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PBC News & Comment: The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming!

Assange ally denies Russia was source of DNC, Podesta hacks, but American media goes full-tilt with Clinton smokescreen, Putin scaremongering…–latest Podesta emails show Brent Budowsky in December 2015 arguing, “best approach is to slaughter Donald for his bromance with Putin”

–Clinton bagman Terry McAuliffe, now Virginia’s governor, steered almost $700,000 to campaign of the wife of top FBI official

NY Times media commentator Jim Rutenberg embraces the “blame-Russia” meme hook, line and sinker

–former British ambassador Craig Murray visited Assange on Sunday and says “with 100% certainty” that Russia is not involved

National Review breaks from the corporate media pack, and challenges Clinton’s debate claim that 17 intelligence agencies confirmed Russia as source

–at Project Censored’s 40th anniversary conference, NYU Prof. Mark Crispin Miller commented on the Russia scare, as did Prof. Lance deHaven Smith, author of “Conspiracy Theory in America”

–in North Dakota, pipeline protests lead to 126 arrests as cops shoot down drone they say threatened their chopper

–Friday’s cyberattacks used an array of unsecured bots connected to the web

–A T & T bids $85 billion for Time Warner, drawing many critics

–Venezuela plunges into deep chaos, as court blocks recall attempt

–Center for Constitutional Rights wins court victory in torture case, with clear statement that even the president can’t declare torture to be legal

–nearly 10,000 California National Guard soldiers are ordered to repay large signing bonuses used to induce them to fight in Iraq

–author and antiwar radical Tom Hayden, who later served 17 years in California legislature, dies at age 76; look for a special podcast on Hayden here soon