December 27, 2018

Two-term Democratic Congresswoman Claire McCaskill, who lost her 2018 re-election bid, throws shade on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. “I’m a little confused why she’s the thing.”   https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/12/26/sen-claire-mccaskill-confused-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-report/2418397002/

LinkedIn tech titan Reid Hoffman apologizes for funding social media disinformation campaign during Alabama special election. “According to the Times and the Post, a group of Democratic tech experts from various organizations, such as AET, worked together on an effort called Project Birmingham to experiment with disinformation tactics similar to those employed by Russian operatives during the 2016 presidential election.”   https://slate.com/technology/2018/12/linkedin-reid-hoffman-funding-disinformation-alabama-special-election.html

Dan Rather says it’s ‘marginal’ to not believe in climate change when you are 72. “Which should be considered more ‘marginal’ – believing in Santa at age 7 or not believing in climate change at age 72?”   https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/422856-dan-rather-asks-trump-whats-more-marginal-believing-in-santa-at

Daughters of deceased podiatrist claim their father faked Donald Trump’s bone spur diagnosis as a favor to his landlord, Fred Trump. “The diagnosis allowed Donald Trump to get a medical exemption that allowed him to avoid the draft during the Vietnam War.”   https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/nyt-podiatrist-daughter-trump-bone-spurs_us_5c23d350e4b0407e907f72e0

Hospitals required to post their ‘list prices’ on-line. “A new rule going into effect January 1, 2019, will require hospitals to post a list of their standard prices online and make electronic medical records more readily available to patients.”   http://www.fox5dc.com/health/hospitals-will-have-to-post-prices-online-starting-january-1

Russian diplomat says Saudi prince suspected of having journalist killed in Turkey should be allowed to take the throne. “Russia’s deputy foreign minister and Middle East envoy, Mikhail Bogdanov, warned on Tuesday that the U.S. should not try to influence the line of succession in Saudi Arabia, and he signaled that Moscow believes the 33-year-old prince should succeed his father as king.”   https://www.newsweek.com/russia-us-donald-trump-saudi-crown-prince-1271522

Israel accused carrying out air strikes near Syrian capital. “A number of missiles hit arms depots for Hezbollah or Iranian forces.”   https://www.yahoo.com/news/syrian-air-defenses-intercept-hostile-targets-near-damascus-222711642.html

Nissan executive allegedly lured to Japan before his arrest. “(Greg) Kelly was scheduled to have surgery on Dec. 7 in Nashville, Tennessee, but flew to Japan last month after being told that he was needed in person at a board meeting, (his wife) Dee Kelly said in the video. Kelly was arrested soon after his arrival.”   https://www.reuters.com/article/us-nissan-ghosn-kelly/nissans-kelly-examined-at-japanese-hospital-after-securing-bail-idUSKCN1OP08O

Almost 1,000 Americans have been fatally shot by police for the fourth year in a row. “973 people have been shot and killed by police (so far) in 2018.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2018/national/police-shootings-2018/

52 police officers were shot and killed during the same time frame. “As of 2017, there were more than 950,000 total law enforcement employees and 670,000 officers working in the United States, according to the latest figures published by the FBI.”   https://www.npr.org/2018/12/27/680410169/more-police-officers-died-from-gunfire-than-traffic-incidents-in-2018-report-say   The 52 fatal shootings includes two officers killed in ‘friendly fire’ incidents. “Of the officers who were shot, eight were killed during investigative activity and six were killed while responding to calls of a domestic or public disturbance, according to the report. Two were fatally shot while serving warrants, two died while handling or transporting prisoners and two others were inadvertently shot by other officers.”   https://www.yahoo.com/news/deaths-police-officers-duty-rise-us-150816873.html

Woman killed by San Jose police after she hits police car. “When the officers took cover behind one of their patrol vehicles and tried to order the driver to stop, she allegedly rammed the cruiser — and four officers opened fire.”   https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2018/12/25/san-jose-one-dead-one-hurt-in-officer-involved-shooting/

Lakeland, Florida police fatally shoot teenage car theft suspect. “Officer Markais Neal was in the parking lot south of the vehicle and as the stolen Camaro accelerated directly toward him he fired at the vehicle, according to police…. They said two additional officers fired at the car in an attempt to stop it and protect themselves and people in the parking lot.”   https://www.wfla.com/news/polk-county/suspect-dead-after-shooting-involving-lakeland-police/1675033131

Federal judge strikes down Virginia law that allowed suspension of drivers licenses over unpaid fines. “More than 600,000 Virginians had their driver’s licenses suspended because of unpaid fines as of Dec. 1 — and backlash over the system led Governor Ralph Northam to call for the law’s repeal.”   https://www.courthousenews.com/drivers-licenses-4/

Michigan water officials plead no contest to misdemeanor charges related to Flint water scandal. “Both Prysby and Busch have been on paid leave.”   https://www.courthousenews.com/2-michigan-regulators-take-plea-deals-in-flint-water-case/

Mussolini making a comeback in alt-right Italy. “Gamma 3000, a Rome-based printer, was the first to start producing Mussolini calendars in the early 1990s and now competes with three rivals.”   https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/27/gifts-for-fascist-friends-mussolinis-calendar-comeback

Supreme Court rules against Trump administration on asylum seekers. “… the Supreme Court ruled Friday that the Trump administration cannot enforce a ban on asylum claims by immigrants who cross into the U.S. outside a port of entry.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2018/12/26/headlines/supreme_court_blocks_trumps_asylum_ban

Released migrants who were dumped at El Paso bus station allowed to shelter in buses. “… authorities in El Paso, Texas, scrambled over the Christmas holiday to assist hundreds of migrant asylum seekers, who were dropped off suddenly by ICE officials outside a Greyhound bus terminal—without any plan to house them.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2018/12/26/headlines/ice_strands_hundreds_of_migrants_in_winter_cold_for_christmas

Sudanese security forces reportedly fired into crowd of protesters. “At least three Sudanese protesters were wounded by gunshots on Tuesday when security forces dispersed rallies in the capital, witnesses said, after a week of demonstrations against President Omar al-Bashir’s three-decade rule.”   https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-sudan-protests/security-forces-disperse-sudanese-demonstrators-after-week-of-protests-idUKKCN1OO0SI

 

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December 27, 2018

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