‘On Thursday the New York Times and the Washington Post both published articles digging deep into the Clinton family finances – and the possible conflicts of interest they have created.
In the Times Jo Becker and Mike McIntire write about a Russian energy conglomerate’s purchase of a Canadian company with uranium mining interests in the US and Kazakhstan. It’s a detailed, 4,000-word investigation with a lot of moving parts, but the gist is clear.’
‘Abuse laced with rhetoric is deliberately designed to mislead, deflect and stir up public emotion. Such tactics are part of a wider agenda that includes making dubious claims about the efficacy of GMO technology and are intended to divert attention away from the true nature and causes of hunger and food poverty.’
‘Conservative economists favor Republican candidates because it’s the way for them to rise in power themselves, but what about ‘progressive’ economists: are they psychopaths, too; or do they instead blindly favor ‘Democratic’ candidates because of a sincerely oblivious belief that the mere ‘Democratic’ Party-label indicates that the given politician is actually progressive?’
‘America’s shadowy drone campaign was thrust under the spotlight on Thursday after President Barack Obama admitted that a botched strike had accidentally killed an American and an Italian hostage held by al-Qaeda.’
‘The mayor of a diverse London borough was stripped of his office after a judge found he had committed multiple electoral fraud and corruption offences in a political career defined by playing the “race card” to secure power.’
‘One of the world’s oldest and most venerable medical journals is under attack from an international group of more than 500 doctors over its coverage of the humanitarian disaster caused by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.’
‘Families in poverty who are forced to switch off their gas and electricity supply because they are unable afford spiralling energy bills will be offered free charity fuel vouchers under a pilot scheme. The so-called “fuel banks” initiative will provide a £49 credit for struggling families who use prepayment meters in a move designed to address the austerity-era dilemma of “heat or eat”. It is being run by energy firm nPower and poverty charities including the food bank network Trussell trust.’
‘Bill Cosby is pleading with a judge not to unseal his deposition from the 2005 sexual assault lawsuit which sparked a whirlwind of allegations against him – claiming the contents should remain confidential.
Tamara Green – who has accused Cosby, 77, of drugging and sexually assaulting her back in the 70s – is suing the comedian for defamation, claiming he made numerous statements about her being a liar to the media.’
‘An England footballer was yesterday charged with grooming and sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl.
Adam Johnson, 27, who plays in the Premier League for Sunderland and has represented his country 12 times, faces a lengthy jail term if he is convicted.’
‘Corporate America is the standard punching bag for criticism exercises across the nation. No matter the topic, major corporations are often seen as financial heavyweights that constantly hit below the belt, at the expense of everyone else. In recent years, corporations have been called cash hoarders not willing to spend money on the country’s future. While this may be true to some extent, the full scorecard provides a less unanimous decision.’
‘In a somewhat surprising move, a comprehensive medical marijuana bill passed in an Alabama Senate committee on Wednesday.
The Senate Judiciary Committee gave Sen. Bobby Singleton’s bill a favorable report on a 4-3 vote after little debate. The Medical Marijuana Patient Safe Access Act can now be considered on the Senate floor.’
‘The family of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teen shot to death by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri last August, is following through on its promise to file a civil suit against the city for wrongful death, according to a statement Wednesday evening by the family’s lawyers, Benjamin Crump and Daryl Parks.’
‘Benghazi Select Committee Chair Trey Gowdy says factors ‘we don’t control’ could delay the report, including a lack of responsiveness by Obama administration and Hillary Clinton.’
‘As Democrats line up behind Hillary Clinton as their presumptive 2016 presidential nominee, many are whistling past the graveyard of her disastrous record on foreign interventions, judgments that raise doubts about her fitness for the job, as Robert Parry observed in 2014.’
‘This week in Washington, hundreds of low wage federal government contract workers walked off their jobs, demonstrating for a living wage and a union. They included Senate janitors and food service workers – the workers who serve the senators their food and clean up the messes they leave.’
‘The resemblance between America’s right wing and a doomsday cult is something quite a few people have noticed: When various prophecies of disaster, from hyperinflation to an Obamacare death spiral, failed to materialize, the people predicting those disasters simply found new ways to maintain their faith.’
‘Chancellor George Osborne is facing a £30 billion black hole in his budgetary plans if he is to honor the Conservative Party’s general election pledges and still meet the party’s deficit-slashing targets by 2020, the Institute for Fiscal Studies warns.’
‘Imagine being emotionally blackmailed by your doctor to have your baby vaccinated with a lethal cocktail of 13 vaccines, which included two doses of the DTaP, three doses of the oral rotavirus vaccine and two doses of the polio vaccination. It sounds impossible, doesn’t it?’
‘U.S. lawmakers are quietly advancing legislation that would penalize international participation in the growing movement to boycott, divest from, and sanction (BDS) Israel for human rights abuses against Palestinians.’
‘Germany’s BND intelligence agency spied on European politicians and companies for the NSA for over a decade, Spiegel Online revealed. But an internal probe showed that at least 40,000 of those spying requests were against German and EU interests.’
‘A Texas police officer is under investigation after cell phone video surfaced showing him knocking a mother unconscious by slamming her to the pavement in full public view.’
‘In a recent op-ed, New York Times columnist David Brooks called for a ‘moral revival,’ one which requires ‘holding people responsible’ so that we have ‘social repair.”
‘Patent monopolies provide the pharmaceutical industry with incentives for innovation and research. However, they can also encourage a range of rent-seeking behaviors that impose significant costs.’