Definitive Proof Assad Used Sarin Gas on Civilians? ; How Surveillance Undermines Criminal Justice ...and More Picks
Definitive Proof Assad Used Sarin Gas on Civilians? ; How Surveillance Undermines Criminal Justice ...and More Picks for 4/28
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Syrian President: Trump Controlled by “Deep American State” (Milicent)
On April 25, Syria’s Bashar al-Assad told Spanish television TeleSUR that Donald Trump has none of his own policies, and only executes decisions made by the “intelligence agencies, the Pentagon, the big arms manufacturers, oil companies, and financial institutions.”
Tech Giants Flood DC Swamp with Lobbying Cash (DH)
AT&T, Facebook, Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Uber are among the corporations spending huge sums to influence the Trump Administration. Most increased spending over the same period as last year. They lobbied about issues including H-1B visas, Internet regulations, mergers, government contracts and international taxation.
Retailers Going Bankrupt at Record Pace (Jeff C.)
America’s retailers are closing stores faster than ever as they try to eliminate a glut of space and shift more business to the web.
More Proof Assad Is Guilty of Using Sarin Against Civilians on April 4 (Inez)
French intelligence and other reliable sources have established unassailable evidence that Syria’s Assad indeed used sarin in the April 4 attack against civilians.
Fewer Illegal Immigrants Living in US Since 2009 (Milicent)
Latest Pew Research Center estimates: for the first time, fewer illegal immigrants were living in the US in 2015 than in 2009. And the number from Mexico is declining, while the number from other countries is rising.
Video: Did CNN Deliberately Cut Off Sanders After ‘Fake News’ Joke? (Trevin)
The Senator’s live feed immediately failed after he jokingly referring to the network as “fake news” in a recent interview.
Broad Warrantless Surveillance Threatens to Undermine Criminal Justice System (Jimmy)
Sarah St. Vincent writes, “Declassified documents from the early 1980s suggest that the NSA has long been providing data from its communications surveillance as part of counter-drug initiatives. The documents also show that the CIA was authorized to share drug-related intelligence under the executive order — including about US persons — with federal officials for law enforcement purposes.”