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PBC News & Comment: Welcome to 2016, Year of the American Idiot

Led by Bundy brothers, heavily-armed white idiots occupy federal site in Oregon as Trump launches first TV ad targeting American idiots--the Bundy gang says it’s willing to die, can FBI avoid turning Burns, OR into the next Waco or Ruby Ridge?

--in The Guardian, Wajahat Ali avers that, if the Oregon vigilantes were black or Muslim, they’d be dead by now

--Trump’s first ad feeds misinformation and hate to his low-information fans

--while Trump promises to build wall on southern border, ICE still has no data on how many visitors overstay their visas, estimated at 40% of “illegals”

--ObamaCo starts new year with fresh round of deportations to Latin America

--in first day of stock trading, China shuts markets after prices plunge, driving down US markets

--fresh turmoil in Mideast, Saudis behead 47 including cleric al-Nimr, sparking attack on Saudi embassy in Tehran, 3 Sunni nations join Iran in diplomatic sanctions

--US-Iran relations chill, as US threatens sanctions following Iranian missile launches, Iran responds with threat to build more missiles

--after long delay, Israel files murder charges against 2 Israeli Jews in last summer’s firebombing of Palestinian family

--video shows yoiung Zionists at wedding celebrating the arson deaths

--UN human rights rapporteur resigns after Israel blocked his visits to Palestine

--huge fire engulfs 63-story hotel tower in Dubai, but it doesn’t collapse like WTC

--The Guardian reports that 1,136 Americans were killed by cops last year, as Cleveland prosecutor refuses to charge Tamir Rice’s killer cop

--new poll shows that Americans support massive 4th Amendment violations, warrantless surveillance of online communications

--Bill Cosby is indicted for sexual assault in Philadelphia