June 29, 2017

Supreme Court sends case involving Border Patrol agent who shot Mexican teenager across the border back to the lower court. “In oral arguments in February, some justices were concerned that making U.S. agents liable for their actions taken in a foreign nation could be extended to, say, a house full of noncombatants killed by a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan.”   http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/06/26/533968647/supreme-court-sends-cross-border-shooting-case-back-to-lower-court   Oh, no! Can’t have that.

Trump accused of posting fake Time magazine cover, featuring him, on the walls of some of his resorts. “At the same (Virginia) club, Trump’s staff put up a historical marker declaring that there had been a Civil War battle on the site — and that the adjacent Potomac River became a “River of Blood.” Historians say this battle never happened.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/a-time-magazine-with-trump-on-the-cover-hangs-in-his-golf-clubs-its-fake/2017/06/27/0adf96de-5850-11e7-ba90-f5875b7d1876_story.html

Sarah Palin sues NYT over story claiming Palin’s “gun sight” ad targeting Congresswoman Giffords inspired  shooting. “In one section, it read: ‘In 2011, when Jared Lee Loughner opened fire in a supermarket parking lot, grievously wounding Representative Gabby Giffords and killing six people, including a 9-year-old girl, the link to political incitement was clear.”   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4645470/Sarah-Palin-sues-New-York-Times-defamation.html

Chicago police officers charged for involvement in shooting cover-up. “Detective David March and patrol Officers Thomas Gaffney and Joseph Walsh, who was Van Dyke’s partner on the night of the shooting, were each charged with conspiracy, official misconduct and obstruction of justice, according to the 12-page indictment.”   http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/laquanmcdonald/ct-laquan-mcdonald-shooting-charges-20170627-story.html

Warren Buffet says the rich are being over-rewarded. “This has been a prosperity that’s been disproportionately rewarding to the people on top.”   http://www.cnbc.com/2017/06/27/warren-buffett-says-the-problem-with-the-economy-is-people-like-him.html

Man spends 90 days in jail after Florida cops mistake drywall for cocaine. “An officer found white powder on his seat and floorboard, and when the substance was tested, the results came back positive for cocaine, authorities said.”   http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/man-spent-90-days-jail-drywall-mistaken-cocaine-article-1.3282506

Freedom of Information Act requests being illegally ignored by some government agencies. “FOIA’s intent was that agencies respond fully and promptly to requests for information. But they don’t always do so. It may take persistence — and effective legal help — to break through an agency attempt to stonewall a FOIA request.”   http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-op-foia-trump-20170626-story.html   The Tokyo Embassy and U.S. State Department have been stonewalling me for more than two years.

Senate Trumpcare bill would result in 22 million MORE uninsured Americans. “Starting in 2020, the budget office said, premiums and deductibles would be so onerous that “few low-income people would (be able to) purchase any plan”.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/26/us/politics/senate-health-care-bill-republican.html

Turkish police block Istanbul’s gay pride parade. “Police with riot shields and helmets enforced the ban by sealing off entrances to the main Istiklal Street, forcing activists to gather in various side streets.”   http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/2017-pride-month-istanbul-activists-gather-march-defiance-ban-n776426

Madison County, Mississippi sheriff accused of violating black residents civil rights. “The (ACLU) lawsuit alleges the county has subjected its citizens to more than a decade of brazenly illegal and discriminatory policing—unconstitutional roadblocks that only appear in black neighborhoods, warrantless home invasions, and aggressive “jump out” squads that target young black men doing nothing more than walking down the street.”   https://reason.com/archives/2017/06/23/madison-county-police-roadblocks-aclu

Trump accused of taking war powers stolen from Congress and passing them on to the military. “There is no faster route to destruction of our republic than the path we are currently upon, where unelected Pentagon officials have been ceded a constitutional power reserved for the Congress.”   http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/the-administration/338684-the-president-has-appropriated-delegated-the-war-making

FBI agent charged in connection with LaVoy Finicum shooting incident. “…a member of the FBI’s elite Hostage Rescue Team was indicted on suspicion of shooting twice at Finicum during the chaotic encounter and then lying about it to state and federal investigators.”   http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-fbi-oregon-shooting-20170628-story.html

No apparent link between illegal immigrants and crime. “The number of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. tripled between the 1990s and 2013, while violent crime declined 48% and property crime fell 41% over that period.”   http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/fact-check-no-evidence-undocumented-immigrants-commit-more-crimes-n777856

About 30 pro-democracy protesters arrested in Hong Kong on eve of Xi visit. “Police said the demonstrators, including Wong who helped lead the 2014 Occupy street protests that blocked key streets for 79 days, were arrested for causing a public nuisance.”   http://www.atimes.com/article/hk-protesters-arrested-democracy-rally-ahead-xi-visit/

Canada’s Supreme Court orders Google to censor website from search results world-wide in intellectual property lawsuit. “Other countries may soon follow this example, in ways that more obviously force Google to become the world’s censor.”   https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/canadas-top-court-upholds-worldwide-injunction-against-google/article35485762/

Infant hospitalized after becoming “overheated” on delayed United Airlines flight. “France told the Post that she and other passengers begged to return to the gate, but ground and air crews seemed to be debating how to best handle the situation.”   http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/colorado-infant-overheats-aboard-delayed-united-airlines-flight-n777291

Japanese budget airline accused of making disable man crawl up stairs to board plane. “Vanilla Air, a budget airline subsidiary of All Nippon Airways, has apologised for the incident and announced new measures to aid wheelchair users at the airport.”   http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40435031

Utility company pulls the plug on “clean coal” generator after state regulators put limits on costs that can be passed on to customers. “A first-of-its-kind “clean coal” power plant that U.S. utility owner Southern Co. has spent years and billions of dollars building in Mississippi appears to be dead.”   https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-06-28/southern-stops-work-on-the-coal-part-of-clean-coal-power-plant

California adds glyphosate to list of carcinogens. “Glyphosate is the key ingredient in weed killers such as Roundup.”   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/06/28/health/california-glyphosate-cancer-chemical-listing/index.html

Pro-Trump super PACs reportedly running ads against the president’s opponents. “The (Great America Alliance) launched a new ad this week featuring conservative media star Tomi Lahren attacking Robert Mueller, the special counsel now leading the Russia investigation.”    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-super-pacs-idUSKBN19J2GI

Comic book features California secessionist movement. “Militarized police is not dystopian fiction.”   http://www.salon.com/2017/06/28/calexit-comic-book/

Even “safe” levels of air pollution can be dangerous. “A study released Wednesday shows that levels of air pollution considered safe can still shorten lifespans.”   http://www.cbsnews.com/news/air-pollution-levels-long-term-exposure-risk-premature-death-study/

June 29, 2017

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