June 19, 2017

Syrian military aircraft shot down by U.S. jet over Syria. “The Pentagon said the U.S.-led coalition took the unprecedented move after a Syrian Su-22 attack aircraft bombed its allies who were fighting Islamic State militants south of the city of Tabqah, roughly 25 miles west of Raqqah.”   http://www.latimes.com/world/middleeast/la-fg-syria-us-jet-20170619-story.html

David Clarke withdraws from Homeland Security assistant secretary appointment process. “Sheriff Clarke, who once claimed that the Islamic State and Black Lives Matter activists were forming an alliance to destroy America, notified John F. Kelly, the homeland security secretary, of his decision on Friday, according to an adviser.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/18/us/politics/david-clarke-sheriff-homeland-security-job.html

People working full time at minimum wage can’t afford to rent a two bedroom apartment anywhere in the United States. “In states such as Alaska, Washington, Colorado, Florida, Virginia, Illinois and most of the Northeast, workers would have to make over $20 an hour.”   http://www.cnbc.com/2017/06/12/nobody-making-federal-minimum-wage-can-afford-a-two-bedroom-apartment.html

NRA reportedly silent after not guilty verdict in Philando Castile shooting. “Police recordings and court records confirmed initial reports that Castile had tried to defuse the situation, assuring the officer that he wasn’t reaching for his weapon.”   http://www.twincities.com/2017/06/18/while-some-gun-owners-decry-the-philando-castile-verdict-the-nra-is-silent/

Department of Justice officials reportedly instructed employees to avoid seeking consent decrees in civil rights cases. “…attorneys should default to using settlements without court oversight unless there is an unavoidable reason for a consent decree.”   http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/06/trump-administration-quietly-rolls-back-civil-rights-efforts-across-federal-government/

North Korea claims items were taken from its diplomats at JFK airport by Homeland Security officers. “U.S. Department of Homeland Security spokesman David Lapan said Sunday its officers did seize multiple media items and packages from three North Koreans who, according to the U.S. State Department, were not accredited members of North Korea’s Mission to the U.N. and had no diplomatic immunity.”   http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/north-korea-us-officials-seized-diplomatic-package-jfk-48121566

17 year-old, Washington, D.C. area Muslim girl reportedly beaten to death by motorist. “The girl’s mother said detectives told her that Nabra was struck with a metal bat.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/fairfax-loudoun-police-searching-for-missing-17-year-old-reported-to-have-been-assaulted/2017/06/18/02e379ac-5466-11e7-a204-ad706461fa4f_story.html

Department of Energy report to argue that renewable energy is putting power consumers at risk. “The study appears intended to blame wind and solar power for the financial difficulties facing coal and nuclear generators and suggest that renewable energy resources threaten the reliability of the grid…”   https://thinkprogress.org/senators-attack-doe-grid-study-6d09434fa84a

1/3 of president’s HIV/AIDS advisory council resign in protest. “We have dedicated our lives to combating this disease and no longer feel we can do so effectively within the confines of an advisory body to a president who simply does not care.”   http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/members-trump-hiv-aids-council-quit-article-1.3256636

L.A. police cadets allegedly stole two patrol cars, evaded officers and crashed. “Beck said the cadets may have been impersonating officers while driving the stolen cruisers, and he asked anyone living in Central and South Los Angeles or Inglewood who might have information to contact police.”   http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-lapd-cadets-stolen-cruisers-20170616-story.html

Governor Brian Sandoval vetoes Nevada “Medicaid for All” single-payer health plan. “There were worries among providers… about the Nevada Care Plan reimbursing them at lower rates than the private insurance plans pay. There were also concerns — also mentioned by the governor — of the plan disrupting the current marketplace..”   http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-nevada-medicaid-2017-story.html

Sanders says GOP health insurance plan will throw “23 million people off of health insurance”. “Sanders called the current bill the “worst piece of legislation” against working class people that he can remember in his political life in the Congress, and that the reason Republicans don’t want to bring debate out into the public is because it was a “disastrous bill”.”   http://www.cbsnews.com/news/bernie-sanders-sounds-alarm-on-gop-health-care-bill/

Even when the game is rigged, sometimes the underdog wins. “A Spanish bullfighter died after he tripped in the ring and was gored by the bull in south-western France, according to media reports.”   https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/17/spanish-matador-dies-after-being-gored-during-bullfight

History Channel documentary “America’s War on Drugs” exposes government cooperation with drug cartels. “It’s like Donald Trump declaring a War on Real Estate Developers that fills prisons with people who occasionally rent out their spare bedroom on AirBnb.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/06/18/the-history-channel-is-finally-telling-the-stunning-secret-story-of-the-war-on-drugs/

Egyptian death row prisoners say they were beaten and tortured into making confessions. “…the men say they were beaten, shocked with electricity and hung in painful positions and then provided with written testimonies they were forced to read.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/16/headlines/egypt_6_men_sentenced_to_death_based_on_testimonies_extracted_under_torture

Trump’s Cuba policy not as radical as he suggested. “… Americans will be unable to spend money in state-run hotels or restaurants tied to the military….Unlike under Obama, individuals will no longer be able to travel under the “people-to-people” category.”   http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/cuba/article156337129.html


June 19, 2017

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