February 19, 2018

Republican bill would require Americans to present a biometric national ID card to work. “H.R. 4760 establishes a mandatory National Identification system that requires all Americans to carry a government-approved ID containing “biometric features.” Without this card, according to the legislation, you will not be able to work in this country.”   http://thefreethoughtproject.com/national-id-hr4760-biometrics/

Syrian Kurds to allow Syrian Army into Afrin to join fight against Turkish forces. “A senior Kurdish official, Badran Jia Kurd, told Reuters that government soldiers could enter the Afrin region within days and that they would deploy to some border positions.”    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-43107013

Florida students hold rallies, advocate walk-outs against guns, plan march on Washington. “Thousands of angry students, parents and residents demanded stricter gun control laws on Saturday at a rally in Fort Lauderdale, which is about 20 miles from the site of the shooting in Parkland.”   http://wfla.com/2018/02/18/school-walkouts-sit-ins-planned-after-florida-shooting/   Cruz bought his rifle legally, passed government background check. “Federal law allows people 18 and older to legally purchase long guns, including this kind of assault weapon. With no criminal record, Cruz cleared an instant background check via the FBI criminal database.”   https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/02/15/florida-shooting-suspect-bought-gun-legally-authorities-say/340606002/   Cruz was a JROTC cadet and on the military group’s NRA funded rifle team. “Members of the school’s JROTC recounted troubling signs in Cruz’s behaviour and also his mother’s hopes that the military-sponsored program could teach her son ‘discipline’.”   http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/17/florida-shooting-suspect-nikolas-cruz-member-schools-rifle-team/

Trump entourage scuffled with Chinese security officers during Beijing visit. “White House chief of staff John Kelly and a Secret Service agent scuffled with Chinese security officials over the U.S. nuclear “football” during a trip to China in November, Axios reported Sunday.”   http://thehill.com/policy/international/china/374485-axios-us-and-chinese-officials-scuffled-in-beijing-over-nuclear

Dating site for Trump supporters – straights only, but being married is ok. “When signing up to Trump.dating, users are asked if they are a “Straight Man” or “Straight Woman”. There are no other options.”   http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2018/02/18/new-dating-site-for-donald-trump-fans-which-blocks-gay-people-will-let-you-in-if-youre-married/

Former staffer for California Assemblywoman Christina Garcia claims he was fired after refusing to play “spin the bottle”. “According to Kernick’s complaint, he alleged his performance as a field representative didn’t garner any censure from the assemblywoman until ‘after he questioned the appropriateness of her suggestion that after a fundraiser at a whiskey bar,’ they ‘sit on the floor of her hotel room and play spin the bottle’. Kernick said he was fired two days later…”   http://www.ibtimes.com/california-assemblywoman-christina-garcia-fired-staffer-not-playing-spin-bottle-2655037

Jill Stein claims the massive amounts of free mainstream media coverage given to the Trump campaign was a bigger form of election interference than the one positive Facebook post she received from Russians. “$6 billion in free airtime was given to Donald Trump by the big networks! $6 billion!”   https://thedailybanter.com/2018/02/jill-stein-disastrous-msnbc-appearance/

Former CIA director James Woolsey admits U.S. has tampered with elections in other countries. “…it was for the good of the system, in order to avoid communists taking over.”   http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/374372-ex-cia-director-us-meddles-in-foreign-elections-for-a-good

Iraq sentences 11 IS brides to life in prison, one to death. “All but one said they were taken to Iraq against their will or by fraud. The twelfth woman admitted to willingly moving to Iraq because her husband was wanted in Turkey; she was given the death penalty for her admission.”   https://original.antiwar.com/updates/2018/02/18/isis-widows-sentenced-death-prison-eight-killed-iraq/

Protesters and journalists injured by police in Maldives breaking up protest calling for the resignation of the country’s president. “The Maldives became a multiparty democracy in 2008 after decades of autocratic rule. However, Yameen has rolled back much of the country’s democratic gains and freedoms since being elected in 2013.”   https://www.yahoo.com/news/maldives-police-break-opposition-protests-many-injured-091547322.html

Man arrested for NSA incursion says they approached the facility by mistake, 17 year old driver was injured by shrapnel from gunfire. “The FBI, which is investigating the shooting, has declined to say how many shots were fired and how many officers fired.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/suv-passenger-shot-at-by-nsa-police-says-wrong-turn-led-them-to-top-secret-installation/2018/02/16/948d0270-1332-11e8-9570-29c9830535e5_story.html

Protesters gather outside LAPD’s Hollenbeck Station. “People familiar with the incident said that (Christian) Escobedo was sleeping behind the vehicle with a friend and taking a break from a walk home. They said he was shot in the head four times.”   http://abc7.com/activists-protest-el-sereno-police-shooting-that-left-man-dead/3101817/

 

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February 19, 2018

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