July 29, 2017

Donald Trump tells audience of police officers it’s ok to rough up suspects, police officers applaud. “…the encouragement for police officers to do what they know is wrong — to disregard the laws they uphold — was a dark moment all its own.”   https://www.newsday.com/opinion/columnists/mark-chiusano/donald-trump-s-speech-was-made-more-disturbing-as-suffolk-county-cops-cheered-the-idea-of-police-brutality-1.13864824   Video here:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBEzxKw81qo

Venezuelan president calls anti-government protesters “terrorists”. “The fast-escalating political showdown in the South American OPEC nation comes after more than 100 people have died and thousands more been injured in anti-government unrest since demonstrations began in April.”   http://www.france24.com/en/20170723-venezuela-protests-violence-strike-demonstrations-opposition-maduro-violinist

Limited repeal of Obamacare fails to pass in tight Senate vote. “A last-ditch effort to keep the Obamacare repeal push alive went down by a vote of 51 to 49 in the wee hours of Friday morning, with three GOP members breaking ranks: John McCain, Susan Collins and Murkowski.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/daily-202/2017/07/28/daily-202-trump-s-hardball-tactics-backfire-as-skinny-repeal-goes-down/597a7cf630fb045fdaef0fd5/

White House chief of staff resigns. “President Trump ousted his beleaguered chief of staff, Reince Priebus, naming Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to replace him Friday in the latest White House shakeup as the administration struggles to emerge from bitter staff infighting and a stalled legislative agenda.”   http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-trump-shakeup-20170728-story.html

Wells Fargo to refund auto loan customers their payments for duplicate auto insurance. “…many customers appear not to have notified Wells Fargo of the redundant insurance.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/27/business/wells-fargo-unwanted-auto-insurance.html?ref=business&_r=0

Judge orders FAA to re-examine safety of smaller airline seats with less leg room. “All three judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit agreed the FAA must conduct a new review of the request for regulations setting a minimum airline seat size…”   https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-planes-idUSKBN1AD28Y

Anthony Scaramucci’s wife reportedly leaving him over Trump appointment. “Citing “multiple sources,” The Post’s Page Six reported that Scaramucci’s wife, Deidre Ball, filed for divorce after three years of marriage because of Scaramucci’s efforts to get close to President Donald Trump.”   http://www.businessinsider.com/anthony-scaramucci-deidre-ball-divorce-2017-7

Attorneys for CIA torture psychologists reportedly arguing their clients are like the technicians who helped develop the Zyklon B gas used in Nazi death camps. “Since the contractors were unable to make the decision to torture – instead designing torture regimens for the CIA and implementing them – their lawyers contend they are modern-day Drohsins, supplying modern-day Zyklon and advising on its use.”   http://www.thedailybeast.com/cias-mad-torture-scientists-were-like-those-who-made-gas-for-the-nazis

Customs and Border Patrol agents reportedly egged on 16 year-old traveler to drink suspected liquid, which turned out to be concentrated methamphetamine. “The young man, Cruz Velazquez, died within two hours of drinking the substance, but the two officers involved, Valerie Baird and Adrian Perallon, remain on the job today, with no disciplinary action taken against them.”   http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/video-shows-border-officers-appeared-encourage-permit-teen/story?id=48903893   If you can’t watch the video on the ABC website, it’s also posted here:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bn5I_luJfsY&spfreload=10

New York City couple reportedly jump to their deaths over cost of medical care. “We both have medical issues, we just can’t afford the health care.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/07/our-kids-are-upstairs-please-take-care-of-them-nyc-couple-leap-to-their-deaths-over-health-care-costs/

Sen. Rand Paul says defense bill should be debated, blocks fast-track. “In particular, Sen. Paul is seeking two amendments, one which ends NDAA authorization for indefinite detention of suspects,and another related to the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF), something that was added to the House version but later quietly removed by the Speaker.”   http://news.antiwar.com/2017/07/28/rand-paul-blocks-dod-authorization-until-september/

Little mainstream press scrutiny of Amazon. “A review of 190 articles from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and the Bezos-owned Washington Post over the past year paints a picture of almost uniformly uncritical–ofttimes boosterish–coverage.”   http://fair.org/home/worlds-richest-person-escapes-scrutiny-from-his-own-paper-and-its-rivals/

Catholic Worker activists claim they repeatedly sabotaged Dakota Access pipeline. “The two… taught themselves how to destroy empty pipeline valves, and moved up and down the pipeline’s length, destroying the valves and delaying construction for weeks.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/28/meet_the_two_catholic_workers_who

Cleveland judge finds police officer not guilty in shooting death of unarmed suspect. “(Alan) Buford showed little emotion in the packed courtroom as the the judge read the verdict after explaining the hours worth of testimony in the case and all the evidence basically points to Buford doing what he was trained to do when he fired the shot that killed (Brandon) Jones.”   http://www.cleveland19.com/story/35996038/cleveland-cop-found-not-guilty-in-death-of-unarmed-teen

Southhaven, Mississippi man shot by police was hit in the back of the head says lawyer. “The prosecutor has said the officers were looking for a domestic violence suspect and may very well have been at the wrong house — there were no warrants for Lopez’s arrest.”   http://www.commercialappeal.com/story/news/2017/07/28/lawyer-police-shot-ismael-lopez-back-head/521082001/


July 29, 2017

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