May 15, 2017

Democratic National Committee even less popular than Trump. “Trump currently has a 45.1 percent favorability rating, one of the lowest for any president in the history of polling. But Democrats fare worse. The DNC has only a 38.8 percent favorability rating.”   https://www.salon.com/2017/05/13/the-dncs-elephant-in-the-room-dems-have-a-problem-its-not-donald-trump/

Sales of Confederate flag memorabilia up sharply after Charleston mass shooting. “Barber says he saw a 10-fold spike in sales after a white supremacist known for his embrace of the Confederate flag shot and killed nine people in a historically black church in Charleston, S.C. in 2015.”   http://www.npr.org/2017/05/04/526539906/feeling-kinship-with-the-south-northerners-let-their-confederate-flags-fly

White nationalist leader reportedly brings tiki torch to Robert E. Lee statue protest. “Spencer was not shown addressing that gathering, but he tweeted a photo of himself standing in the crowd carrying what appeared to be a bamboo tiki torch.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/alt-rights-richard-spencer-leads-torch-bearing-protesters-defending-lee-statue/2017/05/14/766aaa56-38ac-11e7-9e48-c4f199710b69_story.html

Lawmakers call on Trump to turn over Comey tapes. “Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said Trump must immediately provide Congress with any tapes and warned that destroying existing tapes would violate the law.”   http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-fbi-idUSKCN18A0TU

Family says they were removed from Jet Blue flight over where to stow birthday cake. “A Port Authority spokeswoman confirmed to The Washington Post on Saturday that two officers responded to the incident but that no arrests were made.”   http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/national/ct-jetblue-birthday-cake-incident-20170514-story.html

Ohio fines controversial pipeline company over chemical spills. “Pipeline operator Energy Transfer Partners has been fined $430,000 by the Environmental Protection Agency of Ohio for environment pollution violations.”   http://www.nasdaq.com/article/energy-transfer-etp-fined-by-ohio-epa-for-pipeline-spills-cm788439

Ecuador concerned with slow pace of Sweden’s case against Assange. “It also raised recent comments from members of US President Donald Trump’s administration on the case, including CIA boss Mike Pompeo who described Wikileaks as a “hostile intelligence service”, suggesting this constituted an “obvious risk” for Mr Assange.”   http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39914495

 

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May 15, 2017

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