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PBC News & Comment: I Support Trump for President….of Uzbekistan!

Longtime dictator of the former Soviet republic Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov, dies suddenly without successor; Trump fits the job description perfectly….–our dictator-in-waiting lies a lot; here’s a recap from just this week

–FBI releases Clinton email investigation files

–moderators for 2-party corporate presidential debates are named

–Pepe Escobar recaps the final stage of the coup that removed Dilma Rousseff as president of Brazil

–major demonstrations in Caracas, as Maduro government is blamed for food shortages and other problems linked to low oil prices

–only a week after it was evident, NY Times notes how the US has betrayed the Kurds who have been our best proxy fighters in Syria

–Supreme Court deadlocked on appeal of North Carolina voter suppression law, and Ian Milhiser maps the appeals courts on voting rights

–at The Intercept, Sam Biddle reviews a catalog of surveillance gizmos being marketed to local police agencies

–as crime rates fall, some small counties are increasing their conviction rates and filling up prisons

–at DeSmogBlog, Steve Horn connects Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) to the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline

–SpaceX rocket with Facebook satellite payload blows up pre-launch

–putting the coke back in Coca-Cola: big shipment of cocaine found at Coke plant in France

–Wednesday night, bass virtuoso Rob Wasserman’s life and music were honored at the Sweetwater in Mill Valley, check out this collaboration with Lou Reed, One For My Baby