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PBC News & Comment: Democrats in Congress Confront Voter Suppression

Members of Congress held important hearing on malicious laws and tactics that are preventing people, mostly minority Democrats, from voting….--Rep. John Conyers and others demand secure voting and tabulation, and want to reinstate the pre-approval requirements to the Voting Rights Act, more here

--Supreme Court leaves Texas voter ID law in effect

--Supreme Court amends rules to allow FBI to hack a computer anywhere in the US, responding to the child porn case we covered this week

--at Counterpunch, Robert Jacobs warns that the biggest nuclear risk to the West Coast is from Hanford in Washington state, not Fukushima

--Syria ceasefire shattered by new wave of attacks on Aleppo by Russia and Syria, including a Doctors Without Borders hospital

--our latest in-depth interview is with Charles Glass, author and former ABC-TV Mideast correspondent who has covered Syria since 1973, in this excerpt, he notes there are an estimated 1,500 different fighting groups in Syria

--Pentagon announces mild penalties for 16 soldiers in “accidental” bombing of Doctors Without Borders hospital in Afghanistan last year

--in another bullshit explanation, Israel says the soldier who executed a wounded Palestinian suspect on March 24 had a “twisted ideology”

--victim of CIA Milan kidnap, Abu Omar, defends ex-CIA officer Sabrina DeSousa, who is being extradited to Italy next week

--Green Beret who beat up Afghan officer for raping a boy will not be discharged

--new polls show Clinton loses to Trump by 2 points, Sanders beats Trump by 15 points

--Clinton insiders say HRC will take “hard line” on any demands by Sanders to move left

--Republicans swarm to Bay Area for state convention, primary warmup, as top advisors to Trump and Cruz are exposed for their roles in Guatemala election

--embattled chancellor of UC Davis is suspended for investigation of nepotism, double dipping and an attempt to whitewash the pepper spray scandal

--listener Natalie Riehl takes issue with PBC comments on Prince and painkillers