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PBC News & Comment: Facebook Promises Transparency on Political Ads

Under fire, Mark Zuckerberg uses Facebook video to address “Russian meddling” in election, pledges more disclosure, transparency in political ads….–in Guardian op-ed, Julia Carrie Wong says Zuck is “putting lipstick on a pig”

–Trump calls attacks on Facebook part of “Russia Hoax”

–Topic A for callers today: Morgan Freeman’s dangerous, misleading video from Committee to Investigate Russia

–Donald the Insult Comic gets response from Rocket Man, raising tensions while lowering standards of dignity

–Iran pushes back on Trump’s threats to bail out of nuclear accord, refusing to renegotiate unless all issues are reopened

–fighting broke out at NY speech by Turkey’s strongman Erdogan

–in new in-depth interview, Prof. Nancy MacLean of Duke talks about her new book on the Koch plan to restore oligarchy rule in US

–one tool of ALEC and Koch’s is pre-emption of local laws by states—California bill eliminates local control over cell towers

–appeals court rules that Stingray surveillance gizmo can’t be deployed without warrant

–Trump’s March Travel Ban 2.0 is about to expire, new restrictions may take effect this weekend

–confusion abounds as right-wing provocateurs plan to test “free speech” at UC Berkeley

–Education Secretary Betsy DeVos scraps Obama rules about sex assault investigations on campuses

–in NY Times op-ed, San Francisco law professor Lara Bazelon argues that “preponderance of evidence” standard leads to injustice, esp. to black males

–London cancels Uber’s license to operate, says operations aren’t “fit and proper”

–using FOIA, Buzzfeed’s Jason Leopold reveals Sebastian Gorka’s tirade about Islam to military audience

–Philippine strongman/madman Duterte threatens to have police kill his son, who is implicated in major meth importation