July 28, 2017

Federal government reverses course, green lights discrimination against LGBT employees. “The Justice Department announced on Wednesday that it does not consider workplace discrimination against LGBT individuals to be prohibited under federal civil rights law.”   http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/07/justice-department-lgbt-workplace-discrimination-is-allowed-under-civil-rights-law/

Two out of three federal 10th Circuit Court judges rule that 4th amendment does not protect citizens from unreasonable searches in case of mistaken SWAT raid on innocent family. “…by a 2-to-1 margin, the court found that while SWAT tactics themselves may have been an unreasonable use of force, in order to get past the qualified immunity afforded to police officers, the Hartes would have to show that not only were the tactics unreasonable, but also that there was clearly established law at the time stating that the officers’ tactics were unreasonable.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/the-watch/wp/2017/07/26/10th-circuit-grants-narrow-victory-to-family-raided-by-a-swat-team-over-loose-leaf-tea/

16,000 signatures demanding that charges against Reality Winner be dropped submitted to Justice Department on Whistleblower Appreciation Day. “Whistleblowers are essential to our democracy. Not only do we rely on them to alert us to fraud, abuse, waste, and worse, inside our government and corporations, but whistleblowers are often the canaries in the coalmine alerting us to attacks on the right to dissent that weaken democracy.”   https://rightsanddissent.org/news/16000-people-stand-reality/

Baltimore city councilman says jailing people is not a solution to gun crime. “I wish this hearing was about [lead] paint abatement or public health access or mental health access or expanding rec centers. These are immediate solutions. These are things we can do right now. Instead, we’re talking about throwing people in jail as if prisons are a place that people come out better.”   http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19644:Residents-Fight-Back-Against-Revival-of-Get-Tough-Crime-Strategy

FBI reportedly opened espionage investigation on peace group. “According to documents obtained by Shadowproof under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the FBI began investigating (the Stockholm International Peace Institute) after the group sent a generic questionnaire to an arms manufacturer.”   https://shadowproof.com/2017/07/26/fbi-targeted-renowned-arms-monitoring-group-espionage-investigation/

Ride at Ohio State fair reportedly passed multiple safety inspections before accident. “The investigation is in its early stages, but several officials left open the possibility that the collapse was an accident with no clear blame.”   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/07/27/us/ohio-state-fair-ride-disaster/index.html   How convenient!

White House communications director leans on reporter to reveal sources after story on Trump White House dinner with Anthony Scaramucci, Sean Hannity and Bill Shine. “You’re an American citizen, this is a major catastrophe for the American country. So I’m asking you as an American patriot to give me a sense of who leaked it.”   http://www.newyorker.com/news/ryan-lizza/anthony-scaramucci-called-me-to-unload-about-white-house-leakers-reince-priebus-and-steve-bannon

Senate Appropriations Committee passes amendment to protect state medical marijuana laws. “The amendment, introduced by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), adds a clause to the 2018 Commerce, Justice and Science appropriations bill that prevents any federal funds to be used against “state laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession or cultivation of medical marijuana”.”   http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2017/07/27/senate-panel-votes-to-protect-medical-marijuana-from-jeff-sessions/

Kansas Governor Brownback blames huge budget deficit on economic downturn. “Legislators earlier this year repealed the exemption for farmers and business owners and increased income tax rates to raise $1.2 billion over the next two years, enacting the tax hike over Brownback’s veto.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/kansas-brownback-still-touts-tax-cuts-as-he-heads-to-exit/2017/07/27/4899761e-731e-11e7-8c17-533c52b2f014_story.html   If cutting taxes on the rich doesn’t help improve the economy during recessions, maybe next time we can try it when the economy is booming?

California state prosecutor arrested on child pornography charges after ISPs report uploading of images, some in messaging programs. “After… those tips were forwarded to the San Diego Internet Crimes Against Children task force, investigators tracked the activity to Liddy’s home in Coronado.”   http://www.cbs8.com/story/35982148/california-state-prosecutor-charged-with-child-pornography

Southhaven, Mississippi police accused of going to wrong home, shooting innocent man three times through his closed front door. “The attorneys said the private investigators with the firm they hired, Memphis-based Inquisitor Inc., went into the home, took photos, tracked bullet paths and made measurements to reach their conclusion the door was closed.”   https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/07/27/lawyers-family-slain-man-dispute-police-account/515592001/   I imagine the bullet holes in the door were the big tip-off.

Anthony Scaramucci cites Joe Paterno in leak investigation, Twitter users respond. “White House believes good employees keep secrets the same way Joe Paterno protected sexual abusers of kids. Got it.”  http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/anthony-scaramucci-quotes-joe-paterno-discussing-honor-article-1.3362154

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke accused of threatening legislators with loss of federal projects during Trumpcare vote. “The ranking Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee is demanding an investigation into the Interior Department’s alleged threats against energy projects in Alaska—apparently made in retribution for Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s (R-Alaska) vote against the Republican healthcare plan.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/07/27/interior-secretary-accused-political-blackmail-after-senators-trumpcare-vote

Republican Senator introduces single payer health insurance amendment to Obamacare repeal bill. “(Steve) Daines’ single-payer amendment is a carbon copy of one offered in the House by Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich.”   http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/republican-sen-steve-daines-to-make-democrats-vote-on-single-payer/article/2629775

GOP drops plan to tax foreign imports from tax bill. “…the proposed border tax unleashed a major backlash from numerous companies that said it would drive up the costs of their products.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/07/27/paul-ryan-admits-defeat-giving-up-on-border-adjustment-tax/

Mexican marijuana smugglers reportedly hiding weed in imported cars. “For the second time in a month, leaders at Ford Motor Co. are scratching their heads over the discovery of hundreds of pounds of marijuana stashed in a shipment of Ford and Lincoln vehicles from the automaker’s assembly plant in Mexico.”   https://patch.com/michigan/detroit/marijuana-again-stashed-ford-auto-shipments-mexico

Study finds that moderate drinking may cut risk of diabetes. “In terms of volume, 14 alcoholic beverages each week for men and nine beverages each week for women yielded the best results: a 43% and 58% lower risk, respectively, compared to non-drinkers, the researchers found.”   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/07/27/health/diabetes-drinking-study/index.html

Declining number of steady jobs may be responsible for low Japanese birthrate, 40% of workers are now temporary, part-time or gig employees. “About 30 percent of irregular workers in their early 30s are married, compared to 56 percent of full-time corporate employees, according to Kingston.”   https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/07/japan-mystery-low-birth-rate/534291/

ALEC coalition said to be pushing for constitutional convention to roll back federal regulations. “They have not been successful in getting Congress to pull back the social safety net and Medicare, to repeal the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, they haven’t got rid of the EPA. I believe that the Article V constitutional convention is a way to get those done in really sneaky ways.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/political-capital/inside-alec-corporate-push-constitutional-convention-2571452

Long Island, New York police officer charged with sexually assaulting suspect at police station. “McCoy allegedly assaulted her in an isolated room on two separate occasions following her arrest, grabbing her by the jaw and saying, “Let’s go, don’t make this hard,” according to a criminal complaint made public on Thursday.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/07/long-island-cop-charged-with-sexually-assaulting-arrested-woman/

Army Chief of Staff reportedly tells journalist he learned of Trump’s ban on transgendered soldiers via news media.   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/07/army-chief-of-staff-reveals-he-found-out-about-trumps-trans-ban-from-the-news/

Disability activists arrested during anti-Trumpcare protests. “At the heart of all of the repeal proposals has been gashing Medicaid. And Medicaid is what pays for the freedom of people with disabilities, why it hurts me to hear Republicans talk about liberty and freedom all of the time, when they want to steal the liberty and freedom of disabled people by cutting the one payer that pays for us to live in the community, that pays for us to live the American dream that every other American lives.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/27/the_rolling_resistance_meet_three_disability


July 28, 2017

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