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Citigroup lawyer who helped Trump appoint financial regulators returns to work at bank: report

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A managing director at the monolithic Citigroup also served as member of Donald Trump’s transition team responsible for filling key positions at government agencies that regulate banks, the Huffington Post reports.

Julie Lindsay, a lawyer at Citigroup, worked during Trump’s transition following the election, and potentially drew “up lists of political appointees to serve at the governing body of the Federal Reserve at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau,” according to the report. She is now back at Citigroup, according to a bank spokesman.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is the consumer watchdog agency conceived by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) following the financial crisis of 2008. It oversees mortgages, credit cards and student loans, staple transactions of large banks like Citi.

Jeff Hauser, head of the Revolving Door Project at the Center for Effective Government told HuffPost that if Lindsay helped draw up names for then president-elect Trump, she was helping to compile the names of people who would see “almost all proposed regulation or deregulation” proposals. Hauser called Lindsay’s participation a “coup for Citi and catastrophe for consumers.”

“I suspect that Julie Lindsay will be in for a raise when she returns,” Hauser said.

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The racist roots of American policing

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Outrage over racial profiling and the killing of African Americans by police officers and vigilantes in recent years helped give rise to the Black Lives Matter movement.

But tensions between the police and black communities are nothing new.

There are many precedents to the Ferguson, Missouri protests that ushered in the Black Lives Matter movement. Those protests erupted in 2014 after a police officer shot unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown; the officer was subsequently not indicted.

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Ocasio-Cortez: ‘We’re Going to Fight to Repeal the Hyde Amendment’

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) started a petition Saturday seeking to repeal the Hyde Amendment, which bars the use of federal funds for abortions, arguing the restriction overwhelmingly harms low-income Americans and women of color. AOC emailed her supporters:

“Since 1976, our government has banned federal funding for abortion care — specifically, for Medicaid recipients. Countless studies have shown that due to this amendment, millions of women have been forced to go through with pregnancies that, given the funding, they would have otherwise terminated. "

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Israel PM’s wife Sara Netanyahu convicted of misusing public funds

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An Israeli court Sunday convicted the wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of fraudulently using state funds for meals, under a plea bargain which saw her admit to lesser charges.

Sara Netanyahu was found guilty of exploiting the mistake of another person and ordered to pay a fine and compensation, in a deal approved by Jerusalem magistrates' court justice Avital Chen.

Netanyahu was also fined 10,000 shekels ($2,800) and ordered to reimburse the state a further 45,000 shekels, the latter of which she will pay in nine installments, at her request.

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