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Wall Street Journal editorial says “Trump lies like a drunk to an empty gin bottle”, as media outlets treat speculation as fact….--Rachel Maddow continues her nightly reporting on Russia and Trump, with circumstantial ties but no real evidence

--PBS Newshour allows former counterterrorism official to speculate on intelligence that prompted laptop ban, even as he admits he doesn’t know

--leak to UK’s Daily Mail suggests laptop ban is based on info from botched US raid in Yemen in January, no evidence here, either

--NY Times column asks why people believe false claims, and asserts that the question of Obama wiretapping Trump “has been answered clearly and strongly in the negative”

--with no evidence offered, House Intel chair Nunes claims that spooks may have “incidentally” intercepted phone calls to Russia from Trump team

--ABC News reports that Trump Tower was wiretapped in 2013, focused on tenant who ran Russian organized crime network from unit 63A

--AP reports on more of Paul Manafort’s $10 million deal with Russian oligarch

--David Cay Johnston explains why we need the rest of Trump’s tax returns

--our new Secretary of State, Rexxon Tillerson, pisses off NATO by skipping major meeting for a trip to Russia

--in opinion column, Jonathan Freedland says Tillerson is out of the loop, out of his depth

--in latest US airstrike in Syria, at least 30 civilians taking refuge at a school are killed

--in London, Parliament is the scene of attack, one year after Brussels

--vote counts show GOP will lose if Obamacare repeal vote happens tomorrow

--Judge Gorsuch continues to dodge some tough questions from Democrats

--Trump’s second labor nominee, Alex Acosta, faces grilling over his role in sweetheart deal for billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, a pal of Trump’s

--Secret Service needs $60 million extra for Trump security, $27 million just for Trump Tower

--female leaders of Uber, led by chameleon Arianna Huffington, lead damage control for embattled CEO Kalanick

--Sears and Kmart are going down