June 13, 2017

Leak: Monitored Russian communications suggest Sessions had additional contact with Russian ambassador. “Former FBI Director James Comey told senators in a closed hearing Thursday afternoon that Attorney General Jeff Sessions may have had a third interaction with Russia’s ambassador to the US, according to people familiar with the briefing.”   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/06/08/politics/jeff-sessions-kislyak-meeting/index.html

Hundreds arrested at anti-corruption protest in Moscow. “… I want our taxes to be converted into roads, schools and hospitals, not into yachts, palaces and vineyards.”   http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-40245152

U.S. Director of National Intelligence now says there is no way to count how many Americans had their communications swept up in Section 702 spying program. “…it remains infeasible to generate an exact, accurate, meaningful, and responsive methodology that can count how often a U.S. person’s communications may be collected.”   https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-intelligence-idUSKBN19031B

NYPD uses CIA exemption to withhold information from the public. “… the NYPD invoked the so-called Glomar response in refusing to confirm or deny the existence of (the police surveillance) documents… arguing that to do so could hurt investigations and risk lives.”   http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nypd-cites-cold-war-era-spy-precedent-rejecting-info-request-article-1.3231132

Federal court of appeals unanimously refuses to unblock Trump travel ban. “We conclude that the President, in issuing the Executive Order, exceeded the scope of the authority delegated to him by Congress.”   http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/06/12/hawaii-urges-court-to-keep-hold-on-trump-travel-ban.html

Trump’s cabinet officials take turns verbally prostrating themselves before the Leader. “We thank you for the opportunity and the blessing to serve your agenda.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/12/us/politics/trump-boasts-of-record-setting-pace-of-activity.html

U.S. refuses to sign G7 climate pledge. “The U.S. abstained from sections of a Group of Seven (G7) communiqué that dealt with climate change action, the Paris climate agreement and international development funds focused on mitigating the impacts of climate change, according to a joint statement following a meeting of G7 environment ministers.”   http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/337389-us-does-not-sign-international-climate-change-pledge

North Carolina inmates claim they were sadistically abused while working on road crew. “The lawsuit claims that officers Anthony Jackson and David Jones pitted inmates against each other, forcing them to exact abusive and vulgar punishments.”   http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article154305164.html

Kansas man released from prison after 17 years after activists prove it was a case of mistaken identity. “Jones had an alibi and no physical evidence, DNA or fingerprints ever linked him to the crime — only two eyewitness identifications.”   http://abcnews.go.com/US/man-imprisoned-17-years-now-freed-lookalike-mix/story?id=47981705

Student who died after fatal hazing at Pennsylvania State University reportedly fell multiple times. “When fraternity members found him, unconscious, cold to the touch, and with blood on his face the next morning, it was more than 40 minutes before they called 911.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2017/06/12/drunken-penn-state-frat-pledge-looked-like-a-corpse-before-his-death-detective-testifies/?utm_term=.f2a6b12d21e5

Montana congressman sentenced to community service, anger management classes and $385 fine for assault on reporter. “Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him,” Acuna wrote on the Fox News website. She said she and her team “watched in disbelief as Gianforte then began punching the man.”   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/greg-gianforte-pleads-guilty-misdemeanor-assault_us_593ebbdee4b0c5a35ca1aa14

Treasury Department report suggests putting financial watchdog on leash. “In a report released late Monday, the Treasury Department said the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau should be substantially stripped of its powers, accusing the agency of regulatory overreach and saying the president should be able to remove its director.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/12/business/banking-regulations-consumer-financial-protection.html

Sports media accused of spreading disinformation on Colin Kaepernick’s unsuccessful job search. “I’ll say this with certainty—Colin Kaepernick can still start in the NFL, and the fact that he isn’t on a team for football reasons alone strains credulity.”   https://www.thenation.com/article/nfls-war-colin-kaepernick/

Maryland and District of Columbia sue Trump over payments from foreign governments. “The Saudis are already spending hundreds of thousands of dollars at the Trump Hotel.”   http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/d-c-maryland-officials-hit-president-trump-lawsuit-n771011

Republicans are keeping latest Trumpcare proposal a secret. “We have no idea what’s being proposed,” McCaskill said. “There’s a group of guys in a back room somewhere that are making decisions.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/06/12/sacrificing-democracy-senate-gop-plans-hide-trumpcare-us-public

Those who predicted Jeremy Corbyn would “destroy” Labour Party proven wrong by election results. “Corbyn’s Labour won’t just lose. It’ll be slaughtered.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/06/09/jeremy-corbyns-critics-predicted-he-would-destroy-labour-they-were-radically-wrong/

Bernie Sanders apparently unaware of the existence of the Green Party, explains why he advocates working within Democratic Party. “All that I’m saying is, if you look at history it is not so easy to form a third party, to run candidates in 50 states in this country, to get the kind of media attention that you need. It ain’t easy and the time is late.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/political-capital/bernie-sanders-says-democrats-need-do-more-just-criticize-trump-2551139

Cities reportedly having difficulty recruiting police officers, are lowering their requirements. “New Orleans, with more than 400 openings, no longer automatically disqualifies those who have injected heroin or smoked crack.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/12/us/police-departments-american-history.html?_r=0

Philippine president claims he did not request U.S. help fighting Marawi insurgents. “Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a statement US forces were participating directly in combat operations, which is prohibited by Philippines law.”   https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/philippines-marawi-rodrigo-duterte-us-forces-joining-battle-besieged-isis-maute-a7784736.html

Yemen ravaged by cholera epidemic after Saudi bombing destroys infrastructure. “The World Health Organization says the number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen has now reached 101,820 and continues to rise, accounting for 859 deaths.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/12/cholera_death_toll_tops_859_in

June 13, 2017

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