Mon. June 18

Family separation begins to divide GOP
— The emotional policy of separating children from their parents is also starting to divide Republicans and their allies as Democrats turn up the pressure.
— Former first lady Laura Bush called the policy “cruel” and “immoral” while GOP Sen. Susan Collins expressed concern about it and a former adviser to President Donald Trump said he thought the issue was going to hurt the president at some point. Religious groups, including some conservative ones, are protesting.
>>> Separations doing “irreparable harm” to children
>>> So-called President doubles down on separation policy
The Hill
>>> Homeland Security chief lies through her teeth, says no policy of separation at border

USA Today
“We do not have a policy of separating families at the border. Period.”
— Sec. Kirsthen Nielsen, DHS Sec’y & Great Humanitarian
>>> At this pace, 30,000 kids will be jailed by end of summer

Washington Examiner

— This just in from : Border Patrol has reached out to and said they are “very uncomfortable” with the use of the word cages. They say it’s not inaccurate and added that they may be cages but people are not being treated like animals.

— 27% of Americans say it’s appropriate to separate undocumented parents from kids at the border. 55% disagree.
— But a plurality of Republicans—46% to 32%—support the policy.

>>> Sheriff: Deputy sexually assaulted child, threatened undocumented mom if she reported it
San Antonio Express Newsjose nunez
— A Bexar County sheriff’s deputy is accused of threatening an undocumented immigrant with deportation and of sexually assaulting her 4-year-old daughter.
— Sheriff Javier Salazar said 47-year-old Jose Nunez, a 10-year veteran who serves as a detention officer, was charged Sunday with super aggravated sexual assault of a child.
— According to Salazar, the girl’s mother took her daughter to a local fire station overnight after the girl cried out to her for help

Supreme Partisans shrug off gerrymandering cases
— The Supreme Court on Monday passed up its two opportunities this term to rule on when and whether states violate the Constitution by drawing electoral maps that sharply favor one political party. 
— Ruling in cases from Wisconsin and Maryland, the justices gave little clarity to when so-called partisan gerrymandering goes further than the law allows.

DEA crackdown on opioids pushed users to Dark Web
— In a study, published this week in the British Medical Journal, researchers examining the impact of the DEA crackdown found that while it lowered prescribing rates for opioid, it was also linked to an increase in illicit online sales of those drugs in Dark Web drug markets.

Dangerous hogweed plant spreads to Virginia
— Officials have warned the public against touching giant hogweed, which can burn the skin and in extreme cases cause blindness, after it was spotted for the first time in Virginia.
— Also known as Heracleum mantegazzianum, giant hogweed has a clear, watery sap which can burn the skin and cause painful blistering when combined with moisture and sunlight. The resulting blisters can leave behind permanent scarring. This process, known as phytophotodermatitis, happens when the sap makes the skin more sensitive to sunlight.
— After the blisters have healed, the skin can remain sensitive to light for many years, officials in Virginia warned.

300,000 US homes could be wiped out by rising seas
The Guardian
— Sea level rise driven by climate change is set to pose an existential crisis to many US coastal communities, with new research finding that as many as 311,000 homes face being flooded every two weeks within the next 30 years.
— The swelling oceans are forecast repeatedly to soak coastal residences worth $120bn by 2045 if greenhouse gas emissions are not severely curtailed. This will inflict a huge financial and emotional toll on the half-million Americans who live in the properties.
— “The impact could well be staggering,” said Kristina Dahl, a senior climate scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). “This level of flooding would be a tipping point where people in these communities would think it’s unsustainable.”
>>> Climate change is real in the housing market

China calls US gov’t “selfish” and “rude”
The Guardian
— Chinese state media has attacked the White House for escalating the prospect of a trade war, calling the administration of president Donald Trump “selfish” and “rude” and “mundane” in its capriciousness.
— “The unpredictability of [the] Trump administration has become mundane, or even boring for China,” an editorial in the state-run tabloid Global Times said on Sunday.
>>> China threatens tariff on $12 billion US oil trade
— China’s threat to impose duties on U.S. oil imports will hit a business that has soared in the last two years, and which is now worth almost $1 billion per month.

American Airlines to pay $45 million
for sneaky collusion

meant to drive up fares
Courthouse News Service
— American has faced several since-consolidated federal class actions against it, Southwest Airlines, Delta and United, beginning in 2015. One suit filed in Milwaukee claimed the airlines “illegally signaled to each other how quickly they would add new flights, routes and extra seats.”
— The plaintiffs claimed that mergers since 2008 resulted in the defendants controlling more than 80 percent of seats in the domestic travel market.
— “During that period, they have eliminated unprofitable flights, filled a higher percentage of seats on planes and made a very public effort to slow growth in order to command higher airfares,” the Milwaukee complaint states.



17 wounded, 1 dead in shooting at NJ arts festival
The usual American mayhem.
√ I started this web site out of dissatisfaction with GoogleNews, Yahoo, Drudge, etc. Google’s links to this story illustrate one of its weaknesses: lousy sources chosen by algorithm. They linked to CNN (which torments you with videos) Yahoo Finance (why?) AOL and the Florida Sun Sentinel. But anyone with the faintest knowledge of the news landscape knows that the strongest journalism in NJ comes out of the old Star Ledger newsroom. (aka

Who’s against the California privacy initiative?
The Verge
Amazon, Microsoft, Uber, Facebook, Google, AT&T, Verizon …
— The initiative recently submitted 600,000 unverified signatures to qualify for a place on the November ballot. The state is currently sorting through those signatures to determine whether there are 366,000 legitimate ones, the required threshold for a ballot spot.
>>> Initiative to give Disneyland workers a “living wage” advances
L.A. Times
— Unions that represent workers at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim are one step closer to requiring the theme park to pay its employees a “living wage.”
— The Orange County Registrar of Voters has certified that a petition to force major Anaheim employers who get city subsidies to boost their workers’ hourly salaries had produced a minimum of 13,185 valid signatures — or at least 10% of the city’s voters.
— When the Anaheim City Council meets Tuesday, it can respond by either putting the measure on the Nov. 6 ballot for a public vote or adopt a city ordinance to impose the wages called for by the petition initiative.

Right-wingers move to sabotage Okla. teacher’s pay raise
The Guardian
— Striking Oklahoma teachers, the worst paid in the US, won a historic pay raise in the spring. Now, conservative groups have targeted the tax hikes earmarked to pay them, and by November the cash could be gone, leaving schools and educators in limbo.

Woman nearly killed by shopping cart, wins $45 million in court
New York Post
marion-hedges— Marion Hedges and her son were buying Halloween candy for poor kids on Oct. 30, 2011, at the East River Plaza mall in East Harlem when the teens tossed the cart from a 79-foot-high landing outside a Target store.
— Hedges, her son, Dayton, and her husband, Michael, sued Target, the mall and its security company for negligence in 2011, saying the businesses ignored past incidents involving kids fooling around with carts.

Once a star of Silicon Valley, Elizabeth Holmes indicted for fraud
— Theranos Inc. founder Elizabeth Holmes, who reigned briefly as the world’s youngest female self-made billionaire over her promise to revolutionize blood testing, was criminally charged with defrauding investors along with the company’s former president.

Manafort jailed, Giuliani sees presidential pardons
NY Daily News
— In one of his most forceful attacks on the special counsel yet, Rudy Giuliani on Friday claimed the Russia investigation could get “cleaned up” with pardons from President Trump in light of Paul Manafort being sent to jail.

“When the (Mueller investigation) is over, things might get cleaned up with some presidential pardons.”
— Rudy Giuliani

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