July 25, 2017

Jared Kushner, testifying behind closed doors, denies any knowledge of Russian collusion with Trump campaign. “I did not collude with Russia, nor do I know of anyone else in the campaign who did so.”   http://www.latimes.com/politics/washington/la-na-essential-washington-updates-kushner-1500915032-htmlstory.html   OK, wait, wait, wait a minute. You were in a meeting with a Russian lawyer who offered dirt on Hillary, which was “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.” Not only was this email forwarded to you, but you were in the meeting! And it’s been in the news!   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/11/us/politics/trump-russia-email-clinton.html

EPA blocks safety rules for chemical plants, director Scott Pruitt gets sued by 11 states.  “The delay of the rules, notes Genna Reed at the Union of Concerned Scientists, “came after several petitions from the American Chemistry Council and a handful of other chemical manufacturing corporations, oil and gas companies, and trade organizations asked the agency to reconsider the rule”.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/07/24/epa-decided-preventing-westtexas-style-accicdent-wasnt-priority-so-11-ags-are-suing

Minneapolis-St. Paul pranksters post warning signs after shootings of Damond and Castile. “WARNING: TWIN CITIES POLICE EASILY STARTLED.”   http://www.startribune.com/fake-street-signs-warn-of-easily-startled-police/436208463/

Employees to have company microchips implanted in their hands. “We’ve survived thousands of years as a species without being microchipped, is there any particular need to do it now?”   http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/tech-company-workers-agree-microchips-implanted-hands/story?id=48818529   Voluntary, for now….

Homeless allegedly cleared from New York City subway stations for mayor’s photo op, Republican opponent accuses de Blasio of not caring about the homeless. “These are fellow New Yorkers who are sleeping in the street, sleeping in the subway. The mayor just doesn’t care.”   https://nypost.com/2017/07/23/homeless-booted-from-subways-so-de-blasio-could-have-clean-ride/

Terrorism trial begins for Turkish journalists. “”Journalism is not a crime,” chanted several hundred people gathered outside the central Istanbul court to protest against the prosecution of 17 writers, executives and lawyers of the secularist Cumhuriyet newspaper.”   https://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-security-newspaper-idUSKBN1A90XY?il=0

Healthcare a very profitable business for company CEOs. “The median household income in 2015 was $56,515, which the average healthcare CEO made in less than a day.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/07/24/obscene-70-top-healthcare-ceos-raked-98-billion-2010

After massive protests, Polish president vetoes plan to let politicians pick Supreme Court judges. “Under the current system, Supreme Court candidates are selected by an independent body consisting mainly of judges but also some politicians.”   https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-07-24/protests-persuade-polish-president-veto-court-reforms

Construction worker at Tokyo Olympic site worked 200 hours of overtime in the month before his suicide claims his family. “His parents applied for compensation last week and asked the government to recognise his suicide as a case of “karoshi” or death from overwork.”   http://indianexpress.com/article/sports/sport-others/tokyo-olympic-stadium-workers-suicide-due-to-overwork-allege-family-4762188/

Ad boosting Detroit fails to include any black residents. “Dan Gilbert is apologizing for his real estate company’s display in a downtown Detroit window that showed a large gathering of mostly white people with the words, “See Detroit like we do.”   http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20170724/news/634671/we-screwed-up-badly-gilbert-apologizes-after-detroit-window-display   “Mostly white people” means there is one middle-eastern guy in the background.

Republican congressman blames female senators for Trumpcare fail. “(Blake) Farenthold complained about some female lawmakers and said, “If it was a guy from south Texas, I might ask him to step outside and settle this Aaron Burr-style.”   http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/lawmaker-blames-female-senators-failed-health-care-bill-n786071   Guess they can’t blame the black guy in the White House anymore.

British girl fined $195 for unlicensed lemonade stand. “According to Spicer, his daughter “burst into tears” when four law enforcement officials walked up to her stand and “began reading from a big script explaining that she did not have a trading license”.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/5-year-old-girl-fined-police-selling-lemonade-2569983

Trump reportedly tells Boy Scouts that their government is hopelessly corrupt. “I go to Washington and I see all these politicians, and I see the swamp. In fact it’s not a good place — we should change it from the swamp to the cesspool or perhaps use the word sewer.”   http://www.latimes.com/politics/washington/la-na-essential-washington-updates-trump-slams-gop-senators-trumpets-his-1500937520-htmlstory.html

Trump administration talking point related by communications director Scaramucci allegedly came from Vladimir Putin. “(Trump) emerged (from his meeting with Putin at the G20 summit) to tell his aides that the Russian president had offered a compelling rejoinder: Moscow’s cyberoperators are so good at covert computer-network operations that if they had dipped into the Democratic National Committee’s systems, they would not have been caught.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/07/trumps-theory-that-russian-hackers-are-too-good-to-get-caught-came-directly-from-putin-in-hamburg-meeting/

 

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July 25, 2017

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