July 27, 2017

Wisconsin Foxconn deal labeled “corporate welfare” by critics. “Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said at the White House his state will award $3 billion in incentives and sign a memorandum of understanding on the investment on Thursday.”    http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/foxconn-to-get-billion-in-incentives-for-wisconsin-plant/article_bff8fe8e-7cc4-5bee-baff-64ca457484ba.html

California woman detained in New Mexico at immigration checkpoint after refusing to answer citizenship questions. “Parmely told the station she was detained for about 90 minutes. During that time, her son had to use the bathroom. One agent, a woman, told her he couldn’t use it until she answered the citizenship question.”   http://ktla.com/2017/07/26/video-san-diego-teacher-detained-after-refusing-to-tell-border-patrol-agent-in-new-mexico-whether-she-is-u-s-citizen/   Video of their encounter is posted here:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tplHv6hresg&spfreload=10

Trump tweets ban on transgendered soldiers in the military. “In 2016, the independent Rand Corporation estimated that about 4,000 US active-duty and reserve service members are transgender, although some campaigners put the figure higher than 10,000.”   http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40736232

Straight repeal of Obamacare fails in Senate. “The vote, which is one of many expected during the ongoing health care debate, only garnered the support of 45 Republicans, short of the 50-votes necessary.”   http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/senate-set-vote-straight-repeal-obamacare-n786691

Rights groups deliver petitions to politicians demanding government surveillance reform. “Section 702 has been interpreted by the government to allow warrantless surveillance of international communications entering or leaving the United States, including Americans’ international phone calls, text messages, emails, social media content, and more.”   https://rightsanddissent.org/news/bipartisan-coalition-delivers-grassroots-signatures-congress-surveillance-reform/

No, Donald, the U.S. does not have the “highest taxes in the world”. “In 2015, the US tax take came in at 26.4% of GDP, well below countries such as Italy at 43.3%, France at 45.5% and Denmark at 46.6%.”   http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40728560

Most Americans have dangerous chemicals in their drinking water. “In the case of trihalomethanes, the carcinogen in the water of more than 250 million Americans, the legal limit is 100 times higher than safety guidelines. Some contaminants in our nation’s water supply violate both legal and health guidelines.”   https://patch.com/us/across-america/more-250m-americans-drink-water-cancer-linked-pollutants

Afghanistan’s mineral wealth may be tempting Trump to colonize the country. “In 2010, American officials estimated that Afghanistan had untapped mineral deposits worth nearly $1 trillion,” Risen and Landler note. This large figure reportedly “caught the attention of” the president, who has in the past argued that the biggest failure of the U.S. in Iraq was not “taking” the country’s oil.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/07/26/colonialism-and-greed-trump-considers-afghan-war-expansion-exploit-minerals

Capitol police allegedly ordered journalists to delete photos of protesters. “As nearly 100 demonstrators were arrested for protesting the vote to move to a debate on Trumpcare, which would cut health care coverage for up to 32 million Americans, police told reporters not to document the scene.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/07/26/aclu-objects-after-capitol-hill-police-tell-journalists-delete-protest-photos

Utility companies were warned in 1968 about global warming. “Carbon dioxide is not toxic, but it is the chief heat-absorbing component of the atmosphere. Such a change in the carbon dioxide level might, therefore, produce major consequences on the climate—possibly even triggering catastrophic effects such as have occurred from time to time in the past.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/07/26/utilities-knew-too-despite-warning-decades-ago-industry-lied-and-deceived-climate

Bundy supporter will likely spend the rest of his life in prison, fined $1.5 million, for role in 2014 armed standoff over government cattle seizure. “The sentence she imposed of 68 years and three months was markedly lower than the 87 years prosecutors had requested.”   https://www.reviewjournal.com/news/bundy-blm/bundy-supporter-burleson-sentenced-to-68-years-in-prison/

Iraqi soldiers admit to mass killings in Mosul. “Daesh, men, women and children. We killed everyone.”   http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/mosuls-final-bloodbath-we-killed-everyone-men-women-children-1721780413

Government documents show massive abuse of warrantless spying program. “The NSA claims it has rules to protect our privacy, but it turns out those rules are weak, full of loopholes, and violated again and again.”   http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/343785-newly-declassified-memos-detail-extent-of-improper-obama-era-nsa

Federal investigators reportedly hacking into Trump inauguration protesters’ phones. “Officials seized Trump protesters’ cell phones, cracked their passwords, and are now attempting to use the contents to convict them of conspiracy to riot at the presidential inauguration.”   http://www.thedailybeast.com/feds-crack-trump-protesters-phones-to-charge-them-with-felony-rioting

Philippine president threatens to bomb schools in rebel held zone, human rights groups point out that this is illegal. “U.S.-based Human Rights Watch said international humanitarian law “prohibits attacks on schools and other civilian structures unless they are being used for military purposes,” adding that deliberate attacks on civilians, including students and teachers, “is also a war crime.”   http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/rights-groups-duterte-retract-threat-bomb-schools-48850124


July 27, 2017

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