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PBC News & Comment: Appeals Court Upholds Injunction Blocking KeystoneXL!

Major setback for TransCanada and Trump, as scrappy environmental groups win ruling that upholds lower court injunction, blocking KeystoneXL construction….--credit due to lawyer Steve Volker and activist Frank Egger of the North Coast Rivers Alliance for fighting

--federal appeals court for 6th circuit says flipping the bird is protected free speech

--Beto O’Rourke edged out Bernie Sanders in first 24 hours of fundraising after announcement

--we get comments on Beto from his former DC roommate, Rep. Jared Huffman, in fresh interview released today

--in Iowa, O’Rourke is asked about Medicare for All, but won’t endorse it

--in biased report, NY Times inserts opinion into article about how Dems are divided over health care fixes

--Brenton Tarrant, the Australian accused of mosque shootings in New Zealand, posted manifesto saying he was radicalized by migrants in Europe

--New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, gets good reviews for her response, including pledge to change gun laws pronto, and asking, what did we miss?

--we get a good answer to the latter question from New Zealand activist Suzie Dawson at ConsortiumNews, she’s exiled in Russia after harassment in NZ

--Trump dismisses claims that some of his fans are killers, as MAGA-man Cesar Sayoc gets ready to plead guilty for sending pipe bombs to Democrats

--Trump hosts Thug Summit tomorrow with Brazil’s new strongman, Jair Bolsonaro, and Rio-based Glenn Greenwald recaps Bolsonaro’s first months in office

--civil liberties groups press House Judiciary to hold hearings on NSA domestic surveillance, in advance of expiration of USA Freedom Act

--Dems ask FBI to investigate Trump groupie Cindy Yang for selling access to Trump

--The Guardian reports that Saudi crown prince MBS has lost some power, and appears to be sulking in response

--at Nairobi summit on the environment, US and Saudis blocked efforts to study geoengineering

--Trump’s wrecking crew at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission want to reduce safety regulations

--Center for Constitutional Rights says that lawyers for immigrants are being harassed, detained, and monitored along with journalists at the border