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PBC News & Comment: Truth Emergency Widens As Trump Attacks Syria

Trump reacts to gruesome images of babies killed in chemical incident, launching cruise missiles that killed at least 4 children….–corporate media responds like it’s 2003, allowing no dissenters to be heard, despite lack of evidence of Syrian responsibility for alleged Sarin use

–only a week after TrumpCo said regime change was not the goal, Rexxon Tillerson and others change their tunes

–Trump’s bro, Putin, responds with threat to suspend hotline to prevent clahses between US and Russian planes and drones

–attack occurred as Trump welcomed China’s Ji Xinping at Mar-a-Lago….was he trying to impress and intimidate him?

–it’s a defining moment—identifying hawks and neocons in media and Congress

–but some of Trump’s alt-right advisors and supporters object

–Bolivia leads call for UN Security Council emergency meeting

–Rep. Adam Schiff supports Trump’s attack, but wants Congress to approve future actions

–war secretary “Mad Dog” Mattis executed Trump’s order, but like the Don, he opposed US military response in 2013 after Syria was blamed for gas attack

–biased reports in NY Times  and Guardian  try to read Assad’s mind, dismissing calls for proof in Tuesday’s release of chemical weapons

–in unusual editorial, Guardian editors infer support of the missile assault, but raise important doubts about Trump’s motives and credibility

–Glenn Greenwald’s instant epic analysis is worth a read

–in another whiplash policy reversal, Philippine strongman Duterte sends his navy to disputed Spratly islands

–as Ji visits, FBI raids green card-for-cash scheme that is primarily used by rich Chinese

–palace intrigue continues, as Kushner wrestles Bannon, and both leak like crazy

–ending this episode of obstruction and abuse of Democrats, GOP rams through Gorsuch confirmation, 54-45

–Hillary Clinton blames Russia and misogyny for her loss, as PBC highlights her remark that she doesn’t expect to run for office again

–Twitter successfully rebuffs demand to unmask tweeters from White House and agencies

–California will spend $55 billion to fix potholes, after Jerry Brown buys enough votes to pass increase in gas tax and car fees