July 31, 2017

Police chiefs say rough treatment of suspects should not be encouraged. “The last thing we need is a green light from the president of the United States for officers to use unnecessary force.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/07/29/u-s-police-chiefs-blast-trump-for-endorsing-police-brutality/?utm_term=.b9a75fddafd6

Candidates in Venezuelan constituent assembly election not representative of society. “The proposed Constituent Assembly would be made up of 545 members, all nominated by Maduro’s administration, giving him sweeping powers.”   http://miami.cbslocal.com/2017/07/30/venezuelans-polls-pro-maduro-constituent-assembly/

Man wins $110,000 settlement after claiming he was illegally detained and tasered by police. “Aurora (Colorado) city attorney Mike Hyman said on Thursday the $110,000 settlement was reached to avoid the cost of prolonged litigation.”   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4740884/Black-man-tasered-police-given-110k-settlement.html?mwv_rm=als1

Obamacare opponent Tomi Lahren admits she is lucky because she is 24 and still allowed to remain on her parents’ health insurance, thanks to… Obamacare. “The popular conservative commentator thinks the healthcare law should be repealed, and she’s clearly angry that GOP Sen. John McCain cast one of the deciding votes against the effort.”   https://www.dailydot.com/layer8/tomi-lahren-obamacare-parents-insurance/   Thanks, Obama!

Philippine city’s mayor and 14 others killed in police raid. “Parojinog is the third mayor from Duterte’s list to be killed by police…”   http://www.npr.org/2017/07/30/540408626/police-raid-in-philippines-kills-mayor-who-president-had-named-as-drug-suspect

Russia expels 755 U.S. diplomats and support staff. “… Putin said that the number of American diplomatic and technical personnel will be capped at 455 — equivalent to the number of their Russian counterparts working in the United States.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/putin-orders-cut-of-755-personnel-at-us-missions/2017/07/30/8a4b0044-7555-11e7-8c17-533c52b2f014_story.html

Bernie Sanders says he is still working on a Senate version of the “Medicare for All” bill, introduced in the House as HR 676 with 116 co-sponsors. “…we’re tweaking the final points of the bill and we’re figuring out how we can mount a national campaign to bring people together.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/07/30/sanders-were-figuring-out-how-we-can-mount-national-campaign-single-payer

Trump budget cuts $630 million from Amtrak. “Losing 15 long-distance routes would end Amtrak’s rail services for 4.6 million passengers — 15 percent of its total ridership and 22 percent of its ticket revenue.”   http://www.wiscnews.com/portagedailyregister/news/local/article_8f1f76bf-0ce1-5afc-9eb2-684509429963.html

British aviation agency blocks release of UFO sightings by pilots. “Government files of this kind are normally available under the Freedom of Information Act, which allows any member of the public to request files from the government.”   https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/3937426/secret-ufo-sighting-dossier-hushed-up-using-european-law-so-the-public-may-never-learn-whats-inside/

Progressive candidates getting up to speed for 2018 elections. “Up to 300 candidates from 40 states who have pledged to advance progressive policies are expected to attend the four-day training in downtown Washington, D.C. ”   https://mic.com/articles/182990/a-look-inside-the-candidate-boot-camp-training-the-next-wave-of-progressive-political-hopefuls

Putin signs Russian law banning virtual private networks. “The law, already approved by the Duma, the lower house of parliament, will ban the use of virtual private networks (VPNs) and other technologies, known as anonymizers, that allow people to surf the web anonymously.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/07/putin-bans-vpns-to-stop-russians-accessing-prohibited-websites/

Trump reportedly fixated on Obamacare. “Congressional leaders have suggested they are ready to move on to other issues, but Trump over the weekend seemed unwilling to let the matter go.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/07/trump-demands-republican-senators-keep-working-on-healthcare-before-moving-on-to-something-else/


July 31, 2017

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