United Airlines ticket agent allegedly cancels man’s reservation after he tries to record their dispute over a baggage fee. “The 37-year-old Oza was flying home to San Francisco at 4 a.m. when the ticket counter agent charged him $300 to check a bulky bag that had cost $125 on the way there.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/05/watch-united-airlines-employee-orders-passengers-ticket-canceled-for-recording-baggage-dispute/

FBI director reportedly learned of his firing from TV news reports. “…while he spoke to a crowd of his employees, television screens broke the news that the F.B.I. director was out.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/05/comey-learned-he-was-fired-from-tv-as-he-gave-a-speech-to-fbi-employees-report/

Black American Airlines passenger who bought first class tickets for her and her white traveling companion, is instead allegedly seated at the back of the plane while the white woman is seated in first class. “It was baffling and hurtful that the crew seemed completely aware of what they were doing and just didn’t care.”   http://www.theroot.com/how-american-airlines-forced-black-passenger-to-give-up-1795045431

Anti-Muslim incidents reportedly up by 57% between 2015 and 2016. “CAIR’s accounting includes a wide variety of bias incidents, from assaults and street harassment, to employment discrimination, to what the group considers inappropriate targeting or questioning by the FBI.”   http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/05/cair-anti-muslim-incidents-2016-170509210928648.html

Israeli government reportedly ends long-running public broadcasting news program. “The program was canceled ahead of the long-anticipated launch of a new public broadcaster, which (Prime Minister) Netanyahu has stripped of its news division.”   https://www.yahoo.com/news/49-years-israel-news-show-canceled-hour-airing-190924077.html

American environmentalist killed in Mexico. “The U.S. Embassy confirmed on Tuesday the death of Gordon Strom and declined to comment further out of respect for his family.”   https://www.yahoo.com/news/american-man-slain-troubled-mexican-state-veracruz-170405197.html   Interesting that sometimes U.S. embassies release the names of Americans killed abroad and sometimes they don’t. I’m still waiting for a response to an FOIA request I filed in April 2015 requesting the name of an American who went into a coma and died after being arrested by Tokyo police in February of 2015.

FCC reportedly rolled back limits on how many news stations one company can own. “The Sinclair Broadcast Group is reportedly nearing a $4 billion deal to purchase Tribune Media, which would give it control of more than a third of the country’s local TV stations.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/5/9/pro_trump_network_sinclair_set_to

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