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PBC News & Comment: Trump Transition is In Disarray

Trump’s mercurial personality and temperament are reflected in defections and personnel shuffles in just the first week since the election…--Ben Carson shows wisdom, declines a gig, as Mike Rogers exits and Elliot Cohen warns others to “stay away”

--corporate media start to focus on the massive conflicts of interest presented by Trump’s business interests

--Obama’s expanded precedents, especially regarding drone strikes, will pass unchecked to the unpredictable Trump

--at Shadowproof, Kevin Gosztola critiques the Obama legacy and the expanded powers available to Trump

--Gosztola’s takedown of Newsweek’s Kurt Eichenwald is a delicious read

--on farewell world tour, Obama stops in Athens, cradle of democracy, to warn of the rise of a “crude sort of nationalism”

--a reminder of one of Obama’s failures: Egyptian court overturns death sentence of former president Morsi, who was ruthlessly discarded by the US

--CIA and US military face possible indictment for war crimes at International Criminal Court

--combat resumes in northern Syria, with Turkey joining Russia and Syria in bombing raids

--UN special envoy for Syria warns that a full victory for Assad would trigger Sunni terrorist attacks

--as Mosul operations continue, Daesh distracts with suicide attacks in Falluja and Karbala

--emboldened by Trump victory, pipeline operator sues Corps of Engineers to force approval of pipeline route at Standing Rock

--Google and Facebook promise to crack down on fake news posts

--in oped, Zeynep Tufekci uses Facebook’s own research to debate Zuckerberg comments on fake news posts

--PBS Newshour anchor Gwen Ifill dies of cancer at age 61

--my journalist friend Richard Rapaport is remembered in the S.F. Chronicle