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PBC News & Comment: Stingrays Snoop on Trump White House

Stingray surveillance systems have been detected near White House and other capitol locations, are they hacking our Dear Tweeter’s smartphone?…–read the report here

–departing from historic practices, again, Trump tweets about job growth before numbers are released

–Trump officially un-cancels Singapore summit with Kim Jong-un

–Trump’s trade war with allies angers Europeans, and likely concessions will come with bitter feelings

–Spain replaces conservative prime minster with socialist

–Italy forms new right wing populist government

–in Syria, Assad tells US to get out

–European human rights court finds Lithuania and Romania complicit in America’s rendition and torture regimes under Bush

–in new, in-depth interview, authors Stephen Vittoria and Mumia Abu Jamal talk about Murder, Incorporated an alt history of the US

–following employee protests, Google will not pursue Maven, the Pentagon program to use AI for drone targeting

–at Facebook annual meeting, Zuckerberg faces critics who have no power to remove him, due to the lopsided voting rights of the founder

–2 journalists—one American and one Pakistani—sue to be taken off the secret US “kill list”, reports Prof. Marjorie Cohn

–Iowa’s unconstitutional abortion law is blocked by federal judge

–despite Trump’s policies of zero tolerance and family splitting, March and April each had more than 50,000 arrests at border

–while Trump complains about negative media coverage, a Jeb Bush ally argues that media are too easy on 45

–California’s primary is next Tuesday, and self-funding Dems have dumped $16 million into 3 House contests

The Intercept obtains copy of phishing email alleged to be from Russians trying to hack into voting systems