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PBC News & Comment: Best Defense is Strong Offense

In California, Clinton and Trump trade harsh attacks as each candidate tries to deflect attention from their respective legal battles….--in “foreign policy” speech, Clinton is very effective in defining Trump as unfit, as she burnishes her hawkish, neocon positions

--in brilliant essay, Robert Parry asks: who’s the bigger nuclear risk: Trump or Clinton

--Trump declares Clinton is “guilty as hell” in nasty response in San Jose, where his fans skirmished with protesters

--Trump attacks on judge in Trump U case are racist and arrogant, NY Times quotes concerned conservatives

--Greg Palast warns California voters about provisional ballots, which he calls “placebo ballots”

--Israel’s extremist UN ambassador holds meeting with American allies to confront BDS, as 6 pro-BDS websites are attacked

--with action on two death penalty cases, Supreme Court shows only 2 justices appear to want to abolish execution

--at VICE, Jason Leopold unpacks the case of tortured prisoner who died and the trial of CIA torture consultants

--in our latest in-depth interview, we meet the founder of Smart-Alec, a progressive legislative reform group

--long-promised reforms of payday loan rules are announced, NY Times editorial calls them “lame”

--FBI continues to demand email data from Yahoo that it’s not legally entitled to

--Brazil’s interim president is banned from running for office for 8 years, as some leaders rethink impeachment

--new report warns Zika virus can be shared via oral sex, as American Olympian with pregnant wife bows out of Rio games

--Navy Blue Angels fighter jet crashes, killing pilot, on same day that Air Force Thunderbirds jet crashes after graduation flyover

--Germany passes resolution on Armenian genocide, and really pisses off the Turks

--major floods hit Paris, Bavaria and Houston