June 1, 2017

More Americans killed by white racists in a week than by refugees in 36 years. “Ever since the Refugee Act of 1980, no refugees who have fled war-torn areas to seek asylum in the U.S. have ever killed any Americans.”   http://resistancereport.com/news/white-terrorists-killed-more-this-week/

Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen reportedly subpoenaed by Congress after declining to appear voluntarily. “As part of our ongoing investigation into Russian active measures during the 2016 campaign, today we approved subpoenas for several individuals for testimony, personal documents and business records.”   http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/31/house-russia-investigators-subpoena-flynn-cohen-238998

Clinton says her use of a private email server not the reason she lost election, blames the press for covering the story “like it was Pearl Harbor”. “This was the biggest nothing burger — ever.”   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/05/31/politics/hillary-clinton-recode-loss/   Apparently the voters disagreed with her assessment. She also suspects Americans helped “1,000” Russian agents with their fake news campaign. “I am leaning Trump. It is pretty hard not to.”   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4560344/Hillary-Trump-colluded-Russia-create-fake-news.html

White House press secretary says Trump’s “covfefe” not a typo. ““The president and a small group of people know exactly what he meant,” Spicer told reporters.”   http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/335809-spicer-offers-cryptic-explanation-for-trump-covfefe-tweet   In that case, my guess is that “fefe” is a euphemism for “feces”, so “covfefe” is “very bad news coverage”.

In another classy move, Philippine president Duterte lashes out at Chelsea Clinton over criticism of his speech to soldiers suggesting that he will take responsibility for any rapes committed by the military while putting down Muslim uprising. “When your father, the president of the United States, was screwing Lewinsky and the girls there in the White House, how did you feel?”   https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/phillipines-president-duterte-chelsea-clinton-rape-joke-criticism-monica-lewinsky-response-a7765891.html

Texas woman allegedly bruised and jailed after argument with police chief over him letting his 14 year-old daughter drive on public roads. “The winner of Miss Black Texas US Ambassador 2016 says she was harassed and berated by a North Texas police chief who she said called her a “black b—-,” and then was unlawfully detained and arrested.”   http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Miss-Black-TX-Says-She-Was-Wrongfully-Arrested-424216483.html

Ohio takes legal action against drug companies over opioid epidemic. “We believe that the evidence will show that these pharmaceutical companies purposely misled doctors about the dangers connected with pain meds that they produced, and that they did so for the purpose of increasing sales.”   http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/05/31/530929307/ohio-sues-5-major-drug-companies-for-fueling-opioid-epidemic

Pennsylvania man arrested for having firearms in his car while visiting Washington, D.C. “…Moles had arrived at the (Trump International Hotel) and told staff when he checked in that he had weapons in his car — a violation of district law. Police and Secret Service found the weapons in the car, and Moles was arrested for possession.”   http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/armed-pennsylvania-doctor-arrested-trump-hotel-washington-d-c-n766701

Bounty hunters and fugitive dead after gun battle at car dealership. “Rick Ford, the owner of the dealership, told FOX 4 the bounty hunters came into the showroom and identified themselves as federal agents.”   http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/05/31/bounty-hunters-fugitive-shoot-each-other-dead-at-car-dealership-in-texas.html

Almost half of Trump’s Twitter followers may be fake accounts. “The President currently has 31million followers, making him one of the most followed people on Twitter, but many of those accounts have no profile picture or personal information, and were created recently.”   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4559178/Half-Trump-s-Twitter-followers-robots.html

NYPD officer charged with second-degree murder in shooting of mentally ill, 66 year-old woman in her home after she approached him with a baseball bat. “All he had to do was close the damn door and walk out.”   http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nypd-sergeant-charged-murder-deborah-danner-bronx-article-1.3209720

Homelessness up 23% in one year in Los Angeles metro area. “In its latest report, the (Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority) said there were 57,794 people homeless in the county during its survey in January, compared to 46,874 in 2016.”   http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40115541

JetBlue to use facial recognition technology for boarding passengers. “Starting in June, passengers on the airline’s Boston-Aruba route will be photographed at the gate prior to boarding and checked against the images on their passport or visa photos on file with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.”   http://abcnews.go.com/US/jetblue-testing-facial-recognition-boarding-system-boston/story?id=47743685

Japanese investment bank Nomura Securities also bought Venezuelan government bonds. “Nomura’s trading arm paid about $30 million for the ($100 million in) debt, a steep discount to where the troubled country’s bonds trade in the market…”   http://in.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-bonds-idINKBN18S3JY

Secret Service reportedly investigating fired comedian’s “severed Trump head” photo. “The Secret Service will likely attempt to interview both Griffin and (photographer) Shields, with the agency never assuming at first that incendiary photos or writings are just in jest or merely intended as artistic expression, TMZ said.”   http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/05/31/kathy-griffin-faces-secret-service-inquiry-fall-out-from-cnn-trumps-anger-for-her-gory-photo-of-his-head/

Attorneys for those arrested without warning on Brooklyn Bridge during 2011 protest hope Supreme Court will agree to hear their case. “The court, de Blasio and the NYPD are telling people that if you want to engage in peaceful First Amendment assembly, if you see a demonstration, if you join an activity that’s visibly escorted by police — even if you think you’re obeying the law — you can suddenly find yourself in jail with no notice, no warning, no opportunity to disperse.”   https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2017-05-31/supreme-court-reviews-mass-arrests-without-warning

Trump administration reportedly working on deal to return Russian “compounds” in Maryland and New York. “Before making a final decision on allowing the Russians to reoccupy the compounds, the administration is examining possible restrictions on Russian activities there, including removing the diplomatic immunity the properties previously enjoyed.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-administration-moves-to-return-russian-compounds-in-maryland-and-new-york/2017/05/31/3c4778d2-4616-11e7-98cd-af64b4fe2dfc_story.html

California “Medicare for All” program would cost 18% less than covering everyone under current for-profit system according to study. “What this new study proves is that we can finally achieve the dream of guaranteeing health care for all Californians, without the punishment of crippling out of pocket costs, at far less than what was predicted by those who make enormous profits off the pain and suffering of everyday Californians.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/05/31/new-analysis-shows-medicare-all-can-cover-everyone-while-cutting-costs

State Department official makes 18 second pause before answering question about Saudi Arabia’s commitment to democracy.  “(long pause)… I think what we would say is that, uh, at this meeting, we were able to, err, make significant progress with Saudi and GCC [Gulf Cooperation Council] partners in, uh, both making a strong statement against extremism and also, um, and also putting err…err, putting in place certain measures through this GCC mechanism where we can combat extremism.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/05/31/umm-err-brutally-long-silence-top-us-diplomat-speaks-volumes-about-saudi-democracy

If journalists want answers to questions about Russiagate investigation, White House press secretary says they will have to ask Trump’s lawyer. “We are focused on the president’s agenda and going forward all questions on these matters will be referred to outside counsel Marc Kasowitz.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/31/donald-trump-russia-investigation-sean-spicer-no-questions

Driver allegedly yelled racial slurs before hitting native Americans in Gray’s Harbor, Washington. “You guys don’t belong here.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/31/portland-train-stabbing-racial-violence-trump-america

Credit ratings of major banks downgraded after losing “to big to fail” guarantees. “The banks downgraded by the agency are Bank of America Corp., Bank of New York Mellon Corp., Citigroup Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co., Morgan Stanley, State Street Corp., the Goldman Sachs Group and Wells Fargo & Co.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/sp-cuts-credit-ratings-8-large-us-banks-federal-reserve-rethinks-bailouts-2209206

Developer discovers Chrome bug that allows surveillance of users. “A recently discovered vulnerability in the popular Google Chrome browser could allow a hacker to record audio or video from a device’s microphone or webcam without any indication to the user.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/google-chrome-bug-vulnerability-allows-hacker-discreetly-record-audio-video-2546145

Russian banker who allegedly met with Kushner dodges journalists. “Did you talk about sanctions?”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/05/no-comment-watch-the-russian-banker-who-met-with-kushner-in-december-flee-from-a-cnn-reporter/

Black Lives Matter wins 2017 Sydney Peace Foundation peace prize. “…what we have seen time and time again, when (police) become the first responders, they don’t de-escalate. They actually escalate … When they become the first responders, our family members end up dying.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/23/black-lives-matter-awarded-2017-sydney-peace-prize

Marines arrested for trespassing during pro-Confederate rally to hang white nationalist banner. “The pair unfurled a banner that quoted George Orwell’s “1984” — “He who controls the past controls the future” — and the letters, “YWNRU,” which stands for “you will not replace us,” a slogan linked to the white nationalist group Identity Evropa.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/05/marines-arrested-after-displaying-white-nationalist-banner-at-pro-confederate-rally/

Many civilians reportedly killed and injured in Mosul Old City airstrikes. “Dozens of houses in the Az Zanjili district were reportedly completed flattened by the air raids – which lasted several hours, an army officer said, adding that it is estimated at least 200 people were killed in the attack.”   https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2017/5/30/dozens-of-civilians-killed-in-airstrikes-on-iraqs-mosul

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June 1, 2017

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