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TSA Agents May Be Getting a Little Closer to Airline Passengers During Security Pat-Downs

The next time you go through airport security, you may be getting felt up in an entirely different way by Transportation Security Administration agents if you decide to opt out of electronic screening and have to undergo the new full pat-down, and the new pat-downs are apparently so intrusive, the TSA felt it necessary to notify local law enforcement about its new methods.

Source: TSA Agents May Be Getting a Little Closer to Airline Passengers During Security Pat-Downs

House Republicans Release Long-Awaited Obamacare Replacement Plan Details

On Monday night, House Republicans finally revealed details of their long-awaited plan to repeal-and-replace Obamacare. The plan still has to pass through Congressional committees, but the details are out there ready to be discussed.

The wait is finally over. House Republicans have finally released their master plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known (to the shock of millions) as Obamacare, in the form of two bills that would replace federal insurance subsidies with individual tax credits and grants to help states create their own policies.

Separate House committees drafted the two bills, which would no longer penalize Americans for not having insurance but instead would encourage them to keep it by allowing insurers to impose a 30 percent surcharge for those who have a gap between health plans.

The biggest deal is that young adults would still be able to remain on their parents’ insurance plans until they turned 26 years old, and insurers would still be forbidden to deny coverage or charge more to people with pre-existing medical conditions. The downside is that Planned Parenthood would take a hit and would no longer be eligible for Medicaid or federal family-planning grants.

Source: House Republicans Release Long-Awaited Obamacare Replacement Plan Details

They hurried up and charged that Black Amtrak officer who killed an unarmed Black man

Do you need me to say it for you? Because I will. They hurried up and charged this officer because he’s black, in my opinion. If he were white, the “investigation” would have dragged on forever.

An Amtrak police officer was ordered held on $250,000 bail Friday and charged in the Feb. 8 shooting death of an unarmed Minneapolis man outside of Chicago’s Union Station.The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office said that LaRoyce Tankson, 31, is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 25-year-old Chad Robertson, who died Wednesday.

Source: Amtrak Officer Shoots and Kills Unarmed Man at Chicago’s Union Station

Scott Pruitt is the new head of the EPA, and he will probably dismantle it from within

In the latest round of disappointing but expected news, Scott Pruitt was confirmed as the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency.

As if this shit show of an administration couldn’t get any worse.

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 18: Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency, testifies during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on Capitol Hill January 18, 2017 in Washington, DC. Pruitt is expected to face tough questioning about his stance on climate change and ties to the oil and gas industry. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

Scott Pruitt used his position as Oklahoma’s attorney general to repeatedly sue the Environmental Protection Agency for its efforts to regulate mercury, smog and other forms of pollution, and on Friday, he was sworn in as the agency’s new leader, bringing into question the future of the EPA under Trump’s administration.

Source: Scott Pruitt, Who Opposed the EPA Every Chance He Got, Has Been Confirmed as the Agency’s New Leader

Donald Trump calling the media ‘the enemy of the American people’ is propaganda

Donald Trump has been consistently attacking the media, and his hyperbole reached a frenzy point Friday when he said the media is “the enemy of the American people.”

While the president has been hypercritical of the news media, until now, he has not gone on record as saying the media is an enemy of the country. He seems to take issue with the media not being his public relations machine but rather doing its job as the watchdog of society, providing important information to the public on an administration that has had a rocky first four weeks.

Source: Trump’s Attempts to Create A Common Enemy Out of the American Media Are Very Orwellian

I have a lot more thoughts forming on this and why it’s extremely dangerous, but I will say that making a declaration such as this is essentially censure and it could lead to actual censorship.

This man has got to be stopped.

Report: Flint Water Crisis Connected to Systematic Racism 

“We are not suggesting that those making decisions related to this crisis were racists … (but the) disparate response is the result of systemic racism that was built into the foundation and growth of Flint, its industry and suburban area,” the report says. “Would the Flint water crisis have been allowed to happen in Birmingham, Ann Arbor or East Grand Rapids? We believe the answer is no, and that the vestiges of segregation and discrimination found in Flint made it a unique target. The lack of political clout left the residents with nowhere to turn, no way to have their voices heard.”

Source: Report: Flint Water Crisis Connected to Systematic Racism 

Don’t get me wrong; it’s not as if the commission said anything we didn’t already know, but now that it is officially documented for what it is, can we finally get the people of Flint some help? Please?

#Flint: Lawsuit Seeks More Than $700,000,000 in Compensation From EPA For Flint Residents

More than 1,700 Flint residents are part of a class-action lawsuit that seeks more than $700 million in compensation from the US Environmental Protection Agency for personal and property damage allegedly caused during the water crisis.

From MLive:

The lawsuit, filed Monday, Jan. 30 in U.S. District Court, claims the EPA failed to follow agency mandates and directives after issues arose with the water and did not take emergency action until several months after it first became aware of trouble with the city’s water system.

The EPA has not yet responded to the lawsuit brought forth by former Flint resident Jan Burgess.

According to the lawsuit, an administrative claim for payment of $722.4 million in damages has been pending with the EPA since April 2016 and has neither been accepted nor denied by the agency.

The lawsuit charges the EPA with failure to take mandatory actions required by the Safe Drinking Water Act (SWDA), failing to undertake a timely investigation and failing to warn the public of environmental risks to public health.

According to the lawsuit, the EPA was made aware of the issues with Flint’s water in October 2014 after the water source was switched from Detroit to the Flint River, but failed to take steps to make sure Michigan and Flint officials were taking appropriate action to protect the public. Because of this, the agency was in violation of section 1431 of the Safe Water Drinking Act.

From the EPA website:

SDWA section 1431, 42 U.S.C. §300i gives the EPA Administrator broad authority to act to protect the health of persons in situations where there may be an imminent and substantial endangerment. Specifically, section 1431 provides that, upon receipt of information that a contaminant that is present in or likely to enter a public water system or an underground source of drinking water, or there is a threatened or potential terrorist attack or other intentional act, that may present an imminent and substantial endangerment to the health of persons, the EPA Administrator may take any action she deems necessary to protect human health.

According to MLive, EPA officials are also alleged to have violated the Federal Tort Claims Act, which allows businesses, individuals, or government entities to claim monetary damages resulting from resulting from personal injury, property damage or economic loss caused by negligent or wrongful U.S. government actions.

The damages claimed in the lawsuit on behalf of the residents include physical injury, illness, lead poisoning, dermatological disorders, loss of hair, gastrointestinal disorders and damage to the property of homeowners.

Read more at MLive.

#EmmittTill: Woman Who Caused 14-year-old Boy To Be Brutally Murdered Says She Lied

The white woman from Mississippi whose accusations in 1955 that a 14-year-old black boy from Chicago had made verbal and physical advances toward her caused him to be brutally murdered admitted half a century later that she lied.

Emmitt Till’s murder was a catalyst for 20th century civil rights movement, and a Vanity Fair article reveals that in 2007, Carolyn Bryant Donham, the woman whose husband was one of two men that murdered Till, admitted to Duke University senior research scholar Timothy Tyson “that she had fabricated the most sensational part of her testimony.”

“That part’s not true,” she told Tyson, about her claim that Till had made verbal and physical advances on her. As for the rest of what happened that evening in the country store, she said she couldn’t remember. (Carolyn is now 82, and her current whereabouts have been kept secret by her family.)

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Clapper Resigns As Director Of National Intelligence

NPR National Security Editor Philip Ewing says Clapper’s resignation “was expected and does not appear to indicate that Clapper is in any trouble or is being forced out.”

Saying “it felt really good” to step down, U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, 75, tells a House panel that he has submitted his letter of resignation.

 

Source: Clapper Resigns As Director Of National Intelligence

Judge orders release of ‘Making Murderer’ subject Brendan Dassey

When I watched “Making a Murderer on Netflix last year, I felt the greatest miscarriage of justice in that documentary happened to Brendan Dassey, the then 17-year-old nephew of Steven Avery who was railroaded into a confession by two overzealous law enforcement officers who wanted a way to pin a murder on Avery and used his naive and mentally confused nephew to do so.

A federal judge in Wisconsin has ordered the supervised release of Brendan Dassey.

Dassey was convicted of being a party to the first-degree murder, mutilation of a corpse, and second-degree sexual assault of Teresa Halbach. He was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 2048.

In August, U.S. Magistrate Judge William E. Duffin of Milwaukee, Wisc., overturned Dassey’s conviction on the grounds that his confession was involuntary and coerced. The federal judge has issued a new ruling that states a U.S. Probation Officer must ensure a smooth release for Dassey, who is now 27 years old.

The conditions of Dassey’s release include a requirement that Dassey obey the law, appear in court, abstain from using a gun or weapon, avoid possessing controlled substances, and not have any contact with Avery or the Halbach family.

Source: Judge orders release of ‘Making Murderer’ subject Brendan Dassey – NY Daily News

Clinton, Obama urge disappointed backers to reconcile themselves to Trump’s win

President Obama and Hillary Clinton have both come out to ask that everyone fall in line, accept President-elect Donald Trump’s victory, and support his transition into power as the White House is set to become Republican for the first time in eight years.

The calls for a national political reconciliation underscored the seismic political realignment now underway in Washington after Clinton’s crushing loss to the New York businessman. Both the president and his former Secretary of State told their supporters not to despair as Republicans rejoiced at the idea that they will control both the legislative and executive branch in two and-a-half months.

I’m not sure how we are all supposed to function in the wake of what is happening in the country right now. Sure, the government won’t officially change hands for another two months, but the writing is already on the wall — we’re doomed.

The Clinton loss exposes the national divide along the lines of race and class, and still she encourages those who supported her to give Trump “a chance to lead.”

She also called on women to pick up where she left off and continue to make the push for the White House, an indication that she will not run again in four years.

“We need you to keep up these fights,” Clinton said in New York, making special mention of the many women who hoped she was on her way to become the first female president.

“I know how disappointed you feel because I feel it, too,” said Clinton, less than 24 hours after calling the president-elect to concede after his history-shaping run that defied pollsters and galvanized legions of aggrieved voters in a loud repudiation of the status quo. “This is painful, and it will be for a long time.”

Indeed it is. Clinton is encouraging her female supporters to continue the push to the White House in a world where a xenophobic misogynist just won the presidency. A man who had no shame in admitting he sexually assaults women and sees nothing wrong with it is the leader of our country, and young women and girls are supposed to believe that they can comfortably ascend to that position.

As if.

President Obama made his remarks at the White House in front of reporters in the Rose Garden.

“Now, everybody is sad when their side loses an election, but the day after we have to remember that we’re actually all on one team. This is an intramural scrimmage,” Obama said, vowing to work to ensure a smooth transition for the president-elect.

“That’s what the country needs — a sense of unity, a sense of inclusion, a respect for our institutions, our way of life, rule of law, and respect for each other.”

It is disingenuous for both Obama and Clinton to encourage us to embrace ideals that are the complete antithesis of what won Trump the election. He campaigned on everything that divides us as a nation, but most especially race and class. To pretend otherwise is to do a disservice to us all, and to expect those of us left in the trenches to do all the work of putting it back together again is akin to telling the abused to go back and make up with their abusers.

That shit just won’t happen anytime soon.

 

 

Source: Clinton, Obama urge disappointed backers to reconcile themselves to Trump’s win – The Washington Post

Campus Cop On Trial For Shooting Death During Routine Traffic Stop : NPR

Ray Tensing’s trial for the murder of Sam Dubose starts today. The family reached a $5 million settlement with the university. Ray Tensing still needs to go to jail. The defense is asking for a change of venue, but that hasn’t happened in Hamilton County since 1899.

University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing’s body camera was on when he pulled over Sam DuBose last year for a missing front license plate. From the footage, it is clear that Tensing is asking DuBose for his driver’s license, and DuBose says he doesn’t have it.

Tensing, who is white, then asks DuBose, who was African-American, to get out of the car. The officer starts to open the car door, but DuBose pulls the door closed and moves his hand toward the car’s ignition. Tensing then reaches inside the car as it starts to move. Seconds later, the officer pulls out his gun with his other hand and shoots DuBose in the head.

Source: Campus Cop On Trial For Shooting Death During Routine Traffic Stop : NPR

New York police sergeant fatally shoots ‘emotionally disturbed’ woman in the Bronx

At what point are we going to acknowledge that police need better training for dealing with mentally or emotionally unstable people in the community? Why is firing a weapon the first option for officers?

A New York police sergeant responding to a call about an “emotionally disturbed person” fatally shot a 66-year-old woman wielding a baseball bat, authorities said.

Police said they were investigating the shooting, including why the officer who responded in the Bronx on Tuesday night fired his gun rather than a Taser.

“The sergeant was armed with a Taser, it was not deployed, and the reason it was not deployed will be part of the investigation and review,” said Assistant Police Chief Larry W. Nikunen.

The woman had a baseball bat. The officer had a Taser and his service firearm which means he had options. The first option should not have been firing a gun at someone who was obviously unstable and possibly unable to even comprehend what they were doing, let alone that the encounter with police could potentially turn deadly.

People who call the police for help with their loved ones are counting on a scary officer with a gun showing up to kill the person they love.

We have got to have better police on the streets.

Source: New York police sergeant fatally shoots ‘emotionally disturbed’ woman in the Bronx – The Washington Post

Trump sexual assault allegations: The floodgates are open.

Donald Trump is a disgusting pig. I have seen people asking why all these allegations are just now coming to light. Please don’t do this. Unless you have been sexually assaulted yourself, then you will never understand the pain, shame, and trauma victims suffer in the aftermath. It is at times paralyzing, and makes it hard to want to come forward. In fact, people questioning sexual assault victims and their motives for telling their stories makes it hard to come forward.

Maybe people like you are the reason they don’t come forward.

A Miss Teen USA 2001 contestant told the Guardian today that Trump “deliberately walked in” on her and another contestant in their dressing rooms “while they were naked and getting dressed for a rehearsal”; this report followed a Buzzfeed story alleging that Trump, during the 1997 pageant, intentionally walked into a communal dressing room being used by girls as young as 15. In yet another report from today, CBS News produced a 1992 video from Entertainment Tonight shot at Trump Tower: “In the clip, Trump asks one of the 10-year-old girls if she’s ‘going up the escalator.’ When the girl replies, ‘yeah,’ Trump turns to the camera and says: ‘I am going to be dating her in 10 years. Can you believe it?’”

Source: Trump sexual assault allegations: The floodgates are open.

Chicago Police Department Proposes New Use of Force Policy

Under the proposed new policy, deadly force could only be used to prevent immediate threat of death or great bodily harm; officers are asked to de-escalate situations and not use force unless “all other reasonable alternatives have been exhausted.”Police would be required to offer medical aid to those injured in use-of-force incidents, and officers would be required to intervene if they see another officer violating department policy.The policy includes the need for independent justification every time a tool such as a stun gun or baton is used in force.

Source: Chicago Police Department Proposes New Use of Force Policy

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