December 22, 2017

FBI will release report on Las Vegas shooting sometime before October 2018, still no apparent motive or links to terror groups. “When asked to clarify the current order of events, (Special Agent in Charge Aaron) Rouse refused.”   https://www.reviewjournal.com/crime/shootings/fbi-chief-says-report-on-las-vegas-shooting-expected-by-anniversary/

U.N. General Assembly condemns U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital 128 – 9. “On Tuesday, Haley had tweeted that ‘the U.S. will be taking names’ of the countries that vote to support the resolution and that Trump had asked her to report back on the nations ‘who voted against us’.”   https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/defying-u-s-financial-threats-u-n-votes-condemn-trump-n831906   I hope she had enough paper! Countries voting with the U.S.: Israel, Guatemala, Honduras, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, the Marshall Islands and Togo.   https://www.sbs.com.au/news/128-countries-reject-trump-s-jerusalem-move-as-australia-abstains-from-un-vote

Justice Department opens investigation into Clinton involvement with Uranium One deal. “At issue is a 2010 transaction in which the Obama Administration allowed the sale of U.S. uranium mining facilities to Russia’s state atomic energy company…. some of the people associated with the deal contributed millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation. And Bill Clinton was paid $500,000 for a Moscow speech by a Russian investment bank with links to the transaction.”   https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/prosecutors-ask-fbi-agents-info-uranium-one-deal-n831436

Jury acquits first six J20 protesters. “Today’s verdict reaffirms two central constitutional principles of our democracy: First, that dissent is not a crime, and second, that our justice system does not permit guilt by association.”   https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/12/21/572654087/jury-finds-first-batch-of-inauguration-protesters-not-guilty-of-riot-charges

Judge dismisses Trump “emoluments” lawsuits which claimed the President is benefiting from, and possibly being influenced by, foreign money flowing to his businesses. “If Congress determines that an infringement has occurred, it is up to Congress to decide whether to challenge or acquiesce to Defendant’s conduct.”   https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/21/judge-dismisses-suits-emoluments-312610

Catalonians elect pro-independence majority after Spanish government disrupted independence referendum with police violence. “The pro-independence parties took 70 of the 135 seats in the regional parliament, retaining their overall majority.”   https://edition.cnn.com/2017/12/21/europe/catalonia-election-lister-analysis-intl/index.html

American cities are busing or flying their homeless to other cities. “Using public record laws, the Guardian obtained data from 16 cities and counties that give homeless people free bus tickets to live elsewhere.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/ng-interactive/2017/dec/20/bussed-out-america-moves-homeless-people-country-study

President Trump will reportedly be paying up to $15 million less in taxes per year thanks to Republican tax bill. “…analysis by a leading Washington think tank, the Center for American Progress (CAP), finds that changes to business rules will save Trump roughly $11 million to $15 million per year, while an amendment to the estate tax – the tax on the transfer of an estate of a deceased person – would potentially save his heirs $4.5 million.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/dec/20/trump-tax-bill-savings-analysis

L.A. Times editorial calls Trump “a reckless con man”. “We must vigorously protest the president’s craven actions, but above all we need to acknowledge that what ultimately matters is not what a foreign power did to America, but what America did to itself.”   http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-dorfman-reckoning-trump-election-20171217-story.html

Senate investigators probe minor party presidential candidate debate broadcast by Russian-controlled network. “Stein, and the organizers of the debates, are defending the matter, however, saying that the debates were held to give third party candidates at least some access to the voters, and RT was chosen to reach the largest audience they could get.”   http://news.antiwar.com/2017/12/21/under-fbi-probe-jill-stein-defends-rt-sponsored-debate/   So imagine Putin bans some candidates from a televised debate in Russia in the run-up to elections there, and that these excluded candidates then decided to participate in a debate broadcasted by CNN, for example. Would that be evidence of U.S. tampering with the Russian election?

More protesters killed and wounded during election protests in Honduras. “The opposition party, the Alliance Against the Dictatorship, as well as the Organization of American States have called for new elections, amid reports of widespread fraud and vote rigging.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/12/21/headlines/honduras_protesters_killed_amid_crackdown_against_election_demonstrations

U.N. says more than 100 Columbian activists killed in 2017. “Community groups say (indigenous and Afro-Columbian) land defenders are especially targeted for assassination.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/12/21/headlines/colombia_100_human_rights_activists_killed_in_2017_according_to_un

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December 22, 2017

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