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DC: Man charged with leaking documents to Chinese intelligence agents

Source: Charlotte Observer

“A Virginia man arrested Thursday for passing top secret defense information to Chinese intelligence agents in Shanghai faces a possible sentence of life in prison, the Justice Department said. Kevin Patrick Mallory, 60, turned over the material during trips to Shanghai in March and April, when he met with two Chinese agents, the department said in a statement. … Mallory is charged with making false statements to federal agents and delivering defense information to a foreign government, marking the second time this year a U.S. government employee is charged with spying for China.” (06/22/17)

CA: Judge says San Francisco can subpoena Uber for driver information

Source: Reuters [UK]

“A California state judge said on Thursday that San Francisco can demand from Uber records containing the ride-hailing company’s driver contact information, the city attorney said. San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera last month sought a court order compelling Uber Technologies Inc to comply with the city’s demands for information about the company’s drivers. The city Treasurer and Tax Collector’s Office wants the names, addresses and driver’s license numbers of Uber’s drivers. Superior Court Judge Richard Ulmer in San Francisco said in court that he will rule that the tax office has the authority to subpoena Uber for the information, Herrera said in a statement. The official ruling was expected as early as late Thursday. Uber had provided the city with the driver information for more than two years, but stopped in December. The company argues that the request violates driver privacy and could endanger drivers’ safety.” (06/22/17)

FCC hits robocaller with gang’s largestever extortion demand of $120 million

Source: USA Today

“The Federal Communications Commission has levied its largest fine ever, targeting a Florida-based robocall network it says was responsible for nearly 100 million calls over the last three months of 2016. The agency on Thursday proposed a $120 million fine against Adrian Abramovich of Miami, Fla., alleging his operation, doing business as Marketing Strategy Leaders, made 96 million spoofed robocalls during the period in which the FCC investigated. Of those calls, about 90% were made to wireless phones, with 10% to landline phones. The calls used ‘neighborhood spoofing’ technology to include local area codes and the first three numbers of the recipient’s own phone number to encourage people to answer the calls.” [editor’s note: The details make it sound like Abramovich was indeed a big-time scammer, but the story doesn’t mention restitution. Presumably the $120 million just goes to the FCC itself – TLK] (06/22/17)

Big banks pass first round of Fed’s annual stress tests

Source: Fox Business News

“Thirty-four of the biggest U.S. banks have the financial strength to survive the next global recession, the Federal Reserve said on Thursday. The results were the first of two rounds of annual stress tests conducted by the central bank to assess how well financial institutions with $50 billion or more in consolidated assets could cope with shocks to financial markets and the economy. The most severe hypothetical scenario assumes $383 billion in loan losses at the firms over nine quarters amid a ‘severe’ global recession, a 10% unemployment rate in the U.S. and stress in the corporate loan market and commercial real estate. Additionally, under the scenario, the industry’s common equity tier 1 capital ratio (a cushion against shocks that measures core equity capital against total risk-weighted assets) would fall to 9.2% from 12.5%. However, some banks would come out of such a crisis with less capital than others.” (06/22/17)

Trump proposes a law that’s existed for 20 years

Source: USA Today

“President Trump called for a new law barring immigrants from receiving welfare for at least five years at a rally on Wednesday. But neither Trump nor nearly 6,000 of his die-hard supporters seemed to realize that the law has already existed for more than 20 years. Trump received a standing ovation and pledged his administration would put the legislation into effect ‘very shortly.’ … ‘I believe the time has come for new immigration rules which say that those seeking admission into our country must be able to support themselves financially and should not use welfare for a period of at least five years,’ Trump told the crowd in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. As The Hill reported, President Bill Clinton signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act in 1996. The law prevents immigrants from receiving federal benefits, such as food stamps, Medicaid, and Social Security for five years after entering the country. There are some exceptions, however, for children and pregnant women, refugees, and active duty military or veterans. It’s possible Trump could introduce tougher limitations and regulations on top of the existing law.” (06/22/17)

SCOTUS limits regime’s power to revoke citizenship

Source: The Hill

“The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a naturalized immigrant can’t be stripped of their citizenship for making false statements during the naturalization process that are irrelevant to an immigration official’s decision to grant or deny citizenship. A unanimous court said the government must establish that an immigrant’s illegal act during the naturalization process played some role in acquiring citizenship. When the underlying illegal act is a false statement, the justices said a jury must decide whether the false statements altered the naturalization process and influenced the immigration official’s decision.” (06/22/17)

Magnitude 6.8 earthquake recorded off Guatemalan coast

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit off Guatemala’s Pacific coast Thursday, shaking much of the country and neighboring El Salvador. Officials said four people were injured and only minor damage was reported. The U.S. Geological Survey said the 6:31 a.m. quake was centered about 24 miles southwest of Puerto San Jose and 6 miles below the surface. People in El Salvador fled into the streets. The spokesman for Guatemala’s national disaster agency, Julio Sanchez, said there were four reported injuries and some damage to infrastructure.” (06/22/17)

Intel chiefs tell investigators Trump suggested they refute collusion with Russians

Source: CNN

“Two of the nation’s top intelligence officials told Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team and Senate investigators, in separate meetings last week, that President Donald Trump suggested they say publicly there was no collusion between his campaign and the Russians, according to multiple sources. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers described their interactions with the President about the Russia investigation as odd and uncomfortable, but said they did not believe the President gave them orders to interfere, according to multiple sources familiar with their accounts. Sources say both men went further than they did in June 7 public hearings, when they provided little detail about the interactions.” (06/22/17)

CA: Court suspends 14 of 15 charges against Planned Parenthood whistleblowers

Source: The Federalist

“On Wednesday the San Francisco Superior Court tossed for lack of evidence 14 of 15 criminal charges against journalists who recorded high-level Planned Parenthood employees discussing trafficking the body parts of aborted babies, reports LifeSiteNews. California’s Department of Justice says it will re-file the charges within the ten-day deadline for providing more evidence. Beginning in 2015, David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt of the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) released a series of undercover videos. They show, among other things, Planned Parenthood employees bartering for human body parts and discussing killing and harvesting babies born alive during an abortion …. Rather than prosecuting suspected human organ traffickers, in March the office of California’s attorney general charged their whistleblowers with 15 felonies for the recordings, one for each person recorded, alleging that by recording conversations in public places they had violated privacy laws.” [editor’s note: All the mainstream media accounts of the hearing seem to omit the suspension of the charges; despite The Federalist’s clear bias, it seemed to be the most informative version of the story – TLK] (06/22/17)

NY: Cuomo pardons former 9/11 worker fighting deportation

Source: Fox News

“A former ground zero worker fighting deportation to Colombia for a 1990 drug conviction received a pardon from Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday and will use it to challenge his removal from the country. Cuomo, a Democrat, said that if Carlos Cardona is deported he might not be able to receive adequate health treatments for ailments he suffers after working in the Sept. 11, 2001, recovery effort. … Cardona, who lives in Queens, has been detained since February after appearing for a routine ICE appointment, Cuomo said. He has been held in Hudson Correctional Facility in Kearny, New Jersey. Cardona entered the U.S. illegally in 1986 from Santiago de Cali, Colombia. He was convicted in 1990, when he was 21, of attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. He has lived crime-free since then, and the pardon should allow him to fight deportation, Cuomo said.” (06/22/17)