Intelligence, Secrecy & Power – N. 724, 31 August 2018

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FRONT PAGE – PRIESTS, MANAFORT, COHEN, MCCAIN, COMING VIOLENCE, ISRAEL, IRAN

World Media – Synthesis Based on the Analysis of All 16 August 2018 to 31 August 2018 Entries

Major topics and events of the last fortnight of August include the following:

BEST (in chronological order)

16 August – A Pennsylvania grand jury identified more than 300 alleged “predator priests” / HuffPost
16 August – Bleak New Estimates in Drug Epidemic: A Record 72,000 Overdose Deaths in 2017 / NYT
17 August – Pentagon Postpones Trump Military Parade Until “2019” as Projected Cost Soars Towards $100 Million / Slate
17 August – White Woman Calls the Police on a Black Man for Entering His Own Car / AlterNet
18 August – Ex-CIA official to Trump supporter: We’re done. Get out! – Trump Is Not a King / CNN
18 August – Georgia Police Dept. Defends Use of Taser on 87-Year-Old Woman / NYT
19 August – ‘Truth Isn’t Truth’: Rudy Giuliani Has Epic Meltdown on Meet The Press / Raw Story
19 August – Israel Rejects UN Report on Protecting Palestinians / Middle East Eye
20 August – Scholar Warns We Could Be Headed for a ‘Violent Conflict’ Between Republicans and Democrats / Salon
21 August – Michigan Health Director to Stand Trial for Involuntary Manslaughter in Flint Deaths / NPR
21 August – Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort convicted of 8 counts – Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen pleads guilty to 8 counts, says “the candidate” directed him / Progress Report
25 August – Donald Trump told ‘the countdown to impeachment has already started’ / Independent
26 August – New CNN Contributor [Rob Astorino] Slammed For Contract Legally Forbidding Any Criticism of Trump / Daily Kos
28 August – No One Wants Trump: John McCain Funeral Snub Latest In Line of Presidential Rejections / AlterNet
29 August – Texas police officer Roy Oliver convicted of murdering unarmed black teen / ThinkProgress
29 August – Drinking Water to Be Shut Off at All Detroit Public Schools / Crain’s Detroit
30 August – DeSantis Warns Florida Not to ‘Monkey This Up,’ and Many Hear a Racist Dog Whistle / NYT
31 August – MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell Burst Out Laughing at How Trump’s Lawyers Treat Him Like a Toddler / AlterNet
31 August – Iran Is Complying With Nuclear Deal Restrictions: IAEA Report / Popular Information

BY THEME

CORRUPTION & TRIALS
20 August – Trump: Mueller makes Joseph McCarthy ‘look like a baby’ / CNN
20 August – Ex-GOP Congressman [Blake Farenthold] Who Still Owes Taxpayers $84k For Sexual Harassment Settlement / AlterNet
20 August – Zinke caught red-handed trying to sell off public lands / ThinkProgress
20 August – Wells Fargo Terminates Banking Services for Florida Political Candidate Over Her Support for Medical Marijuana / AlterNet
21 August – Former Scott Walker Aide Accuses Governor of Circumventing Public Records Law / AlterNet
21 August – Michigan Health Director to Stand Trial for Involuntary Manslaughter in Flint Deaths / NPR
21 August – Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort convicted of 8 counts – Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen pleads guilty to 8 counts, says “the candidate” directed him / Progress Report
22 August – Crowd Chants ‘Lock Her Up’ The Day Trump’s Former Aides Are Convicted Of Felonies / HuffPost
22 August – New York Prosecutors Can Now Go After Trump with Criminal Charges — Even If Mueller Won’t / DC Report
22 August – How Donald Trump Was Bailed Out of Bankruptcy by Russia Crime Bosses / Daily Kos
22 August – Donald Trump’s crimes [detailed list] / Popular Information
22 August – Trump campaign manager’s crimes / Popular Information
22 August – Republicans admit they’ll slash Medicare, Social Security to pay for their tax cuts / ThinkProgress
23 August – Senators Urge Delaying Brett Kavanaugh Hearing After Cohen, Manafort Cases / HuffPost
23 August – Trump Media Ally Granted Immunity to Tell Investigators the President Made Illegal Payments to Mistresses / Raw Story
24 August – National Enquirer publisher David Pecker granted immunity / WSJ
24 August – David Pecker, Chief of National Enquirer’s Publisher, Is Said to Get Immunity in Trump Inquiry / NYT
24 August – National Enquirer Had a Safe with a Treasure Trove of Dirt on Trump that It Kept Hidden During the Campaign / AlterNet
24 August – Under the Bus: GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter Blames Wife for Illegal Spending / CNN
26 August – ‘He can’t get rid of any of this’: Trump’s wall of secrecy erodes amid growing legal challenges / WP
26 August – New CNN Contributor [Rob Astorino] Slammed For Contract Legally Forbidding Any Criticism of Trump / Daily Kos
29 August – Representative Duncan Hunter was recently indicted for gross misuse of over $250,000 in campaign funds[my wife did it] / Popular Information
30 August – Trump announced the imminent firing /resignation of the White House Counsel, Don McGahn, without telling McGahn first / Progress Report
31 August – MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell Burst Out Laughing at How Trump’s Lawyers Treat Him Like a Toddler / AlterNet

TRUMP VS. PENTAGON & INTELL
17 August – Pentagon Postpones Trump Military Parade Until “2019” as Projected Cost Soars Towards $100 Million / Slate
17 August – Mayor of DC Mocks Trump After President Throws Twitter Tantrum Over Failed Military Parade / AlterNet
17 August – Revoking [Brennan] Clearance, Trump Aims Presidential Power at Russia Inquiry / NYT
18 August – John Brennan [former CIA director]: Trump Is ‘Drunk On Power’ — And Dangerous / HuffPost
18 August – Ex-CIA official to Trump supporter: We’re done. Get out! – Trump Is Not a King / CNN
19 August – Ex-Fox News Analyst Lt. Col. Ralph Peters Shreds Former Colleagues: ‘Prostitutes’ And ‘Henchmen’ for Trump / AlterNet
21 August – Who’s spoken out against Trump’s move to revoke former CIA Director Brennan’s security clearance / WP
21 August – Trump Considered Excluding Obama from Presidential Intelligence Briefings / AlterNet
23 August – Watch John Bolton Abruptly End a Press Conference After BBC Reporter Asks Him If Trump Is a ‘Security Risk’ / AlterNet
24 August – Reality Winner [NSA analyst] sentenced to prison after revealing Russian election cyberattack / ThinkProgress
25 August – Kremlin Sources Go Quiet, Leaving CIA in the Dark About Putin’s Plans for Midterms / NYT
28 August – Trump’s Conflict of Interest Rears Its Ugly Head as Report Suggests He Blocked the FBI from Building Near His Hotel / AlterNet

EXTEREM RIGHT – RACISM
17 August – Watch: White Woman Calls the Police on a Black Man for Entering His Own Car / AlterNet
20 August – Scholar Warns We Could Be Headed for a ‘Violent Conflict’ Between Republicans and Democrats / Salon
21 August – Watch: Tearful Black Girl Kicked Out of Class at Christian [Catholic] School Over ‘Unnatural’ Hair / Raw Story
22 August – Trump administration is using federal disability law to disenfranchise minority voters / ThinkProgress
22 August – Anti-abortion activists vow to violate patients’ privacy in new tactic to stoke fear / ThinkProgress
23 August – GOP Texas Lt. Governor: ‘CNN, MSNBC’ And Democrats ‘Are All Accomplices’ in Mollie Tibbetts’ Death / AlterNet
24 August – Two White Men Sentenced to Prison for Beating Black Man During Charlottesville Rally / NPR
29 August – Dozens at Facebook Unite to Challenge Its ‘Intolerant’ Liberal Culture / NYT
30 August – DeSantis Warns Florida Not to ‘Monkey This Up,’ and Many Hear a Racist Dog Whistle / NYT
31 August – Hyatt Hotels defends hosting anti-Muslim hate group, even as competitors shut their doors / ThinkProgress
31 August – Watch Two White Men Throw ‘Kid’ off San Francisco Train — Into Traffic — Over Loud Music / Raw Story

COPS – GUNS
18 August – Georgia Police Dept. Defends Use of Taser on 87-Year-Old Woman / NYT
19 August – Dem candidates embrace gun control in campaign for House takeover / Fox
21 August – Two US Agents Fired Into Mexico, Killing Teenagers – Only One Faces a Lawsuit / NYT
21 August – Acting ICE Chief Falsely Claims Families Would Have Been Reunited Without Court Orders / New Civil Rights Movement
27 August – Two killed in shooting at Jacksonville video game tournament / CNN
27 August – Boy stabs girl at school assembly up to 11 times after she rejected his advances / ThinkProgress
29 August – Blocked From Posting Printable Gun Plans, Activist Will Mail Them Instead / NYT
29 August – Texas police officer Roy Oliver convicted of murdering unarmed black teen / ThinkProgress
30 August – The Washington Post reported yesterday that the Trump administration is now denying passport renewals to US citizens born near the border / Progress Report
31 August – ‘Trump slump’ hits gun manufacturers, new report shows / ThinkProgress
31 August – A Chicago Cop Is Going on Trial for the Execution of Laquan McDonald / Mother Jones

CHURCH – RELIGION
16 August – A Pennsylvania grand jury identified more than 300 alleged “predator priests” / HuffPost
16 August – Utah group says medical marijuana ballot violates freedom of religion / ThinkProgress
17 August – Mormons Claim Utah Marijuana Ballot Initiative Violates Their Religious Freedom / Daily Kos
18 August – Why the Roman Catholic Church continues to struggle with sexual abuse scandals [ask Freud about it] / USA TODAY
19 August – How the Catholic Church Worked With Pennsylvania Lawmakers to Protect Itself From Sexual Abuse Investigations / Salon
20 August – Catholic churches hold “Mass of forgiveness” after priest sex abuse report / CBS
20 August – A Catholic cardinal would rather blame the gays than address the church’s sex abuse problem / ThinkProgress
25 August – $3.8 billion paid in lawsuits and claims over sex abuse allegations in Catholic Church since 1980s, group says / CNN

TRUMP
19 August – ‘Truth Isn’t Truth’: Rudy Giuliani Has Epic Meltdown on Meet The Press / Raw Story
20 August – Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee Wanted to Ask President Clinton These Sexually Explicit Questions / New Civil Rights Movement
22 August – Donald Trump Was Too Incompetent to Pick a Fed Chair He Agreed With, and Now He’s Mad About It / Slate
25 August – Donald Trump told ‘the countdown to impeachment has already started’ / Independent
29 August – If GOP Loses Hold on Congress, Trump Warns, Democrats Will Enact Change ‘Quickly and Violently’ / NYT
30 August – Trump warns change would come ‘violently’ if Republicans lose in midterms / ABC
30 August – Trump touts Puerto Rico response as ‘fantastic’ despite nearly 3,000 dead / CNN

JOHN MCCAIN
25 August – ‘Donald Trump Doesn’t Have the Standing to Lick John McCain’s Boots’: Republican Strategist Rick Wilson / Raw Story
26 August – John McCain dies at age 81 – 10 moments that will shape the senator’s legacy / Guardian
27 August – Trump rejected plans for White House statement praising McCain / CNN
27 August – Arizona Republicans Have Made Their Loyalties Clear — They Choose Trump Over McCain / Daily Kos
28 August – Trump’s brand of politics has eclipsed McCain’s / CNN
28 August – Donald Trump’s Response to John McCain’s Death Reminds Us Just How Petty He Is / New Yorker
28 August – No One Wants Trump: John McCain Funeral Snub Latest In Line of Presidential Rejections / AlterNet

ENVIRONMENT – POLLUTION
17 August – Fracking is destroying US water supply, warns shocking new study / ThinkProgress
17 August – Trump Keeps Trying to Kill Agency That Investigates Chemical Plant Disasters / Center for Investigative Reporting
21 August – Trump’s EPA Admits Their Own Power Plant Rule Change Will Cause Up To 1,400 More Deaths A Year / AlterNet
29 August – California Lawmakers Set Goal for Carbon-Free Energy by 2045 / NYT
29 August – Drinking Water to Be Shut Off at All Detroit Public Schools / Crain’s Detroit
30 August – Detroit turns off every public school’s drinking water due to high levels of lead, copper / ThinkProgress
31 August – Detroit shutting off drinking water in all schools because of lead, copper contamination / Detroit Free Press

TECH & MEDIA
20 August – Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey admits ‘left-leaning’ bias, but says ideology doesn’t influence policy / SILive.com
21 August – German Towns Where Facebook Use Is Higher Than Average Reliably Experience More Attacks on Refugees / AlterNet
23 August – Facebook Fueled Anti-Refugee Attacks in Germany, New Research Suggests / NYT
25 August – Amazon Hired an Army of Employees to Say Nice Things About It on Twitter / Business Insider
28 August – Trump Calls Google Search ‘RIGGED’ After Watching Unhinged Fox Interview With Right-Wing YouTube Stars / AlterNet
29 August – Trump Accuses Google of Burying Conservative News in Search Results / NYT
29 August – Trump takes aim at tech giants / Hill

DIVERS
16 August – Bleak New Estimates in Drug Epidemic: A Record 72,000 Overdose Deaths in 2017 / NYT
19 August – Israel Rejects UN Report on Protecting Palestinians / Middle East Eye
25 August – Crunch time in Pakistan [new PM Imran Khan, jihadists & IMF] / James M. Dorsey
28 August – Veterinarians Report That Some People Are Abusing Their Pets to Get Opioids / Salon
29 August – German Far Right and Counterprotesters Clash in Chemnitz / NYT
31 August – Iran Is Complying With Nuclear Deal Restrictions: IAEA Report / Popular Information

The best quotes of the first fortnight of August include the following:

“Donald Trump Doesn’t Have the Standing to Lick John McCain’s Boots”: Republican Strategist Rick Wilson
[Trump] “No President’s Words Have Ever Meant Less”
“The US administration is demonstrating the use of cheap blackmail as a political tool”
Salon: “America Is Married to the Mob”
“No One Wants Trump”

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