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PBC News & Comment: Prosecutors Grabbed Email, Phone Records of NY Times Reporter

Investigation of leaks from Senate Intel staffer led to collection of data on reporter Ali Watkins; curiously, NY Times downplays story….--the best coverage so far is from Kevin Gosztola at Shadowproof ;  WashPost’s Margaret Sullivan’s report is pretty good, too

--China is blamed for hacking of Navy contractor that leaked sensitive info on undersea warfare

--that Russian hacking of the DNC? Still unproven, says former CIA analyst Ray McGovern

--Mueller adds new obstruction charges for Manafort, and includes his Russian associate Kilimnik

--petty and petulant, Trump’s attitude preceded his arrival at G-7 summit in Quebec, where he will burn bridges, offend allies, and leave early

--leak from White House says economic advisers know that Trump’s irrational trade war will hurt the US economy

--creating his own reality, Trump says breaking Iran deal has worked, and will have good influence on North Korea talks

--Trump marginalizes Jeff Sessions again, saying he would support bill to allow states to legalize cannabis

--Rudy 9/11’s comments in Israel about Stormy and Little Kim draw stern replies from Melania and Pompeo

--reporter Steve Horn has shifted from the enviro beat to criminal justice, and reports on the DNA tactics used to track alleged Golden State Killer

--Horn also comments on the pro-Dem tilt of environmental reporting

--the battle over superdelegates continues, as DNC meets in Rhode Island

--unidentified Saudi-American man who has been held by the US in Syria may be released, over his own objections

--Facebook waited 16 days to tell users that private posts of 14 million were actually public

--Facebook is hiring fake news snoopers

--Google says it won’t develop AI weapons, but will still take Pentagon money

--in fresh podcast at WhoWhatWhy, Serhii Plokhy explains how the Chernobyl nuclear disaster led to the end of the USSR