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PBC News & Comment: Journalist’s Report Contradicts Military Whitewash of Yemen Raid in January

Gen. Votel closes investigation of Trump’s first raid in Yemen, as The Intercept contradicts many key elements of Pentagon narrative….–you can read Iona Craig’s detailed report here

–Gen. Mike Flynn, bounced as Trump national security advisor over reported contacts with Russian ambassador, was foreign agent for Turkey during campaign

–US adds 400 troops in Syria, gearing up to retake Raqqa and to keep peace between Turkey and Kurdish fighters

–South Korea completes impeachment, removes President Park

–CIA info from WikiLeaks confirms what we’ve known: IP addresses can be disguised; channeling spook sources, Washington Post dismisses “dangerous and irresistible GOP conspiracy theory”

–Fox viewers finally get a dose of surveillance reality from former NSA technical director Bill Binney on the Hannity show

–Russian-born journalist Yasha Levine has unique take on Russia hacking controversy, “From Russia with Panic

details emerge in Jason Leopold’s FOIA legal battle with NSA over inspector general reports

–Bobby Kennedy Jr. has been smeared as “anti-vaxxer”, and HuffPost just yanked a story that debunks the spurious claim; you can read it here

–ACLU launches People Power project to direct activist energies to create “freedom cities” to protect immigrants

–will Trump take credit for sharp drop in traffic at Mexican border, or does it undermine his loco fearmongering about building a wall?

–Afghans who risked their lives to work for US are told not to apply for visas, even though Afghanistan is not listed in travel ban

–facing imminent deportation, Daniela Vargas, a Dreamer who lives in Mississippi, is being released after public outrage

–eyeing possible White House bid, NY Gov. Cuomo plans to spend $1.4 billion to fight poverty in Brooklyn, as L.A. voters pass tax for homeless relief

–from NY columnist Shaun King to listener John Zweibel in Hawaii, Dem activists are at odds with party leaders