Monday, August 7

Š       President Donald Trump, who received multiple draft deferments during the Vietnam war, attacked Senator Richard Blumenthal, who voiced support for continuing the Russia investigation, tweeting, “Never in US history has anyone lied or defrauded voters like Senator Richard Blumenthal. He told stories about his Vietnam battles and…conquests, how brave he was, and it was all a lie. He cried like a baby and begged for forgiveness like a child.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/08/07/trump-renews-attack-on-democratic-senator-calling-him-a-vietnam-con-artist-on-twitter/?utm_term=.bd3f15bdf6aa

Š       According to McClatchy News, Trump has shifted the task of writing U.S. policy to shadow groups stacked with business executives that operates outside of public view – a move that might be breaking the law for operating in secrecy and failing to disclose information. http://tinyurl.com/ycqol2xa

Š       Chicago is filing suit against the Department of Justice for withholding millions of dollars in police grant money from sanctuary cities. http://tinyurl.com/y9cwgum6

Š       Staff at the U.S. Department of Agriculture were told not to use the term climate change but instead to reference the term “weather extremes” instead. http://tinyurl.com/y8bpknx8

Š       Wall Street on Parade reported that last week Thomas Hoenig, the Vice Chairman of the FDIC, told the Senate Banking Committee that the biggest Wall Street banks have been lying to the American people, claiming overly stringent capital rules by federal regulators are constraining their ability to lend to consumers and businesses. Rather, the inability to make more loans is caused by the fact that the banks are using 99 percent of their net income to pay dividends to shareholders and buy back their own stock, instead of using that money for loans. http://tinyurl.com/ybzog2l3

Š       Salon reported that Republicans on recess that held town hall meetings last week were met with constituents angry about Trumpcare and their attempts to repeal Obamacare. http://tinyurl.com/y863tqhm

Š       The Justice Department dropped its opposition to Ohio’s voter purge procedures, at issue in a case before the Supreme Court. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/justice-department-reverses-position-to-allow-ohio-to-purge-inactive-voters-from-rolls/2017/08/08/e93c5116-7c35-11e7-9d08-b79f191668ed_story.html?utm_term=.8bddb24e83a1

Tuesday, August 8

Š       A former Guantanamo Bay investigator has charged that the Pentagon is blocking publication of his book that details the use of brutal interrogation techniques at the prison. http://tinyurl.com/ydxxmea4

Š       According to a climate-change report by 13 federal agencies awaiting approval by the Trump administration, the average temperature in the U.S. has risen rapidly and drastically since 1980. http://tinyurl.com/y7syrmtd

Š       The amount of penalties that federal regulators collected from financial firm violators declined sharply in the first 200 days of the Trump administration. http://tinyurl.com/yd9kby9g

Wednesday, August 9

Š       Trump vowed to respond to North Korea with “fire and fury” if it makes any more threats to attack the US. http://tinyurl.com/yayqde9m

Š       According to national security adviser Sebastian Gorka, the White House refused to officially comment on the bombing of a Minnesota mosque because it might have been perpetrated by liberals,. http://tinyurl.com/y9cza8dp

Š       The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee sent letters to executive branch cabinet department and agencies requesting documents on their spending at “businesses owned by or affiliated with the Trump Organization.” The letter said Trump’s “financial entanglements make it impossible to know whether he is making his decisions in the public interest” or to benefit Trump and his family. http://tinyurl.com/ycc5n2kl

Š       Fortune reported that he U.S. immigration crackdown has caused a shortage of farm workers in California and losses of more than $13 million in two California counties alone. http://tinyurl.com/y7kctxxr

Š       A new online archive of more than 20,000 documents obtained from federal agencies revealed that Monsanto knew PCBs were possibly toxic for years before they were banned in 1979, but sold them anyway. http://tinyurl.com/yda2k3c3

Š       Transgender members of the U.S. military, including veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan wars, sued Trump challenging his ban on transgender people serving in the armed forces. http://tinyurl.com/y7aqurxr

Thursday, August 10

Š       According to The Daily Beast, the Pentagon is not interested in privatizing the war in Afghanistan through private mercenary firms like Blackwater. http://tinyurl.com/y9cg5jek

Š       According to BuzzFeed, six top European government officials who’ve had firsthand dealings on the international stage with Trump and his administration described a president regarded even by allies as erratic and limited, and whose perceived shortcomings are compounded by the ongoing chaos beneath him in the White House. http://tinyurl.com/y8u5a6hj

Š       Bloomberg News reported that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team of investigators sent grand jury subpoenas to banks for account information involving Trump campaign manager Manafort, some of his companies, and those of his business partner, Rick Gates. http://tinyurl.com/y9ld7apa

Š       Secretary of Defense James James Mattis stressed the importance of diplomacy in the increasingly tense standoff with North Korea. http://tinyurl.com/y7aakzhd

Š       A report by the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business said Trump’s immigration plan, the RAISE Act, would result in 4.6 million lost jobs by the year 2040, and the U.S. economy would be 2 percent smaller than under the current immigration policy. http://tinyurl.com/y7avctvn

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Friday, August 11

Š       The Washington Post reported that, although previous projections by the Trump Organization were that his D.C. hotel would lose $2.1 million in the first quarter of 2017, instead it turned a $1.97 million profit. http://tinyurl.com/y73oxhqz

Š       Idaho farmers lobbied Trump to end salmon protection claiming that salmon protection programs in the Columbia and Snake rivers favor fish over people. http://tinyurl.com/ydbz3vwj

Š       Newsweek reported that an audit has revealed that a U.S. contractor bilked the American military out of $50 million spent on Bentleys, Aston Martins and big salaries for senior staffers’ significant others. http://tinyurl.com/ybkww54n

Š       Environmental Integrity Project wrote that the EPA collected 60 percent less in civil penalties than previous administrations from environmental violators in their first year so far. http://tinyurl.com/y8hwjo6l

Saturday, August 12

Š       Torch-bearing white nationalists attacked counter-protesters ahead of alt-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. http://tinyurl.com/yck25vk5

Š       Reuters reported that Trump threatened military intervention in Venezuela, an escalation of Washington’s response to Venezuela’s political crisis. http://tinyurl.com/yc7sstbc

Š       The New York Times reported that the EPA’s Scott Pruitt is carrying out his agenda in secret. When attending meetings, staff are told not to have cellphones, not to take notes, require an escort to gain entrance, and doors to the floor are frequently locked. Pruitt is accompanied by armed guards at EPA headquarters – the first head of the agency to ever request round-the-clock security. http://tinyurl.com/y87cq3u9

Š       The Hill reported that special counsel Mueller wants to interview Reince Priebus and see his notes of specific meetings with administration and campaign officials. http://tinyurl.com/y9kzrrcu

Sunday, August 13

Š       Trump’s vague response to the white supremacist march and protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, failed to denounce the racism, bigotry, hate and violence of white nationalists and evoked criticism from civil rights groups and lawmakers of both parties. http://tinyurl.com/yb6ndo3v

Š       A report published in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists contradicts reports in the mainstream media, finding that North Korea’s missiles are not actually ICBMs and aren’t able to reach the continental US. http://tinyurl.com/y7pd7jw8