July 26, 2017

Trump tweet accuses Clinton campaign of receiving help from Ukraine. “Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump campaign — “quietly working to boost Clinton.” So where is the investigation A.G.”   http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/zorn/ct-donald-trump-tweets-perspec-0726-jm-20170725-column.html

Obamacare repeal and replace fails for third time, Republicans only getting 43 of 60 votes needed. “The fact that the comprehensive replacement plan came up well short of even 50 votes was an ominous sign for Republican leaders still seeking a formula to pass final health care legislation this week.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/25/us/politics/senate-health-care.html

Wasserman Schultz IT employee arrested trying to leave the country. “Law enforcement authorities for months have been looking into how Awan may have double-billed the House for equipment like computers, iPads, monitors, keyboards and routers.”   http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/07/25/feds-arrest-it-staffer-for-wasserman-schultz-trying-to-leave-country.html

Minneapolis police reportedly searched police shooting victim’s home after killing her. “Investigators searched the house for ‘bodily fluids, controlled substances, and writings’, court documents revealed.”   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4730618/Justine-Damond-investigators-search-home-drugs-Minneapolis.html

House votes to reverse ruling that allowed class action lawsuits against financial institutions with “mandatory arbitration” language in their contracts. “…89% of consumers said they wanted the right to participate in class-action suits against their banks, when the Philadelphia-based nonprofit Pew Charitable Trusts surveyed about 1,000 consumers in 2016.”   http://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-cfpb-just-announced-a-rule-that-could-help-consumers-sue-major-companies-2017-07-10   Sorry folks, you’re “not in the club”, as George Carlin used to say.

Irregular work, inability to save preventing low-income households from owning homes. “This inability to save stems in part from the increasing number of jobs that don’t provide a reliable stream of income, leaving many working families vulnerable to jarring ups-and-downs in their take-home pay.”   http://www.marketwatch.com/story/one-depressing-reason-millions-of-people-are-locked-out-of-the-american-dream-2017-07-25

Sperm counts down almost 60% in developed countries, stress, chemicals or pesticides among possible causes. “Studies show that men with lower sperm counts are more vulnerable to certain cancers, heart disease, diabetes and early death.”   https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/07/25/male-sperm-count-declining/508734001/

Trump tells Boy Scout gathering that his administration hopes to start “killing this horrible thing called Obamacare”, scouts respond with chants of “USA!, USA!, USA!”.   https://twitter.com/igorvolsky/status/889629841724755968

House passes additional sanctions on Russia for election meddling, ahead of results of congressional and Mueller investigations. “The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to slap new sanctions on Russia and force President Donald Trump to obtain lawmakers’ permission before easing any sanctions on Moscow, in a rare rebuke of the Republican president.”   https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-idUSKBN1AA28W   So what do they know that the public doesn’t know?

Chaffey College police officer opens fire on woman in parking lot. “Although she was not struck during the shooting, she was taken to a hospital as a precaution, police said. What prompted the shooting was unknown.”   http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Chaffey-College-Shooting-Campus-436549423.html

Duchesne, Utah family sues county over take-down and arrest of autistic 13 year-old who was allegedly peeking in library windows while taking his gerbil for a walk. “Aside from excessive force that Vallejo says distressed and bruised the boy, the suit alleges racial profiling and unreasonable search and seizure — and that the officer should have known the boy had a disability.”   https://www.ksl.com/?sid=45166693&nid=148   Video is here, but you apparently have to sign into Facebook to visit the Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office website. I was unable to watch the entire video.   https://www.facebook.com/165120393640803/videos/845024702317032/

Chinese government allegedly requiring Muslim citizens to install spyware on their cell phones. “Police have begun stopping people on the streets to see if they have installed the app… Citizens who fail to install the app or who later delete it may be detained for up to 10 days by police, local news outlets report.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/china-forces-muslims-install-anti-terrorist-surveillance-app-phones-2570495

Videos suggest Russia is getting some Afghanistan payback by arming Taliban. “These (free pistols) are made in Russia, and are very good stuff.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/russia-could-be-arming-taliban-afghanistan-report-2570295

Taliban also being armed, indirectly, by the U.S. “Weaponry provided to the Afghan military over the last 16 years has slowly trickled down to the Taliban through corruption and battlefield losses.”   https://www.armytimes.com/flashpoints/2017/07/25/us-weapons-complicate-afghan-war/

Pittsfield, Massachusetts officer accused of helping a friend beat a man and then framing him. “The victim in the assault was arrested by McHugh that night on counts of operating under the influence, disturbing the peace, and possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.”   http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/blotter?bid=3465

Man in “Russia-gate” meeting with Donald Trump Jr. alleged to have helped Russian oligarchs launder money. “(The GAO) report accounted for over $1.4B moving through accounts set up by IBC and Euro-American under shell-company names between 1991 and 2000.”   https://whowhatwhy.org/2017/07/24/irakly-kaveladze-eighth-person-trump-tower-meeting/

Secretary of State Tillerson is on vacation – maybe. “State Department spokesman Heather Nauert on Tuesday declined to provide the whereabouts of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, saying simply that the head of the U.S. Department of State is “entitled to take a few days for himself”.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/07/hes-just-taking-a-little-time-off-state-dept-spokesperson-evades-question-about-tillersons-whereabouts/

National Archives releases more John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King assassination documents. “Most of the documents were previously released with parts redacted, and 441 have never been released before.”   http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/cia-fbi-documents-investigation-kennedy-assassination-released/story?id=48817457

Vietnamese dissident receives 9 year sentence for “propagandizing against the state”. “The verdict ruled that (Tran Thi) Nga produced and posted online videos that accused “the communist state of violating human rights and called for pluralism and the elimination of Article 4 of the Constitution,” which enshrines a one-party state, news reports said.”   https://cpj.org/2017/07/vietnamese-blogger-sentenced-to-nine-years-in-pris.php

Two arrested at pipeline protest in Richmond, California. “…two protesters were arrested as a dozen people blockaded the gates of the Kinder Morgan oil terminal in Richmond Monday morning to protest the company’s plans to expand the Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline in Canada.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/25/headlines/2_arrested_as_protesters_blockade_kinder_morgan_terminal_in_richmond_ca

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