Trump's SCOTUS Nominee a Defender of NSA Surveillance ; China's Next Chess Piece in Trade War? ...and More Picks 7/12

Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee Decided Against Net Neutrality and for NSA Surveillance (Jimmy)

The author writes, “While Trump and other Republicans will likely look ahead to a broader slate of issues, should Kavanaugh be confirmed, his influence on the internet could be felt for decades.”

Walmart’s Newly Patented Technology for Eavesdropping on Workers Presents Privacy Concerns (Reader Luke)

The author writes, “Walmart just won a patent for audio surveillance technology that measures workers’ performance, and could even listen to their conversations with customers at checkout.”

Sanders-Backed DNC Plan Sparks Superdelegate Revolt (Jimmy)

The author writes, “A band of Democratic National Committee superdelegates is staging a revolt against a Bernie Sanders-endorsed plan to reduce their influence in the presidential nominating process, mounting a longshot bid to block the measure when the DNC meets in Chicago next month.”

Ukraine President’s Adviser Writes ‘Heil Hitler’ Neo-Nazi Symbol on Facebook (Reader Luke)

The author writes, “This comes at a time when neo-Nazi groups in Ukraine, some of which have received direct support from the Ukrainian government, are terrorizing ethnic minorities from the Roma and Jewish communities.”

China’s Next Chess Piece in Trade War? (Dan)

Meet “rare earths,” vital minerals in iPhones that are almost exclusively harvested in China. Observers are waiting for the Chinese government to add the mineral to the tariff list.

Trump Pledges Support to NATO, Reaffirms Russian Threat (Dan)

In both speech and action on Wednesday, President Donald Trump defied assumptions that he was not committed to NATO and was too close to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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