June 13, 2017

Leak: Monitored Russian communications suggest Sessions had additional contact with Russian ambassador. “Former FBI Director James Comey told senators in a closed hearing Thursday afternoon that Attorney General Jeff Sessions may have had a third interaction with Russia’s ambassador to the US, according to people familiar with the briefing.”   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/06/08/politics/jeff-sessions-kislyak-meeting/index.html

Hundreds arrested at anti-corruption protest in Moscow. “… I want our taxes to be converted into roads, schools and hospitals, not into yachts, palaces and vineyards.”   http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-40245152

U.S. Director of National Intelligence now says there is no way to count how many Americans had their communications swept up in Section 702 spying program. “…it remains infeasible to generate an exact, accurate, meaningful, and responsive methodology that can count how often a U.S. person’s communications may be collected.”   https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-intelligence-idUSKBN19031B

NYPD uses CIA exemption to withhold information from the public. “… the NYPD invoked the so-called Glomar response in refusing to confirm or deny the existence of (the police surveillance) documents… arguing that to do so could hurt investigations and risk lives.”   http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nypd-cites-cold-war-era-spy-precedent-rejecting-info-request-article-1.3231132

Federal court of appeals unanimously refuses to unblock Trump travel ban. “We conclude that the President, in issuing the Executive Order, exceeded the scope of the authority delegated to him by Congress.”   http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/06/12/hawaii-urges-court-to-keep-hold-on-trump-travel-ban.html

Trump’s cabinet officials take turns verbally prostrating themselves before the Leader. “We thank you for the opportunity and the blessing to serve your agenda.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/12/us/politics/trump-boasts-of-record-setting-pace-of-activity.html

U.S. refuses to sign G7 climate pledge. “The U.S. abstained from sections of a Group of Seven (G7) communiqué that dealt with climate change action, the Paris climate agreement and international development funds focused on mitigating the impacts of climate change, according to a joint statement following a meeting of G7 environment ministers.”   http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/337389-us-does-not-sign-international-climate-change-pledge

North Carolina inmates claim they were sadistically abused while working on road crew. “The lawsuit claims that officers Anthony Jackson and David Jones pitted inmates against each other, forcing them to exact abusive and vulgar punishments.”   http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article154305164.html

Kansas man released from prison after 17 years after activists prove it was a case of mistaken identity. “Jones had an alibi and no physical evidence, DNA or fingerprints ever linked him to the crime — only two eyewitness identifications.”   http://abcnews.go.com/US/man-imprisoned-17-years-now-freed-lookalike-mix/story?id=47981705

Student who died after fatal hazing at Pennsylvania State University reportedly fell multiple times. “When fraternity members found him, unconscious, cold to the touch, and with blood on his face the next morning, it was more than 40 minutes before they called 911.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2017/06/12/drunken-penn-state-frat-pledge-looked-like-a-corpse-before-his-death-detective-testifies/?utm_term=.f2a6b12d21e5

Montana congressman sentenced to community service, anger management classes and $385 fine for assault on reporter. “Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him,” Acuna wrote on the Fox News website. She said she and her team “watched in disbelief as Gianforte then began punching the man.”   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/greg-gianforte-pleads-guilty-misdemeanor-assault_us_593ebbdee4b0c5a35ca1aa14

Treasury Department report suggests putting financial watchdog on leash. “In a report released late Monday, the Treasury Department said the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau should be substantially stripped of its powers, accusing the agency of regulatory overreach and saying the president should be able to remove its director.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/12/business/banking-regulations-consumer-financial-protection.html

Sports media accused of spreading disinformation on Colin Kaepernick’s unsuccessful job search. “I’ll say this with certainty—Colin Kaepernick can still start in the NFL, and the fact that he isn’t on a team for football reasons alone strains credulity.”   https://www.thenation.com/article/nfls-war-colin-kaepernick/

Maryland and District of Columbia sue Trump over payments from foreign governments. “The Saudis are already spending hundreds of thousands of dollars at the Trump Hotel.”   http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/d-c-maryland-officials-hit-president-trump-lawsuit-n771011

Republicans are keeping latest Trumpcare proposal a secret. “We have no idea what’s being proposed,” McCaskill said. “There’s a group of guys in a back room somewhere that are making decisions.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/06/12/sacrificing-democracy-senate-gop-plans-hide-trumpcare-us-public

Those who predicted Jeremy Corbyn would “destroy” Labour Party proven wrong by election results. “Corbyn’s Labour won’t just lose. It’ll be slaughtered.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/06/09/jeremy-corbyns-critics-predicted-he-would-destroy-labour-they-were-radically-wrong/

Bernie Sanders apparently unaware of the existence of the Green Party, explains why he advocates working within Democratic Party. “All that I’m saying is, if you look at history it is not so easy to form a third party, to run candidates in 50 states in this country, to get the kind of media attention that you need. It ain’t easy and the time is late.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/political-capital/bernie-sanders-says-democrats-need-do-more-just-criticize-trump-2551139

Cities reportedly having difficulty recruiting police officers, are lowering their requirements. “New Orleans, with more than 400 openings, no longer automatically disqualifies those who have injected heroin or smoked crack.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/12/us/police-departments-american-history.html?_r=0

Philippine president claims he did not request U.S. help fighting Marawi insurgents. “Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a statement US forces were participating directly in combat operations, which is prohibited by Philippines law.”   https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/philippines-marawi-rodrigo-duterte-us-forces-joining-battle-besieged-isis-maute-a7784736.html

Yemen ravaged by cholera epidemic after Saudi bombing destroys infrastructure. “The World Health Organization says the number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen has now reached 101,820 and continues to rise, accounting for 859 deaths.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/12/cholera_death_toll_tops_859_in

June 13, 2017

June 11, 2017

Trump claims he did not ask Comey for loyalty, did not ask Comey to drop Flynn investigation. “U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday denied he tried to interfere with an FBI investigation, effectively accusing James Comey, the FBI’s former director, of lying under oath to Congress.”   https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-idUSKBN1901FJ

U.S. Special Forces in Philippines to assist in battle for Marawi. “Philippine army spokesman Brig Gen Restituto Padilla Jr has vowed that the national flag will be flying once again over all of Marawi by Monday – the Philippine national day.”   http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40231605

UK Labour Party under left-leaning Corbyn wins 32 seats, Conservatives lose 13. “Corbyn often was compared to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), though his views are decidedly more left-wing than Sanders.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/discontented-voters-make-their-voices-heard-in-britain-us-and-elsewhere/2017/06/10/317da2f2-4d62-11e7-bc1b-fddbd8359dee_story.html

“Anti-Sharia” group holds rallies around the country. “Demonstrations against Islamic law led to arrests, tense confrontations and physical fights in some U.S. cities Saturday amid several rallies sponsored by ACT for America, which the Southern Poverty Law Center designates as an anti-Muslim hate group.”   http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/anti-muslim-act-america-stage-marches-against-sharia-law-nationwide-n767386

Clintons reportedly used unpaid prison labor while living in the Arkansas governor’s mansion. “The Clintons were perfectly content to be waited on by black people who received no compensation and (who) would have been pursued and dragged back in chains if they had tried to leave.”   https://www.currentaffairs.org/2017/06/the-clintons-had-slaves

Chelsea Manning says she leaked information on wars and U.S. diplomacy because she felt  “a responsibility to the public”. “We all have a responsibility.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/06/09/chelsea-manning-on-leaking-information-i-have-a-responsibility-to-the-public/

Exxon Mobil accuses New York prosecutor of orchestrating a “political witch hunt” with climate change investigation. “ExxonMobil’s use of different metrics, in different circumstances, to accomplish different goals evinces prudent financial stewardship, applying appropriate assumptions in appropriate cases.”   http://money.cnn.com/2017/06/09/news/companies/exxon-climate-new-york-attorney-general/

Judge denied bail for employee who leaked NSA document on Russian election hacking. “A federal judge on Thursday denied bail to Reality Leigh Winner, the 25-year-old Georgia woman accused of leaking classified information to the media, after prosecutors argued she remains a flight risk, a threat to the public and could possibly leak more government documents.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/06/09/judges-denies-bail-for-accused-nsa-leaker-reality-winner-after-not-guilty-plea/

Man arrested for possession of bomb-making materials and accused of threats to blow up buildings and kill people, released on bail. “Federal Judge Thomas McCoun granted bond for 21-year-old Brandon Russell on Friday, stating there was no clear and convincing evidence “the defendant represents a threat to any person or community”.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/06/no-threat-to-persons-or-community-florida-judge-grants-bail-to-neo-nazi-arrested-with-bomb-making-materials/   Police claim the man had a framed picture of Timothy McVeigh on his dresser.

People’s Summit opens in Chicago. “The three-day People’s Summit, headlined by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), kicked off Friday, bringing together those committed to an agenda “that can enhance and expand issue campaigns and hold all elected officials accountable to popular demands for justice, equality, and freedom”.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/06/10/peoples-summit-live-chicago

Sanders calls for changes in Democratic Party. “The Democratic Party must understand what side it is on. And that cannot be the side of Wall Street, or the fossil fuel industry, or the drug companies.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/11/bernie-sanders-lambasts-absolute-failure-of-democratic-partys-strategy

Australian filmmaker facing espionage charges in Cambodia. “He has been an outspoken critic of the Cambodian government, describing it as a “dictatorship” on his Facebook page.”   https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/11/australian-film-maker-charged-with-espionage-in-cambodia   What a great cover for a spy – foreign anti-government filmmaker!

Pakistani man sentenced to death for “blasphemous” remarks on Facebook. “Raza had a Facebook argument about Islam with someone who turned out to be a counter-terrorism department official, defense lawyer Rana Fida Hussain said.”   https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/11/pakistan-man-sentenced-to-death-for-blasphemy-on-facebook

16% fewer foreign tourists visiting U.S. after travel ban attempts says Foursquare. “The study was focused… on stops made at venues such as convention centers, restaurants, museums, stores, etc. by tourists who are visiting from abroad, instead of looking at hotel and airport data.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/how-has-trump-affected-international-tourism-dip-foreign-travelers-us-16-study-says-2549020

Seven protesters shot on Israeli-Gaza border, one dies. “The Israeli military said Palestinians rolled burning tires and hurled rocks at soldiers stationed on the border.”   https://www.yahoo.com/news/palestinians-gaza-man-killed-protest-gaza-border-165543994.html

Metadata makes it difficult to move, communicate or leak anonymously. “The pattern of (micro)dots (which appeared on leaked NSA documents), when looked up through a guide posted by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, reveal the exact date, time, and printer of the document.”   https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-06-09/it-s-not-just-your-color-printer-could-betray-you-here-are-5-other-ways-you-re

NPR story on UK election results fails to mention Labour Party’s leader, but does mention “divisions” in the party. “There were 771 words in NPR.org‘s lead day-after story (6/9/17) on the results of the British elections. None of them were “Jeremy” or “Corbyn”.”   http://fair.org/home/the-day-after-corbyns-surprise-surge-npr-would-rather-talk-about-buckethead/

Georgia cops reportedly patted down 900 high school students in warrantless, school-wide search. “The students say that on April 14, sheriff’s deputies searched hundreds of students for drugs, with some officers groping students’ breasts and genitalia.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/9/headlines/georgia_900_students_sue_claiming_police_groped_them_in_drug_search

Haitians protest at Hillary Clinton commencement speech. “Outside Clinton’s speech, members of the Haitian human rights group Komokoda held a protest, saying the Clinton Foundation stole money intended for Haiti’s reconstruction after the 2010 earthquake.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/9/headlines/new_york_city_haitians_protest_hillary_clinton_commencement_address

Witnesses say they heard five shots during shooting of motorist by police in Brentwood, California, police have released few details. “Both suspects were taken to a hospital and both were still alive Saturday morning, according to Herbert. No police officers were injured.”   http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Suspect-Shot-by-Police-in-Brentwood-427664173.html

Family of Ashtabula, Ohio man shot by police while holding intruder at gunpoint claim public is being misinformed. “They didn’t order him to drop the gun. Brendan was shot immediately upon the police entrance into the home, and there was no scuffle going on at the time the police entered that house.”   http://www.bet.com/news/national/2017/06/09/brendan-hester-shot-by-police-and-in-critical-condition.html

Philadelphia area man reportedly shot in the back while running from police officer. “(Commissioner) Ross warns the video could be taken out of context, and (may) not show if the male was threatening to fire while he was running away.”   http://6abc.com/news/family-members-id-man-in-fatal-officer-involved-shooting-/2073797/

Chicago man claims in lawsuit that he was tasered by police while comforting his dying brother.   http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/suit-chicago-police-used-excessive-force-on-man-as-brother-lay-dying/

Family of man killed by Minneapolis police officers during struggle files lawsuit. “The five-page lawsuit says the officers violated Clark’s right “to be free from excessive force and unreasonable seizure” when they took him to the ground and then shot him.”   http://www.startribune.com/family-of-jamar-clark-sues-two-minneapolis-police-officers-alleging-excessive-use-of-force/427516873/

Jury awards $323,000 to Connecticut man who was tased and punched in the eye during his arrest. “We asked the jury to send a message to the city of Bridgeport, and they did.”   http://www.ctpost.com/policereports/article/Man-who-claims-cops-gave-him-a-black-eye-wins-11203366.php


June 11, 2017

June 9, 2017

Jersey City police allegedly fire shots at fleeing suspect, kick burning crash victim in the head. “A video released on Wednesday that appears to show a police officer in New Jersey kicking a man shortly after he emerged, in flames, from a car accident… (in) what may have been a case of mistaken identity.”    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/08/nyregion/police-kick-man-fire.html?_r=0

Guantanamo prisoner sues torture psychologists for info on CIA black site in Poland. “Mitchell and Jessen ran a Spokane-based company that received $81 million from the CIA to develop methods to extract information that included waterboarding and sleep deprivation.”   http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-guantanamo-torture-lawsuit-20170607-story.html

Comey confirms Russian election hacking. “They did it with purpose, they did it with sophistication, they did it with overwhelming technical efforts, and it was an active measures campaign driven from the top of that government.”   http://www.wbur.org/radioboston/2017/06/08/comey-testimony

Comey testifies that Trump pressured him to drop Flynn investigation. “Former FBI Director James Comey said on Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trump asked him to drop an investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn as part of a probe into Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election.”   http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-idUSKBN18Y0BJ

British Conservative Party likely to lose control of parliament. “With most results declared, May’s party won the most seats — but not enough to govern without the support of minority parties.”   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/06/08/europe/uk-election-2017-results-theresa-may/index.html

House Republicans pass bill to repeal post-financial crisis reforms, limit consumer financial safeguards. “The bill even specifically exempts payday and car title lenders — notorious for springing devastating debt traps for their already vulnerable customers — from any regulation.”   http://www.npr.org/2017/06/08/532036374/house-passes-bill-aimed-at-reversing-dodd-frank-financial-regulations

Militia member helped Portland police during “Free Speech” protest arrest. “A right-wing protester who was filmed helping law enforcement in Portland arrest an anti-fascist activist has been identified as a member of a “patriot movement” militia-style group.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/08/portland-alt-right-rally-militia-member-police-arrest

U.N. protests spike in civilian casualties in Mosul fighting. “… the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, urged the coalition “to ensure that their operations comply fully with international humanitarian law and that all possible measures are taken to avoid the loss of civilian lives”.”   http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/06/escalation-civilian-deaths-mosul-170608080843566.html

Trump was apparently unaware that 11,000 U.S. troops are based in Qatar. “Donald Trump “may not have known” that Qatar is home to the biggest U.S. military base in the Middle East when he praised Gulf nations for severing diplomatic relations with the nation, MSNBC reports.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/06/trump-may-not-have-known-us-has-11000-troops-in-qatar-when-he-bashed-country-on-twitter-report/

Mainstream media accused of anti-Corbyn bias in run-up to UK election. “…the Times quoted eight people: four professors, three voters, and a politician. Not a single person said anything positive about Corbyn.”   http://fair.org/home/jeremy-corbyn-media-bias-uk-election/


June 9, 2017

June 8, 2017

Leaked NSA documents may vindicate Green Party/Jill Stein on vote recounts. “Until the Intercept published its report (on leaked NSA documents which described Russian election hacking), the Green’s concerns, their court filings by nationally known computer security experts and the issue writ large, had been dismissed by the mainstream media.”   https://www.alternet.org/election-2016/leaked-nsa-documents-dont-show-russians-stole-election-they-suggest-standard-gop-voter

Kansas legislature finally puts an end to governor’s long-running, supply-side tax cut experiment. “I think last night the vast majority of legislators said ‘enough was enough; we have to move away from this failed tax experiment and on to sound fiscal policies’.”   http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-kansas-tax-20170607-story.html

20 employees fired, 38 others reprimanded or counseled, after Uber sexual harassment investigation. “Bloomberg reported that law firm Perkins Coie reviewed 215 sexual discrimination charges at the company, and “took no action in 100 instances as it continues to investigate 57 others…”   https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2017/06/06/uber-fires-20-over-sexual-harassment-issues-reports/102554340/

Experts say Senator Wyden’s question to Director of National Intelligence at hearing may have a hidden meaning: “Can the government use FISA Act Section 702 to collect communications it knows are entirely domestic?”. “Wyden, of course, understands full well that the statute prohibits the collection of communications ‘known at the time of acquisition’ to be wholly domestic, which makes the question a bit unusual, especially given that he didn’t subsequently follow it up.”   https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2017-06-07/did-another-intelligence-director-lie-to-sen-wyden

Georgia Republican says she opposes “living wage” laws. “I do not support a livable wage.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/06/07/republican-offers-familiar-cruelty-rare-honesty-i-dont-support-livable-wage

Montana Congressman Gianforte apologizes for attack on journalist. “My physical response to your legitimate question was unprofessional, unacceptable, and unlawful.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/07/greg-gianforte-ben-jacobs-assault-case-civil-settlement

Halliburton’s unpaid, full-time “internships” cause controversy in UK. “For one of the richest companies in the world to be taking on full-time employees without pay says everything you need to know about what is wrong with the attitude of some big businesses to being ethical employer.”   https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/jun/07/oil-firm-halliburton-unpaid-uk-internships-work-experience

Bill Cosby accuser reportedly admits she called him “dozens of times” after alleged sexual assault. “The woman accusing Bill Cosby of sexual assault acknowledged on Wednesday that she called the comedian dozens of times in the months after the incident, including multiple calls on Valentine’s Day, but batted away suggestions of romance.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/06/cosby-accuser-admits-calling-him-on-valentines-day/

Colorado public housing agency reportedly invited police and drug-sniffing dogs to come along for apartment inspections. “Two months ago, there were some rumors and some concerns about drug activity on the property and one way we found to address it was to invite a partnership with the Longmont Police Department – to invite the canines over on their training day.”   http://www.9news.com/mb/news/local/next/longmont-housing-authority-invited-police-to-search-low-income-apartments-without-warrants/446388186

Trump’s pick for FBI director may have misled Senate Judiciary Committee during May 2004 questioning, in which he testified that he learned of detainee abuse “principally” through the news media . “A Feb. 20, 2004 memo, “Possible Violations of Federal Law,” notified Wray of the suspected homicide of (“iceman” Manadel al-Jamadi) and an ongoing CIA Inspector General’s investigation of his death after his capture by a Navy Seal team in Iraq three months earlier.”   http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/guantanamo/article154889184.html

Orrington, Maine man fatally shot by police after he allegedly made threatening phone call to police department, leading to standoff at his home.  http://www.wcsh6.com/news/suspect-dead-after-12-hour-standoff-with-police/446319270

Lawsuit alleges that “suspicious” man fatally shot by Philadelphia police officers was just looking for a parking spot. “Ferretti was unarmed, and was not wanted by police.”   http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2017/06/06/feretti-family-suing-after-2016-philly-police-involved-shooting/

Boston transit police settle civil rights lawsuit of woman who claimed she was pepper-sprayed, beaten and arrested after she complained about an officer shoving a woman. “I saw something, I said something, and I was beaten and arrested for it.”   http://www.metro.us/news/local-news/boston/mbta-police-brutality-lawsuit


June 8, 2017

June 7, 2017

Miami police propose putting city under aerial surveillance. “Miami-Dade police may deploy sophisticated aerial surveillance capable of photographing everyone outside for 32 square miles in an effort to track vehicles and individuals involved in crimes.”   http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article153901379.html

Trump Organization accused of skimming charity donations. “According to the Forbes report, $100,000 of the donations was funneled through the Eric Trump Foundation back into Trump’s golf courses for expenses incurred during the tournaments, despite donors being told that all their money would be used for charity.”   http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/336564-trump-foundation-funneled-100k-in-donation-into-revenue-for-trump

UK prime minister May says if anti-terror response violates human rights laws, “we will change the law so we can do it”.   http://www.bbc.com/news/election-2017-40181444

U.S. ambassador to U.N. accuses the organization’s Human Rights Council of “chronic anti-Israel bias”. “It’s hard to accept that this council has never considered a resolution on Venezuela, and yet it adopted five biased resolutions in March against a single country, Israel.”   http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/06/06/531752892/trump-administration-warns-that-u-s-may-pull-out-of-u-n-human-rights-council

Number of Sears/Kmart stores to close in latest wave reportedly rises to over 250.  “The closures will bring Sears’ store count to about 1,200, down from 2,073 five years ago.”   http://www.businessinsider.com/sears-is-closing-72-stores-heres-the-full-list-2017-6

White House spokesman says Trump tweets are official government statements. “The president is president of the United States,” Spicer said, “so they are considered official statements by the president of the United States.”    http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/trump-s-tweets-official-statements-spicer-says-n768931   That makes this tweet especially ominous: “The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017

Snowden slams use of Espionage Act against Russian election hacking leaker. “This often-condemned law,” he explained, “provides no space to distinguish the extraordinary disclosure of inappropriately classified information in the public interest—whistleblowing—from the malicious disclosure of secrets to foreign governments by those motivated by a specific intent to harm to their countrymen.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/06/06/edward-snowden-comes-defense-jailed-nsa-contractor-reality-winner

Michael Moore launches “Trumpileaks” website for whistle-blowers. Moore is targeting “patriotic Americans in government, law enforcement, or the private sector with knowledge of crimes, breaches of public trust and misconduct committed by Donald J. Trump and his associates”.   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/06/06/effort-protect-america-tyranny-michael-moore-launches-trumpileaks

Companies targeting educated, young liberals with politically correct ads. “If the Democratic party has changed, now circling around the professional classes and the very rich, the rise of Democratic consumer dollars is part of this shift, and these ads appear to be catering to it.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/06/progressive-advertising-fake-woke

Senator Warner: “The extent of the (Russian) attacks (on U.S. elections) is much broader than has been reported so far.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/06/06/mark-warner-says-russian-hacking-was-much-broader-than-has-been-reported-so-far/

Human rights group asks German government to pursue torture charges against CIA deputy director. “A non-profit human rights group announced Wednesday it handed information to German authorities Tuesday documenting CIA Deputy Director Gina Haspel’s role in torturing detainees in 2002 at a covert facility in Thailand and asked the German Federal Public Prosecutor to issue an arrest warrant in her name.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/cia-deputy-director-gina-haspels-prosecution-requested-germany-torturing-prisoners-2548833

Trump nominee for FBI director is reportedly Chris Christie’s personal lawyer. “Prior to being nominated as FBI director, Wray served as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s personal attorney during his “Bridgegate” controversy in which Christie’s aides shut down lanes on the George Washington Bridge to retaliate against the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee for not endorsing their boss during his 2013 reelection bid.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/06/trump-picks-christie-bridgegate-lawyer-christoper-wray-as-his-new-fbi-director/

Professional violinist claims her hand was injured in tug-of-war with United Airlines employee over valuable violin. http://www.rawstory.com/2017/06/musicians-hand-injured-after-united-airlines-supervisor-wrestles-away-antique-violin-in-baggage-dispute/

Video shows multiple white phosphorus artillery shells exploding downwards at roof top level during daytime attack on Mosul. “The Iraqi Army confirmed that the firing was their doing, insisting that they were delivering a “smokescreen” to help civilians flee from ISIS.”   http://news.antiwar.com/2017/06/06/video-shows-iraqi-forces-fired-white-phosphorus-into-mosul/

Kurdish leftists reach gates of IS capital Raqqa. “Last week, they reached the northern and eastern gates of the city after intense clashes under the cover of U.S.-led airstrikes.”   http://www.cbsnews.com/news/united-states-backed-syrian-force-attacks-isis-defacto-capital-raqqa/

Lawsuit alleges FBI, NSA and CIA engaged in mass, warrantless domestic surveillance program. “Montgomery alleges that more than 20 million American identities were illegally unmasked – credit reports, emails, phone conversations and Internet traffic, were some of the items the NSA and CIA collected.”   http://circa.com/politics/accountability/james-comey-sued-by-intelligence-contractor-dennis-montgomery-over-spying-on-americans

Federal grand jury indicts journalist for rioting during Trump’s inauguration. “…the indictment named (Cantú) as being present while the damage happened.”   http://www.sfreporter.com/santafe/article-13498-sfr-writer-indicted-following-inaugural-protest-coverage.html

Drug overdoses are now reportedly the leading cause of death for Americans under 50. “The United States is in the midst of the worst drug addiction epidemic in its history.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/7/worst_epidemic_in_us_history_opioid

Amnesty International official and 22 other human rights lawyers arrested in Turkey. “The fact that Turkey’s post-coup purge has now dragged the Chair of Amnesty International Turkey into its web is further proof of just how far it has gone and just how arbitrary it has become.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/7/headlines/amnesty_chair_in_turkey_arrested_by_police_along_with_other_human_rights_lawyers


June 7, 2017

June 6, 2016

Leaked NSA documents show Russians hacked election software company and local election officials, likely orchestrated anti-Clinton propaganda campaign. “Russian military intelligence executed a cyberattack on at least one U.S. voting software supplier and sent spear-phishing emails to more than 100 local election officials just days before last November’s presidential election, according to a highly classified intelligence report obtained by The Intercept.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/06/05/top-secret-nsa-report-details-russian-hacking-effort-days-before-2016-election/

Contractor charged with leaking NSA documents revealing Russian hacking. “CNN is told by sources that the document Winner allegedly leaked is the same one used as the basis for the article published Monday by The Intercept, detailing a classified National Security Agency memo.”   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/06/05/politics/federal-contractor-leak-prosecution/

American wounded in police barrage that ended London stabbing spree, witnesses claim he was hit with a bullet. “Police have not revealed any details about the individual who was accidentally hit in the hail of 50 bullets that ended Saturday night’s van-and-knife rampage.”   http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/london-bridge-attack/london-bridge-attack-american-hit-head-police-bullet-witness-says-n768186

Trump proposes privatizing air traffic control. “Not only is the president’s proposal a huge power grab for the commercial airlines, but the notion that the airlines can run anything better, let alone air traffic control, is laughable.”   http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-privatize-air-traffic-20170605-story.html

Congressman reportedly calls for execution of everyone suspected of being an Islamic extremist. “Hunt them, identify them, and kill them. Kill them all.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2017/06/05/kill-them-kill-them-all-gop-congressman-calls-for-holy-war-against-radical-islam/

Las Vegas police officer reportedly arrested in taser, beating and choke hold death of casino patron. “…Coroner John Fudenberg said Brown died of lack of oxygen, or “asphyxia due to police restraint”. Lopera also zapped Brown with a stun gun seven times and punched him in the head and neck several times after the chase through employee-only hallways into a rear driveway to a parking area of The Venetian resort, police have said.”   http://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/las-vegas-police-officer-arrested-manslaughter-charge-choke-death-n768586

Flint, Michigan city redevelopment official reportedly resigns after water activist releases recording of racial slur. “Flint has the same problems as Detroit — f**ing ni***** don’t pay their bills, believe me, I deal with them.”   http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2017/06/land_bank_official_flints_prob.html

Seattle passes soda tax. “The ordinance calls for a tax of 1.75 cents per ounce to be paid by distributors of beverages such as Pepsi and Coke, sports drinks, energy drinks and other sweetened drinks.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/seattle-city-council-oks-tax-on-soda-sugary-drinks/2017/06/05/13feee24-4a4d-11e7-987c-42ab5745db2e_story.html

Self-destructive Trump tweets renew worries about his mental health. “Trump’s comments—regarding the attacks themselves, London’s mayor, and the travel ban—have been panned across the political spectrum as inaccurate and reprehensible.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/06/05/trump-self-incriminates-draws-rebuke-latest-unhinged-twitter-rant

Economist accuses upper-middle class of gaming the system. “Kids from more affluent backgrounds are entering the contest massively well prepared, while kids from less affluent backgrounds are not. The well-prepared kids win, and everybody pretends to themselves it’s a meritocracy.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/04/american-dream-economics-uppper-middle-class-study

Fresno State University dean resigns over alleged political interference in Said Professorship search. “The administration carried out the vicious and discriminatory attacks launched by Israel advocacy groups against the search committee and the four finalists who were of Middle Eastern and Palestinian ethnicity.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/06/05/fresno-state-cancels-a-middle-east-studies-professorship-after-pressure-from-right-wing-pro-israel-group/

Harvard allegedly cancels admissions of students who shared “dark memes” in Facebook chat. “Harvard College rescinded the admittances of at least 10 potential members of the class of 2021 allegedly for taking part in a Facebook group chat in which they shared memes that made fun of sexual assault, child assault, specific races and the Holocaust…”   http://www.ibtimes.com/harvard-memes-students-who-shared-jokes-about-child-abuse-holocaust-lose-acceptance-2547962

Family of autistic man sues North Miami over his arrest and interrogation after police shooting. “(The lawsuit) claims that police falsely imprisoned Rios, battered and assaulted him while limiting his movement.”   http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Family-of-Autistic-Man-at-Center-of-North-Miami-Police-Involved-Shooting-Files-Lawsuit-426511211.html

Chaska, Minnesota settles lawsuit over police shooting in which officers reportedly fired 25 shots at two hit-and-run suspects armed with 3 inch folding pocketknife, killing both of them. “Originally released video of the incident — redacted by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension because they believed it would be “offensive to common sensibilities,” a provision to withhold data under state law — shows the chase, but cuts to black when police start firing.”   http://www.twincities.com/2017/06/01/family-of-woman-shot-by-police-on-highway-212-wins-1-75m-settlement/   and   http://www.twincities.com/2015/02/04/family-of-woman-killed-by-chaska-police-officer-after-chase-sues/


June 6, 2016

June 5, 2017

“Fox and Friends” commentators suggest internment camps for UK Muslims on watch list. “We do need internment camps.”   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/fox-news-london-attack_us_59343347e4b075bff0f475f8

82 year-old woman loses it after TSA screener takes her hand soap, goes to jail. “After the incident, airport police handcuffed Bryan and took her to jail, where she stayed about two hours after being booked on a misdemeanor battery charge.”   https://www.dallasnews.com/news/crime/2017/06/02/mesquite-grandmother-apologizes-attack-tsa-worker-led-arrest   TSA is reportedly refusing to release video of the incident.

Financing for Honduran dam withdrawn after murder of environmental activist. “Three financial institutions had pledged loans worth $44m for the Agua Zarca dam on the Gualcarque river, which is considered sacred by the Lenca people and which (Berta) Caceres campaigned against before her death.”   https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/04/honduras-dam-activist-berta-caceres

Texas has highest mortality rate for mothers during childbirth in the developed world, but has done little to address the issue. “The number of maternal deaths for every 100,000 births was between 17.7 and 18.6 from 2000-2010, 33 in 2011, and 35.8 in 2014, the study found.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/us-maternal-mortality-rates-texas-lawmakers-failed-curb-pregnancy-related-deaths-2547812

More evidence of mass executions by Iraqi forces says Human Rights Watch. “The bodies of bound and blindfolded men are being found one after the other in and around Mosul and in the Tigris River, raising serious concerns about extrajudicial killings by government forces.”   https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/06/05/iraq-dozens-found-handcuffed-executed-around-mosul

Government forces accused of using white phosphorus munitions in Mosul, media threaten with legal action over release of images. “The pictures show artillery-delivered WP (white phosphorus) being air-burst.”   http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/06/iraq-probe-white-phosphorus-mosul-170603205843400.html

Trump quick to denounce Muslim extremists, slow to denounce white extremists. “When a known white supremacist killed two men and injured another in a train in Portland, Oregon last month it took Trump three days to condemn the attack.”   http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2017/06/04/trump_reacts_quickly_to_attacks_only_if_perpetrator_is_presumed_to_be_muslim.html

U.S. military officers warned against climate treaty withdrawal. “Climate change poses strategically significant risks to U.S. national security, directly impacting our critical infrastructure and increasing the likelihood of humanitarian disasters, state failure and conflict.”   http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/national-security/article153908824.html


June 5, 2017