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PBC News & Comment: Obama Commutes 214 Prison Sentences

Obama deserves credit for commuting over 500 sentences, but his overall clemency rate is much lower than Clinton or Reagan….--Obama’s commutations are welcome and overdue, but Brian Sonenstein at Shadowproof puts them in perspective

--future presidents will be asked to offer clemency to so-called domestic terrorist sympathizers framed by the FBI during his terms, like Nick Young  and Mahin Khan

--Supreme Court blocks order to let transgender student use boys’ bathroom at Virginia high school

--in rare defeat of incumbent in gerrymandered district, Tea Party darling Tim Huelskamp loses primary

--tough guy actor Clint Eastwood defends Trump’s racist comments, “Just get over it”

--PBS Newshour misstated Julian Assange’s extradition threat, and failed to detail why people are wary of giving Clinton security briefings

--ask Apple’s Siri if Clinton has lied, and if Trump is a liar

--Summer Olympics begin in Brazil, where it’s winter in more ways than one

--at Shadowproof, Kevin Gosztola reports on a People’s Tribunal that acquitted Dilma Rousseff of impeachment

--US continues to try Venezuelans with ties to Maduro in US courts

--Turkey issues arrest warrant for Fethullah Gulen

--in struggle over budget for public defenders, Missouri’s lead PD uses arcane law to assign a case to the governor, Jay Nixon; read about it here