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How dare Trump use my daughter’s death to further his brutal agenda

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[This right after claiming that the Quebec murders provided support for his travel ban. Mia’s killing in a hostel in Australia had nothing to do with terrorism. Instead, it shows that when human rights are disregarded, tragedies occur. *RON*]

Rosie Ayliffe, The Guardian, 9 February 2017
I was not shocked by Donald Trump’s inclusion of my daughter Mia Ayliffe-Chung and her friend Tom Jackson’s deaths in his list of under-reported terror attacks. After all, attempts have already been made by the rightwing Australian politician Pauline Hanson and others to use their deaths as a means of preventing Muslim immigrants from entering Australia. However, I was affronted by the inclusion of their killings in Trump’s list, since it was at best a crass and callous error.

Freeland talks tough on trade with Trump team

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[And Rex is grinning because big corporations will be the winners no matter what. Also: Canadians want Trudeau to stand up to Trump, even if it leads to trade war: poll. *RON*]

Adrian Morrow & Robert Fife, Globe and Mail, 9 February 2017
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has warned the Trump administration that Ottawa is ready to retaliate if the new President imposes tariffs at the border, potentially sparking a trade war between Canada and its largest trading partner.
Ms. Freeland, who met with Donald Trump’s Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, in Washington Wednesday, said she delivered a message that Ottawa has no appetite for tariff walls and is not afraid to fight back.

Senate GOP votes to silence Warren after speech against Sessions

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[See also: 'She persisted': Elizabeth Warren cements spot as Trump's opposition. *RON*]
Jordain Carney, The Hill, 7 February 2017


McConnell: Warren’s blistering Sessions speech broke Senate rules
The Senate voted to bar Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) from speaking on the floor Tuesday night after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said her blistering comments about fellow Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), President Trump's pick for attorney general, broke Senate rules.

Senators rebuked Warren in a 49-43 party-line vote, rejecting Warren's push to overturn a ruling by Senate Republicans that she had violated the rules during a Senate floor speech.

Warren needed a simple majority to overturn the ruling by Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), who was presiding over the the Senate during Warren's speech.

Inequality to hit record high in Brexit Britain

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[Currency decline, austerity cuts, falling wages will lead to more income inequality in UK. *RON*]

Alanna Petroff, CNN Money, 1 February 2017


Inequality is slated to get much worse in the U.K. as the government pushes ahead with its Brexit plans.

A new report by the British think tank Resolution Foundation predicts that rising inflation, planned welfare cuts and stagnating incomes will lead to record-high income inequality in the country by 2020.

"A particularly tight squeeze on poorer households will actually see their incomes fall and is set to drive the biggest rise in inequality over a parliament since Margaret Thatcher's time in Downing Street," the Resolution Foundation said in a statement.

Government refuses to accept austerity measures are breach of human rights

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[Exclusive: In a letter to the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Justice Minister Oliver Weald rejects UN concerns that welfare reform is worsening inequality in the UK. See also: Austerity policy a breach of international human rights, says UNAusterity must be ended not postponed, Labour will tell the Chancellor. *RON*]
Caroline Mortimer, The Independent, 8 February 2017
The Government has been accused of kicking UN concerns about its austerity policy “into the long grass” after it refused to accept the findings of a report that concluded its welfare reforms were a breach of human rights.

B.C. premier accuses NDP of hacking party website but can't provide proof

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[BC Liberals have filed a police complaint to look into alleged breach of party website. NDP demand apology for accusation. Now see also: Christy Clark dials back stunning hacking allegation against NDP and Clark makes stunning admission about hacking claim. *RON*]

Richard Zussman, CBC News, 8 February 2017

B.C. Premier Christy Clark is struggling to come up with proof that her governing party's website was hacked by the Opposition NDP.

Clark told Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer on Tuesday that "we saw them try to hack into our website the other day" and that "hacking into websites with malicious intent is against the law."

The comment follows a series of tweets over the weekend from a B.C. Liberal spokesman claiming that the party's website had been hacked and that the stolen data had been provided to the media.