July 18, 2017

Woman shot by Minneapolis police officer was unarmed. “She called to report a possible assault in the alley behind her house in one of the city’s safest neighborhoods and was unarmed when officer Mohamed Noor shot her.”   http://www.startribune.com/minneapolis-police-officer-who-shot-killed-woman-identified/434975623/

Senate Trumpcare bill appears to be dead on arrival, again. “Republican Sens. Mike Lee and Jerry Moran said Monday night they will join two other senators to oppose the Obamacare repeal bill, dooming the GOP initiative in the Senate.”   http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/17/obamacare-senators-turn-on-mcconnell-240646

Attorney General Sessions wants to increase seizures of citizens’ property. “…in many cases, neither a criminal conviction nor even a criminal charge is necessary — under forfeiture laws in most states and at the federal level, mere suspicion of wrongdoing is enough to allow police to seize items permanently.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/07/17/jeff-sessions-wants-police-to-take-more-cash-from-american-citizens/   Didn’t the British government used to do this before the Revolutionary War?

Former Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert released from prison after serving 13 months. “…during his sentencing hearing in April 2016, he admitted to the judge that he sexually abused children in the 1970s while he was a wrestling coach at Yorkville High School.”   http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/dennis-hastert-out-of-minnesota-prison-bop-records-show/

Trump administration OKs visas for 15,000 “low-wage, seasonal workers” from other countries. “The increase represents a 45 percent bump from the number of H-2B visas normally issued for the second half of the fiscal year, said senior Homeland Security officials in a call with reporters.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/07/17/trump-officials-order-15000-new-visas-for-low-wage-workers/   Some people claim these are “jobs Americans won’t do”, but a more accurate description would be that these are “jobs Americans won’t do on a temporary basis for minimum wage”.

Turkish government extends post-coup attempt “state of emergency” for fourth time, has lasted almost a year so far. “According to the Turkish constitution, a state of emergency can be declared for a maximum period of six months.”   http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/turkey-extends-emergency-rule-months-170717155222046.html

Turkish court jails human rights officials ahead of their trial. “A court in Istanbul ordered six human rights activists — including Amnesty International’s Turkey director — formally arrested Tuesday pending a trial over accusations that they aided an armed terror group, adding to concerns over rights and freedoms in the country.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/turkey-6-human-rights-activists-jailed-pending-trial/2017/07/18/7704066a-6b6f-11e7-abbc-a53480672286_story.html

Senate majority leader suggests repealing Obamacare and replacing it with an imaginary health care plan that will be cooked up in the future. “McConnell said that “in the coming days,” the Senate would vote on “a repeal of Obamacare with a two-year delay to provide for a stable transition period to a patient-centered health care system that gives Americans access to quality, affordable care.”   http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/mcconnell-calls-obamacare-repeal-vote-replacement-plan-fails/story?id=48690900

“Collateral damage” goes from an average of 80 civilian bombing victims a month under Obama to 360 a month under Trump. “According to an Airwars investigation conducted for The Daily Beast, at least 2,300 civilians were killed by coalition strikes from 2015 until the end of Obama’s term earlier this year. But as of July 13, roughly six months into Trump’s presidency, over 2,200 civilians have likely died from coalition strikes.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/07/17/it-took-obama-more-two-years-kill-many-civilians-it-took-trump-less-six-months

U.S. ranks 23rd in income equality, even before Trumponomics. “The USA is the wealthiest country in the history of the world, but its level of inequality is also the highest among major industrial countries…”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/07/17/us-inequality-crisis-worst-industrialized-world-trump-will-make-it-worse

New policy group is a fusion of Democratic and neo-con hawks. “…there is now little to no daylight between leading Democratic Party foreign policy gurus and the Bush-era neocons who had wallowed in disgrace following the debacle of Iraq and the broader abuses of the war on terror. ”   https://theintercept.com/2017/07/17/with-new-d-c-policy-group-dems-continue-to-rehabilitate-and-unify-with-bush-era-neocons/

Saudi pro-democracy protesters reportedly facing execution. “In Saudi Arabia, 14 men accused of taking part in protests are reportedly facing imminent execution.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/17/headlines/saudi_arabia_14_young_men_facing_execution_for_participating_in_protests

 

 

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July 18, 2017

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