SPLASH! Recap of January 19, 2017

Dive Into The News You May Have Missed

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Italy Crews Work Through The Night Seeking Survivors

Chicago Tribune – Rescue crews who reached the four-star mountain resort on skis found only eerie silence Thursday after a huge avalanche flattened the hotel, trapping more than 30 people inside. Two bodies were recovered, but the search for survivors was hampered by heavy snowfall and fears the buildings would collapse.

Two people escaped the devastation at the Hotel Rigopiano in the mountains of central Italy and called for help. But it took hours for responders to verify their claims and arrive at the remote earthquake-stricken zone. They worked through the night, but hopes were dimming of finding survivors.

A Century After Suffragist March On Washington Feminism Faces Same Hurdle – Race

MIC – On the eve of Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration, some 8,000 women descended upon Washington, D.C., crowding Pennsylvania Avenue in an attempt to force the issue of a woman’s right to vote onto the incoming president’s to-do list.

The Women’s Suffrage Parade on March 3, 1913, was considerably smaller than Saturday’s planned Women’s March on Washington, which could bring as many as 400,000 women to the capitol on the first full day of Donald Trump’s presidency. But despite the 104-year gap between the marches, striking parallels remain: Thousands of women assembled to remind a new president that they are part of his constituency and deserve a voice.

Military Veterans Protest Rex Tillerson

Business Insider – A group of military veterans gathered in the office of Arizona Sen. John McCain on Thursday to demand that he lead a vote against confirming Rex Tillerson as secretary of state.

About 10 veterans came to McCain’s senate office and stood in military formation. The protest was live-streamed on Facebook.

“We have a real concern about an oil executive becoming secretary of state,” said Matt Howard, a Marine Corps veteran of the Iraq War. “We know that this has been an industry and a person that has used the military to subsidize his own ability to make profit.”

Water Lab Manager Gets Two Years For Faking Reports

Charleston Gazette – The former manager of a Raleigh County laboratory will spend two years in jail after he pleaded guilty for his role in what officials have described as a scheme to fake water pollution samples for West Virginia’s coal industry, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

U.S. District Judge Irene Berger sentenced John Brewer, 62, to the maximum penalty allowed under a plea deal in which he admitted to one count of violating the federal Clean Water Act’s standards for collecting and submitting samples used to monitor whether mining operations comply with their pollution discharge permits.

Steven Mnuchin, Treasury Nominee, Fails To Disclose $1 million In Assets

New York Times – Steven T. Mnuchin, President-elect Donald J. Trump’s pick to be Treasury secretary, failed to disclose nearly $100 million of his assets on Senate Finance Committee disclosure documents and forgot to mention his role as a director of an investment fund located in a tax haven, an omission that Democrats said made him unfit to serve in one of the government’s most important positions.

The revelation came hours before Mr. Mnuchin, a former Goldman Sachs banker, began testifying on Thursday before the Senate Finance Committee, which has historically been bipartisan in its demands for transparency from nominees. Mr. Mnuchin was ready to outline his vision for the economy and defend himself against claims that he headed a bank that ran a “foreclosure machine” during the financial crisis.

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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