May 11, 2017

The idea of a Trump appointed FBI director is scary, but Comey was no friend of the Constitution either. “Under Comey’s command the FBI engaged in a whole of host of outrages against the Bill of Rights, primarily directed at dissidents and minority communities not suspected of any wrongdoing.”   https://rightsanddissent.org/news/five-reasons-fired-comey-concerned-nonetheless/

Journalist arrested while trying to question Secretary Price reportedly charged with “willful disruption of government processes”. “In a news conference after his release, Heyman said that he held his phone out to Price and asked him repeatedly whether domestic violence would be treated as a pre-existing condition that health insurance companies would no longer need to cover under draft legislation sponsored by the Republican Party that passed the U.S. House of Representatives on May 4.”   https://cpj.org/2017/05/journalist-arrested-in-west-virginia-while-questio.php

After Comey firing, Trump hosts Russian ambassador and foreign minister at White House. “It was all smiles Wednesday when President Trump welcomed Russia’s foreign minister and U.S. ambassador to the White House.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/05/10/the-strange-oval-office-meeting-between-trump-lavrov-and-kislyak/

Oakland city council passes ordinance requiring city approval of purchase or use of surveillance technology by city agencies. “This ordinance is all about genuine public safety – for all of us who live, work in, and visit Oakland.”   https://rightsanddissent.org/news/oakland-adopts-sweeping-transparency-ordinance/

Comey allegedly asked Justice Department for additional personnel for investigation into Russian interference in U.S. presidential election before being fired.  “His appeal, described on Wednesday by four congressional officials, was made to Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, whose memo was used to justify Mr. Comey’s abrupt dismissal on Tuesday.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/10/us/politics/comey-russia-investigation-fbi.html?_r=0

EU legal advisor says Uber should be treated as a transportation company, not a computer matching service for drivers and passengers. “The Uber electronic platform, whilst innovative, falls within the field of transport: Uber can thus be required to obtain the necessary licenses and authorizations under national law.”   http://money.cnn.com/2017/05/11/technology/uber-not-tech-company-europe-court/

Woman claims United Airlines flight attendants made her pee in a cup at her seat because the seat belt light was on. “After explaining that I have an overactive bladder and would either need to use the restroom or pee in a cup, I was handed a cup by flight attendants.”   http://www.sfgate.com/national/article/United-passenger-Attendants-forced-me-to-pee-in-11136499.php

Taxi companies fined for gouging immigrants fleeing to Canada. “(New York) Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Wednesday announced a $2,500 court judgment against Northern Taxi and its owner/operator, Christopher Crowningshield, for charging refugees as much as $300 or more for a taxi ride from Plattsburgh to the Canadian border. It normally costs between $50 and $75.”   http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/state-busts-taxi-biz-overcharging-refugees-trips-canada-article-1.3154066

L.A. rights groups say they were shut out of police reform negotiations. “We should be the first, not the last, to be considered in creating reform measures.”   http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-lapd-discipline-ballot-measure-20170507-story.html

Australian man sent back to U.S. by Canadian border guards, and then arrested for not having a valid visa because it expired during questioning, is released. “…Baxter Reid, who spent more than two weeks locked up in a US federal detention (center)… has been released from custody.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/11/australian-man-baxter-reid-who-overstayed-us-visa-by-90-minutes-released

Dakota Access pipeline already leaking oil. “Although state officials said the 6 April leak was contained and quickly cleaned, critics of the project said the spill, which occurred as the pipeline is in the final stages of preparing to transport oil, raises fresh concerns about the potential hazards to waterways and Native American sites.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/10/dakota-access-pipeline-first-oil-leak

White police officer who was fired for not shooting mentally ill black suspect sues for wrongful termination. ““When a police [officer] exercises restraint – and sometimes we don’t see that as much as we like to – that’s something that should be praised rather than punished,” said Mader’s attorney, Tim O’Brien.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/10/rj-williams-shooting-stephen-mader-fired-lawsuit

Conservative group backing boycotts – of media outlets that criticize Trump. “Ford… rejected (a National Center for Public Policy Research) shareholder proposal asking specifically for a review of Ford’s advertising on outlets such as Politico, the New York Times, CNN, the Washington Post, NBC, ABC and CNBC.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/political-capital/conservative-group-pushes-companies-stop-advertising-news-outlets-critical-trump

Montana losing its glaciers. “…on average, the glaciers have retreated by 39 percent, with some ice formations losing up to 85 percent of their size.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/climate-change-killing-montanas-glaciers-2537440

Anti-government protesters in Venezuela throw poop at police. “Many carried stones and so-called “Poopootov cocktails” – feces stuffed into small glass bottles – that they threw when National Guard troops blocked their path, firing gas and turning water cannons on the crowds.”   http://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-politics-idUSKBN1862V3

Trump allegedly decided to fire Comey, and then ordered Justice Department officials to come up with a memo. “Several White House officials said that Trump ordered Sessions and Rosenstein to explain in writing the case against Comey.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/05/inside-sources-contradict-mike-pences-public-story-about-the-decision-to-fire-james-comey/

Former CIA official says it was not a good idea to let Russians in the Oval Office with cameras and other equipment.   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/05/former-dep-cia-director-it-was-not-a-good-idea-for-trump-to-let-russians-bring-cameras-into-oval-office/

Summary execution of fuel theft gang member by Mexican soldiers is allegedly captured on surveillance camera. “The security camera footage first published by Diario Cambio purportedly depicts part of the military’s encounter with fuel pipeline thieves that the government said left 10 dead in the central state of Puebla.”   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4493228/Mexico-Video-soldiers-killing-detained-man-sparks-uproar.html

 

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May 11, 2017

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