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PBC News & Comment: Former CIA Officer Sabrina De Sousa Gets Some Relief

About to be extradited from Portugal to serve 4-year prison term in Italy, former CIA agent De Sousa gets partial pardon…–PBC interviews with De Sousa are here and here

–Trump speech to Congress was more presidential, with the typical self-aggrandizement and bullshit

–Trump opened by condemning attacks on Jewish graveyards and threats to community centers, just hours before he speculated on inside actors

–Van Jones gushes over Trump’s exploitation of the widow of commando killed in Yemen raid, used to cover up lies about the raid, civilian deaths, overall mission

–Trump slammed gun violence in Chicago, offered slogans; 60 police chiefs and sheriffs sign letter rejecting immigration enforcement, anti-sanctuary moves

–Trump forgot to mention recent Homeland Security report says his travel ban would be misguided, ineffective

–on House Intel committee, Dems push for Russia investigation, as GOP chair continues to cover for the Trump crew

–at UN Security Council, Nikki Haley hammers Russia and China for vetoing resolution against Syrian use of chemical weapons

–at The Intercept, Mehdi Hasan notes that Trump’s “moderate” defense chief alsmot started a conflict with Iran

–despite many critical unanswered questions, 21 Democrats voted to confirm billionaire Wilbur Ross as Commerce secretary; we name the names

–forecast of earthquakes in fracking country predicts fewer major quakes, due to regulation of wastewater injection

–Norwegian firm sets example for American investors, divests from Dakota pipeline company

–in Honduras, court papers show that accused killers of environmental activist Berta Caceras were trained at School of the Americas at Ft. Benning, Georgia

–in Monday’s oral arguments, Supreme Court justices seem ready to lift bans on internet activity by convicted sex offenders

–lawsuit by black Secret Service agents exposes longterm racial bias