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SPLASH! News: DNC Lawsuit, IS Syrian Attack, Science March, and more

Dive Into the News for May 2, 2017

Kiran Opal

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Seven Jaw-Dropping Revelations in Motion to Dismiss the DNC Fraud Lawsuit

Progressive Army – Last Monday, Senior U.S. District Judge William J. Zloch heard oral arguments regarding a Motion to Dismiss filed by attorneys representing the Democratic National Committee and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz in the class-action lawsuit filed against them. The lawsuit seeks damages on behalf of Democratic Party donors who made financial contributions to Bernie Sanders and the Party under the presumption the primary would be conducted fairly per the DNC’s charter. The lawsuit was filed in June 2016 following the release of leaked emails showing behind-the-scenes collusion between the DNC, the Clinton campaign, and other entities to ensure Hillary Clinton would be the Democratic nominee prior to Americans casting votes in the party’s primary contests.

Transcripts released from the hearing Friday expose numerous shocking revelations presented by the Democrats’ counsel arguing in support of the Motion to Dismiss regarding the way the Democratic Party views its obligations and responsibilities in conducting the primary nominating process. Judge Zloch did not issue a ruling from the bench; he will issue a written order in response to the Motion to Dismiss at a later, unspecified date as he considers the merits of the defendants on the Motion.

 

IS Kills More Than 30 People in Attack on Syrian Camp

BBC News – More than 30 civilians and Kurdish-led fighters have been killed in an attack by Islamic State militants near Syria’s north-eastern border with Iraq.

They targeted a makeshift camp for displaced Syrians and Iraqi refugees at Rajm al-Salibi, near the town of Shaddadi in Hassakeh province.

The militants also clashed with members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) stationed at a nearby checkpoint.

The US-backed alliance is spearheading the battle against IS in eastern Syria.

Its Kurdish and Arab fighters are close to taking control of the strategically important Euphrates River Valley town of Tabqa and will soon launch an offensive to retake the de facto IS capital of Raqqa.

 

US Lawmakers to grill United Airline on Passenger Removal

Reuters – United Airlines Inc executives will visit Capitol Hill on Tuesday to face lawmakers’ questions about the forcible removal of a passenger on an overbooked flight last month, an incident that provoked international outrage.

United Chief Executive Oscar Munoz’s appearance before the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will test how the Republican-led Congress addresses company misconduct at a time of sweeping deregulation in Washington. Republicans largely back President Donald Trump’s push to undo industry rules and regulations they say hamper business growth.
Joining Munoz at the hearing will be United President Scott Kirby as well as executives from American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Alaska Airlines and a consumers’ union consultant.

 

US Businesses Struggle to Find Seasonal Help After Visa Restrictions on Foreign Workers

TIME – Innkeepers, restaurateurs, and landscapers around the U.S. say they are struggling to find seasonal help and turning down business in some cases because the government tightened up on visas for temporary foreign workers.

“There’s going to be a lot of businesses that just can’t function on a full-time basis, and some might not even open at all,” said Mac Hay, who co-owns Mac’s Seafood on Cape Cod and has organized seasonal businesses to lobby Congress.

At issue are H-2B temporary visas, which are issued for workers holding down seasonal, nonagricultural jobs.

The U.S. caps the number at 66,000 per fiscal year. Some workers return year after year, and Congress has let them do so in the past without being counted toward the limit. No such exception was passed for 2017 at the end of last year, after the presidential election.
Lawmakers on Monday unveiled a government spending bill that would allow the homeland security secretary to increase the number of H-2B visas this fiscal year to almost 130,000.

 

Scientists Have Shown They Can March. Can They Help Win Elections?

VOX – For the past two weekends, the National Mall has been packed with people protesting Trump in the name of science and the environment.

In an impressive show of force, both the March for Science and the People’s Climate March mobilized tens of thousands of veteran activists and first-time demonstrators, like the 87-year-old atomic physicist I met on the soggy grounds of the Washington Monument.

Both scenes made for arresting visuals of Americans waving elaborate signs and chanting at Congress and the White House. (Check out aerial footage and 10 of the best signs from Saturday here.) But they were also very different — in ways that matter for their momentum going forward.

Written by Pamela Getz

Pamela Getz

Writer and Activist. Follow Pamela on Twitter @goddesspamela.

Pamela Elaine is a Senior Writer for Progressive Army and a member of its Editorial Board.

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Seven Jaw-Dropping Revelations From Hearings on the Motion to Dismiss the DNC Fraud Lawsuit

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