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PBC News & Comment: Trump Coronation in Cleveland Tonight

Climax in Cleveland expected to be Trump’s acceptance speech, but Peter Thiel’s “more capitalism, less democracy” message may overshadow Donald…..–Trump steps on his own publicity, with reckless comments about NATO and threat to pull out of NAFTA “in a split second”

–Peter Thiel was Paypal cofounder, Facebook investor; the gay billionaire who funded Hulk’s Gawker lawsuit here’s a takedown by Ben Tarnoff in The Guardian, and here’s a nastier takedown from The Intercept, owned by Thiel’s former partner in Paypal Pierre Omidyar

–at Shadowproof, Kevin Gosztola says reporters in Cleveland seem disappointed at lack of violence so far

–from Philadelphia, reports of convention rules to misdirect and stifle Sanders supporters

–your humble host has left the Democratic Party, again, reclaiming his political independence

–ultraconservative appeals court rules that Texas photo voter ID law is discriminatory, but doesn’t overturn it

–after 14+ years, author of Guantanamo Diary Mohamedou Slahi is cleared for release to native Mauritania

–at ConsortiumNews, Robert Parry continues to investigate shoot-down of MH-17, calls recent NY Times report “fraud”

–in North Miami, compliant black man is shot by cop, even though he is lying on his back with hands up in the air

–like a Cosby re-run, there are more than 20 women who charge Roger Ailes with sexual harassment

–Justice Dept. blocks mergers of health insurance giants Anthem/Cigna and Aetna/Humana