Category Archives: PND News

MT: Gianforte leads special House election in early results

Source: Politico

“The polls are closed in Montana’s special House election, where voters cast ballots Thursday less than 24 hours after Republican candidate Greg Gianforte was charged with assault for allegedly attacking a reporter covering his campaign. The race between Gianforte and Democrat Rob Quist captured national attention this week after Gianforte’s on-tape blow-up with The Guardian’s Ben Jacobs, which was described by him and three other journalists who witnessed the episode as a ‘bodyslam.’ Gianforte’s lead over Quist was at 50 percent to 45 percent with about 225,000 ballots counted and complete returns trickling in slowly across the state.” (05/25/17)

Appeals court upholds nix on Trump Muslim ban

Source: Edwardsville Intelligencer

“A federal appeals court dealt another blow to President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban targeting six Muslim-majority countries on Thursday, siding with groups that say the policy illegally targets Muslims. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling that blocks the Republican’s administration from temporarily suspending new visas for people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The Richmond, Virginia-based 4th Circuit is the first appeals court to rule on the revised travel ban, which Trump’s administration had hoped would avoid the legal problems that the first version encountered.” (05/25/17)

Clinton supporters try to shift blame for Servergate to, you guessed it, !THEM RUSSIANS!

Source: Washington Post

“A secret document that officials say played a key role in then-FBI Director James B. Comey’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation has long been viewed within the FBI as unreliable and possibly a fake, according to people familiar with its contents. In the midst of the 2016 presidential primary season, the FBI received what was described as a Russian intelligence document claiming a tacit understanding between the Clinton campaign and the Justice Department over the inquiry into whether she intentionally revealed classified information through her use of a private email server. … Current and former officials have said that Comey relied on the document in making his July decision to announce on his own, without Justice Department involvement, that the investigation was over. That public announcement — in which he criticized Clinton and made extensive comments about the evidence — set in motion a chain of other FBI moves that Democrats now say helped Trump win the presidential election.” [editor’s note: I’m pretty sure !THEM RUSSIANS! stole my car keys, too,
since I can’t find them – TLK] (05/25/17)

Housing Secretary Ben Carson calls poverty a “state of mind”

Source: BBC [UK state media]

“US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson has sparked outrage after describing poverty as a ‘state of mind.’ During an interview with Sirius XM radio on Tuesday, Mr Carson suggested people are poor because they learned the ‘wrong mindset’ from their parents. The retired neurosurgeon oversees a department that manages housing for the country’s low-income population. ‘I think poverty to a large extent is also a state of mind,’ he said in an interview that aired on Wednesday. ‘You take somebody that has the right mindset, you can take everything from them and put them on the street, and I guarantee in a little while they’ll be right back up there. And you take somebody with the wrong mindset, you can give them everything in the world, they’ll work their way right back down to the bottom.'” [editor’s note: Having grown up relatively well off, then spent decades living on the edge, before finding some balance in my mid-60s, I kind of attest to this – SAT] (05/25/17)

Russian activist fined for sharing John Oliver clip

Source: Raw Story

“A Russian activist has been fined 1,500 rubles ($27) after being found guilty of ‘spreading extremist materials.’ His crime: sharing a clip of Last Week Tonight With John Oliver on a Russian social media site. Semyon Kochkin, who works at opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s headquarters in the Chuvashia region, posted a clip from a 2015 episode of the HBO political satire series on the VKontakte site. In the clip, Oliver detailed a story of three Chechen women who tricked members of the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) into sending them thousands of dollars by posing as potential brides who would travel to join them in Syria. ‘They catfished ISIS,’ Oliver said in discussing the story.” (05/25/17)

GA: Flasher sheriff taking self-imposed suspension

Source: Fox News

“DeKalb County Sheriff Jeff Mann said he will take a self-imposed suspension starting this weekend. In a memo to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office, Mann said he is disciplining himself for one week due to ‘conduct unbecoming.’ Mann was arrested earlier this month and is accused of exposing himself at Piedmont Park, then allegedly running from an Atlanta police officer. Mann said he will donate one week of pay to charity. His suspension starts this Sunday.” (05/25/17)

PA: Drug counselors overdose, die at addiction facility

Source: USA Today

“Two Pennsylvania drug counselors overdosed and died from a combination of heroin and fentanyl while working at a halfway house for those facing addiction. The two people, who weren’t identified by local authorities, were found dead Sunday in their bedrooms at the Freedom Ridge Recovery Lodge outside Philadelphia, according to the District Attorney’s Office of Chester County. The counselors organized daily activities for six men who stayed at Freedom Recovery. The duties also involved monitoring the residents’ medications. First responders arrived about 2 p.m. after residents found them unresponsive. They tried to revive one of the counselors with a nose injection of naloxone. Authorities found used needles and bags of heroin near both bodies. The bags had Superman and ‘Danger/Skull & Crossbones’ logos. Both tested positive for heroin and fentanyl.” [editor’s note: “Counselors,” eh? Do as I say, m’kay? I’m smarter than you – SAT] (05/25/17)

NOAA: Above-normal Atlantic hurricane season likely

Source: Newsday

“Federal forecasters on Thursday said the Atlantic coast hurricane season looks to be shaping up as an active one this year. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Climate Prediction Center’s forecasters predict a 70 percent likelihood of 11 to 17 named storms, of which five to nine could become hurricanes. NOAA said two to four of those storms could be major hurricanes, meaning Category 3 or higher.” (05/25/17)

MI: ICE thugs dine at cafe, then abduct three cooks

Source: Yahoo! News

“Federal immigration officers who took part in a ‘raid’ at a Michigan restaurant Wednesday first sat and ate breakfast, according to the eatery’s owner. Six U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents came to the Ann Arbor restaurant Sava’s on Wednesday morning, owner Sava Lelcaj said. Two officers were stationed at the front door, two stood at the back exit and two entered the restaurant and had breakfast at the bar with a view of the kitchen, other staff members told Lelcaj, who wasn’t present at the time. The officers who came inside did not initially identify themselves as ICE agents. They dined on waffles with bacon and egg whites with toast before inquiring about a kitchen worker who was not there, Lelcaj told HuffPost.” (05/25/17)

US military investigates itself, absolves itself in killing of more than 100 civilians

Source: CNN

“The results of a US military investigation have found that many of the more than 100 Iraqi civilians killed in west Mosul in a US airstrike in March died because the building in which they were held had explosives inside that detonated after a US bomb hit the building. … The US had dropped a bomb on the building after Iraqi forces called in an airstrike because they were under fire from ISIS. The US military has consistently said it did not know civilians were in the building. The report finds there is no proof civilians were herded or forced into the building, but the belief is they were likely there based on what was happening in the neighborhood. At the actual time of the strike, when the Iraqi forces were under fire, there was not full line of sight to the building.” [editor’s note: When you drop a bomb, you’re responsible for where it goes, what it does, and who it kills – TLK] (05/25/17)