July 11, 2017

Donald Trump’s son reportedly told of Russian effort to help his father’s campaign. “Donald Trump, Jr., was informed ahead of a June 2016 meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer that material damaging to Hillary Clinton that he was offered was “part of a Russian government effort to aid his father’s candidacy,” the New York Times reported Monday evening.”   http://www.npr.org/2017/07/10/536498127/white-house-defends-trump-sons-meeting-with-russian-attorney-during-campaign

Trump nominee for FBI director is reportedly a multi-millionaire. “A newly released financial disclosure form from Christopher Wray, President Donald Trump’s nominee to head the FBI, shows he received a partnership share from his Atlanta law firm of $9.2 million… and also lists dozens of investments by Wray in American companies and funds in amounts of up to $1 million each.”   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/07/10/politics/chris-wray-financial-disclosure-form/index.html

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau prohibits financial institutions from forcing customers into arbitration in banking and credit card disputes. “Across the country, judges, prosecutors and regulators have sharply criticized arbitration clauses for allowing corporations to circumvent the courts and for taking away tools to fight abusive business practices.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/10/business/dealbook/class-action-lawsuits-finance-banks.html

Another federal court rules that citizens have a right to record video of police. “The Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia… overturned the lower court which had ruled the act of filming police is not “sufficiently expressive” to fall under the First Amendment.”   https://rightsanddissent.org/news/third-circuit-court-film/

Left and right agree on the need for criminal justice reform says university president. “Local and state politicians can overcome the tough-on-crime rhetoric coming from Washington if they take advantage of the still-viable left-right consensus on justice system reforms, as well as the groundswell of public support for those reforms, says Jeremy Travis, the departing president of the John Jay College of Justice in New York.”   https://thecrimereport.org/2017/07/10/left-right-consensus-on-reform-still-holds-says-john-jay-college-president/

Police departments with military equipment more likely to commit acts of violence against community finds study. “Even controlling for other possible factors in police violence (such as household income, overall and black population, violent-crime levels and drug use), more-militarized law enforcement agencies were associated with more civilians killed each year by police.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/06/30/does-military-equipment-lead-police-officers-to-be-more-violent-we-did-the-research/

UK Conservative Party official suspended after reportedly using “n word” at Brexit event. “Now we get to the real nigger in the woodpile, which is in two years what happens if there is no deal.”   http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-40555639

Black American beaten to death by mob in Greece reportedly offended a group of bar patrons by setting his beer on their table. “That friend’s account to CBS lines up with Athens newspaper Kathimerini, which cites police reports (of) a “petty dispute over someone setting their drink down on a table occupied by a different group”.”   https://nypost.com/2017/07/10/how-the-bar-fight-started-that-left-an-american-dead-in-greece/

Chinese labor rights activist says he didn’t know the factory he was investigating for underpaying employees was linked to Trump family. “During a month of exhausting interrogations, police repeatedly asked Hua for the date and time of his arrival in the city, and details of what he had done at the factory.”   https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/10/chinese-labour-activist-hua-haifeng-arrest-ivanka-trump-brand-huajian

UNESCO grants World Heritage status to Japanese holy island that bars women. “The reason for the ban on women has never been publicly stated, but one theory – which extends to other aspects of Japanese culture – cites the Shinto belief that menstrual blood is impure.”   https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/10/japanese-sacred-island-where-women-are-banned-gets-unesco-world-heritage-listing

ACLU sues to make Kobach election panel proceedings public. “The commission held its first meeting without notice or making it open to the public,” said Theresa Lee, a staff attorney with the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project. “This process is cloaked in secrecy, raising serious concerns about its credibility and intent.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/07/10/new-aclu-suit-challenges-legality-trumps-election-commission

As price of F-35 fighter jumps to over $400 billion, few politicians are arguing that the country can’t afford it, in contrast to national health insurance. “The new cost increases may come as a hit to President Donald Trump, who has bragged about his ability to get weapons manufacturers to offer the Pentagon “better deals”.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/07/10/nation-too-broke-universal-healthcare-spend-406-billion-more-f-35

Secretary of State Tillerson accepts “lifetime achievement award” from World Petroleum Congress. “This distinguished lifetime achievement award celebrates his exceptional leadership of the largest publicly traded oil and gas company in the world over the past 10 years.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/07/10/ditching-diplomatic-duties-tillerson-accepts-lifetime-achievement-award-oil-industry

Photos of Trump travel ban’s “banned grandmas” posted on social media. “”I don’t think anyone has ever heard of a 95-year-old or 82-year-old committing an act of terrorism,” says Holly Dagres, whose tweet led to the launch of Banned Grandmas of Instagram.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/10/banned-grandmas-of-instagram-take-on-trump-over-travel-ban

Chris Christie calls talk show listener a communist after he complains about governor’s day on closed public beach. “You know, Mike, I love getting calls from communists in Montclair.”   https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jul/10/chris-christie-radio-host-wfan-new-jersey-caller


July 11, 2017

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