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PBC News & Comment: Trump Orders More Stormtroopers to Portland

Photojournalist Payton Bruni brings us eyewitness account of weekend clashes in Portland, where federal agents have increased size, intensity of protests…--you can view Bruni’s most recent photos here

--in odd ruling, federal judge rules that Oregon’s attorney general “lacks standing” to seek injunction on secretive behavior of federal agents

--Guardian quotes former Border Patrol agents commenting on CBP’s militarization and brutal tactics

--protests and some violence reported around the US, driven by Trump’s use of federal forces to “dominate the streets”

--Seattle was once again a hot spot, with some conflict on Saturday, but federales stayed off the streets as federal judge overturned restrictions on cops

--Seattle public media’s detailed timeline of fatal shooting in the CHOP on June 19 contradicts claims of police chief

--DC National Guard major contradicts White House scenario of clearing Lafayette Square before Trump’s photo op with bible

--Big Oil backs police foundations that oppose reform

--Guardian deserves credit for putting climate change at the top of its headlines today

--Thursday is National Whistleblower Appreciation day, you’re invited to attend a conference and film fest online

--Bill Binney, NSA whistleblower, returns for an in-depth interview, talking about new information that undermines Russiagate narrative

--at London hearing on extradition of Julian Assange, lawyer argues that Bill Barr is using case for political ends

--AG Bill Barr exposes Russian-American “subsource” for Steele dossier

--Obama’s national security advisor, Susan Rice, is running for Veep, will face questions from me about Libya, Syria

--Sen. Tom Cotton says slavery was “necessary evil”

--our daily Covid-19 update, prepared by Linda Lewis

--Israeli forces fire on Lebanese border, blaming Hezbollah

--an American nonprofit that supports IDF soldiers got $2.5 million PPP bailout

--Ken Marcus, Israel’s friend at the Dept of Education, is stepping down