May 12, 2017

Trump tells interviewer he may release his tax returns after he leaves office. “Maybe I’ll release them after I’m finished because I’m very proud of them actually.”   http://heavy.com/news/2017/05/trump-tax-returns-economist-obama-birth-certificate-mitt-romney-birther/

Conservative lawmakers in Oklahoma propose turning migrant children over to the feds to cut education expenditures. “They believe rounding up students in a manner that could lead to their deportation would save the state $60 million dollars.”   http://www.news9.com/story/35410542/oklahoma-lawmakers-suggest-turning-82000-students-over-to-feds

North Korea demands that U.S. and South Korea turn over anyone involved in Kim Jong Un assassination plot. “The security ministry has vowed to “ferret out” anyone involved in the alleged plot, which it called “state-sponsored terrorism”.”   http://wjla.com/news/nation-world/north-korea-says-it-will-seek-extradition-of-plot-culprits   But its completely different from the Kim Jong-nam assassination….

Sessions revokes Department of Justice guidelines aimed at reversing mass incarceration, will reinstate harsher sentences. “The new policy is expected to lead to more federal prosecutions and an increase in the federal prison population.”    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/sessions-issues-sweeping-new-criminal-charging-policy/2017/05/11/4752bd42-3697-11e7-b373-418f6849a004_story.html

Lawsuit alleges FBI agents arrested Chinese researcher for espionage based on faulty evidence. “And he said he would like an apology — for storming his house with guns drawn, handcuffing him in front of his children and casting suspicion over his life.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/10/us/politics/fbi-xi-xiaoxing.html?_r=0

Legislators introduce bills to encourage worker coops. One bill would set up “a U.S. Employee Ownership Bank to provide $500 million in low-interest rate loans and other financial assistance to help workers purchase businesses through an employee stock ownership plan or a worker-owned cooperative.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/05/11/idea-whose-time-has-come-lawmakers-roll-out-plan-expand-worker-ownership

Kris Kobach to lead national commission to fight alleged voter fraud. “The panel is nothing but a pretext for disenfranchising Americans, said Dale Ho, director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project.”   http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article149910457.html

Members of Congress still don’t know how many Americans have had their private communications inadvertently captured by government surveillance. “I and other members of Congress have been seeking an answer to this question since 2011. We posed the question again in the context of the reauthorization of Section 702.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/prism-upstream-surveillance-programs-expiring-spying-americans-numbers-not-disclosed-2506277

Former Nuremberg prosecutor warns, “War makes murderers out of otherwise decent people.”  https://fee.org/articles/nurembergs-last-living-prosecutor-has-an-important-message/

Trump tells interviewer, “This was set up by the Democrats. There’s no collusion between me and my campaign and Russians. The other thing is, the Russians did not affect the vote, and everybody seems to think that.”   http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/333053-trump-no-collusion-between-me-and-my-campaign-and-russians

Mexican “disappeared” activist reportedly murdered. “The group Citizen Community in Search of the Disappeared in Tamaulipas, to which Miriam Rodriguez belonged, said she was killed Wednesday night while at her home in the town of San Fernando in Tamaulipas state.”   https://www.yahoo.com/news/mexican-activist-searched-disappeared-slain-194943938.html

 

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May 12, 2017

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