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PBC News & Comment: History Channel Exposes America’s War on (Some) Drugs

We talk to executive producer Anthony Lappe about 4-part series on History channel, exposing Drug War as failed, corrupt effort….--History Channel is airing 4-part series, America’s War on Drugs, starting Sunday June 18 at 9pm EDT click here for info and episode 1

--tensions build as Russia suspends air coordination in Syria, after US shot down Syrian fighter for bombing IS fighters, according to Russia

--Saudi navy captures Iranian boat with 3 sailors, says they were planning “terrorist act”

--Mexico has been using spyware intended for drug cartels on journalists and government critics

--special election in Georgia is most expensive House race ever, and to—moderate Dem John Ossoff is being mischaracterized as San Francisco liberal, see TV spot below

--Greg Palast finds many voter suppression schemes in play, including “interstate crosscheck”; watch Palast’s report here

--Dem leader Nancy Pelosi floats prospect of flipping House in 2018, using the same tired pitch: “we’re not as bad as Republicans”

--Republican data mining firm exposed almost 200 million voter files in unsecured cloud storage, reports The Intercept

--Supreme Court protects Mueller and Ashcroft from suits over abusive treatment of Muslims after 9/11

--justices agree to hear first case about political gerrymandering

--ruling in favor of the band called The Slants, SCOTUS allows trademarks of names seen as offensive, like the Washington Redskins

--the cop who killed Philando Castile in St. Paul is cleared

--Bill Cosby jury deadlocks, DA says he will re-try the case