July 1, 2017

Senators call for investigation into allegations of U.S. collaboration with U.A.E. in torture of detainees in Yemen. “Even the suggestion that the United States tolerates torture by our foreign partners compromises our national security mission by undermining the moral principle that distinguishes us from our enemies— our belief that all people possess basic human rights.”   https://www.ap.org/ap-in-the-news/2017/senators-ask-military-to-review-yemen-abuse-reported-by-ap

NYPD accused of harassing citizens groups monitoring police. “Yesterday, the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) released a report on hundreds of complaints and incidents of NYPD officers interfering in civilians’ Constitutional rights to film public police activity during the first 3 years of the de Blasio administration.”   https://rightsanddissent.org/news/report-nypd-unlawfully-interfered-cop-watchers-civilians-recording-police/

Vista, California backs off on restrictions imposed on protesters outside Congressman’s office. “Hundreds of constituents who’ve gathered to protest at Republican Congressman Darrell Issa’s Vista, California, office for months on “Resist Trump Tuesdays” were handed a victory by the city this week when their special-events permit was extended for three months and restrictions were removed, despite the congressman’s objections.”   http://www.courthousenews.com/city-vista-extends-permit-protesting-issa-constituents/   Excuse me sir, do you have a permit to exercise that free speech? Yes, it’s true that the Constitution clearly says you have that right, but the courts have INTERPRETED that to mean that the government can make you apply for a permit and set numerous restrictions detailing exactly when, where and how you may exercise your constitutional rights. No, I’m not making that up.

Almost 1 in 5 community college students in Los Angeles are reportedly homeless. “The California State University system last year released a preliminary study saying that 1 in every 10 of its 460,000 students was homeless, and 1 in 5 had spotty access to food.”   http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-homeless-community-college-20170628-story.html

Talk show hosts claim they were threatened with hit pieces in tabloid unless they took back their criticism of the president. “On Friday, Scarborough claimed White House aides tried to blackmail him by threatening that the National Enquirer would publish unflattering articles about him and Brzezinski unless they apologized to the president for criticizing him in recent months on “Morning Joe”.”   https://www.gossipcop.com/mika-brzezinski-joe-scarborough-national-enquirer-donald-trump-foes-targeted-enemies-negative-stories/

Man who killed Baton Rouge police officers apparently wanted to avenge Alton Sterling. “He wrote (in his “suicide” note) that people who knew him would be surprised he was “suspected of committing such horrendous acts of violence” but that he believed he had to inflict harm “upon bad cops as well as good cops in hopes that the good cops (which are the majority) will be able to stand together and enact justice and punishment against bad cops”.    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/gavin-long-baton-rouge-police-shooter-left-behind-suicide-note-prayer-prosecutors-report/

White man fatally shoots black teen in apparent road rage incident. “”The man in the red pickup truck shot her directly in the head,” Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan said Thursday.”   http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/West-Goshen-Township-Road-Rage-Teen-Girl-Route-100-Deadly-Crash-431600963.html

Trump travel ban: mothers-in-law will be let in, but grandmas will be kept out. “The justices told the Trump administration that there were two kinds of “bona fide relationships” that it must consider. The first was what the court called “close familial relationships,” which is said were “required”…. But the administration excluded grandparents and grandchildren, uncles and aunts, nieces and nephews, as well as unmarried partners, even when they are engaged.”   https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-06-29/new-travel-ban-rules-create-awkward-family-dynamics

Chinese official says treaty guaranteeing rights of Hong Kong citizens after its return to China is obsolete. “‘The Sino-British Joint Declaration, as a historical document, no longer has any practical significance,” foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said.”   http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/30/china-says-legally-binding-hong-kong-handover-treaty-britain/

Female tech entrepreneurs claim they were sexually harassed by potential investors. “More than two dozen women in the technology start-up industry spoke to The Times in recent days about being sexually harassed. Ten of them named the investors involved, often providing corroborating messages and emails…”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/30/technology/women-entrepreneurs-speak-out-sexual-harassment.html

20 states say they will not comply or only partially comply with White House request for voter registration info. “”California’s participation would only serve to legitimize the false and already debunked claims of massive voter fraud,” Democratic Secretary of State Alex Padilla said in a statement.”   http://www.cbsnews.com/news/states-respond-to-trump-voter-fraud-commission-seeking-voter-data-from-all-states/


July 1, 2017

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