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Terrorism Conviction of a Wiretapped American Is Upheld on Appeal

December 6, 2016 by legitgov

Terrorism Conviction of a Wiretapped American Is Upheld on Appeal | 05 Dec 2016 | A federal appeals court on Monday upheld the 2013 conviction of a Somali-American man for trying to detonate a bomb at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Ore., rejecting his arguments that the F.B.I. had entrapped him and that the government had unconstitutionally intercepted his emails without a warrant. The ruling -- by a three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco -- was particularly important because it upheld the government’s use of emails gathered without a warrant under the FISA Amendments Act of 2008. The law permits the government, on domestic soil, to collect phone calls and emails of noncitizens abroad, even when they are communicating with an American.

Judge declares mistrial in Michael Slager trial

December 6, 2016 by walden9

Judge declares mistrial in Michael Slager trial | 06 Dec 2016 | A prosecutor vowed Monday to retry a white former police officer charged with killing an unarmed black motorist in North Charleston, South Carolina, after the jury failed to reach a verdict following 22 hours of deliberation. The judge declared a mistrial on the fourth day of deliberations in the murder trial of Michael Slager, the former North Charleston officer. "We will try Michael Slager again," 9th Judicial Circuit Solicitor Scarlett A. Wilson said in a statement expressing disappointment that Slager was not convicted in the five-week murder case in state court.

SUNY prof berates pro-Trump colleagues, demands explanation

December 6, 2016 by walden9

SUNY prof berates pro-Trump colleagues, demands explanation | 01 Dec 2016 | Samford University [Birmingham, AL,] recently declined to recognize a prospective Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) chapter because of the group's "inflammatory" anti-Communist stance. Karalee Geis, the student spearheading the effort to establish the group on campus, told Young America's Foundation that she and other would-be YAF members spent at least 20 minutes presenting their case to the Faculty Senate, which then convened privately for another half-hour to discuss whether to approve the group.

Security raised at L.A. rail line after threat warning from foreign country

December 6, 2016 by legitgov

Security raised at L.A. rail line after threat warning from foreign country --Officials did not identify the country. | 05 Dec 2016 | Federal and Los Angeles officials said on Monday they had been alerted by authorities in another country to a "specific" threat against the city's Red Line commuter rail system, prompting them to beef up security and alert the public. "This threat is imminent...it is very specific," Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck told an evening news conference. "But the credibility still needs to be vetted."

Why I Will Not Cast My Electoral Vote for Donald Trump

December 6, 2016 by walden9

Why I Will Not Cast My Electoral Vote for Donald Trump | 05 Dec 2016 | I am a Republican presidential elector, one of the 538 people asked to choose officially the president of the United States. Since the election, people have asked me to change my vote based on policy disagreements with Donald J. Trump. In some cases, they cite the popular vote difference. I do not think president-elects should be disqualified for policy disagreements. I do not think they should be disqualified because they won the Electoral College instead of the popular vote. However, now I am asked to cast a vote on Dec. 19 for someone who shows daily he is not qualified for the office.

Warning about 'imminent' plot to blow up Universal City station prompts heightened security across L.A.

December 6, 2016 by legitgov

Warning about 'imminent' plot to blow up Universal City station prompts heightened security across L.A. | 05 Dec 2016 | An overseas tip about an imminent bombing of the Metro Red Line's Universal City station has forced federal and local law enforcement in Los Angeles to swiftly ramp up security across its sprawling transit system, authorities said Monday. An anonymous man warned of a potential attack on Tuesday and provided the information on a tip line abroad, according to Deidre Fike, the assistant director in charge of the FBI's office in Los Angeles...Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said that area law enforcement reviews threats "constantly" but that this particular incident was "very specific" and forced a rapid response.

Al Gore just had 'an extremely interesting conversation' with Trump on climate change

December 5, 2016 by walden9

Al Gore just had 'an extremely interesting conversation' with Trump on climate change | 05 Dec 2016 | As Donald Trump continues to indicate that he might be willing to change his position on climate change, which he has long called a" hoax," the president-elect met Monday with former vice president Al Gore, a prominent activist in the fight against global warming. Gore was in New York for the Climate Reality Project's 24-hour live broadcast, "24 Hours of Reality," and was invited to Trump Tower to discuss the topic by Trump's oldest daughter, Ivanka, who is not registered with a political party and has pushed her father to adopt some positions usually promoted by Democrats.

Trump transition official is active on white nationalist social media platform

December 5, 2016 by walden9

Trump transition official is active on white nationalist social media platform | 05 Dec 2016 | Michael Flynn Jr. -the son of Trump's pick for national security adviser, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn - has used his social media platform to amplify unfounded conspiracy theories ranging from President Obama's purported hatred of Christians to Sen. Marco Rubio's alleged cocaine habit. He made headlines Sunday for tweeting that PizzaGate — an unfounded conspiracy theory that Clinton aides are operating a child sex ring out of a pizza parlor — "remains a story" until it's "proven to be false."

Crowd shouts 'No Romney!' at Trump 'Thank You' rally

December 5, 2016 by legitgov

Crowd shouts 'No Romney!' at Trump 'Thank You' rally | 04 Dec 2016 | As President-elect Donald Trump stood onstage during the debut night of his "thank you" tour and teased that he was about to announce a surprise Cabinet pick, some in the Ohio crowd bellowed: "No Romney! No Romney!" The possible selection of Romney, who has been on Trump's shortlist for secretary of state despite being a forceful critic throughout the campaign, has been met with trepidation from many of the working-class voters that propelled the Republican to his astonishing victory...Then there’s the Russia twist: Russian politicians are concerned about reports that Trump would even consider Romney as secretary of state because of Romney's harsh stance on Russia. Trump has said he would like to improve U.S.-Russian relations.

Army denies Dakota pipeline permit, in victory for Native tribes

December 5, 2016 by legitgov

Army denies Dakota pipeline permit, in victory for Native tribes | 04 Dec 2016 | The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said on Sunday it turned down a permit for a controversial pipeline project running through North Dakota, in a victory for Native Americans and climate activists who have protested against the project for several months. A celebration erupted at the main protest camp in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, where the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and others have been protesting the 1,172-mile (1,885-km) Dakota Access Pipeline for months...That stretch required an easement from federal authorities. The Obama administration delayed a decision on the permit twice in an effort to consult further with the tribe.

Stelter: The Media 'Need' to Refer to Trump as an 'Authoritarian' 'Strongman'

December 5, 2016 by walden9

Stelter: The Media 'Need' to Refer to Trump as an 'Authoritarian' 'Strongman' | 04 Dec 2016 | CNN's Brian Stelter took his anti-Donald Trump bias to new heights Sunday during his show "Reliable Souses," where he argued that the media had to start referring to the president-elect as an authoritarian.

Seabrook nuclear plant officials quizzed about gun-tampering response

December 4, 2016 by legitgov

Seabrook nuclear plant officials quizzed about gun-tampering response | 03 Dec 2016 | (NH) The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is seeking more information from officials at NextEra Energy Seabrook nuclear power plant about an incident in which someone stuffed material into the barrel of a rifle used by security guards. In a Dec. 1 letter, the NRC requested information on the type and effectiveness of corrective action taken against a guard after a foam earplug and two pieces of rolled paper were found inside the barrel of a gun...Based on the interviews, the NRC's Office of Investigation determined the security guard deliberately placed the material in the rifle barrel.

Far right has second chance in Austrian presidential election

December 4, 2016 by legitgov

Far right has second chance in Austrian presidential election | 03 Dec 2016 | Austria will provide a new gauge of the populist wave sweeping Western democracies on Sunday, as the divided country holds a vote that could deliver the first freely-elected far-right head of state in Europe since World War Two. The knife-edge presidential run-off is all the more dramatic for being a re-run of an election held six months ago - before Britain chose to leave the European Union and Americans elected Donald Trump as president - offering an indication of whether popular anger at the political establishment has grown...Norbert Hofer of the anti-immigration Freedom Party (FPO) is running first in polls with support of roughly a third of voters, with parliamentary elections due in 2018.

Man crashes chair over head of 69-year-old female Trump supporter in election argument, police say

December 4, 2016 by legitgov

Man crashes chair over head of 69-year-old female Trump supporter in election argument, police say | 01 Dec 2016 | (PA) An argument over the recent presidential election in the lobby of a Donora high-rise apartment complex ended with a resident of the building hitting a 69-year-old woman over the head with a chair, police said. Matthew Pugh, 27, of Donora Towers, 685 Meldon Ave., was arrested Wednesday on a warrant obtained by Donora police on charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault, simple assault and reckless endangerment...Donora police Officer Keith Charlton said Pugh is a supporter of Hillary Clinton, who lost to Donald Trump in the presidential vote. The woman apparently made a comment either against Clinton or in support of Trump, sparking Pugh's attack, said Charlton.

Carter: US, Partners Need to Stay in Iraq [to Continue Wasting Billions on Nation-Building] After ISIS Defeat

December 4, 2016 by legitgov

Carter: US, Partners Need to Stay in Iraq [to Continue Wasting Billions on Nation-Building] After ISIS Defeat | 03 Dec 2016 | The American military, along with its international partners, will need to remain in Iraq [to waste billions more of taxpayer dollars] even after the expected defeat of the ISIS [I-CIA-SIS] group, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Saturday. Carter said the U.S. and its coalition partners must not stop after completing the current campaign to expel ISIS from Mosul [and bring them here]...He did not say how long this continued U.S. military presence might be necessary or how many troops would be required.

Jill Stein drops Pennsylvania recount because her campaign over $1m bond

December 4, 2016 by legitgov

Jill Stein drops Pennsylvania recount because her campaign cannot pay $1m bond...despite raising nearly $7million --The former presidential candidate raised millions to fund statewide election recounts in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan --Trump's team launched formal legal bids to stop recounts in all three states | 03 Dec 2016 | Green Party candidate Jill Stein has abruptly dropped her bid to seek a recount of the presidential election vote in Pennsylvania, it was revealed Saturday. Stein said the decision was made after a court ruling ordered that voters who requested the recount to pay a $1million bond...The campaign of Republican President-elect Donald Trump had requested a $10 million bond, court papers showed. Stein raised nearly $7million to fund statewide election recounts in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan.

Oakland concert struck by deadly fire was promoted by L.A. dance label 100% Silk

December 3, 2016 by walden9

Oakland concert struck by deadly fire was promoted by L.A. dance label 100% Silk | 03 Dec 2016 | The fire believed to have killed as many as 40 people in an Oakland warehouse on Friday night occurred at a concert thrown by a Los Angeles-based label called 100% Silk. Though details of the incident are still emerging, the blaze broke out at an artist’s space as part of an event called Golden Donna 100% Silk West Coast Tour.

Darknet Site Takes Donations for Trump Assassination

December 3, 2016 by legitgov

Darknet Site Takes Donations for Trump Assassination --'We have to go further as it will require much more than cyber attack to defend ourselves...' | 02 Dec 2016 | A website on the Darknet is collecting donations to allegedly help organize the assassination of both President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence. Launched earlier this week, the website warns of the "political, environmental and social consequences" of a Trump presidency and urges readers in assisting their cause. The group claims to belong to a prominent "underground organization" that is now shifting tactics from cyber attacks to physical violence.

10 Reasons Julian Assange is dead or compromised? #ProofOfLife #WhereIsAssange

December 3, 2016 by legitgov

10 Reasons Julian Assange is dead or compromised? #ProofOfLife #WhereIsAssange | 27 Nov 2016 | [This video details] a list of reasons that Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, is dead or compromised, as well as strange things happening at WikiLeaks.

Student suspect arrested in fatal stabbing of USC professor on campus

December 3, 2016 by legitgov

Student suspect arrested in fatal stabbing of USC professor on campus | 02 Dec 2016 | A USC psychology professor was stabbed to death inside a campus building Friday, allegedly by a student who was taken into custody, Los Angeles police said. Bosco Tjan, a co-director of the Dornsife Cognitive Neuroimaging Center who joined the faculty in 2001, was identified as the victim by USC President C.L. Max Nikias..."We want to make clear this was not a random act," LAPD Det. Meghan Aguilar said. "This victim was targeted by the suspect."

Virginia schools ban 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' 'Huckleberry Finn' over racial slurs

December 3, 2016 by legitgov

Virginia schools ban 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' 'Huckleberry Finn' over racial slurs | 01 Dec 2016 | A Virginia school has temporarily banned two American classics after a parent said her high school-age son was negatively impacted by the racial slurs they contain. The decision to remove "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain and "To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee came after a parent filed a complaint, WAVY reported. The parent cited excessive racial slurs as the reason for wanting the books banned, Superintendent Warren Holland told the news station.

USC Faculty Member Stabbed to Death on Campus

December 3, 2016 by walden9

USC Faculty Member Stabbed to Death on Campus | 02 Dec 2016 | A male faculty member at the University of Southern California was stabbed to death on the downtown Los Angeles campus on Friday, and a suspect was taken into custody, authorities said. The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a reported stabbing around 4:30 p.m. local time and arrived to find a male victim who was about 25, department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said by phone. Stewart said the man was declared dead at the scene.

The Interview: Michael Rectenwald - NYU Professor

December 2, 2016 by walden9

The Interview: Michael Rectenwald - NYU Professor | 01 Dec 2016 | "[CLG Founder] Michael Rectenwald drops by to talk about his experience at New York University that resulted in him being forced to go on paid leave for the rest of the semester."

Donald Trump kicks off victory tour with Cincinnati rally, Cabinet announcement

December 2, 2016 by walden9

Donald Trump kicks off victory tour with Cincinnati rally, Cabinet announcement | 01 Dec 2016 | Fifty days away from his inauguration to the White House, President-elect Donald Trump took a victory lap in Ohio Thursday, re-litigating old election grudges, making news with a Cabinet announcement, and sounding very much like he was still campaigning for office. Capping off days of speculating about his pick for Secretary of Defense, Mr. Trump teased an official announcement at Cincinnati's U.S. Bank Arena -- by telling the raucous crowd that it would be retired Gen. James Mattis.

Pelosi fends off challenge to leadership

December 1, 2016 by legitgov

Pelosi fends off challenge to leadership | 30 Nov 2016 | House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday fended off a challenge to her long leadership reign, defeating Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) in a closed-door vote prompted largely by Donald Trump's unlikely ascension to the White House. Pelosi got 134 votes to Ryan's 63 -- winning 68 percent of the votes after declaring before the election that she had the support of two-thirds of the caucus.

Electoral College voter: I'm getting death threats

December 1, 2016 by legitgov

Electoral College voter: I'm getting death threats | 30 Nov 2016 | A college student from Michigan said Wednesday that he has received death threats after being chosen to cast an Electoral College vote for his state in December. Although the presidential election was won by Donald Trump on November 8, it's not official until December 19, when all 538 members of the Electoral College will come together to cast their votes. Michael Banerian, the youth vice-chairman of the Michigan Republican Party, will be one of his state's 16 electors."...I have been inundated with death threats, death wishes, generally angry messages trying to get me to change my vote to Hillary Clinton or another person, and unfortunately, it's gotten a little out of control." Banerian said.

Australia approves indefinite detention of convicted terrorists

December 1, 2016 by legitgov

Australia approves indefinite detention of convicted terrorists | 01 Dec 2016 | Australia's government on Thursday approved legislation that strengthens the country's terrorism laws by allowing convicted terrorists to be held without charge after serving a prison sentence. Under the legislation, the attorney general may ask a court to indefinitely detain a convicted terrorist 12 months before their sentence expires on the grounds that the convict would pose an unacceptable risk of committing an act of terrorism upon release. The Supreme Court would then have to approve the extended detention given the risk of the prisoner committing a serious terror offense after being freed.

Russian President Vladimir Putin Calls for Cooperation on 'International Terrorism' With Donald Trump Administration

December 1, 2016 by legitgov

Russian President Vladimir Putin Calls for Cooperation on 'International Terrorism' With Donald Trump Administration | 01 Dec 2016 | Russian President Vladimir Putin reached out to President-elect Donald Trump in a nationally televised address Thursday, appealing to the U.S. to join in Russia's "fight against international terrorism." The Russian leader said the Kremlin was ready to work with a new administration..."It is important to normalize (ties) and begin to develop a bilateral relationship," Mr. Putin said in an address to top government and state officials. Mr. Putin spoke by phone with Mr. Trump shortly after the U.S. election and voiced a similar hope of cooperation with Washington.

Moscow and Syrian opposition in secret talks to stop Aleppo fighting - report

December 1, 2016 by legitgov

Moscow and Syrian opposition in secret talks to stop Aleppo fighting - report | 01 Dec 2016 | Leaders of the Syrian opposition are now holding negotiations with Russian representatives to end the fighting in Aleppo, the Financial Times has reported, citing four anonymous Syrian opposition figures. The US is allegedly not aware of the talks. The talks are taking place in Ankara, brokered by Turkey, and Washington is not participating in the negotiations, the sources told the international daily. "The Russians and Turks are talking without the US now. It [Washington] is completely shut out of these talks, and doesn't even know what's going on in Ankara," one of the Syrian opposition representatives told FT. [Good! That's the way to do it!]

Twitter Threatens to Kill Trump's Account

December 1, 2016 by legitgov

Twitter Threatens to Kill Trump's Account | 30 Nov 2016 | ...Twitter [has stated] that they would consider banning President-elect Donald Trump's account, an unprecedented move that would surely destroy the social media website. A Twitter spokesperson told Slate this week that it would consider banning government officials, including president elect Trump, if its rules against "hateful conduct" were violated. "Twitter Rules prohibit violent threats, harassment, hateful conduct, and multiple account abuse, and we will take action on accounts violating those policies," a spokesperson recently told media outlet Quartz. "The [capriciously-applied, so-called] Twitter Rules apply to all accounts."

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