May 25, 2017

Human Rights Watch asks Congress not to pass “Back the Blue” law. “This bill does nothing meaningful to protect officers from danger. Instead, it protects police departments from liability, and removes incentives for those departments to monitor themselves and improve the quality of their policing.”   https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/05/23/letter-us-congress-reject-back-blue-act

New York Civil Liberties Union sues police over Millions March cell phone disruptions. “The lawsuit comes after members of the group reported a number of suspicious issues with their cellphones while attending protests.”   http://www.vocativ.com/432838/activists-sue-nypd-phone-disruptions/

Millions of Americans will lose their health insurance under Trumpcare says Congressional Budget Office report. “The score from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects that the bill would cut the deficit by $119 billion but result in 23 million people uninsured by 2026.”   http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/335051-five-takeaways-from-the-cbo-healthcare-score

AG Session reportedly omitted meetings with Russian ambassador on security clearance form. “The staffer was instructed by the FBI not to list any contacts related to Senate business.”   http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/24/sessions-russia-security-clearance-238796

Trump has “fantastic” meeting with Pope Francis. “…the White House and the Vatican highlighted terrorism, climate change and peace as agenda items covered.”   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/05/24/politics/trump-pope-francis-vatican-city/

Reporter allegedly knocked to the ground, has his glasses broken by Republican candidate in Montana. “I’m sick and tired of you guys!”     http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/montana-congressional-candidate-allegedly-assaults-newspaper-reporter-n764421

Trump Organization allegedly says tracking income from foreign sources is “not practical”. “To fully and completely identify all patronage at our Properties by customer type is impractical in the service industry and putting forth a policy that requires all guests to identify themselves would impede upon personal privacy and diminish the guest experience of our brand.”   https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/05/trumps-company-isnt-tracking-all-the-money-it-gets-from-foreign-governments/527997/

Republican governor of Vermont vetoes recreational marijuana law. “If Vermont’s bill had not been vetoed, it would have been the first state to legalize recreational marijuana via a legislative body, not a public referendum.”   http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/05/24/529874920/vermonts-governor-vetoes-recreational-pot-bill

Guess who’s paying for the border wall? “After making the need for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border a central campaign theme, President Trump has asked Congress for just $1.6 billion to start building 74 miles of barriers.”   http://www.npr.org/2017/05/24/529904884/president-trumps-big-wall-is-now-just-74-miles-long-in-his-budget-plan

San Antonio police officer caught on video punching 14 year old girl repeatedly, including in the face. “The video appears to show the girl move toward the officer before he hits her for the first time. He then strikes her again, causing her to fall into people standing nearby. He appears to hit her again before he and other officers arrest her.”   http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/video-appears-show-texas-striking-girl-14-arrest-article-1.3192816

Congress asks German bank if Trump real estate loans linked to Russia. “Democrats on the U.S. House Financial Services Committee said on Wednesday they had sent a letter the previous day to Deutsche Bank Chief Executive Officer John Cryan seeking details of internal reviews to determine if Trump’s loans for his real estate business were backed by the Russian government.”   http://www.newsweek.com/trump-deutsche-bank-russia-ukraine-oligarchs-putin-mafia-money-laundering-615151

Tesla reportedly had an 8.8 worker injury rating at some facilities in 2015. “Animal slaughterhouses, sawmills, and psychiatric hospitals on average reported lower rates of safety incidents.”   http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-hy-tesla-workplace-safety-20170524-story.html

Treasury Secretary Mnuchin asks Congress to raise limit on government debt. “I urge you to raise the debt limit before you leave for the summer.”   http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/05/24/treasurys-mnuchin-says-economic-growth-his-priority-urges-congress-to-raise-debt-limit.html

Government employee accused of leaking secrets used by hedge fund. “The SEC legal complaint said the hedge fund paid political intelligence firms where Blaszczak worked at least $193,000 during a 19-month period.”   https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2017/05/24/five-accused-dc-wall-street-insider-trading-scam/102108000/

Two drug counselors die of apparent drug overdose. “Toxicology tests for both counselors were positive for heroin and fentanyl.”   http://abc7chicago.com/news/da-drug-counselors-die-from-heroin-fentanyl-overdose/2031996/

LA police officer gets probation in beating case. “Prosecutors took the rare step of filing a criminal charge against Los Angeles Police Officer Richard Garcia, who had kicked, punched and elbowed the man as he was held down on a South L.A. street.”   http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-lapd-officer-assault-sentencing-20170523-story.html

5 civilians reportedly killed in latest Yemen SEAL raid. “…Nasser al-Adhal, identified as being approximately 70-years-old and partially blind, was the first one shot by the U.S. soldiers when he mistook them for arriving guests and came out to greet them… The four other villagers were killed when they started to argue with the Navy SEALs after the shooting of Nasser al-Adhal.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/05/24/civilians-killed-us-largely-ignored-endless-global-war-continues

HUD Secretary Ben Carson says poverty is a state of mind. “I think poverty to a large extent is also a state of mind. You take somebody that has the right mindset, you can take everything from them and put them on the street and I guarantee in a little while they’ll be right back up there.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/05/24/amid-gop-assault-safety-net-trumps-hud-secretary-says-poverty-mostly-state-mind

Trump budget allegedly does not take into account loss of tax revenue due to tax cuts, counts benefits of economic recovery twice. “It is the rough equivalent of trying to raise $10,000 for a project expected to produce $100,000 in revenue, and telling investors the profit will total $100,000. It won’t, because you have to account for the cost.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/23/us/politics/budget-cuts-deficit.html

Trump nominee for EPA enforcement post was reportedly lobbyist for Superfund polluters. “She is the classic revolving door appointment.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/05/24/donald-trumps-pick-for-epa-enforcement-office-was-a-lobbyist-for-superfund-polluters/

DEA accused of lying to Congress about fatal shootings in Honduras. “…the report states that the DEA falsely characterized the deaths of four Hondurans as a shootout with drug traffickers despite proof on video that DEA-led forces fired on unarmed civilians.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/05/24/dea-lied-to-congress-about-deadly-raid-that-killed-four-hondurans-government-report-says/

New intelligence sharing rules for Israeli spy agencies after Trump leaked info to Russians. “Israeli defense chief Avigdor Liberman told Army Radio on Wednesday, “I can confirm that we did a spot repair…”   https://www.voanews.com/a/israel-us-intelligence-sharing/3868845.html

UK official complains about U.S. leaks in Manchester bombing. “… U.S. media organizations like ABC and Reuters revealed that “U.S. officials” informed them that a suicide bomber was suspected in the attack. His name followed within hours, which presented complications for police attempting to investigate the crime.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/05/irritated-uk-home-secretary-blasts-trump-officials-after-leaks-to-media-about-manchester-attack/

Airstrike west of Raqqa, Syria reportedly kills 16 civilians. “The Observatory said that some 225 civilians, among them 44 children, were killed by US-led strikes between April 23 and May 23.”   http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/latest-news/usled-strike-kills-16-civilians-watchdog/news-story/876436ca9d0c1b160b6618ee81427f61

5 killed, 286 arrest during political unrest in Bahrain. “Five people were killed in Bahrain on Tuesday after police opened fire on a protest by supporters of a top cleric in a Shiite village, the interior ministry said, in the latest unrest to hit the Sunni-ruled Gulf state.”   https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/206206-Five-killed-during-Bahrain-police-raid-on-protest

Venezuelan government plans to rewrite country’s constitution. “A Supreme Court judge on Tuesday criticized the socialist administration’s bid to rewrite the constitution amid a deepening political crisis.”   https://www.yahoo.com/news/venezuelas-maduro-gives-details-plan-rewrite-charter-211757333.html

Protesters tell McDonald’s shareholders they want a $15 minimum wage. “Your children can afford to live great lives while my three girls behind me are struggling.”   http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/fight-for-15-protesters-take-message-right-to-mcdonalds-front-door-424099543.html

Media watchdog says major media outlets failed to mention that Saudi arms deal is connected to war in Yemen. “The famine and brutal two-year-long war in Yemen being waged by the Saudis that has killed over 10,000 civilians wasn’t mentioned once in reports of the $300 billion deal to Saudi Arabia by CNN (5/19/17, 5/20/17), Washington Post  (5/19/17), The Independent (5/19/17), New York Daily News (5/20/17), CNBC (5/20/17, 5/22/17), CBS News (5/20/17), Business Insider (5/20/17), Time (5/20/17), Fox News (5/20/17), Reuters (5/20/17), ABC News (5/20/17), Fortune Magazine (5/20/17) or Chicago Tribune (5/20/17).”   http://fair.org/home/arms-deal-stories-omit-war-crimes-arms-will-be-used-for/

 

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May 25, 2017

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