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LA Votes to Go 100 Percent Renewable (Russ)
It won’t be easy, but it’s a first step. And, so often, California takes the lead.
Turkish Whistleblower: Turkey is Funding ISIS (Reader Pat)
Former Turkish police/counter-terror official risks his family’s safety to detail Turkish government support for IS.
A Brutal Assessment of the House Intelligence Committee Report on Snowden (Klaus)
The report on Snowden is dishonest … and that might be putting it nicely.
Obama Trade Deal ‘Indefinitely Suspended’ After Protests (Reader Pat)
While few in the media take note of the apparent death of the transatlantic trade deal, hundreds of thousands protested against the TTIP in Germany and Europe.
Cuba Fights Off Zika (Trevin)
NPR partially credits the island’s one-party system and “massive surveillance apparatus” for the fact that there have been only three reported cases of the virus contracted from local mosquitos.