Mon. July 2

So-called President tells lies that he’ll contradict tomorrow with new lies.

— Now on to the Real News.

Judge orders ICE to quit jailing asylum seekers
— A federal judge has determined the US government is violating its own rules regarding the treatment of people seeking asylum. Judge James Boasberg issued a preliminary injunction Monday ordering the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to stop the arbitrary detention of legitimate asylum seekers.

Google’s dirty secret: It lets app developers read your mail
Wall Street Journal
— Google said a year ago it would stop its computers from scanning the inboxes of Gmail users for information to personalize advertisements, saying it wanted users to “remain confident that Google will keep privacy and security paramount.”
— But the internet giant continues to let hundreds of outside software developers scan the inboxes of millions of Gmail users who signed up for email-based services offering shopping price comparisons, automated travel-itinerary planners or other tools. Google does little to police those developers, who train their computers—and, in some cases, employees—to read their users’ emails, a Wall Street Journal examination has found.

Yelp can’t be forced to kill bad review, California Supremes rule
The Hill

When drug addicts die, bystanders can be charged
— In Pennsylvania, the number of people charged with this version of third-degree murder from an accidental overdose went from 15 in 2013 to 205 last year.
— In roughly the same period, news reports of such cases tripled nationwide, according to the Oakland-based nonprofit Drug Policy Alliance. Twenty states have drug-induced homicide laws on the books that criminalize helping someone obtain drugs. And in recent months, the alliance found that 13 additional states have created or beefed up drug-induced homicide laws.

An undocumented mother searches for 3 kids US snatched
Voice of America
yeni gonzalez— “I’m going to look for my children,” she said. … “It has been very difficult, very hard for me, I felt that my heart broke into a thousand pieces, they snatch my children from my arms.
— For five weeks Yeni Gonzalez was detained in this immigration center in Eloy Arizona, 3,800 kilometers from New York where her three children were taken, after they were separated when they tried to cross the border illegally.

Soldier sentenced in murder-for-hire that included 2-year-old
Army Times
— A former Fort Campbell, Kentucky, soldier hired to murder his friend’s estranged wife and her children has been sentenced to life in prison without parole plus 66 years after he entered a guilty plea on Monday.
— Zackery Alexander, 23, pleaded guilty to murdering 2-year-old Joseph Bankston and planning to murder several others in 2015.
— Alexander was hired by another Fort Campbell soldier, David Wi, to murder Wi’s estranged wife, Alicia Bankston, along with her toddler son, Joseph, and Wi and Bankston’s 1-year-old daughter, Lilly.

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David Wi, left, and Zackery Alexander, right, are both former Fort Campbell soldiers with life sentences. Wi hired Alexander to kill his estranged wife, his toddler stepson and his infant daughter in 2015. (Clarksville Police Department)

Former DEA agent: Big Pharma, Congress created opioid crisis
CBS 60 Minutes
.. allowed to spread aided by Congress, lobbyists, and a drug distribution industry that shipped, almost unchecked, hundreds of millions of pills to rogue pharmacies and pain clinics – providing the rocket fuel for a crisis that, over the last two decades, has claimed more than 200,000 lives.

“This is an industry that allowed millions and millions of drugs to go into bad pharmacies and doctors’ offices, that distributed them out to people who had no legitimate need for those drugs.”

California cops probe whether dad’s inexplicable shooting linked to 7 others
— Authorities are looking into whether the death of a man who was shot while camping with his daughters in California is linked to previous shootings at the campsite.
— Tristan Beaudette was shot once in the head on June 22 as he slept in a tent with his 2- and 4-year-old daughters at the Malibu Creek State Park.
— The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said it’s looking for links between the 35-year-old’s killing and seven shootings dating to November 2016.

Artificial ovary works, researchers claim
The Independent

— Researchers from one of the leading fertility centres in Europe, Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen, say they have demonstrated the world’s first working “bio-engineered” human ovary in early animal trials.

Most Americans fine with legal immigration, and many want more
Pew Research

New York may be first US city to set Uber etc driver pay
NY Times
— New York City’s taxi commission is considering new pay rules for drivers for Uber and other ride-hailing apps — a move that would make it the first major American city to regulate driver pay rates amid growing complaints about low wages in the industry.
— The initial proposal, which will be outlined in a study to be released on Monday, would establish a minimum rate for drivers of $17.22 an hour after expenses. The policy would increase driver earnings by about 22.5 percent on average, or $6,345 per year.

Fixer in a fix
Flippy Cohen ready to dump on Trump
— President Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen said in an ABC interview that his “first loyalty” belongs to his family, not to the president.
— “My wife, my daughter and my son have my first loyalty and always will,” Cohen said. “I put family and country first.”
— Cohen, who was known to be Trump’s fixer for many years, is currently under criminal investigation in New York for bank fraud and campaign finance violations.

Sneaky Senate denies its new bill aims to weaken Endangered Species Act
The Hill
— Senate Republicans are embarking on an ambitious effort to overhaul the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
— Draft legislation due to be released Monday by Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) would give new powers and responsibilities for state officials to determine how animals and plants should be protected.

More employers willing to disclose salaries to all 
— Employers have long discouraged talking about money at work, in part because obscuring salary information keeps compensation costs down. But that attitude is starting to change. In a survey of almost 2,000 employers by the consulting firm Willis Towers Watson, more than half of the respondents said they plan to increase transparency around pay decisions in the next year.

Mexico winner reaches out to loser in White House over NAFTA
— The morning after his crushing election victory, Mexico’s president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he’ll contact Trump to “reach an understanding.”

Are we alone? It’s a topic worthy of more serious scientific study
By Kevin Knuth
Associate Professor of Physics, State University of New York
In The Conversation
— Something like 5% of UFO sightings prove to be genuine mysteries …
— “You have no idea what is out there.”

Kentucky Wing-Nut strikes back after court loss,
cancels dental, vision Medicaid for 500,000
The Hill
√ Can he do that? Sure, he’s a Republican, and Republicans can do anything they please.

71,932 in the stands
World Cup? No big deal. Atlanta gets bigger crowds as city embraces soccer

— In only its second season, Atlanta United broke the Major League Soccer attendance record in March and boasts the top four highest attendances in MLS history.
— The city has a unique identity which may help generate such enthusiasm. Atlanta has topped Penske’s top moving destinations list for the last eight years, and 37% of the city’s residents are not native to Georgia.

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