SPLASH! News Recap of December 9, 2016

News Making A Splash Today Will Have Ripple Effects Tomorrow

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Woman Kicked Out Of Victoria Secret For Being Black

Progressive Army – We need to discuss the inherent racism of this reaction from the store manager. Can you imagine that if the shoplifter had been white that all the white people would have been asked to leave the store? Probably not because such a thing would be ridiculous and unthinkable, just as it is in this situation.

This is the kind of racism that many want to deny is an issue. The kind of daily slights that dehumanize people of color and in particular African-Americans. We are denied the privilege of being seen as unique and complex individuals and are often lumped together as if we operate from a hive mind.

Scandal over Department of Interior pick

Daily Mail – Donald Trump’s frontrunner to lead the scandal-plagued Department of the Interior is a congresswoman currently under a House ethics investigation for misusing government funds.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a Republican Congresswoman, is at the top of Trump’s short list for secretary of the Department of the Interior, sources close to the transition told the Dailymail.com and could be announced as soon as Friday.

Agency Report of Russia’s Doping Controversy

Washington Post – An investigative report Friday from the international agency that polices drugs in sports put the full scale of the Russian doping controversy into better focus, detailing one of the largest cheating scandals in history and implicating government employees and more than 1,000 Russian athletes who benefited from manipulations to conceal positive doping tests.

The Russian athletes and government officials were involved in an “institutional conspiracy” of an “unprecedented scale,” Richard McLaren, a Canadian lawyer and sports ethics expert who led the investigation for the World Anti-Doping Agency, said at a news conference Friday morning in London. The elaborate doping system and associated coverup began in at least 2011, McLaren said, and continued beyond the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014.

President’s Call For Look At Election Hacking

Politico – President Barack Obama has ordered a “deep dive” into the cyber attacks that plagued this year’s election, the White House said Friday. Obama has asked the intelligence community to deliver its final report before he leaves office.

The review will put the spate of hacks — which officials have blamed on Russia — “in a greater context” by framing them against the “malicious cyber activity” that may have occurred around the edges of the 2008 and 2012 president elections, said White House principal deputy press secretary Eric Schultz at a briefing.

South Korean Parliament Votes to Impeach President Park Geun-hye

Reuters – After weeks of scandal and mass protests over corruption and collusion charges revolving around friend Choi Soon-sil, the South Korean Parliament voted to impeach beleaguered President Park Geun-hye.
Despite calls to step down, Park has refused to resign. Her response to the impeachment vote was as follows: “I solemnly accept the voice of the parliament and the people and sincerely hope this confusion is soundly resolved. The vote tally was 234-56 in favor of impeachment and it now falls to the Constitutional Court to uphold the impeachment.

Far-Right Leader Geert Wilders Found Guilty of Inciting Racial Discrimination

DutchNews – Geert Wilders, founder and leader of the far-right Dutch Party for Freedom (PVV), was found guilty on Friday of inciting racial discrimination. While the three judges of the court gave him a guilty verdict, he does not face any penalties.
The incident for which he was found guilty was a PVV rally in March 2014, in which he called for fewer Moroccans in the Netherlands. Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte responded by saying that his party will not work with the PVV party unless Wilders retracts his remarks.

Congress Passes Last-Minute Spending Bill

U.S. News and World Report – The U.S. Congress narrowly avoided another government shutdown on Friday by passing a spending bill with less than an hour to go. The issue this time around? Miners’ health benefits.
The Democrats wanted to extend the health benefits bill for miners for a year, while the Republicans only wanted a stop-gap, fourth-month extension. Eventually, the Democrats gave in and agreed to the four-month extension. The spending bill additionally provides disaster relief for Louisiana flooding, $10.1 billion for the Pentagon, and an expedited process for confirming President-Elect Donald Trump’s defense secretary nominee, Gen. James Mattis.
Additionally, Montana Sen. Jon Tester announced that he would be introducing new legislation early next year to impose a five-year ban on ex-law makers and some White House officials from working as lobbyists. Meanwhile, another group of senators is hoping to pass immigration legislation, co-sponsored by Sen. Richard Durbin and Sen. Lindsey Graham, to combat Trump in case he rescinds DACA.

Written by Pamela Getz

Writer and Activist. Follow Pamela on Twitter @goddesspamela.

Pamela Getz is Editor of International Affairs for Progressive Army and a member of its Editorial Board.

Written by Raven Payne

Recently awakened progressive in pursuit of truth in all things.

Raven Payne is an Editor and Writer for Progressive Army, and a member of its Editorial Board.

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SPLASH! News Recap of December 9, 2016