Todays News 9/24/16

  • Obama vetoes a bill that would allow victims of 9/11 and their families to sue Saudi Arabia. 15 of the 19 9/11 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia. [Link] Saudi Arabia Fyle
  • Chelsea Manning has been sentenced to two weeks of solitary confinement as a punishment for her suicide attempt. [Link] Whistleblower Fyle
  • Emails from the Department of Homeland Security show that there is an effort being made to grant citizenship to as many people as possible before the election. The DHS recently reported they mistakenly granted citizenship to 850 people who should have been deported. [Link] Immigration/Refugee Fyle
  • A police officer is sentenced to four years in prison for denying civil rights to a minor. The officer tased the teen for 23 second before dropping him on his head. The teen went into cardiac arrest before falling into a coma. The victim will suffer from his injuries for the rest of his life. [Link] Police Fyle
  • Harvard University endowment fund loses 2% in the fiscal year 2016. This is the largest loss for the endowment since the 2009 financial crisis. [Link] US Economy Fyle
  • Syria and Russia continue their heavy bombing offensive in Aleppo. At least 91 deaths have been reported so far. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • Since the collapse of the ceasefire in early August, more than 300 civilians have been killed in Yemen. Most have died as a result of Saudi airstrikes. The numbers are likely to be underreported as this has been the trend in the conflict. [Link] US/Saudi War Against Yemen  Fyle
  • Sanaa, Yemen is one of the longest inhabited cities in the world and has several building that are over 1000 years old. These structures are currently being destroyed by US made bombs in the Saudi led war against Yemen. [Link] US/Saudi War Against Yemen Fyle

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Todays News 9/23/16

  • Senators John McCain and Bob Corker voted against the bipartisan bill to block an arms sale to Saudi Arabia. There reasoning was that The Strait of Hormuz is critical to US interests and the Strait of Hormuz would be threatened if Yemen fell the the Houthis. However, the Senators misread their maps as Yemen is 100s of miles away from the Strait of Hormuz. The Senators likely mistook Yemen for Oman. [Link] US/Saudi War Against Yemen Fyle
  • US Senators who voted against the bill to block an arms sale to Saudi Arabia received big money from the company who manufactures the weapons being sold to Saudi Arabia. [Link] US/Saudi War Against Yemen Fyle
  • After the collapse of the ceasefire, the Syrian Government is launching a major push to retake Aleppo. This offensive has included support from Russian airstrikes and asking all civilians to leave areas where “anti government forces” are fighting. So far 45 deaths have been reported. including 12 civilians. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • John Kerry makes it clear that US policy is to keep the Syrian Government from bombing Al-Nusra Front, an Al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • SkyPan International is being fined $1.9 million by the FAA. The FAA is yet to release official rules for the drone industry. SkyPan is frustrated with the FAA since they have been fined for breaking rules that are not officially in place. [Link]
  • Department of Homeland Security memo reveals that refugee fraud is easy to commit and hard to detect. The memo states that bad actors have exploited the refugee program. [Link] Immigration/Refugee Fyle
  • A boat carrying 600 refugees capsized in the Mediterranean Sea. 163 have been recovered alive and 55 bodies have been recovered. The rest are still missing. [Link] Immigration/Refugee Fyle
  • The Tulsa police officer who killed Terence Crutcher is being charged with first degree manslaughter. [Link] Police Fyle

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Todays News 9/22/16

  • A 90 year old man is arrested for the second time in a week for feeding the homeless. The man faces up to 60 days in prison for breaking the law. [Link] Police Fyle
  • Recently released video from a 2011 police shooting shows an officer planting a gun on a the man he shot and killed. The officer ran the man’s car off the road then shot him 5 times before planting the gun on him. The officer is being charged with first degree murder. [Link] Police Fyle
  • The Senate was unable to block the White House approved weapon sale to Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia will buy $1.15 billion in weapons from the US. Several US Senators attempted to block the sale of weapons due to Saudi war crimes against Yemen. Saudi Arabia has bombed hospitals, schools, and other civilian targets in Yemen with US made weapons. [Link] US/Saudi War Against Yemen Fyle
  • The US will spend $711 Billion on defense. The next 13 highest spending countries combined only spend $695 Billion. [Link] Wasteful Spending Fyle
  • Saudi Arabian citizens begin to strike over unpaid wages from the Saudi government. The Saudi government has been unable to pay the wages of thousands of works for months now. [Link] Saudi Arabia Fyle
  • ISIS launches a mustard gas attack against US and Iraqi troops preparing to invade Mosul. No one was injured in the attack and officials say the weapon was poorly made. [Link] ISIS War Fyle
  • Russia moves its top aircraft carrier to the Syrian coast. The US already has 2 aircraft carriers and 6 destroyers in the region. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • US government approves deal that will allow Boeing and Airbus to sell planes and parts to the Iran. [Link] Iran Fyle

Todays News 9/21/16

  • Reuters outlined the dangers of Yemen’s central bank being taken over by President Hadi. The central bank has provided important lines of credit for food, remained independent, and paid government employees on both sides of the war. The ending of these services could lead to a greater humanitarian crisis in Yemen. [Link] US/Saudi War Against Yemen
  • Turkey jails 45 college students for 10 months for protesting President Erdogan. This is seen as part of the larger post coup crackdown. [Link] Turkey Coup Fyle
  • An unarmed 13 year old Palestinian girl is shot by an Israeli guard after she did not stop at a checkpoint. After being shot and wounded the girl reported she wanted to die. [Link] Israel Fyle
  • Ahmad Khan Rahadi’s father warned the FBI that his son was terrorist in 2014. His father later recanted the statement. [Link] US Terrorism Fyle
  • Colorado SWAT mistakenly raided the home of a family with 5 children under the age of 13. Police believed that they would find drugs in the home after receiving a tip from an informant. SWAT kicked down the doors and windows of the home at 5:30 AM only to find that the people they were looking for moved out last year, and the home was now occupied by a 7 member family. The family reports feeling traumatized after waking up with SWAT members pointing guns in the faces of 5 children under the age of 13. [Link] Police Fyle
  • The Senate voted to move forward on a spending bill that no one has read and they do not yet know what the final version of the bill will look like. [Link] Wasteful Spending Fyle
  • Former Speaker of the House John Boehner is now a lobbyist for a firm that largely represents the People’s Republic of China. He is also lobbying for Reynolds American, a company that makes Camel and Newport cigarettes. [Link]
  • David Stockman, Director of US Budget under Reagan, makes an appearance on the Tom Woods Show to talk about the US economy and Trump. Stockman reports that the US has lost 1.4 million breadwinner jobs since 2000. [Link] US Economy Fyle

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Todays News 9/20/16

  • A report from Department of Homeland Security inspector general show that the US Citizenship and Immigration Services granted citizenship to over 850 people who should have been deported. These people are from countries considered to be high risk. [Link]
  • Dash cam video has been released in the shooting of Terence Crutcher. A Tulsa police officer shot and killed Mr. Crutcher after police stopped behind his vehicle that had broken down the road. The police officer that shot Mr. Crutcher said he was failing to follow her orders before she killed him. The Tulsa police chief called the video “very disturbing.” [Link] Police Fyle
  • Police detain a man who was protesting DUI checkpoints. When police detained the man they illegally seize a man’s phone. The police did not realize that the phone continued to record after they seized it from the man. The police were recorded plotting to make up charges against the man. [Link] Police Fyle
  • In Yemen, Saudi airstrikes hit the oldest district of the city of Sanaa. The area of the city is a UNESCO world heritage sites, and should not be attacked. Sanaa has several building that are over 1,000 years old and is one of the world’s oldest inhabited cities. Death are reported from these attacks, but numbers are not known yet. [Link] US/Saudi War Against Yemen
  • The Syrian Government declared an end to the Syrian ceasefire. The Syrian Government reported feeling it was the only side of the fight obeying the ceasefire anyways. The Syrian Government launched airstrikes after the ceasefire ended. One airstrike hit a UN aid transport attempting to deliver aid the rebel held portion of Aleppo. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • UN suspends all aid to Syria. This was a response to the Syrian Government bombing of a UN humanitarian aid transport. [Link] UN Fyle
  • In Afghanistan, US warplanes accidently kill 8 Afghan police officers they were providing support for. The Afghan Police were fighting The Taliban who continue to advance towards taking another providence of Afghanistan. [Link] Afghanistan Fyle

Todays News 9/19/16

  • After a US airstrike on a Syrian Government position, ISIS was able to take the hill overlooking an Syrian airbase. The airstrike killed between 62 and 90 soldiers (different sources are reporting different number). [Link] ISIS War Fyle
  • The Syrian ceasefire is on the brink of collapse. The US-coalition is blaming the Syrian Government’s attacks on Aleppo. Those attacks are have reported to have killed 10 civilians. Russia is blaming the US-coalition’s attack on Syrian Government soldiers, Syrian Rebel forces continuing to attack government positions in Aleppo, and the US-backed rebels have not separated themselves from the jihadists. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • Yemen’s President, Hadi, is relocating the Yemeni central bank from the rebel held northern Yemen to the Yemeni Government held southern Yemen. The Yemeni central bank has limited income from the Yemeni oil exports. Hadi also replaced the head of the bank. Andrew Cockburn reported that the Yemeni central bank was financing important food imports that were keeping many from starving. [Link] US/Saudi War Against Yemen Fyle
  • 300,000 Germans protest against the European Union signing trade agreements with the US and Canada. Protesters said they felt the trade deal undermined German sovereignty. [Link] Germany Fyle
  • The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is watering face grass while the California drought continues. The turf was installed to cut back on water use. Many LA citizens are upset to see the Department of Water doing something the Department of Water fines them for. [Link] Wasteful Spending Fyle

Todays News 9/18/16

  • US airstrikes in Syria hit a Syrian Government Army position killing 62 and wounding 100 more. The Syrian Government forces were fighting ISIS at the time the US bombs killed the troops. This attack occurred during the ceasefire in Syria. The White House has admitted to the mistake and expressed regrets for the attack to Syria. This could lead to ISIS taking the city the Syrian forces were defending. [Link] ISIS War Fyle
  • US diplomats attack Russia for demanding a meeting after the US bombing of Syrian troops. Russia stated they requested the meeting over concern of the state of the Syrian ceasefire. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • In Yemen, Houthis are the main force fighting Saudi Arabia. The Houthis have placed landmines around the city of Taizz. The land mines are causing civilian casualties. Including one landmine that exploded killing 7 children and 4 adults. [Link] US/Saudi War Against Yemen Fyle
  • A teen is suing the city of Oakland for $66 million after she was treated as a “modern day slave.” The teen said she slept with dozens of Oakland police officers while she was only 17. She slept with the officers for protection from police raids. 7 officers are accused of crimes in this case, only 2 have been charged. [Link] Police Fyle
  • A St. Louis VA hospital sends letters to 1,800 vets telling them they may have been infected with an infectious disease, such as, HIV or Hepatitis C. The VA hospital incorrectly washed medical instruments since 2009. [Link] Health Care Fyle
  • US taxpayers have paid $3.2billion towards sports arenas. Taxpayers have funded at least some part of 36 of the 45 US major sports arenas. [Link] Wasteful Spending Fyle

Todays News 9/17/16

  • A report by the UK Parliament rips apart the intervention in Libya. The NATO intervention was pushed by Hillary Clinton.  The report shows how the impending massacre of Benghazi was propaganda. The effects of the intervention in Libya have been an increase in jihadist terrorists in Libya and foreign leaders less likely to negotiate with The West moving forward. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle
  • One in every three Saudi airstrikes in Yemen hit civilian targets. Through August, Saudi Arabia has bombed Yemen 8,600 times. 3,152 of those bombs have hit civilian targets. Civilian targets include schools, hospitals and markets. [Link] US/Saudi War Against Yemen Fyle
  • Yemeni journalist, Nassar Arrabyee, reports that a Saudi airstrike hit the home of a 13 member Yemeni family. 11 of the family’s 13 members died in the airstrike. Leaving two young boys orphaned. Warning Graphic Image. [Link] US/Saudi War Against Yemen Fyle
  • Russia demands that the US separate the moderate rebels from the Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front. Throughout the Russian involvement in the Syrian Civil War, the US has attempted protected the Syrian Rebels from Russian and Syrian airstrikes. The problem with this is the Syrian Rebels are embedded with the Al-Nusra jihadists fighters. As part of the ceasefire, the US has agreed to separate the moderates from the jihadist, but this has not happened. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • US Special Operations forces fled from The Free Syrian Army yesterday. The Special Operations troops have been fighting with The Free Syrian Army. The US has armed The Free Syrian Army in their fight against Syrian President Assad. Members of The Free Syrian Army chanted “We’re going to slaughter you” as US Special Operations force quickly drove away. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • Since 2010, Chicago Police Officers have shot 14 people who they believed were carrying guns and those people were not carry a gun. Police mistook 5 cell phone accessories, a flashlight, a L shaped object, a shotgun shell, a bag of pot, a wrench, and a Fire Department badge as guns. 4 people who were shot were also carrying nothing at all. 7 of those who shot have died. The city of Chicago has already paid out $15 million for these police mistakes, 3 more cases are still pending. [Link] Police Fyle
  • A New Jersey town is abusing the civil asset forfeiture law by forcing people to pay $175 for a hearing to reclaim their property. One man had police officers confiscate $171 and if he wants it back he will have to pay the court $175 for a hearing. [Link] Police Fyle
  • The Commission on Presidential Debates has decided not to allow Libertarian Party candidate, Gary Johnson, into the presidential debates. [Link] 2016 Fyle
  • Foreign central banks are selling US treasuries. In the past year, $343.4 billion in US treasuries were sold by foreign countries, mainly Saudi Arabia and China. [Link] FED Fyle

Todays News 9/16/16

  • In Syria, the government has cleared to road to Aleppo to allow food aid to the citizens. Reports now say that rebels are blocking the road. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • The US Government is responsible for the stalemate in Syria. The CIA Director recently indicated that the US is only giving the “moderate” rebels enough weapons to maintain. The US Government is concerned that overthrowing the Syrian Government create more problems, so the goal is to drag on the war till Syrian President Assad steps down. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • Israel trades rocket fire with Hamas. No casualties have been reported. [Link] Israel Fyle
  • The children of Yemen are suffering the most in the conflict. Yemen imports 90% of its food. The Saudi led blockade and airwar have caused many civilians to be unable to feed themselves. 370,000 children are severely malnourished. This link includes pictures of the malnourished children. [Link] US/Saudi War Against Yemen Fyle
  • Google’s new self-driving car will automatically pull over for police and other emergency vehicles. [Link] Police Fyle
  • A 13 year old with a BB gun was mistakenly shot by police. The officer has been placed on one week administrative leave. [Link] Police Fyle
  • A House Committee issued a report and a joint letter on Edward Snowden. The letter demands that President Obama not pardon Snowden. The report is classified, but the Congressional Committee says that what Snowden did was illegal and he is not a whistleblower. [Link] Whistleblower Fyle

Todays News 9/15/16

  • Obama is going to allow 110,000 refugees into America in 2017. The administration allow 85,000 refugees into America in 2016. [Link]
  • Russian hackers are now being blamed for the hack on the Republican National Committee. Congressman Mike McCaul accused Russia of hacking both parties. The congressman offered no proof Russia is behind either hack. [Link] Russia Fyle
  • Syrian President Assad blocks food and other aid from reaching the rebel held area of Aleppo. Many were hopeful that the Syrian ceasefire would allow humanitarian aid to reach civilians in cities under siege. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • Inspector General report finds that the US mission in Afghanistan was undermined by corruption. The report finds that US aid given to Afghanistan was responsible for the corruption. The US often gave more in annual aid than Afghanistan’s entire GDP. [Link] Afghanistan Fyle