Category Archives: News

Kushner used private email to conduct White House business

Source: Politico

"Presidential son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner has corresponded with other administration officials about White House matters through a private email account set up during the transition last December, part of a larger pattern of Trump administration aides using personal email accounts for government business. Kushner uses his private account alongside his official White House email account, sometimes trading emails with senior White House officials, outside advisers and others about media coverage, event planning and other subjects, according to four people familiar with the correspondence. POLITICO has seen and verified about two dozen emails." (09/24/17)

OH: Bill would bar abortion when prenatal test is positive for Down syndrome

Source: Portland Press Herald

"Kelly Kuhns rejected Down syndrome testing the first three times she got pregnant; the 36-year-old nurse from Ohio always knew she’d never terminate a pregnancy. But after her third pregnancy ended in miscarriage, she decided with the fourth to take the test. Her hope was to help doctors guide her to a healthy outcome. What she got was a positive result for Down syndrome — and a barrage of disheartening counseling. … Kuhns is fighting for an Ohio bill that would ban abortions in cases where a pregnant woman has had a positive test result or prenatal diagnosis indicating Down syndrome. Physicians convicted of performing an abortion under such circumstances could be charged with a fourth-degree felony, stripped of their medical license and held liable for legal damages. The pregnant woman would face no criminal liability." (09/24/17)

NFL players, owners defy Trump on anthem protests

Source: Yahoo! News

"National Football League players sat out, knelt and linked arms during pre-game national anthems played across the country and in London on Sunday, hours after U.S. President Donald Trump called on fans to boycott teams that do not discipline players who protest. In the first few games since Trump stepped up his criticism of NFL players, dozens of players and coaches of teams including the Baltimore Ravens, Jacksonville Jaguars, Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Dolphins did not stand for the anthem and took a knee, a gesture that began last year as a protest over police treatment of African-Americans and other minorities. … At a political rally on Friday in support of his favored Senate candidate in a special election in Alabama, Trump suggested any protesting football player was a 'son of a bitch' and should lose his job." (09/24/17)–nfl.html

UK: Six injured in acid attacks at London shopping center

Source: New York Daily News

"Six people were injured in a series of acid attacks at a busy London shopping center Saturday, authorities said. Metropolitan Police officers responded about 8 p.m. to a 'group of males spraying what was believed to be a noxious substance' at different locations in Stratford, authorities said. Police do not believe the incident is terror-related." (09/23/17)

UK: Uber seeks talks with Khan to renew licence

Source: BBC News [UK]

"Uber is prepared to make concessions to ensure its licence to operate in London is renewed, its general manager for the capital has said. Tom Elvidge told the Sunday Times: 'While we haven't been asked to make any changes, we'd like to know what we can do.' He added: 'That requires a dialogue we sadly haven't been able to have.' Transport for London told the ride-hailing app firm it was not fit to hold a private hire operator licence. A TfL spokesman said it would be inappropriate to comment further. Uber has been asking to meet Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, since his election in May 2016 but those requests have been rejected, according to sources close to the US company." [editor's note: It's a mistake to make any concessions whatsoever, or even to agree to be "licenced." Just operate without permission and encourage the public to handle the would-be trade restrainers roughly – TLK] (09/24/17)

Hurricane Maria: Aid reaches Puerto Rico after Maria as threat from cracked dam recedes

Source: The Guardian [UK]

"Large amounts of federal aid began moving into Puerto Rico on Saturday, as the island tried to recover from a battering by hurricane Maria. Local officials praised the Trump administration’s response but also called for the emergency loosening of rules long blamed for condemning the US territory to second-class economic status. In the north-west of the island, people began returning to their homes after a spillway eased pressure on a dam that cracked after more than 1ft of rain fell in the wake of the hurricane. Though water continued to pour out of rain-swollen Lake Guajataca, the dam had not burst by Saturday night." (09/24/17)

Iran: Regime conducts new ballistic missile test despite [sic] Trump pressure

Source: The Hill

"Iran announced Saturday that the country has conducted a successful test of a new ballistic missile design despite [sic] pressure from the Trump administration to stop, and vowed to continue its weapons development. The new missile design has a range of 1,200 miles, according to a Reuters report. State broadcaster IRIB quoted an Iranian commander who stated that the country would not seek 'permission' for future weapons tests." [editor's note: There's no "despite" about it. Any "sovereign nation" will generally not just reject, but flagrantly act in contradiction to, demands from a perceived enemy. "Pressure from the Trump administration" of this type, be it versus Iran, North Korea, or any other state, will almost inevitably get exactly the opposite of the allegedly desired result – TLK] (09/23/17)

Feds recruit 21 states to help keep up "Russian election meddling" scare

Source: CBS News

"The federal government on Friday told election officials in 21 states that hackers targeted their systems last year, although in most cases the systems were not breached. The government told The Associated Press last year that more than 20 states were targeted by hackers believed to be Russian agents before the 2016 elections. But for many states, the calls Friday from the Department of Homeland Security were the first official confirmation of whether their states were on the list. … The government did not say who was behind the hacking attempts or provide details about what had been sought. But election officials in three states said Friday the attempts could be linked to Russia." (09/22/17)

Corporate welfare watch: US trade bureaucrats try to jack up the price Americans pay for solar panels

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"A U.S. trade panel has ruled that low-cost solar panels imported from China and other countries have caused serious injury to American manufacturers, raising the possibility of the Trump administration imposing tariffs that could double the price of solar panels from aboard. Friday’s vote by the International Trade Commission was unanimous. The trade commission has until mid-November to recommend a remedy to President Donald Trump, with a final decision on tariffs expected in January. … Georgia-based Suniva Inc., and Oregon-based SolarWorld Americas brought the case, saying a flood of imports have pushed them to the brink of extinction. Suniva declared bankruptcy, while SolarWorld had to lay off three-quarters of its workforce. Cheap imports have led to a boom in the U.S. solar industry, where rooftop and other installations have surged tenfold since 2011." (09/23/17)

Russia: Prosecutor's office summons Burger King for issuing cryptocurrency


"The Russian prosecutor’s office has summoned Burger King to explain the issuance of its cryptocurrency called Whoppercoin. Burger King is confident that it has not broken any laws since there is currently no regulation for cryptocurrency in Russia. … The Russian network of Burger King revealed in August that it had issued a cryptocurrency in Russia on the Waves blockchain platform. The token platform lets users who download their wallet issue their own coins and trade them with other Waves wallet holders. A decentralized exchange built into Waves wallets allows their tokens to be traded with other cryptocurrencies as well as fiat currencies." (09/22/17)