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PBC News & Comment: AZ Fatal Accident Exposes Uber’s Pal, Gov. Ducey

As California, Arizona suspend robot car tests after fatal accident, Guardian reveals AZ Gov. Doug Ducey secretly approved testing program….--the Guardian report is here

--NY Times reports that Trump’s former lawyer, John Dowd, discussed pardons with lawyers for Manafort, Flynn, possible obstruction of justice—based on leaks

--in new court filing—not a leak—Mueller connects Manafort and Gates to former Russian spy

--court rules that “emoluments clause” lawsuit against Trump can proceed

--two somewhat contradictory gun bills became law in budget signing

--in PBC’s recent WhoWhatWhy interview, reporter A.C. Thompson reveals Atomwaffen, an armed white nationalist group that’s not on FBI’s radar

--Julian Assange’s tweet about PBC’s “excellent interview” with Jim Bamford was among his last for now—Ecuador has cut his internet connection

--in first report since attempted poisoning, Sergei Skripal’s niece tells BBC he has slim chance of survival

--Massachusetts judge rules in favor of pipeline protesters who presented “necessity defense” related to climate change

--Supreme Court hears second case on gerrymandering, adding confusion and probably delaying a ruling

--new Kentucky abortion law is bound for SCOTUS

--new lawsuit says Facebook still allows discrimination in housing ads

--Atlanta city government is recovering from ransomware attack

--new SESTA anti-sex-trafficking law—not yet signed by Trump—is contributing to sex trafficking in unintended ways

--Sacramento protests continue over police killing of Stephon Clark, and Al Sharpton will parachute in for the funeral tomorrow

--Orange County leaders defy the state, join lawsuit against sanctuary law