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PBC News & Comment: Trump Names Sen. Jeff Sessions Attorney General

Alabama journalist Roger Shuler says Jeff Sessions—Trump’s pick for Attorney General–is a racist and “a dreadful human being”….

–read Shuler’s post about Judge Bill Pryor here, the protégé of Sessions who seems to top the list for Supreme Court nomination

–Gen. Mike Flynn, fired by Obama from Defense Intelligence Agency, will be national security advisor

–Trump names hardline GOP congressman funded by Koch Brothers, Mike Pompeo of Kansas, to head CIA

–in Germany, Obama tells Der Speigel that he won’t pardon Snowden

–Obama also criticizes fake news in social media, ignoring the fake news, disinformation and propaganda his administration has generated

–leaks from the transition team indicate plans to eliminate the post of Director of National Intelligence, which might be a good idea

–Speaker Ryan agrees to Trump request to delay budget bills till next year, but Senate Republicans balk; Pelosi draws leadership challenge from Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH)

–in our new, in-depth interview, Thomas Frank, author of Listen, Liberal talks about the reasons for Democratic defeats, including the failure to take on Wall St.

–twin editorials in NY Times hammer Trupm for deportation plans and a registry for Muslims

–Canadian scientists connecting fracking with earthquakes in new study