August 1, 2017

Anthony Scaramucci steps down as White House communications director “to give Chief of Staff John Kelly a clean slate and the ability to build his own team.”   http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/344702-the-memo-scaramucci-shocker-roils-washington

Five years after Supreme Court struck down life without parole for juveniles, hundreds of “super-predators” still in prison. “It’s taking far too long to get … judges and prosecutors to understand that the mandates of the Supreme Court are not optional.”   http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/justice-varies-juvenile-lifers-u-s-prisons-article-1.3370922

Jeff Sessions says he hasn’t read federal civil rights reports on Chicago and Ferguson police departments. “We’ve had summaries of them, and some of it was pretty anecdotal, and not so scientifically based.”   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/jeff-sessions-doj-police_us_58b4a2eae4b060480e0b1ce6

Reporter roughed up and arrested while covering Ferguson protests finds that citizen complaints are often ineffective. “McCann had denied slamming my head against the door, and Belmar’s internal affairs team claimed that the McDonald’s security footage did not definitively show what had happened. So Belmar — “based on the absence of conclusive facts” — had ordered the investigation closed. …a few weeks after I was charged, the St. Louis County Police Department promoted Michael McCann to sergeant.”    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/internal-affairs-police-misconduct_us_5613ea2fe4b022a4ce5f87ce

Joe Arpaio found guilty, former sheriff “flagrantly disregarded” federal court order to stop rounding up illegal immigrants. “Not only did defendant abdicate responsibility, he announced to the world and to his subordinates that he was going to continue business as usual no matter who said otherwise.”   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/07/31/us/arpaio-found-guilty/index.html

Commission calls for national opioid abuse “state of emergency”. “Between 1999 and 2015, more than 560,000 people in the United States died from drug overdoses, a death toll larger than the population of Atlanta.”   http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-opioids-commission-report-20170731-story.html

Venezuela’s president claims huge voter turnout to approve “super parliament” of handpicked candidates, despite opposition boycott; 10 to 15 dead in election violence. “Many polling stations in the capital were reportedly empty, even ones that had been teeming in previous elections.”   http://www.dw.com/en/several-dead-as-venezuelan-opposition-snubs-vote-for-the-revolution/a-39893399

Florida hotel manager upset that former police officer was not arrested for knocking out his valet. “Blair said that he has worked at hotels for 30 years and has seen officers arrest guests immediately for much less violent confrontations.”   https://nypost.com/2017/07/31/hotel-manager-why-wasnt-ex-cop-arrested-for-punching-valet/

Construction halted on two new nuclear power plants in South Carolina. “…the project’s cost has ballooned 75 percent by Santee Cooper’s estimate, implying a total price tag of more than $25 billion.”   http://www.postandcourier.com/business/santee-cooper-sce-g-pull-plug-on-roughly-billion-nuclear/article_c173c0fa-75fb-11e7-a086-cfcd325f82e7.html   The project’s investors are reportedly walking away after investing $9 billion. I guess capitalism is not as super efficient at rationally allocating resources as we’ve been led to believe.

Gas company resumes operations at site of massive Porter Ranch methane leak. “The Aliso Canyon facility has been largely out of operation since the massive leak of late 2015 and early 2016 that forced thousands of residents from their homes and prompted calls by some residents to shutter the facility altogether.”   http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Porter-Ranch-Gas-Injections-Begin-437740403.html

Labor board accuses Nissan of interfering in union election. “The National Labor Relations Board has filed an unfair labor practice complaint against Nissan ahead of a closely watched vote to organize a union that’s scheduled at its Canton, Mississippi, assembly plant, later this week.”    http://money.cnn.com/2017/07/31/news/companies/nissan-uaw-nlrb/index.html

President Trump accused of concocting “Russian adoptions” story which concealed that agenda of Trump Jr. meeting with Russian lawyer was actually damaging info on Clinton. “Flying home from Germany on July 8 aboard Air Force One, Trump personally dictated a statement in which Trump Jr. said that he and the Russian lawyer had “primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children” when they met in June 2016, according to multiple people with knowledge of the deliberations.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-dictated-sons-misleading-statement-on-meeting-with-russian-lawyer/2017/07/31/04c94f96-73ae-11e7-8f39-eeb7d3a2d304_story.html?utm_term=.0f6f1662bd47

Foreign workers reportedly building U.S. auto factories. “BMW, Mercedes, Volvo, Tesla, Volkswagen and Eisenmann declined CBS News’ request for an interview.”   http://www.cbsnews.com/news/cbsn-on-assignment-foreign-workers-used-to-build-auto-plants-in-us/

Eric Trump gets the “fashy” haircut favored by alt-right activists. “Eric Trump sported a new hairstyle with the side(s) of his head shaved in an interview with Fox News.”   http://freebeacon.com/politics/twitter-freaks-out-accuses-eric-trump-of-sporting-a-nazi-haircut/

Wisconsin bill would exempt Foxconn plant from state environmental rules. “Under the bill that (Gov.) Walker has put forward, companies within the new “economics and information technology manufacturing zone” will be allowed to discharge material into non-federal wetlands if it relates to the construction or operation of a manufacturing facility.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/political-capital/foxconn-deal-lets-company-ignore-wisconsin-environmental-protection-laws-2572739

Big money being spent to lobby politicians on “tax reform”. “Many corporate members of Business Roundtable, whose letter advocated for more “competitive” rates, have collectively spent millions on lobbying involving “tax reform” in the second quarter of 2017 alone, federal lobbying files show.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/political-capital/mnuchin-discusses-tax-reform-business-groups-lobby-shape-tax-policy-2572683

Scaramucci reportedly escorted off White House grounds after his “resignation”. “We are told he was escorted off the property earlier this afternoon.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/07/white-house-had-scaramucci-escorted-off-the-grounds-after-his-dismissal-report/

Jake Tapper compares Trump White House firings to Game of Thrones “red wedding” massacre. “Could anyone have predicted so much staff turnover from a man who’s catchphrase is ‘you’re fired’?”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/07/now-resembles-the-red-wedding-from-game-of-thrones-jake-tapper-unloads-on-trump-white-house-chaos/

U.S. diplomats evicted from Moscow area “dacha”. “The property, in a picturesque spot on a bend in the Moskva river north-west of the Russian capital, is leased by the U.S. embassy for its staff to use for recreation.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/07/us-embassy-in-moscow-says-locked-out-of-diplomatic-property/

Europeans mark 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele. “Also known as the Third Battle of Ypres, it produced 700,000 casualties among allied and German troops – but resulted in a gain of just five miles of allied land.”   https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/passchendaele-100-years-battle-first-world-war-ypres-why-brutal-when-dates-death-toll-soldiers-a7868946.html

Oshkosh, Wisconsin man fatally shot while fleeing officers. “An officer fired at (Isaiah) Tucker “several times” as Tucker drove a car toward the officer while trying to flee the scene, the chief said.”   http://www.thenorthwestern.com/story/news/crime/2017/07/31/oshkosh-police-officer-shoots-person-early-monday-citys-south-side/524594001/

 

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August 1, 2017

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