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PBC News & Comment: Secret FISA Court Slams NSA for Illegal Domestic Surveillance

Latest DC leak isn’t about Trump/Russia, it’s a “top secret” ruling from secret FISA court, accusing NSA of lying….–the report from Miami Herald is here

–SCOTUS issues unanimous decision that badly undermines 4th Amendment by rejecting “provocation doctrine” in questionable police raids without warrants

–White House leak (not about Trump/Russia) indicates Trump will withdraw from Paris climate agreement, unless Ivanka and Rexxon can change his mind

–institutional shareholders revolt against Exxon-Mobil at annual meeting; on the surface, the issue is climate change….but fear of oil market collapse is real reason, methinks

–no new leaks today on Trump/Russia, but Mike Flynn will deliver documents, and Carter Page’s testimony to Senate committee is mysteriously delayed

–respected scholar on Russia, Stephen Cohen, is ridiculed and mischaracterized as “Putin’s Defender” in Slate interview

–US-initiated wars of choice rage on: Kabul bombing kills 80, wounds almost 500 as multiple attacks in Baghdad kill 38+

–US claims great success in yesterday’s test missile interception, but in the past these have all been staged

–GOP is succeeding in killing Obamacare, but appears unable to pass any replacement plan, even the bad one that passed in the House

–White House is drafting rule to eliminate contraception requirement in Obamacare, a regressive sop to evangelical extremists

–at The Intercept, Trevor Aaronson reports on the release today of Brooklyn man who was framed as “domestic terrorist”

–corporate Dems fight to keep the party irrelevant after special election loss in Montana; op-ed by Douglas Williams is here and op-ed by Stephen Thrasher is here

–hands tied, appeals court judge Stephen Reinhardt bemoans deportation of “good hombre”