May 19, 2017

Trump calls investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia a “witch hunt”, denies asking Comey to drop Flynn investigation. “U.S. President Donald Trump, striking a defiant tone on Thursday after days of political tumult, denied asking former FBI Director James Comey to drop a probe into his former national security adviser and decried a “witch hunt” against him.”

Members of Trump team met with Russians 18 times during campaign but failed to disclose it. “Reuters reported on Thursday that Flynn and other Trump campaign advisers were in contact with Russian officials and others with Kremlin ties in at least 18 calls and emails during the last seven months of the presidential race.”

Tulsa police officer who shot unarmed man with his hands up is found not guilty. “A jury has acquitted Tulsa police Officer Betty Jo Shelby, who killed unarmed motorist Terence Crutcher in an encounter that was captured on video by a police helicopter last September.”

Roger Ailes, Fox News founder, dead at 77. “He took ideological and partisan talking points and called it ‘news.’ That is the brilliance and the detriment of how Ailes has impacted the news industry.”

Hundreds of Tesla factory workers have reportedly been taken away in ambulances. “Before the company reduced the average time of a workday in October 2016, workers said they routinely worked 12-hour shifts, six days a week.”

As many as ten poisoned with botulism after eating nachos from gas station. “From the preliminary testing of the cheese, it was positive for botulism,” said Dr. Oliva Kasirye, a health inspector with the Sacramento County Public Health Department, who has been part of the on-going investigation.”

Legislators seeks details on Trump’s foreign income. “Senate Democrats said President Donald Trump’s company could be “effectively a pass-through for income” that violates the Constitution’s two Emoluments Clauses, and demanded that the Trump Organization hand over details about its operations since its chief took office.”

Elizabeth Warren tries to pin down Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on pledge to restore firewall between commercial and investment banking. “When asked repeatedly “what does it mean to be in favor of 21st century Glass-Steagall if it doesn’t mean breaking apart” banks, Mnuchin responded that it’s “actually a complicated question” and said he’s “happy to follow up and discuss” with Warren at a later date.”

Yale dean placed on leave over “white trash” restaurant review. “To put it quite simply: if you are white trash, this is the perfect night out for you!”

Household debt reaches record high. “After increasing for 11 straight quarters, aggregate household debt toppled the previous peak in 2008, reaching a total of $12.73 trillion in the first three months of 2017, according to a quarterly report released Wednesday by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.”

Former tech CEO gets 15 days after reportedly sending his partner to the hospital several times. “The alleged beatings were so brutal, Rastogi was hospitalized several times, including an ER visit when she was eight months pregnant with their child.”

Aaron Hernandez cited 70 times for disciplinary offenses while in prison. “I spoke to him the night before (his suicide) and he was so, you know, ‘Daddy’s going to be home’…”

U.S. airstrike hits Syrian government allied forces after threatening U.S. allies. “The Syrian forces, in several vehicles including at least one tank, were near the Jordanian border and deemed a threat to coalition partners on the ground, a Pentagon official said.”

President Erdogan reportedly oversaw attack on D.C. protesters. “… Ferad says that the words “dalın diyor, Servet abi dalın diyor” can be heard coming from the presidential guard just after Erdogan is seen speaking with his bodyguard. That translates to “he says attack brother Servet, he says attack.””

Judge in El Salvador reopens Archbishop Romero murder case. “Romero, then archbishop of San Salvador, was shot dead in 1980 by a right-wing death squad as he celebrated Mass in a hospital chapel.”

Colombian human rights groups asks International Criminal Court for investigation of Chiquita executives implicated in funding of paramilitary group. “Declassified documents obtained recently by the National Security Archive through a freedom of information request for the first time name 14 Chiquita executives involved in the scandal.”


May 19, 2017

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