July 15, 2017

Japanese power company reportedly planning to release radioactive water from Fukushima reactors into the Pacific. “The decision has already been made.”   http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/14/fishermen-express-fury-fukushima-plant-set-release-radioactive/

White House releases personal information of citizens who complained about election probe. “In some cases, the emails contain not only names, but email addresses, home addresses, phone numbers and places of employment of people worried about such information being made available to the public.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/07/14/white-house-releases-sensitive-personal-information-of-voters-worried-about-their-sensitive-personal-information/

Mass arrests of protesters in Russia received four times more U.S. media coverage than mass arrests of protesters in the U.S. “American readers were given the distinct impression, time and again, that those arrested in DC on Inauguration Day were Black Bloc anarchists hell-bent on violence and mayhem—visually linking the arrests to the post-roundup limo arson.”   http://fair.org/home/mass-arrests-of-protesters-outrageous-in-russia-barely-worth-mentioning-in-us/

China blocking foreign news coverage of death of Liu Xiaobo. “CNN’s broadcast is blacked out in China every time Liu’s images or story appear.”   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/07/14/china/liu-xiaobo-chinese-censorship/index.html

Death penalty opponent Scharlette Holdman dies at 70. “What she saw is that killers are not just born,” said lawyer George Kendall, who represents death row inmates. “They have had unbelievably abused and neglectful lives…”   https://www.themarshallproject.org/2017/07/13/we-saw-monsters-she-saw-humans

Health insurance trade groups warn Republicans that Cruz amendment will result in huge premium increases for many people. “As healthy people move to the less-regulated plans, those with significant medical needs will have no choice but to stay in the comprehensive plans, and premiums will skyrocket for people with preexisting conditions.”   http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/342142-insurers-warn-cruz-provision-will-skyrocket-premiums-for-sick-people

National security lobbyist appointed as chief of staff of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. “(Thomas) Blank arrived to ICE after working for over a decade as a corporate lobbyist, helping corporate contractors secure business before the agency he now leads.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/07/13/taser-lobbyist-quietly-appointed-to-top-immigration-enforcement-job/

Six days after Trump, Jr.’s meeting with Russian lawyer, hacked DNC documents given to journalists by Guccifer 2.0. “The extreme proximity of promised Hillary-related documents and the arrival of Hillary-related documents just days later suggests Guccifer 2.0 could have been part of the plan Goldstone alluded to over email.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/07/14/just-six-days-after-trump-jr-s-meeting-guccifer-2-0-emailed-me-but-there-was-one-key-difference/

House Republicans vote to abolish election integrity agency. “Despite President Donald Trump’s continued insistence that the 2016 Presidential election was rife with fraud, the House Administration Committee voted to eliminate the Election Assistance Commission (EAC), an agency formed specifically to ensure the integrity of elections.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/despite-trump-voter-fraud-claims-house-committee-votes-eliminate-eac-agency-charge-2488146

Republicans block rule requiring companies to disclose political spending. “As annual legislation to fund the government’s financial regulators comes before Congress this week, GOP legislators have buried a provision in the bill that would bar the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from considering a rule that would require companies to tell shareholders whether and how they are spending company money on politics.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/political-capital/republicans-keep-corporate-lobbying-secret-adding-riders-spending-bills-2565514

Thousands more civil servants purged in Turkey. “In total, 7,563 people were dismissed on Friday, including 2,303 police officers and 302 university academics.”   https://www.theatlantic.com/news/archive/2017/07/turkey-dismisses-thousands-of-police-civil-servants-and-academics/533754/

Human Rights watch says Iraqi troops carrying out summary executions in Mosul were armed and trained by U.S. “These are the very troops that the US has been arming and training for years.”   http://abcnews.go.com/International/watchdogs-iraqi-troops-beat-execute-mosul-prisoners-videos/story?id=48645312   Just a few bad apples, or an official “no prisoners” policy?

U.S. health care system ranks 11th out of 11 developed countries. “In addition to ranking last or close to last in access, administrative efficiency, equity and health care outcomes, the U.S. was found to spend the most money on health care.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/07/us-health-care-system-rated-the-worst/


July 15, 2017

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