SPLASH! Recap of January 10, 2017

News Making a Splash today will have ripple effects tomorrow

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Jury Sentences White Supremacist Dylann Roof to Death for the Charleston Church Massacre

Buzzfeed A federal court jury in South Carolina has sentenced convicted Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof to death for the June 2015 massacre at historic black Emanuel AME church, where he killed nine people during a Bible study.

It took the jury — composed of eight white women, two black women, one black man, and one white man — just under three hours of deliberation to decide the fate of the avowed white supremacist who was convicted on all 33 counts against him, including 9 murder charges and 12 violations of the federal hate crime statute.

Senate GOP Blocks Sanders on Preventing Entitlement Cuts

The Hill – Senate Republicans blocked a push on Tuesday by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) to prevent cuts to entitlement spending.

Senators voted 49-49 on an amendment from the former presidential candidate, with 60 votes needed to overcome a procedural hurdle. Maine Sen. Susan Collins was the only Republican to vote for Sanders’s proposal.

Senate Postpones Confirmation Hearing for Betsy DeVos, Trumps Education Pick

The Washington Post – The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions has postponed the confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for education secretary.

DeVos’s hearing, originally scheduled to take place on Wednesday morning, has been rescheduled for Jan. 17 at 5 p.m., according to a joint statement from the HELP committee chairman, Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), and ranking member, Patty Murray (D-Wash).

The move comes after Democrats raised concerns about the fact that the Office of Government Ethics, which has said it is overwhelmed by vetting Trump’s nominees, has not yet completed its review of DeVos’s financial holdings and potential conflicts of interest.

Give Your Money to Leftists

Progressive Army – Brock makes noises about wanting Sanders to help from “the Senate floor,” but when he brings up his PAC, American Bridge – and then immediately turns his attention to Sanders’ supporters – it’s clear what he actually wants: money. As Sarah Jones notes in The New Republic, Brock is currently raising funds for new anti-Trump media campaigns, and this latest message signals that he hopes to win the backing of Sanders supporters as well; in fact, Democrats have been lusting after their cash ever since the primaries.

But anyone who hopes to move our country in a better direction – or who simply wants to beat Trump – would do well to send their money elsewhere. While there are multiple progressive media fronts, such as Progressive Army, that are doing the important work of vying for cultural hegemony in the Trump era, David Brock’s work for the Clinton campaign was a case study in cynical and abysmal failure.

Intel Chiefs Presented Trump with Claims of Russian Efforts to Compromise Him

CNN – Classified documents presented last week to President Obama and President-elect Trump included allegations that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump, multiple US officials with direct knowledge of the briefings tell CNN.

The allegations were presented in a two-page synopsis that was appended to a report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. The allegations came, in part, from memos compiled by a former British intelligence operative, whose past work US intelligence officials consider credible. The FBI is investigating the credibility and accuracy of these allegations, which are based primarily on information from Russian sources, but has not confirmed many essential details in the memos about Mr. Trump.

However, some are pointing out that this “news” is old news and based on material that has been known since October. As The New York Times points out, “The summary is based on memos generated by political operatives seeking to derail Mr. Trump’s candidacy. Details of the reports began circulating in the fall and were widely known among journalists and politicians in Washington.” They add, “The material was not corroborated, and The New York Times has not been able to confirm the claims.”

Mr. Trump responded in his typical fashion:

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.

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SPLASH! Recap of January 10, 2017