July 22, 2017

Police chief resigns after fatal shooting of unarmed woman reveals Minneapolis officers were not using their body cameras. “We have put too much time, money, and effort into (police body cameras) to have them fail us when we needed them most.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/07/21/minneapolis-police-chief-resigns-in-wake-of-shooting-death-of-an-unarmed-australian-woman-by-officer/

White House press secretary resigns. “Sean Spicer quit his job as White House press secretary Friday after President Trump decided to tap Anthony Scaramucci as the White House communications director, according to two White House officials.”   http://www.wfaa.com/news/nation-world/report-sean-spicer-resigns-as-press-secretary/458513176

Intelligence intercepts allegedly imply that Jeff Sessions discussed Trump administration policies with Russian ambassador. “A former official said that the intelligence indicates that Sessions and Kislyak had “substantive” discussions on matters including Trump’s positions on Russia-related issues and prospects for U.S.-Russia relations in a Trump administration.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/sessions-discussed-trump-campaign-related-matters-with-russian-ambassador-us-intelligence-intercepts-show/2017/07/21/3e704692-6e44-11e7-9c15-177740635e83_story.html

Thousands of Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli security forces, hundreds reportedly injured. “The Red Crescent said 390 Palestinians were hurt, including close to 100 who were hospitalized for live fire or rubber bullet injuries. Israeli police said five officers were wounded.”   http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/world/article/Violence-over-Jerusalem-holy-site-leads-to-6-11306950.php

Obamacare repeal bill in violation of Senate rules says Parliamentarian. “Republicans are trying to use the budget reconciliation process to pass their healthcare bill with only a simple majority.”   http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/343234-parliamentarian-deals-setback-to-gop-healthcare-bill

Oklahoma teacher panhandles to raise money for school supplies for her students. “As a result of budget cuts over the past few years, Danks told FOX 23 that she now spends between $2,000 to $3,000 of her own money to purchase supplies for her students.”   http://kfor.com/2017/07/20/anything-helps-oklahoma-teacher-turns-to-panhandling-to-raise-money-for-school-supplies/

Bill Clinton was reportedly paid $500,000 by Russian investment bank for Moscow speech. “The former president indeed had received a personal call from then-Prime Minister Vladimir Putin expressing his appreciation for the speech.”   http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/07/18/hillary-clinton-sided-with-russia-on-sanctions-as-bill-made-500g-on-moscow-speech.html

More than 50% of women murdered in the U.S. were killed by current or former lovers according to government study. “In 2015 in the United States, 3,519 women and girls died by homicide, the authors of the report noted.”   http://host.madison.com/lifestyles/health-med-fit/most-murdered-u-s-women-killed-by-husbands-boyfriends-exes/article_7cb8a819-415b-5dfa-ae3f-871928ad88d1.html

U.S. Navy likely responsible for collision with cargo ship near Tokyo Bay. “There was also no indication the ship sounded a collision alarm, which would have alerted sleeping crew members to the looming collision, sources said.”   https://www.navytimes.com/articles/preliminary-findings-suggest-navy-at-fault-in-fitzgerald-collision-report-says

Journalists waste no time, already making fun of Trump’s new White House communications director. “When asked during Friday’s press conference what he thinks of President Trump’s claim that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election, (Anthony) Scaramucci responded, “If the president said it, there’s probably some level of truth to it.””   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/07/21/your-guide-anthony-mooch-scaramucci-trumps-new-commander-communication

Activists targeting Democrats to drum up support for national health insurance plan. “Amid surging support for Medicare for All at the grassroots—which can be seen both in recent polls and at anti-Trumpcare protests, where demonstrators have brandished signs declaring “healthcare is a human right”—activists, physicians, and policy experts are imploring Democratic lawmakers to either get on board with the growing majority of their constituents, or go home.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/07/21/message-democrats-get-board-medicare-all-or-go-home

Trump administration set to launch deregulation offensive. “Worker advocates and environmental groups were quick to characterize the administration’s deregulatory agenda as a sop to America’s largest companies at the expense of those Trump has repeatedly promised to protect.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/07/21/red-alert-team-trump-unveils-anti-planet-anti-worker-corporate-wish-list

Prosecutors seeking to bar Reality Winner’s lawyers from citing Russia-gate press reports in court. “They are arguing that the defense would be barred from discussing any information that has appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Times, or any other newspaper if the defense “knows or have reason to know” any of that information is also contained in classified discovery documents they will receive.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/07/21/justice-departments-demand-for-extreme-secrecy-in-reality-winner-trial-contested-by-defense/

Conservatives reportedly disappointed by “Dunkirk”. “It’s “Saving Private Ryan”, and some conservatives found it to be too grim, and too much like actual war to count as a celebration of it.”  https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/21/dunkirk-movie-rightwing-writers-reaction-christopher-nolan

Major internet companies reportedly spent $13 million on lobbying Washington. “Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google spent more than $13 million combined earlier this year to lobby Trump and others in Washington D.C., federal records first spotted by Recode show.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/apple-google-facebook-amazon-spent-13-million-lobbying-trump-dc-2569155

Government officials have reportedly developed techniques for keeping Donald Trump’s attention during briefings. “McMaster, a U.S. Army lieutenant general, has learned he can keep the president’s attention by peppering his briefings with jokes and references to Trump’s name, colleagues say.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/07/white-house-officials-forced-to-crack-jokes-and-kiss-ass-to-keep-trumps-attention-during-briefings-report/

Alt-right reportedly being funded by wealthy donors. “The following year, using $380,000 from the Martel Society, Regnery established the think tank (the National Policy Institute) that would eventually bring a notorious white nationalist to prominence alongside the rise of Trump.”   http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/07/alt-right-william-regnery-richard-spencer/

CIA director reportedly accuses Wikileaks of trying to “take down America any way they can”. “Hostility to WikiLeaks has been a mainstay in the US government, as every administration faces the prospect of their covert misdeeds becoming a matter of public record, to their general embarrassment albeit rarely to the end of any meaningful reform.”   http://news.antiwar.com/2017/07/21/cia-chief-wikileaks-will-take-down-america-any-way-they-can/

Most of the TSA’s “behavioral detection” methods lack scientific proof of their effectiveness. “… the (Government Accountability Office) found in their analysis of the TSA’s 36 types of behavioral indicators to identify potential terrorists and other threats to airline passenger safety, only eight could be supported by scientific evidence.”   http://thehill.com/policy/transportation/343197-gao-report-hammers-tsas-unscientific-methods-to-spot-terrorists

German automobile companies suspected of colluding on emissions cheating. “Daimler, BMW, Volkswagen and the two VW subsidiaries, Porsche and Audi, have been meeting in secret to agree on the technology they will ­offer their customers, according to allegations published in Spiegel magazine.”   http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/07/21/german-car-giants-may-have-colluded-emissions/

Mainstream media accused of avoiding stories on civilian death toll during Mosul campaign. “Neither Amnesty’s charges, nor the broader issue of civilian deaths in Mosul,  garnered any coverage in television news, with no mention on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN or MSNBC.”   http://fair.org/home/corporate-media-largely-silent-on-trumps-civilian-death-toll-in-iraq/

New York City teen, unable to afford bail, has been held in jail for a year awaiting trial. “(Pedro) Hernandez has turned down a plea deal that would see him released on five years’ probation.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/21/headlines/another_kalief_browder_bronx_teen_seeking_trial_languishes_at_rikers

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July 22, 2017

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