News Roundup 4/16/18

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  • Trump pardons Scooter Libby. [Link]
  • The Kansas police officer who killed an innocent man, while responding to a fake “swatting” tip, will not face charges. [Link]
  • Trump agrees to not interfere in states who have legalized marijuana. [Link]
  • Civil Asset Forfeiture is about making money for police. [Link]
  • NBC News writes a puff piece on the US government’s propaganda site polygaph.info and complains the site lacks funding. [Link]
  • John Glaser on the political establishment’s desire for war. [Link]
  • The UK’s case against Russia of carrying out the Skripal poisoning is falling apart. [Link]
  • Nikki Haley says the US will put additional sanctions on Russia. [Link]
  • The US may propose opening an embassy in North Korea at upcoming talks. [Link]
  • One person has been killed, and over 1,000 injured as Gazans participated in Return March protests for the third week. [Link]
  • Two Gazans lose their legs after Israel denied them permission to travel to a hospital. [Link]
  • US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley says Trump is not rushing a decision on Syria. [Link]
  • The State Department claims to have proof that Assad used chemical weapons in Douma. [Link] The OPCW completed their inspection of the alleged site of the chemical weapons attack in Douma the day after Trump bombed Assad. [Link] Correction: The OPCW has not completed testing at the Douma site. [Link]
  • Prior to a decision being announced, Trump was urging sweeping strikes against Assad. Bolton was pushing more extensive strikes against Assad. James Mattis was urging caution and discussing the risk of war with Russia. [Link]
  • Trump ordered the US to strike three Syrian government targets. [Link] Generals Mattis and Dunford gave early details on the attack on Syria. [Link] The Pentagon warns about disinformation coming from Russia and suggest the American people rely on the government for information. [Link] Trump Tweets, “Mission Accomplished!” [Link] Congress responses to the attack. [Link] Trump is preventing Congress from reading the legal justification for the strikes on Assad. [Link]
  • The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports Assad’s forces intercepted 65 of the 105 missiles. [Link]
  • Russia responds to US attack by calling the US a clear and present danger to world peace. [Link]
  • The UN Security Council fails to pass a resolution proposed by Russia that would condemn the US attack on Assad. [Link]
  • Nikki Haley announces US forces will remain in Syria until three US goals are completed. The goals are preventing Assad from using chemical weapons, defeating ISIS, having a vantage point to watch Iran. [Link]
  • The Pentagon admits that about 2,750 American contractors have been deployed to Syria and Iraq to assist in the fight against ISIS. [Link]
  • 26 Afghan government forces were killed, and two schools were burned down in attacks on Saturday night. [Link]
  • 400,000 Yemeni children are at a high risk for starvation. [Link]
  • Ecuador’s president promises a ‘strong hand’ in response to Colombian militants who killed three Ecuadorian journalists. [Link]
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