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PBC News & Comment: A Debate Only Jerry Springer Could Be Proud Of

Fright Night arrives early in St. Louis, as Clinton and Trump trade spitballs about sexual abuse, avoiding most important issues…–two unpopular candidates tried to drive up their opponent’s negatives

–Trump demands GOP co-chair of debate commission resign, after backstage confrontation over seating for “Bill’s victims”

–Speaker Ryan employs verbal jujitsu: won’t defend Trump, but won’t withdraw his endorsement

–Trump’s “grab their pussy” video diverts attention from WIkiLeaks disclosure of Clinton emails with Wall Street speech quotes and her pro-fracking position

–Clinton camp dismisses it all, blaming Russia in clever deception

–Glenn Greenwald slams Obama for evidence-free claim of Russian hacking, and exposes Clinton campaign’s cozy media connections

–our pal Peter van Buren, bounced from the Clinton State Dept., says a government is seizing control of our election, and it’s not the Russians

–here’s an excerpt from our fresh in-depth interview with Chuck Collins on wealth and income inequality

NY Times goes deep on the impact of American torture on former prisoners

–John Oliver devoted his long segment to closing Guantanamo