Daily News Roundup 6/22

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Senate Republicans unveil healthcare bill

Senate Republicans have unveiled a plan to overhaul the US healthcare system, including drastic cuts to a government health programme for the poor.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40372123

UAE has secret torture prisons in Yemen, US involved in interrogations – AP

The UAE operates a network of ‘black sites’ in war-torn Yemen, where terrorist suspects are abused and tortured, an AP investigation has found. US personnel have been involved in at least some interrogations, agency sources said.
https://www.rt.com/news/393554-uae-secret-prisons-yemen/

CIA employees fired for stealing $3,000 in vending machine snacks, documents reveal

Several CIA employees were fired for participating in a fairly elaborate vending machine scheme that resulted in the theft of over $3,000 in snacks.
http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/CIA-employees-fired-for-stealing-3-000-in-11237205.php

Boris Johnson gives ‘worst interview by politician ever’ on live radio

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s competency has yet again been called into question following a botched BBC interview in which the Tory minister failed to answer key questions on the government’s program set out in the Queen’s Speech.
https://www.rt.com/uk/393552-boris-johnson-bbc-interview/

Pentagon wasted $93 million on ‘forest’ camouflage uniforms for Afghan troops – report

The Pentagon spent $93.81 million over the past decade to provide Afghan troops with uniforms of a “forest” camouflage pattern which is largely unsuitable for Afghanistan’s landscape, according to a report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR).
https://www.rt.com/usa/393498-pentagon-afghan-uniforms/

Grenfell Tower probe reveals up to 600 UK tower blocks face combustible cladding risk

Tests to three relevant tower blocks in the wake of the Grenfell fire have revealed that they are clad with “combustible” material, Theresa May announced on Thursday 22 June. The prime minister, addressing MPs in the House of Commons, said the investigation had been launched in the wake of the west London incident, which left at least 79 dead and 151 homes destroyed.
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/grenfell-tower-probe-shows-combustible-cladding-installed-numerous-uk-tower-blocks-1627367

North Korea ready to halt nuclear programme but lays out tough demands to US

North Korea is willing to halt its nuclear and missile tests if the US withdraws the nuclear-capable weapons it has deployed in and around the Korean peninsula and halts military exercises in the region, Pyongyang’s ambassador to India has said.
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/north-korea-open-talk-denuclearisation-us-certain-conditions-1627313

Finnish citizens given universal basic income report lower stress levels and greater incentive to work

Finland has been giving 2,000 of its citizens an unconditional income for the last five months and some are already seeing the benefits, reporting decreased stress, greater incentives to find work and more time to pursue business ideas.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/finland-universal-basic-income-lower-stress-better-motivation-work-wages-salary-a7800741.html

Catholic church to digitally fingerprint priests who work with children

Pilot background checking scheme run by Montreal church aims to protect minors from abuse.
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/catholic-church-digitally-fingerprint-priests-who-work-children-1627251

D.C. memorial for slain Muslim teen was set on fire, officials say

A memorial for the 17-year-old Muslim girl who was murdered nearby a Virginia mosque last weekend was set ablaze in Washington, D.C. this morning, fire officials said.
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/d-c-memorial-slain-muslim-teen-set-fire-officials-say/

WannaCry Ransomware Infects 55 Speed and Red-Light Cameras in Australia

Fifty-five speed and red-light cameras in the Australia’s state of Victoria were infected with the WannaCry ransomware.
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/wannacry-ransomware-infects-55-speed-and-red-light-cameras-in-australia/

OP/ED

Americans Tolerate Inequality Because They Over-Estimate Their Odds of Coming Out on Top

How Americans’ optimism leads to self-delusion on their odds of success, and therefore to not supporting policies in their real interest.
http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2017/06/americans-tolerate-inequality-estimate-odds-coming-top.html

‘We have no privacy; every router compromised’ – John McAfee

It is a devastating impact on privacy as every router in use in American homes has been compromised, says cybersecurity expert John McAfee.
https://www.rt.com/op-edge/393461-privacy-us-routers-internet/

Paul Ryan’s Democratic challenger is a veteran, an iron-worker, union organizer, cancer survivor and Berniecrat

Randy Bryce wants to challenge Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan for the First District of Wisconsin, where Ryan beat his most recent Democratic challenger by 35 points.
http://boingboing.net/2017/06/21/living-springsteen-song.html

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