Friday, February 12, 2016

Thursday, February 11, 2016

FBI Moving In On Occupiers

Woke up to this:

FBI agents surrounded the last four occupiers of an Oregon wildlife refuge on Wednesday night.

Negotiations were under way and no shots have been fired, according to the FBI’s Portland office. It said agents have been stationed at barricades in front of and behind the area of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge where the occupiers are camping.

Wednesday’s confrontation began about 4:30 p.m. (7:30 p.m. ET) when one of the occupiers drove an all-terrain vehicle outside the group’s own barricades, the FBI said. When agents approached the driver, he speeded back to the encampment.

“We reached a point where it became necessary to take action in a way that best ensured the safety of those on the refuge, the law enforcement officers who are on scene and the people of Harney County who live and work in this area,” said Greg Bretzing, special agent in charge of the FBI in Oregon. “It has never been the FBI’s desire to engage these armed occupiers in any way other than through dialogue.”

Tens of thousands of people listened in to a live stream of a phone call which appeared to include the four occupiers and several supporters. Amid prayers and anti-government diatribes, the participants in the call repeatedly expressed distrust of the FBI’s intentions and of their chances in the legal system.

By around 9:30 p.m. local time (12:30 E.T.) the tone of the call — posted by Gavin Seim, a Washington state writer and activist allied with the so-called patriot movement — had cooled significantly.

The remaining occupiers are believed to be: David Fry, 27, of Blanchester, Ohio; Jeff Banta, 46, of Elko, Nevada; and Sean Anderson, 48, and Sandy Anderson, 47, a married couple from Riggins, Idaho.

Let’s hope it ends peacefully and that the next news out of this is that they’ve signed Woody Harrelson to do the TV movie version.

Short Takes

Chris Christie and Carly Fiorina quit the GOP race.

U.S. will sue Ferguson for rejecting policing agreement.

Fed chief Janet Yellen is being cautious about raising interest rates.

Senate votes to sanction North Korea.

NTSB calls for tougher lithium battery regulations due to fire risk.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Short Takes

Sanders and Trump win their respective New Hampshire primaries.

Supreme Court places hold on EPA carbon rules while trial proceeds.

Mercedes-Benz recalling over 700,000 cars over faulty airbags.

GOP pronounces President Obama’s last budget D.O.A.

Director of Intelligence chief James Clapper says the threats are diverse.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Friday, February 5, 2016

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Short Takes

Kerry: ISIS pushed back in Iraq but threatens Libya.

Scary: Zika virus in Texas was transmitted by sex.

North Korea prepares long-range missile launch.

Flint’s former manager resigns as emergency manager of Detroit schools.

Snow and high winds hit Plains and Midwest.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Monday, February 1, 2016

Short Takes

Voters in Iowa get the last earfuls from the candidates.

Bomb kills 60 near shrine in Syria.

At least 65 killed in Boko Haram attack in Nigeria.

Cartoonist arrested in Egypt as government cracks down on critics.

Check your bagged salad; listeria outbreak reported in Dole brands.

Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Monday, January 25, 2016

Friday, January 22, 2016

Short Takes

Heavy winter storm bearing down on the Mid-Atlantic.

British court says Vladimir Putin was behind the assassination of a Russian dissident.

E.P.A. official quits as the agency slams response to the water crisis in Flint.

Russia and U.S. jockey for position in Syria.

Drop in oil prices don’t help the U.S. economy this time.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Friday, January 15, 2016

Short Takes

ISIS claims credit for the attack in Jakarta that killed seven.

President Obama took his SOTU tour to Louisiana.

Anglicans suspend entire U.S. Episcopal church over marriage equality.

Goldman Sachs to pay $5 billion in mortgage settlement.

The Oscar nominations were announced.

Tropical Update: A hurricane in January?  I blame Al Gore.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Short Takes

Attacks in Jakarta leave 4 dead.

Iran’s swift release of sailors indicates change in ties with U.S.

South Korea fires warning shots over North Korea’s nuclear program.

Ted Cruz did not report a low-interest loan from Goldman Sachs.

Al Jazeera America cable channel to shut down by April.

MH370 hunt turns up 19th century shipwreck.

Happy birthday, LWM.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Short Takes

Iran is holding crews of two U.S. Navy boats for straying into Iranian waters. — UPDATE: Iran says they have been released after “trespassing.”

Ten people killed by suicide bombing in tourist area in Istanbul.

Louisiana governor signs order to expand Medicaid.

Oregon sheriff accuses “occupiers” of harassment.

Taliban free Canadian captive held for five years.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Short Takes

Relief aid reaches starving towns in Syria.

The Supreme Court sounds like it might deal a big setback to public employee unions.

Millions of ISIS cash destroyed by U.S. air strikes.

The Koch brothers’ dad helped build an oil refinery for the Third Reich, according to a new book.

William Del Monte, the last-known survivor of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, dies at 109.

Monday, January 11, 2016