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PBC News & Comment: Desperate to Distract, Trump Bashes Immigrants Again

With big loss on Obamacare, limits on tax cuts, Trump tries to regain agenda control with threats to sanctuary cities….

--AG Sessions leads Monday press briefing with threats to cut federal funds to cities that don’t agree to submit to federal interference in local law enforcement

--House intel chair Nunes rejects Dem calls for him to recuse from Russia-Trump investigation, but he should resign as chair

--Prof. Juan Cole offers thoughtful recap of the case so far, noting that it’s mostly circumstantial

--WhoWhatWhy shares results of investigation, saying FBI may be compromised in Trump case by long-running investigation into Russian mobsters known to Trump

--loyal listener and subscriber Ian Berman warns Dems to be careful about using Deep State against Trump, in published commentary

--Muslims who work at FBI protest racial profiling and suspicions, Said Barodi was fired after confrontation at Paris airport, Spencer Ackerman reports

--Parliament lone wolf attacker sent text message just before starting his actions, and Brits want What’sApp to decrypt it

--institute sues DHS over escalation of suspicionless searches of phones and computers at US borders

--journalist and liberal Jew Larry Derfner gets op-ed in NY Times to criticize Israel’s aggressive military actions and suppression of Palestinians

--UN ambassador Nikki Haley panders to AIPAC conference, bragging about intimidating critics of Israel and supporters of BDS

--Palestinian activist Omar Barghouti, who once was a guest on this podcast, is arrested on tax charges that are likely bogus

--in surprise 5-3 decision, Supreme Court scolds Texas over its standards for executing men with mental deficiencies

--history will revile Trump’s order to lift restrictions on burning coal, and pretends it will restore jobs for miners

--Bannon meets with GOP House members to try to revive Obamacare repeal

--Alex Jones was forced to apologize for his reckless coverage of “Pizzagate”