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PBC News & Comment: Obama’s Supreme Court Candidate is Pro-Government, Anti-Defendant Centrist

Obama’s pick to run GOP’s passive-aggressive gauntlet to Supreme Court is pro-government, anti-defendant centrist Merrick Garland…–while fully supporting Obama’s right to nominate Scalia’s replacement, your humble host is disappointed in his nominee

–Scott Horton of Harper’s renews the call for Obama to pardon Don Siegelman

–emboldened by Florida and other primary wins, Trump the bully threatens riots if GOP insiders try to block his nomination

–big night for Clinton, with big wins in Florida and Ohio, tight victory in Illinois, and virtual tie in Missouri; but it’s not over for Sanders

–if it’s Trump vs. Clinton, we will have a majority of votes cast against candidates, not for them

–John Perkins, author of New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, says he believes that every person who becomes president is compromised, in new in-depth interview

–new twist in Brazil’s political and economic crisis, as former president Lula de Silva joins cabinet of his embattled protégé, Dilma Rousseff

–as Americans are distracted by the election and domestic squabbles, Putin has out-maneuvered Obama in Syria, defying “quagmire” prediction

–paving the way for Obama’s visit to Cuba next week, US relaxes banking and baseball rules

–in virulent immigration debate, nobody mentions the 43,000 Cubans who have entered via the Mexican border in last year

–in surprise move, Senate defeats GMO label pre-emption bill pushed by Monsanto

–newest internet threat is “ransomware”, which can be picked up at major websites like NY Times and BBC

–House hearing seeks to place full blame on EPA for Flint water poisoning

–California water wars continue as drought eases: LA water district is buying Delta islands in north for water rights; Westlands district near Fresno draws rare rebuke from SEC over misleading investors