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PBC News & Comment: Victory at Standing Rock!

Corps of Engineers denies easement for pipeline, a big victory—perhaps temporary—for Native Americans and climate change activists…–Energy Transfer Partners remain defiant, vow to proceed with construction

–many water protectors smell a white-man-double-cross, and plan to stay at Standing Rock

–Bill McKibben calls it a victory, hopes it’s a turning point

–in our in-depth interview released late on Friday, attorneys Ford Greene and Larry Bragman detail the history and legal status of Sioux land and mineral rights

–at Shadowproof, Kevin Gosztola has an excellent recap of the story

–in Oakland, fire broke out in warehouse illegally hosting a techno rave, at least 36 people have died

–post from Greg Palast: “WSJ headline ‘Stein drops PA Recount’ is false. Her team will go to court to overturn the insane demand that voters personally post $1M bond. The GOP is desperate as Trump’s margin drops by 20K in PA BEFORE the recount!”

–Jill Stein presses recounts with court actions in PA, MI and holds news conference to demand fair recounts

–NC GOP Governor Pat McCrory, who thought he had managed to rig his own re-election, concedes defeat to Roy Cooper

–“Pizzagate” pedophile reports surface in corporate media, labeled as “hoax” and “fake news” that was peddled by Trump advisor Mike Flynn, and gunman fired shots at DC pizza joint

–Trump said to expand pool of prospects for Secretary of State, as he tweets about tariffs and upsets the “One China” policy by talking to Taiwan leader

–DC shrink Dr. Justin Frank offers Twitter-sized analysis of Trump’s compulsive tweeting

–Ben Carson, who admits he knows nothing about running a federal agency, is named to head HUD

–on Capitol Hill, leaders shift language on Obamacare from “repeal and replace” to “repeal and delay”

–Japan PM Shinzo Abe will visit Pearl Harbor with Obama after Christmas

–Italian PM Matteo Renzi will resign after big loss in reform referendum

–after weekend release of Yemeni prisoner, Guantanamo population drops to 59, with 20 of those cleared for release

–NY State releases the first blacklist of BDS supporters, banning 13 foreign companies from doing business with the state

–Georgia’s former Chief Justice slams plan to execute William Sallie tomorrow, because Georgia doesn’t require counsel for condemned prisoners

–Obamas host final Kennedy Center honors, and PBC is thrilled that Mavis Staples was recognized for her amazing voice. Click here for “Let’s Do It Again”