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PBC News & Comment: Defensive FBI Director Offers Lame Explanations

Jim Comey ducks many important questions, can’t explain the different treatment of Clinton and Trump investigations during the 2016 election….–Comey’s double standard draws good questions from Sens. Leahy, Feinstein, Franken, Hirono and Coons, but no credible answers

–NSA reports it has cut back on phone metadata collection, use of National Security Letters and other surveillance tactics

–13 House Dems send letter to AG Sessions, seeking info on social media surveillance

–Stephen Colbert slammed Trump pretty hard Monday night, leading right-wingers to demand he be fired for oral sex joke they tag “homophobic”

–Jimmy Kimmel’s heart-wrenching story about his baby with heart defects stokes opposition to Obamacare repeal as GOP pretends to fix pre-existing condition issue

–California’s Molina Healthcare’s leaders are dumped in boardroom coup for supporting Obamacare

–Trump meets with Palestinian leader Abbas and makes insincere noises about peace with Israel

–Dreamers who registered under Obama’s DACA are in database that makes them easy to target for deportation, with 25% increase under Trump

–corporate prison operator writes a bill in Texas to lower standards for detention of children, in order to fill corporate prisons

–in desperation, Puerto Rico seeks a form of bankruptcy in novel process

–the cops who murdered Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge last year get off without charges

–in Dallas suburb, the cop who killed 15-year-old Jordan Edwards last Saturday is fired

–in shocking comment, Nancy Pelosi says abortion is “fading as an issue” for Democrats

–UC president Janet Napolitano, former Homeland Security director, is grilled by legislators after audit shows hidden budgets of $175 million

–Facebook will hire 3,000 people to monitor videos

–comedian and satirist Will Durst offers his report card on Trump’s first 100 days