June 14, 2017

Attorney General Sessions lobbies members of Congress to revoke federal recognition of state medical marijuana laws. “The protections, known as the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, prohibit the Justice Department from using federal funds to prevent certain states “from implementing their own State laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession or cultivation of medical marijuana”.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/06/13/jeff-sessions-personally-asked-congress-to-let-him-prosecute-medical-marijuana-providers/

Sessions denies he had contacts with Russian officials about 2016 election. “Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he never spoke with Russian officials concerning “any type of interference” with the 2016 presidential campaign and called any suggestion he colluded with Russia during the election an “appalling and detestable lie”.”   https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-06-13/senators-press-sessions-on-role-in-comey-firing-russia-meetings

Nevada legislature passes “Medicaid for All” bill. “It would allow any state resident who lacks health insurance coverage to buy into the state Medicaid program, which would sell under the name the Nevada Care Plan.”   https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/6/6/15731622/nevada-medicaid-for-all

Chicago city council passes ordinance forbidding creation of Muslim registry. “We know all too well from history that registries of different types have been used to single out people for internment, torture and even death.”   http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/immigration/ct-rahm-emanuel-donald-trump-muslim-registry-met-20170612-story.html

Journalists upset by ban on interviews of senators in hallways. “… Mike Mastrian, the director of the Senate Radio and Television Gallery… told reporters that in order to get approval for a hallway interview with a senator, a reporter must now call the committee’s chief counsel and obtain prior permission from the senator being interviewed.”   http://www.politico.com/blogs/on-media/2017/06/13/capitol-reporters-new-rules-cameras-239495

Fort Worth police officer allegedly failed to check on condition of reported assault victim, put arrested bystander in stress position during questioning. “Fitzgerald said he had great concern after seeing Martin raise one of Craig’s daughter’s handcuffed arms above her head from behind when she wouldn’t answer a question during the incident.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/chief-texas-officer-made-errors-in-confrontation-with-woman/2017/06/13/10ff9c3a-506c-11e7-b74e-0d2785d3083d_story.html

Trump ethics waiver allows Steve Bannon to continue working with Breitbart News, influence coverage of Trump administration, say critics. “According to the complaint, these communications focused on Breitbart’s coverage of the president and his team, and led to exclusive access for Breitbart to White House officials.”   http://forward.com/news/breaking-news/373591/how-bannon-got-trumps-blessing-to-keep-control-of-breitbart-message-while-w/

Uber board member reportedly remarked at “toxic culture” report meeting that if there are more women on the company’s board, “it’s much more likely to be more talking”.   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/13/technology/uber-sexual-harassment-huffington-bonderman.html?_r=0

Treasury secretary accused of walking back pledge to avoid overall tax cut for the wealthy. “Mnuchin said Monday during the hearing that while the administration hoped to avoid a tax cut for the wealthy, doing so would not be the paramount rule of tax reform efforts.”   http://thehill.com/policy/finance/337635-mnuchin-walks-back-pledge-not-to-give-tax-breaks-to-rich

Female senator cut off again by male colleagues. “Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) was cut off by two of her male colleagues while questioning Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday, just one week after they interrupted her during a different hearing.”   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kamala-harris-jeff-sessions_us_59404f23e4b0d318548591d9

Report: U.S. has only revealed 20% of its drone strikes. “The authors of the new report say that the government’s failure to provide information or legal rationales for its strikes is making it impossible to understand the full scope of the government’s targeted killing program, as well as its impact on civilians.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/06/13/us-has-only-acknowledged-fifth-lethal-drone-strikes-new-study-finds

Federal appeals court abolishes limits on intrastate phone charges for inmates after feds drop their case. “(FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai, who was appointed by President Donald Trump, instructed the commission’s lawyers to drop the defense of the policy.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/fcc-prison-call-price-caps-judge-undoes-limits-inmate-charges-after-agency-drops-2551790

ICE reportedly arresting Iraqi Christians for deportation. “My dad is Christian and Donald Trump is sending him back to a place that is not safe whatsoever.”   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/06/12/politics/detroit-ice-iraqi-christians/index.html

Sen. Rand Paul introduces bill to ban indefinite detention without trial. “The proposed bill… seeks to ensure that the Sixth Amendment guarantee of a speedy trial in all prosecutions is upheld.”   http://rare.us/rare-politics/rare-liberty/liberty-rising/detained-without-a-trial-sen-rand-pauls-new-legislation-will-combat-unconstitutional-indefinite-detention/

More than 750 Mosul refugees reportedly suffering from food poisoning at camp. “The food was beans, rice, chicken, and a yogurt drink brought from a restaurant in Erbil.”   http://www.rudaw.net/english/kurdistan/120620174

1,800 American Jewish leaders call for an end to occupation of Palestine. “A letter calling on Israel to end the military occupation of the West Bank and lay the groundwork for a Palestinian state was delivered on behalf 1,800 American rabbis and cantors to the Israeli embassy in Washington DC.”   http://forward.com/fast-forward/374361/1-800-rabbis-call-on-israel-to-end-occupation-and-create-palestinian-state/

U.N. special rapporteur says Japanese government needs to keep its hands off the media. “Critics have cited the domestic media’s delay in reporting that the March 2011 accident at Fukushima had caused a nuclear meltdown – a decision believed to reflect official attempts to play down the severity of the disaster.”   https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/13/japan-accused-of-eroding-press-freedom-by-un-special-rapporteur

U.S. coalition reportedly killed more Syrian civilians in May than IS or Asad regime. “(Syrian Network for Human Rights) data says that U.S.-led coalition forces reportedly killed at least 273 civilians last month—which is slightly more than the number of civilians reportedly killed by ISIS.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/13/headlines/report_us_led_coalition_killed_more_syrian_civilians_than_isis_or_assad_in_may

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June 14, 2017

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