Trump tweets appear to indicate that he was asking FBI director to overlook Mike Flynn’s deception. “Flynn, who had been one of Trump’s closest and most trusted aides during the campaign and transition [and who also served as a National Security Advisor in the Trump administration], admitted lying to the FBI about pre-inauguration communications with (Russian ambassador) Kislyak, regarding efforts to blunt the Obama administration’s Russia sanctions and a U.N. resolution on Israel…” https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-lawyer-says-president-knew-flynn-had-given-fbi-the-same-account-he-gave-to-vice-president/2017/12/03/5c59a620-d849-11e7-a841-2066faf731ef_story.html
Man complains about arrest and deportation of his partner to the press, gets arrested himself, claims he was told it was because of his interview. “My (ICE) supervisor asked me to come find you because of what appeared in the newspaper.” http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/12/04/ice-detains-mexican-man-after-speaking-to-newspapers-about-girlfriends-deportation.html
The 1917 Houston Army mutiny was sparked by racial conflict with local law enforcement. “A total of 118 enlisted black soldiers were indicted, with 110 found guilty, 19 hanged and 63 receiving life sentences.” http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42116688
Honduran troops open fire on pro-democracy protesters, at least one killed. “A teenage girl was killed as troops opened fire on unarmed protesters in the Honduran capital on Saturday, after the government declared a 10-day curfew and suspended constitutional rights in an attempt to contain an escalating political crisis fuelled by evidence of electoral fraud.” https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/02/honduras-troops-shoot-dead-teenage-girl-curfew-election-crisis-protests Sorry, not newsworthy in the U.S.
Tens of thousands of anti-corruption protesters fill streets in Israel. “Mr Bitan’s questioning comes a day after tens of thousands of Israelis poured into the streets of Tel Aviv on Saturday night for an anti-corruption rally calling on Mr Netanyahu to resign.” https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/israel-netanyahu-tel-aviv-david-bitan-police-protests-corruption-ally-questioned-thousands-a8089526.html
Pro-democracy protesters march in Hong Kong. “Joshua Wong Chi-fung, Lester Shum and Raphael Wong Ho-ming were among the convicted Occupy leaders chanting ‘No fear of the authoritarian era. Oppose political persecution’ during the march.” http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2122688/joshua-wong-and-fellow-occupy-activists-join-protest-march
Trump’s lawyer says the President cannot obstruct justice. “Trump’s personal lawyer John Dowd sought to excuse the president’s tweet in part by telling Axios and NBC News on Monday that the ‘president cannot obstruct justice because he is the chief law enforcement officer under [the Constitution’s Article II] and has every right to express his view of any case’.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/a-bold-new-legal-defense-for-trump-presidents-cannot-obstruct-justice/2017/12/04/b95cb262-d91c-11e7-a841-2066faf731ef_story.html All hail King Donald the First!
FBI asked ATF to retrieve weapons from 4,000 gun buyers last year, who had been approved to purchase them in error. “…the thousands of gun seizure requests highlight persistent problems in a system where analysts must complete background checks within three days of the proposed purchase.” https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/12/04/exclusive-feds-issue-4-000-orders-seize-guns-people-who-failed-background-checks/901017001/
Protesters demand charges against police in fatal shooting of fleeing car theft suspect. “The group held signs that said, “Justice For Jayson (Negron)” and expressed disappointment that no charges have yet been filed in the case that has been under investigation since the May 9 shooting on Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport.” http://www.courant.com/breaking-news/hc-br-waterbury-jayson-negron-killing-protest-20171204-story.html
Video of D.C. Park Police shooting of fleeing suspect turned over to FBI. “Bijan Ghaisar, 25, was shot by US Park Police on November 17 following a police pursuit along the George Washington Parkway. According to a US Park Police Spokesperson, Ghaisar never shot at officers. Ghaisar’s family attorney also claims that he never had a gun.” http://www.wusa9.com/news/local/virginia/new-information-released-in-fatal-us-park-police-shooting/496751490
Supreme Court allows Trump “Muslim ban” to go into effect pending further legal decisions. “The Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to fully enforce a ban on travel to the United States by residents of six mostly Muslim countries.” http://time.com/5048705/supreme-court-trump-travel-ban-enforcement/
Philippines, China and India enforcing “respect for the national anthem” laws. “In Asia, countries tend to put emphasis on collective interests above any individual or sub-group interests, and [national] sovereignty is put at the extreme top.” http://www.businessinsider.com/asia-national-anthem-laws-jail-2017-11
E-mail shows that Trump official who told Congress she was unaware of contacts with Russian officials was apparently aware of contacts with Russian officials. “(K.T.) McFarland told lawmakers on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in July that she did not discuss or have any knowledge of Flynn’s contact with then-Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak… In the (December 29) email, she reportedly tells another campaign aide that Flynn planned to talk to Kislyak later that day.” http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/363213-mcfarland-contradicts-herself-on-knowledge-flynns-contacts-with
Environmental groups sue government over return of federal monument lands to Utah. “Trump had announced on Monday in Salt Lake City that he would follow (Secretary of the Interior) Zinke’s recommendations and reduce Bears Ears National Monument by over 80% and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by roughly 45%.” https://edition.cnn.com/2017/12/04/politics/monument-trump-utah-shrink-conservation-tribes-sue/index.html
Republican U.S. senator Chuck Grassley says ultra-rich deserve huge estate tax break because they don’t waste all their money on “booze or women or movies”. “In a Monday afternoon tweet, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) said, ‘Just so we’re clear, Senator Grassley, here’s what my constituents are spending ‘every darn penny’ on: Rent. Groceries. Prescriptions. College tuition.'” https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/12/04/senator-slammed-booze-and-women-comment-amid-call-all-out-blitz-stop-goptaxscam Actually, working class consumption is the real engine that drives the economy and creates jobs, not millionaires and billionaires squirreling away their money in tax havens.
Despite warnings from allies, Trump administration goes ahead with Korean military exercises. “China and Russia had proposed that the United States and South Korea stop major military exercises in exchange for North Korea halting its weapons programmes.” https://www.independent.ie/world-news/asia-pacific/us-drills-push-korea-to-brink-of-nuclear-war-36379918.html
Steelers-Bengals game called “brutal” due to injuries, penalties. “The Pittsburgh Steelers edged their AFC North rivals the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20 on Monday night but the game was overshadowed by ugly moments of violence that did little to lessen the NFL’s reputation for brutality.” https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/dec/05/steelers-bengals-ryan-shazier-injury-nfl
Democrats and Republicans show they can work together – filling the swamp. “The Orwellian-named (Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act) would actually deregulate several parts of the financial sector and unravel consumer protections in a corrupt alliance between Republicans and pro-Wall Street Democrats.” https://theintercept.com/2017/12/04/elizabeth-warren-challenges-democrats-deregulating-wall-street/
U.S. politicians reportedly received $4.5 million in donations from firms lobbying on behalf of foreign governments in lead up to 2016 election. “Foreign lobbyists and their firms’ political action committees were also responsible for packaging a total of $5.9 million in donations for candidates and party committees, through an influence-enhancing tactic known as ‘bundling’.” http://www.ibtimes.com/political-capital/foreign-lobbyists-contributed-more-45-million-candidates-2016-elections-2623418
Google to hire 10,000 moderators to remove offensive content missed by AI. “Among these were disturbing vignettes — like footage showing screaming kids getting mock-tortured — that went viral.” http://www.ibtimes.com/youtube-child-abuse-videos-prompt-google-hire-thousands-moderators-2623756 Looks like the robots are not ready to take our jobs quite yet.
Military spending $100 million on research into how to intentionally kill off targeted species using gene editing technology. “The dual-use nature of altering and eradicating entire populations is as much a threat to peace and food security as it is a threat to ecosystems.” http://www.ibtimes.com/us-military-spends-100-million-species-killing-gene-research-2623532
Tennessee high school baseball team accused of threatening to “string a nigger up” and “hang the nigger-lovers” on social media, no criminal charges so far, prompting student protest. “The students said they were protesting the lack of action by school administrators, who ordered the students who sent the (messages) to write a 10-page paper as punishment.” http://wreg.com/2017/12/04/haywood-high-school-students-stage-walkout/ What are these kids thinking, and how did we get here? Where is all this hate coming from?
Arson suspect reportedly blamed “random black guy” for trying to burn down his (presumably ex-) girlfriend’s house. “The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says that they were also clued in because Madrigal drew the shape of a heart with lighter fluid on the fence that was located near his girlfriend’s bedroom window.” https://www.rawstory.com/2017/12/teen-arsonist-who-torched-his-girlfriends-house-tried-to-blame-a-random-black-guy-for-his-crimes/
Calgary customer reportedly calls dark-skinned (presumably immigrant) cashier a “bomb-making motherf&%$er” for accidentally scanning the same item twice. “The customer was originally just irate at the fact that it was double-scanned and he wanted a manager,” said Lemmon, who recorded the incident. “Upon the manager getting there, it turned to a complete hate-fuelled tirade.” https://globalnews.ca/news/3894178/video-captures-racist-tirade-at-calgary-superstore/
Fox & Friends guest reportedly accuses Colin Kaepernick of funding terrorists with jersey sales profits. “Colin Kaepernick gives money to terrorists,” Jackson said in Friday’s episode. “So look at the people he has donated money to, these are radicals in many cases. Very anti-American, ethnocentrically racist black organizations.” https://www.rawstory.com/2017/12/fox-news-says-colin-kaepernick-funds-terrorists/ Meals on Wheels, Coalition for the Homeless, Justice League NYC, Lower East Side Girls Club, business suits for released inmates, American Friends Service Committee…
International Criminal Court prosecutor says UK troops likely committed war crimes against detainees. “Following a thorough factual and legal assessment of the information available… there is reasonable basis to believe that members of the UK armed forces committed war crimes, within the jurisdiction of the Court, against persons in their custody.” https://www.yahoo.com/news/reasonable-basis-british-war-crimes-iraq-icc-201029373.html
10 arrested in murder of “Panama Papers” journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta. “The murder on 16 October sent shockwaves through the island and alarmed the EU, which was already concerned about the rule of law on Malta. The bloc’s smallest member state has often been branded a haven for dubious foreign money.” https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/04/daphne-caruana-galizia-malta-journalist-eight-arrested-murder-inquiry
Death toll in shootings of Honduran pro-democracy protesters rises to at least 3, dozens reportedly injured. “Protesters accuse the electoral commission of rigging the vote in favor of incumbent President Juan Orlando Hernández, who is a close U.S. ally.” https://www.democracynow.org/2017/12/4/honduras_protesters_defy_military_crackdown_and
Democratic Party official says GOP tax bill will create a permanent aristocracy in U.S. “So this is really, I think, more about reordering our society, creating a hereditary aristocracy in the United States and really taking our country and leading it down a path where we will one day see a very tiny group of very, very, very rich elite people in an ocean of desperate people just trying to hang on and make it every single day…” https://www.democracynow.org/2017/12/4/rep_keith_ellison_gop_tax_bill