April 16, 2019

Republicans add restrictions to voter-approved Medicaid expansions. “This week, Idaho’s GOP lawmakers and governor joined their peers in Utah and Nebraska in slapping work requirements and other restrictions on access to Medicaid…. Advocates in all three states decried lawmakers’ moves, saying they are ignoring the will of the people.”   https://edition.cnn.com/2019/04/13/politics/medicaid-expansion-states/index.html

Barnard University campus cops pin black student suspected of not being a student. “There were two (police officers), then four, then more. They demanded to see (Alexander) McNab’s student ID, he and witnesses say, and grabbed McNab’s arms. The officers pushed him against the register counter at the coffee shop on the library’s first floor. They forced him onto his back.”   https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/us-campus-police-pin-black-student-mcnab-who-refused-to-show-id-2023050

Finland elects left-wing prime minister. “Finland’s leftist Social Democrat party (SDP) leader Antti Rinne has declared victory in Sunday’s general election, after partial results showed his party winning by a tight margin with 17.8 percent.”   https://www.reuters.com/article/us-finland-election-rinne/finnish-social-democrat-leader-rinne-declares-victory-in-election-idUSKCN1RQ0QO

Centrist Democrats plotting to take down Bernie Sanders. “‘There’s a growing realization that Sanders could end up winning this thing, or certainly that he stays in so long that he damages the actual winner,’ said David Brock, the liberal organizer, who said he has had discussions with other operatives about an anti-Sanders campaign and believes it should commence ‘sooner rather than later’.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/16/us/politics/bernie-sanders-democratic-party.html   Sanders was out-polling Trump by up to 15% in some polls in 2016, so if they stiff Sanders again, why are Democrats expecting a different outcome? One has to suspect that they would prefer to see Trump re-elected to a second term than see Sanders elected.   https://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2016/president/us/general_election_trump_vs_sanders-5565.html

Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina police release video of fatal police shooting. “The last command Kerl yells before firing is, ‘Put it on the ground!’ (Danquirs) Franklin reached his right hand toward a pocket and pulled out a gun by the barrel. He appeared to be lowering the weapon when Kerl fired two shots, the video shows. Moments after being shot, Franklin turns his face toward the officers and can be heard saying: ‘You told me to…'”   https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/crime/article229227114.html

122 arrested so far during London climate protests. “A second day of (traffic) disruption is under way after Extinction Rebellion campaigners camped overnight at Waterloo Bridge, Parliament Square and Oxford Circus.”   https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-47945397

Sudanese protesters refuse to back down. “The military council took control after (longtime President Omar al-Bashir’s) arrest and removal from office, announcing it would rule the country for two years before democratic elections take place; terms unacceptable to protesters and opposition leaders who are demanding a transitional civilian government assume power immediately.”   https://www.npr.org/2019/04/15/713401461/bashir-may-be-out-but-sudanese-protesters-with-eye-on-the-prize-won-t-budge

Bernie Sanders releases 10 years of income tax documents, showing he’s a millionaire. “Sanders has suggested a 45% tax rate on income between $500,000 and $2 million and 52% on income topping $10 million.”   https://www.courthousenews.com/sanders-releases-tax-returns-showing-he-is-a-millionaire/   Franklin D. Roosevelt was a millionaire too.   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Presidents_of_the_United_States_by_net_worth

Sanders now leading the Democratic field. “Emerson’s poll put Sanders in first place with 29 percent support, Biden in second with 24 percent, and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg in third with nine percent.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/04/15/first-time-major-national-poll-shows-bernie-sanders-top-2020-democratic-pack

ACLU sues Detroit over bail. “If an arrestee can afford to pay their bail, they are released from custody upon payment. However, ‘arrestees who are otherwise identical, but are too poor to purchase their release, remain in jail because of their indigency’, the lawsuit states…. running the risk of losing their jobs, homes, custody of their children or health care in the process.”   https://www.courthousenews.com/aclu-slams-detroit-bail-system-as-unfair-to-poor/

Government officials meet to plan military action against Venezuela. “That the Trump Administration is considering attacking Venezuela as an option is no secret, as they tell reporters that much at seemingly every opportunity,” Ditz wrote. “That they are holding such events to discuss the details, however, suggest a U.S. war may be closer than anyone realizes.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/04/15/attendees-secret-meeting-us-military-assault-venezuela-revealed

Fourth San Diego prison dies in six weeks. “The jail system’s inmate death toll stands at 135 dead over the last decade, according to public records.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/apr/16/four-prisoners-dead-in-six-weeks-the-crisis-unfolding-in-san-diego-county-jails

Diner customer explains climate change issue to Fox & Friends reporter. “Ultimately the other issues are all solvable, but if the planet starts catching on fire and we’re all dead, it doesn’t do us any good to see how much money we can make.”   https://www.rawstory.com/2019/04/fox-friends-reporter-blindsided-diner-guest-cares-money-planets-fire/

Mexico’s president opens the country’s security service archives. “The opening of the intelligence files has shined a new spotlight on the tactics the Mexican state used to spy during the Cold War and the ‘dirty war’, a brutal crackdown on leftist militants in the 1960s and 1970s.”   https://www.rawstory.com/2019/04/inside-dark-world-mexicos-intelligence-services/


April 16, 2019

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