June 8, 2017

Leaked NSA documents may vindicate Green Party/Jill Stein on vote recounts. “Until the Intercept published its report (on leaked NSA documents which described Russian election hacking), the Green’s concerns, their court filings by nationally known computer security experts and the issue writ large, had been dismissed by the mainstream media.”   https://www.alternet.org/election-2016/leaked-nsa-documents-dont-show-russians-stole-election-they-suggest-standard-gop-voter

Kansas legislature finally puts an end to governor’s long-running, supply-side tax cut experiment. “I think last night the vast majority of legislators said ‘enough was enough; we have to move away from this failed tax experiment and on to sound fiscal policies’.”   http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-kansas-tax-20170607-story.html

20 employees fired, 38 others reprimanded or counseled, after Uber sexual harassment investigation. “Bloomberg reported that law firm Perkins Coie reviewed 215 sexual discrimination charges at the company, and “took no action in 100 instances as it continues to investigate 57 others…”   https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2017/06/06/uber-fires-20-over-sexual-harassment-issues-reports/102554340/

Experts say Senator Wyden’s question to Director of National Intelligence at hearing may have a hidden meaning: “Can the government use FISA Act Section 702 to collect communications it knows are entirely domestic?”. “Wyden, of course, understands full well that the statute prohibits the collection of communications ‘known at the time of acquisition’ to be wholly domestic, which makes the question a bit unusual, especially given that he didn’t subsequently follow it up.”   https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2017-06-07/did-another-intelligence-director-lie-to-sen-wyden

Georgia Republican says she opposes “living wage” laws. “I do not support a livable wage.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/06/07/republican-offers-familiar-cruelty-rare-honesty-i-dont-support-livable-wage

Montana Congressman Gianforte apologizes for attack on journalist. “My physical response to your legitimate question was unprofessional, unacceptable, and unlawful.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/07/greg-gianforte-ben-jacobs-assault-case-civil-settlement

Halliburton’s unpaid, full-time “internships” cause controversy in UK. “For one of the richest companies in the world to be taking on full-time employees without pay says everything you need to know about what is wrong with the attitude of some big businesses to being ethical employer.”   https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/jun/07/oil-firm-halliburton-unpaid-uk-internships-work-experience

Bill Cosby accuser reportedly admits she called him “dozens of times” after alleged sexual assault. “The woman accusing Bill Cosby of sexual assault acknowledged on Wednesday that she called the comedian dozens of times in the months after the incident, including multiple calls on Valentine’s Day, but batted away suggestions of romance.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/06/cosby-accuser-admits-calling-him-on-valentines-day/

Colorado public housing agency reportedly invited police and drug-sniffing dogs to come along for apartment inspections. “Two months ago, there were some rumors and some concerns about drug activity on the property and one way we found to address it was to invite a partnership with the Longmont Police Department – to invite the canines over on their training day.”   http://www.9news.com/mb/news/local/next/longmont-housing-authority-invited-police-to-search-low-income-apartments-without-warrants/446388186

Trump’s pick for FBI director may have misled Senate Judiciary Committee during May 2004 questioning, in which he testified that he learned of detainee abuse “principally” through the news media . “A Feb. 20, 2004 memo, “Possible Violations of Federal Law,” notified Wray of the suspected homicide of (“iceman” Manadel al-Jamadi) and an ongoing CIA Inspector General’s investigation of his death after his capture by a Navy Seal team in Iraq three months earlier.”   http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/guantanamo/article154889184.html

Orrington, Maine man fatally shot by police after he allegedly made threatening phone call to police department, leading to standoff at his home.  http://www.wcsh6.com/news/suspect-dead-after-12-hour-standoff-with-police/446319270

Lawsuit alleges that “suspicious” man fatally shot by Philadelphia police officers was just looking for a parking spot. “Ferretti was unarmed, and was not wanted by police.”   http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2017/06/06/feretti-family-suing-after-2016-philly-police-involved-shooting/

Boston transit police settle civil rights lawsuit of woman who claimed she was pepper-sprayed, beaten and arrested after she complained about an officer shoving a woman. “I saw something, I said something, and I was beaten and arrested for it.”   http://www.metro.us/news/local-news/boston/mbta-police-brutality-lawsuit

 

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June 8, 2017

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