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PBC News & Comment: GOP Voter Suppression Guru Kris Kobach Rebuked for Contempt

In lawsuit brought by Greg Palast and ACLU, Kansas Secretary of State found in contempt for blocking voters, lying…..--Kobach’s voter suppression schemes are a major focus of our fresh interview with Greg Palast this week

--also in Kansas, 3 self-styled militia members convicted in plot to bomb Somali mosque, in case that featured paid FBI informant

--in Florida, a white nationalist who said that Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz had trained with his group is charged for lying

--Vice report exposes white nationalist leaders and groups who are still on Facebook

--Facebook angers users outside of Europe by shifting their servers from Ireland to Silicon Valley in order to escape new European privacy laws

--Michael Cohen drops defamations suits over Steele dossier reports

--Karen McDougal negotiates release from National Enquirer contract that had silenced her

--former Minneapolis FBI agent Terry Albury pleads guilty to leaking to The Intercept, Kevin Gosztola reports

--it took 15 years for CIA to admit it killed Gul Rahman while in custody; his family is still asking what happened to his corpse

--at Gitmo, Mohammed al-Qahtani seeks release after torture compounded pre-existing mental illness

--more abuse at immigration prisons, where corporate operator CoreCivic is charged with putting man in the hole for 10 days over $8 pay dispute

--after California Governor Brown agreed to deploy National Guard at Border, Trump rejects the agreement

--Trump is also intentionally stoking confusion and uncertainty about upcoming talks with Kim Jong Un

--NY Times video report shows progress in developing drug to fight drug addiction, as Minnesota authorities close the case of Prince’s overdose without charges

--far-right Trump allies are pressuring #2 AG Rosenstein for release of documents from Mueller investigation

--Eric London at WSWS slams the Pulitzers for rewarding the leak-based reporting of the NY Times and WashPost on Russiagate

--Vice video report showcases Bernie Sanders’ ideas to save the Post Office

--scientists report that Great Barrier Reefs were bleached by 2016 heat wave, and may never recover