We Resist: Day 137

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One of the difficulties in resisting the Trump administration, the Republican Congressional majority, and Republican state legislatures is keeping on top of the sheer number of horrors, indignities, and normalization of the aggressively abnormal that they unleash every single day.

So here is a daily thread for all of us to share all the things that are going on, thus crowdsourcing a daily compendium of the onslaught of conservative erosion of our rights and our very democracy.

Stay engaged. Stay vigilant. Resist.

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Here are some things in the news today:

Earlier today by me: America, We Have a Problem.

[Content Note: Shooting; death; workplace violence. Video may autoplay at link.] David Harris and Michael Williams at the Orlando Sentinel: Five killed in shooting near Orlando; shooter also dead, sheriff's office says.
Five employees were killed in a shooting at Fiamma, a business on North Forsyth Road near Hanging Moss Road near Orlando, the Orange County Sheriff's Office reported this morning.

The shooter — a former "disgruntled employee" who was fired in April — then killed himself, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said. The shooter had previously been accused of battering a fellow employee.

Four people — three [men] and a [woman] — were dead at the scene, and another male victim died at the hospital, Demings said. The shooting appears to have nothing to do with terrorism.

The shooting happened in multiple locations at the business, Demings said. It is unclear how the shooter, who has not been identified, got into the building. There were about 12 employees inside the building at the time of the shooting.
Goddammit. The sheriff's office has not disclosed whether the previous incident, in which the shooter attacked a then-coworker, was related to domestic violence and/or stalking, bigotry, or something else altogether. The sheriff's office has only said that the shooter does not appear to have ties to any hate groups.

My condolences to the victims' families, friends, colleagues, and communities.

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[CN: Terrorism; video may autoplay at link] Jon Stone at the Independent: Theresa May Says the Internet Must Now Be Regulated Following London Bridge Terror Attack. "New international agreements should be introduced to regulate the internet in the light of the London Bridge terror attack, Theresa May has said. The Prime Minister said introducing new rules for cyberspace would 'deprive the extremists of their safe spaces online' and that technology firms were not currently doing enough. ...'We cannot allow this ideology the safe space it needs to breed—yet that is precisely what the internet, and the big companies that provide internet-based services provide,' Ms May said. 'We need to work with allied democratic governments to reach international agreements to regulate cyberspace to prevent the spread of extremist and terrorism planning.'"

This is concerning for a couple of reasons: 1. It has no point, as recent terrorist events have been committed by individuals largely without direct ties to larger terror networks. 2. May is calling for "international agreements" to regulate the internet, which means that she is extending this appeal to other governments, some of whom, including the Trump administration, will be happy to borrow this argument to regulate the internet within their own borders.

Not good. Not good at all.

[Continued CN for terrorism for the rest of the items in this section.]

Julia Manchester at the Hill: Trump: 'I Will Do What Is Necessary' in Wake of London Attack. "Trump pledged Sunday to prevent future terror strikes in the U.S., in the wake of a deadly attack in central London that left seven people dead and injured many more. 'We renew our resolve, stronger than ever before, to protect the United States and its allies from a vile enemy that has waged war on innocent life. And it has gone on too long,' Trump said in Washington, D.C., speaking at the Ford's Theatre annual gala. 'This bloodshed must end. This bloodshed will end. As president, I will do what is necessary is to prevent this threat from spreading to our shores,' he continued."

Philip Rucker at the Washington Post: Trump Reacts to London Terror by Stoking Fear and Renewing Feud with Mayor. "He reacted impulsively to Saturday night's carnage by stoking panic and fear, being indiscreet with details of the event and capitalizing on it to advocate for one of his more polarizing policies and to advance a personal feud." A good summary of everything Trump did wrong following the latest attacks in London.

Calvin Woodward and Jim Drinkard at the AP: AP FACT CHECK: Attack Draws Visceral Trump Tweets, Not Facts. "Donald Trump can't be counted on to give accurate information to Americans when violent acts are unfolding abroad." What an extraordinary and chilling statement for a news outlet to have to use as its lede.

I second Bob Cesca at Salon: Trump's Appalling Response to London Makes It Clear: He Must Go Before It Happens Here. If it weren't abundantly clear already.

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In other news...

Tom Sims at Reuters: Deutsche Bank Ignores U.S. Trump/Russia Query. "Germany's largest bank has failed to respond to a request from Democrats on a U.S. House of Representatives panel for details about [Donald] Trump's possible ties to Russia, a Democratic staffer said on Sunday. Several Democrats on the U.S. House Financial Services Committee sent a letter last month to John Cryan, Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Bank, seeking details that might show if Trump's loans for his real estate business were backed by the Russian government. The letter asked for details of internal reviews of Trump's transactions and gave the prominent German bank until Friday to respond. The bank's response did not address any of the numerous questions posed in the letter and its Frankfurt headquarters declined to comment, as it has in the past. 'Deutsche Bank's outside counsel has confirmed receipt of our May 23, 2017, letter but did not provide substantive responses to our requests,' a Democratic member of the staff told Reuters in an email on condition of anonymity."

David Ferguson at Raw Story: NSA Director Mike Rogers [Reportedly] Poised to 'Drop a Bomb' on Trump Admin During Wednesday Testimony. "Atlantic magazine writer Steve Clemons said during a Saturday panel on MSNBC's 'The Point with Ari Melber' that National Security Agency (NSA) Director Michael Rogers 'may have a bomb to drop' on the Trump administration [during his scheduled testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday]. ...'While a lot of people have focused on James Comey and that's obviously a huge anchor in this,' Clemons said at the end of the segment, 'watch the Senate Intelligence Committee hearings on Wednesday. National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers may have a bomb to drop in this, as well as Dan Coates. I have been tipped off that Mike Rogers has a story to tell...'"

Joanna Walters at the Guardian: Grand Canyon at Risk as State Officials Ask Trump to End Uranium Mining Ban. "A coalition of influential officials in Arizona and Utah is urging the Trump administration to consider rolling back Obama-era environmental protections that ban new uranium mining near the Grand Canyon. They argue that the 20-year ban that came into effect in 2012 is unlawful and stifles economic opportunity in the mining industry. But supporters of the ban say new mining activity could increase the risk of uranium-contaminated water flowing into the canyon. Past mining in the region has left hundreds of polluted sites among Arizona's Navajo population, leading to serious health consequences, including cancer and kidney failure."

Teddy Wilson at Rewire: Louisiana Legislators Create 'Cruel' Barrier for Minors' Access to Abortion. "Louisiana lawmakers on Thursday passed legislation to create more restrictions on minors' access to abortion care, reported the Associated Press. Under state law, an unmarried pregnant minor must provide a notarized statement from a parent or legal guardian before a doctor can perform an abortion. The only alternative for a pregnant minor is to obtain a court order to terminate a pregnancy, a process known as judicial bypass. SB 111, sponsored by state Sen. Beth Mizell (R-Franklinton), would require the parent or legal guardian to provide 'evidence of identity' such as a valid and unexpired driver's license or another type of government-issued identification. The legislation amends the state's law regarding judicial bypass."

What have you been reading that we need to resist today?

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